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Cenote Swimming and More in Mexico

Cenote Swimming and More

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm

Are you a little claustrophobic?  Me too.  Yet I have no problem what so ever dropping down into a hole in the ground filled with cold, crystal clear water and swimming like a fish.  Love that cenote experience!

If you don’t have a Mexico “to do” list you need one, and swimming in some of the marvelous cenotes in the Cancun area needs to be at the top of that list.

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to literally thousands of them.  They are limestone sinkholes filled with water.  To the Maya they were sacred sources of desperately needed fresh water, revered and thought of as entrances to the underworld.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm

In 1961 Jacque Cousteau visited a subtropical island 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. He dubbed it one of the 5 best dive spots on earth.  Since that time, with the allure of the azure Caribbean waters and the warmth of the Mexican sun, it has become the destination of choice for snorkeling and diving. The “Land of Swallows” in ancient Mayan, the island of Cozumel.

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What’s ahead in 2017

What’s Ahead in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017 at 1:00:00 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.

With 2017 upon us now is a good time to tell you the top choices we have for the upcoming year.

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Group Travel Benefits

Group Travel Benefits

Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

What qualifies as a group?

Do you have any idea how many guests have to be traveling for it to be considered a group trip?

Well, the answer varies depending on the type of travel and the destination.

If you and some friends are going somewhere tropical for a vacation as few as 5 rooms can qualify all of you for a room discount.  Whether it’s Cancun or Hawaii, the Dominican Republic or Jamaica, if you have 5 rooms going to the same place at around the same time it’s going to save you money.

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Understanding Travel Insurance

Understanding Travel Insurance

Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

Have you ever wondered whether or not you really need travel insurance?  Here are a few questions that will help you determine not only if you need it but what type you need.

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Adventure Hawaii Style

Adventure Hawaii Style, Where the Action Is

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

As much as everyone loves a little R&R on the beach, any trip to Hawaii should also include a few wonderful adventures.

A “first” trip to Hawaii is usually to the Island of Oahu.  Oahu has so much to do it literally took me and Doug two full weeks to experience everything on our list.

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10 Trips in 12 Months

10 Trips in 12 Months

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

I just put my luggage back in the storage building with a huge sigh of relief.  I’ve been out of the country 10 times in the past 12 months and am ready to sit close to my own fireplace for a few weeks.  Hallelujah.

Is that a typical year for me?  Yes it is.  Why?  Because we don’t recommend anywhere to you we haven’t tried first.

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Jack in the Box, Travel Brand Loyalty

Jack in the Box

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

I love Jack in the Box

That is well known fact.  I love those two for 99 cent tacos that drip grease down your chin and give you absolutely awful heartburn.  Love them.  Love them even more with a big order of fries and a coke on the side.

Does that mean I love everything they offer at Jack in the Box?  Absolutely not.

I bet it’s the same for you. 

So when someone tells me they tried a “Brand Z” resort and have decided they want to stick with “Brand Z” into infinity I know something they do not, they aren’t going to be happy with every resort that “Brand Z” offers.

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City Stay Supported Packages, Venice

City Stay Supported Packages

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

Just give me a week

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere and just spend a week enjoying the surroundings?  Maybe you’ve considered the hills of Tuscany, Madrid, or even New Orleans?

There are some wonderful 5-9 days packages that not only include your accommodations (hotel room) but also include the “must see” attractions for that area, at discounted package pricing.

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Weather Travel Issues, Rain

Weather Travel Issues

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

Do your plans include a little rain?

Nothing can impact your vacation itinerary as powerfully as weather conditions.

We’ve had customers who missed their outbound flight in January due to black ice in Tulsa.  We’ve had customers whose return flight couldn’t land at DFW in May due to thunderstorms and they overnighted in Austin.

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Scotland, the Year of History in 2017 Hillside

Scotland, the Year of History in 2017

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

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 2017.

Scotland will celebrate the Year of History throughout 2017 in honor of the country’s people, distinct culture, traditions and landscapes.  From a tourist’s perspective, it’s a rich opportunity for us.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Cancun

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

Allow me to re-introduce you to a destination that’s been attracting millions of American tourists for over forty years.  Cancun, Mexico.

What’s the big deal about Cancun, you ask?  There are several big deals about Cancun, as I was reminded during my wonderful trip there two weeks ago.

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My Little Island Paradise Cozumel

My Little Island Paradise, Cozumel

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

Oh how I love my little island paradise, Cozumel.

I literally can’t remember my first trip to Cozumel, and frankly I can’t remember all of the trips in between that one and my trip there two weeks ago.  I’ve been there so many times I’ve lost count.  What does that tell you?

Jacques Cousteau loved Cozumel, and named it one of the top 5 dive sights in the world.  I have to say I agree-the water clarity and marine life there are among the best in the world.

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See Caribou in Alaska Our Last True Wilderness

Alaska: Our Last True Wilderness

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

I want to see it all, don’t you?  I want to relax and fill my lungs with clean, crisp air while sitting on my balcony observing miles and miles of pristine forests floating silently by.

I want to see whales in their natural habitat, not in some man made contraption.  I want to hear the sound of a glacier calving and smell the smoke from a fire burning in a secluded oceanfront cabin. 

I want to “know” the inside passage.

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Spring Break and Documentation Tips

Spring Break and Documentation Tips

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

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.

If Spring Break travel is on your radar, there are a few things you need to consider.

Spring Break is one of the most expensive times of year to travel, second only to Christmas. Travel is a supply and demand business, Spring Break travel is super high demand.

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National Park Tours

In With the New

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:00:00 am

August is one of the best months in travel for travel agents.  August is when we open our front doors to discover boxes of new brochures full of exciting itineraries and enticing ideas for the upcoming year.

August 25, 2016 is the 100 year anniversary of our National Park system.  Most of the travel suppliers we use have created fantastic opportunities for us to celebrate this outstanding national achievement.

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Excellence Punta Cana beach

The Dominican Republic can be Delightful

Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 8:00:00 am

You know how your kids never think you are cool or interesting?  Well my daughter told me my articles the past two weeks have been like a PowerPoint history lesson (it wasn’t a compliment), so I’m going for something different in this one.

As you may know most of my agents went along with me to the Dominican Republic the last week of July to tour resorts there.  We stayed eight days and saw everything we wanted to see and more.

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travel pricing

Understanding travel pricing

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

Have you ever sat on a plane next to someone who paid considerably less (or more) than you did for your ticket? 

What about a trip?  Have you scored a fabulous deal while your friends had to max out their credit cards because they decided to wait a few weeks before committing to go with you?

Travel pricing is a convoluted mess, but I’m feeling brave today and am going to try to explain it.

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Santo Domingo Dominican Republic

USA occupies the Dominican Republic

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:00:00 pm

Earlier I told you a few fascinating tidbits I learned about Christopher Columbus and the Dominican Republic.  Our historian Miguel divulged a few other interesting facts during our tour that completely astounded me.  For instance, that the U.S. Military had occupied his country not once, but twice, during the 1900’s.

It all began back in 1911 when a group of rebels attacked President Caceres of the Dominican Republic and killed him.  

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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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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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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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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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