Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Jones.
Cheryl, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Having grown up in Jackson, MS and residing in Atlanta for over 30 years, I began my career as an ICU Registered Nurse after graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing in 1985. I retired from nursing in January 2019 and transitioned to become a full-time entrepreneur. Travel has always been a passion of mine since my youth. I was fascinated by geography and would spend hours looking at pictures of interesting places.
I have always been a person who loves plan events so I would organize trips for family and friends. When asked to help plan a friend’s wedding in another city, I realized I had a keen interest in planning destination weddings.
It was the planning vacations for family and friends for over a decade that led me to start Lez Go Travel in 2000, turning my passion for planning events and travel into a business. I started out as a part-time agency because I was still working full-time as a nurse.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road, for the most part, has been a smooth one. There have been some struggles along the way that set me back for the moment, but never anything that would make me want to quit. After 11 years of marriage, I got a divorce and with absolutely no family here, I now felt like I was in a strange land raising a son.
I had just launched my agency and remember working 12 hour days in the hospital and coming home to help my son with school work, cook dinner and then be up until the wee hours of the morning working on a client’s vacation itinerary or a destination wedding. I would go to bed and get a few hours of sleep and be right back up the next morning to do it all over again.
That was one of the darkest times in my life, but I remember my mom telling me, God has something better for you.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Lez Go Travel was founded in 2000 out of the desire to help people see the world and experience all that God has created. What started out as a part-time side hustle has turned into a full-time business.
Our specialties include destination weddings, honeymoons, couples getaways, family vacations, and group travel.
My expertise in helping couples plan their dream destination wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway to anywhere in the world is what sets us apart from the traditional travel agent. I have earned certification from The Travel Institute as a Certified Travel Associate, Certified Honeymoons and Destination Wedding Specialist and I am a charter member of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Specialist Association (DWHSA) North America’s largest travel agent group focused on destination weddings, honeymoons, and romance travel. Lez Go Travel offers a modern, transparent approach to travel planning that resonates with clientele who value ethics, personalized recommendations and attention to detail.
One of my proudest moments was receiving the notification that Lez Go Travel was named the 2019 LUX Travel & Tourism Awards Best Dream Holiday Advisory for Georgia and Destination Wedding Specialist of the Year for Georgia. I’m also very proud to have been selected as the 2014 Wedding Industry Expert Most Popular Destination Wedding Planner in Atlanta and Georgia.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Atlanta is a good city for the travel industry with it being a thriving international gateway. For someone just starting out, I would suggest looking at locations outside the metro area. There are boundless opportunities in cities outside the metro area that would be an ideal starting location to boost the local economy.
- Destination Wedding Planning Fee starts at $500
- Group Travel 10 or more Planning Fee $200
- Website: www.lezgotravel.com
- Phone: 678-587-8345
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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