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The Best Part of Traveling Solo with Pack Up + Go

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The Best Part of Traveling Solo with Pack Up + Go

When planning a solo trip it’s easy to get caught up worrying about what it will be like to visit a new place on your own. To push past those fears and get to the heart of what makes solo travel so great, we reached out to some real life solo trip takers. Here’s what our followers had to say about their own solo travel experiences and reasons why traveling solo with Pack Up + Go makes so much sense!

By Juliana Schnerr

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Solo Travel Tips for Millennials

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Solo Travel Tips for Millennials

For our second “Solo Travel Week” story, we thought we’d take advantage of our followers’ experiences and ask for their thoughts on traveling alone as a Millennial. Here are some of their tips for having the best trip possible!

By Juliana Schnerr

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The Essentials: A Packing List for the Solo Traveler

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The Essentials: A Packing List for the Solo Traveler

Taking a trip on your own can seem daunting, but the experience of traveling alone is well worth the risk! If you’re warming to the idea of taking a solo trip or if you’ve already planned one, knowing what to pack can make the process seem a lot less scary. Juliana, our City Research + Media Content intern, puts her solo travel tips to use to bring you our list of essentials for the solo adventurer!

By Juliana Schnerr

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Testimonial Tuesday - Road Trip Love

Testimonial Tuesday - Road Trip Love

Home to Walmart, the Crystal Bridges Art Museum, and more than 20 miles of trails to explore, there are plenty of reasons to hitch a ride to Bentonville, AR. That's why we sent travelers Sarah + Michael on a road trip adventure to this up-and-coming Southern delight!

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"When taking a trip, my husband is the planner of all things.  I wanted to surprise him with a weekend away.  When I started to look into places to go and things to do, I was getting very stressed out.  I am SO glad that Pack Up + Go was able to take that stress away from me.  My friends and family thought I was crazy not knowing where we were going, especially since I hate surprises.  We were both pleasantly surprised at how stress-free and fun our weekend was!  Thank you, Pack Up + Go"

- Sarah

Testimonial Tuesday - Meet the Team

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Testimonial Tuesday - Meet the Team

Pack Up + Go showcases recent trips + travelers with our Testimonial Tuesday feature.

In the fourth “Meet the Team” Testimonial Tuesday features, we introduce you to one Pack Up + Go’s skilled travel operations managers AKA your trip planning guru!

 

 Cruising in California!

Cruising in California!

Q: What is your name?

 Howdy, friends!

Howdy, friends!

A: Lauren Boehm

Q: What do you do for Pack Up + Go?

A: I plan your adventures (trips)!

Q: What is your favorite aspect of traveling?

A: I love living like a local for a little bit and getting a sense of what's popular/important to people that are a bit different from me. I'm also a big fan of museums (art and history) because of the way they give you context for specific places and people.

Q: Favorite place you have ever visited in the US?

A: Seattle, WA

Q: What sense (sight, smell, etc.) do you value most while traveling?

A: Touch! I love getting a "feel" for new places and I'm very hands on whether it's browsing the racks at a vintage store or hiking.

 Sing it with me, "I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU"

Sing it with me, "I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU"

Q: Do you prefer vacations that involve the outdoors, are city oriented, or a little bit of both?

A: A little of both, that way I don't feel like I am missing out on anything!

Q: What is your favorite ’90s jam?

A: Summer Girl by LFO

Q: If you could only have 3 items on a desert island, what would they be? 

A: Extra glasses, a hat + a water bottle

Q: Favorite food category?

A: Coffee + small plates

Q: What is the title of your biography?

A: The Girl Who Did Everything

 

 

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 Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

Learn more about this recently renovated hotel located in the heart of Boston’s Freedom Trail!

Kimpton Gray Chicago

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Kimpton Gray Chicago

Located smack dab in the middle of it all, with easy access to taxis or public transportation, this hotel is gorgeous inside + out! Recently ranked #1 across all the Kimpton Hotels for service, they are dedicated to creating an impeccable guest experience! They strive to make sure each guest feels the Kimpton Love. Staying in The Gray, you will be afforded the loop city vibe, with close distance to all the shopping + nightlife, or head up to the rooftop bar!

