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Adventure Travel

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

I don’t know many people who truly relish the idea of lying on a beach or beside a pool doing absolutely nothing for 6 or 7 days, do you?  Most of us get ants in our pants after a day or two of relaxation.

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The Devil Is in the Details

The Devil Is in the Details

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Once or twice a year I venture onto the online booking sites just to see what our customers are seeing.  It always overwhelms me.

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Cancun, a Terrific Destination

Cancun, a Terrific Destination

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

I haven’t actually stayed in the hotel zone of Cancun in over ten years, so I was delighted to be able to stay at three very different resorts there last week.

 

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Cabo, An All-Time Favorite Beach Destination

Cabo, An All-Time Favorite Beach Destination

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

One of my all-time favorite beach destinations is one most people in the Midwest have never visited.

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Switzerland by Train

Switzerland by Train

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

I’ve always thought it would be fun to do a cross country train trip, and Switzerland offers one that is simply amazing.

This stunning adventure begins in Zurich, the international capital of banking and finance and one of the liveliest cities in Europe.

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Why Book a River Cruise

Why Book a River Cruise

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

River cruises are the most rapidly growing market in the travel industry for several very good reasons.   Here’s a brief list of the most important facts you’ll want to know if you’re considering a river cruise.

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Tourist vs Traveler

Tourist vs Traveler

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Defining the difference between a tourist and traveler is an important aspect of my job.  Tourists engage in the normal regional activities.  Travelers take it a step further, seeking to experience the destination in a more unique or authentic way.

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How to Make a Bucket List

How to Make a Bucket List

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

I’ve said it a thousand times, “you only regret the trips you didn’t take”.  When almost half of people surveyed over age 55 say they wish they’d traveled more, it’s time for all of us to wake up and make travel a priority.

Around here we are really good at helping people complete their travel bucket lists.  Let’s begin on yours.

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The Human Touch

The Human Touch

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

We CRAVE you

Did you know Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s) focus on one thing:  to never, ever receive a phone call from their customers.  They want their customers to do all of the work, find their own answers, manage their own problems, and let the OTA just sit back and rake in the commissions.

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The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Have you ever been awestruck?  Completely overcome by the magnificence of an object of art?  Mesmerized by the story told within the art, as well as the story told concerning the creation of the art?

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Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Have you heard about Laocoon, the priest who tried in vain to warn the Trojans about the big horse? 

 

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Italy

Italy

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

What destination is #1 on the bucket list for American tourists?  Home to much of the greatest art, architecture and gastronomy in the world, Italy is #1 for most Americans.

The Eternal City of Rome is comparable to no other city on earth.

 

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What’s Your Travel Style?

What’s Your Style?

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

After 13 years in the travel business one thing is for sure, no destination or resort or experience is “one size fits all”.

Everyone has a different expectation from their travel experience and the more clearly you can identify what you want that experience to be the more likely you are to find the right fit for your next vacation.

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Is It Included?

Is It Included?

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Do you know what’s included in your travel package?  Do you take the time to read the fine print, ask the pertinent questions, and select the best options for you and your set of expectations?

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What Are the Odds?

What Are the Odds?

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Do you drive a car?  A truck?  As the licensed operator of a motorized vehicle you have a certain set of expectations.  You expect to sit down in your vehicle, attach your seat belt, turn the key and turn on the motor.  You then expect to put the vehicle in gear and drive away.

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Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

We all remember Scarlett O’Hara’s father pining for his homeland and the hills of Tara, don’t we?

Did you know the Hill of Tara is the mythical and spiritual center of Celtic Ireland?  It was even the seat of the High Kings.

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Why Travel with a Group

Why Travel with a Group

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Groups offer solutions

Families, clubs, associations, corporations, religious organizations and wedding parties; I imagine in at least one area of your life you’re part of a group.

Groups frequently ask us to plan “together time” for them and I thought you might benefit from knowing what group travel offers and doesn’t offer.

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Luxury vs Budget Friendly

Luxury vs Budget Friendly

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Here at The Joy of Travel we are consistently asked “what are the main differences between luxury all-inclusive resorts and the more budget friendly all-inclusive resorts”.

I just returned from a very budget friendly resort and can tell you firsthand about the differences.

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Is Mexico Safe?

Is Mexico Safe?

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00:00 pm

I’ve been watching the online firestorm brewing over supposed abuse and criminal behavior in Mexico and felt I needed to present another aspect of the story.

