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Your budget determines your destination, how you get there, and where you stay. It’s hard for us to recommend a specific budget for each trip, because there are many variables to consider.

The primary factors to consider when choosing your budget are your travel dates and point of departure. If you want to travel during a major holiday weekend, we strongly recommend selecting a higher budget. It’s simply more expensive to travel on these dates. Unfortunately, there are some things even we can’t control!

Similarly, if you’re departing from a smaller city, we’d recommend a slightly higher budget (lookin’ at you, North Dakota). Basically, the higher your budget, the more options we have when booking your trip. Keep reading for more details! The budget information in this guide is based on previous trips and they are meant to serve as illustrative examples.

The examples included in the guide may not be exactly what is included in your trip and regardless of the budget you select for your trip, we will plan an amazing adventure for you!

Written by Corinne Hogge, Lillian Rafson, and Jordan Tobe


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Our Getaways

Plane or Train Getaways:

How much does it cost?

  • If you’re traveling with 2+ people, trips start at $650/person

  • If you’re traveling alone, trips start at $1,000

  • Budgets increase incrementally up to $5,000/person

  • Average budget: $850/person

What is included?

  • Hotel or Bed + Breakfast accommodation and taxes/fees

  • Round trip plane or train tickets

  • Suggested itineraries for your destination

  • Pack Up + Go service fee of 15% for research and planning

Road Trip Getaways:

How much does it cost?

  • If you’re traveling with 2+ people, trips start at $400/person

  • If you’re traveling alone, trips start at $800

  • Budgets increase incrementally up to $5,000/person

  • Average budget: $400/person

What is included?

  • Hotel or Bed + Breakfast accommodation and taxes/fees

  • Valet parking at your accommodation (when applicable)

  • Suggested itineraries for your destination

  • Custom road trip directions from point of departure to your destination

  • Pack Up + Go service fee of 15% for research and planning

Do you want activities included on your getaway?

Select a higher budget, and include any specifics on your pre-trip survey. After we book your travel and accommodations, we use the rest of your budget for gift cards or tickets to attractions that we think you’ll love!

Why are solo trips more expensive?

A large portion of your trip budget is used for the hotel. However, a hotel room will cost the same whether one or two guests are staying in it, so the price for the trip is lower if you have a travel companion. Solo travelers, we love you, but you’re just a little more expensive!


Airport Guide

Your departure airport has a big impact on the cost of your trip. Larger, international airports offer more flight options at lower costs than smaller, regional airports.

Based on our travel-planning experience, here are 3 groups of different sizes, and the minimum budget we would recommend.

Large international airports with many daily departures

Suggested minimum budget: $650/person

  • Atlanta, GA

  • Chicago, IL (O’Hare)

  • Denver, CO

  • Las Vegas, NV

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Miami, FL

  • New York, NY

Mid-sized airports that may require a connecting flight

Suggested minimum budget: $750/person

  • Boston, MA

  • Detroit, MI

  • Nashville, TN

  • New Orleans, LA

  • Newark, NJ

    Portland, OR

  • St. Louis, MO

Smaller airports that will likely include a connecting flight

Suggested minimum budget: $850/person

  • Asheville, NC

  • El Paso, TX

  • Little Rock, AR

  • Madison, WI

  • Savannah, GA

  • Spokane, WA

  • Tucson, AZ

We couldn’t fit all airports. These are here to help give you an idea! Don’t see your airport listed here?

Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!


Hotel Guide

Like flight prices, hotel prices fluctuate for many reasons - season, convention schedules, sporting events, holidays, etc.

Most Pack Up + Go travelers stay in 4 or 5-star hotels, but we also love some 3-star hotels! No matter what, our travelers stay in clean, safe hotels in convenient locations. Pack Up + Go does not book Airbnb accommodations for our surprise packages.

Do you have specific hotel preferences?

If you love pools, trendy hotel bars, or want to be in a specific type of neighborhood, this is information we love to know. Please tell us on your pre-trip survey! This information will help us select the perfect hotel for your getaway, and will help us decide whether to allocate more of your budget for an upgraded hotel.

What types of hotels does Pack Up + Go book?

We work with a range of hotels! We love the artsy and stylish 21C Museum Hotels, budget-friendly Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, the boutique Kimpton hotels, and the more traditional Omni hotels. When possible, we work with local luxury hotels like the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, and national luxury chains like the Four Seasons.

Your budget determines what type of hotel we book for your getaway. A minimum budget trip will likely stay in a more traditional hotel, while a higher budget may stay in an upgraded suite in a boutique hotel.

Interested in staying in a more luxurious hotel?

We recommend a budget of at least $1,000/person.

Interested in a Bed + Breakfast?

A Bed + Breakfast is a private home with 4 - 11 rooms. These accommodations are great for travelers hoping for a more intimate + family style experience! Let us know you would prefer to stay in a Bed + Breakfast on your pre-trip survey, and we’ll do our best to honor this request!

Image courtesy of  Kimpton Gray Hotel

Image courtesy of Kimpton Gray Hotel


Add-On Examples

All trips receive itineraries with personalized suggestions for your mystery destination. If we have extra funds in your budget after we book your travel + accommodation, we will include some extra add-ons to enhance your getaway!

How are add-ons decided?

  • The amount of money we have left in your budget

  • Your interests

Interested in a specific activity for your getaway?

Be sure to tell us in your pre-trip survey, and we’ll do our best to accommodate! We may email you to add extra funds if we aren’t able to include it in your original budget.

Most Common Add-Ons:

  • Dinner Gift Card + Reservation

  • Uber Gift Card (range: $20-$200)

What Add-Ons have we booked for our travelers?

1. Food Tours:

  • Ticket price range: $39 - $79/person

  • Range by city, tour length, and type (alcohol vs. no alochol)

2. Comedy Tickets:

  • Tickets price range: $12 - $27/person

  • Famous Venues start around $45/person

    • Example: Second City in Chicago, IL

3. Theater Tickets:

  • Ticket price range: $50 - $500/person (hello, Hamilton!)

4. 60-Minute Massages:

  • Average: $110/person (before gratuity)

  • Please note: spa prices can fluctuate greatly!

5. Sails + Cruises:

  • Cruise price range: $22 - $50/person - powered boat, typically has more attendees than a sail

  • Sail average: $90/person - sail boat, more intimate

6. Beer Tours:

  • Ticket price range: $36 - $99/person

  • Range by city + tour length


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No matter your budget, you will have a great trip!!

We look forward to sending you somewhere soon!

Have a question? We’d love to chat!

hello@packupgo.com

412-448-2700




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