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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 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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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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Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:00:00 am

We’ve all seen those fabulous commercials on TV about the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.  Believe me when I tell you, it’s even more overwhelming in person than it is on TV.

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looking for romance

Buyer Beware

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:00:00 pm

Hope you need a laugh, because I’m about to give you one.

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Avoid Costly Travel Mistakes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 9:00:00 pm

Getting a great deal on a wonderful vacation is all for naught if you don’t avoid these costly mistakes.

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Viking is coming to America

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:00:00 pm

Viking River Cruises Chairman Tor Hagen is following through on his plans to start operating on the Mississippi River, revealing plans to base six river ships in New Orleans starting in late 2017 for his first voyages in North America.

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protest in athens

Travel Safety

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00:00 am

Let’s talk about personal safety

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Let's get real

Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:00:00 am

Knowledge is power and I am here today to give you a big old dose of power. I also hope to give you a chuckle or two in the process.

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Timeshare Beware

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00:00 am

When is the last time you heard about a timeshare program? They got a bad name years ago and are now hiding behind less obvious names, but believe it or not, timeshares are still out there.

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Other great 2015 choices

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 8:00:00 am

Last week I gave you my number one choices for your 2015 travel. However, I have some “runner ups” that are worthy of your time and consideration as well.

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Azul Beach

Number One Choices for 2015

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00:00 am

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

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First Day in Prague

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm

Have you ever had an experience that so completely surpassed your expectations you were literally at a loss for words?

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Moon Palace Mega Resort

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:00:00 am

How big is too big?

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