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Celebrations Across the U.S.A

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Celebrations Across the U.S.A

Whether you are headed to the lake or watching fireworks over the city, 4th of July is a time to find your favorite US spots to come together with friends + family! We found the best events in your area so you can enjoy the holiday all over the country.

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Review: Washington DC

Review: Washington DC

Want to know how much people 💙 Pack Up + Go?

Read about it in our new weekly feature, Pack Up + Review!

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Vegetarian Restaurant Guide - North East

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Vegetarian Restaurant Guide - North East

North East Region

Known for cheesesteaks, clam chowder + seafood, the North East delivers a huge number of amazing vegan + vegetarian restaurants! 

 Image Courtesy of  Veggie Galaxy

Image Courtesy of Veggie Galaxy

Boston - Veggie Galaxy ($$)

An imaginative twist on an old-school diner specializing in from-scratch vegan + vegetarian options. The on-site bakery is 100% vegan!

Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ - Seed to Sprout ($$)

Organic, plant-based, casual food made with love, for your everyday brunch, dinner, + bakery needs!

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Image: Courtesy of by.CHLOE

NYC - by.CHLOE ($$)

100% all natural, plant-based + vegan. Also in Boston, LA, + Providence!
 

NYC Honorable Mentions:

Divya's Kitchen ($$)

PS Kitchen ($$) 

West~Bourne ($$)
 

Philadelphia - Charlie was a sinner ($$)

Vegan cafe + bar dishing up creative, plant-based small plates + drinks in sexy, dark environment. 

Philadelphia Honorable Mentions:

Hibiscus Cafe ($)

PS&Co. ($$)

V street ($$)

Vedge ($$$)
 

Pittsburgh - Apteka ($$)

Relaxed hangout serving a small menu of European-inspired vegan plates, plus cocktails + beer. Don't be concerned that you can't pronounce anything on the menu - pointing + ordering is just fine!

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Image: Courtesy of Green Elephant

Pittsburgh Honorable Mentions:

B52 ($$) - Chic all-day vegan eatery for Mediterranean-American fusion dishes served in a cool, modern space.
Zenith Brunch ($$) - Eclectic eatery with a variety of vegetarian menu items is also an art gallery + antique shop.

Portland, ME - Green Elephant ($$)

This intimate bistro offers Pan-Asian vegetarian fare, from tempeh curry to noodles with vegan duck!

Syracuse, NY - Strong Hearts ($)

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Image: Courtesy of Yelp

Tiny, environmentally conscious vegan cafe serving breakfast, sandwiches + popular milkshakes.

West Hempstead, NY - Witches Brew ($$)

Cafe with a vast tea + coffee menu plus healthy food choices & spooky decor in a century-old house. So cool they don't need a website!

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Vegetarian Restaurant Guide - South East

Vegetarian Restaurant Guide - South East

SOUTH EAST

ASHEVILLE - LAUGHING SEED ($$)

 Image: Courtesy of   Laughing Seed

Image: Courtesy of Laughing Seed

Funky, no-frills cafe + bar serving organic, locally sourced vegetarian + vegan cuisine with an international flare. With many gluten-free + raw entree options, there is something for everyone on this menu. In addition to ordering specialty cocktails at their fully stocked bar, guests can also order Kombucha on tap or one of many refreshing, herbaceous “mocktails”, like Raspberry-Jalapeño Lemonade

ATLANTA - CAFE SUNFLOWER ($$)

With the aesthetic of an upscale, fine dining establishment, Chef Lin creates a nationally recognized, award-winning vegetarian + vegan menu influenced by the places that she has visited domestically + abroad. Stop in for a multi-course meal or try the “chicken” + waffles during Sunday brunch because this staple of the Atlanta vegan scene can do both wonderfully!

ATHENS, GA - THE GRIT ($)

Athens’ preeminent vegetarian restaurant since 1987, enjoy delicious homemade vegetarian food, just a few blocks from downtown! A 100% meat-free eatery in a historic building who serves innovative dishes in a diner-style setting with generous portions + low prices.

