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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?