Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?
A: We both work long hours and I was in the middle of a tough semester in grad school. On top of that, we had a hard time deciding on a destination and with our busy schedules, it was hard to plan something on our own. As a result, our trip kept getting pushed back month after month. When we saw a news segment on Pack Up + Go we knew we found the solution and booked that day!
Q: Did you have hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?
A: No, we were excited! We did not care where we ended up because we were confident we would have a great time anywhere. I was actually less nervous about the travel plans with Pack Up + Go than I have been in the past with travel I booked on my own. The only thing we had to worry about was packing a bag and showing up to the airport on time!
Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?
A: Yes! We guessed a million places before opening the envelope. Our destination did cross my mind among many others. Greg was sure we would be going to Kansas City. I thought we could be going anywhere from Louisville to Portland but my final guess did happen to be correct (New Orleans).
Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some perceptions about your city prior to the trip?
A: I had always thought about New Orleans as a drinking city (which it is) but it is also so much more! We learned a lot about the history of the city during our stay. We loved the atmosphere all around.
Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?
A: I let Pack Up + Go know that we had one vegan traveling with us. We loved that vegan restaurant recommendations were included in our packet! It really helped navigate the food situation which can be difficult sometimes! We also told Pack Up + Go know that we love doing historical tours and they scheduled an AMAZING tour of the Garden District. It was really perfect.
Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?
A: Everything! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton and it was better than we could have imagined. We would have been happy staying in the hotel the entire trip, it was so nice.
Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is shareworthy?
A: There is so much going on in the city all the time. We came across a lovely little mini food festival on a random Wednesday night. There were great local food vendors and lots of live music.
Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?
A: It is hard to choose! I love the surprise element and just exploring the city.
Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?
A: We learned that planning travel does not have to be stressful or time-consuming!
Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to your friends and family?
A: It was fun explaining to family and friends that we were going on a surprise vacation! People would ask “Where are you going” and we would say “We have no idea!”. Then explain the concept. Even on the trip, it was fun explaining to people how we ended up there. Great conversation starter. I would describe Pack Up + Go as a surprise, stress-free travel agency. Everything is taken care of for you so you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway
A: Just do it! You will not regret it!