Mystery Traveler Q&A: Debbie, Donna, and Ryan

Ever wondered if mystery travel is for you? Read on to hear about sisters Debbie and Donna’s mystery trip with their sons—and check out the other installments in our Mystery Traveler Q&A series: Ariana and Brett’s mystery long weekend, Cheryl’s mystery birthday trip, Dave and Jaclyn’s mystery honeymoon, Tony Austin’s mystery Memorial Day weekend getaway, Ulisa Bowles’ mystery solo vacation, and Felix and Sarah Scheuplein’s mystery adventure tour to celebrate Sarah’s 40th birthday.

Donna Budd, a previous Magical Mystery Tours customer, was in search of a perfect graduation gift for her nephew Ryan, and he knew just what he wanted: a mystery trip! The family headed to the airport, opened their envelope, and found out they were flying off to…Turks & Caicos!

When we heard from them upon their return, she said the trip would go down in the record books for the most fun ever had in five days. In fact, they had so much fun that they lost their camera along the way, so there aren’t any photos to share, but the memories won’t be forgotten!

MMT: Why was mystery travel attractive to you?
Debbie: My sister [Donna] had experienced a mystery trip with Magical Mystery Tours. She had an amazing experience and loved the idea of the mystery. When she asked my son what he wanted for his graduation gift, he replied “a mystery trip.” He was so excited and couldn’t wait to open his envelope at the airport. He was thoroughly surprised and frankly, I couldn’t believe he was so lucky to experience such an eventful trip—very economical and well-planned!

What were you looking for out of this trip?
A heck of a good time! As a mom, I loved watching my son with the element of the surprise and experiencing a wonderful dream beach vacation in Turks and Caicos. My son was so excited and anxious to open the envelope. The questionnaire nailed his dream surprise vacation perfectly. It was so beautiful and memorable, and my sister’s graduation gift will never be forgotten.

Any guesses about where you were headed? Were you surprised when you opened your reveal packet?
Yes, we all picked five destinations and had a bet about which one it would be. As a seasoned mystery traveler, my sister selected Turks and Caicos as one of the options. We were surprised and elated—never thought our budget would include such a beautiful island! The white beaches were stupendous and the food outstanding.

What was the highlight of your trip?
Alicia made our trip very special and handled our anxiety with great care, skill, and patience. Her choice of destinations couldn’t be more perfect—thanks, Alicia, you are the best! It’s hard to pick what was the main highlight, as the mystery of the destination was so much fun—and then to arrive at such a gorgeous beach was just perfect. The booze cruise didn’t hurt, either!

What are your top tips for new mystery travelers?
Answer the questionnaire honestly, and the agents will take it from there. My sister hasn’t been disappointed yet! Make sure your passport is up-to-date within six months of travel. Don’t worry about packing; the agents are great at giving you clues. DON’T cave to the pressure of wanting to know where you are going; open the envelope at the airport—it makes the experience that much more incredible! If you find you are traveling internationally, call your credit card companies at the airport to let them know you are traveling out of the country because it makes it easier to charge!

iExplore Travel Compares Magical Mystery Tours to the Amazing Race


The vast majority of Magical Mystery Tours’ vacation requests are for standard, lovely vacations.  Our travelers want to relax, to check out local cuisine, do some touring.  The adventure lies in not knowing your destination until the last minute.  Occasionally we do get the odd request for swimming with sharks, eating bugs, and other extreme adventure…though seriously people, do you think we can do that and still get insurance??

Though one thing we have gotten used to is comparisons to CBS’s The Amazing Race!  And we’ll take it.  Check out a recent article on iExplore with the comparison!

And while we absolutely guarantee we’ll never send anyone bungee jumping unless they explicitly tell us that’s what they want, we will show you this amazing picture of Magical Mystery Tours’s very own Alicia Barrett bungee jumping in New Zealand!

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MMT Featured in Canada’s MoneySense Magazine

Magical Mystery Tours has has the pleasure of working with some fantastic Canadian travelers ever since we were featured on Canadian radio shortly after our founding.  Though this month we’re thrilled to find ourselves in MoneySense magazine!

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Unfortunately, the content is only available through MoneySense’s app, though MoneySense interviewed Stephen and Alicia Ellington from Quebec, who had MMT plan their honeymoon last year.

