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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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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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Net Neutrality

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Net Neutrality

Yesterday, the FCC voted to repeal the 2015 Net Neutrality rules. This phrase that has been popular in media recently and there are several misunderstandings of what these rules are. If you would like to learn more about Net Neutrality we have linked several resources that we found useful below for a better understanding of this complicated subject.

Pack Up + Go has been a passionate supporter of Net Neutrality and sees this ruling as an affront to the majority of citizens that spoke out against it. This ruling is a reminder of corporate influence in Washington D.C. being repackaged to the population by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as an opportunity for increased competition. These rulings allow telecom power players, such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, to give preferential treatment to websites - no longer requiring that they treat all content equally. For individual consumers, this means that you may have to pay different prices for internet speeds based on the content you wish to view online.

In addition to the harmful effects this ruling could have on consumer pricing, the other likelihood is the destruction of the many startups + small businesses that rely on online exposure to stay afloat. All industries who conduct business on the Internet risk being adversely affected by this decision. Here is a example of what could happen to Pack Up + Go, a travel booking website, in a post-Net Neutrality Internet:

“Suppose that without net-neutrality rules, Kayak and Orbitz can pay Internet providers to load their sites faster than the start-up. Impatient customers will quickly give up on the start-up, and it will fail. That means fewer competitors in the travel industry, which could be bad for consumers, who benefit when many companies vie for the lowest prices.” (Borchers, 2017)

Developing innovative processes and increasing consumer choice is the most successful when every person and company has a fair chance. Reversing Net Neutrality rules will only serve those in the market with the money and power to remove any lesser competition - not increase freedom as is currently being claimed.

The Pack Up + Go team would like to remind all of our current, past, and future travelers to remain informed regarding debated topics and speak out to their Congressional representatives to ensure that votes are being made with your interests in mind. In the aftermath of this ruling, the Court System + Congress will be left to decide the outcome of our free Internet. As an American, it is your right to support or denounce Net Neutrality regulations. If having an open Internet that keeps all websites on a level playing field + does not exist solely for profit is important to you, we urge you to exercise that right.

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French Toast

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French Toast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s covered in powdered sugar and maple syrup!  Load up on breakfast for dinner today like our travelers in San Francisco, Happy National French Toast Day!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it’s covered in powdered sugar and maple syrup!

Load up on breakfast for dinner today like our travelers in San Francisco, Happy National French Toast Day!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Sami, Nicole + Molly

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Testimonial Tuesday: Sami, Nicole + Molly

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

A: I originally heard about Pack Up + Go from a travel group on Facebook. It sounded intriguing but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to give up the control of trip planning to someone else. Fast forward to a few weeks later when myself and 2 friends were trying to plan our vacation. Between the 3 of us, we couldn’t agree on a place to go. After about an hour of searching flights and destinations, I mentioned Pack Up + Go. We pulled up the website, looked at the information, and booked our trip that night.

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

A: I was extremely nervous!! I’m a very “Type A” person. I love to research where I’m going, plan out what activities I want to do, where I want to eat, etc. So not having any idea of where I was going was a bit nerve-wracking.

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

A: From the day we booked our vacation, we were constantly playing the guessing game. Once we got our “hints” in the email a week before departure, we thought for sure it would be either Washington DC or Boston (we were wrong).

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

A: We opened the envelope and it said “Philadelphia” and while we were excited, it wasn’t a big name place like DC or Boston. I don’t know many people who are really excited to say they are going on vacation to Philadelphia. But we knew we were going to have an amazing time no matter where we went, and we were still very excited (the TSA guy at security asked if we were going to Vegas because we were so hyped up and noisy).

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

A: Every note we received prior to the trip was personalized. Lillian referred to us by name, made comments regarding things we filled out in the survey, and we could genuinely tell she planned this trip specifically for us. When we checked in at the front desk of the hotel, they knew that we were on a Pack Up + Go trip. When we arrived at the hotel room, there was a bottle of Champagne and a birthday card - all little details that made the trip feel special and unique!

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

A: The hotel was gorgeous and the location couldn’t have been better. During the day when we explored Philly, we could leave the hotel and walk in any direction and reach some type of fun activity/historical sight within 10-15 minutes of leisurely walking. At night, we’d take a Lyft to get around town and we’d be there within 10 minutes.

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

A: The Magic Gardens. We spent almost 2 hours exploring there and probably could’ve spent even more time. I’ve never seen anything like that before and it was amazing.

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

A: I wouldn’t do anything differently.

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

A: A few restaurants worth mentioning: El Vez - the BEST nachos we’ve ever had! Sabrina’s - about 3 blocks from the hotel, great brunch *needs reservations on the weekend*, Tir na nOg - Irish pub less than a block from the hotel.

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: The suspense of not knowing where we were going and the excitement at the airport when we opened the envelope! I also loved that the trip felt very “organic” - since we weren’t able to plan/research beforehand, we were able to be very go-with-the-flow, be present, and enjoy where we were.

