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'Magical mystery tours' among top Spanish startups to watch

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'Magical mystery tours' among top Spanish startups to watch
Rome is one of the possible secret destinations. Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr
06:59 CEST+02:00
A company that organizes surprise trips for people who don't find out where they are going until 48 hours before departure could be one of Spain's most interesting new startups.

The Wonder Trip is pioneering a different style of travel, providing weekend break travel packages with a difference: you have absolutely no idea where you are going until just 48 hours before you leave.

While this might sound like hell on earth for the planners among us, it is attracting a lot of attention on the startup scene and has been named as one of ten undiscovered Spanish startups by Equidam, a valuation platform startup.

The site, based in the Netherlands, provides valuations and data intelligence to seed-stage and series A companies.

The Wonder Trip offers breaks for either €149 or €199 including flight and accommodation to destinations around Europe and Morocco, but the destination stays secret until 72, 48 or 24 hours before your trip, depending on which timeframe you choose on the website.

The price includes hotel accommodation on the Friday and Saturday night of your weekend break, as well as flights to and from the destination.

There are 15 destinations included in the “basic plan” including Cologne, Budapest, Paris, Oporto and Birmingham.

"Our clients currently buy our product because they want to get away for the weekend, discover new places, and get a different experience while avoiding the time consuming process of organising the trip for an affordable price," Laura Herrero González, from The Wonder Trip, told The Local. 

"It is very easy for the customer because it is all arranged: the flight, accommodation and an unorthadox guide to discovering coolest corners of the city in 48 hours," she added. 

The Wonder Trip joined nine other Spanish startups on the list, whose criteria included abnormal performance in peer groups based on sector, size and development stage.

Daniel Faloppa, co-founder of Equidam, explained to The Local why the company chose to focus on startups in Spain:

"We've been surprised lately by the amount of startup activity in Spain. The sheer amount of design talent coupled with the low costs of living, are creating an environment suitable for startups in various sectors.

We are also seeing a strong drive towards internationalisation coming from Spanish startups, as more and more expand through Europe and beyond. We are glad we can give exposure to some of the most promising, yet undiscovered, ones."

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