Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?
A: I randomly saw an ad for it scrolling through Facebook and loved the idea. I couldn’t stop thinking about the concept over the next few days so I got on and booked a trip…we had been wanting to go somewhere but never got around to actually choosing when and where.
Q: Did you have any hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?
A: No hesitations here…my boyfriend probably thought I was crazy because I talked about it 24/7 leading up to it but as it got closer I think we were nervous and excited all at the same time!
Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?
A: I totally thought we were going somewhere in the Northeast and Savannah GA also kept popping in my head…I was completely shocked to go to San Diego because I had a trip to CA planned for the end of that month.
Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some of your perceptions about the city prior to your trip?
A: We were both really excited when we found out the location. Neither one of us has ever been there prior to this trip and we were excited to get out of the Midwest and to see a beach!
Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?
A: Everything!! I mentioned in the survey that it would be cool for us to go to a harbor town, and that we loved trying new and different foods and drinks….I also mentioned that my boyfriend had a huge sweet tooth and there was the cutest cupcake shop right across from our hotel.
Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?
A: I loved that we had an early flight out and late flight home because it gave us the most time possible to explore. Our hotel was AMAZING!!! Hotel Z…it is just the cutest little boutique; they have a free shuttle service, give you robes and slippers and the beds are SO comfortable!!
Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?
A: Coronado Island is where we had the most fun I think…we ended up spending an entire day there. We took the ferry over after lunch and stayed until late evening walking the beach, stopping in little shops, getting ice cream and visiting the Hotel Del Coronado which I think everyone should experience! There is so much history there, we ordered two books about the place off Amazon because we were so intrigued! :)
Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is share-worthy?
A: We spent a lot of time walking through Seaport Village which was really fun to both of us. It goes through the harbor which we loved the vibe, we got souvenirs in the shops, did a wine tasting and had lunch nearby.
Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?
A: All of it!! The hotel was amazing and in a great location, Coronado Island was at the top too but we both truly loved it all. We did a Harbor Tour on the last day and that was really interesting too!
Q: If you could do the trip over again, what would you do differently?
A: Probably nothing! We waited to open the envelope until we got to the airport which I was set on!! The only downfall is that we wish we had more time there!
Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?
A: That I actually enjoyed not having to plan any of it!! I like to be in control and have details figured out so it was a nice change. Aside from that, we learned a lot about the city while we were there.
Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to your friends and family?
A: So. Much. Fun. It was the first trip my boyfriend and I took together in over 3 years so it was really exciting for us, it took the pressure off of us having to agree on a place to go and we got to have a good time together without having to hammer out all the details of it!
Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway?
A: Just Do it!!! And when you get home plan to do it again!! They definitely know what they are doing and really make the experience personalized!