'Surprise vacations' growing in popularity

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By: CBS News
October 10, 2017

NEW YORK (CBS) -- There's an emerging business in the world of travel that sends paying customers on surprise vacations.

Amanda Rosen was searching for the perfect getaway with a college friend when she stumbled upon a vacation option she didn’t have to plan at all.

"We didn't have to go and search through the best hotels, search for the best airfare and all of that," Amanda says.

The weekend trip was a complete surprise, planned entirely by a service called ‘Pack Up + Go.’

Amanda explained how she filled out a short survey, picked her price point, and the company did the rest.

A few days before her trip, Amanda was told what to pack and when she needed to show up at the airport.

Before boarding, she and her friend opened a packet unlocking their mystery trip… to the Windy City.

Pack Up + Go is just one of a number of companies jumping in on the business of surprise vacations. Brown + Hudson, Magical Mystery Tours and Lufthansa Surprise are a few of the others offering the trips.

Brian Kelly, founder of the travel website thepointsguy.com, sees the new travel option taking off.

"Surprise travel can take out the crippling aspect of booking travel and let's get to the basics and actually traveling," Kelly says.

Amanda and her friend paid $750 each for their weekend getaway, which included airfare and the hotel. We caught up with her after the trip.

"We were just amazed at what we got for our money and we were really impressed with the hotel," Amanda says.

For Amanda, flying by the seat of her pants paid off, resulting in a weekend she won't soon forget.

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