Laura Thornton

Director of Operations

I'm Laura Thornton ~  Director of Operations for Sharon Walters Travel . Growing up with a diverse background, I have had the privilege of residing in various cities across Texas, as well as in Hawaii, Virginia, Louisiana, and California. This early exposure to travel opened the door to exploring more than half of the United States, along with Mexico and Canada, sparking a profound passion within me for uncovering new destinations.

The fusion of my organizational zeal and my love for travel became the driving force that led me to a pivotal role in supporting Sharon with the day-to-day functions of our thriving travel business. Backed by my extensive journeys and an unwavering commitment to streamlined operations, I am wholeheartedly prepared to contribute to the company's triumphs and to ensure our clients embark on unforgettable travel escapades.

Rachel Perkins Profile

Travel Concierge

Born and raised in the South, but residing in San Diego, Rachel has spent most of her career in the sports and entertainment industries. With the Atlanta Braves and a few of the most well-known sports and entertainment agencies among her resume including WME - Endeavor (previously IMG) and Creative Artists Agency (CAA), she realized her strong passion for helping athletes learn the life skills necessary for success outside of the field, court, or stage they have built their brand upon. Her work ethic and extensive trust among clients led to an incredible opportunity to start her own company, PERKS Lifestyle Management, in which she assists clients with day-to-day needs as well as personal and professional development in all aspects of their lives. 

Rachel’s clients range from professional athletes to world-famous musicians, meaning no two days are ever the same. Her typical “day in the office” can include anything from setting up last-minute dinner reservations and coordinating domestic and international travel logistics to planning proposals, Super Bowl parties or world tours for high-profile clients. Her passion for travel has only grown throughout the years, as she is often found working in various cities around the globe, including 18 countries and counting.

She has become a professional in navigating clients among various time zones, and is extremely passionate about her clients, putting 100% effort into everything she does, no matter how big, small, or “crazy” the ask might be. Her friends and family often joke and call her a “professional babysitter,” but her clients are never surprised when she quickly and efficiently creates solutions for their unique needs and challenges. They know she will always make their lives easier and less stressful, but more importantly that she cares about them as a person regardless of their fame, fortune, or freak athletic ability. 

When she is not traveling, she is typically working from her home office in San Diego with her dog, Ghost, who rarely leaves her side. 

Lina Farias

Travel Assistant & Concierge

My journey began when I was 16 years old, starting out on my first adventure of many, I looked out at the vast world beyond the comfort of my small town and knew that what lay ahead would change me completely. Since then, my wanderlust and curiosity has led me to explore different cultures, landscapes, and cuisines.

My passion for knowledge and adventure has opened my life up to amazing experiences ranging from deep relaxation in the Caribbean to adrenaline pumping adventure in Patagonia.  As a travel advisor, I have made it my mission to help others discover the world and create their own unforgettable experiences.

I take great pride in helping people plan their dream trips and providing them with advice and support to ensure they have a safe and memorable journey. My goal is to continue exploring the world and to inspire others to do the same, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Dena Chesler Grimm

Travel Designer & Group Specialist

My passion for travel began at an early age with wanderlust parents who understood the importance of broadening minds & opening hearts through world travel.

I’ve explored Africa, South America, Europe, Mexico and across the US. I believe in supporting local restaurants & small business and will always create an authentic cultural experience while traveling to new destinations. I am scuba diving certified and passionate about protecting our oceans and wildlife. Mountains and beaches are my happy place.

For over 20 years, I've organized community & corporate events for tech companies and nonprofits in the Bay Area. By combining my knowledge & passion for travel with corporate event planning, I’m able to create full-service luxury experiences for clients and groups of all ages. I want to spend my days either on vacation or planning one so let me plan your next big adventure!

Vera Deatherage

Travel Designer

I am a travel enthusiast born into a Navy family. From Hawaii's shimmering waters to San Diego's breathtaking vistas, I've experienced the wonders of life in distant lands.

