Where do you want to travel next?
Our vacation planners have many destinations they can help their clients plan trips to visit. We are well-versed in travel as a whole, and many specific destinations. However, sometimes our clients ask for trips to places that we are completely unfamiliar with, and oftentimes, uncomfortable planning a trip to these places for clients.
Our philosophy is...
You cannot be an expert in the entire world. Instead, we've chosen select, hot, trending places to help our clients visit - with reputable resorts and cruise lines that we have come to know and trust.
We may have to decline your vacation request simply because taking on the responsibility of planning something to a place we are not well-versed in is actually a DISSERVICE to you as the client and traveler. We do not consider ourselves full-service travel agents. We are travel agents, but within our comfort zones of destinations we're focused on and trained in.
In a nutshell, it's not fair to YOU as the traveler to work with a travel agent who is completely out of their element and uncomfortable planning a trip somewhere they have little knowledge of. Our agency has a diverse group of team members with a wide variety of travel knowledge to many, many destinations within the US and all over the world. And we share information so that our clients have the best help possible! But sometimes a destination is not somewhere any of our team has traveled to, and ultimately it's not a destination we have a lot of information on within our team's bank of knowledge.
When this happens we have to be honest with you and tell you that you'd be better off finding someone with deep knowledge of your destination choice. We don't want to lose your business and hope you will see our honesty as value added. And when you're ready to book another destination we want to continue to help you! So please come back and ask again! We only say 'no' when it's in your own best interest.
As a general rule of thumb, here is what we can help with:
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney Cruise Line
Adventures by Disney - including many international destinations!
Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
Universal Orlando Resort
Royal Caribbean International
In addition, your own personal Pixie and Pirate Destinations Dream Vacation Planner may be able to help with other destinations. Some of our team has experience with Karisma Resorts, SeaWorld, Princess Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, to name a few. Please don't hesitate to ask your planner about a destination. Hopefully they can help! If they cannot, then they may be able to direct you to the best option.
We want to continue working with you to plan amazing trips. And helping you make great memories! Just note that sometimes we do have to say "Sorry, you would be better finding someone who is well versed in that destination."
Thank you as always for your support of our small business! We love our clients and appreciate everything that you've done to help us build our brand - including word of mouth referrals! Sending someone our way is the biggest, and best, compliment!
Our people are our power. They are the beating heart of Pixie & Pirate Destinations.
Without exceptional people our values, vision and reputation would not be what it is.
Between our crew of Dream Vacation Planners we have 1300+ Walt Disney World® Resort trips, 100+ Disneyland® Resort trips and 100+ Disney Cruises®. Plus several Adventures by Disney, Disney's Hilton Head Resort, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Aulani vacations under our belts.
In addition to the Disney destinations, we have also traveled to the Caribbean to Sandals and Beaches Resorts 40+ times. We have visited and stayed at Universal Orlando Resort 35+ times. We have also sailed with many other cruise lines - including Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. And visited Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and more!
We've traveled with friends, little ones, teenagers, extended family, grandparents, children with special needs. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, homecomings, graduations, and more, at various vacation destinations.
We have several graduates of the Walt Disney World College Program, a Disney Cruise bride, and many Disney"mooners".
The heart, soul and life blood of our customer service driven business is our crew. Pixie & Pirate Destinations is built on loyal, committed, focused, fantastic individuals - ready to pour their heart into your vacation planning.
This is who we are. We are Pixie and Pirate Destinations.
Our main mission is to get to know you and learn what your family wants out of their vacation. You work hard. And your time is valuable. Allow us to help you get the most out of your vacation planning experience - as well as your vacation itself. We're there to help take away the stress that often comes with planning detailed vacations.
We want to be your friend first, and your vacation planner second.
Let Pixie and Pirate Destinations® help you plan your next magical vacation - Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Cruise Line®, Disneyland®, Universal Orlando Resort®, Royal Caribbean International®, Beaches and Sandals® Resorts and much more!
Our Pixies and Pirates have well over 1,000 Orlando based vacations under our belts. We also have a large collective bank of travel knowledge - many different cruise lines, all-inclusive resorts and destinations such as Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico.
Why use a "guidebook" written for the average vacationer when you can have your own go-to specialist to answer your family's specific questions and plan your personal details with you?
Our Dream Vacation Planners would love to work with you to make your vacation wish come true. And best of all - there is no charge for our services! Allow us to walk you through your vacation planning step-by-step. We'll even make sure you have the best discount available.
It takes 30 seconds to fill out our short form on the home page to be connected with a Dream Vacation Planner. Soon enough you'll be on your way to planning a vacation with a new friend. Friendships are important to us!
In order to express the vision and purpose behind Pixie & Pirate, you'll need to know the history of who I am as owner of this amazing brand.
My husband Shawn and I met as teenagers in high school. We went through hell and back it seemed at the time - sticking out our small town high school relationship through both of our graduations two years apart, college separation, and busy lives. Eventually we found ourselves married, living in the same county we both grew up in, and starting a family. Over the next seven years we would bring 3 "perfect" sons into the world. A lot happened from our teen years to our young adult years - but we managed to hold tight and grow up together.
We have roots. Deep roots. We are small(ish) town people, with a very long history. We are simple. Easy. We love life. We love each other. We love our families. We love raising kids in the same county, attending the same schools, that we did. We love Pixie & Pirate Destinations and what it stands for.
PAPD's values are deep rooted too. Simple. Customer service driven. Word of mouth powered. PAPD's beating heart is the people who stand behind the brand - who live and love this business and this industry and the urge to travel. We want to bring our clients that "small town" feeling of welcome and friendliness.
From day one I didn't want a complicated, convoluted company that was too big for itself. I wanted to grow something that stood for something. Being heavily focused on customer service and the idea that peoples' needs could be met by just being .... real. By being friendly, open, giving, caring, we are showing our clients that this is who we are. And over time is what they have come to expect. We have a reputation to uphold. And we are working towards continuing to be amazing.
My vision for our brand has always been to be a friend to those that want to travel. Being real and being available and being what everyone is looking for - a friend.
We are not a big, fancy travel agency. This is not who we are. Instead my focus has been on good people and good support systems.
The values that I have hammered away at and tried to drive into our team have helped to build a brand that is more than a technical website with lots of bells and whistles. What you see is what you get.
The original vision for PAPD has continued to be basically the same as it was on day one. While some aspects of our company and brand have changed, the basics have remained the same. Relationships are number one - between our team, and between our DVPs and their clients.
While I realize that this vision is not something that everyone will understand, it is something I am personally VERY proud of and I would not change any of it for anything. Our journey has been amazing and will continue to be amazing. We've achieved creating bonds within the PAPD family, with clients, and helped clients create bonds within their own families. What we do is important. And will continue to be very important for generations to come. We touch lives. And I'd like to think that one reason why these lives are touched as they are is because of the deep rooted values that PAPD has always stood for.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for being a part of this journey and for understanding the importance of our roots and values.
--Amanda Sykora, owner
Pixie & Pirate Destinations
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