The chaos of group travel, solved
A recent Jubel customer named Ethan Goldman, who went to Colombia with a group of five friends, recounts an afternoon when he and his group were planning a big night on the town and opened their envelope for the next day. "Turns out we were booked on a 10am flight to Santa Marta the next day," he said. "We still hit the town and had a great night, but that was probably the most surprised and thrown off-guard we were all trip."
For large groups, where deciding what to do becomes the main activity of every day, this sense of direction can be freeing. "Trying to get all of us to agree on a specific agenda would have been difficult," Goldman said. "Jubel essentially took the burden of making decisions away from us and forced us to just go with whatever was written in the envelopes." Imagine a scavenger hunt where the clues reveal the next leg of your adventure. Jubel has relationships with locals and tourism specialists around the world, so you'll get to see undiscovered gems wherever you go. But if you just want to plop on a beach for a week, that's cool, too.
Sounds amazing. How much?
Oh, yes. That. Per Jubel co-founder José Pablo Toscano: "It varies between 10 to 15% of base costs depending on how much effort is put into crafting their experience. We don't rely on hotel commission. We don't want to focus on which suppliers give us the best commission, and instead focus on giving the customer the best possible experience." If 15% of your budget is worth someone else sorting out the trip, then it's a deal.
What if the trip's a dud?
Car rental companies and youth hostels still bring an element of chance, so Jubel can improvise. Though it's rare, the company will find other activities, lodgings, or transportation. And often cover it for you, because customer service is not yet dead.
And, no, you do not get your money back if you don't like your destination. You need a certain level of trust to make the most of Jubel, and if you're not big on surprises or want to control your entire travel experience, you're going to need to look elsewhere. But if the element of surprise makes your vacation better, this is the ultimate way to see the world with a virtual blindfold. And if you've ever wanted to explore unknown areas, but lack the time to do the requisite research, this service might be your solution.
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