WEST CHESTER, PA — Jamie Jones, president and luxury travel advisor of West Chester-based WhirlAway Travel, was among an elite group of travel professionals just named as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Top Travel Specialists.
The publication, known as a discerning source of travel-related information, tapped Jones as a specialist in travel to South Africa. In her profile on the Condé Nast Travel website, the editors also recognized Jones for her general expertise in travel to Africa and the Middle East, as well as in family travel, food, and over-the-top trips. Jones’ profile can be accessed at www.cntraveler.com/contributor/jamie-jones.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, the publication’s travel specialists “pull off the impossible and spare you the logistics.”
“Planning personalized journeys involves more than knowing where a client wants to travel. It hinges on understanding why they want to travel. I’m passionate about using this understanding to connect my clients with people and places that enrich their lives,” said Jones. “It’s an honor to be included among such an extraordinary group as Condé Nast’s Top Travel Specialists, simply for doing what I love.”
Jones never imagined that she would follow in the footsteps of her mother Patty Jefferis, who founded WhirlAway Travel in 1985—or that she’d gain such on-the-ground experience traveling to Africa herself on numerous occasions. The recognition by CondéNast underscores the knowledge and expertise she’s cultivated during 10 years as a travel advisor creating seamless luxury experiences in South Africa and beyond.
WhirlAway clients who have journeyed to South Africa attested to Jones’ qualifications to be included among this year’s Top Travel Specialists.
“I trusted Jamie to plan the trip of a lifetime – a month in Africa,” said Kathryn Sharp. “She created not only a perfect experience, but the perfect experience for me and my family. In addition to a wealth of knowledge, Jamie has an excellent sense of what her clients want, and the more we’ve gotten to know each other, the less I have had to say to reach the right itinerary. The two most important traits in a travel agent are their ability to make the very complex seem easy, and their readiness to help when the unexpected occurs. Jamie regularly does both…”
Linda Polly, another of Jones’ clients, stated, “Our family vacation to South Africa was absolutely incredible. Jamie Jones planned our two-week trip to perfection. From the Silo Hotel in Cape Town to the amazing Kubili House in Kruger National Park, a visit to Victoria Falls and luxury camping at Abu Camp in Botswana, our entire trip was the ultimate African experience. All of the accommodations and staff were over and above our expectations… we can’t wait for her to plan our next adventure.”
Condé Nast’s 2021 Top Travel Specialists were selected for expertise in specific geographic areas as well as categories such as cruises, destination celebrations, family travel and active trips. The complete list of Condé Nast’s 2021 Top Travel Specialists can be found at www.cntraveler.com/travel-specialists.