Would you go on a trip without knowing the destination? That’s exactly what my mom and I did this past weekend with the help of Pack Up + Go, a surprise travel agency that plans a 3-day weekend trip for you. This company is perfect for those of us who love to plan our travels but are desperately in need of a little spontaneity.
How does it work?
That is an excellent question! Pack Up + Go really makes the whole process quite simple.
Step 1: Set a Budget
Pack Up + Go offers four different categories for their trips. You can either do a road trip or travel by plane, bus or train, and you can either travel solo or with friends. Each category has different price levels, so there is something for everyone.
Step 2: Take a Survey
The survey allows you tell Pack Up + Go a little about where you’ve been, where you are going, and what you like to do. You also let them know the dates you want to travel and any travel limitations. Once you click submit, it’s all in their hands!
Step 3: The Clues
One week prior to departure you will receive an email with weather information, key items to pack, how to pack and when you need to be at your departure point. A few days before you leave you’ll receive an envelope in the mail with all your information, but DO NOT open it.
Step 4: Travel Day
A few hours before departure you will receive an email that lets you know it’s time to open your envelope! Be prepared to be surprised! This email will also contain all your travel information, and the envelope will contain key pieces of information to make the most of your trip.
Step 5: ENJOY!
You have made it to your surprise destination! I highly recommend studying your packet of information on your flight or drive. It contains tons of tidbits to make your trip as smooth as possible. I also recommend mapping out everything you want to do. Three days is not a lot of time, so to make the most of your vacation map everything out while you travel so you can hit the ground running!
What were our thoughts?
We absolutely LOVED this approach to a weekend vacation. I have always wanted to go to the airport and book the next flight out, but my Type A tendencies disliked not having a hotel upon landing thus preventing me from doing that. Pack Up + Go provided the sensation of spontaneous travel with the security of having the travel arrangements all in order.
Would we travel with them again? Absolutely! It was, hands down, one of the cooler ways I have traveled recently. We were pleased with the location and quality of our accommodations and the thoroughness of the information provided about our destination city.
If you are interested in trying it out, please use my name (Caitlin Norton) when they ask “How did you hear about Pack Up + Go?” on the survey.