Surprise! New services book mystery vacations

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NEW YORK (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.

The weekend trip was a surprise planned entirely by a service called Pack Up and Go. Rosen filled out a short survey, picked a price point and the company did the rest.

"Definitely going to be an adventure," Rosen said.

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

"We got Chicago," Rosen said.

Pack Up and 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, who founded 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," Kelly said.

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

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

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