Courtney Shannon Strand Courtney Shannon Strand has lived in, worked in, and explored the Seattle/Tacoma area since the late 1990s.Her work has appeared in InStyle magazine, Elle magazine, Northwest Runner magazine, Eddie Bauer’s catalogs and on CTQ Media's websites.She writes about performing arts, sports, fashion, and green living. Experience Courtney Shannon Strand is a former writer for TripSavvy, focusing on Seattle area destinations and diversions. She has lived in the heart of Belltown, on the bustling east side in Redmond/Bellevue, and on the slopes of Capitol Hill. She has extensive experience in outdoor sports and recreation around the Emerald City as a rock climber for more than 15 years, lifelong runner, and avid hiker.Courtney is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in InStyle magazine, Elle magazine, Northwest Runner magazine, Eddie Bauer’s catalogs and on CTQ Media's websites. Education Courtney Shannon Strand earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University and her master's degree in marketing and communication from Franklin University. About TripSavvy and Dotdash Meredith TripSavvy, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler—showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in New York City, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.