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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This barbed wire helps to recreate barriers on the beach that had been put in place by the Nazis hinder the Allies' progress.

Blogging Tips – Goals for 2014

If anyone wants to read (I write this as much for myself so I can look back on it as I do for my audience)…here is a rundown of my goals for 2014!  First, a look back… Wow.  What to say about 2013 as it relates to my life and my blog? Unfortunately, 2013 for […]

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Florida Alligator

Things to do in Kissimmee Florida – Our Encounter With A Swamp Monster

We rounded the corner and suddenly, there he was, massive and silent staring at me with his reptilian eyes.   He looked like a prehistoric monster, sunning himself in the mud of the swamp and  I could imagine one small movement of his massive tail effortlessly knocking me over. Our tour guide, Chris, informed us […]

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Key Lime Pie in Florida

Heaven in My Mouth – Key Lime Pie in Cocoa Beach Florida

For me, the magic of a great piece of key lime pie comes from the juxtaposition of real, lip smacking tartness of the limes and the thick, creamy texture of the filling. I consider myself somewhat of a key lime pie connoisseur.  Unfortunately, I have tried many an unsatisfying slice of the stuff. Sometimes, the […]

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Markets of the World: Borough Market London

Getting there, sort of We got out of the London Bridge underground station at Borough High Street. The map I had showed that the entrance to Borough Market was right in front of the tube exit, so we crossed the street and started looking. But nothing. We went into some alleys, looked behind some corners. […]

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Airport Passenger with luggage

5 Packing Tips for Choosing a Backpack for Travel + A GIVEAWAY!

I am a big proponent of traveling with only a carry on bag whenever possible (I am actually quite proud of the fact that I can travel for 2 plus weeks in a carry on sized backpack!) Choosing a good backpack is the best packing tips that I can give a light weight, mobile traveler […]

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Indoor market, Helsinki, Finland

Markets Of The World: Helsinki Finland

The very first post in this series if from Ayngelina from the travel blog Bacon is Magic!  Her video takes you inside the New Market in Helsinki Finland just like you were right there with her.  When we visited this market, I remember the strong smells of fresh fish and the pungent aromas of local […]

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Eurodam Norway

6 Things That I Miss Most About Travelling

I took my last trip almost 5 months ago.  Anyone who knows how much I am used to travelling will readily see that for me, this seems like an eternity. There is a good reason for my hiatus, and I have plenty of other things to keep me busy at the moment, but that doesn’t […]

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Changes: 5 Lessone Learned from Traveling with Baby

Babies change everything.  Especially travel. I had never put so much though into the process of going through the security line at the airport.  I planned out every move, every necessary action in the security dance, aware that every forgotten detail would become infinitely more difficult with a potentially fussy baby in arms and other […]

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Things to Do in Santa Fe: The Most Fun I Have Ever Had on Four Legs

I gave up going horseback riding on vacation long ago.  I have been on enough of those summer vacation trail rides to know that they generally bore me. The scenery is nice, but plodding along at a walk in a long line of un-enthused, un-interested horses who walk the same trail day after day is […]

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Santa Fe Frito Pie

The Frito Pie: A Santa Fe Food Experience

The American food experience is less like a blanket and more like a patchwork quilt.  There is not one type of taste of food that encompasses the American food experience.  If you were to pick the quintessential “American” food, what would it be?  Apple Pie?  Hamburgers?  Chicago Style Pizza? I am always on the lookout […]

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