Can You Surprise Someone With a Trip?

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This is always an ongoing discussion among frequent travelers and thoughtful significant others. Is it possible to surprise someone with a trip? And if so, what is the best way?

There’s several schools of thought, and I’d love to hear yours in the comments below.

  • Jeanne and mom in ParisSurprise them with the idea/suggested itinerary of the trip, and then book everything once your know their availability and preferences. I did this for Christmas a few years ago, presenting my parents with a wrapped card good for two first class tickets and 4 nights at the Starwood in Vancouver whenever they wanted to go.
  • Surprise them by switching a planned trip for something better. Jeanne convinced her mom they were taking a trip to Akron, Ohio in order to find out when her mom was free, then told her on her birthday it was actually to Paris.
  • Keep it a secret until they’re at the airport or in the car. Often used for honeymoons, this definitely has far more shock value, but also a great potential to misfire if someone feels like they weren’t able to pack what they needed to fully enjoy it.

What do you think? And if you tried it, how successful were you at surprising someone with a trip?


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