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Phantastic Philadelphia

You don’t have to be a history junkie to love the city of Philly! Take a trip through time as you explore this wonderfully historic city and discover the modern place it has become! 

By Dominique Vitale + Corinne Hogge

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Testimonial Tuesday: Amy + Anthony

Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?

A: Unexpected fun that I didn’t have to plan!

Q: Did you have hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?

A: Nope

Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?

A: I thought east coast… very pleasantly surprised
         

Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some perceptions about your city prior to the trip?

A: I really knew nothing about Denver

Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?

A: Honestly everything, I enjoyed everything!

Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?

A: That I didn’t have to make them + they were convenient to everything.

Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?

A: Red rock! Hands down! A close second the views at the Hyatt bar, gorgeous.

Q: If you could do the trip over again what would you do differently?

A: Not a thing!

Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is shareworthy?

A: Ummmm, the dispensaries, haha

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Not planning it + the anticipation and then actually experiencing it!

Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?

A: That I want to do it again!!!!

Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to your friends and family?

A: You get on the website, pick a date, pick a $$ amount + get excited!
   

Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway

A: Just do it!!!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Dorothy + Zach

Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?

A: We needed a getaway before we dove into wedding planning! the trip was a gift from my fiancé for Christmas/my birthday!

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Q: Did you have any hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?

A: Absolutely not! After reading the testimonials, we had no hesitations letting the Pack up N’ Go team take over! We were so excited and told everyone we knew about this great concept and the trip did not disappoint!

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Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?

A: The March weather forecast sent us for a loop- 80s and sunny? We were convinced somewhere in Texas but were DELIGHTED with Denver! It had been on both of our bucket lists for the food, drink and scene. We had friends recently move out there for work and had only ever heard great things.

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Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some of your perceptions about the city prior to your trip?

A: We were pumped just from what we knew… then we opened the envelope and explored all the suggested itineraries and got even more excited. We sat at the airport bar and had a [Colorado] beer and told the waitress all about what we were doing. We could not contain our enthusiasm. We knew the town was full of history, food and drink- exactly what we were looking for.

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Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?

A: The itinerary was almost perfect for us. We were registered for a walking food tour which helped us get out and explore. We are two walkers who like to go get lost in new places and find hole-in-the-wall places, often recommended by locals. All the suggested spots made us feel local. On top of that, our hotel knew we were celebrating life with an engagement and birthday, so they had chocolates in the room. Our pre-set dinner reservation even came with a happy birthday cake! It could not have been more special for us.

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Testimonial Tuesday: Anne + John

Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?

A: We were planning our wedding and wanted to go on a quick trip right afterward to celebrate since we couldn’t travel extensively until the summer. However, we were so burnt out from wedding planning that we just couldn’t plan anything else! So when I found Pack Up and Go, I knew we had to try it!

Q: Did you have any hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?

A: I am a control freak, so yes. But once we filled out our survey and everything was out of my hands, I had to let it go!

Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?

A: Based on the weather, we thought we would end up in Phoenix or Charleston. We were so surprised when we opened up the envelope and found out we were going to Denver!

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Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some of your perceptions about the city prior to your trip?

A: I hadn’t been to Colorado since I went skiing there with my family when I was little… and had terrible altitude sickness. John had never been to Colorado before, but knew it was one of the square states in the middle of the country.

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Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?

A: Once we looked at the itinerary and plan for the weekend, we knew we wanted to just follow all of Lillian’s suggestions. There was an awesome brunch spot as soon as we landed, some hiking, amazing restaurants for dinner and even a craft brewery crawl.

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Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?

A: The hotel where we stayed, Hotel Monaco, was beautiful, friendly, and centrally located so it was easy for us to get around Denver.

Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?

A: Our favorite experiences (because we can’t agree on one) were hiking at Red Rocks and dinner at a restaurant called Acorn.

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Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is share-worthy?

A: Nothing - we went to Snooze twice, since we liked it so much!

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Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Our favorite part of the trip was being together in a new city as newlyweds!

Q: If you could do the trip over again, what would you do differently?

A: We would go for longer!

Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?

A: We learned that there are a lot of cities in the country that we need to explore. And we learned that you can see the mountains from inside the city of Denver.

Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to your friends and family?

A: We have been telling all of our friends and family that this is an amazing way to travel - it takes a lot of the stress off of the planner and adds a whole new element of surprise!

Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway?

A: Just do it. It exceeded all of our expectations, and we can’t wait to go on another trip with Pack Up and Go!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Carolyn + Allison Walsh

Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?

A: My sister and I decided to try a Pack Up and Go trip when we couldn’t decide on a location for our annual “sister’s trip.” We decided it would be fun to try something new, as well as to explore a city we hadn’t visited before. We wanted to spend time together while seeing all that a city had to offer, so we chose “action” and “culture” as our travel styles and then selected a variety of interests, from visiting museums to live music to fitness.

Q: Did you have any hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?

A: Not really! Our only fear was that we might end up somewhere colder than where we already were (we traveled in December and are from the north east), But we stated that somewhere warmer would be preferable so we weren’t too worried.

Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?

A: We had guessed that we would be going to New Orleans, and we ended up going to Nashville! We were surprised!

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Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some of your perceptions about the city prior to your trip?

A: We knew that there would be a LOT of live music, as well as good barbecue! Outside of that, we didn’t know much about Nashville.

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Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?

A: When we completed our survey we had included that we love donuts, and we opened our packet there was an entire insert dedicated to donut shops in Nashville! This alone made the trip worth it to us :) We also felt that the destination city was thoughtfully picked based on our survey selections. We were able to explore museums, local shops/restaurants/breweries, live music, and historical sites. Our packet even included a recommendation for a yoga studio, which we was great because we had indicated fitness as an interest!

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Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?

A: Our hotel was centrally located right in downtown Nashville. We were one block away from the Grand Ole Opry, and were able to easily walk to museums and restaurants.

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Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?

A: Our absolute favorite was the list of donut shops, but we also loved the Johnny Cash museum! Our packet also included a walking tour of local breweries, which made for a really fun afternoon.

Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is share-worthy?

A: We happened to be in Nashville when the Porter Flea Market was open for the weekend. We loved perusing all of the local products. We found a local artist who creates wall pieces made from wood from old Nashville homes, we both bought pieces and are reminded of our great trip every time we look at them! The artist recommended a bar to us that was opening that weekend – the Public House in the Urban Cowboy B&B. We got some great drinks here, and also ran into the cast of the TV show Nashville!

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Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: We honestly loved the whole trip, but I think having the recommendations from the local guides in our packet lead us to our favorite places!

Q: If you could do the trip over again, what would you do differently?

A: I’m not sure that we would do anything differently. I’d like to try the road trip version soon!

Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?

A: We learned to be flexible! We usually plan every last detail of our vacations, so it was hard going into this blind. However, we had so many suggestions in our packet that we were able to leave feeling like we saw and did everything that we would have planned to do if we had known the destination all along! It was nice learning not to worry about trying to plan every last detail before we left!

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Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to your friends and family?

A: I always tell them that it’s the perfect option when they’re looking for a quick getaway. You choose a price that you’re comfortable with and then get to explore a new place with recommendations from locals so you don’t miss anything! I always emphasize the value of the information in the packet – it was all so thoughtful and detailed that our trip would not have been the same without it. Pack Up and Go doesn’t just choose where you’ll be vacationing, they take the time to plan out what you can do during your time away in a way that is very thoughtfully tailored to your own interests.

Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway?

A: Just do it! You won’t regret it.

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