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Christopher Columbus is buried in two places?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00:00 am

One thing I know for sure, when I’m dead and gone no one is going to be fighting over my remains.  Certainly not entire countries. 

I just returned from an 8 day trip to the Dominican Republic, the purpose of which was to tour a dozen new and/or refurbished resorts.  Who knew the best part of the trip would be a history lesson about Christopher Columbus.  Yes, that Christopher Columbus, the one who sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and discovered America.  Except he didn’t.

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Costa Rica

Eco-Adventure close to home

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 6:00:00 am

I just returned from my first trip to Costa Rica and I have to say it was one of the most unique destinations I’ve ever experienced.

The locals were proud to tell me that both Happy Planet and Forbes named Costa Rica the happiest country in the world, and I have to say there are plenty of things to be happy about down there.

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Dreams Tulum

The words of the Father

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:30:00 am

There was a young man who was very successful.  In fact, everything he touched seemed to turn to gold.

He owned a fabulous resort in Mexico, he had a successful marriage and beautiful children.  By all accounts he was the definition of success.

As his father lay dying, the young man expected to hear words of praise and pride from his father for his accomplishments.  Instead, his father said to him “I am ashamed of you.”

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Joe and Delores

Proud to be affiliated with Joe and Delores

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:00:00 am

How many people have you met that literally changed the course of your life?

I’ve met three, two of them are married to each other, and theirs is the story I want to share with you today.


Joe Martinez and Delores Lopez Lira met in 1979 when he was the bell captain at the InterContinental Hotel in Cancun and she was the groups coordinator for a local agency.

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thejoyoftravel

That's not how it works.

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:00:00 pm

I thought I'd take a few moments on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon here in Oklahoma (there are no tornados in sight and I'm worn smooth out from working in my garden) to explain it VERY BRIEFLY to you, our loyal customers, so you can accurately explain The Joy of Travel to the people you so generously refer to us.

When someone contacts their local agent at The Joy of Travel we begin putting together a trip that's going to get them the most bang for their buck.

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Good, Better, Best

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00:00 pm

Right from the beginning the all-inclusive resort model was a good one.  Customers flocked to them, loving the idea that they had paid in advance for their full vacation experience and were not going to have any surprise charges.

As time has gone by there has been quite a bit of differentiation in all-inclusive resorts.  I thought a little clarification about the different levels might help you understand what you’re buying. I want to be sure you know exactly what you’re getting, not what they lead you to believe you are getting.

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Do what you love

Why did I do it?

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:00:00 pm

How did I go from being the Director of Nursing and Home Health Administrator  at local hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and home health agencies to the owner of the largest travel agency in Oklahoma*? 

It’s all because my sweet mother has Alzheimer’s disease. 

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firstclass

Make Coach feel like First Class

Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:15:00 am

Since I find myself flying more times every year than I can count and I’m too cheap to pay for an upgrade, let me give you some pointers that will make coach feel more like first class.

Nothing makes coach feel more like coach than the cramped leg room.  First let’s invest in a carry-on bag that fits easily under the seat in front of you, allowing you to capitalize on every inch of leg room available to you. 

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mexicovacations

Viva la Mexico

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

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.

Our number one choice for 2016:  Viva la Mexico!  Mexico was our number one selling destination for 2015; it outsold second place Jamaica 7 to 1.  I travelled there six wonderful times, took my kids and grandkids, and celebrated my birthday there as well.   My entire travel agent team and our spouses were there in December touring new resorts just to kick off 2016 with a blast.

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Small Child section of Finest Water Park

Finest is our new #1 choice for family vacations

Friday, December 25, 2015 at 8:00:00 pm

Last week I was able to stay at the new family friendly “Finest” in the Cancun area.  To say I was amazed is no exaggeration.

Finest Playa Mujeres is my new #1 choice for luxury family vacations.  Located on the stunning white sand beach of Playa Mujeres, this resort welcomes and spoils people of all ages.  There’s even an adult only section for those of you who crave the “Finest” but are traveling without kids.

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Prince Edward Island

Pearl Seas offers something truly different

Friday, December 25, 2015 at 8:00:00 am

Three areas close to home remain on my updated list, Nova Scotia, the “Southern Charm” areas of our lower southeastern states, and the Great Lakes.

I was recently introduced to a brand new company that offers something for me in each of these areas and offers it in a way I like to travel, the all-inclusive cruise.

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Napali Coast Kauai

What's the best way to experience Hawaii?

Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 8:00:00 am

What’s the best way to experience Hawaii?

