Sound crazy? Here's how it works

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Step 1

You answer a few quick questions through the Pack Up + Go pre-trip survey. To plan your surprise vacation, we'll need to know:

  • Your budget per person (travel + accommodation)

  • Travel dates

  • Travel preferences

  • Traveler interests

  • Traveler information


Step 2

We book your travel + accommodation, given your budget.


Step 3

A week before your departure, you receive an email. This email contains:

  • The weather forecast for your mystery destination

  • Recommended items to pack (a bathing suit, hiking boots)

  • Any luggage size restrictions

  • Where to go and when (Grand Central Station, Friday at 10:30AM!)


Step 4

A few days before your trip, you receive an envelope in the mail, which you do NOT open just yet. This envelope contains directions to your accommodation, and your city guide. Since you don't have time to do research on your destination, we do it for you! We'll send you off with a curated list of recommendations for everything from cafes to nightlife to rainy day activities. We promise you won't be bored wherever you go.

But remember, don't open this envelope yet!


Step 5

You go to the designated location at the given time, open your envelope, and Pack Up + Go



The budgets for Pack Up + Go trips vary widely, from $400/person all the way up to $5,000/person.


  • What is included?

All budgets guarantee accommodations with one of our hotel or bed and breakfast partners (check out our website to see examples).

Road Trips: Your budget is guaranteed to include your accommodation and valet parking in your destination when available.

Plane/Train Trips: Your budget is guaranteed to include your travel + accommodation.


  • What about activities, food, etc.?

After we’ve paid for your travel + accommodation, we use any remaining money from your budget for activities in your destination that we think you’ll enjoy.

Remember that this is not guaranteed!

If it is important to you that activities are included in your trip, we suggest selecting a higher budget and letting us know that you’re interested in activities in the “anything else we need to know?” section of your survey.


  • What budget should you select?

There are many factors at play when we are booking your trip. Some of the factors that affect pricing include:

  • Your departure city: Traveling from smaller airports is more expensive than traveling from a larger airport.

  • Your departure date: Holiday weekends, graduation weekends, peak travel times cause increases in fares and hotel prices.

It’s hard for us to say exactly what each budget might include, simply because these costs are subject to the airline + hotels pricing algorithms.

Want more information about budget? Be sure to check out the Pack Up + Go Budget Guide!



If you have budget questions specific to your trip, feel free to reach out. One of our expert agents will happily chat with you to think about how best to plan and budget.