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Romantic Cities You'll Love This Valentine's Day Weekend

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Romantic Cities You'll Love This Valentine's Day Weekend

Are you dreading the boredom that comes with a traditional Valentine’s Day dinner? Well look no further for the remedy - 2019 is your year to finally visit one of the most romantic cities in the US! You’ll find everything from fun activities to intimate locations that will help you and your valentine spice up the special day.

Written by Amber Quinn

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Testimonial Tuesday: Lindsey, Karen, Libby + Jennifer

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Testimonial Tuesday: Lindsey, Karen, Libby + Jennifer

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

A: A friend of mine posted on facebook about her trip and it looked like fun. So I visited with the ladies in the family + decided we needed to do this.

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

A: No. I was not nervous one bit.

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

A: We thought we were going to east coast. Yes, because we never thought of California!

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

A: We were excited to experience the downtown life, visit the beaches, and eat seafood!!  

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

A: We had massages scheduled for us since we were wanting a relaxing weekend. Suggestions were right up our alley. Fit us great!

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

A: Since we live in a remote area we said we would drive to another city for an airport. We left early in morning and had a nice layover for breakfast and arrived in San Diego early in the afternoon so we could start exploring.

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

A: Oyster bar + massages.

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

A: Nothing!

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

A: We loved hanging out downtown at little pubs/bars. We stick to the recommendations minus one restaurant

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: All of it. But the surprise of finding out tops it.

Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to Family + Friends?

A: A MUST-DO!!! I recommend you guys all the time! I can’t wait to do this again!

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

A: Culture.

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

A: Don’t be. They tell you how to pack with the hints. Try it. If you decide you don’t like the unknown at least you can say is you tried. This is great for those who always want to travel but don’t know where to go or what to see and do.

Want to get away with your friends to a new place full of culture + fun?!

Sign up with Pack Up + Go and let us do the planning so you can spend more time enjoying the adventure!

Sign Up today: http://bit.ly/FriendsInTheSun

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Portland, OR

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Portland, OR

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With record-breaking lows all over the #country this week, we hope you stay warm!
Here are some Wayback Wednesday photos from Portland, OR that will have you dreaming of summer with Alvin + Andrea!

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Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has passed, and hopefully, you are settling back into life after the holiday.  Pack Up + Go would like to remind you that a portion of the proceeds from all sales today, booked trips and gift cards, will be donated to The Trust for Public Land.  Book today to help protect our parks for all citizens + travelers:  http://bit.ly/Giving_Tuesday2K17

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has passed, and hopefully, you are settling back into life after the holiday.

Pack Up + Go would like to remind you that a portion of the proceeds from all sales today, booked trips and gift cards, will be donated to The Trust for Public Land.

Book today to help protect our parks for all citizens + travelers: http://bit.ly/Giving_Tuesday2K17

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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!!!

Ready for your own mile high adventure? Sign up today: http://bit.ly/TTDenver17

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Testimonial Tuesday: Charles + Stacy

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

A: Something spontaneous to a destination on the beach.

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

A: Just a bit. Not wanting to go to a city that we have explored before.

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

A: Yes, we checked the weather to various places you had sent others on the website.  

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

A: We had been there before, so we tried to do new things that we did do and eat at new restaurants.  

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

A: We had room service waiting on us. There was a sailing package arranges and uber service as well. Things we would not have done by ourselves and enjoyed it.

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

A: Ease of it all.  We had some plane delays due to weather, and we didn’t make a call.  Pack up & Go took care of the rescheduling and kept up well informed.

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

A: Sailing and the restaurants.

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

A: Not looking for the destination.

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

A: We enjoyed the ease of getting to the locations. Some were 20 miles away and uber was willing to take us.

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Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Sailing.

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

A: We enjoyed the spontaneity.  

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

A: Loved it, easy!

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

A: Go and take a chance.  It is just three days, but you can do a lot in three days if you want.