 

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A Night of Fairies and Folklore, Final Days in Ireland

A Night of Fairies and Folklore, Final Days in Ireland

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Our time in Ireland so far had been full of fabulous scenery and lovely people, great pubs and tours, historic castles and barrels of fun.  For our final days in Ireland we returned to Dublin and began with a tour of the Teeling Distillery.

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A River Runs Through It, Day 5 and 6 in Ireland

A River Runs Through It, Day 5 and 6 in Ireland

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Does any river bring a more beautiful mental image to your mind than the River Shannon in Ireland?

After a hearty Irish breakfast in Killarney we were off to the River Shannon, which we crossed via ferry and continued to the Cliffs of Moher.  The River Shannon estuary is beautiful, lush and full of wildlife.  We spent all of our time on the ferry crossing outside taking photographs.

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The Gift of Gab,  Day 3 and 4 in Ireland

The Gift of Gab, Day 3 and 4 in Ireland

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

It’s funny how you don’t know you didn’t know something until you know something, you know what I mean?

To say I was less than enthusiastic about our tour of the Waterford Crystal factory is an understatement.

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Exploring Southern Ireland, Day 1 and 2

Exploring Southern Ireland, Day 1 and 2

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

If you are an American and want to explore a foreign country that is fabulously gorgeous and where the people love America and Americans there’s no better choice than Ireland.

Ireland is a land of unsurpassed beauty, about that there is no doubt.  What always surprises guests on my escorted tours in Ireland is the adoration of Americans by the Irish. 

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Special Interest Travel, Travel with a Theme

Special Interest Travel, Travel with a Theme

Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Did you know that there are multiple “special interest” cruises and tours you can join to enhance your appreciation for and understanding of things you enjoy?

Let’s take wine for instance.  There are multiple escorted land tours through the heart of wine country in both Europe and the USA.

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Cancun: Are You Open to a New Experience?

Are You Open to a New Experience?

Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Posadas Resorts invited me to bring my top agents to Cancun to experience three of their properties, and I literally could not remember the last time I stayed in the hotel zone of Cancun.  I gladly accepted the invitation.

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More in Florida Than Disney

More in Florida Than Disney

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Walt did a great job, but there’s more.

Walt Disney had a magnificent dream and the fulfillment of that dream in Florida is truly mind boggling.  However there’s more to Florida than Disney and oranges.

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A First Time for Everything, Saone, Beaune and Paris

A First Time for Everything, Saone, Beaune and Paris

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

April 14, 2017 was a gorgeous, sunny day on the Saone River in France.  Doug and I were enjoying our last day onboard the river cruise vessel Poetry II and decided to sit on the sun deck and watch the beautiful countryside go by.  We were sitting in front of the Captain enjoying the views when we began to hear shouting.

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Lyon and Perouges

Lyon and Perouges

Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Perched high on a hill about 30 miles from Lyon is the charming hilltop city of Perouges.  Since the beginning it has been a village of craftsmen, never under the control of a Lord.   The simplicity and authenticity of the place are a huge part of the appeal.  There are no relics, no imposing cathedral, no electric lines; just uniform timbered homes and quaint cobbled streets.

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Knights Templar Falsely Accused

Knights Templar Falsely Accused

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

Have you noticed most issues are not how they seem to be on the surface?  Take the end of the Knights Templar for instance.  Their demise had nothing to do with heresy and everything to do with money.

The Knights Templar were one of the most respected orders in medieval times.  In a world where both the crown and the church were corrupt beyond belief, the Knights Templar seem to have actually taken their vows to the people seriously.  They protected the people, provided for them, and in the process managed to create what would become our modern banking system.

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Most Beautiful Plumbing, Pont du Gard

Most Beautiful Plumbing, Pont du Gard

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:00:00 am

No other structure in southern France is as famous as the Roman Aqueduct of the Pont du Gard aka “The World’s Most Beautiful Plumbing System”.  The enormous bridge is part of the Nimes aqueduct, a system of over 31 miles that brought fresh water from a fresh water spring at Uzes to the Roman settlement in Nimes (Nemausus) back in the first century.

The Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts (160 feet high with three levels of archways) and one of the best preserved.  After the fall of the Roman Empire the bridge served as a toll bridge, which contributed to its’ upkeep and current excellent condition.

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