GEMS KICKOFF - Road Trip to Austin!

GEMS, let's get together for our very 1st road trip. I have heard your interests so let's make it happen and celebrate past and upcoming birthdays, Let's hit the road after work on Friday and enjoy what Austin has to offer.

Tentative Schedule Ideas:

Friday night: Dinner, Boat Cruise, Live Music

Saturday: Brunch, Tour of the Capital bldg, sightseeing, Dinner, Live Blues/Jazz at The Brass House

Sunday: Hotel light breakfast, Lunch at the Domain shopping strip, Round Rock Premium Outlet shopping, Wine tasting.....head back home

Let's create a travel bucket to include $100pp, which will cover rental car, gas, hotel, valet/parking fees. Food and activities will be purchased individually. This will make things simple

Looking forward to traveling with you soon! :-)

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  • Bina S.

    You ladies look like you had a blast! I'm jealous...lol! Can't wait to go on the next trip. My vote is New Orleans - Essence festival!!!

    3 · May 4, 2014

    • Trina

      Hey Bina! I will keep you posted about Essence festival :)

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • sundra m.

    Hope u girls had fun! I will join u next time! Had to work this time. Great idea. Let's go to the Essence Festival together!

    4 · May 4, 2014

    • Trina

      We should I will keep you posted @ sundar

      May 4, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Had a mishap at rental car location. Clubhouse is open. Be there by 205p to load cars. My apologies

    May 2, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Expected weather....highs upper 80s, nights lower 50s. No expected rain. Dont try and be too cute at night , bc I'm not sharing my jacket....bring your own....lol.

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Expected arrival for non drivers is 145p. We will depart at 2pm sharp, unless otherwise informed. Meetup location is on our GEM website

    May 1, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Any last minute questions, please call me at 214.336.2121. For all trip details visit our GEM website at www.girlsenmotion.yolasite.com

    May 1, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Website updated: http://girlsenmotion.yolasite.com/

    View full Austin itinerary on the new site I have designed specifically for our travels.

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Please complete the poll for the Austin roadtrip. Your opinion matters.
    http://www.meetup.com/TravelingGEMS/polls/1060962/

    April 25, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Poll votes are still needed......please vote. Voting will close at Noon on Friday

    April 24, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Email has been sent, and suggestions are encouraged.

    April 22, 2014

  • Sonya C.

    Hi! Did you all take care of room assignments at brunch Saturday?

    April 21, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      No. But feel free to email me with your preferences

      April 21, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    $75 remaining deposit due no later than Friday, April 25th. Your $100 will cover the following: Hotel, Rental, Gas, Parking/Valet (based on 4 occupants per room/car).

    April 15, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    AUSTIN UPDATE: We have 2 opennings left. If interested in adding on a guest, please note that a $25 deposit will be required at that time.

    Agenda is well under way. As previously discussed, please send me ideas/suggestions of things that you would like to do in Austin, in an effort for me to incorporate into this weekend get-a-way. What are your interests? If suggestions are not provided to me, I will assume that you are OK with whatever is decided. I have a few things planned to accommodate everyone, so you won't be disappointed....promise!

    April 10, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    8 deposits received. Still awaiting 4 more. As stated, deposits received will guarantee space, NOT RSVP. You will be notified by tomorrow, 4/2 if we have room for others. At that time, you can invite your guest(s) of choice.

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Kim J

      Confirming that my deposit has been received. Thanks

      April 5, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Yes ma'am. I have received the $25 deposit and have it posted on the financial calendar

      April 5, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Due to feedback from members, this trip was designed to be affordable and fun. Therefore, I'm hopeful that the 3 star hotel accommodations does not offend you. Our time will be spent out seeing and touring the city, not inside of the room. But, by all means, if you are a little "bougier" than others, you are welcomed to make your accommodations elsewhere. Just let me know in advance before I make room assignments. Thanks for your active participation! :-)

    4 · April 3, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Trip deposit is due TODAY, 4/1. For those that have paid, your updates have been added to the GEM's spreadsheet under financials. I am still pending a few others. For those that have not made deposits, you will need to do so ASAP! If you are having financial difficulties, please contact me directly, and we will try and work something out! :-)

    April 1, 2014

  • Curtesa

    I will not be able to make it today. Sorry for the last minute notice.

