Beth Hampton of 4 Moons Travel

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
In 1994 I was in my mid-20's and trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I thought about it, I realized that there really couldn't be a much better job than to be able to make peoples dreams become realities! I specialize in destination weddings and honeymoons. I also love to help families with trips, especially to DisneyWorld! I have multiple certifications, including Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Specialist, Disney Specialist, Sandals & Beaches Specialist, Accredited Cruise Counsellor, Hawaii Destination Specialist and many more. I love to get to know my clients. I've learned that if I better understand their personalities, I can match them to a resort or cruise ship that will suit them. Call or email for a personalized consultation. (336) 605-9926 or

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Must-Know Spanish phrases (for your next trip to Mexico or Dominican Republic)

Traveling to Mexico or Dominican Republic soon? There are some things we recommend you carry with you for an unforgettable vacation: your camera, city maps, and this list of must-know Spanish phrases.

1. “Disculpe. ¿còmo llego a ___?"

“Excuse me, how do I get to___?"

Cancun is easy to navigate, but in case you get lost and need directions, grab your city map and a pen and let the natives point you in the right direction.

2. “¿Cuánto cuesta esto?”

“How much does this cost?”

Vacations are about splurging, but everyone travels with a budget so before you say yes, use this phrase. Remember most prices will come in Mexican pesos!

3. “¿Qué hora es?”

“¿What time is it?”

Even if you’re on vacation and have decided to forget about time and dates, you don’t want to miss a bus, tour, or a plane!

4. “No hablo español.”

“I don’t speak Spanish.”

Chances are the person you are speaking with speaks English. Give our Spanish guide a try, but for more complicated things, use this helpful phrase.

5. “¿Dònde queda el baño?”

“Where is the bathroom?”

No matter where you are, this will always be a handy phrase to have around.

6. “¿Qué es esto?”

“What is this?”

In your travels, you will run into many new experiences and things. This phrase will never leave you wondering what that unique Mexican souvenir is or what is in your food.

7. “¿Puede tomarme una foto?”

“Can you take my photo?”

Be ready to pose for those perfect vacation photos you will upload to Facebook. You want to be in some of them, right?

8. “Buenos dìas.” “Good morning.”

/ “Buenas noches.” “Good evening.”

It is a major tradition in Mexico to say good morning, afternoon (and all its variations) to friends, strangers, and even foes.

9. “Muchas gracias.”

“Thank you very much.”

It never hurts to say a heartfelt “thank you” when someone has served you, given you directions, or any amiability.

10. “Disculpe, no lo sabia.”

“Excuse me, I didn’t know.”

It is possible you can make mistakes or break some cultural norm. No problem, just apologize. A variation to this is also “lo siento.” This literally means “I feel it,” but it’s taken as a “sorry.”

11. “¿Cómo se dice…?”

“How do you say…?”

This phrase comes in handy when you’re a fluent speaker or just a curious traveler who wants to learn the language during his travels.

4 Moons Travel ~ Travel for Every Phase of Your Life....
Beth Hampton, ACC
Travel Specialist
Accredited Cruise Counsellor
(336) 605-9926
(919) 341-4164

Monday, January 17, 2011

How to get the most from your Sandals Resorts Vacation

I recently booked a couple to Sandals Royal Bahamian, one of the Sandals Resorts, located in Nassau, Bahamas. I recommended to them, as I do to all of my clients going to one of the Sandals Resorts, to try the introduction to Scuba diving lesson. This course is not included in the All Inclusive price, but is available for a nominal fee of $80 per person. Once you take the course, you can dive once a day, for the rest of your vacation. My clients came back and told me that it was the highlight of their trip, and have decided to get PADI certified. PADI certified divers can dive for free, twice a day, at all Sandals & Beaches Resorts on the Caribbean.