First and foremost, do not go to Hawaii unless you can at least 7 nights.  The flight is over 7 hours one way, nonstop flight from DFW.  There’s just no point in flying that distance to stay less than a week.

Next you need to ask yourself this question:  If I love it, can I expect to return to Hawaii again?

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Alaskan Bear Watching

Let's consider some pointers about Alaska

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 10:00:00 am

Alaska 201.

Earlier I introduced you to majestic Alaska.  This week I’d like to expand your knowledge base a little.

Before you plan your adventure in Alaska, consider some of these pointers:

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Glacier Bay

Have I introduced you to Alaska?

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00:00 am

Should Alaska be on your Bucket List?
You opt for the Seaplane Shore Excursion. You board the plane, take off, soar over jagged mountains, then land in the middle of a remote, pristine lake. The pilot shuts down the engines. He suggests you listen…listen very carefully. It’s what you don’t hear that’s important: No people. No sirens. No lawn mowers. No traffic. Just the pure, unspoiled sounds of nature. That’s Alaska.

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Superman zipline

Fly like Superman

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:00:00 pm

Let me tell you about the craziest thing I’ve ever done.  It’s called the Superman Zip Line.  It’s over a mile long, reaching speeds up to 70 MPH.  You lay in a sling and they shoot you down the side of a mountain, across a canyon and up to the landing point.  It is a pure BLAST lasting over one minute and as much like flying as anything I’ll ever do.

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questions about cruises
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

With the words “all-inclusive” playing in your head, you step on board your ship and leave all your trivial worries like money or budgets, behind. Everything is included, and it’s all paid in full, right?

This is the moment when the cruise lines have you where they want you.

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Viking ocean cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 5:00:00 pm

Who likes to be opening their wallet continually throughout their vacation?

I’m betting none of you.  Then you’re going to love my big news.  Viking now offers ocean cruises and the excursions are included!  So are wine, beer and Wi-Fi.

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Viking River Cruises

Everyone loves a Bargain

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:00:00 pm

Everybody loves a bargain

Did you ever purchase something because it was less expensive than an alternative and regret it down the line?

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Canyonlands Tour

Canyonlands Tour

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:45:00 am

If you love the great outdoors, and especially the American West, this is the perfect tour for you!

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Albuquerque Balloon Festival

See the U.S.A.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 8:00:00 pm

Since I had such a big response to my article last week about South Dakota, I thought you might be interested in learning about some other great U.S. travel opportunities utilizing tours.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a “tour” includes, let’s get into the nitty gritty. 

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me and the kids at Mt Rushmore

Rapid City Road Trip

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 9:00:00 am

Would you enjoy a long weekend escape?  We just returned from one that was simply great.

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Sargassum Seaweed

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 8:00:00 am

Seven agents from The Joy of Travel have been traveling the Caribbean in search of beaches unaffected by Sargassum seaweed.

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Can you take the heat?

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 1:00:00 pm

I’ve decided there are two types of people in the world.  Those who like the heat and those who like the cold.

For a person who’s in the Caribbean no less than 7 times a year, you’d think I like the heat.  You’d be wrong.

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child snorkeling

Spring Break and Documentation Tips

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30:00 am

Every year it’s always the same. By March we all have cabin fever and want some sun, warm weather and warm water. The problem is, so does everyone else.

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cuba

CUBA is open and ready for business, sort of

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:28:00 am

Do you love a big, crisp green salad?  Well, if you’re going to Cuba odds are you aren’t going to get one.

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Hawaii 101

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:00:00 am

The moment you get off the plane, you notice the change. The air is soft and sweet – nothing like the sterile air you’ve been breathing during your flight. It’s different from home, too. You’ve arrived somewhere magical, a place that soothes the soul. Yes, you’re in Hawai‘i.

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Doug and Joy in Paris

Journey vs Vacation

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:00:00 pm

Vacations are for relaxing.  A journey is for those who want to be moved.

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mysticmountain

Best Zip Line EVER at Mystic Mountain

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 4:15:00 pm

There’s just nothing like flying through the air suspended by a couple of thin cables.  The wind is whistling past your ears and the ground seems so very far beneath you.  It’s a rush like very few other adventures.

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Swimming with Whale Sharks

Swimming with Whale Sharks

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm

We are hanging over the edge of a ridiculously small fishing boat. We’ve been speeding along for a full 30 minutes.

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Barcelo Maya Palace

Barcelo Maya Palace

Friday, April 3, 2015 at 5:00:00 pm

I still remember back in December 2007 when my friend Tony Stone called me from the Riviera Maya and said “Joy, you’ve got to get down here and see this new place. It’s amazing.”  

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