If you’ve ever eyed up the famous Wowcher mystery holiday deal but found yourself too anxious to actually hit ‘book’, we’ve found a solution. Travel website srprs.me (yes, that’s surprise without the vowels there) has taken the concept to a whole new level, handing back varying levels of control to the customer to ensure your trip is everything you dreamed of.
All the spontaneous travel company needs is info on the dates you want to travel, the standard of accommodation you would like, and details of your nearest airport, and it’ll send you on a journey you’ll never forget.
Five days before your trip, you’ll receive a single clue: the weather forecast for your trip (presumably so you know whether to pack bikinis and sundresses or knitwear and boots). Other than that, all of the info is kept under wraps until two hours before you fly, when your destination is finally revealed.
However, to ensure that your trust in the organisers pays off, there are various different packages on offer which allow you to set some boundaries. New Places, for example, allows to mark off cities you’ve already visited to ensure that you can tick a brand new spot off your travel bucket list, while Summer Holiday ensure you’re beach bound, rather than heading somewhere cool and snowy.
The cheapest option is Best Price, where you can book breaks in Europe starting from £100, but there are a couple of caveats. You’re likely to end up in shared accommodation like a hostel, rather than in a hotel or villa, and be flying at the cheapest times, so be ready to set your alarm very early.
However, if you’re on a budget and want someone else to take the reins when it comes to planning, £100 is actually a bargain – regardless of the lack of certain luxuries.
Plus, all of the flights and accommodation are vetted by staff, and they say they’ll only ever send you somewhere that they’d love to wake up themselves: ‘We ask ourselves are the rooms clean and tidy? Is it centrally located and close by easily accessible public transport? And we only select accommodations that are rated 8 or higher on independent review sites.’
‘Once you arrive at your destination, everything is wide open,’ the team adds. ‘Devoid of a clear-cut plan of all the must-sees, you are about to embark on an adventure that knows no limits. Every little revelation can be a prelude to a wow moment. So just relax, enjoy and simply seize the day!’
Terrifying nightmare or amazing adventure? We’ll leave that for you to decide…