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Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to the men + women whose service has allowed us to experience the freedom + wonder of travel.

In honor of this day of remembrance, we share these inspiring photos from our travelers’, Amber + David, recent trip to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington D.C.

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We hope that Motivational Monday will inspire you throughout the week.  Do you have the motivation to sign up for your next great #trip today?  One short survey + you’ll be on your way:  http://bit.ly/MotMonday17

We hope that Motivational Monday will inspire you throughout the week.

Do you have the motivation to sign up for your next great #trip today?

One short survey + you’ll be on your way: http://bit.ly/MotMonday17

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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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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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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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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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Interested in traveling solo? Find out more info: http://bit.ly/BostonTestimonial

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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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Today at 4:02 EST is the #AutumnalEquinox.   As the days get shorter and the weather becomes chillier, what are your plans for this season?   Add a Pack Up + Go getaway to your fall festivities:  http://bit.ly/2fcCZry

Today at 4:02 EST is the #AutumnalEquinox. 

As the days get shorter and the weather becomes chillier, what are your plans for this season? 

Add a Pack Up + Go getaway to your fall festivities: http://bit.ly/2fcCZry

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Quiz time! Can you guess which Southern City these beautiful pictures come from?

Hints:

  • Known for its love of pineapples and plentiful peaches
  • Tons of trade and wonderful beaches
  • A Director of Fun helps run baseball
  • Hometown of this curator of comedy goofball

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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!

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