Shelley’s adoration for travel meant leaving a career in commercial real estate behind to help guide others in discovering all this magnificent world has to offer. In 2017, she founded Rapture Travels and started her own luxury travel company. Shelley’s love of travel was first sparked as a young child when she spent summers traveling across Europe with her parents. Throughout her life, that passion flourished as she explored more corners of the world. Some of her most memorable experiences include observing lions hunt in Botswana, skiing the Matterhorn in Switzerland, hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, horseback riding in Montana, wine tasting in Argentina, walking into the pyramids in Egypt, and eating street food in Vietnam.
After years of unforgettable trips with friends as well as solo adventures, Shelley started her family, and quickly realized travel would become one of the greatest gifts she could give her children. Committed to make travel an integral part of her family’s lifestyle, Shelley, her husband, and her two daughters have enriched their lives by exploring a wide range of new destinations and cultures. She is delighted to see her appreciation for travel reflected back in the eyes of her two girls as they wander foreign cities, try local foods, and meet other children from across the world.
Not only does Shelley’s sheer amount of travel adorn her resume, but an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration degree from New York University makes her an ideal resource in the field of luxury travel. As a travel advisor, she encourages her clients to embrace authentic cultural experiences and seek out unexpected adventures. While a list of “must do’s” is important, Shelley has found purposeful spontaneity often paves the way for getting lost, both literally and figuratively, in unknown and exciting places. Thus, Shelley’s aim as an advisor is to not only provide superior customer service and a perfectly planned itinerary, but to also maintain the authenticity of what it means to explore a new place, resulting in an incredibly unique and unforgettable trip for her clients.
Certifications: MBA, VCTA, CTA