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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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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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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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Testimonial Tuesday: Paige + Dan

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Testimonial Tuesday: Paige + Dan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

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

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

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

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

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

Where you have a romantic getaway?

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

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Testimonial Tuesday: 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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San Diego is a coastal dream for surfers, beach bums, + sunbathers with more than 70 miles of glistening beaches. 

Here are some of the photogenic shots that Jasmine + Richard captured on their seaside adventure to this Southern Californian beach haven!

Getaway to your own weekend by the wharf: http://bit.ly/LifesABeach17

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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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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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Happy November! As we settle into Fall, be sure not to settle for the same old vacation. Sonoma broke the mold + celebrated her 50 Shades of Fabulous birthday in Park City, Utah!

Where will your next adventure be? One survey + you’ll be on your way: http://bit.ly/17ParkCity

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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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With Halloween tomorrow and National Chocolate Day this past Saturday it is a perfect time to show off these tasty looking morsels from Lucy + Kalapana’s trip to Savannah!  Ready to Pack Up + Go? Sign up for your next delicious vacation today!  http://bit.ly/Chocolate17

With Halloween tomorrow and National Chocolate Day this past Saturday it is a perfect time to show off these tasty looking morsels from Lucy + Kalapana’s trip to Savannah!

Ready to Pack Up + Go? Sign up for your next delicious vacation today! http://bit.ly/Chocolate17

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The Great PNW Road Trip

Guest blogger Corinne Hogge takes us into the details of her recent trip to California, Oregon, + Washington

The Great American Road Trip has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, life happens and plans fall through, but that does not mean that I do not seize the opportunity to take trips whenever possible. Already in 2017, I have managed to travel from my home base of Pittsburgh to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cape May (NJ), Lorton (VA), Atlanta, London (England), Brussels (Belgium), multiple camping trips around Western Pennsylvania, and most recently the Pacific Northwest.

What began as a simple trip with my boyfriend, Nick, my best friend, Deven, and myself to Seattle evolved into a 16+ hour trip – starting from the Sacramento airport all the way to the Seattle train station. The California landscape that met us was dry and barren – far from the lush scenery from my “California Dreamin”. We drove through the desert for the first several hours of our trip until we stumbled upon Clear Lake. A remote town, frozen in time with retro signage and unassuming docks along the highway. It was an oasis for us tired travelers and reminded us of the joy of surprise and why we choose to travel in the first place.

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Our first stop on the journey was Burlington Campground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park – about 5 hours from Sacramento. We ventured here because I was determined to see the Redwood trees first hand and Humboldt is home to some of the oldest + largest trees in the region. As a 6’1” woman traveling with a 6’2” man and a 5’10” woman, it is not often that we get to feel small, but heck does a 300’ tree make a girl feel insignificant. Our favorite fact that we learned in this park was the phenomenon of “fairy circles”. When a “giant” starts to die, it creates a circle of smaller trees around it that spring up from its roots and use the energy from the passing tree to grow strong. Eventually, these smaller trees will grow to be giants in their own right. The renewal of energy and the witnessing the circle of life is one of the wonders of travel.

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The second stop was Mill Creek Campground in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, 4 hours north of Humboldt. The journey to the campsite brought us passed black sand beaches with massive, jagged boulders protruding from the ocean floor to remind us of the passage of time and the flexibility of nature. Our campsite itself was unlike one I had ever seen – up a flight of stairs. It felt like our own little tree house, hidden away from the road by ferns and Sequoias.

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The third day took us into our second state of the road trip – Oregon. We traveled North passed ranches, mountains, and small towns unbothered by the busy nature of modern life. Our destination was the majestic and breathtaking Crater Lake – a crystal blue lake formed by melting glaciers after the devastation of a volcanic eruption some 7,000 years ago, yet another example of nature’s forgiving evolution. It took us two hours by car to traverse the cliffs of Crater Lake and see the freshwater waterfalls that outline the road.

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From there we traveled against the traffic of the Solar Eclipse 4 hours to Portland to return our rental car. We got in with 2 minutes to spare, thank you very much. Here we were met by our friend, Donovan, who flew out to spend the remaining city days of our trip with us. Our one day in Portland gave us the opportunity to check out its downtown area, food trucks galore, and biggest bookstore I have ever seen, Powell’s City of Books. We spent our evening at the DIY bar – a place that combines crafts + cocktails. For a flat fee, you are given the tools and access to a myriad of paints and dyes to bring your creation to life.

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We then took the Amtrak train from Portland to Seattle. I am often disappointed by the lack of a high-speed railway system through America, so it was a welcome opportunity to take a relaxing ride through the countryside of Oregon + Washington. We gave ourselves 3 days in Seattle to really take in the sites and decide whether it should be a contender on the list of “great cities we move to next”. We were lucky to have our friend, Andy, who lives in the city, be our tour guide for our time there!

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Our first day we enjoyed a Savor Seattle food tour of the Public Market. This was a worthwhile excursion that allowed us to try some of the most famous stops – like Beecher’s Handmade Cheese + Pike Place Chowder – in the market without having to wait in line (I HATE waiting in line). The public market is home to one of the more odd sites we came across on our trip: the gum wall. An alley in the market entirely covered in bubblegum. We learned that the Market community regularly removes the gum and that it always ends up growing again. We ended the evening exploring the many restaurant and bar options of the hip Ballard neighborhood north of the city.

Our second day we allowed ourselves to have a full tourist day, going from the Chihuly Glass Museum to the Space Needle to the Museum of Pop Culture (AKA MoPop). I enjoyed all three, but was notably exhausted afterward and remembered how much being a tourist takes out of you! On our last day, we stopped by the Fremont neighborhood for Brunch at a French-Korean fusion restaurant called Revel and we stomped our full bellies around to see the Fremont Troll, Statue of Lenin and ended our afternoon with a trip through the Theo Chocolate Factory. Seattle is without a doubt the hippest city I have every been too with so many amazing food options that I wonder if you could ever hit them all – I cannot wait to return!

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I walked away from this trip with a resounding renewal of love for traveling, an immense appreciation of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and a fascinating new obsession with donuts. I highly recommend the Great PNW Roadtrip to anyone that wants the thrill of a road trip but only has a short time to take it!

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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! 

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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!       

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