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December Adventure Challenge at an All-Inclusive Resort (Tropical Island)

Let’s take the fun to a tropical island in December! Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we vacation at an all-inclusive resort at the Caribbean’s as a group? It would be 24/7 fun consisted all the meetup activities with only your imagination as the boundary! An all-inclusive resort typically provides unlimited alcoholic drink, unlimited fancy meals, beaches and the ocean, spa, Dance and Karaoke, a variety of land sports such as beach volleyball, tennis and golfing, and all you can think of water sports such as snorkeling, sailing, and kayaking. The island where the resort is located on also has attractions for day excursions to explore the local areas outside of the resort.
Please note: You will need a passport for this event.
Although the Meet and Greet is set at Dominick's in September, the actual event will be one week on a Tropical Island in December.

Here is how we will make it happen together! This event will be a three - stage process:
Stage 1: Gathering Interest (Define travel window + Group Size) 
If you are interested for an all-inclusive vacation to a Caribbean island/Mexico:
A. Please fill out your vacation time availability, and make sure to check all the days you might be available. The time period that is accommodating to all will be chosen to be booked. <------WE ARE NOW IN THIS STAGE
B. In early September, I will research for the best vacation package available for the chosen time frame, and provide the instruction of booking to the group. I will limit the price between $500 to $1000 for an all-inclusive resort that is 3 stars and/or above.

Stage 2: Book the vacation (Buy the vacation package + Meet & Greet)
A. Meet and Greet (1st meetup is scheduled at Dominick's): We will have a Meet and Greet event for mingling with all the people who are interested in this vacation. For people who will be attending solo, you could use this opportunity to secure your potential roommate. Tentative vacation spots will be provided to people to get feedback. All rates provided will be on a double-occupancy rate. You are of course welcome to book a room by yourself at a potentially higher rate.
B. Book the vacation: By mid-Sept, following confirmed information will be published and provided to the group: vacation package information such as the name and location of the resort, and flight information. Aside for updating the event info, I will also provide the instruction for booking, with an approximate time frame the deal will be good for. It is up to you to purchase the vacation package in time to have the group rate.
C. Please update your RSVP accordingly. New participants are welcome throughout the whole time till the day we leave for the resort. Just book the same resort for the same period the group is there for (rate might be different).

Stage 3: Travel and Have Fun (Vacation in December)
A. For people who can’t get a family member or friend to drop you off at the Airport, please arrange for carpool here so parking cost at the airport can be shared.
B. The vacation plan is to start off by occupying a huge section of the plane on the plane ride there, and then kick it off for a week at an all-inclusive resort: eat, drink, and play all we want on a tropical island! The bigger the group we have, the more fun it gets, and the more leverage we have over the travel companies to get a good deal on the money we pay for vacation package and local activities. 

This event will take place rain or shine! Oh wait, it is going to be at a Tropical island, so it will be warm, sunny, and shining the whole time we are there during December!



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is the updated meetup information with the price of vacation ($1047), travelling window from Dec 13 to Dec 20, 5 star resort, nonstop flight to Akumel Mexico. http://www.meetup.com/a2adventurers/events/141446382/

    September 21, 2013

  • Yelena

    Hi, Lois Li and everybody! I'm still with you (couldn't do the previous meeting because of football game).
    1) I'm not planning back to Jamaica and Mexico. all other places are good with me.
    2)When the next meeting of the group (5510 Jackson Rd.,plan B) is supposed to be?
    3) Magda's suggestion to Costa Rica for $1,100 (7 nights) seems to be reasonable.

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I went to the meet and greet yesterday. Lois said that anything around Xmas time would be around $2000. Most of us don't wanna spend that much money. Since i work full time I can only go during Xmas break in Dec.

    However, I see that a few people are interested in going on Thanksgiving weekend (Lois can't come on that weekend as she has school). All packages/deals are valid for that period. I and Gem are up for it. I am open to go on any island. I can take a couple of days off from work and make it a 6-7 day trip (flexible). Who else is interested? We will have to buy deals by the end of this week.

