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Rainbow Row

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Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina is a series of thirteen colorful historic houses! 🌈🏠  The name was given after the pastel colors they were painted as they were restored in the 1930s + 1940s.  It is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston + perfect for a Saturday Stroll!

Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina is a series of thirteen colorful historic houses! 🌈🏠

The name was given after the pastel colors they were painted as they were restored in the 1930s + 1940s.

It is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston + perfect for a Saturday Stroll!

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Life Is Good

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Life Is Good

With tons of happy travelers, more trips leaving every day + endless adventure - Pack Up + Go has much to appreciate!  Sit back, relax + say “life is good” with us on this Thankful Thursday 🦋

With tons of happy travelers, more trips leaving every day + endless adventure - Pack Up + Go has much to appreciate!

Sit back, relax + say “life is good” with us on this Thankful Thursday 🦋

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Love Is In The Air

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Love Is In The Air

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Happy Valentines Day! 😍

Traveling helps us to reconnect with the ones we love, grow together + sometimes even have a proposal like in these gorgeous photos from Larry + Sarah on their trip to Philadelphia! Congratulations!

Plan to getaway with your sweetheart: http://bit.ly/2018_ValentinesDay

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Holiday-ing the Right Way

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Holiday-ing the Right Way

Freelance writer Jane Sandwood shares her tips on how to get the most out of your surprise vacations!

Packing Your Bags for the Unexpected:

Packing up + going off to an unknown destination can be exciting, but it can also make packing extremely difficult. If you’re heading out soon on a surprise vacation, here are some tips on what you should bring along for the ride!

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Pack Light:

Feeling in control of your holiday plans is a big part of being able to enjoy yourself, but this may seem like a near-impossible feat on a mystery vacation, particularly when it comes to trying to pack light. With so many possibilities at hand, you may be tempted to pack your entire wardrobe. It’s important to remember, however, that you may have to pay an extra fee for any checked baggage. Most airlines allow for a free carry-on bag, so it’s best to pack with space constraints in mind. If you have more items than you can fit in your luggage, you may want to bring a personal item as well, such as a purse, tote, or briefcase to store any extra clothing or electronics.

Bring Different Outfits:

While it might seem obvious to bring different styles of clothing, there are some ways that you can cut down on space usage without packing any extra pants. It’s a good idea to pack clothing with multiple functions, such as multi-function sarongs and zip-off shorts. You should ensure that you have a couple of clothing choices that are suitable for either warm or cold weather.

Carry a Smartphone:

Most of us want to bring a camera with us on holiday to capture memories and mementos, but camera equipment can be bulky. Luckily, though, these days most smartphones are equipped with a high definition camera that allows you to take photos wherever you go. You can even find portable attachments for smartphone cameras, such as filters and telephoto lenses. If you’re concerned about roaming charges, be sure to speak with your carrier before traveling.

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Hold Some Cash:

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea to carry some spare cash with you in the event of an emergency. You can find specially designed fanny packs designed to keep your money safe, or you can opt to keep cash in a closed section of your purse. If you plan to use a credit card, make sure to inform your bank before you travel so that your accounts won’t get frozen.

Each year, Americans take more than 2 billion trips to domestic destinations and abroad. A surprise vacation takes all of the stress out of planning, but you still have to ensure that you pack your bags accordingly. 

No matter where your next holiday might be, with proper planning, you’ll find yourself ready for all the spontaneous fun life has to throw at you!

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Hot Breakfast

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Hot Breakfast

February is Hot Breakfast Month, which encourages us to break the cycle of boring breakfast + start the day with a hot dish!  Amanda, Kaitlin, Rebecca, Colleen, Victoria, Kerry + Christina enjoyed this delicious spread on Pack Up + Go’s first surprise trip to Atlanta!  What is your favorite hot breakfast food?

February is Hot Breakfast Month, which encourages us to break the cycle of boring breakfast + start the day with a hot dish!

Amanda, Kaitlin, Rebecca, Colleen, Victoria, Kerry + Christina enjoyed this delicious spread on Pack Up + Go’s first surprise trip to Atlanta!

What is your favorite hot breakfast food?

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Superbowl Sunday

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Superbowl Sunday

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It’s Superbowl Sunday! 

Today many fans across the country will watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the defending champs, the Patriots!

For those of you going to the Big Game in Minneapolis, we don’t think you’ll have quite the same weather as Todd + Brandy, but try to have as much fun! 

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Denver, CO

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Denver, CO

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The First Transcontinental railroad helped to revolutionize the settlement + economy of the American West

Did You Know: In 1875, the city of Denver had 4 different train stations, causing passenger transfer issues. To remedy this problem, it was determined to create onecentral Union Station to combine the various operations. It was decided to build this famous station in February 1880!

Bonus Photo: a real conductor!

Happy February!

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Saturday Stroll

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Saturday Stroll

What a perfect day for a Saturday-Stroll in this Portland, ME shot from Matt + Mary!  How are you spending your adventurous weekend?

What a perfect day for a Saturday-Stroll in this Portland, ME shot from Matt + Mary!

How are you spending your adventurous weekend?

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Monday Motivation

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Monday Motivation

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Your Monday Motivation comes from Kody + Lindsey who showed how fun having many different interests can be!

From exploring the city to a baseball game, the aquarium + hiking, this couple knows how to really get to know a city!

What is your favorite activity to seek out in a new place?