Sail away on your next adventure: http://bit.ly/TTSanDiego17

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With Halloween tomorrow and National Chocolate Day this past Saturday it is a perfect time to show off these tasty looking morsels from Lucy + Kalapana’s trip to Savannah!  Ready to Pack Up + Go? Sign up for your next delicious vacation today!  http://bit.ly/Chocolate17

With Halloween tomorrow and National Chocolate Day this past Saturday it is a perfect time to show off these tasty looking morsels from Lucy + Kalapana’s trip to Savannah!

Ready to Pack Up + Go? Sign up for your next delicious vacation today! http://bit.ly/Chocolate17

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The Great PNW Road Trip

Guest blogger Corinne Hogge takes us into the details of her recent trip to California, Oregon, + Washington

The Great American Road Trip has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, life happens and plans fall through, but that does not mean that I do not seize the opportunity to take trips whenever possible. Already in 2017, I have managed to travel from my home base of Pittsburgh to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cape May (NJ), Lorton (VA), Atlanta, London (England), Brussels (Belgium), multiple camping trips around Western Pennsylvania, and most recently the Pacific Northwest.

What began as a simple trip with my boyfriend, Nick, my best friend, Deven, and myself to Seattle evolved into a 16+ hour trip – starting from the Sacramento airport all the way to the Seattle train station. The California landscape that met us was dry and barren – far from the lush scenery from my “California Dreamin”. We drove through the desert for the first several hours of our trip until we stumbled upon Clear Lake. A remote town, frozen in time with retro signage and unassuming docks along the highway. It was an oasis for us tired travelers and reminded us of the joy of surprise and why we choose to travel in the first place.

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Our first stop on the journey was Burlington Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park – about 5 hours from Sacramento. We ventured here because I was determined to see the Redwood trees first hand and Humboldt is home to some of the oldest + largest trees in the region. As a 6’1” woman traveling with a 6’2” man and a 5’10” woman, it is not often that we get to feel small, but heck does a 300’ tree make a girl feel insignificant. Our favorite fact that we learned in this park was the phenomenon of “fairy circles”. When a “giant” starts to die, it creates a circle of smaller trees around it that spring up from its roots and use the energy from the passing tree to grow strong. Eventually, these smaller trees will grow to be giants in their own right. The renewal of energy and the witnessing the circle of life is one of the wonders of travel.

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The second stop was Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, 4 hours north of Humboldt. The journey to the campsite brought us passed black sand beaches with massive, jagged boulders protruding from the ocean floor to remind us of the passage of time and the flexibility of nature. Our campsite itself was unlike one I had ever seen – up a flight of stairs. It felt like our own little tree house, hidden away from the road by ferns and Sequoias.

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The third day took us into our second state of the road trip – Oregon. We traveled North passed ranches, mountains, and small towns unbothered by the busy nature of modern life. Our destination was the majestic and breathtaking Crater Lake – a crystal blue lake formed by melting glaciers after the devastation of a volcanic eruption some 7,000 years ago, yet another example of nature’s forgiving evolution. It took us two hours by car to traverse the cliffs of Crater Lake and see the freshwater waterfalls that outline the road.

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From there we traveled against the traffic of the Solar Eclipse 4 hours to Portland to return our rental car. We got in with 2 minutes to spare, thank you very much. Here we were met by our friend, Donovan, who flew out to spend the remaining city days of our trip with us. Our one day in Portland gave us the opportunity to check out its downtown area, food trucks galore, and biggest bookstore I have ever seen, Powell’s City of Books. We spent our evening at the DIY bar – a place that combines crafts + cocktails. For a flat fee, you are given the tools and access to a myriad of paints and dyes to bring your creation to life.

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We then took the Amtrak train from Portland to Seattle. I am often disappointed by the lack of a high-speed railway system through America, so it was a welcome opportunity to take a relaxing ride through the countryside of Oregon + Washington. We gave ourselves 3 days in Seattle to really take in the sites and decide whether it should be a contender on the list of “great cities we move to next”. We were lucky to have our friend, Andy, who lives in the city, be our tour guide for our time there!