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      few deals end tomorrow. if anybody is interested then pls comment

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need to re-evaluate our date options. It looks like anytime before the 20th of December is within our budget of $1000. The last week of December, which most people have specified their availability for, is too expensive (in the $2000 range). So, unless a few of us can get together and agree on a date, there will unfortunately be no vacation.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How is everyone's thought on travelling between Dec 12 to Dec 19 for a week at the following location: http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-vista-sol-punta-cana-2?c=all&p=7
    For seven nights, it is $350.
    Details for flight that time frame is $600 per person.
    That would put us under $1000

    September 7, 2013

    • Magda

      I will know more about my schedule tomorrow. But I am not planning to go back to the Dominican Republic...

      September 8, 2013

    • Magda

      For $1,100 we could go to Costa Rica, for 7 nights, all inclusive resort, Dec 11 to Dec 18, pls follow this link for more info: https://www.livingsoci...­

      September 8, 2013

  • Pete K.

    Hi Lois,
    Thanks for putting together tonights meetup! i'm tied up at work and won't be able to make it. I 'm still in for the vacation and will look for next meeting.
    Cheers

    September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      NP! I will set another info session up.

      September 7, 2013

  • Jim K.

    Hi Lois. I'm so sorry, but I have to cancel for tonight. I'm still interested in the trip though. My vote is for a place where there is more to do than lay in the sun. A place where there are beaches sure, but something else too like rain forests, hills/mountains, etc. Being able to walk around freely and safely away from the resort would be nice.

    September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      NP! I will set another info session up!

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm here at the Banfield Westside Grill right now. If you are able to meet us here, great; if not, don't worry, I will set another event up for questions and concerns.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    People please meet us at the Banfield location, see address below. Call me if u r unsure!

    September 7, 2013

  • Yelena

    Hi, everybody,
    I can't attend "Meet and Greet" this afternoon because of the U of M game traffic! But I'm determined (for sure) to participate in our December Adventure to Tropical Island.
    So, send me, please, by E-mail, ALL possible information about the today's event and next meetings of the group.
    Thank you!
    Yelena.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Update for location ----- we are going with plan B - Banfield westside grill 5510 Jackson rd. This is our plan B.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks, just in case the traffic is worse than i thought and you are not able to make it to Dominicks. The alternative location is Banfield westside grill 5510 Jackson rd. This is our plan B.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those who will be attending tonight, the U of M game starts at 8pm. We will be meeting at 5pm which should not be running into game traffic just yet. Afterwards, if people are not in a hurry of heading back home, we can avoid the game traffic by catching a comedy show at 8pm, and drive home around 9:30pm which will avoid game traffic as well.

    September 7, 2013

    • Nana

      Hi Lois! Something's come up so my son and I can not make it this afternoon. Sorry about that. For more info to join the awesome event, we are avaialble from Nov.27 to Dec 1 and Dec 20 to Jan 5. Thank you for organizing great events all the time.

      September 7, 2013

  • Magda

    I will be at the Renaissance Festival on Saturday and I am afraid I will not be back in time for the meeting. I am somewhat flexible about the travel dates, and I would prefer not to go to the Dominican Republic since I was there last year.

    Below are some more travel options:

    - Barbados, all-inclusive resort, 8 nights, 12/15-12/23, $1,532.50, deal will expire in 2 days: https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/801232-all-inclusive-barbados-resort
    - Antigua, all-inclusive resort, 7 nights, 12/14-12/21, $1,293.50, deal will expire in 16 days: https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/813190-all-inclusive-antigua-resort
    - Cancun, all-inclusive resort, 6 nights, 12/14-12/20, $984, deal will expire in 12 days: https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/825982-all-inclusive-cancun-resort
    - Negril, Jamaica, B&B, 7 nights, 12/06-12/13, $858, deal will expire in 5 days: https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/795288-jamaica-inn

    September 5, 2013

    • Magda

      The price estimates above include airfare and are per person based on 2 people occupancy.

      I would love to see Costa Rica but I haven't seen any deals yet. Please keep me posted of the outcome of the meeting.

      Thank you, Lois, for planning this!

      1 · September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fantastic, Magda. Thanks for the information! I will make sure to present it to the group.

      September 6, 2013

  • Tom G.

    If I didn't have a couple of kids at home, I would be so into that...

    August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You are missing out, Tom! Maybe send them to their grandparents' for a week? :)

      1 · August 1, 2013

    • Jim S

      if i didn't have a job, i'd be so in. i'm so jealous.

      September 6, 2013

  • Jim K.

