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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest!

We are a small but dedicated team of travel agents + enthusiasts, devoted to creating unforgettable, unique experiences for each + every traveler. 

With your help, we can expand our technological, marketing, and logistical capabilities. Vote for Pack Up + Go in the FedEx® Small Business Grant Contest! 

Thank you for your continued support!!

Find more Information + Vote Here!

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Rainbow Row

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Rainbow Row

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

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

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

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

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Love Is In The Air

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Love Is In The Air

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Happy Valentines Day! 😍

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

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

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Holiday-ing the Right Way

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Holiday-ing the Right Way

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

Packing Your Bags for the Unexpected:

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

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Pack Light:

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

Bring Different Outfits:

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

Carry a Smartphone:

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

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Hold Some Cash:

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

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

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

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Testimonial Tuesday: Andrea + Richard

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Testimonial Tuesday: Andrea + Richard

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

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

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

A: Not at all. Excited!

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

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

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

A: History, Rocky steps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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We plan 3-day trips around the United States. The catch? Your destination is a surprise. Curious? Intrigued? Here’s how it works.

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Thanksgiving Travel: A Survival Guide

We’re less than two weeks away from one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and unless you’re lucky enough to be carving your turkey in your own city, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans who will be dealing with the headache of flying or driving to get to their festive feast.

Some of us here at Pack Up + Go are dreading going through this ourselves, but luckily there are sites like the Epoch Times and Travel + Leisure that offer up some helpful tips for those hitting the roads or skies this holiday season. Take a look at their articles and start preparing for your journey!

And don’t forget: If you’re looking for some adventure after the turkey’s all gone, sign up for one of our surprise getaways to keep the festive spirit alive!

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It’s time for an autumn escape

As the air cools and the days get shorter, we begin to brace ourselves for the winter months. But before the ground is blanketed in white, the trees ignite in vibrant, fiery colors. This time of the year, the United States is home to some of the world’s best areas of spectacular foliage. Fodor’s recently released their list of the “10 Best Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S.” for 2016, and several of these magnificent places are on the Pack Up + Go destination list. Can you guess which ones?


We also came across this awesome interactive “Fall Foliage Prediction Map” from SmokeyMountains.com. Take a look and see when the leaves near you will be at their ripest.


Sure, beaches are great, but a fall foliage trip is a unique travel idea that is oftentimes more accessible and more convenient for the average traveler. Take a break from work, from school, from the quotidian routines of life, and go immerse yourself in nature’s breathtaking autumnal beauty. These crunchy leaves will be gone before you know it and the last thing we want is for you to spend your winter full of regret. Get going!

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