Earlier in the year, Escape Travel ran a special Mother’s Day competition, offering the prize of a fully paid Mystery Escape for two. A popular gift idea for travellers of all ages, our Mystery Escapes include flights and accommodation to a fantastic (but secret) destination within Australia. Arlyne from Victoria was the winner and she whisked her mum away for a wonderful weekend at the Gold Coast. Let’s find out what she had to say about the anticipation and surprise of winning the Mystery Escape.
How did you react when you found out you won?
I was jumping for joy, literally! It is the first thing I have ever won! I straight away ran to my mum, woke her up and explained I had won a mystery trip and was taking her along to be spoilt. We both couldn’t believe it – initially it was shock then a huge array of excitement.
Spill the details! Where did you go and what did you go?
We went to Surfers Paradise, Queensland. It was beautiful, we relaxed by the beach and did lots of shopping especially at Pacific Fair.
Was it as carefree as you had imagined?
It was! We got to do what we wanted to, when we wanted to. We weren’t on a strict itinerary so had plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine, put our feet up and relax.
Why did you take your mum along?
She definitely needed an escape and to be treated like a princess. She is the one that puts everyone else first before herself.
Pick a highlight from your Mystery Escape
It would have to be going to the Q1 SkyPoint observation deck. It has breathtaking views from the bright blue water to the mountains. Each direction you look there is something different. It’s also a beautiful place to relax and grab a coffee and put your feet up.
What are the perks of going on a Mystery Escape, as opposed to booking your own holiday?
It builds anticipation and excitement! Everything is carefree and organised for you and your mind is at ease because you know you are being looked after.
Where would you love your next Mystery Escape to be?
I would love to go to Adelaide and visit the Barossa Valley, a hidden gem which has so much to offer and so much to do.
Who would you take on your next Mystery Escape?
I would most likely take my brother. He deserves to be spoilt as well, plus he was quite jealous about my Mystery Escape to Surfers Paradise.
Do you think your friends and family would enjoy an experience like yours?
Yes definitely. Especially because everything is organised for you and you have no idea where you are going in Australia. A mystery sparks curiosity to explore.
Considering a Mystery Escape? Price for our packages start at $299 per person with all accommodation guaranteed to be a four star property. You can choose to have your Mystery Escape as a one, two or three night getaway and you can choose the dates that suit you.