Hi there and welcome! I am Paula and I have been working with Starts With a Wish Travel for a year now- the time has flown by! It seems like just yesterday Nicole brought me on. I am a travel planner that specializes in working with families and youth groups. What a great, challenging and rewarding year this has been!
I have been a lover of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. It started at my grandparent’s home looking at the pictures in their set of Disney Little Golden Books. I was hooked to all the characters, long before I could read the words myself. Then there was the “View Finder” with discs from Walt Disney World (from the time it was only the Magic Kingdom!) with pictures of the Country Bear Jamboree and the Castle (those are the ones I can still remember) and my Dad’s story of being there when it was just the Magic Kingdom. That’s when it started for me- this place of Magic that was from the storybooks that I was looking at became my dream trip. I always knew I would visit. But until that day I became a huge Disney Movie fan- from the Classics of Robin Hood (the first one I ever watched), Cinderella, Bambi, Snow White to the modern Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films and everything in between. I also spent time learning about the parks, their history and the history of Walt Disney himself.
Then came my first trip- as a teenager with my marching band. It was the Ultimate Dream Come true! Not only was I finally there- but I actually marched down the middle of Main Street USA!! I was hooked. It wouldn’t be until many years later that I would get to go back- this time with my first son! I was finally able to pass my passion and love on!
His first trip he was two years old and it was a week before Christmas! The joy of seeing the magic through his eyes- absolutely priceless! My second son’s first trip, he was 8 weeks old. That was entirely new challenge- but so worth it. He was just starting to focus on things and his interactions with the characters was awesome ( he was fascinated with their noses) and then the lights always caught his attention. Through the years as my boys have grown I have been able to see my happy place in an entirely new way and have passed on my passion to them. They will come to me on a regular basis and share some new fact about Disney that they just found out. We are definitely a Disney family!!
While Disney will always be our favorite place- over 24 trips! We are no strangers to other locations! We lead very busy lives and we always look forward to our next adventure- whether it’s close to home or farther away. It’s the memories we make that have always mattered the most!
I love working with families that want to make the most of their time together. From the smallest families to the largest, I love the challenge of creating vacation itineraries that have something for every person from the youngest to the oldest! I also love the unique challenges of working with youth groups- whether looking into Disney Youth Programs or Universal Orlando Resort STARS Performance Programs. I was very blessed this year to work with my oldest son’s Marching Band in planning their Disney Performing Arts trip over Thanksgiving. It was a thrill to see my son march down Main Street USA the same way I did many years ago. But also a sense of pride, seeing all the students not only perform but just enjoying themselves and creating lifelong memories, and knowing I helped create this trip for them! It was a great experience and one I look forward to doing with other youth groups!
No matter if I am planning a trip for a family of three or youth group of 100- each trip is as unique as the people that make up the travel party. I treat each trip as a unique story working from the bottom up. Each trip is individualized to meet the wishes, dreams, and needs of my clients! I always offer 100% dedication to my clients from the initial planning session to the quotes to the booking to all the planning in between, while traveling and even once they return home!
I plan vacations to following locations:
Walt Disney World
Adventures By Disney
Disney Cruise Line
Aulani Resort and Spa
Universal Orland Resort
SeaWorld Parks (SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove, Sesame Place)
Sandals- Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts
Beaches-Family Luxury All- Inclusive Resorts
Karisma Hotels and Resorts All – Inclusive
All Major Cruise Lines
You can expect experienced, detailed, knowledgeable planning services from our very first contact. I handle package booking, resort/hotel reservations, booking airfare, transportation needs, Discount Monitoring (you never need to worry if your vacation is at the best price), Advance Dining Reservations, Advance FastPass+ selections, special event and tour reservations, stroller rentals, grocery delivery and much, much more! And all that is complimentary when you book with me!! Its true you don’t pay a dime extra for those services! Plus, all planning sessions and quotes are free with no obligation to book with me- I have faith that you will find that my services are irresistible, and you can’t pass them up. You really have nothing to lose by contacting me- and a unique trip filled with memories to cherish for a lifetime to gain by contacting me!!
There is a vacation for every budget. I believe the best spent money is on the experiences we will cherish for our lifetime and the stories we create that we will pass on to generations!
To get started on your adventure- don’t wait- contact me today! Planning sessions available through phone, text, email, video chat, and even Messenger! Let’s take your wish and turn it into actual memories and stories!!
570-430-2210 (call or text)
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