I’m Lisa Lacey, the owner of Joyful Journeys, LLC. I’m privileged to live in Ellijay, the same North Georgia town where I spent most of my childhood. I earned a Bachelor of Music from Berry College in 1987 and married my high school sweetheart a year later. Edward and I have two adult sons, two of the best daughters-in-law on the planet, and 2 amazing grandchildren (hopefully with more to come in the next ten years)! I enjoy visiting new places, reading historical fiction, and taking walks in the woods. I serve as an Ambassador with the local Chamber of Commerce and am a co-director of the Gilmer Arts Community Chorus. I love my local church, and am active in the music ministry there—singing in the choir and directing the handbell choir.
Before opening Joyful Journeys in 2005, I worked in Residence Life at three colleges/universities, took early retirement from teaching after 2 years, maintained a private music studio where I taught piano and voice, served as a church pianist for over 20 years, and worked for a short time with another travel agency. Other than teaching in the school system, all of these “careers” allowed me to be a stay at home mom (the toughest but most rewarding of all of my jobs). Interestingly, it was one of my volunteer efforts—planning trips for the senior adult ministry at my church—that led me to enter the travel industry and to eventually launch Joyful Journeys. And it has been my pleasure to help my clients make fond travel memories ever since.
These days, I’m happy to share that opportunity with a great team of vacation designers. I still design vacations for my long-time clients, but I spend a good bit of my work time managing the agency and mentoring the Joyful Journeys team.
Favorite vacation ever: Post-Christmas trip to the UK when my sons were teenagers. Beautiful countryside, wild weather, close encounters that turned into fond memories. Plus, we watched New Year’s fireworks over Edinburgh from Calton Hill!
Favorite family destination: Anywhere with Adventures by Disney
Favorite adult destination: River Cruise on the Rhine or Danube
Most recent vacation: Walt Disney World with my granddaughter
Areas of Expertise
- Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney
- Sandals and Beaches all-inclusive resort vacations
- European (and worldwide) river cruises
- Escorted tours in Europe, US, and other worldwide destinations
- Ocean cruises
Certifications and Training
- Graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge
- Certified Sandals Specialist
- Universal Orlando Resort Specialist
- Bachelor of Adventure from Royal Caribbean University
- Hotel Sales Specialist certified by Marriott