Travel Agency Offers Vacationers Stress-Free Trips With Added Element Of Spontaneity

Travel Agency Offers Vacationers Stress-Free Trips With Added Element Of Spontaneity


COMING UP AT 6:00, AN UPDATE FOR YOU, FOR NOW LIVE IN AMBRIDGE AMY WADAS KDKA TV NEWS. KNEW IT 5, WANT TO GET AWAY FOR A WEEKEND BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO GO? THERE’S A NEW PITTSBURG COMPANY THAT WANTS TO SURPRISE YOU. YOU TELL THEM WHAT YOU LIKE AND HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WANT TO SPEND WHEN THEY COME UP WITH THE TRIP FOR YOU. YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU WILL GO UNTIL THE DAY YOU LEAVE. DAVID HIGHFIELD OFTEN CHECKS OUT TRAVEL DEALS FOR US AND HE’S HERE WITH THIS NEW TWIST. WHAT IS COOL ABOUT THIS IS THE SURPRISE. IF YOU’RE UP FOR AN ADVENTURE THIS COULD BE FOR YOU. IN FACT I ASKED THEM TO MAP OUT A VACATION FOR ME AND IN A MOMENT WE WILL OPEN THIS ENVELOPE AND SEE WHAT THEY PLAN FOR ME BASED ON WHAT I TOLD THEM. Reporter: WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO GET AWAY FOR A LONG WEEKEND, MAYBE EXPLORE NEW ORLEANS OR DC OR ANOTHER COOL DESTINATION. LILLIAN RAPSON STARTED A BUSINESS IN LAWRENCEVILLE THAT CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN WITH A TWIST. PACK UP AND GO IS A SURPRISE TRAVEL AGENCY, WE PLAN THREE- DAY WEEKEND TRIPS AROUND THE US, YOUR DESTINATION IS A SURPRISE UNTIL YOU LEAVE. Reporter: YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING UNTIL THE DATE YOU LEAVE. SHE GOT THE IDEA FROM SURPRISE TRAVEL AGENCIES IN EUROPE. WE ARE TRYING TO PROVIDE AN EASY, FUN, STRESS FEATURE — VACATION WITH THE ADDED LEVEL OF SPONTANEITY AND EXCITEMENT. Reporter: IT IS A SPONTANEITY A COUPLE OF HIGHLAND PARK WERE LOOKING FOR. ALIVE ANTICIPATION. Reporter: THEY SAID THE SURPRISE IS HALF THE FUN. IT DOESN’T MATTER THE DESTINATION, YOU BUILD UP THE EXCITEMENT, IT’S SO GOOD YOU’RE LIKE BOSTON ALL RIGHT. Reporter: THEY’VE GONE INTO TRIPS, PACK UP AND GO SELECTED FOR THEM, ONE TO BOSTON AND ANOTHER DRIVING TRIP TO ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND. I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT ANNAPOLIS AT ALL. WHEN WE PULLED IT OUT IT WAS LIKE OH, WE WOULD’VE NEVER THOUGHT TO GO TO ANNAPOLIS FOR THE WEEKEND. Reporter: THEY HAD A BLAST. PACK UP AND GO MAPPED OUT THERE TRIP AND GAVE THEM SITES TO CHECK OUT, RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS AND BOOKED THE HOTEL FOR THEM. WHEN YOU SIGN UP YOU FILL OUT A SURVEY. WHAT WERE THE LAST 3 IF I TRIPS HE TOOK. THEY ASK YOU WHERE YOU BEEN RECENTLY SO THEY DON’T SEND YOU BACK. I WAS IN NIAGARA FALLS. THEY ASK WHAT YOU WANT FROM THE TRIP, ACTION OR RELAXATION. IT TELLS US YOUR TRAVEL DATES, WHERE YOU GONE RECENTLY, ANY UPCOMING TRIPS, WHAT YOU LIKE IN A VACATION. YOU CAN SAY, I LOVE THE CRAFT BEER AND ART MUSEUMS. Reporter: YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DRIVE SOMEWHERE, THEY WILL PICK A SPOT 3 TO 4 HOURS AWAY. THAT BEGINS AT $400, IF YOU TRAVEL WITH SOMEONE ELSE AND INCLUDES YOUR HOTEL AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF WHAT TO SEE. FOR $650 A PERSON AND UP YOU CAN CHOOSE TO TRAVEL BY PLANE, TRAIN OR BUS AND THAT INCLUDES ACCOMMODATIONS AND TRAVEL. THE IDEA IS TRAVELERS DON’T SPEND HOURS PLANNING THEIR VACATION, IT WILL BE THE EASIEST VACATION YOU PLAN. I FILLED OUT THE SURVEY AND SOON WILL SEE WHAT THEY CHOSE FOR ME. ONE WEEK BEFORE WE SEND YOU THE WEATHER FORECAST YOU KNOW HOW TO PACK. Reporter: AND OTHER USEFUL INFO. YOU WILL DO A LOT OF WALKING SO THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU PACK. Reporter: A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOU GET THE ENVELOPE YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO OPEN IT UNTIL THE DAY OF THE TRIP. THE ENVELOPE HAS YOUR GRANT REVEAL, IT WILL SAY, YOU’RE GOING TO NASHVILLE OR SEATTLE. IT’S EXCITING TO PULL IT OUT, THEY MAKE IT WORTHY OF THE REVEAL. Reporter: LILLIAN RAFSON STARTED THE BUSINESS LAST YEAR. IT’S BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE SO FAR. YOU DONE IT TWICE WOULD YOU DO IT A 3rd TIME? I OH YES WE DO IT AGAIN. NOW IS THE BIG MOMENT. I’M EXCITED LET’S OPEN IT. IT’S NOT EVEN A REAL TRIP AND I’M EXCITED. I’M NOT ACTUALLY GOING ANYWHERE. I FEEL LIKE I NEED A DRUM ROLL. WOULD YOU GONE IT IF IT SOMEPLACE FANTASTIC? I ABSOLUTELY. YES. IT SAYS WARNING NO PEEKING. YOU ARE GOING TO SAVANNAH GEORGIA. I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO SAVANNAH GEORGIA, I’VE MET — I’VE BEEN TO CHARLESTON BUT NEVER SAVANNAH. SO THEY GIVE YOU A MAP, A GUIDE, EVERYTHING IS MAPPED OUT FOR YOU. THAT LOOKS SO COOL. SO SHE JUST STARTED THIS BUSINESS LAST YEAR, WHO ARE THE CUSTOMERS? I SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE PEOPLE IN THEIR 20s OR YOUNGER OR MORE ADVENTUROUS BUT SHE SAYS IT’S A WIDE VARIETY.

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