People often talk about heading to the airport with passport to hand and flying somewhere random, but do you know anyone who’s actually done this?
Tapping into this unfulfilled desire, a new travel company -srprs.me – is sending people on trips with the destination remaining secret until just before they hop on a flight.
In a bid to test out this concept, I booked a £250 three-day mystery city break leaving from London.
Suspense: TravelMail Online tested out srprs.me, a new travel company which sends people on trips with the destination remaining secret until the very end
I was sent a card telling me to be at London Heathrow for 8pm on a Friday after work.
There was a scratchable area on the card which would reveal a code that could be plugged into a website to reveal my destination.
Rather defeating the point of things, I was travelling with a friend who couldn’t handle the suspense and did all of this prematurely.
But I stuck to my guns and waited until the last minute.
Destination revealed: MailOnline Travel was sent to Zurich for a three-day city break. Being the most expensive city in Europe made it difficult to budget
As the card didn’t detail which terminal I was flying from at Heathrow, I had to scratch my card the night before flying.
I’d dreamt up an array of sunny, beach-style destinations from Greece to Croatia to Ibiza.
48 HOURS IN ZURICH: WHAT WE DID
- Stayed at the Plattenhof Hotel where rooms start from £146 per night with breakfast included, outside of the srprs.me deal
- Watched surfing at the Surfzürich at Citywave – an urban surf pool with sessions available to book
- Indulged in refreshing margaritas and toured the gardens at Frau Gerolds Garten
- Visited the Flea Market Bürkliplatz, where there were a range of stalls selling second-hand goods and antiques
- Went boating on the Limmat river’s strong currents
- Had an evening picnic on the banks of Lake Zurich
- Late night negroni cocktails at the eclectic Les Halles bar and restaurant, famed for its moules frites
- Spent a full Sunday at the Hammam Basar spa with a rasul mud treatment, lunch and full-body massage
The moment had come.
After scratching the card and checking the code, I found out I was going to… drum roll… Zurich.
The next day – admittedly feeling a little deflated – I caught a 1 hour 40 minute flight to Europe’s most expensive city to meet my friend who had flown out there earlier in the day.
Srprs.me also arranges the accommodation at your surprise port of call, and we checked into the Plattenhof hotel.
It was a clean and chic spot close to the city centre and breakfast – one of the best budget morning buffets I’d had in a while – was included, which helped with our budgeting.
Keeping track of the pennies wasn’t an easy task in a place where a Starbucks coffee comes in at around £7 and a beer at £10.
It was fun being somewhere completely unexpected but I was grateful my friend had looked things up beforehand.
This meant we could make the most of our speedy 48 hours, hitting some top local spots such as Frau Gerolds Garten for mean margaritas and the Hammam Basar spa for a Sunday of naked mud scrubs and massage.
I’d also recently visited the city, so I knew an assortment of places and how to navigate the narrow maze of streets. Furthering our advantage, I had a friend in town who kindly took us down to the Limmat river for some boating on the strong currents.
Sadie and her friend indulged in refreshing margaritas and toured the gardens at Frau Gerolds Garten (above)
Srprs.me also offers the option of four and five-day trips. For the more intrepid, there are backpacking trips, with the first and lasts days of accommodation included in the price. The rest is up to you to sort once you get there
Apparently this is a super popular activity with the locals in Zurich and we rounded things off with a picnic by the lake just in time for sunset.
In the 48 hours I felt like I’d packed a load of things in and it had been a completely unexpected trip away.
It definitely made for an entertaining conversation with people in the run-up where they would ask me about weekend plans and my response was ‘no idea’.
So would I do this again?
Sadie spent her Sunday in Zurich at the Hammam Basar spa where she had a rasul mud treatment, lunch and full-body massage
I think it’s a great concept for those looking for some adventure and spontaneous action.
But I was grateful my friend had done a bit of sneaky planning.
Srprs.me also offers the option of four and five-day trips.
For the more intrepid, there are backpacking trips, with the first and lasts days of accommodation included in the price. The rest is up to you to sort once you get there.
The company’s motto is ‘the best trips aren’t the ones you plan’.
But if your destination is of great importance, then this might not be the best route to take. Otherwise, I dare you to jump into the unknown.
srprs.me offer surprise destination city breaks across Europe for three, four or five days currently priced from £130 per person. Visit srprs.me to book.