Like many couples in the midst of wedding planning, Stephen and Alicia, were bogged down with other details, but still knew that they wanted a special honeymoon.  After months of anticipation, they found themselves on the way to in Italy and visited Naples, Capri, and Rome.

As MoneySense put it, “The honeymoon, recalls Ellington, was breathtaking. ‘Our itinerary was full of surprises: We dined with locals, swam at beaches that weren’t full of tourists and even had shoes made by a local shoemaker.”


MMT loves working with honeymooners and taking some of the wedding planning stress off of their shoulders.  We also absolutely love hearing reviews like this one from Alicia:

“We’ll never forget our honeymoon.  Opening the package just before boarding and discovering we were going to Italy was one of the highlights of my life…A mystery trip was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made and we’ll definitely be doing it again.”

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MMT’s Holiday Gift Guide

The ladies of Magical Mystery Tours put our minds together and came up with some gifts that we love to give (and that we’d love to receive!)  Without further adieu, here they are!

Stocking Stuffers

Nail Polish Remover Pads









Does anyone else go into a trip thinking about how awful your perfect nails are going to look one week in?  Problem solved in a TSA-friendly way!

Carry-On Cocktail Kit





In flight beverages are rarely all that tasty?  Why not be prepared to do better (and how cute are these??)

Travel Adapter

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We particularly like ones like this that have UBS ports, too!

Portable Battery

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Every traveler needs a portable battery!  These are so affordable and so worth it to make sure your phone doesn’t die during a crazy day of travels.  We’ve had good luck with the Anker brand ones.

Gifts for Your Travels

Jewelry Roll

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This jewelry roll is perfectly classy and compact, meaning you have no excuse not to be well dressed and accessorized when traveling. This lovely one from Pottery Barn comes in four different colors and can be monogrammed, which only adds to the luxe feel.

Luggage Scale

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We picked up a simple one of these from Target before trying out Spirit Airlines (NEVER AGAIN), and it’s an easy, light thing to throw in the top/front pocket of your suitcase if you’re an indecisive overpacker or like to come home with lots of souvenirs.

Longchamp Large Le Pilage Tote

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This has been my go-to carry-on for about five years.  It holds everything, is super light-weight, and always looks nice.

Reading Materials!





You can never go wrong with an Amazon or B&N gift card.  And we can’t wait to try out the Penguin hotline to help pick out the perfect books for our traveling buddies!

TrekReady Packing Cubes







We love a well-organized suitcase. We were gifted these last year, and they have made both packing and living out of a suitcase while traveling so much easier.

Vinyasa Scarf

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This lululemon scarf couldn’t be more perfect for travel.  It’s super soft, versatile (see video on their website for all the ways you can wear it), and is basically like having your own personal blanket to snuggle with on the plane.

To Help Plan Future Travels

Cork Globe









This cork globe is a conversation piece that serves as the perfect way to humble-brag about your travels. It comes with a set of push-pins to show where you’ve gone, but I would get a second color to show places you want to go and then swap the colors once you check destinations off your list.

Little Passports

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We look forward to the day that our kids are old enough to benefit from these kits, which introduce them to the beautiful world we live in. Children learn about geography, music, currency, cultures, and different people groups. It’s a great way to show children that the world does not revolve around them and that it’s a fun place to explore. The kits can be bought per month or have 6 and 12 month subscriptions. There are different kids for different ages, going from 3-12 years old.

Nespresso Espresso Maker









Ok…maybe this is a stretch, but hey, we first discovered Nespresso this year the Park Hyatt in Abu Dhabi, and all good travel planning sessions are caffeine-fueled, right?  The most delicious coffee-pods we’ve had by far.

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We already know that some lucky folks will be finding mystery trips under the tree!  We’re also happy to do gift cards for those who need a little extra time to settle on the details of their mystery trip.

Magical Mystery Tours featured in The New York Times

We love to see The New York Times asking: “Instead of choosing your next vacation destination, what if it was a surprise?”

Fill out our questionnaire to tell us about what you want (and don’t want!) in a vacation, and then let the guessing begin while our travel experts design your custom vacation.  You’ll receive a packing list and weather report a week before you leave, and then be mailed a mystery packet revealing your mystery destination and all key details that you can open at the airport.

