A Trip into the Unknown with Srprs.me

A Trip into the Unknown with Srprs.me

Can you imagine going on a holiday without doing any research and only finding out where you’re going when you get to the airport? That was my situation recently!

It was the first time I’d been on holiday where I didn’t spend hours online scouring Skyscanner and Momondo for the best deals on flights and accommodation; it was ah-ma-zing.

A mystery trip with Srprs.me

A few months ago, I’d seen Srprs.me pop up on my Facebook feed – travel agents who book your flights and accommodation for you, but don’t tell you where you’re going (until the last minute). Despite being a control freak of sorts, I do love a mystery, so I checked it out and after some uhmming and ahhing, I bit the bullet as they say and booked a trip!

The Srprs.me process

The first step is to check out the Srprs.me website to see the options available. The basics are: how many days you would like to go away for (3, 5 or 7 days), the times you’d like to leave and return (morning or afternoon), where you’d like to go (Europe/Mediterranean Europe or their most recent option – east, west, north or south Europe), and if you’d like to stay in a hotel or hostel. Obviously, all of these things contribute to the price, so I can’t provide you with an idea on cost.

They also ask you to provide them with three places you don’t want to be sent to – maybe you’ve been too many times or maybe you just don’t like a certain city. We chose Amsterdam and Prague because we’d only been recently and Paris because I’ve spent a lot of time there.

Once it’s all booked, you get your own page to share with friends so they can keep track of your upcoming adventure.

Where did we end up?

A couple of weeks before travelling into the unknown, Srprs.me let us know to be at the airport at 5:30am on the day of our departure and that we had carry-on baggage included.

A week before travelling, we received an envelope in the mail including a scratch card and a smaller black envelope (with ‘Do Not Open’ on it of course), which is fun because it just adds to the mystery! Then we checked our personal page for our destination’s weather update – cloudy and maximum of 17 degrees. Travelling in January meant it was a bit easier to work out our destination from the weather forecast – we knew it wouldn’t be anywhere north so it had to be Spain or Portugal.

My advice: resist the urge to spend hours putting all the clues together because you’ll ruin the surprise for yourself and it defeats the purpose of having someone else do the leg work for you!

At 5:25am on the day of our flight, we arrived at Bristol Airport, found a spot and waited for the minutes to pass. Unsurprisingly, it felt like much longer than five minutes! At 5:30am on the dot, we scratched our code and went to the website to see where we would be going. By 5:31am, we knew our answer – Barcelona at 7:20am. We received an email with flight details and the name of our hotel. The little black envelope contained our boarding passes, there and back (handy!).

Luckily (or unluckily), we had been to Barcelona a month prior so we already knew how to get into the city and finding our hotel –Room Mate Carla– was a breeze. And a lovely hotel it was – clean, modern and all we needed for two nights. When I’m travelling, the hotel is the one thing I’m always concerned about having had some bad experiences in the past, so it was a relief to arrive at a lovely hotel.

What to see in Barcelona

If you’ve never been to Barcelona before, you may already have the key sites on your list: the famous La Sagrada Familia, the very touristy La Rambla, Gaudi’s Park Guell and House Museum, historical Montjuic Castle (for great views), foodie La Boqueria market, art lovers’ Picasso Museum, and the labyrinth that is the Gothic Quarter.

Don’t miss out on croquetas!

Always make time for a glass of vermut (Spanish vermouth)

Stunning Modernist buildings can be found around Barcelona

Been to Barcelona before?

However, if you’ve been before and you feel like you’ve seen everything, you may consider a day trip to Tarragona or Montserrat. The trains are well-priced and each city has plenty to see. In our case, we chose Tarragona because we love history – Roman ruins, medieval infrastructure and some modern aspects make it a fascinating day out.

A mystery trip with Srprs.me

I guess this has turned into a review of sorts – this isn’t paid by any means, I just wanted to share the fun of our mystery trip. Being able to turn up at the airport without any plans was exciting. Not only does it make the whole process stress free, it also means you can wander and explore, which is hard to do when you’ve planned the hell out of a trip like I tend to do.

I can highly recommend taking the plunge!

A trip into the unknown with Srprs.me

 

 

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Karis is an Aussie way out of her timezone, living in Bristol. During the working week, she gets creative with marketing and events, and in her spare time she’s scouring the internet for cool places to visit and great travel deals. She loves good food and history, so her travel itineraries usually reflect this. Places she loves include Vietnam, Japan, France and Spain. Places she can’t wait to get to include Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Poland and Georgia.

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15 Comments

  1. May 10, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    What a lovely idea! I’d never heard of Sprs.me before. I’ll definitely be looking into it. #FarawayFiles

    • Karis Bouher
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      Great to hear!! Let me know how you go and where you end up 🙂

  2. May 10, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    I love Barcelona, there’s so much to do in the city and the food is amazing! The concept of srprs.me is so interesting, I’d love to book something on there one day! Xx

    • Karis Bouher
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      Let me know how you go if you end up booking!

    • Karis Bouher
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 6:18 pm

      I was a bit disappointed to be honest! Especially since we had been there on a month prior. However, I think the relaxed nature of the trip made for a more enjoyable experience (and I didn’t get back home super tired haha!)

  3. May 10, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    oops sorry! I wrote #FarawayFiles and went to copy it and pasted the last website I sent to my husband haha no you know what I want to do this summer! haha

  4. May 10, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    WOW! How Brave of you! Now that I’ve read your post I’ve read all about sprs.me and would love to try this… the only problem, it’s not available in the US. Thank you for sharing this fun new way to travel on #farawayfiles

    • May 11, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      That’s a shame Hilary! Perhaps there’s some kind of US version out there though?

    • Karis Bouher
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      It’s a shame it’s not available in the US, but maybe you could ask a friend to book you in a keep it secret 😉

  5. May 12, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    That’s a pretty exciting idea, but I am a little bit of a control freak myself so not too sure if I could do it. However, the concept is good, particularly that you can select three places that you don’t want to visit.
    Barcelona is great fun though. #farawayfiles

    • Karis Bouher
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      It was definitely a struggle to just give in and let someone else plan things. But it was so worth it in the end.

  6. May 14, 2018 / 2:24 am

    This is fascinating! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I am definitely going to look into this – not sure if I have the guts to go through with it but am certainly intrigued! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • Karis Bouher
      Author
      May 14, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Let us know how you go if you do decide to take the plunge!

  7. May 15, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Well, well, well, I’ve not come across this concept before! Not sure its for me but I defintiely enjoyed the read and I do know a few who this would appeal to. #farawayflies

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