We love eating unique foods, going to Vintage shops + stopping in art museums! 🍽️👒🏛️

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a 2-hour drive from San Diego + is the largest state park in California!   The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza + the Spanish word  borrego , or bighorn sheep.   500 miles of dirt roads, wilderness areas + many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wonders of the California Desert!   Travelers are given the opportunity to see wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas, as well as golden eagles, foxes + roadrunners!   This is one natural spectacle not to miss on your next West Coast adventure! 

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a 2-hour drive from San Diego + is the largest state park in California! 

The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza + the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. 

500 miles of dirt roads, wilderness areas + many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wonders of the California Desert! 

Travelers are given the opportunity to see wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas, as well as golden eagles, foxes + roadrunners! 

This is one natural spectacle not to miss on your next West Coast adventure! 

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Alcatraz

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Alcatraz

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Alcatraz is located in the San Francisco Bay, offshore from downtown.

The small island was developed with a lighthouse, a military fortification + jail and became a federal prison from 1934 until 1963 - housing famous criminals such as Al Capone + Machine Gun Kelly!

On January 17, 1986, 32 years ago, this iconic penitentiary became a National Historic Landmark so that future travelers can continue to learn about its unique history!

*BONUS*: The friendly welcome committee, the Pier 39 Sea Lions!

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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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Testimonial Tuesday: Andrea + Richard

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Testimonial Tuesday: Andrea + Richard

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

A: Anniversary trip. Looking for fun and different plus both getting a surprise. What could be better?

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

A: Not at all. Excited!

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

A: We actually had a pretty good idea based on weather. We were surprised at how much we loved Philadelphia though. Amazing and would have never chosen it ourselves.

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

A: History, Rocky steps.

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

A: We like out of the way bars and restaurants. We were so excited that the team had located two speakeasies. The items on suggested itineraries were exactly what we wanted.

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

A: Beautiful hotel. We like nice hotels our needs were met. Staff was amazing sent champagne and roses to our upgraded suite.

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

A: Barns museum, speakeasy, quaint restaurants. It was a blast!

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

A: Definitely stay one more night + day. I felt like a long weekend should end on a Sunday.

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

A: Rodin Museum. I wish we had more time to visit. The outside gardens were beautiful.

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: Having so much information and ideas at our finger tips we did more in three days than we would have ever done on our own.

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

A: Probably one of the best trips we have taken. The whole planning process + anticipation was wonderful. We had so many friends and family guessing our destination. Absolutely do it!

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

A: That we love this way to travel. Had we planned ourselves we probably would have been more budget minded. This way your budget is set + there was no guilt about staying in the great hotel!

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

A: There is no reason not to try it, it makes a three-day vacation an adventure. You may end up somewhere you never dreamed of vacationing in and have an amazing time.

Want to spend your anniversary in a new place? Let Pack Up + Go do the planning so you can enjoy the journey!

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

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Testimonial Tuesday: Leorah + Allison

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Testimonial Tuesday: Leorah + Allison

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

A: My bestie + I take a trip every year for our birthdays and we thought this was a cool idea. We wanted an adventure!

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

A: I think we were mostly just excited. Although we were occasionally a little worried that we would get sent somewhere lame because we could only do the lowest budget option.

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

A: We guessed a few places, based on the weather report. Actually, several of our friends guessed our destination correctly, too, so we weren’t SUPER surprised about it, but definitely excited for the unveiling.

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

A: We were excited. One of us had been before as a kid, but we knew that it had a reputation for being a pretty hip city.

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

A: Our PU+G agent was so nice. She really tailored everything to us very well and communicated with us a lot. Plus, we were traveling for both our birthdays and we got some wonderful surprises - like champagne from the hotel + a gift card to a nearby wine bar.

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

A: Our hotel was great. I love that the Kimpton hotels have a happy hour in the evenings in the lobby, and I thought this particular hotel was really cool and funky. Plus, it was located almost downtown, so we walked almost everywhere. 

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

A: Loved the foodie tour of Pike Place Market!! It was so fun to try all the different foods and hear about the history of everything.

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

A: When we found out where we were going I texted some friends who lived there. We got brunch which was great and also ended up getting together at night. I think with such a sort trip it’s hard to do everything, so if we did it again I’d probably stick to one non-itinerary meal.

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: I think the Chihuly Glass Museum + the Pike Place Market foodie tour were my favorite parts. But traveling with my bestie is always fun, especially when so much of the trip is celebrating and drinking wine!

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

A: Seattle is a lot like Denver!

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

A: It was a great way to do a short, domestic adventure. It a totally new way to travel for me, since I’m usually the planner for trips.

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

A: They’ll take care of you. It’s totally worth it!

For a girls weekend with all the fun + none of the stressful planning, sign up today: http://bit.ly/TT_Seattle

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Falling Water

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Falling Water

Did You Know: On December 18, 1934, Frank Lloyd Wright visited Bear Run in South Western PA to see the waterfall which would eventually be the site of his famous Falling Water home.  Brendan + Kimberly got a chance to see this architectural classic on their recent trip to Pittsburgh!  Let Pack Up + Go plan a custom vacation based on your interests:  http://bit.ly/2017_FallingWater

Did You Know: On December 18, 1934, Frank Lloyd Wright visited Bear Run in South Western PA to see the waterfall which would eventually be the site of his famous Falling Water home.

Brendan + Kimberly got a chance to see this architectural classic on their recent trip to Pittsburgh!

Let Pack Up + Go plan a custom vacation based on your interests: http://bit.ly/2017_FallingWater

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