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

A: Philadelphia is a very underrated city! It’s OK to let go sometimes. I was very worried because I like to plan every detail before a trip and be very knowledgeable about where I’m going, so this trip was out of my comfort zone. Make friends with the locals! We quickly made friends with the hotel bartender and he had so many good recommendations for us. He made sure we made the best of our time in Philly.

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

A: I’ve been asked this many times since we’ve returned. I always reply with “It’s the best.” Lillian and the Pack Up + Go team made sure that we had everything that we needed from start to finish. You can tell they put a lot of time and thought into making sure we had the best trip.

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

A: Do it! You will not regret it. The number of memories + experiences I took away from this trip are priceless. We were already planning when to take our next Pack Up + Go trip before we even made it home from Philadelphia! 

What will you come to appreciate on your mystery trip? Book today: http://bit.ly/2ndrwyX

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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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Tomorrow is the birthday of French painter Claude Monet. His 250 piece Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series include some of the most recognizable artworks of the 20th century.  These floating blossoms evoke a sense of calm and create an essence of tranquility that brings comfort to any weary traveler.  Let us plan your next relaxing trip so that you can Pack Up + Go without the hassle!

Tomorrow is the birthday of French painter Claude Monet. His 250 piece Nymphéas (Water Lilies) series include some of the most recognizable artworks of the 20th century.

These floating blossoms evoke a sense of calm and create an essence of tranquility that brings comfort to any weary traveler.

Let us plan your next relaxing trip so that you can Pack Up + Go without the hassle!

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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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Chicago is a city of 77 neighborhoods, 2.7 million people, and spans 234 square miles!

See some of the beautiful sites that Jocelyn + Katie were able to visit on their recent trip to the Windy City and sign up for your trip today: http://bit.ly/2yK9BVa

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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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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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Who Wants to Go to Phoenix?

Guest Blogger Amanda Farr discusses her discovery and new love of her home in Arizona

Phoenix is a city I never imagined visiting. However, as I was working towards my MBA someone offered me a job out there and my husband and I said, “why not?” Since then, we have had many visitors so I thought I would put together a few of our favorite places to take people when they come to the city.

The Frank Lloyd Wright house, Taliesin West, is one of my favorite places to take people in Phoenix. It is the house and workspace Frank Lloyd Wright built towards the end of his career. He would spend the winters in Arizona while traveling back to Wisconsin in the summer. The tour of the house and grounds is very interesting in that you not only get to learn more about Frank’s architectural style towards the end of his life, but you also get to learn about how Frank believed in teaching his students, and in how Arizona has changed over the years. The great thing about Taliesin West is that it is still an architecture school which gives it a unique element. The tour lasts about an hour and the house and grounds are close to the city. It is easy to visit this place in the morning before it gets too hot.

The second thing I always recommend for people in Phoenix is a hot air balloon ride. These leave really early in the morning, 5AM, so you definitely need to plan for this. Though I was nervous at first, I was pleasantly surprised at how safe and gentle the whole experience was. After showing up at 5am and signing a bunch of waivers, you head out in a van to the launch site. You can either help the crew blow the balloon up or watch (I watched and took photos). Then you climb into the basket and take off. You float gently above roads, Arizona desert and fields and watch as the city wakes up. You are in the air about an hour before coming down and having a champagne breakfast. It’s a great experience that really shows you a side of Arizona most people don’t get to see.

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Since Arizona is hot in the Summers (and Fall…and Spring) people like to do indoor activities during the hottest part of the day. A museum I always take people to visit is the Musical Instrument Museum. The space has instruments from all over the world and from all time periods. Also, if you are up for a fun concert, you can catch some interesting groups playing at night. Last time we went we saw Feufollet, a southwest Louisiana Cajun band.

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By now, you are probably hungry. If you haven’t ever been to the west, you may want to try In ‘n Out Burger. It is a pretty iconic place that local people love. However, the best cuisine Arizona has to offer hand down is Mexican food. My favorite restaurant is Filiberto’s. It’s not fancy, but it is cheap. You can get two chicken tacos, rice, beans, and a drink for under $10.

If you are in Arizona for a few days, the scenery is spectacular and should definitely be experienced. Inside the city, some of the best hiking can be found at Camelback Mountain. The walk isn’t too strenuous but you definitely need to bring water + a snack. Another hike that offers great views, though is east of the city a bit, is Pinnacle Peak. Again, bring water. Truthfully though, it’s Arizona so you should always bring water wherever you go.

If you are up for some traveling, Flagstaff offers cooler temperatures and a mountain-like climate and snow and it only two hours north of Phoenix. Another fun place people visit to hike is in Sedona. The views are spectacular and the red rocks always amaze.

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Good luck on your visit to Arizona and remember, always bring water!

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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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Can you guess where these travelers’ photos are from?

Home to the Honey Crisp Apple and the BBB, this Mid-Western Mystery is full of bikers, beautiful #sculptures, and a booming #skyline!

Sign Up for your own Mystery trip today: http://bit.ly/2ylhHUi

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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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