By Cortney Fries
Growing up hearing her grandparents’ travel stories about places like India, New Zealand, Malaysia and other exotic locales enchanted Jennifer Jones. When she moved to North Carolina from South Dakota to attend college, Jennifer worked with a travel agent to book her ticket home for the holidays. Talking with the agent excited Jennifer so much, she knew just what she wanted to do. She now works as a AAA Travel Agent in the Greensboro, N.C., office.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I love the relationships I’ve built over the years. Many of my clients started working with me when their children were young. Now that their children are grown, I have helped many of them with their honeymoons and family vacations. I truly feel like they are an extended part of my family. Life can be hectic. I am helping these families create memories they will cherish forever.
WHAT TYPES OF TRIPS DO YOU BOOK THE MOST?
I book a lot of European travel. Many clients’ travels abroad start there. As clients find they have seen much of Europe, they start exploring more exotic locales. Over the past 10 years, I have seen growth in travels to Australia/New Zealand, South America and Asia.
WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
I love hearing how travel has changed someone. I believe that we are better citizens of the world when we experience different cultures and meet people we never knew we would.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE VACATION?
I like to think the last place I have been is my new favorite place, though each are special in their own right. I loved the Galapagos for the adventure and the wildlife unlike anywhere elsewhere, Jordan for the jaw-dropping wows and culture and Hawaii is just magical. The most memorable vacations have to be our family vacations. It gives such joy as a parent to experience new places and share adventures with your children.
WHAT’S THE MOST MEMORABLE TRIP YOU’VE PLANNED?
The multi-generational trips are the most memorable for me to plan. Many grandparents are taking their children and grandchildren to celebrate big milestones, such as a 50th anniversary trip to Alaska, the Caribbean or a cruise in Europe. It can be a challenge to get all the details worked out for so many people, but it’s wonderful to see the whole trip and family come together. My grandparents did this for our family as I was growing up, and knowing the memories we all have now that my grandparents are gone makes helping with this type of trip very meaningful to me.
Contact Jennifer Jones, AAA Greensboro, for more information and for help with your travel plans. Jennifer’s email address is: jmjones@AAACarolinas.com