When it comes to holidays, I am a planner. I cling to Trip Advisor as though it was a sacred text. Many trips involve a spreadsheet or three, and printed itineraries for all travellers. I like knowing what I’m doing when I wake up in my carefully researched hotel room. So my friends and family raised an eyebrow when I told them I was booking a mystery trip with srprs.me. Could you go on holiday without knowing where? Check out my srprs.me trip review.
Dutch travel company srprs.me launched in the UK in 2017 with a simple message – you’ll go where you’re supposed to go. You choose the dates and the level of accommodation that you’d like, and they’ll do the rest. They’ll book your flights and hotel or hostel. You can specify rough flight times, and whether you’d like guaranteed sunshine or their pick of all of Europe. You also get the option to exclude up to three cities that you don’t fancy – I only chose two, Dublin and Paris. Nothing personal, just fancied somewhere else.
And then you wait.
The waiting is the difficult part. That’s when the dreams of wanderlust turn into frantic late night Googling. Looking at the flight schedule from your chosen airport. Sending your partner numerous screenshots of the countdown clock…
About a week before you travel, you’ll receive a weather report to let you know what to pack. Ours didn’t give very much away… and it seemed to change every day. By this point I was regularly Googling the temperatures of cities across Europe in the wee hours of the morning. I was beginning to think that a srprs.me trip wasn’t for me!
This is the point in the srprs.me trip review where I warn you that I will reveal the destination. I don’t think it takes much away from the experience, as srprs.me assure travellers that they do their best not to send too many people to the same cities.
We sat in departures at Stansted, waiting for the counter to hit zero. When that happens, you input your code into the website and find out where you’re going.
Yes! A city that I’d been to before, but not with Greg and not since I was a lot younger and more able to hold my beer. A short Ryanair flight later and we touched down in the Czech Republic.
A short Uber ride from the airport, we rocked up to the Red and Blue Design Hotel on the west side of the city. The hotel was quirky and cool, with friendly staff and dreamy soft beds for us to collapse into at the end of the night. I’d previously only stayed around Old Town, and was pleasantly surprised with the cheaper restaurants and cafes in this area. So with no particular plan, we set off to enjoy the city.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the UK. However, there were some downsides to travelling to a surprise destination, especially if it is only for two nights. Without a clear plan in place, we did waste a fair bit of time retracing our steps and it did feel like we could have squeezed a little more in. However, this is entirely outweighed by the joy of just winging it. With a bit of help from Google, we managed to find a beer spa that we’d seen on Don’t Tell the Bride a few months ago, a V for Vendetta themed bar with flaming cocktails, a pork knee the size of my head and a cocktail that perfectly matched my handbag that was just made for Instagram.
I would definitely book another srprs.me trip in a heartbeat – this time hopefully dragging along a few more friends and staying a few extra nights. I’d recommend the experience to anyone who needs to step away from the spreadsheets and have an adventure!