To treat her husband — and herself — Britni Virgil signed up for a three-day trip later this month. They have no idea where they are going, or how they will get there, but that’s all part of the fun.
She handed over these important details to a “surprise travel” tour operator, a travel agency that plans trips to varying degrees of detail, but only discloses the flight itineraries, lodging and other information at the last minute.
“I love planning vacations but with life so busy right now — we’re moving, trying to sell a house and I’m pregnant — I thought this style of trip would eliminate all of the time and energy that goes into planning,” Ms. Virgil, a 33-year-old blogger from Keller, Tex., said.
These companies are gambling that travelers like Ms. Virgil will like the idea of a vacation that hinges on suspense, and that they will want to ditch predictability (and a slog themselves through vacation options) for mystery, something often lacking in today’s travel landscape.
Ms. Virgil booked her trip with Pack Up and Go, a domestic travel company offering budget-friendly, three-day getaways by plane, train or car. The price tag includes airfare and lodging (usually boutique hotels that showcase the local character), but the daily itinerary is determined by travelers themselves.
With Pack Up and Go and most other surprise planners, travelers take an initial survey online that establishes their budget, gauges their interests and determines the style of their trip (choices include adventure trips, cultural excursions or relaxing retreats). A week before departure, Pack Up and Go Clients receive an email with a weather forecast and packing recommendations. A physical envelope, to be opened at the airport, arrives a day or two before departure and contains flight and hotel information.
The Vacation Hunt also offers flat-fee trips, which range from three to 14 days with stays at budget-conscious lodging in city centers. Its trips have the added thrill of emailed clues (“Hope you enjoy indulging! Your surprise destination had over 1,000 beers to try!”) sent to travelers before their departure. Along with a survey, the firm searches and sifts through clients’ social media accounts to assess their interests and pair them with a destination.
Packages like “All-American Adventures” and “International Intrigue” include flights, accommodations and at least two activities such as a food tour or entry to a museum. Anniversaries and other special occasions are the company’s specialty, organizing five- or six-day international trips to destinations like Portugal, Spain, Aruba or Panama.
Brooks Jimenez, 37, and his girlfriend, Nicole Dudash, 35, have taken two trips with The Vacation Hunt, saying that the convenience, the fixed price and the element of surprise were main draws.
“Our first trip to Paris — based on the interests of culture and food — included a three-day museum pass and a food tour in Montmartre,” he said. “The next year, we wanted more of an active adventure and ended up in Costa Rica doing white water rafting, zip lining and horseback riding.”
(Prices per person for Pack and Go trips that include flights are about 0, while road trips are approximately 0. For The Vacation Hut, prices per person for domestic trips start at 0 for four days, while international trips start at 0 per person.)
Catering to younger travelers, Anywhr specializes on lesser known spots within Asia and Europe. Yilan, a town in northeast Taiwan with natural hot springs, whale-watching and night markets, is one of its destinations. Another is Darwin, Australia’s northernmost city known for coves of crocodiles, aboriginal culture and hikes through Kakadu National Park.
The company creates an online client profile according to the type of vacation a traveler is seeking, with options including adventure, relaxation or “wild-card.” Traveler interests and accommodation preferences are also recorded. After signing on, clients receive a teaser email to help with packing and then, a week before departure, a physical “travelogue” arrives with flight information, lodging details, local recommendations and worth of the country’s currency.
(Prices per person start at 0 for three-day trips, and can go up to ,000 per person for a 15-day honeymoon option.)
More intricately designed trips are available if you’re willing to spend. Black Tomato’s Get Lost program can involve up to six months of planning, and features luxury elements like helicopter transfers and luxury camps in remote corners of the globe. Travelers customize the level of “escapism” they want, using filters for their maximum flight time, a preferred environment (polar, jungle, desert, mountain or coastal), and other factors. “Roll the dice” is one choice: Travelers may land in Mongolia, Svalbard or Guyana.
Pricer options involve a private flight with blacked-out windows, and upon arrival, a survival “kit” with a satellite phone, preprogrammed checkpoints and clothes based on the environment.
(Prices per person vary depending on destination and level of support. A recent three-day trek in Morocco was priced at ,800 per person, and a seven-day private trip to a more remote location starts at ,000 per person and includes 24 hour on-the-ground support and supplies.)
