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The Joy of Travel is staffed with fun, experienced agents who live and breathe to plan great trips for you.  Our promise to you is simple- we won't recommend anywhere we haven't tried first.  Find out for yourself if our first hand experience doesn't make all the difference.  Small Town friendly-Big City expertise. 

The Joy of Travel-where we put the JOY back in travel.

Isn't it time for your "Trip of Lifetime"?

Are you a discerning traveler who can appreciate the destination-focused approach to cruising Viking is famous for?  The world's leading river cruise company is waiting for you, and we have Viking Master Agents here at The Joy of Travel who can not only help you select the perfect ship and itinerary, but also save you money in the process. We offer two for one cruising, up to free airfare, and best of all our final price is going to be less than the pricing you'll find online.  Give us a call and let us prove it to you.  The Joy of Travel River Cruise Specialist Team can be found under the "Meet Us" tab at the top of the page.  If you seriously want to have the river cruise of a lifetime, join us on one of our personally escorted river cruise adventures.  Find out more under the "Travel With Us" tab.  The Joy of Travel-we put the JOY back in travel!

 

 

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The Latest from Our Blog

Are You Looking for a Reason?

Life is very good at giving us reasons to celebrate, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a trip.

Did you know that 87% of people travel to celebrate their wedding anniversary?  What better way to say “I still love you” than to set aside special time for your special someone.  There are some simply divine adult only resorts a short flight away that would be perfect for just the two of you.

 

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Raising Children with Wanderlust

I know this is going to sound crazy to some of you, but I have always budgeted for family vacations and considered it to be an education expense.

I’ve talked to thousands of people about travel over the course of my 13 years as a travel professional (and 30 years traveling the world) and one thing is clear, people who have traveled have a more open-minded, optimistic opinion of our world.

They’ve been places, they’ve experienced other lifestyles and cultures, and they’ve learned that people around the world are basically the same.  We all love our children, we value safety and security.  We laugh, we cry and we are amazed at the great wonders of the world.  We all want the world to be a better place.

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Cruise Considerations: What’s of Primary Importance?

As a woman who was a single mom with 3 kids to raise for over 12 years I know the importance of a vacation budget.  Let’s talk about factors that are almost as important as budget when you consider a cruise vacation.

To me the most important factor to consider are the ports of call.  I base my decisions on both ocean and river cruising around the ports of call I’ll get to experience. 

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Wine Appreciation Destinations are Huge

Everyone I know seems to be having a love affair with wine, and not just what it’s their glass.  They are also intrigued by the history, the culture, the romance.   If you ever dreamed of visiting some of the premier wine regions of Europe here are some great guidelines.

My first experience with awe-inspiring vineyards was in the Tuscany region of Italy.   Tuscany is easy to access; it’s just a short drive north of Rome.  You can opt to stay in a villa and explore the area independently with your own car, or you can experience the area on an escorted tour for a few days before going on to the next regions.  Either way, if Tuscany isn’t on your bucket list you should add it today.

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