Shawna Owen 

Chicago, IL United States
Travel Specialties
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Shopping
  • Safari
  • Spa Vacations

  • Bhutan
  • France
  • Italy
  • Turkey
Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • French

My Background

Shawna has been a passionate traveler since her early years when she lived with her family in Istanbul, Turkey. After receiving her BA from Colby College in Art History and French, and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Shawna spent 15 years as a management consultant. In 2008, Shawna joined forces with her father, Tony Huffman. As CEO and President of Huffman Travel, Shawna’s specialties lie in upscale vacation planning for families. As a mother of two, Shawna has traveled to 50+ countries and recognizes the importance of family time.  As a result, Shawna ensures every detail is taken care of for her clients. Shawna believes, “time is our most precious asset” and enjoys helping her clients make the most of theirs by curating custom-made experiences.Shawna lives in Chicago with her husband and children. She is an active member of The Joffrey Women’s Board, the Guild of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Places I Have Traveled


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By: Abby and Jim

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2014

Shawna is a true professional.  She is highly knowledgable, extremely professional, attentive, and timely in her responses to questions/appropriate venues, and costs.We use her exclusively.Abby and Jim 

Highly recommended

By: Jay65

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2014

Shawna and her staff are well equipped to put together the trip of your dreams. They spend the time getting to know you and learning where you have an interest in visiting. Once that has been determined, they put together a fantastic experience with nothing left undone. They find the best hotels and arraigned the tours which take you to the most interesting places in the area you are visiting. I would highly recommend Shawna as my travel advisor to my friends. She is dedicated and very accommodating to my every need.

Very highly recommended

By: ClaireH

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2014

Shawna and her associate at Huffman Travel planned and executed our stay perfectly.  We so appreciate the attention to detail and fine service.  I highly recommend them for assisting with your travel plans, be they near or far!

Highly recommend

By: Jay65

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2014

Shawna, is very knowledgable and handled my trip with great expertise. I would recommend Shawna to my friends,

Highly Recommend

By: DeerValley123

Reviewed on: 06 Apr 2014

We had a fabulous stay at Trail's End Lodge in Deer Valley and would highly recommend it for families!  Perfect location.

Highly recommend

By: Jay Sr

Reviewed on: 30 May 2014

This was a great trip to a beautiful part of our country. Everything was handled perfectly and it was a special time.

Highly Recommend!

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2014

Shawna planned and amazing anniversary trip for us to Italy.  Every detail was perfect and it was a trip we will remember for a lifetime!

Outstanding trip to Germany

By: Caroline

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2014

Shawna and her team planned an outstanding trip for our family starting in Geneva, moving on to Munich and then Berlin. We very much appreciated the quality of the guides she organized for us, especially the guide in Berlin. I would recommend her to anyone planning a trip abroad.

Trip of a lifetime"

By: Honnie

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2014

A family trip to be remembered in three generations! From grandchildren to grandparents, it was a trip of a lifetime. Our guide was extraordinary, accommodations awesome and every aspect was beyond our expectation. Have tried to send photos but not successful!


By: TNJays

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2014

We had a fabulous trip and think the Huffman Travel group do wonderful work - very highly recommended.

The Best Team!

By: Larsen

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2015

The team at Huffman are the best - always willing to help, always accommodating, always finding great deals and always with a smile! Highly recommended.


By: Marshall and Nikki

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2017

Our family had an absolutely amazing trip to England thanks to Shawna and Krista. They gave us great guidance, managed the entire process of arranging everything for the trip, and were always responsive to any changes. We can't thank them enough for creating a travel experience that we'll all remember forever.

Thoughtful, beautifully planned family trip

By: R Family

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2017

Shawna listened to our interests and features of the trip we wished to highlight. Then she suggested options centering on they types of experiences we emphasized. The trip was magical and we can't wait to plan our next adventure!

New York City with the Kids

By: Mrs C

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Shawna made it easy and first class

Winter get away

By: MH

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2018

Very good experience

Awesome Trip!

By: Christine

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2018

Shawna and team are easy to work with - they make the planning seamless and have wonderful ideas for creating once in a lifetime experiences.

Fantastic trip to Spain

By: Caroline

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

Very easy to work with Shawna and her team



Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Always THE best and on top of it all!

Amazing trip to Morocco

By: Betsy

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2018

Amazing! Shawna consistently plans the most perfect trips for my family

Amazing trip

By: Bubby

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

I am so grateful we found Shawna. Out multi generational trip to Rome and Greece was a once in a lifetime celebration. We had 8 people. Our hotels, restaurants, and tours were sensational. We would never have known the outstanding tour guides for each city without Shawna. She absolutely made our trip amazing. I can't recommend her enough.

Slovenia and Italy trip

By: Andy L

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

Shawna was incredibly detailed our trip was awesome. She managed everything from transportation to getting the best hotels! Great recommendations on restaurants with reservations!

Fabulous Experience

By: Client#5

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2018

Shawna and team were extremely informative and helpful when planning our family trip to Italy. The hotel, restaurants and excursions were tailored to our needs given that we were with grandchildren (who are teenagers).

Travel Goddess


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2018

Fabulous. Shawna has a heart of gold and her sense of delight in what she does is apparent in every single interaction about travel. She also has such deep knowledge on the macro parts of travel (where, when) and the micro parts of travel (which style car for the Iceland tour, who’s the coolest walking tour guide in Cartegena...). It ultimately leaves me feeling not just happy - but safe too - and that combo brings on a deep relaxation while I am on her Huffman adventures.


By: susan

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

Better than outstanding. On it in every way. A pleasure to work with. responsive. Best travel agent we've ever had.

Honeymoon in SE Asia

By: Honeymoon in SE Asia

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2019

Shawna was incredible to work with. Though we had an idea of what we wanted to do on our honeymoon in Southeast Asia, it wasn't until working with her and her team that it became a true reality. Shawna took our ideas and came up with a really spectacular itinerary and our honeymoon couldn't have been more perfect!

DR Review

By: 7cB

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2019

Could not have been more peasant. Shawna is very professional, knowledgeable and patient. Made sure we were all set before the trip, checked in with us on the trip, and followed up after the trip. Great experience from start to finish.


By: Jen

Reviewed on: 05 May 2019

Working with Shawna was, and always is, amazing. She knows what we will like and what we may not and always recommends accordingly. We are so lucky to have her as our friend and travel guru and love the whole team at Huffman who help us to make these memories with our family.

Second to none

By: Ben

Reviewed on: 11 May 2019

Pure Perfection. Helped us decide which hotel and she was spot on. Had a personalized hand written note at check in and checked us during the stay. Can not say enough great things!!

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