    Hello everyone. I vote for leaving on Weds Nov 27 or Thurs Nov 28. Thursday is Thanksgiving, so a lot of people have Thurs and Fri off from work.

    September 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanksgiving weekend works for me as well :)

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know most of us have specified travel windows. After a week of digging around, the end of December is quite expensive. Here is something for your consideration (travel window before Dec 16th) http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-vista-sol-punta-cana-2?c=all&p=7

    September 5, 2013

    • Gem

      I can do the weekend before the 16th plus Monday and Tuesday.

      September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Noted

      September 5, 2013

  • Jim K.

    Before Dec 16 is best for me.

    Have we considered the Turks and Caicos Islands or Costa Rica? I've heard great things about both. http://www.turksandcaicostourism.com/

    http://www.visitcostarica.com
    Rugged highlands are found throughout most of the country, ranging from approximately 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level). The Guanacaste Mountain Range, Central Mountain Range, and Talamanca Mountain Range are the main mountain ranges extending the entire length of the country. There are several active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano) and the country’s highest mountain (Chirripo Hill) with a height of 3,819 m/12,530 ft. The country has a relatively long coastline in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as a number of rivers and streams that attract specialist kayakers and rafters from all over the world.

    September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That looks very beautiful! Do you happen to know any vacation package info on them?

      September 5, 2013

  • Terri

    Robin and I cannot make this meeting but we are definitely interested in this trip. Just depends on whether we can swing it or not (cost/time). Please keep us in the loop!

    September 5, 2013

  • Nana

    Hi! My son and I will be late this Saturday. We will try to get there around 5:20 pm after my son's tennis lesson. See you then!

    September 4, 2013

  • julia

    interested in keeping in the loop for this but wont be able to make Saturday's meet and greet. Can you let me know where you are thinking of going??

    September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will do after we decide this Saturday!

      September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A last call for date availabilities, fellow adventurers. Starting next week, I will research our vacation spot based on the date info I have. If the people who haven't had a chance to provide their input but would like to, could do so over the weekend, that would be much appreciated!

    1 · August 31, 2013

    • Nana

      Hi Lois!! So sorry for not filling out my availability. My son and I had traveled around the U.S. and Canada during the summer. Plus, I did not know where I should fill out the vacation schedule. Is it okay to let you know my vacation schedule here? Our vacation will start from 20th Dec to 5th Jan. We may visit Floria in December though. Not sure if you guys are available in the first week of January. I hope you all do not consider us and just make a plan. If your dates suit ours, we will join you. If not, I am afraid to join you next time. Sorry again to let you know that this late and thank you for trying organizing great events as always!!! ;)

      September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info!

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am definitely interested in this, but won't know until closer to the date if I can make it depending on where I am working come December. I would likely know In October, but if you give me a date, I will try and make it happen ;)

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changed meeting time from 7pm to 5pm to avoid the game traffic this Saturday! Looking forward to seeing you all.

    September 3, 2013

  • Yelena

    Hi!
    1) My preferable time for this vacation is any period from 5th to 20th of December;
    2) I have no potential roommate and count to share double room with some person.

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dear adventurers, at your earliest convenience, please fill out the vacation schedule sheet on what dates you have available for the trip in December. As soon as I get all of your dates, I can then get some location and rates based on the common dates! Thank you.

    August 26, 2013

  • Yelena

    It seems to me to be TOO expensive for one-week vacation - I spend usually 10-12 days in Caribbean in December for $1500-$1600 with air (ALL INCLUSIVE). The nore should be DISCOUNT for the GROUP!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested. However $1500+air fare may be better. You get what you pay for.

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Depending on the package, it might be possible for room upgrade for a fee.

      August 25, 2013

  • Yelena

    Hi everybody!!! I'm so excited: I adore to spend some time in Caribbean each year in winter but I NEVER had a possibility to have a good company from the very beginning! It's great idea! So I'm with you!!!

    August 9, 2013

  • Nana

    Sounds awesome! May I join the event with my son? We both joined Trampoline Dodge ball last Saturday. Will it be a one-week vacation?

    August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And, yes, it is going to be a one-week vacation.

      August 1, 2013

    • Nana

      Cool!! Thank you Lois!!! :)

      August 1, 2013

  • Pete K.

    I am so in!

    August 1, 2013

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