Surprise Vacations

(CBS) -- Amanda Rosen was searching for the perfect getaway with a college friend when she stumbled upon a vacation option she didn't have to plan at all.

"We didn't have to go and search through the best hotels, search for the best airfare and all of that," Rosen said.

And the weekend trip was also a surprise, planned entirely by a service called Pack Up + Go. Amanda showed how she filled out a short survey, picked the price point, and the company did the rest.

A few days before her trip, Amanda was told what to pack and the airport where she needed to show up. Before boarding, she and her friend opened a packet unlocking their mystery trip to the Windy City.

Pack Up + Go is just one of a number of companies jumping in on the business of surprise vacations. Brown + Hudson, Magical Mystery Tours, and Lufthansa Surprise are a few others.

Brian Kelly, founder of the travel website sees the new travel option taking off.

"Surprise travel can take out the crippling aspect of booking travel and let's get to the basics and actually traveling," he said.

Amanda and her friend paid $750 each for their weekend away, which included airfare and her hotel. We caught up with her after the trip.

"We were just amazed at what we got for our money. And, we were really impressed with the hotel," Rosen said.

For Amanda, flying by the seat of her pants paid off for a weekend she won't soon forget.