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My name is Joseph Fehlen and I live in Rhinelander, WI, which is four hours east of Minneapolis and four hours north of Milwaukee. Our town of 8,000ish people is the hub of commerce and industry of the Northwoods. After growing up in a small farming community, going to college and living in Minneapolis for nine years, doing a quick two years in Southwest Virginia, and experiencing family life in the Seattle Metro for eight years, we decided to move back to small-town living. But I still love to travel and experience different cultures.

When I was young, going to Eau Claire, WI (2 hours away) was us going on a trip, even though we were back by nightfall. When I got into high school, my parents had that 'our kids are going to graduate and we haven't ever done a family trip' feeling, so they threw me and my older brother into the truck camper and headed off to Washington DC. No joke, we got to DC, and my brother and I opened the back door of the camper as we drove through rush hour traffic into the Mall area. With feet dangling out the door, we passed the Lincoln Memorial and heard my mom yell through the cab window back to us, "Boys, there's Lincoln. We are not stopping in DC because dad says there are too many people.”  We drove straight through and got back on the highway and ended up going to Colonial Williamsburg. (Don't worry, we closed the door on the highway.)

Travel was not something we did growing up. We stayed in small towns because we just might find a crowd if we ventured out. But that didn't stop my parents from letting me go on three different church mission trips to Mexico and Jamaica. It was the Jamaican trip that changed everything. On that trip I was gone for over a month and got to engage with many other young people from around the USA and other Caribbean islands. It was during this experience that I decided who I would marry (no, she wasn't on the team) and that I was going to get a degree in Cross Cultural Studies.   

After high school graduation, I got married and have made travel and exploring a priority in our family. We have had the opportunity to take in big cities like Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, San Diego, Houston, Philadelphia, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Cancun, Montego Bay, San Antonio, Rome, Athens, Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Tallinn, Helsinki and, yes, we even got back to DC a couple times.

I have also experienced some other great monuments, historical areas, and fun places in other areas such as Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Utah Salt Flats, Appomattox, Monticello, Corinth, Ephesus, Redwood Forest, The Alamo, Gettysburg, Disney Land & World, and of course everything DC has to offer.

Then there are some of my other favorite places in the world that you might not have heard of because they are smaller cities and towns, including Stillwater, MN, Medora, ND, Sedona, AZ,  Floyd, VA, Saugatuck, MI, Leavenworth, WA, Breckenridge, CO, Whistler, BC, Fiumicino, Italy, Voru, Estonia, Patmos, Greece,  and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.   

This is not to brag, but just to show that small town folks don't have an excuse not to see the world. I look at the list and think, "Man, there are so many other places I haven't been.”  But in between these journeys, we all live and as far as living goes, I choose to live in a small town. And we have so many great ones to be a part of.  

So, let's not have wanderlust, let's just get out there and start taking it in one town at a time.   

Oh yeah! I also have been married for 29 years, have four awesome children, a daughter in law and son in law! 

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Next/Last Trips:
November 2023:Cruise World Conference

October 2023: 21 day Yucatan & Cancun Resort stays and tours
September 2023: Princess Cruise New York to Quebec
August 2023: Celebrity Cruise & Nexion National Conference. ABC Islands
July 2023: GTM West Invite only Conference
May 2023: Dreams Flora Punta Cana DR
March 2023: Sandals Jamaica Site Visits

Jan 2023: 14 day Princess Cruise

Dec 2022: Mississippi River Cruise 
October 2022: Cancun Supplier conference and resort site visit trip

September 2022 : Cabo resort visits

September 2022: Disneyland

August 2022 : Jamaica Resorts Site Visit

August 2022 : Holland America Alaska Cruise

July 2022 : Avalon River cruise in France
May 2022: 18 Day Panama Canal Cruise from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale
April 2022: Dominican Republic, Stayed at Dreams Onyx and visited 12 other resorts

March 2022: 5 night Caribbean Cruise with Princess Cruises 

February 2022: Group trip to Fiesta Americana Condessa in Cancun 5 nights

January 2022: Cabo Vacation to Dreams and Grand Fiesta Americana
Dec 2021: Family Trip to Cancun Stayed at 3 different resorts (Riu Palace Costa Mujeres, Sunscape Alkumal, Fiesta Americana Condessa) 

Oct 2021: Cancun Training stayed at Dreams Tulum & Riu Palace Peninsula + 11 sight visits 
Sept 2021: Universal Studios Orlando
July 2021: Cabo (3 days of 9 sight visits)
Aug, Sept, Oct of 2020:Cancun stayed at Dreams Vista & Dreams Playa Mujeres + 3 sight visits) 

Oct 2020: Puerto Vallarta, Stayed at Secrets Vallarta + 11 sight visits

Feb, 2020: Cancun

Oct, 2019: Paris & Luxembourg

Aug, 2019: Cancun, Stayed at Secrets The Vine + 11 sight visits)


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