Behind all of the dream trips and unforgettable adventures are the ETI team members who help make them a reality. Take a moment to get to know Shannon Ranes, Trip Accountant for Educational Tours, Inc.!
What is your favorite part about your job?
“Making it possible for students and adults to see the world and have a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.”
What’s your most treasured travel memory, or the best thing you’ve learned while traveling?
“Traveling and visiting states and places across the country with my family beginning at an early age. That also inspired my mom to write a pre-teen books series based on our U.S. National Parks and instilled the love of travel in me, which I have continued with my husband.”
If you were stranded in an airport, what three things would you want with you?
“Dental floss, camera—including memory card and charged battery or charging cord—and a map or guide book of the place where I am headed.”
What’s one thing you would recommend every student group do while traveling?
“Take a guided or self-guided tour of the city you are in to learn the history and details. Try ‘local’ food. We like to dine at places we’ve seen on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives or at restaurants of other chefs we’ve seen on TV or online. The same is true for visiting sites we’ve seen on TV or online. We’ve met and visited The Pioneer Woman’s Lodge and Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, as well as Duck Dynasty’s Duck Commander Tour and area in West Monroe, Louisiana.”
What destination on your bucket list do you most want to visit?
What’s your favorite activity while traveling, or something you’ve always wanted to try?
“I rode a bicycle down Mount Haleakala (volcano) in Hawaii and dove 100 feet below the surface in an Atlantis Submarine in the Pacific Ocean to view coral reefs and sunken items.”