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Our first day we enjoyed a Savor Seattle food tour of the Public Market. This was a worthwhile excursion that allowed us to try some of the most famous stops – like Beecher’s Handmade Cheese + Pike Place Chowder – in the market without having to wait in line (I HATE waiting in line). The public market is home to one of the more odd sites we came across on our trip: the gum wall. An alley in the market entirely covered in bubblegum. We learned that the Market community regularly removes the gum and that it always ends up growing again. We ended the evening exploring the many restaurant and bar options of the hip Ballard neighborhood north of the city.

Our second day we allowed ourselves to have a full tourist day, going from the Chihuly Glass Museum to the Space Needle to the Museum of Pop Culture (AKA MoPop). I enjoyed all three, but was notably exhausted afterward and remembered how much being a tourist takes out of you! On our last day, we stopped by the Fremont neighborhood for Brunch at a French-Korean fusion restaurant called Revel and we stomped our full bellies around to see the Fremont Troll, Statue of Lenin and ended our afternoon with a trip through the Theo Chocolate Factory. Seattle is without a doubt the hippest city I have every been too with so many amazing food options that I wonder if you could ever hit them all – I cannot wait to return!

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I walked away from this trip with a resounding renewal of love for traveling, an immense appreciation of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and a fascinating new obsession with donuts. I highly recommend the Great PNW Roadtrip to anyone that wants the thrill of a road trip but only has a short time to take it!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Jasmine + McKenzie

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

A: McKenzie and I like to plan a trip once a year - this year, we wanted a weekend trip for our birthdays. We began looking at locations (Seattle, Boston, etc.) and couldn’t seem to fit in everything we wanted with the budget we had in mind. We also work pretty stressful jobs and just didn’t have the time to truly plan out a trip. McKenzie heard about Pack Up + Go and, after looking at the website and reading testimonials, we decided to take the leap on a surprise trip!  

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

A: The only hesitation was possibly going somewhere we didn’t really want to go to. We talked about it and realized that as long as the hotel was great and we had restaurants to eat at, we would be able to make any place work.

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

A: When we first received the forecast, we immediately guessed New Orleans or the East Coast. One recommendation, don’t do what I did and search forecasts - after I did that, I eventually guessed Philadelphia so I wasn’t as surprised by the location once we opened the envelope (we still waited to open at the airport).          

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

A: My dad is from Philly, so I already knew the city from my family’s point of view. It had been years since I had been back so I was excited to see the city from a tourist perspective. McKenzie was excited because Philly wasn’t a city that she would’ve planned to go visit. 

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

A: From the first confirmation email to the packet of information, and the bottle of champagne waiting in the hotel, the entire trip felt tailored to us. We really felt that Pack Up + Go took all of our likes and wants into consideration with the activity and restaurant suggestions. Lillian was so responsive via email and everything was perfect!

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

A: I don’t know if there is one specific favorite! We love to eat and the restaurant suggestions were on the money. We did love the suggestions from the local as well which gave us another perspective of the city. 

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

A: We had breakfast at the restaurant attached to the hotel, Urban Farmer, and it was amazing! Such a great breakfast to start out the day. We also did all of the Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, etc. activities. As for cheese-steaks, we didn’t want to Uber to Pat or Geno’s so we went to Sonny’s which was recommended by folks we asked along the way. Delicious! 

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

A: I would recommend getting folks to the destination early on the first day and leaving earlier on the last day. We had so much fun the first two days that we were quite exhausted come the last day and ended up waiting at the hotel until we could head to the airport!

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

A: We had breakfast at the restaurant attached to the hotel, Urban Farmer, and it was amazing! Such a great breakfast to start out the day. We also did all of the Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, etc. activities. As for cheese-steaks, we didn’t want to Uber to Pat or Geno’s so we went to Sonny’s which was recommended by folks we asked along the way. Delicious!

