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Celebrations Across the U.S.A

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Celebrations Across the U.S.A

Whether you are headed to the lake or watching fireworks over the city, 4th of July is a time to find your favorite US spots to come together with friends + family! We found the best events in your area so you can enjoy the holiday all over the country.

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Phantastic Philadelphia

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Phantastic Philadelphia

You don’t have to be a history junkie to love the city of Philly! Take a trip through time as you explore this wonderfully historic city and discover the modern place it has become! 

By Dominique Vitale + Corinne Hogge

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Smoothie bowls, Fresh Fruit + Juices, Oh My!

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Smoothie bowls, Fresh Fruit + Juices, Oh My!

There is no doubt that smoothie bowls are having their moment  🍓🥝🍉🍌🍒🍏

Equally famous for their inherent instagrammability + healthful qualities, these dishes are poppin’ up in cities all over the country!

We did the research + found delicious some great options for you to enjoy all over the U.S. - hopefully, you find this guide as sweet as we did!

 

Denver

Who: Berriegood Co.

Where: 681 E. Louisiana Ave., #102, Denver, CO, 80210

Style: Berriegood Co. is Denver’s first açaí superfruit café serving nutritious + delicious handcrafted açaí bowls and smoothies! This locally + female-owned business was founded to share the fun (and deliciousness!) of plant-based bowls in an effort to transform ideas about health and happiness in the community. They focus on responsible sourcing of ingredients, purchasing as many non-GMO and organic ingredients as possible to ensure that customers receive the best taste and nutritional experience around.

 

New Orleans

Who: Raw Republic Juice 

 

Where: 4528 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Style: Specializing in açaí berry bowls, smoothies + fresh juices, Raw Republic represents a movement of people who approach each day with an unwavering commitment to a cleaner lifestyle. They say “we eat organic + we juice often!”

Seattle

Who:Jars Juice

Where: 1099 Stewart St #101, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Style: It is the goal of Jars Juice to help people solidify their foundation to change their lives. They make it their mission to serve the local community with tasty drinks that satisfy cravings, as well as providing nutritionist resources + healthy snacks fit for busy, everyday life. Jars Juice commits itself to assisting customers in building a well-balanced diet for a change that will impact their lives in a positive way!

Chicago

 

Who: Graze Chicago

Where: 125 S. Clark St. Chicago, Illinois 60603

Style: Graze takes pride in crafting high quality, energy-boosting superfood smoothies + creamy acai bowls. Inspired by warm weather + sunny skies, Graze serves a fresh and nutritious on-the-go menu to be enjoyed year-round. Mindfully prepared, all ingredients are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and thoughtfully sourced. Immerse yourself in one of two of their Chicago locations! 

 

San Diego

Who: Vitality Tap

Where: 650 1st Ave San Diego, California 92101

Style: Vitality Tap offers their customers a distinct level of confidence that they’re receiving only the very best when visiting our establishments. They pride themselves on the exclusive use of organic produce that is fresh, raw + locally-sourced. They are innovative health seekers that constantly educate themselves on the latest research about the health benefits of juice cleansing and to keep product rotation original! #DoYouEvenJuice?

 

Did we miss your favorite juice or smoothie bar? Let us know which “can’t miss” stops should be added to our list!

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Portland, OR

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Portland, OR

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On this day in 1851, the city of Portland was officially incorporated!

A traveler favorite and hot spot for Food Trucks, Beautiful Landscapes + Local Brews, we’re glad to have this PNW treasure! 🍴🌳🍻

Happy 167th!

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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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              November 28th is  #GivingTuesday !  This year Pack Up + Go will be showing how thankful we are to be able to travel this beautiful country by donating a portion of our profits from trips booked + gift cards purchased on 11/28/2017!  A donation will be made to  The Trust for Public Land  - an organization which works to protect close-to-home parks, particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live, so plan your trip and help protect our nation’s public parks!  More information on The Trust for Public Land here:  http://bit.ly/TrustforPublicLand

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November 28th is  #GivingTuesday !  This year Pack Up + Go will be showing how thankful we are to be able to travel this beautiful country by donating a portion of our profits from trips booked + gift cards purchased on 11/28/2017!  A donation will be made to  The Trust for Public Land  - an organization which works to protect close-to-home parks, particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live, so plan your trip and help protect our nation’s public parks!  More information on The Trust for Public Land here:  http://bit.ly/TrustforPublicLand

November 28th is #GivingTuesday!

This year Pack Up + Go will be showing how thankful we are to be able to travel this beautiful country by donating a portion of our profits from trips booked + gift cards purchased on 11/28/2017!

A donation will be made to The Trust for Public Land - an organization which works to protect close-to-home parks, particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live, so plan your trip and help protect our nation’s public parks!

More information on The Trust for Public Land here: http://bit.ly/TrustforPublicLand

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Thanksgiving has some of the best holiday food around! Which is your favorite Thanksgiving food “must have”?  1. Stuffing  2. Pie  3. Cranberry Sauce  4. Potatoes

Thanksgiving has some of the best holiday food around! Which is your favorite Thanksgiving food “must have”?

1. Stuffing

2. Pie

3. Cranberry Sauce

4. Potatoes

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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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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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