For a special occasion, like a honeymoon, anniversary or birthday, I suggest a Candlelight dinner on the beach. Again, this is available at an extra charge of $140 per couple, but the extra romance is well worth the extra expense. I always recommend that clients staying in Concierge and Butler Service rooms take advantage of the complimentary tour given each week. The available tours and days change frequently, so I suggest inquiring with the Concierge Desk at your resort.

As a travel professional, I always recommend that my clients sign up for the Scuba lessons the day that you arrive at your Sandals Resorts, as they give a limited number of lessons per day. Candlelight dinners on the beach, spa treatments and tours can be reserved before you depart for your Sandals Resorts vacation.

Beth Hampton
Travel Specialist
(336) 605-9926
(919) 341-4164

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Is it safe to cruise, do I need to worry about getting sick like the passengers on the Radiance of the Seas?

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Radiance of the Seas recently suffered an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, affecting 150 passengers and 3 crew members. The ships next departure was delayed, so that a thorough cleaning could be done. Many travelers will be concerned that this is going to be a trend in 2011. I think that will not be the case, because several years ago the cruise industry increased prevention efforts, and the number of outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness on cruise ships sailing from U.S. ports dropped again in 2010, continuing a downward trend. I read an article in USA Today, which said that outbreaks of illness on cruise ships dropped to lowest level since 2001. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recorded just 14 outbreaks of illnesses such as Norovirus on ships operating out of U.S. ports for the year, down from 15 in 2009 and in 2008, 21 in 2007 and 34 in 2006.

Sometimes called the "24-hour flu" even though it is unrelated to influenza, Norovirus is the most common cause of gastrointestinal illness in the United States, accounting for around half of all cases, according to the CDC. It breaks out regularly in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, offices and other places people congregate.

Beth Hampton, ACC
Travel Specialist
Accredited Cruise Counsellor
(336) 605-9926
(919) 341-4164

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Magic of Honeymoons, Destination Weddings and Romantic Getaways

Have you ever watched two people in love? They are truly happy to be with each other and look forward to spending time together. This is true of honeymooners and couples who are looking for a romantic getaway or destination wedding. One of the reasons I specialize in honeymoons, destination weddings and romantic getaways is because I love creating an experience where they could fall in love all over again.

All couples should plan romantic getaways once in a while. Everyone needs a reminder of why they fell in love, especially once their busy lives revolve around children. Honeymooners always want to make their getaway special, take that “once in a lifetime” trip. Whether they choose a tropical island in the Caribbean, a cruise to Alaska, or the streets of Rome, I make sure their getaway is everything they dream it would be. For those couples planning a destination wedding, what could be more romantic a setting than to be married in paradise, surrounded by your family and friends? As a Certified Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist, along with the resort or cruise ships on-site wedding coordinator, I can help make the process of planning the wedding a breeze. The cost to the bridal couple can be significantly lower than planning a traditional wedding at home, some resorts even offer weddings for free!

At 4 Moons Travel, I begin with a consultation. This can be done over the phone, through email or in person, depending on what is most convenient for you. This helps me to get to know you, to find out your likes and dislikes, where you’ve been and where you want to go. To find out what your dream getaway looks like. This helps me to get to know your personality, so that I can help make destination and resort recommendations. It also helps you to see what I do that sets me apart from other travel agents. And it certainly shows how my personalized service sets me apart from booking your special vacation online.

A good idea for couples going on a honeymoon, anniversary trip or destination wedding, is to create a honeymoon registry. If you were interested, you would get a page on our website, where you can tell friends and family a little about where you are going and what you would like to do on your trip. Then they can purchase things for your honeymoon, like a zip-line tour, romantic dinner on the beach or a couple’s massage. If you would like, you can even have a request for a donation towards the cost of your trip. What you put on the registry is only limited by your imagination. This is a nice way for your friends and family to have an alternative to the traditional wedding gift.

