I’m standing on a bridge, taking within the panorama of the Plaza de España in Seville. I’m on this spot as a result of a month in the past I acquired a cryptic postcard from a stranger instructing me to journey to the Spanish metropolis. I’m not a kooky murderer who receives her assignments through postcard like Villanelle in Killing Eve, it’s simply that I’ve signed as much as new subscription journey service BRB, which each and every 4 months sends its prospects on a metropolis break to a shock vacation spot.
Hoping to attraction to a technology that listens to music through Spotify, watches movies and TV on Netflix and doubtless has no less than one health club membership they’ve forgotten about, subscribers to BRB pay a month-to-month price (£49.99 for a solo traveller and £89 for 2 folks) to unlock a three-day, two-night metropolis break each 4 months.
So for these travelling solo it really works out as £199.96 a visit, which features a minimal of three-star lodging, Atol-protection and the flexibility to pick out your most well-liked journey dates and departure airport. It is usually attainable to exclude locations out of your “bucket record”, so I after I join, I veto Berlin and Amsterdam, as I’ve visited each not too long ago. It’s thrilling scrolling via the 48 remaining choices and questioning the place I’ll find yourself. I can’t assist crossing my fingers that I get one of many hotter locations – Athens or Positano, versus Ljubljana or Tallinn – however not understanding is a part of the enjoyable.
“The best way we journey has modified massively within the final 5 years however the best way we ebook that journey remains to be pretty long-winded and time consuming,” says Greg Geny, co-founder and CEO of BRB, which launched final August. “We need to reduce the time of trawling via Skyscanner, Reserving.com or Airbnb and in addition assist folks uncover new locations.”

Kate Wills at Actual Alcázar, Seville
In case you’re a management freak, the stress of not having a say in the place you’re holidaying would possibly require a vacation to recover from it, however clearly sufficient travellers are searching for the aspect of shock. Pinterest reviews that searches for shock journeys went up 192% from 2017 to 2018.
From high-end luxurious journey firm Black Tomato’s Get Misplaced journeys, to sprs.me’s extra price range choices, visiting a vacation spot unknown is a pattern. And if the Russian roulette of whether or not you’ll get your hand baggage on to your price range airline isn’t sufficient pleasure, the easyJet app incorporates a Fortunate Journey widget that generates a random vacation spot and corresponding flights on the faucet of a button.
As you’d anticipate of an organization that takes its title from textspeak (BRB means Be Proper Again), the method is stuffed with cringe-inducing wording – I can point out whether or not I’d desire a visit that’s “4TheGram” or “QuirkyAF” (Quirky As Fuck). However cynicism apart, after I obtain my postcard in a vibrant purple envelope I really feel a real flutter of pleasure, and I’m happy to find I’ve ‘“received” Seville, because it’s a metropolis I’ve by no means been to. To not point out the actual fact the climate forecast is for 22C.

BRB’s web site claims subscribers have greater than 50 locations to ponder
A few days later I log in to my BRB account to find my flight occasions, which is after I see the draw back to this fashion of holidaying. I’d opted for a morning flight but when I’d been reserving it myself I in all probability wouldn’t have chosen an eye-watering 06.25 departure from Gatwick. I then Google the place I’ll be staying: The H10 Corregidor Boutique Lodge. It has an incredible location proper within the centre of the town, and has breakfast included, however as a part of the Spanish chain resort seems barely uninspiring.
As soon as the journey has been revealed, BRB emails over a PDF metropolis information to the vacation spot. It’s a letdown that this “cheat sheet” hasn’t been higher researched. One among its restaurant strategies has completely closed after I look it up on-line. In keeping with the information, Uber just isn’t obtainable in Seville, however after I land on the airport it’s working simply advantageous. One among Seville’s hottest websites, Actual Alcázar, doesn’t even get a point out and suggesting an open-top-bus sightseeing tour appears downright weird, given how demanding as we speak’s travellers are for under-the-radar, “like a neighborhood” experiences.

Courtyard at H10 Corregidor Boutique Lodge. {Photograph}: Roger Méndez
Presumably as soon as BRB takes off, it will likely be utilizing its “neighborhood” of travellers to create this content material. And whoever included the phrases “OMG your ‘gram is so baroque now” ought to face the Spanish Inquisition. Robust in equity, at 33 I’m edging in the direction of the highest finish of BRB’s target market.
Fortunately, Seville is a rewarding metropolis to wander round aimlessly, supplemented with wanting up a couple of on-line guides. The sherry-sipping crowds oozing out of the brightly lit El Rinconcillo bar are sufficient to entice me in, and, with the meat hanging from the ceiling and the intricately tiled partitions, I’m not shocked to seek out out it’s one of many oldest tapas bars in Seville. I order a beer and a plate of jamon and queso and my tab is chalked up on the picket bar in entrance of me.
Restaurant conTenedor commonly tops lists of the town’s greatest, and with a blackboard menu of gradual, seasonal meals beginning at €9, it’s additionally good worth. Though it’s lucky I’m eating solas – and on the unconscionably early hour (for-Sevillians) of 8pm – which suggests I can squeeze in on the bar, because it’s totally booked.

El Rinconcillo tapas. {Photograph}: Alamy
Visiting the cathedral and the Actual Alcázar (recognisable to Recreation of Thrones followers because the water gardens of Dorne) is properly well worth the time I spend queueing for tickets. So is strolling via the squares of Santa Cruz, previously the medieval Jewish quarter, taking within the orange timber and cobbled streets, and feeling smug that I’m carrying shorts in December. I purchase a ticket to a flamenco present at Museo de Baile Flamenco – and see issues I by no means thought attainable with a castanet – however I get extra of a way of the duende of the dance from a busker I see performing beneath the arches the following day on the Plaza de España.
I can see the attraction of saving up on your holidays by subscribing to a service equivalent to BRB, and the novelty issue is sufficient to make up for the slight annoyances. Plus, understanding you’ve got no less than one metropolis break to sit up for each few months is an effective way of constructing certain you do really get round to going away. You possibly can even financial institution the journeys and take all three in a single month if you would like. I do marvel if folks would possibly attempt to recreation the system: £200 looks as if an incredible deal for flights and lodging in Paris or Venice, much less so for Kraków or Riga, as in concept you might exclude all 49 different locations besides the one you wished to go to.
As an idea I believe a subscription mannequin of journey is simply going to change into extra in style, because the “should you like this, you’ll love this” algorithms management an increasing number of of our lives. However for now, BRB equals RMV – that’s Outcomes Might Differ, you understand.
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