Let me start off by screaming one of the biggest achievements of my life… I’ve given my Mum the travel bug! For the past few years, instead of presents, my Mum has asked for trips or experiences for birthdays and Christmas. You might not be reading this as a big deal but to us, it really is.
My mum was in her own safety bubble after years of camping trips in the UK (read my story here), her passport was dusty, cultural food was worlds away and her endless bucket list was just daydreams. Now she is off whenever she can, however, she can. This is now also a problem too, funnily enough, she just cannot decide where to go!! A problem that was simply fixed by this surprise mystery trip.
I’d stumbled upon a company called Srprs.me through an Instagram ad (hey, those do kinda work!) and I clicked through full of curiosity. I left it a while before booking anything. Just simply observing and watching the reviews come in.
The idea behind Srprs Me it is to get out of your comfort zone and leave all the organising to the team. The destination is a complete mystery.
You pick which date you want to fly, set your budget and the type of accommodation. You can also select the airport you want to fly from and exclude 3 cities (if selecting all of Europe). At a later date, you get through which airport you are flying from (I’d picked two options) and a week before you go you get a weather report and that’s it! You don’t find out where you’re going until you get to the airport.
I’d be a hypocrite if I was constantly pushing my mum through her comfort zone and not myself so I found this concept absolutely perfect! I usually spend hours researching so this was great to let go of that control. That, and she really couldn’t decide where to go. Haha.
I selected two nights, 3*+ on accommodation (as it was her birthday) and to have our trip from Friday – Sunday. We were emailed asking if we wanted extra legroom, hotel transfers and a request for our passport details. We also got an envelope in the post 1 week before we flew with a scratch card. The scratch card holds the code to where you’re going which you will enter at the airport. It’s so tempting to have a peak, but don’t!
The cities I’d excluded were:
I’d been to Paris too many times and I thought my mum wouldn’t enjoy Rome. I was also heading to Lisbon the following week alone so I didn’t want to go to the same place twice!
I also booked hotel/airport transfers, I thought we’d be caught up in it all happening that we wouldn’t have time to research. In the end, we did have time to research but this suited my Mum more. Being “on brand” and budget was not an option on this occasion. I think I paid £350 for both (not including extras) However, you can definitely do Srprs.me on a budget! You can visibly see the price for the dates you want and they offer Hostels as part of the packages too.
I did manage to guess where we were going so it wasn’t a complete mystery to me, but I didn’t tell my Mum. Everyone I told the concept to was also very curious and excited to find out. They enjoyed guessing too and some even came back to me saying they studied my weather report and tried to match it up!
Our weather report was windy and the UK just had a storm which was coincidentally going upwards on the map, towards my suspicions…hmm… haha!
On arrival, we were greeted with balloons, wine and chocolates which we were not expecting at all. These special touches really went a long way with Mum and made her so happy.
So? where did we go?
We ended up in Warsaw, Poland and we both had the best time!
That concludes my Mystery destination experience! Have you ever done a surprise trip and released all control? I am really tempted to do a solo trip with them in the future. A post on Warsaw is coming soon so please keep an eye out. 🙂
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