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Unexpected National Parks

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Unexpected National Parks

Since Pack Up + Go tends to send travelers to more urban areas, we wanted to share some of the National Parks that exist in the cities of our country to continue commemorating National Keep America Beautiful Month.

Written by Amber Quinn

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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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The Best Cities to Celebrate Holiday Fun

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The Best Cities to Celebrate Holiday Fun

This time of year is always filled with holiday cheer! The glittering lights, towering trees, and plentiful decorations are a wonderful way to celebrate the chilly month of December. Many cities go all out to spread the Christmas spirit + here are some of the fun things to do around the country!

Written by Corinne Hogge, Amelia Johnson + Juliana Schnerr

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Testimonial Tuesday: Paige + Dan

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Testimonial Tuesday: Paige + Dan

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

A:  It was an anniversary gift to me from my boyfriend. We were looking to take a trip just for ourselves that didn’t involve traveling to see family or weddings.

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

A: I was very nervous. Being Type A, it’s hard to relinquish control, but it was also freeing not having to plan anything.

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

A: We thought we for sure were going to the East Coast. I thought Philly + Dan thought Boston. We were both shocked but in a very good way. :)

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

A: I don’t think we had any prior conceptions before our arrival.

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

A: We were on our own schedule. We could do whatever we wanted whenever we wanted to do it. Also, the suggestions felt catered to us by the fact that we love live music and specialty cocktails and there were great recommendations that we took advantage of in finding those two things in New Orleans.

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

A: The location in the city and the grandiose of the hotel.

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

A: The WWII museum and the Lafayette Cemetery were our favorite activities. Also riding the streetcar on St. Charles.

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

A: We would have left earlier on Friday and earlier on Sunday. 

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

A: We had dinner at two great spots: one was Amelie cafe in the French Quarter. It’s great farm-to-table with an amazing patio tucked back off of bourbon st. Also, Superior Seafood along St. Charles was delicious!

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Being with each other and on our own schedule.

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

A: Letting go of the planning process was a challenge but it worked out for the best! Every second of a trip doesn’t need to be planned before arrival for it to be memorable.

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

A: Do it! The customer service is outstanding and they work so closely with you to ensure a proper fit for location and budget.

Where you have a romantic getaway?

Sign Up today: http://bit.ly/NewOrleans_2017

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Testimonial Tuesday: Brandy + Greg

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

A: We both work long hours and I was in the middle of a tough semester in grad school. On top of that, we had a hard time deciding on a destination and with our busy schedules, it was hard to plan something on our own. As a result, our trip kept getting pushed back month after month. When we saw a news segment on Pack Up + Go we knew we found the solution and booked that day!

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

A:  No, we were excited! We did not care where we ended up because we were confident we would have a great time anywhere. I was actually less nervous about the travel plans with Pack Up + Go than I have been in the past with travel I booked on my own. The only thing we had to worry about was packing a bag and showing up to the airport on time!

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

A: Yes! We guessed a million places before opening the envelope. Our destination did cross my mind among many others. Greg was sure we would be going to Kansas City. I thought we could be going anywhere from Louisville to Portland but my final guess did happen to be correct (New Orleans).

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

A:  I had always thought about New Orleans as a drinking city (which it is) but it is also so much more! We learned a lot about the history of the city during our stay. We loved the atmosphere all around.

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

A: I let Pack Up + Go know that we had one vegan traveling with us. We loved that vegan restaurant recommendations were included in our packet! It really helped navigate the food situation which can be difficult sometimes! We also told Pack Up + Go know that we love doing historical tours and they scheduled an AMAZING tour of the Garden District. It was really perfect.

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

A: Everything! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton and it was better than we could have imagined. We would have been happy staying in the hotel the entire trip, it was so nice.

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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: There is so much going on in the city all the time. We came across a lovely little mini food festival on a random Wednesday night. There were great local food vendors and lots of live music.

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: It is hard to choose! I love the surprise element and just exploring the city.

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

A: We learned that planning travel does not have to be stressful or time-consuming!

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

A: It was fun explaining to family and friends that we were going on a surprise vacation! People would ask “Where are you going” and we would say “We have no idea!”. Then explain the concept. Even on the trip, it was fun explaining to people how we ended up there. Great conversation starter. I would describe Pack Up + Go as a surprise, stress-free travel agency. Everything is taken care of for you so you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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!

This country is full of surprises + where you’re going could be one of them, sign up today: http://bit.ly/2f7Lm7T

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