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From the “Be Surprised” Article in O, The Oprah Magazine

We were thrilled to see Magical Mystery Tours featured as one of the recommendations for ways to be surprised this summer.  Here’s what O, The Oprah Magazine had to say about Magical Mystery Tours:

“Hit up Magical Mystery Tours for a surprise vacation: After inquiring about your budgets, dates, and preference, an agent will craft a custom trip, giving you the itinerary within a week of your departure.  Sure, you can scope the schedule in advance, but the company recommends waiting until you’re at the airport or train station.  Bon voyage!  ( – KATIE ARNOLD-RATLIFF”

Mystery Traveler Q&A: Ulisa Bowles

Ever wondered if mystery travel is for you? Read on to hear about Ulisa’s mystery trip experience—and check out the other installments in our Mystery Traveler Q&A series to find out about Ariana and Brett’s mystery long weekend, Cheryl’s mystery birthday trip, Dave and Jaclyn’s mystery honeymoon, Tony Austin’s mystery Memorial Day weekend getaway, and Felix and Sarah’s mystery trip with active travel company Backroads.

For Ulisa’s first solo vacation, she decided to make the whole adventure a surprise and was both nervous and excited. When she showed up to the Raleigh airport in late May, she opened her packet to discover she was off to…Curaçao! [Editor’s note: I was delighted to get an email from Ulisa when she was at the airport titled “OMG!” and saying how she couldn’t stop smiling and talking to people around her about the experience. We love hearing from our travelers!]

IMG_0344MMT: What inspired you to try mystery travel?
Ulisa: In March, I decided that I wanted to do a solo vacay…for me, this was a super big deal, as this would be a first-time experience. Now, once the decision was made, the ominous question was “Where?” So, like most overwhelming life decisions, I looked to Facebook for the answer! I posted my solo vacay intention, and literally in minutes I started receiving all kinds of solo vacay suggestions. However, it was the Magical Mystery Tour suggestion that caught my eye. I searched the name, went to the site, chatted with my assigned travel consultant, Katie, and the rest, they say, is history!

Solo travel is on the rise! How was the solo travel experience for you?
The overall experience, from beginning to end, was simply amazing. It felt so incredibly awesome to be committed to doing something so adventurous. While traveling, it was very liberating to just simply do what I wanted to do…with the only consideration being that I wanted to make sure that I maximized every single moment of my time. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am an extrovert, so I love the energy, vibe, and company of others, but this mystery trip was an adventure that I needed to do for myself and by myself!

What were your destination guesses? Was it difficult to wait to know where you were going?
Funny, I tried not to guess, AND I told my family, friends, and coworkers that I did not want to hear their guesses either. I absolutely did not want them to ruin any part of my surprise. Now, with that being said, I secretly thought that I was probably going to Cancun. (Shhh, I would never admit that!) Needless to say, I was absolutely overwhelmed when I opened my envelope. As for the waiting…I sooo wanted to experience ALL that the mystery vacation entailed, so waiting until I got to the airport to open my packet was a no-brainer. Furthermore, I love surprises way too much to have spoiled it for myself!

Were you completely surprised when you opened your packet? What was going through your mind as you started toward your plane?
Surprised? That just does not adequately describe how I felt. I was completely and utterly blown away, to say the least. My mother was on the phone with me—she insisted that I call her when I got to the airport so that we could open the envelope “together”…mind you, it was about 4:30 a.m., but I digress—and she, too, was blown away. I kept thinking, “I can’t believe that I am going to the Dutch Caribbean! OMG, I’m sooo excited!” Needless to say, my excitement was palpable, and as I sat and waited to board, everyone around got an earful about my solo mystery vacay! By the way, taking a mystery vacation is a GREAT conversation starter!

Tell me about your trip! What did you do, see, eat?
My trip! The island of Curaçao was gorgeous! First, my lodging was amazing. LOVED IT! I stayed at a Marriott property (which was perfect—I’m a platinum member!) and was literally located within walking distance to shops, foods, and culture. I stayed five days and 4 nights, and in that time, my solo vacay was filled with activities, including visiting a Sea Aquarium (and letting a dolphin kiss my cheek—I have the pictures to prove it!), touring an ostrich farm, experiencing a glass-bottom boat for the first time, dinner at sunset by the pool, and a tour that took me all across the island.IMG_0307

What surprised or excited you most about the mystery travel experience?
What surprised me most was the feeling of empowerment and confidence that I felt while I was away. The fact that I traveled outside of the U.S. by myself STILL amazes me! And honestly, that’s why those feelings still resonate with me today. And most importantly, why I am already thinking about doing this again next year.

