[Spotlight] 4 Moons Travel
4 Moons Travel got its name because the agency specializes in “honeymoons, weddingmoons, babymoons and familymoons,” and the agency boasts that it has travel options for “every phase” in one’s life. Owner Dawn Gray attended travel school and started as a home-based travel agent in 1995 and since then she has traveled and booked vacations all over the world. In 2003, she opened a storefront in an obscure location before settling in Jamestown. 4 Moons Travel’s office is now located at 1228 Guilford College Rd. #105 in Jamestown and has been in that location for five years.
“I love to travel, but more importantly I felt the need to help people, most of the time we only get one vacation out of the year and so I wanted to help people get the most out of their vacation that they can possibly have. I think anyone can look online and look for a trip, but it is overwhelming,” Gray said. “Online is more confusing [because] you can’t get first-hand experience from the internet.”
With the rise of the internet, Gray said most people believe travel agents are obsolete. However, with 4 Moons as proof, Gray said this is certainly not the case. With a travel agent, Gray said planning a vacation is much more personalized, and cheaper because there are no added fees and she knows where to find the best deals and locations.
“We are paid 100 percent commission, from cruise lines and hotels,” Gray said. “That is already factored into the price of someone’s trip. So when you don’t use a travel agency, you are paying anyway and you are not getting that valuable advice from us.”
Gray claims that 4 Moons Travel is even cheaper than all-inclusive resorts and comes with the added benefit of Gray’s knowledge, connections and “24-hour award winning customer service.”
“We’re helping and educating you on the places and options that are available based on your personality and what we learn about you from our exclusive interview process,” she said. “From there, we help you narrow down what is best, based on budget and timeline.”
Gray also said travel agents are least likely to get bumped to another flight. “It is more of getting perks and amenities from the resorts, but most of it is just knowing the resorts, being able to tell you what the beach looks like and what kind of kids programs they have.”
Gray said with hurricane season approaching and after what happened to Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria, having a travel agent is even more crucial. Gray said 4 Moons Travel clients involved in hurricanes or flight delays can call the agency directly and have issues resolved without waiting. 4 Moons Travel is highlighting trips to Curacao (of the ABC Islands), which Gray said is home to more than 35 beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, picturesque European architecture and a “live and let live attitude.” Gray said the island used to be difficult to get to, but now North Carolinians can easily travel four hours to Curacao because of weekly non-stop routes from Charlotte on American Airlines.
“Curacao is a wonderful island, I’ve been there several times,” Gray said. “But a lot of people don’t think about Curacao. It is a Dutch island, so it makes you feel like you are in The Netherlands and gives you that European Caribbean-feel. Oh, and it is outside the hurricane belt!” Gray said 4 Moons Travel offers unmatched customer service, low deposits and payment plans to fit any budget. The agency is now offering $100 off a six-night air/land package to Curacao. Call (336) 299-4164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or more information.