As a Travel Designer at Sharon Walters Travel, I craft unique experiences tailored to you. Whether it's a private jet to a secluded villa or a luxury car racing through the streets, anything is possible.

My joy is to see you revel in the journey and create memories. Travel is the essence of life, and with me as your guide, let's explore the world and ignite your soul.

Return home with a thirst for the next adventure.

Ella Messerli

Travel Designer

As a seasoned traveler with a wealth of experience garnered from my many years spent traversing the globe in pursuit of the ultimate luxury properties.

As a former GM of opulent hotels, VP of Marketing for prestigious hotel groups, and Tourism Promoter for Mexico's most exclusive destination, I have honed my skills in the art of crafting unforgettable travel experiences.

From the rolling hills of Europe, to the sultry sands of Latin America, and the vibrant streets of Asia, I have seen it all and have come to understand the alchemy of creating truly magical moments. Now, I offer you the opportunity to partake in this knowledge, to let me design for you a journey that will be the stuff of legend.

Allow me to weave the tapestry of your perfect travel experience, wherever your wanderlust may take you.

I am fluent in English, French, & Spanish

Sharon Walters

Founder

Greetings, I am Sharon. Born in the foggy streets of London and raised amidst the windswept plazas of France, the sun-drenched hills of Italy, and the tulip-lined canals of the Netherlands, my wanderlust was ignited from a young age.

And so began my descent into the addiction of travel. I have traversed more than sixty lands, many of them more than once, and have developed a particular fondness for those destinations suffused with warmth, humidity, and tropical delights.

I am driven by my passion, and it is my joy to imbue my clients with that same fervor and craft for them a journey of a lifetime, each and every time.

Fiji

Fiji, a land of tropical paradise, where the beauty of the beaches is matched by the warmth of the people.

A place where the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean stand alongside the lush greenery of the rainforests.

The Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, where the palm-fringed beaches and coral reefs offer a perfect setting for snorkeling and diving, is a testament to the country's rich biodiversity. The people of Fiji are friendly and welcoming, their culture is rich and colorful.

Fiji is a land of contrasts, a place where one can find beauty in the simplicity of a village life or in the grandeur of the landscapes. From the lush rainforests to the crystal clear waters of the Pacific, Fiji is a country of incredible diversity, with a history and culture that is both rich and fascinating.

A place where travelers will find themselves in paradise, and a destination that is sure to delight the senses.

London

London, the city of Big Ben, where the past and the present coexist in perfect harmony.

A place where the grandeur of Buckingham Palace stands alongside the modernity of The Shard.

The streets of Soho, where the bohemian spirit of the past lives on in the colorful streets, vibrant nightlife and the quaint pubs. The Thames river, a ribbon of silver that runs through the heart of the city, where one can take a boat ride and admire the view of the London Eye and the Tower Bridge.

The people of London are diverse, resilient, and passionate about their city, they live and breathe its culture and history. London is a place where tradition and innovation meet, where one can find inspiration at every turn, a city that never fails to surprise and delight with its rich cultural heritage and vibrant energy. From the Royal palace to street performers, London is a city that will leave a lasting impression on those who visit.

Tahiti

Tahiti, a land of tropical paradise, where the beauty of the beaches is matched by the warmth of the culture.

A place where the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean stand alongside the lush greenery of the rainforests.

The islands of Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, where the palm-fringed beaches and coral reefs offer a perfect setting for snorkeling and diving, is a testament to the country's rich biodiversity. The people of Tahiti are friendly and welcoming, their culture is rich and colorful, with traditional dances and songs that will transport you to another world.

Tahiti is a land of contrasts, a place where one can find beauty in the simplicity of a village life or in the grandeur of the landscapes. From the lush rainforests to the crystal clear waters of the Pacific, Tahiti is a country of incredible diversity, with a history and culture that is both rich and fascinating. A place where travelers will find themselves in paradise, and a destination that is sure to delight the senses.