Do you have any advice for other travelers considering a mystery trip?

  • Be open to something different! This was the motivating factor as to why I chose a mystery trip.
  • If you are still a little hesitant, schedule a chat with your travel consultant. I did this, and I loved being able to speak directly to Katie. She answered all of my questions, and I left our conversation convinced that she would create the best personalized experience just for me!
  • If you want to travel outside of the country, make sure that your passport is up-to-date.
  • Although the mystery vacation IS a mystery, be very clear about where you DON’T want to go. You can definitely note this on the questionnaire.
  • Once you get the mystery vacay bill via PayPal, don’t delay in paying it. Although I only waited less than 24 hours, my flight price still increased.
  • When you get there, maximize your trip to the fullest! Whether it’s reading a book on the beach, hiking, or taking a local tour, create memories for yourself, just like I did!

Mystery Traveler Q&A: Felix and Sarah Scheuplein

Ever wondered if mystery travel is for you? Read on to hear about Felix and Sarah’s mystery trip experience with active travel company Backroads—and check out the other installments in our Mystery Traveler Q&A series to find out about Ariana and Brett’s mystery long weekend, Cheryl’s mystery birthday trip, Dave and Jaclyn’s mystery honeymoon, and Tony Austin’s mystery Memorial Day weekend getaway.

ocherMMT: What inspired you to try a mystery trip?
Felix and Sarah: I first read about Magical Mystery Tours in Oprah magazine several years ago. Since then I’ve wanted to try one; however, we do a lot of traveling to visit family (in Germany and Wisconsin), so it wasn’t feasible at the time. When we were thinking about ways to celebrate my 40th birthday, we thought that this would finally be the perfect occasion to try a mystery trip, and we decided to go for it. Even though I am usually a planner and enjoy the research and anticipation leading up to a trip, there was something appealing about having someone else do all of the work and just showing up and enjoying a vacation at a completely unknown location! We filled out the questionnaire about our travel preferences and worked with Alicia. We sent her a follow-up email describing more in depth the kinds of things that we like to do on vacation and our travel style, and based on the questions she asked us, we knew that she completely understood what we were looking for. We certainly weren’t disappointed in the end!

Did you or your friends/family have any guesses about where you were going? If so, did anyone guess right or was it a complete surprise?costabrava
We first started planning the mystery vacation in January (for July travel) and knew some details about it by mid-February, so this was a constant topic of conversation everywhere we went for months! We found it very funny to watch people’s reactions when we told them about the mystery trip concept. People either loved or hated the idea—there was nothing in between! Family, friends, friends of friends, coworkers, and even the office staff at the dentist’s office were all very interested to hear more and make a guess.

SFspainhikeWe already knew that we would be part of a small, all-inclusive, well-equipped group tour with beautiful and unique landscapes and interesting activities, and we knew it would be an active vacation with a lot of hiking and walking. Guesses included Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos, the Azores/ Portugal, Mallorca, Corsica, Croatia, and a few more places. We really had no idea where we were going, but were really excited!

When we got our weather forecast and packing list the week before we left, the weather was predicted to be sunny and very hot, so a lot of the potential places were eliminated right away. It was pretty likely that we were going to the Mediterranean based on the weather, but that still left a lot of possibilities! One of the items on the packing list was a retention strap for our sunglasses, so we started wondering if part of our vacation was sailing or kayaking, etc. We thought it could be a tour of the Greek Islands or Corsica. But no one hit the nail on the head and guessed mainland France or Spain.

What was going through your mind when you opened your packet?mtslavender
We were a little nervous and very excited when opening the envelope—even though we had had great interactions with Alicia, it still is a little nerve-racking to pay a lot of money and not know if it is something you will like or not! We figured that even if it wasn’t a destination we would pick for ourselves, it would be an interesting experience regardless and we could enjoy one week in any place. But when we opened the envelope and saw that we were going on a tour through France and Spain, we were both relieved and overjoyed!

