About Shanna

Shanna is a travel professional in the airline and hotel industries. She lives in Lonsdale, MN and there enjoys cooking and gardening. Her favorite places to travel are Scotland and France. Shanna writes about travel in the Midwestern part of the United States at her blog A Midwest Travel Companion More About Shanna Google

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The view from the window of my bungalow at Chiang Dao Nest

Travel Pinspiration: Unique Hotels in the World from Pinterest

Chiang Dao Nest, Thailand Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Ice Hotel, Romania Source: luxuryaccommodationsblog.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa in Chile Source: travelchannel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang Source: coupletraveltips.com via […]

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Worship At Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fabulous Friday Foto: Incense and Offerings At A Temple in Thailand

I found the sincerity of the offerings that we saw being made at the temples that we visited around Thailand to be refreshing.  It was clearly evident that the majority of the people who were there to worship at the temple in Thailand felt a deep connected to their faith.  They had taken time out […]

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Travel In Focus: What to do in Paris

Travel in Focus is a monthly feature highlighting the best travel tips and suggestions for a particular place from around the web.  Check out the internet’s best travel writing about Paris to help you plan your trip! Paris Focused Blogs Hip Paris Blog: Tips and insights about touring, renting and living in Paris Girls Guide […]

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Shanna and the baguette in front of Notre Dame

Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things That Are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Most of the time, I hear people talking about going into “culture shock” when they arrive in a foreign country.  For me, when I left France, the culture shock that I experienced was the shock of returning to the United States.  There are so many things here now that never really irritated me before, but […]

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A scenic view of Alesund Norway

Alesund Norway on a Budget: How We Spent an Entire Day in Alesund Without Spending a Penny!

Normally the words “Norway” and “budget” don’t play very well together.  Norway is well known to be on the the most expensive countries in the world. With a little leg work, we spent an entire day in Alesund, Norway on our cruise this summer without spending a dime! We were very excited to take our […]

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A vintage road trip photo

Travel Pinspiration: The Best Road Trip Photos on Pinterest

Vintage Road Trip Photo from California in the 1960’s Source: thereandbackagaintravel.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest A Road Trip in Australia: Source: off-the-path.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Interesting Car on A Road Trip in Argentina Source: 2backpackers.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest […]

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Mediterranean, South of France

Fabulous Friday Foto: The South of France – Endless Miles of Sun Kissed Coastline

Ah, the beautiful coast line of the south of France on the Mediterranean ocean!  Perpetually blue water that looks to good to be true, kissing endless miles of beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline.  This looks even more inviting now than it did when I was visiting France in July (the cold weather is just setting in here […]

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Cote du Rhone village

Postcards from Provence: Leaving France-Reflections from my Trip to Provence

I left on my trip to Provence with the idea in my mind of seeing the lavender fields in bloom.  While I am not sure if I fully realized that particular goal, I gathered so much joy from this trip that I am not sure if I have the right words to summarize it.  Let […]

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Dinner on the MS Eurodam at "An Evening at Le Cirque"

Holland America Dining: Dinner at Le Cirque

Holland America’s “An Evening at Le Cirque” is inspired by the famed Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City, a culinary institution well known for innovative menus featuring surprising, well prepared cuisine.  One night each cruise, the Pinnacle Grill is transformed with fanciful plates and table decorations which help set the mood for the meal. […]

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Tennesse Smoky Mountains

Travel Pinspiration: The Best National Park Photos on Pinterest

Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, Costa Rica Source: trans-americas.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) Source: findingtheuniverse.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland Source: inspiringtravellers.com via There and Back Again Travel Blog: on Pinterest Wrangell-St. Elias National […]

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