Your ulimate source for budget mystery trips and travel! If you are interested in mystery trips, trips where you have no idea where you are going until the day of, click the corresponding tab. If you are interested in budget travel, click that tab instead. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ section. If we still have not answered your question(s), send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible! Travel well and travel often!

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About Us


We are a company founded on the basis that travel is, and should be, for everyone. We strive to make travel cheap and affordable for all people by offering budget mystery trips and travel. Our founder, Whitney Ortiz, developed the company because she saw how expensive other mystery trip companies were. She realized that there were more people who found themselves unable to take a mystery trip due to the price. It is because of this, that Penny and a Ticket was formed.  We are dedicated to keeping travel within your budget!


Whitney Ortiz, founder: Whitney has cultivated her love for travel through her many trips abroad (39 countries so far). She has always traveled on a tight budget and has stretched money to see more places and stay overseas longer. Some of her best deals include

  • $240 RT ticket from New York-Rome 
  •  $40 RT Pensacola-Chicago
  •  $100 3 night stay in Chicago
  • $312 Lyon-Tunis RT and 3* hotel stay
  • $45 day trip from Rome to San Marino
  • $5 Budapest-Krakow bus ticket 
  • $188 Paris-Naples RT and 3 * hotel stay

Through her tight budgeting, Whitney has been able to find deals at prices that are almost unbelievable. She is working her hardest to lock in the lowest price for your vacation!



Mystery Trips


Mystery trips are the latest trend in the travel industry. We craft mystery trips to fit any budget (yes, even a college budget)! These trips are customized by us and the travel destination(s) is/are kept secret until the customer's departure. How this works is, first, complete the survey; be as detailed as you like. When we receive the survey, we will use the budget you set to create your perfect mystery vaction. We will then email you the price, and when you confirm, send an invoice and book your holiday! The week before your trip, you will receive a packing list and weather report for the secret destination(s). The evening before or morning of your trip, you will receive an email from us disclosing the details of your trip (domestic).If you have booked an international mystery trip, you will receive the details of the trip a week before departure. Included in this email will be tour, activity, and food recommendations. If you have any questions, check the FAQ tab or send us an email! Travel well and travel often!


*pricing reflects bus/train/airplane tickets and accommadation 


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Budget travel 

Do you have your next trip planned? It's okay if you don't. Here at Penny and a Ticket we also offer budget travel. If you already have a location in mind, perfect! Simply email us ( the dates, destination, and departing airport (if you have a date range/season range, that works too). You will hear back from us with prices. If you do not have a destination in mind, email us what you look for in a destination and what type of a vacation you would like. We will do our research and get back to you with places we think you will enjoy and tenative prices*. We are searching flight deals around the clock both domestic and international. We look forward to helping you plan and book your next budget and affordable vacation! Travel well and travel often!

*no price is locked in until booked


Tour Packages

Affordable Amazon Rainforest


This pacakge includes roundtrip flights to Leticia, Colombia (Amazonas Region), accommodation either in the town or in the jungle, and the ability to visit 3 countries (Colombia, Peru, Brazil) in 1 day. With booking this package, you will receive a city guide to Leticia, Colombia complete with where to go and how to get there, Amazon Rainforest tours, what to eat, and travel tips (i.e. what to pack)! You will have all the information for traveling to this region of the Amazon Rainforest in one nice guide! 




* We went for 6 days and stayed 3 days in the town and 3 in the jungle lodge (pictured). We took a day trip to Puerto Nariño (indiginous comunities along the Amazon River, 5 stops in total) and to Santa Sofia indiginous community and had a tour of both the community and surrounding rainforest. We also took a boat to Peru for lunch and walked across the border to Brazil. Both are incredibly easy to do!


* We recommend going in the dry season (summer and fall). Depending on departure city, you may have an overnight layover in Bogotá. If you do, you will have a hotel room for the night with included shuttle service to the airport.


* During the dry season you may have to hike up the banks to the towns from the boat. It is moderate active level. 

If you are interested in the Amazon package, leave us your name, email, and any important information/requests! We will get back to you as soon as possible! You can also facebook message us or email us at


Affordable Cuba


We strive to accommodate US travelers to Cuba by complying with the federal government. We recommend our travelers travel under the "support of the Cuban people" category. We will book a full time tour schedule for you, using OFAC compliant tour companies. We will also send out a recommendation guide with locally ran eateries and bars. 


This package will include roundtrip flights to Havana, accommodations in a casa (essentially a room in someone's home, OFAC compliant), and a full itinerary of OFAC compliant tours. 


Our most recent Cuba trip itinerary example:

Day 1: arrival, late afternoon one on one tour with a college student 

Day 2: morning: Food tour, afternoon: Cuban Revolution tour

Day 3: morning: Historic City Centre tour, afternoon: Classic Vintage Car Ride tour

Day 4: departure in the morning


*all of the tours were through OFAC compliant companies 


If you are interested in a Cuba trip, leave us your name, email, and information about what you are wanting! We will get back to you as soon as possible! You can also facebook message us or email us at


Denver Getaway

In need of a getway to explore a new city, try new food, see new sights? We have the perfect one packaged for you! Our Denver pacakge inlcudes affordable flights, hostel downtown (all-girls or mixed dorm room based on preference) or budget hotel/bed and breakfast downtown, and a day trip to Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and Manitou Springs. Only have a weekend to spare? That's enough time to come and enjoy Denver! If you are interested, please complete the form, email us, or messafe us!



Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive my boarding pass for my flight?

If you booked a mystery trip which includes a flight, we will check you in for the departing flight and email you the boarding pass the evening before/morning of. You will have the information to check yourself in for the return flight. If you booked budget travel, we will send you the airline information as soon as it is booked. You will be responsible for checking yoursef in. 


Can my friends/family leave from a different departure city?

Yes, but the pricing may differ for them. 

How do I pay?

Both mystery trips and budget travel customers are emailed an invoice with the price. We give you the option of paying through Square or Paypal. Once the invoice is paid (there are payment plan options through paypal), we will book the tickets. However, we cannot promise the ticket prices will remain the same if the invoice is left upaid for a lengthy period. 

* There may be an exchange rate for those not paying in USD ($)

*Non-US customers must pay with Paypal.


Do you offer travel insurance?

Unfortunately we do not. However, if you would like travel insurance, we recommend Atlas Travel, Allianz, and World Nomads. If you booked a mystery trip and would like travel insurance, let us know and we can send you a quote. 

*Travel insurance is not required 

If I want to travel with my friends and family, will it be one charge?

If you are travelling with friends and family and would like to split the costs, simply let us know! We can split it for you and send seperate invoices. However, pricing may differ if travelling from different departure cities. 

What does the pricing include and exclude?

The pricing includes transportation (unless you selected by car) and accommodation. The price excludes everything else. However, we will send a list of recommendations for tours, activities, and food!

How soon can I book my travel?

You can book up to a week before you wish to depart! However, the later you wait to book, the higher prices are. We recommend booking 1-4 months out. 

How will I know what to pack for my mystery trip?

We will send you a packing list and weather report the week before your departure. 

If you're a budget company, why is my quoted price high?

We pride ourselves on budget travel. However, prices climb steeply around the holidays. The summer and weekends are also more expensive travel dates. During the more expensive travel periods, we still keep the price as low as possible. We want to make travel affordable for everyone!


Contact Us

For questions and inquiries you can reach us through the form below, email at, or facebook messenger on our facebook page.