4 Moons TravelTravel for every phase of life!

Beth Hampton, ACC
Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialist
Accredited Cruise Counsellor
(336) 605-9926
(919) 641-4164

Thursday, December 30, 2010

How to Avoid the Dreaded TSA Pat Down

With word spreading of the potential horrors involved in the new TSA pat-downs, we’ve put together some tips to avoid having to do the pat-down. These tips come straight from the TSA blog itself:

1.Take EVERYTHING out of your pockets before you go through screening. You can put them in your carry-on bag if you’d like.

2.Don’t wear clothes with a high metal content.

3.Don’t wear heavy or thick metal jewelry pieces. You can put them in your carry-on bag and then wear them after you get through security.

4.And finally, don’t opt out of the scanners. Anyone who opts out of using the new body scanners is automatically going to get the pat-down.

Simple enough, right? We hope that by following these tips most people can avoid the uncomfortable TSA pat-downs. Of course, we also know that TSA is a bit inconsistent from one airport to another and following these rules may not be enough. However, TSA themselves says that this is what you should do so hopefully they are right this time.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A message from a Carnival Splendor Guest

This is reposted from John Heald’s blog. It’s a comment from Glenn Jaffrey a guest on the Carnival Splendor the week of the fire.

I am a travel agent. I was on the sailing and had 119 people in my group.

I would like to make 3 important comments:

1. I am sorry to say that the media has made it sound much worse than what it really was. There were obviously problems and challenges for guests and the crew but I do not see why there can’t be accurate reporting of the facts. (Most all of my group considered it an adventure and are looking forward to cruising again!) One of my couples even got engaged on the sailing!

2. I have not seen any media report that tells what the compensation really is and what Carnival did for everyone! What Carnival is providing and has provided is way beyond my expectations and what I told my group to expect.

 Full refund

 Future credit equal to total of what was paid to be applied to a future cruise and must be used within 2 years.

 Refund of transportation costs to the pier and from San Diego back home. One person said they took a bus from Las Vegas to the pier and Carnival (besides putting them up in San Diego is flying them home.)

 Overnight stay in San Diego for those who requested it AND a daily stipend.

 For those who had flights Carnival made the changes for them.

 Any charges made on Sunday on the guests “Sign and Sail card were forgiven!!! (This included spa treatments, alcohol, purchases in the gift shop AND even gambling losses in the casino slots!!!

 All photos taken by Carnival of the guests were put out in the photo shop and guests were invited to come get their pictures at no charge!

 On Tuesday and Wednesday Carnival opened some bars. Alcohol, wine and beer was given to the guests.

 Carnival advised the guests that everything in their mini bars was free! (My minibar had 6 sodas, 6 beers, and 10 or 12 shot bottles of alcohol.

3. The crew did a remarkable job. i.e. With no elevators there were human chains of crew members from the bottom of the ship going up to deck 9 to haul up the food, drinks, plates etc.

Special praise is due to John Heald, the Splendor’s Cruise Director , who made almost all PA announcements. His calm demeanor, very likable personality, and sense of humor was greatly appreciated and did much to assuage the guests concerns.

I sincerely hope that all this information is disseminated to the public whether I am contacted or not.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beth Hampton of 4 Moons Travel has been designated as a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Cruise Counsellor after recently completing the organization's certification requirements. Beth Hampton is now recognized within the cruise industry as an Accredited Cruise Counsellor. 

Beth Hampton has achieved Cruise Counsellor Certification through completion of a comprehensive program of cruise sales, training and product instruction, delivered through a combination of extensive classroom training and personal cruise experience. CLIA's Certification program graduates are widely recognized as the foremost cruise vacation experts among American travel agents.
4 Moons Travel is one of more than 16,000 North American travel agency members of CLIA. According to CLIA statistics, the overwhelming majority of travelers - about 90% - book their cruise through a travel agency, and for good reason - travel agents understand the products they recommend and excel in finding the perfect cruise to match their clients' needs, lifestyle and budget.

CLIA's Certified Cruise Counsellors are the cruise industry's premier travel agents and can arrange all of your vacation needs while providing the greatest service and value for your vacation dollar.

To contact Beth Hampton, call (336) 605-9926 or email Beth