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Not having to plan a single thing and having an amazing experience when we got to our final destination. The amount of detail Pack Up + Go put into our trip didn’t go unnoticed!

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

A: I learned to keep an open mind about everything! I already knew Philly from my family but, after my trip, I have a completely different perspective on the city. 

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

A: It is probably one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had! I would recommend everyone book a trip with Pack Up + Go!    

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

A: Be open-minded! You don’t know what gems you will find in the city they send to you and as long as you have a comfy bed and good food, you can make anything work for three days! 

Sign up today to experience your own tourist moment: http://bit.ly/2gpxuKt

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Autumn is in full swing in Aspen, CO. Check out these gorgeous golden shots from Kibby + Michael’s surprise mountain getaway! Plan your Pack Up + Go trip today: http://bit.ly/2xRhLXq

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Testimonial Tuesday: Leslie + Daniel

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

A: A mini-honeymoon- my husband is in the military so we wanted a trip where we didn’t have to stress over the planning.              

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

A:   Not at all! Worst case scenario, if we didn’t like the recommendations, then we could find our own adventures! (But that wasn’t the case!!)   

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

A: We guessed somewhere south since it was described to have a “charm”. Therefore, we weren’t 100% surprised by our destination (Charleston, SC), but we were 100% excited!          

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

A:   Filled with Southern Charm, history, and comfort food!  

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

A: I have a gluten intolerance, so the food recommendations made it so much more convenient to be comfortable where we were eating!

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

A: We LOVED the hotel room! Amazing service and amenities. 

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

A: Sullivan Beach!

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

A: Go to Fort Sumter!

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

A: Jeni’s ice cream. TO DIE FOR! 

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Not having to plan a single thing and having an amazing experience when we got to our final destination. The amount of detail Pack Up + Go put into our trip didn’t go unnoticed!

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

A: We learned about the history of Charleston and our country. We also learned, that one more day would have been the perfect amount of time for a trip. 

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

A: Amazing! So many options were provided for us on how to spend our travels. They were very professional in emails and keeping in touch!    

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

A: The best way to try something new! You get to travel, try somewhere new, and get to be surprised!       

Ready to be charmed by the great cities of the US? Sign up today: http://bit.ly/2x1x1kJ

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Seattle has much to offer travelers from local oddities like the Fremont Troll to the Theo Chocolate factory to the 1962 World’s Fair Space Needle

Check out some of these happy shots from Jordan + Patrick’s recent trip and book your own today: http://bit.ly/2xWAUdN

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Testimonial Tuesday: Emily + Austin

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

A: While craving a much needed get-away, I read about Pack Up + Go on a travel blog and was instantly hooked on the idea of a ‘surprise’ destination trip. I was hoping for a fun, new location that I’d never been, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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

A:  My only worry was ending up somewhere that would be too similar to the trips we normally take. We were looking to explore somewhere with a different style, and Savannah was the perfect location to do so.

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

A: After getting our 'hints’, we were betting on Charleston, New Orleans, or Savannah. I was surprised overall by our destination, but after being there, I realized it was the perfect choice based on our initial survey answers.

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

A:  We were definitely expecting some serious HEAT in Savannah in July, but were excited about lots of great restaurants and bars, and charming historic locations.

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

A: Our survey answers were definitely taken into account. We love good food, hole-in-the-wall bars, and adventuring in new cities. Walkable Savannah offered all of that and more.

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

A: The location of our hotel was right near the center of everything. It was great being able to walk everywhere and not deal with Uber or renting a car!

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

A: We had a lot of fun going on a local ghost pub crawl, and seeing the historic sites around the city.

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

A: We decided to venture a bit further to the Wormsloe Plantation. The oak trees dripping with Spanish moss along the mile-long driveway were beautiful (and totally Instagram worthy!)