    March 31, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    $25 deposits are due by tomorrow, April 1. I will be available in person today at 5pm, at Cyclone Anaya. Remaining $75 is due by April 25th. Hotel has been purchased, and we are set to go. Rental will be purchased upon receipt of additional monies. Please note, there is still room, so if you have a friend you would like to bring, just let me know. You are not counted until deposit is in hand. Thanks

    March 31, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    For those still needing to secure your $25 deposit by April 1, remember, you can pay directly through Chase Epay, or PayPal @ [masked].

    Only those with secured deposits will be confirmed/counted. REMEMBER: You all asked for a roadtrip, and it was scheduled. Therefore, 2 more drivers are needed....don't all volunteer at once :-)

    March 24, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    REMEMBER: 2 more drivers needed. We will secure 3 vehicles and 3 rooms. Space available for 2 more. $25 due by April 1, no exceptions

    March 23, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Still awaiting votes for Austin accommodations.....so far the hotel is in the lead. Voting will close Sunday at 5

    March 22, 2014

    • Curtesa

      I vote for hotel.

      1 · March 22, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Looks like hotel wins. I will book rooms on Tuesday, April 1 after all deposits are in and secured

      March 22, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Response needed.... Rental home or Hotel? Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath near Lake Travis home originally $1400 will be provide at $1000. Or I can book 2 hotel rooms at about $80/ night to be split amongst 4ppl. Option 1 house : about $150pp includes car rental and gas
    Option 2 hotel: about $100pp includes car rental and gas

    p.s. I will cover any addt'l expenses as it relates to Option #1. All numbers are based on 8 occupants.
    Option #1=$1200 total ($1000 for rental, $200 for car and gas)
    Option #2=$800 total ($300 for hotel, $500 for car and gas and extra activities)

    March 21, 2014

    • Adesuwa

      I vote for hotel

      1 · March 21, 2014

    • richelle

      I vote for hotel as well since its only two nights.

      1 · March 22, 2014

  • Bina S.

    Would love to join you ladies but I have to work that weekend! : (

    March 18, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Awwww....we will plan another getaway soon. Hmmm.....maybe San Antonio next time

      March 22, 2014

  • Erika C.

    I forgot my parents will be in town that weekend. I won't be able to go

    March 21, 2014

    • Shaniqua E.

      Awwww. Well family first. We will try and plan another road trip soon. :-)

      March 21, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Curtessa, thanks so much for making your deposit. Your space has been secured

    March 20, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    April 1 - $25 Austin deposit and $50 D.C. deposit due

    March 18, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Please pay close attention to departure time of 3pm on Friday. Therefore if you are like me, I will need to depart work early. Meetup location will be discussed at a later date. Ps.... I will need a volunteer drive for vehicle #2. I can pick you up from Dallas area at 2pm to ride together and I can park my vehicle overnight in the Park and Ride at $6/day. Any takers?

    March 17, 2014

  • Shaniqua E.

    Hey GEMS! Looks like there is interest. Remember, I will cap this trip at 8, to include 4 people per room, and 4 people per rental car. If you have a friend you would like to invite, they are welcomed as well, as long as they have payment.

    I will need a secured deposit of $25 no later than Tuesday 4/1 to secure space. I am thinking it may be best to give $100pp to go into the Trip bucket, and all travel monies will be used accordingly (i.e. rental car, hotel, gas, valet/parking fees, etc.). All leftovers, if any, will be split amongst travelers.

    Tentative Trip Calculation, based on 4 occupants:
    $25/day - Rental ($50 total - 2 days)
    $75/day - Hotel ($150 total - 2 days)
    $200 total/4 people = $50

    March 16, 2014

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