Shel Hansen

La Crosse, WI
Premier Aussie (Destination) Specialist

During my 25 years in the travel industry, I have been an Aussie Specialist for 17 of them. With my sales experience, extra-curricular (Aussie-related) activities, including hosting and conducting annual Aussie Nights and other Australia events, I...
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Premier Aussie (Destination) Specialist

On one of my many visits
On one of my many visits "Down Under"

During my 25 years in the travel industry, I have been an Aussie Specialist for 17 of them. With my sales experience, extra-curricular (Aussie-related) activities, including hosting and conducting annual Aussie Nights and other Australia events, I have earned my way to the top and am a Premier Aussie Specialist as well. Having visited Australia on a regular basis (seven times) and experiencing different areas each time, makes me a great resource for you. Whether your travel plans include a “liveaboard” diving experience, visiting some of the world’s oldest trees in the rainforest, a hot air balloon ride, an Aboriginal experience in the Outback, holding a 20- foot python, a private surfing lesson, a private yachting experience, an overnight at your favorite winery, blending wine at Penfolds Winery, swimming with sharks, holding a Koala or just spending a quiet day at the beach, I can help turn these dreams into reality and I would love to help you plan your trip of a lifetime down under!! Added to that, I am a Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist and a Master Cruise Counselor. I have also traveled to New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti several times and know that I have the qualifications to help you plan your dream trip!

Why clients love to work with me ...

"My husband and I began planning a trip to Australia to visit our son who had moved there. We didn’t know where to start, and trying to book a trip of a lifetime by ourselves via the Internet seemed daunting. When I called Travel Leaders, they directed me to their Australia expert, Shel Hansen. I couldn’t have found a more perfect person to work with on a trip like this. I found out Shel had been to Australia six times and knew all the ins and outs of traveling there. She was amazing! Her knowledge and first-hand experience of traveling to Australia made it so enjoyable and fun to plan the trip. Now I always tell people to try Travel Leaders rather than doing it on their own." T. Nielsen

My Travel Albums

My Australia Adventures!
A much-photographed rock formation

My Travel Stories

What Makes Kangaroo Island Special?

When I think about all of my Aussie adventures, one of the favorites has got to be Kangaroo Island. A short 45-minute flight from Adelaide brought me to the land of wild kangaroos, koalas in the trees, Seal Bay, the Arch, Remarkable Rocks and lunch in the bush. Visiting the penguins on a guided tour...Read more.

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Destination Expert:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • French Polynesia
  • Fiji
  • Cook Islands

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Outdoor Activities & Sports
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Escorted Tours
  • Beach Vacations

Top Travel Partners:

  • Travel2
  • Globus
  • Funjet Vacations
  • Delta Vacations
  • Seabourn Cruise Line

Certifications/Awards:

  • Premier Aussie Specialist
  • Master Cruise Counsellor
  • Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist

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