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Joy Thrun

Joy Thrun About the Author: Joy has been working and teaching in the travel industry since 1970. Joy’s travels have taken her around the globe. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Central & South America, Africa, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. Most recently, she traveled to South Africa, Peru, and cruised the Rhine, Rhône, Danube, Nile, Yangtze, and Amazon rivers. Joy believes that Paris is always a good idea and she knows the boot of Italy like a custom-made Ferragamo. Email Joy: joy@classictravelusa.com

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One of the hottest trends in the travel industry these days is river cruising. Born in Europe and growing around the world, almost every major river on the planet features exciting itineraries on beautiful new ships. If you have not taken a river cruise yet, you are probably intrigued and if you have, you are… [Read More]

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New York is always a wonderful place for a special occasion. Although we were leaving for Europe on October 21, our 30th anniversary was September 27 and we needed to be someplace wonderful that day. From Michigan, New York is a great place to spend one or two nights. You can depart Friday morning and… [Read More]

I have owned and operated Classic Travel since its beginning in 1980. I counsel clients (the best part of my job), so I not only have an opinion, but have accumulated opinions from some of the country's most avid travelers (an advantage of having an agency in the affluent community of Okemos near a Big… [Read More]

Corporate travel is a sea of rules, accounting, fees, and options. If not properly managed, you could be throwing hard-earned profits down the drain. Know what you're getting into before you make a commitment - Classic Travel to the rescue! Everyone has heard the horror stories about the ‘real’ value of relying on the Internet… [Read More]

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Why Alaska is the most repeated destination in the world! On my most recent trip to Alaska, I traveled with 90 people who make their living off the land- people who are very aware of the impact weather can have on your life. As we sailed out of Seattle on a perfect balmy evening with… [Read More]

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The first 24 hours in Peru made the bungee in Africa look like a cakewalk. We arrived in Lima at almost 11:00 PM and spent a tedious hour in immigration before arriving at our hotel close to 1:00 AM. We had a great two-room suite on the 14th floor of one of the tallest buildings in the… [Read More]

The Riviera Maya is one of my and Tom's favorite resort areas. Here are some of the reasons why. The travel time and time zone makes the destination a breeze on travel days. The flight time is just over 3 hours. Northwest and Spirit fly nonstop commercially and the charter flights operate daily in the… [Read More]

Clothes and packing tips: It is a casual destination, so during the day it is battle gear and layering. It can be 50ish in the morning, at night and when the ship is sailing. Then 70ish pushing 80 and warm if the sun it out. It can always rain or be foggy. You will want a… [Read More]

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If it is beaches, food and stunning topography you like for your tropical vacation than St. Kitts definitely fits the bill. This volcanic island has lush covered peaks with gorgeous vistas at every turn. It still maintains the 'Old Caribbean' feel with a first-class hotel option that meets the accommodation and amenity luxuries we have come… [Read More]

Because we are a luxury leisure travel agency we have seen a steady increase in interest river cruising. I had sailed on the Nile and Yangtze rivers and although the rivers were remarkable the ships were not. So when we were invited to sail the Rhine River I was delighted to be going back to… [Read More]

After sending hundreds of clients and several groups to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, the question was, what will become the next hot all-inclusive destination? The answer is Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic! If you like luxury resorts, endless white sand beaches, world class diving, championship golf, history and culture…this is the spot for… [Read More]

That famous phrase went through my head repeatedly as I somewhat nervously anticipated our upcoming trans-Atlantic crossing aboard the famous Queen Elizabeth 2. For as long as I have known my husband, he has spoken fondly about his family's voyages on the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary back in the early 1960's. My apprehension… [Read More]

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Where does a Travel Agent go for their 20th Wedding Anniversary? After much debate and endless research, the answer became crystal clear: Puerto Vallarta. When Tom and I first began planning our 20th wedding anniversary, we considered such exotic places as Morocco, Bali, and Australia. Then we found ourselves needing to visit the hotel La… [Read More]

After selling trips to Ireland for over 30 years,  whether it was a self drive B&B package, an escorted tour, a golf vacation, or a private driver staying at castles and manor homes, everyone has always raved about their trip. Now that I have traveled throughout Ireland I believe the perfect trip has much to do… [Read More]

Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast – The Perfect Trip for a Milestone Birthday thumbnail

I have owned Classic Travel for more than 30 years, so choosing a milestone birthday location was both exciting and stressful. For this birthday, it needed to be perfect. I wanted premium class air, a classic hotel, great food, sightseeing, and ambiance. Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast sounded ideal. Even seasoned travel professionals discourage… [Read More]

‘Pura Vida’ is the Costa Rican equivalent of Aloha. Meaning ‘Pure Life,’ it is a greeting, a farewell and an attitude. The Costa Ricans or ‘Ticos’ are extremely knowledgeable and proud of their country. From its ecological treasures to the high standard of living and the fact that they have no military, Costa Rica is… [Read More]

This article was featured in Greater Lansing Business Monthly (October 2010). If you have not done so already, it’s time to begin planning and start booking holiday and spring break travel. There are more options than ever and great deals to be had on both land and sea. For those of us fortunate enough to… [Read More]