The traditional dances and songs of the islanders will transport you to another world, revealing the soul of the island.

Mexico

Mexico, a land of vibrant colors and rich culture, where the beauty of the past and the present stand in perfect harmony. From the ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins to the bustling cities, Mexico is a country of contrasts.

The beauty of the beaches of Cancun and the mysticism of the Yucatan peninsula, home to the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza and Tulum, offer a glimpse into the country's rich history and culture. The people of Mexico are proud of their heritage and traditions, their warmth and hospitality is legendary.

The local cuisine is a reflection of the country's diversity and complexity, with a wide range of traditional dishes that range from spicy to sweet, and everything in between. Mexico is a land of contrasts, a place where one can find beauty in the simplicity of a village life or in the grandeur of the landscapes. From the ancient pyramids to the bustling cities, Mexico is a country of incredible diversity, with a history and culture that is both rich and fascinating.

A place where travelers will find themselves in a land of wonder, and a destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Italy

Italy, the land of La Dolce Vita, where art, culture and history meet. A place where the ruins of ancient empires stand alongside the masterpieces of the Renaissance.

From the Colosseum in Rome, to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the canals of Venice, Italy is a treasure trove of architectural wonder.

The rolling hills of Tuscany, dotted with vineyards and olive groves, are a testament to the country's rich culinary heritage, where the aroma of freshly baked bread and simmering sauces fill the air.

The fashion capital of Milan, where the streets are adorned with the latest designer creations, to the charming alleys of Florence, where art and culture come to life, Italy is a kaleidoscope of experiences. The people of Italy are passionate and vivacious, their love for life and their country is infectious. There's a sense of magic in the air that's hard to put into words but easy to feel in Italy.

Australia

New Zealand, a land of wonder and enchantment, where the mountains and fjords are etched with myths and legends. Where the Maori culture and tradition are deeply ingrained in the people and the land.

A place where adventure awaits at every turn, from the glaciers and snow-capped peaks to the sparkling beaches and lush rainforests. The cities of Auckland and Wellington offer a blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty, with opportunities for sailing, hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

The people of New Zealand are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature, making it a popular destination for tourists. The landscapes of New Zealand are breathtaking, from the rugged mountains to the vast coastal plains. It's a place where one can experience both the tranquility of nature and the thrill of adventure. New Zealand is a land of wonder, where the myths and legends of the past are woven into the fabric of the present.

New Zealand

New Zealand, a land of wonder and enchantment, where the mountains and fjords are etched with myths and legends. Where the Maori culture and tradition are deeply ingrained in the people and the land.

A place where adventure awaits at every turn, from the glaciers and snow-capped peaks to the sparkling beaches and lush rainforests. The cities of Auckland and Wellington offer a blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty, with opportunities for sailing, hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

The people of New Zealand are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature, making it a popular destination for tourists. The landscapes of New Zealand are breathtaking, from the rugged mountains to the vast coastal plains. It's a place where one can experience both the tranquility of nature and the thrill of adventure. New Zealand is a land of wonder, where the myths and legends of the past are woven into the fabric of the present.

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Sharon Walters

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Sharon Walters

Greetings, I am Sharon. Born in the foggy streets of London and raised amidst the windswept plazas of France, the sun-drenched hills of Italy, and the tulip-lined canals of the Netherlands, my wanderlust was ignited from a young age.

Ella Messerli

As a Travel Designer, I craft unique experiences tailored to you. Whether it’s a private jet to a secluded villa or a luxury car racing through the streets, anything is possible.

Vera Deatherage

As a seasoned traveler with a wealth of experience garnered from my many years spent traversing the globe in pursuit of the ultimate luxury properties.

Dena Chesler Grimm

My passion for travel began at an early age with wanderlust parents who understood the importance of broadening minds & opening hearts through world travel.

Lena Farias

My journey began when I was 16 years old, starting out on my first adventure, I looked out at the vast world and knew that what lay ahead would change me completely.