 Image: Courtesy of Yelp

Image: Courtesy of Yelp

NASHVILLE - SUNFLOWER CAFE ($$)

A “go-to” for many locals who love the quick service vegetarian restaurant where you choose the dishes + the server plates it for you. Stop in to try a spicy tempeh wrap or another local favorite, Booch tea, aka, blueberry Kombucha. Great for gluten free diets as well!

NEW ORLEANS - THE SNEAKY PICKLE ($)

Deserving of one of the more passionate recommendations we were given during our search for the best vegetarian + vegan restaurants across the country, this place has been labeled “by far the best vegan food in New Orleans”. Perhaps because the menu changes often depending on the season + availability of locally sourced ingredients, keeping locals interested and coming back for more. Or, is the cozy, living room atmosphere you are seated in while you wait? Either way, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a can’t miss in NOLA!

New Orleans Honorable Mention:

Seed ($$) - Vegan spins on comfort-food classics (e.g. po' boys) in a contemporary space! 

SAVANNAH - FOX & FIG ($$)

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Image: Courtesy of Fox + Fig

The effervescent space evokes a springtime sentiment with a lavender, white + grey color palette alongside live indoor plants throughout the dining room. A restaurant + coffee shop, they work hard to bring in other local brands in addition to their beautifully plated plant based dishes. They just opened last November, but are so good that it was recommended by two different people for our list!

 

CHARLESTON - GNOME CAFE ($$)

A hip cafe serving vegan + vegetarian fare, plus coffee drinks, in bright, breezy environment, labeled as “approachable” by some of the more skeptic locals. Come for a quick + yummy breakfast or lunch and stay for the Southern inspired, SoCal vibe.

WASHINGTON D.C. - SHOUK MODERN ISRAELI STREET FOOD ($$)

This fast casual restaurant has come to D.C. to bring the Israeli inspired food trend to our nation’s capital. Almost every element of the vegan, Middle Eastern-inspired menu is a play on what you'd find in a meat one. The small space is laid out with specific attention to maintain the aesthetic of makeshift marketplace, complete with a pantry featuring products for sale curated by the owner, Ran Nussbächer.

Washington D.C. Honorable Mention:

NuVegan ($) - Vegan restaurant in the Park View area that offers vegan soft serve, raw food, soul food like mac n cheese, biscuits, + fried chicken!

 Image: Courtesy of Flora Coffee and Tea

Image: Courtesy of Flora Coffee and Tea

LOUISVILLE - FLORA COFFEE + TEA ($)

What started out as a vegan pastry supply company for local coffee shops has evolved into its own storefront dishing out vegan breakfast. This brunch spot is known for wonderful vegan donuts, pop tarts, and breakfast sandwiches!

LOUISVILLE - HALF-PEACH BAKERY & CAFE ($$)

A hidden gem for anyone who enjoys vegan cuisine. What started off as a personal way to eat cookies + cakes while maintaining a vegan lifestyle, chef Sue Zhao has grown the menu to a full lunch cafe. The interior is a minimalist, clean decor with creatively-named dishes that taste pure + fresh!

 

 Image: Courtesy of  South Florida

Image: Courtesy of South Florida

MIAMI - PLANT ( $$$)

No qualifier is needed for this high end establishment. The food is delicious, gorgeous, innovative + “out of this world” according to one of our contributors! If possible, sit outside to enjoy the ambiance of their beautiful garden space. Enjoy beautifully plated dishes + astonishing service that will make this a truly one-of-a-kind experience!

 

Any of your favorites not make our list? Let us know in the comments!

Review: Philadelphia

Review: Philadelphia

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Kimpton Palomar San Diego

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Kimpton Palomar San Diego

California dreaming? Hardly. There's no need to pinch yourself as you walk through the grand lobby doors of Kimpton Hotel Palomar, because this is as real as it gets! This freshly renovated boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown San Diego, in walking distance to all of San Diego's hot spots, and offers a welcome oasis of urban chic design.

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