About Travel by Jon & Jo’El

Jon Lapp - Owner

Jon Lapp

Co-Owner / Travel Specialist

Before deciding to join his wife in the travel industry and open an agency, Jon has had a variety of careers. Everything from working at a power company, to twenty plus years in IT, to his last position as a Maintenance Manager for a plastics company.

For the 2 years leading up to opening the agency, Jon worked part-time for another travel agency as an independent agent.

Jon has enjoyed traveling most of his adult life and wants to help others experience a world that they would not otherwise see. He uses his own travel experiences to guide him in his research for others.

Certifications

  • AmaWaterways Specialist
  • Celebrity Cruises Five Star Travel Partner
  • College of Disney Knowledge Graduate
  • Certified Sandals Specialist
  • Jamaica Destination Specialist
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Master’s Degree
  • Universal Parks and Resorts Specialist
  • Viking Cruise Specialist

Jo’El Lapp

Co-Owner / Travel Specialist

Jo’El has had a busy life with many careers, from Federal Law Enforcement to livestock farming. Most of her job focus has been in sales and she understands the importance of great customer service. Jo’El is also obsessive with details giving credence to her type-A personality.

She absolutely loves to travel and go on adventures, but the trips are planned in detail with a little wiggle room as plans and desires might change. In designing a vacation, she wants to be certain that your wants, needs, and desires are met, and she cannot wait to hear all about your trip when you get back!

She has two daughters 21 and 15, so she understands planning travel that fits every traveler. She is even known to text a client at the airport to be certain everything is off to a great start.

Destinations are fascinating and her bucket list is huge. Sending her clients to faraway places on dream vacations is the next best thing to going herself.

Certifications

  • AmaWaterways Specialist
  • AMR Resorts Master Agent
  • Azamara Cruise Specialist
  • College of Disney Knowledge Graduate
  • Certified Sandals Specialist
  • Hawaii Destination Specialist
  • Jamaica Destination Specialist
  • Oceania Cruise Specialist
  • Scenic Cruise Specialist
  • Universal Parks and Resorts Specialist
  • Viking Cruise Specialist
Jo'El Lapp - Owner
Ginger McClure - Travel Specialist

Ginger McClure

Travel Specialist / Universal and Disney Specialist

A native Georgian, born in Marietta and moved to Rome in 2002. Attended both the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University prior to marriage and children.

I became interested in traveling not long after college, especially beaches around the world.

She LITERALLY became obsessed with Walt Disney World when her children were young.

Absolutely, positively LOVE helping other families put together MAGICAL, memory-filled vacations to The Happiest Place on Earth!

Certifications

  • College of Disney Knowledge Graduate
  • Universal Parks and Resorts Specialist

Valerie Thomas

Travel Specialist

My name is Valerie Thomas. I am a proud wife of over 27 years and mother of two adult children. I am also the co-owner of a real estate investment company. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family, working out, and rewatching my favorite movies.

My niche in the travel agency business is family travel. I love to travel with my family and would like to make your family vacation planning as smooth and exciting as possible.

Certifications

  • Certified Sandals Specialist
Valerie Thomas - Travel Specialist
David Jahner - Travel Specialist

David Jahner

Travel Specialist

I was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills. After growing up with countless weekends camping and exploring the Black Hills, Badlands, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons, I traveled to Germany during the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. That experience established a career trajectory that continues to this day.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College (SD) and Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota, I embarked on a thirty-year career in world language education that included teaching German, serving as the world language curriculum coordinator for the largest school district in Georgia, and working with the Advanced Placement World Languages and Cultures program with the College Board.

I have traveled to all fifty states and to more than forty countries and am eager to design a personalized experience for you and your group, whether it be exploring your German heritage or off the beaten path German wine growing regions, or helping you make the most out of your bucket list destination.

Check out my most recent travel adventures on my travel blog: https://www.davidstravelblog.com/

As the famous German author, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe says, “You’re not traveling in order to arrive but in order to travel.”

Certifications

  • AmaWaterways Specialist

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