By Busta Brown
In 1979, The Jones Girls dance classic, “You’re gonna make me love somebody else,” and their ballad, “Who can I run to,” became the women’s anthem. “Who can I run to” made its way back as an anthem for the women of the ’90s due to an amazing remake by the group Xscape.
Today, millennial women who experience heartbreak have a new anthem: “Let’s plan a girl’s trip!” It represents independence and empowerment. But there’s another group of Jones Girls who are making the “girl’s trip” an easy and affordable experience.
“We have the keys to the world and we want to open it up for all to enjoy it,” said twins Casey and Chelsea Jones. They own and operate Travel with the Twins. It’s an independent travel agency that specializes in great deals and packages on flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and entertainment.
“We started our travel agency because we wanted families to know they can afford to take their children to Disney World. We care about making dreams come true.”
Since 2015, Travel with the Twins has made traveling and family vacations a dream come true. “So many people and families are able to travel to their dream destinations. Everyone deserves to live their dream, so we’ve also given away free honeymoons to couples that couldn’t afford it.”
Travel with the Twins came about when Chelsea took a huge leap of faith by taking a break from college to assist with the family business. Casey was a high school basketball phenom. She dominated during her four years at Carver High School in Winston-Salem. Then she took her talents to Salem College, where she broke multiple records.
“Basketball is my first love,” Casey said. But love for her family super seded basketball. During her junior year at Salem College, she caught the entrepreneurial bug and then joined her twin sister to help with the family business. The Jones ladies decided to follow in their parents’ footsteps and in 2015 began Travel with the Twins.
“I went back to school to earn my degree in accounting and now I handle all of the family businesses’ finances,” Casey said.
The phenomenal twins grew up in a very close family environment, so it’s become a passion to make sure other families can afford to create beautiful memories as well. The ladies go above and beyond for their clients to make sure they get exactly what they dreamed of. Kahmya Cowan said, “It was a wonderful booking experience! Top notch professionalism and they make sure to meet all your travel needs! I had an amazing time and will definitely be booking again.”
Christina Davis shared, “Very reasonable and affordable travel rate and accommodations. Book all of your traveling needs with the twins and I promise you won’t be disappointed at all. Absolutely amazing business and very professional. They were very quick to respond as well.”
“The best travel agents in the area. Very informative, cost efficient, and the customer service is superb!” shared Saliah Rice.
I asked the ladies about their hard-working ethics and rigor. “We learned from our father, who worked multiple jobs. So, as children, it taught us how to create multiple streams of income. We sold everything from food to clothes. We knew how to make money because we always followed our parents’ footsteps.”
They inherited their warm and caring spirit from their mother, Soncerae “Princess” Jones, who owns Bail Bonds by CJ’s. “If her clients have kids, she works even harder to get them out so they can get a fresh start. She’s taught us that everyone deserves a second chance,” shared Casey.
Their father, Clifton Jones, is a retired firefighter, who taught the Jones ladies to be independent and strong, which comes into play with the family’s trucking company, C&C Quality Dispatch LLC.
The twin’s passion to help others reminds me of Luke 12:48: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of them shall much be required.” And the Jones family are definitely givers. “There’s a lot of felons that are having a hard time finding work, so we teach them how to become independent by starting their own businesses.”
Casey and Chelsea have a nonprofit called “Giving Angels.” The ladies mentor young girls at Carver High School. Once a year, they have a back-to-school drive, and a food, clothes, and toy drive for local youth and families. “The business is growing tremendously, therefore we have hired some middle school kids to help us out with bookings. We’re teaching them the importance of generational wealth and how to become entrepreneurs.”
Chelsea’s nine-year-old has already developed an entrepreneurial spirit. “When I’m on a call handling my business, I pretend that I’m running her business as well. I love that my sister and I are role models for my daughter.”
For more information about Travel with the Twins, call 336-251-7271, send them an email at Travelwiththetwins@nullgmail.com, follow on social media @travelwith the twins, or visit http://travelwiththetwins.inteletravel.com.
The Chronicle’s Business of the Month is Travel with the Twins. “There’s no better feeling than hearing the beautiful stories our clients share with us when they return from their dream vacation.”