I'm a pretty firm believer in celebrating birthdays. And in getting yourself a birthday present. Why wouldn't you celebrate yourself?! You're awesome!
This year I am turning 34. I remember when I was very young and thinking I was NEVER going to get to my 30s. That was so old and so far away! Surely the world would end before that time came. Thankfully I was wrong. Not only because that means the world is still kicking, but also because I'm still kicking. Yay, I'm still alive and loving life! And those many years between then and now have been AMAZING! I love getting older, no joke.
Thus the gift of a surprise adventure to me, from me. Enter Pack Up + Go, 3-day surprise vacations. What a grand idea! One of the hardest parts for me in planning a vacation is choosing where I want to go. And I don't enjoy picking out airfare or trying to find a hotel. This company does all of that for you!
And bonus, it is a surprise!
Hell yeah, I signed up!
And I signed up solo. I'm turning 34 and have never been on a vacation completely by myself. Time to expand my experiences...and be able to do whatever I want whenever I want!
I filled out their survey:
> I want to travel by plane, train, or bus
> I want to spend X amount of $$ (this covers transportation to the city + the hotel)
> Departure date selected (remember, you're only gone for 3 days)
> Listed out the five most recent places I've visited, the trips I have coming up, and where I grew up (they try to not send you to those locations)
> I'm interested in X type of travel (I chose all of them)
> My hobbies/interests: Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants, Craft Beer/Breweries, Cafes/Bakeries, Historical Sights, Parks/Nature, Fitness/Exercise, Outdoor Sports, Book Stores
> This trip is for: My birthday!
And now, I wait!
Going into 2016 I said I was going to take a break from travel. I had gone on several trips in 2015, so this year I figured I should settle down a bit and finally work on some house projects I'd been putting off. Time to act like a 'normal' responsible adult, as boring as that sounded.
That lasted four months, and I think I only made it that long because I already had a road trip planned for April. The moment I got in the car for my trip, there went all of my feelings of needing to feel responsible and adultish, right out the windows I rolled down for the dogs to hang their heads out on the way to Colorado. Weeeeee!!
Not long after returning home, the adult responsibilities tried to sneak back in. I realized my washer was steadily going downhill. I knew that as a wise and responsible adult, I should purchase a new washer now before this one officially died and left me stranded with a large piles of clothes to wash. So I promptly scheduled a new tattoo appointment instead. Ha, take that feelings of responsible adultness! You're not winning this time!!
One month later, guess what happened? Yup, the washer died. Adulthood came in like a wrecking ball. Now I was definitely feeling tied down and domestic. Ew, dang you adulthood! Well played.
I started plotting my escape -- nothing cures the feelings of being boxed in like a good ole adventure! But where should I go?! I remembered a friend's post about some sort of surprise vacation company...perrrrrfect. I have a birthday coming up -- I'll give myself a surprise vacation!!
An hour after ordering my washer I purchased my surprise vacation! Not today adulthood, not today. Adventure wins!