Did you have a hard time waiting to find out where you were going or packing without knowing your destination?
I definitely had moments where I really wanted to search for well-equipped tours online, but I resisted. I usually like to start thinking about my packing list and what things I will need a few weeks before a big trip, so the days before we got the weather forecast and packing list were a little difficult. Once we got that information, at least it was easier to pack because we knew we would go somewhere sunny and hot and would be hiking a lot. The packing list was pretty comprehensive. By opening the envelope the morning that we left, I still had time to make some last-minute changes to my suitcase before heading to the airport.

villageTell me about your trip! What were the highlights?
The trip was absolutely fantastic—it was one of our best vacations ever! Part of the trip was on a Backroads tour through Provence, France and the Costa Brava in Spain, and the nights flanking the group tour were on our own. We flew out of Boston in the evening, arrived in Paris the next morning, and were booked on the train to Avignon. Everything was very easy to figure out and we had no trouble making our connection and getting there. When we arrived in Avignon, it was extremely hot—it felt like a furnace with the hot wind blowing. Both of us wondered how we would be able to do any hiking in that heat! Alicia had booked a nice hotel in the old part of Avignon, and it was perfect for our first night in France. It was afternoon by the time we got settled in our hotel and we were getting tired, but we forced ourselves to enjoy the sites and highlights of Avignon. We visited the Papal Palace and gardens, and we wandered around the old town through the narrow, twisting streets. We ate dinner at a wonderful restaurant just around the corner from our hotel before calling it a night.

The next day we met up with our Backroads tour group at the Avignon train station. We had been told to arrive in our hiking clothes, and we took a short bus ride to the starting point of our walk, in a small village called Lacoste. We walked for five minutes before arriving at our lunch spot. The food and atmosphere of meals was definitely a highlight throughout the trip—our lunch was a beautiful spread of quiches, salads, bread, cheeses, meats, and desserts under a pergola covered in grapevines, overlooking the Luberon Mountains and valleys. It was an amazing way to kick off the tour! After lunch, we hiked through small medieval perch villages, passing small family vineyards, lavender fields, and gorgeous chateaus along the way. We are normally very independent travelers and had never considered a group tour before, but we really enjoyed getting to know the other travelers and leaders. One of the most impressive things that we got used to was that during the hikes, the van met us every two miles or so and we could have snacks, Perrier, and other cold drinks, as well as refill our water bottles. That was a very extravagant bonus that we never knew we needed until experiencing it!SFday1

The dinners in France lasted two to three hours with several courses, but the portions were reasonable and the conversation flowed easily (as did the wine), so the time just flew by. The first night we gathered for a wine tasting before dinner at our hotel and then ate al fresco as evening turned into nightfall. The second day consisted of another beautiful hike with a walking tour of one of the older towns in the area, time for a swim in the beautiful hotel pool, and a lesson in pastis (a delicious anise-flavored apertif) and Pétanque (a French game like boules or bocce) before dinner at a unique local restaurant that used to be a silk farm. We loved the exposure throughout the trip to cultural things like the game and local drink that we likely wouldn’t have found if traveling independently.

The next day we hiked through the Provence countryside to Roussillon, which is famous for its ocher deposits. We toured the ocher canyon, which has 17 shades of ocher in red, orange, yellow, and brown. It was beautiful! Other stops along the way included sampling the local wine at a small family winery and hiking up to the top of another hilltop town. From there we were shuttled to our next hotel in St. Remy, a bigger town in Provence famous for its market. Since it was Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, there was a lot of festive energy. It was fun to listen to the concerts going on for the celebration during our dinner.

marketThe next morning we visited the famous St. Remy market that meanders throughout the town. The quality and variety of produce, berries, cheese, sausage, olives, etc. was amazing! After a hike and another delicious lunch, we headed to our last destination via a six-hour bus ride to the Costa Brava of Spain.

In Spain, our hotel was directly on the Mediterranean, and our balcony overlooked the sea. We had a local guide-led walking tour through our little village, learning about the history of the Catalan people and the historical significance of the region. We also had a wonderful hike along the Mediterranean through hidden coves and beaches, forests, and along cliffs overlooking the sea—the crystal clear blue-green water never got old.medsea Our hike was topped off by ice cream and a swim at the beach. We loved that there were mostly Spanish tourists there, as it felt very authentic and unspoiled. After two days exploring our village of Calella and the surrounding regions, we took a bus ride to Barcelona, where our tour officially ended. We had one last night in Barcelona on our own, where we took in some of the sights of the city and ate at a fantastic tapas place recommended in our mystery packet. The whole experience of the mystery trip was fantastic, and we were so happy to be exposed to the Backroads company.

