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.
Are you looking for a new way to explore a city? A method that allows you to see the sites, drink, visit local watering holes, and get some exercise? Then a pedal-powered bar is just the thing for you!
I have seen these pedal-powered bars around on social media from friends. I thought it would make the perfect activity for a celebration of some sort. Well, that celebration was my dad’s birthday. We opted to go with Trolley Pub in Durham due to plans for the weekend, and it was an absolute blast. Check out my tips to make the most of your ride and time with friends!
Before Your Tour
The number one thing you should do before arriving at the pick-up location is to have everyone in your group sign a waiver. We ended up doing this in the car on the way. (Oops!) By doing this step ahead of time ensures a quick departure. Also, make sure you have your license and some cash on hand for your pit stops.
Next. Create your playlist. Almost all of the trolleys come with a stereo system of some sort, so create a killer playlist that will last the duration of the trip. Most rides last about 2 hours.
Last. Check the route your trolley will be taking and see if there are any additional pit stops you want to add to the list. Most companies have a flexible policy as long as the stop works with the route. If you are concerned, be sure to reach out prior to your ride.
Food and Decorating
Most trolley pub companies allow you to bring your own food. So pack a bags with some of your favorite snacks, keeping in mind that some foods are easier to eat when pedaling than others. Also, bring a cooler with your favorite beverages. Even though you’ll be stopping at bars along the way, BYOB is recommended (as long as it doesn’t come in glass). We opted to stop at one of the local breweries and grab a couple of six-packs to go.
Decorations are highly recommended, especially if you are celebrating something! Just make sure you bring your own supplies to attach it to the trolley, like masking tape; that the sign on the back doesn’t cover the turn signals; and that whatever you hang won’t hit your friends in the face as you ride. But have fun and get creative!
On the Bike
This is pretty common sense, but just have fun! Follow the rules set by your driver and just enjoy yourself!
Have you ever done a pedal-powered bar before? What advice would you add?