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Getting able to experience a new location without the hassle of making our own travel arrangements was amazing. The ease of the process allowed us to focus on relaxing and having fun!

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

A: We learned a lot on the trip about the history of Savannah…but I also learned the importance of taking some time off to relax, reset, and just have fun.

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

A: Amazing team and an awesome experience!

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

A: Just trust in the process!! My boyfriend was hesitant and wanted to peak once we got our envelope, but ended up having a great time.

Sign up today for your own picturesque vacation: http://bit.ly/2y3ctMW

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#FunFact: There are more barrels of #whiskey than there are people in #Kentucky

Hopefully, Katherine + Vincent got to enjoy some on their recent trip to Louisville!

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#NationalTacoDay will surely have your mouth watering. Look at these delectable bites from #SanFrancisco, #SanDiego, + #WashingtonDC!


Wanna get a taste of America? Sign Up today: http://bit.ly/2xQNx8t

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Testimonial Tuesday: Molly

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

A: Every year around my birthday, I like to do something fun/spontaneous.  I had heard about this company from a co-worker who had seen a story about it on TV about a year ago. Immediately when she told me about it I knew I wanted to take a trip. I love to travel and it seemed like a great combination of my interests in travel and doing spontaneous things.  I was looking for a  fun adventure and this trip definitely delivered that.  

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

A: My only hesitation was that I would be sent somewhere I had previously traveled to. I made sure to include those places on the survey.

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

A: I had a few guesses in mind. I had said I liked historical places and liked to go to the beach and to baseball games. My guess was San Francisco, Charleston or Boston.  When I got the email a week before with the weather forecast, I had a feeling it might be Boston or San Francisco because they said to pack a baseball hat. I was really hoping for Boston and was so happy and still surprised that is where I went. 

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

A: What I loved most about the trip was that it felt like they listened to everything I mentioned in my survey. I said I enjoyed history so they had several historical places listed as part of their recommendations. I also mentioned baseball and much to my surprise and excitement they had bought me a ticket to a Red Sox game. I had even mentioned in passing that I was going on this trip as a birthday present to myself. When I got back to my hotel on Saturday there was a birthday dessert from the hotel in my room with a nice card. They definitely went above and beyond in every detail of the trip.

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

A: The hotel was in a great location. As a solo traveler, it was important to me to feel safe and I definitely did. It was a great location and I could walk almost everywhere I wanted to go. The Boston Public Market was only a block away. 

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

A: Boston was always a city I wanted to visit. I LOVE everything historical so it seemed like a city I would really enjoy.  I didn’t know a lot of specifics about the city so all of the guides that you provided were extremely helpful. I loved how they were broken out by different areas of the city.  

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

A: As a history nerd, I searched for some extra historical places to check out. I went to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum which was awesome. I also found out that they offered whale watching which was on my all time bucket list.

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Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A:  I have a hard time deciding what my favorite thing was. Everyone keeps asking and my answer is everything! However, if I had to pick one thing it would probably be the Red Sox Game. However, you provided so many great recommendations it was hard to decide what I wanted to do. I also really enjoyed the Freedom Trail.      

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

A: The entire experience was amazing. I got the idea from other testimonials to get your friends involved in the process so I posted a lot on facebook and had all my friends guessing where I was going. By the last week of my trip everyone was begging me to open the envelope or give it to them so they could figure out where I was going. It actually made me not want to peek even more so I could keep everyone in suspense.  I loved the excitement of not knowing where I was going and to be able to explore a city without having to be anywhere at any particular time. All of the recommendations were perfect.

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

A: I would describe it as the best kind of trip to take. They take care of all of the reservations and provide wonderful recommendations of what to do while you are there. I appreciate that they don’t book a bunch of things for you once you are in the city and they let you decide what you want to do. It’s traveling without the stress.                

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

A: I would highly encourage them to take a chance on it and try it. You won’t be disappointed. They communicate with you throughout the process and go the extra mile to make sure your trip is special. What do you have to lose? It was honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had and can’t wait to book another trip.