What surprised or excited you the most about your mystery trip experience?
The biggest surprise was that we really enjoyed being part of a group tour. We are not the most extroverted people, and we are very self-sufficient and always enjoy figuring things out by ourselves in a foreign place. But the Backroads tours are very thoroughly researched so that only the most beautiful hikes, unique and delicious restaurants, and interesting cultural experiences are included to permit the best and most authentic travel experience possible. It was so nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the vacation without stressing over anything. Even though our trip was only one week long, we can’t believe we did and saw so many different things during that time! We are still in contact with several of the other travelers from our tour, and we really enjoyed the whole experience and would certainly consider taking another Backroads tour in the future.

What are your top tips for other potential mystery travelers?
Our advice is to take the plunge and just go for it! This experience opened our eyes to a different mode of travel and led to one of the best and most carefree vacations we’ve ever had! The months leading up to the trip were as much fun as the actual destination and vacation itself. It was fun to speculate about the destination, and we identified several places we want to visit on future vacations because of this. We highly recommend trying the mystery travel experience at least once, and we may even do it again someday (after visiting all of the new, exciting destinations we thought we might travel to on this mystery vacation, of course!).

MMT in Men’s Journal!

Make sure you check out the September issue of Men’s Journal to see a fun blurb on MMT!

We love their take on mystery vacations and couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

“If you’re tired of spending more time planning a trip than relaxing on it, Magical Mystery Tours may have the answer.”

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Mystery Traveler Q&A: Tony Austin

Ever wondered if mystery travel is for you? Read on to hear about Tony’s mystery trip experience—and check out the first three installments in our Mystery Traveler Q&A series to find out about Ariana and Brett’s mystery long weekend, Cheryl’s mystery birthday trip, and Dave and Jaclyn’s mystery honeymoon.

For Memorial Day, Tony Austin was looking for a long weekend getaway. When he showed up to the Shreveport airport on Friday morning, he opened his travel packet and learned he was headed to…San Antonio, Texas!
MMT: How did you discover the option of mystery travel, and what made you decide to go for it?
Tony: I was searching the Internet for some type of different vacation. I found the MMT website and was drawn in. My favorite TV show is the Amazing Race, and this was probably as close to that as I would ever be able to get.

Was the destination a complete surprise?
Yes. I have always wanted to go to San Antonio, but every time I plan a trip, I end up going somewhere else, so this was a perfect choice for me.

What did you think when you opened the packet at the airport?
When I began to open the envelope, there were so many emotions: happy, nervous, scared, excited. My adrenaline was pumping. I had so many people waiting for me to post on RiverwalkFacebook where I was going.

What’s it like to pack for a trip and head to the airport without knowing where you’re going?
Actually, it was very nice. I knew I was going for a long weekend, and eating at an upscale restaurant was not at the top of my list, so when I got the email saying the temperature was going to be high 70s to mid-80s, I knew that meant shorts and T-shirts and walking shoes. So that made me very happy. Since I had no expectations of where I was going, it was easier to pack.

Tell me about your trip! What were your favorite memories?
When I got the email telling me the weather, it said possible thunderstorms. I got to San Antonio, though, and the weather was overcast but very nice. I took a couple tours and went to the zoo. Of course I went to the Alamo, but the one memory that will always stand out is I decided to have a nice steak dinner at one of the outside cafés on the Riverwalk. I was enjoying my meal when out of the blue came this loud clap of thunder, and the rain came down in buckets within a matter of seconds. There was no place to “run into,” so I just sat there in the pouring rain enjoying my meal. LOL. Those are the types of memories I cherish, and I think that is what MMT is all about: rolling with the punches and having fun no matter what. My motto is “it is what it is.”

What do you like most about mystery travel?
I am a Zoophotographer and have a tendency to gravitate to the same places over and over because I know where the good shots are. This got me out of my comfort zone and gave me a chance to photograph things I had not seen before. I love adventure, and not having a clue where you are going is probably one of the greatest adventures you can do these days.

Why should other travelers try a mystery trip?
This is not just about the travel, but all the fun you will have leading up to the trip. For a month before I left, my family and coworkers would keep guessing where I was going, and every day we would talk about ‘what if you go here’ or ‘what if you go there.’ We had so much fun talking and guessing. The day of my departure I had to post a video of where I was going so everyone would know. For anyone reading this and debating about taking a mystery trip, all I can say is DO IT…you will not be disappointed.

Interested in a mystery trip? Just fill out a questionnaire to get the process started!

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