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The most important step of any Pack Up + Go vacation is when you tell us all about you. This happens before our agents begin to make the plans for your getaway and completely shapes which US destination we send you to.
To make this step easier, we put together a list of the top things to consider when filling out the Pack Up + Go pre-trip survey so that our travel agents can plan a great surprise trip that matches your travel preferences!
Written by Corinne Hogge + Rachel Abendroth
This time of year is always filled with holiday cheer! The glittering lights, towering trees, and plentiful decorations are a wonderful way to celebrate the chilly month of December. Many cities go all out to spread the Christmas spirit + here are some of the fun things to do around the country!
Written by Corinne Hogge, Amelia Johnson + Juliana Schnerr
The holidays can be an exhausting time for a multitude of reasons, but here are some helpful ways to keep you chipper through to the New Year!
Written by Laurie Larson
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday spirit here at Pack Up + Go. We’ve complied a list of great events in some of our favorite cities!
Written by Amelia Johnson + Juliana Schnerr
Fourth of July is upon us + that means it is time to break out the grill, get to chopping, and have everyone enjoy their favorite cookout treats!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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