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Pack Up + Went

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“The point is to quite literally pack up + go, to be present in the moment, and enjoy new experiences without much thought. That’s exactly what this weekend did for us. My soul is completely refreshed!”


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Check out these beautiful pictures from a recent, refreshing, San Francisco sisters’ trip!

Plan your next surprise trip today: http://bit.ly/2xGaRrm

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An Austin Vintage Shopping Bonanza

By: Tolly Moseley

While it’s still socially acceptable in most parts of Austin, Texas to saunter around in flip flops and lake-ready cutoffs, that doesn’t mean Austinites don’t enjoy getting a little dolled up every now and then. The preferred style poison? Vintage.

You’ll find no greater concentration of pre-loved than on South Congress, where New Bohemia and Uncommon Objects beckon you in off the street. In New Bohemia, you can dress up yourself, while in Uncommon Objects there are things to dress up your house: it’s stuffed with funky, hip finds ranging from mounted fiddles to dainty lace fans.

New Bohemia Vintage. Image via New Bohemia Facebook page.

Around the corner on Milton Street, Prototype Vintage Design and Feathers Boutique – two impossible cool boutiques –  are neighbors. Both feature excellent, well-curated collections; Prototype has more leather and knits, whereas Feathers has more sparkles and spikes.

Roaming the streets is the throwback trailer of goods that is Amelia’s Retro Vogue and Relics. This is a way, way back machine of mid-1800s to mid-1900s, and anyone with an affinity for Edwardian, Victorian or hats will do well here.

Blue Velvet Vintage. Image via Blue Velvet Facebook page.

Finally, North Loop (technically, 53rd Street), a strip of colorful oddities all by itself, has two shops Tolly, adores – Blue Velvet Vintage and Room Service Vintage. She’s found several easy cotton dresses at Blue Velvet, whose petite interior manages to pack in a surprising amount of variety, and Room Service has helped her decorate every home she’s lived in with their ever-rotating stock of killer furniture and lighting. Just be quick: items are priced to sell, and they do just that in a flash.

About The HUNT Austin Writer: Tolly Moseley is a writer, aerial silks dancer and yoga teacher. All of which means that she spends half her time performing an array of bodily contortions and the other half hunched over a computer. Her work has appeared in Salon, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine and the Austin-American Statesman, and on National Public Radio Austin, a well as her parents’ refrigerator. She tells stories about her life on her blog, austineavesdropper.com.

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Testimonial Tuesday: Trish + Daniel

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

A: I didn’t want us to go to the same old place doing exactly the same things we always do.

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

A:   My husband was nervous and concerned, he was worried about using a company he didn’t know anything about and was nervous we would be staying in less than desirable accommodation.

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

A: We weren’t completely surprised it was one of the locations we had guessed it might be.

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

A: The amazing accommodation was definitely tailored to our personal likes. And the attractions available to us were completely suited to our interests.

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

A: We loved the elegance of the hotel and its history.

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

A:   We were simply excited to explore somewhere new.

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

A: We loved the old town trolley service but didn’t see it on our itinerary. We used the old town trolley service to and from the hotel.

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: That Pack up & go is the best way to get out of town.

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

A: It was fabulous! It was so easy, so much fun, and takes all the hassle of planning a quick trip away. Definitely, the way to go.

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

A: Just do it! It is so well put together from the travel to the accommodation to the sightseeing options. You won’t be sorry, you’ll love it.

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

A: Just do it! You will not regret it!

So much to see, so little time, sign up today: http://bit.ly/2xUVuMM

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September is National All American Breakfast Month! Celebrate with your favorite breakfast foods and enjoy some of these mouth-watering photos from our travelers to Chicago, Louisville, Minneapolis, & San Francisco!

Explore the flavors this country has to offer with a Pack Up + Go trip of your own: http://bit.ly/2xV2qcF

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