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November 13, 2019

 
 
Travel
 
Destination unknown: Why mystery travel services are taking off
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Alex McClintock

In January, Vanessa Monterrey Dugré and her mother sat nervously in a taxi on the way to Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International Airport. They knew they were about to fly somewhere, but had no idea where.

 
Then, with a deep breath, the 29-year-old nurse ripped open a sealed envelope and discovered tickets to Costa Rica.

 
“It was nerve wracking,” said Dugré. “I doubted what I put in my suitcase. I worried I wouldn’t like the trip. But then it was just excitement, a feeling of freedom and joy.”

 
Dugré and her mother weren’t competitors on The Amazing Race. Nor had they won some sort of prize. They had contracted Jubel, a tech-focused travel booking firm, to organize their vacation and keep the destination a secret until the very last moment.

 
Jubel is just one of a growing number of companies that provide surprise or mystery travel services. As well as giving travellers their own reality-TV moment, these operators offer the chance for people to free themselves from the tyranny of planning and prior expectations.

 
 
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