Shawna Huffman Owen

Shawna has been a passionate traveler since spending the first few years of her life in Istanbul, Turkey and later living and studying in France and Italy. After receiving her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Shawna spent 10 years as a management consultant. Over a decade ago, she decided to join the family business by opening the Huffman Travel Chicago office and concentrating on luxury leisure travel.

Shawna built on her genuine personality and unwavering work ethic to quickly gain the trust and respect of her clients as well as celebrated hotel and tour companies around the world. As President & CEO of Huffman Travel, she dedicates her energy to strategic development and management to ensure her growing team stays on top of customer service best practices and travel trends. Shawna currently holds a seat on the elite Travel Advisory Board for Travel + Leisure magazine as well as on the Advisory Board for Abercrombie & Kent.

Shawna leverages her frequent visits to luxury destinations to formulate personal and creative recommendations for her clients. Her specialties lie in upscale vacation planning for families and couples. As a mother of two teenagers, Shawna recognizes how precious vacation time is and strives to ensure every detail is taken care of for her clients.

Shawna’s passion for culture and human connections led her to become an active member of the Joffrey Ballet Women’s Board, the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Big Shoulders Fund, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago.

Favorite Hotels & Resorts:
Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), Hotel du Cap Eden Roc (France), Cheval Blanc/Isle de France (St. Barths),  J.K. Place (Capri), Portrait Suites (Rome), Dunmore Beach Club (Harbor Island), Londolozi (Sabi Sands), Singita Grumeti (Tanzania), Rosewood Hotel London, Park Hyatt Sydney, Amangiri (Utah), Six Senses Douro Valley (Portugal).

Recently Visited:
Exumas (Bahamas), China, New Zealand, Tanzania, Spain and Portugal, Berlin, The Galapagos, Puglia (Italy), Australia, Provence, London, Paris, Cuba, Amalfi Coast, Capri, St Tropez.

Best Adventures:
Market day in Provence. Swimming with nurse sharks in the Exumas. Exploring the incredible Kingdom of Bhutan. Helicoptering into the Milford Sound in New Zealand. Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Bargain hunting in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Panda-Keeper for a day in Chengdu. Flying over 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Australia. Driving through Cuba in vintage convertibles. Drinking rosé in St Barths.

Bucket List:
Trekking gorillas in Uganda. Completing the Cotswolds Way (100 mile walk from Chipping Campden to the steps of Bath Abbey). Crusing the Mekong Delta on the Aqua Mekong. Cellar and Chateau hopping in  Bordeaux.



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