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Shel Hansen

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent
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CERTIFICATES & AWARDS Premier Aussie Specialist, Master Cruise Counsellor, Dominican Republic Specialist, Travel Leaders Certified Travel Specialist
Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
Certified ASTA Travel Agent

Shel Hansen

La Crosse, Wisconsin Travel Agent

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

Related Travel Experiences

A much-photographed rock formation
My Australia Adventures!

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. ... Read more from my What Makes Kangaroo Island Special? story.

My ATE Invitation to Perth

Because I am not only an Aussie Specialist, but have also earned my Premier Aussie Specialist Designation and am recognized by Tourism Australia and Travel 2 (formerly Qantas Vacations), I do receive invitations to various training and network events in Australia. An annual event is Corroborree (a joint meeting ... Read more from my My ATE Invitation to Perth story.

I LOVE Sydney, Australia!

I do … it’s one of my very favorite cities in the entire world – the people who live there are friendly and energetic; the city is beautiful and vibrant, filled with locals and tourists from all over the world, coming to see the iconic Sydney Opera House and either view ... Read more from my I LOVE Sydney, Australia! story.

Melbourne and the Yarra Valley

The majority of my journeys to Australia have been with fellow travel professionals, through tour companies whose goal is to teach us as much about the country, the hotels and the sightseeing venues as possible. This trip was no exception and once again, we learned volumes, with visits to new ... Read more from my Melbourne and the Yarra Valley story.

"Down Under" to Barossa Valley

If you’re a foodie and a wine enthusiast, you’ll really enjoy a trip to Australia’s Barossa Valley. To visit ‘the Barossa’ is to taste the good life, which includes premium wines such as the world-famous Barossa Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling that are regionally produced. Add that ... Read more from my "Down Under" to Barossa Valley story.