Join the Fun recruits mature travelers

Stefan Shields of Join the Fun likes to pamper his senior travelers.

Carolyn Dumas wanted to explore after moving to Viera from Illinois four years ago. Dumas chanced upon a newspaper article on Join the Fun, a mature travelers’ group that took care of all travel hassles, and she opted to give it a try with a trip to Seminole Creek Casino.

"I was blown away," she said.

Since that first trip two years ago, Dumas has been a Join the Fun frequent traveler. In fact, she has become the group’s unofficial ambassador.

"It’s an experience you won’t forget," Dumas said.

Stefan Shields, owner of Join the Fun, loves to pamper the mature travelers, whether the trip is to a casino or to Hawaii and beyond.

"We take extremely good care of them," said Shields, who also is director of group sales and group cruises for Odyssey Travel, where Join the Fun’s Brevard office is located.

A travel industry pro who has orchestrated escorted worry-free travel for thousands, Shields leads groups with extreme attention to details.    

"Everything we do, we do right," Shields said.

In addition to escorted day trips, Join the Fun offers three-to-seven-day motorcoach tours to destinations such as Asheville, Key West and New Orleans, group cruises with bus transportation to the port, plus global travel experiences with companies such as Tauck, Globus, Regent and AMA Waterways Group.

Day destinations run the gamut from Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach to the Silver Spurs Rodeo and the Florida Strawberry Festival. Guests board Join for Fun’s 56-passenger coaches in Viera and settle back to, well, join the fun.

"We have 56-passenger, state-of-the-art coaches with air conditioning, rest rooms, Wi-Fi, reclining seats and movies," Shields said.

Shields’ travelogue commentary to the destination adds to the experience, as do the munchies he offers. The buses stop every two hours so guests can stretch their legs.

Free monthly travel-themed presentations at the Holiday Inn Conference Center outline the myriad travel opportunities. For example, at 10 a.m. Feb. 11, guest speaker Nicole Castillo will focus on Regent Cruises.

Dumas has nothing but praise for Shields and his travel group.

"He is so knowledgeable and organized and he makes sure that we are all having fun," Dumas said.

Join the Fun’s office is located at Odyssey Travel at 5525 Porada Way in Viera. Hours are by appointment. For more information, call 386-235-3443 or go to, where a complete listing of upcoming trips and programs can be found.