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The Top Five in Europe

The Top Five in Europe

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

In the travel industry world we all know who the Big Five are, but it occurred to me that you probably do not.

 

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Cabo 2018:  Fun, Sun and No Humidity

Cabo 2018: Fun, Sun and No Humidity

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

We all love a beach vacation, don’t we?  But one thing I bet we don’t love, and that’s the stifling humidity that can accompany a fun in the sun vacation.

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Scotland, Land of Adventure

Scotland, Land of Adventure

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

Have you ever wondered how you’d look in a kilt?  If the answer is yes there won’t be a better time to find out than in 2018.

 

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Historic America, American History Comes Alive

Historic America, American History Comes Alive

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

How would you like to get up close and personal to the places that witnessed the birth and most important events in our great nation?  Boy, do I have the road trip for you!

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Travel Close to Home, Best of Alaska

Travel Close to Home, Best of Alaska

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

This year more than any since 911 has people wanting to sticker closer to home on their vacations.  Thankfully there are many wonderful places to see and things to do just a short flight from our central USA location.

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Top Travel Deals in 2018

Top Travel Deals in 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

I have some great news.  Air travel in 2018 is coming in at a much lower price point than it did in 2017.  I’m going to use the space in this article to help you determine the most cost effective ways you can travel in 2018.

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Travel Trends for 2018

Travel Trends for 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00:00 am

The Joy of Travel Team is on the road much of the year, traveling tens of thousands of miles so we can bring to our customers an insider’s perspective and base our recommendations on personal experience. 

With 2018 upon us now is a good time to tell you the top choices we have for the upcoming year.

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Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Cancun and the Riviera Maya

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

Have you heard the terms “Riviera Maya, Playa Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Puerto Aventuras” and others and wondered just where they are, what they offer, and how far they are from the Cancun airport?

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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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