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Joy Lawrance

Golden, Colorado Travel Agent
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Joy Lawrance

Golden, Colorado Travel Agent
An independent agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency
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Leisure Travel Specialist

Pont du Hoc on the Normandy Coastline.
Pont du Hoc on the Normandy Coastline.

My love of travel began when my Dad would play "globe games" with me - having me find cities and countries around the world. I was determined to spend at least a year in Europe after I finished college - and ended up spending two years in Stuttgart, Germany. From there I traveled whenever and where ever I could visiting about 25 countries during that time. 

I became a full-time travel agent in 1981 - and have been in the business ever since. My travels have taken me to 50 countries, and I've been on over 20 cruises. 

One of my favorite places is Hawaii, and I've been to every island that travelers are allowed to go (except for Ni'ihau...a very private place with very little access). People ask me what's my favorite island - and my answer is always "The one I'm on!" Each island is so different that it's hard to compare them. 

South America is also a favorite destination - and I'm especially fond of Chile. The fjords (they do rival those in Norway) and Patagonia are simply breathtaking. Of course, Peru (and Macchu Pichu) rank very high...along with a jungle excursion on an Amazon tributary! And then there's Buenos Aires. Wow, what a fabulous city - truly the Paris of the West!

A wise person once said...If you go to only two continents in your lifetime, go to Africa twice. There is nothing quite like a safari and seeing the animals in their native land.Lions feasting on a freshly killed zebra, or a gazelle giving birth - this is nature in the raw. Brutal...and beautiful  It's quite humbling to see the Masai people walking miles just to collect their daily supply of water - then get to your hotel where there is a huge swimming pool beyond the foyer. We learn that life is not always easy.

We love to cruise - and have found that visiting many places as your "hotel" transports you around is a delightful way to travel. Cruising continues to gain in popularity and cruise lines keep raising the bar in onboard activities. Zip lines, surfing, go-carts, rock-climbing, ice skating, water slides...it gets more crazy every year! Then there's river cruising - the total opposite. Fewer people, slow cruising, leisurely travel. What a great way to see so many places in Europe instead of the ubiquitous bus tours!

So, my specialty is leisure travel - I really love helping clients find just the right places to suit them and make their trips truly memorable. This is a process, one in which I learn about a client's past travels, what sorts of things they enjoy, and what their goals are for a particular trip.

Using all the resources available to me, I'm able to find things and make arrangements that a DIYer would most likely overlook - or not find at all. I look forward to being a real "travel partner" with my clients, and enjoy the process immensely. 

 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certified Travel Counselor (ICTA)
Accredited Cruise Counselor (CLIA)

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Transatlantic Cruising

After many 7 to 14-day cruises in several parts of the world, we were tempted when the brochure came offering a good price on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line re-positioning cruise. The ship - the Navigator - would leave from Miami and sail to Europe spending 6 full days at sea ... Read more from my Transatlantic Cruising story.

My Reviews

Rating: 5 9 Reviews

The Long-Overdue Anniversary Milestone

Reviewed By Jim - Golden | Traveled to Munich ~ Germany ~ Europe
Joy's love of travel is contagious, and with her experience and contacts, she makes the drudgery of planning and logistics almost carefree. She went the extra mile for us on travel connections, excursions, the best hotels, and restaurants.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Two River Cruises in Europe

Reviewed By Joyce - Denver, CO | Traveled to Europe
My husband and I had an excellent experience with Joy when she helped us plan two different river cruises. She has tremendous attention to detail, knew how to get us the best deals in terms of when to travel, and helped to make both trips very positive.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Enlightening Adventure

Reviewed By gypsywoman - Denver | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
I had a great trip that was made better with Joy's assistance. She is well-traveled herself and had been to Morocco so was able to give me some tips.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Most complicated trip of many independent travels

Reviewed By Snoopy - Denver, CO | Traveled to Southeast Asia ~ East and Southeast Asia
Efficient and personable; she takes the time to get to know your needs, likes and dislikes and checks every step of the process with you. Set up a local guide to pick up at airport with a half day orientation tour, then on our own at each location.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Our Family Christmas

Reviewed By annie - Golden, Colorado | Traveled to Panama Canal ~ Panama ~ Central America
Joy has planned several trips for individuals of our family as well as my husband and myself. She thinks it out and our trips are as perfect as one could expect.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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It's as easy as calling Joy!

Reviewed By Chris - Golden, CO | Traveled to Cabo San Lucas ~ Baja California Sur ~ Mexico
The experience and professionalism of Joy can not be beat! She went above and beyond to help me book a trip of my life time. After looking at trips online and trying to figure out all the details, I decided to give Joy a call. After one day she emailed me the itinerary for my trip and the cost was lower than what I had found online. We added trip insurance and we were set. She definitely delivered on her end and we can't wait to leave. Thank you Joy. It truly is a Joy to work with you!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Best travel agent

Reviewed By Sally - Arvada Co | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Joy is wonderful to work with. She had ideas of things to do and see. She know what tour companies to use. She is extremely knowledgeable. Will only use Joy for my travel.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Spectacular Carribean Cruise

Reviewed By Annie - Golden, CO | Traveled to Belize City ~ Belize ~ Central America
Joy was an excellent guide for us in our first time cruise. She even helped us through the process of obtaining passports!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Our most interesting experience

Reviewed By Anne - Lakewood, Colorado | Traveled to Germany ~ Europe
Joy has always been a pleasure to work with. She knows just about every Country and any destination you choose, she has been there and can advise on all the details you may be interested in.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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My Travel Experience

Places I’ve personally traveled to or destinations I’ve booked for my clients.