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Stacey Rishel

Winters, California Travel Agent
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Stacey Rishel

Stacey Rishel

Winters, California Travel Agent
Illumination Vacations, an independent agent with Nexion, LLC, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency
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Specialist for Premium All-Inclusives & Hawaii

I joined the travel industry and launched ILLUMINATION VACATIONS to help families, couples, and groups spend more time enjoying the FUN parts of travel and less time  searching online, trying to figure out what "deals" are good, and being frustrated by the overwhelming task of planning their dream vacations.

I visit the Hawaiian Islands as often as possible from my home in California. While I'm there, I tour resorts and participate in local experiences so I can give offer first-hand advice and insider tips to clients. The aloha spirit is a real thing, and I can't get enough of it!

I also have expertise in premium all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and the Caribbean. I am a Certified Club Med Great Advisor and a Certified Sandals Specialist. I love helping couples enjoy the romance and luxury of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Groups and families who want to cruise, vacation, or tour together come to me because they see the value of having an experienced agent take over the planning and keep track of the reservations, payments, insurance, and other details of group trips.

By collaborating with travel clients, we work together to craft unique itineraries, tailor-made to make their vacation dreams a reality.

When a Foodie and a Travel Junkie Fall in Love

Club Med Yucatan is one of our happy places!
Club Med Yucatan is one of our happy places!

I'm a foodie who enjoys engaging with a destination and its people through their food and drinks, like kangaroo burgers in Sydney or kava in Fiji. My husband is a travel junkie. He's off touring Angkor Wat this week, probably researching the next big adventure from his hotel in Siem Reap.

So, what happened when we got together in 2008? Well, we ended up being the couple who'd rather visit Barbados and enjoy a Bajan food festival than worry about our house or cars. If you come to visit us, you'll probably enjoy Honduran baleadas like those we ate in Roatan, but be prepared to ignore the guest room carpet that badly needs replacing. If you're like us, you probably won't mind. And hey, bring pics from your own travels! We'd love to see them.


Certified ASTA Travel Agent
Hawaii Destination Specialist, HVBC
Caribbean Destination Specialist, Travel Institute
Princess Cruises Commodore
Club Med Expert Agent
Certified Sandals Specialist

My Reviews

Rating: 5 1 Review

Stacey's Travel Expertise and Attention to Detail

Reviewed By Elizabeth Zach - Sacramento, CA | Traveled to Balkan ~ Bulgaria ~ Europe
I have come to rely on Stacey's attention to detail and expertise in helping me plan both my vacations and business travel. Both kinds of travel have sometimes been complex and delicate, including itineraries across four European and Balkan countries on a tight story assignment - I am a journalist - as well as journeys in less secure areas in Latin America. Every step of the way, she was diligent in planning the travel and also keeping me in the loop as to how the planning was coming along. She also has taken great care in planning travel for my elderly mother, thinking ahead about services that could assist her while on the road. I've tried other travel agents in the past, but never felt as satisfied as I do with Stacey's service and have found my way back to her. Highly, highly recommended!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Stacey Rishel responded:
Thank you so much, Elizabeth. It's always exciting being part of the planning for your adventures, whether just down to San Diego or all the way to Japan. I am grateful for the many times you've entrusted your travel arrangements to me and thrilled you are happy with the service you've received.
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