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【书】【生】【出】【了】【南】【都】，【到】【了】【玄】【河】【边】【上】【的】【一】【个】【亭】【子】，【书】【生】【站】【在】【亭】【子】【里】【面】，【一】【个】【少】【年】【男】【子】【正】【在】【那】【里】【调】【试】【琴】【音】，【见】【到】【书】【生】【到】【来】，【恭】【敬】【地】【说】：“【师】【尊】，【你】【回】【来】【了】。” 【书】【生】【点】【点】【头】，【看】【着】【玄】【河】，【想】【起】【了】【三】【十】【多】【年】【前】，【自】【己】【也】【是】【在】【这】【里】【送】【着】【那】【个】【人】【离】【去】。 【他】【望】【着】【悠】【悠】【的】【玄】【河】【水】，【弹】【奏】【了】【一】【首】【曲】【子】，【曲】【子】【前】【面】【欢】【乐】，【后】【面】【哀】【伤】【无】【比】。【书】
【果】【然】【连】【续】【剧】【都】【是】【一】【波】【三】【折】【的】。 【由】【昭】【和】【真】【君】【这】【位】【导】【演】【亲】【自】【导】【出】【来】【的】，【自】【然】【不】【可】【能】【就】【这】【么】【虎】【头】【蛇】【尾】。【这】【不】，【续】【集】【立】【马】【就】【上】【线】【了】。 【宁】【夏】【就】【知】【道】【这】【事】【儿】【没】【完】。 【凶】【手】【处】【置】【完】【了】【么】？【没】【有】。【魔】【种】【之】【事】【也】【说】【得】【不】【清】【不】【楚】。 【发】【展】【到】【现】【在】，【她】【总】【觉】【得】【一】【切】【都】【还】【没】【到】【位】，【不】【论】【是】【这】【个】【局】【的】【轮】【廓】【还】【是】【布】【局】【人】【的】【情】【绪】，【感】【到】【都】【还】【是】
“【连】【妃】，【看】【来】【昨】【晚】【王】【爷】【也】【没】【有】【去】【你】【屋】【里】。【我】【们】【都】【是】【平】【起】【平】【坐】!” 【连】【似】【锦】【冷】【笑】，【不】【值】【得】【她】【大】【动】【干】【戈】【为】【了】【这】【种】【身】【份】【不】【如】【自】【己】【的】【人】。【她】【带】【着】【自】【己】【的】【婢】【女】【回】【到】【了】【院】【落】，【她】【住】【的】【是】【幽】【院】【而】【许】【绯】【然】【住】【的】【是】【静】【院】。【合】【在】【一】【起】【就】【是】【幽】【静】【之】【意】，【都】【是】【很】【偏】【远】【的】【院】【子】【夜】【御】【庭】【是】【不】【会】【去】。 【再】【偏】【远】【的】【地】【方】【也】【比】【她】【们】【自】【己】【家】【的】【大】【上】【很】【多】【倍】，【连】安徽15选五开奖查询【江】【枫】【愣】【住】【了】。 【因】【为】【他】【发】【现】，【这】【一】【股】【尸】【水】，【竟】【然】【是】【从】【老】【太】【婆】【的】【身】【体】【里】【流】【出】【了】【的】。 【难】【道】【老】【太】【婆】【已】【经】【早】【就】【死】【了】？ 【难】【道】【现】【在】【与】【自】【己】【说】【话】【的】【人】，【已】【经】【是】【一】【具】【尸】【体】？ 【想】【到】【这】【些】，【江】【枫】【的】【寒】【毛】【已】【经】【一】【根】【根】【的】【立】【了】【起】【来】，【这】【么】【诡】【异】【的】【事】【情】，【他】【还】【是】【第】【一】【次】【见】【到】【过】。 “【年】【轻】【人】，【你】【还】【傻】【站】【着】【干】【什】【么】，【我】，【咳】【咳】……【我】【老】
【周】【进】【等】【人】【退】【了】【回】【来】，【这】【一】【次】，【他】【们】【直】【接】【退】【回】【到】【了】【仙】【界】【阵】【营】【核】【心】【之】【处】，【毕】【竟】【他】【们】【刚】【刚】【都】【是】【经】【历】【了】【一】【场】【艰】【难】【的】【战】【斗】，【他】【们】【需】【要】【回】【来】【恢】【复】【一】【下】，【也】【是】【需】【要】【总】【结】【一】【下】【经】【验】。 【而】【在】【周】【进】【他】【们】【回】【到】【仙】【界】【阵】【营】【核】【心】【之】【处】【的】【时】【候】，【魔】【族】【却】【是】【被】【这】【一】【次】【和】【周】【府】【的】【交】【战】【给】【震】【惊】【了】。 【要】【知】【道】【他】【们】【这】【一】【次】【可】【是】【派】【出】【了】【十】【大】【魔】【帝】【大】【圆】【满】【存】【在】，
【当】【然】，【李】【晓】【并】【不】【知】【道】【竹】【笛】【仙】【子】【的】【真】【正】【身】【份】，【他】【毕】【竟】【只】【是】【刚】【来】【江】【东】，【不】【说】【只】【到】【了】【贺】【城】【这】【么】【一】【个】【小】【地】【方】，【还】【整】【日】【窝】【在】【家】【里】【练】【武】，【哪】【里】【会】【知】【道】【这】【些】【消】【息】。 【就】【算】【知】【道】【一】【些】，【那】【也】【是】【刚】【刚】【才】【从】【孟】【揽】【术】【身】【上】【知】【道】【的】。 【所】【以】，【他】【对】【于】【竹】【笛】【仙】【子】【的】【怨】【念】【完】【全】【不】【能】【理】【解】，【甚】【至】【还】【感】【觉】【无】【所】【谓】，【暗】【道】【女】【人】【就】【是】【麻】【烦】。 【找】【了】【片】【刻】，【经】