What we're about

The name of this group is “Active Friends Travel With Friends of The World."

Who We Are

We are a fun and friendly group of passionate budget minded travel enthusiasts. Our group provides the opportunity for you to travel with friends whether it is a day trip, weekend getaways, cruises or local and international travel. Besides trips, we offer a variety of local activities that include visits to museums, wineries, top rated restaurants, theatres, embassies, ethnic dining, unique cultural activities and so much more. This group is good for all ages and there is something for everyone. We do not care whether you are a junior, senior or retired. Our only requirement is that you come with a good attitude and a desire to explore new adventures and new experiences while building lasting friendships. Do not let not having a roommate stop you from traveling. Join our group and we will help you to find a roommate so as to avoid that terrible single supplement:

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This meetup group was not created for the benefit of any travel professionals to use to further their business. Therefore these individuals are barred from organizing or hosting any events within this meetup group. Check out our many events already scheduled. As a new Meetup group, we are looking for volunteer hosts to host events. Please contact the organizer if you are willing to host an event. The more volunteer hosts we have to host events, the more participation we will have from the members and the more successful this meetup group will be. We need your help, participation and contribution to make this , your meetup group, a fun and exciting group to belong to.

Membership Policy

We are happy to have everyone join the group regardless of your age, nationality or religious affiliations. The experiences within the group will be enriched by full participation by many. However, the Organizer reserves the right to remove individuals from the group for lack of participation, inappropriate behavior (harassment, abuse, disrespect etc. of any member/organizer) and actions not in the best interests of the group. That decision will be made by the Organizer. Additionally, new members must abide by the Cost of Becoming a Member, Photo, Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information, Liability Waiver, Comment Guidelines and Guidelines for Hosts policies and all subsequent future policies to be described on this page.

Cost of Becoming a Member

Currently, there is no charge for membership in this Meetup group. The Organizer pays the required semi-annual Meetup dues to maintain the site and do the many detailed work to provide a a variety of activities for the enjoyment of everybody. As a volunteer, the Organizer will plan and execute the details of group events as best as can be done. However, some circumstances may develop that are beyond her control. Good members will appreciate those efforts and show understanding with a good attitude when circumstances beyond her control arise.

Photo Policy

For consistency, new members failing to submit a photo of himself or herself may be sent the following message:

“We are happy that you have joined our travel group. In order to continue to be a part of this group, it is mandatory that you upload a current profile photo of yourself so that all members of this group can see who will be joining them on these events (in all fairness to the other members who have uploaded their photos). Please do so within the few two days, otherwise, we will have no choice but to disallow your membership.”

Photos of cute animals, cartoons, beautiful landscapes, flowers, objects etc. are not acceptable photographs. Photos prior to an event really do help when groups gather to verify that those who have indicated the desire to participate in an event have shown up.

Members dropped as a result of non-compliance with the photo policy may submit a photo and resubmit their request for membership.

Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information

This group is not made available by the Organizer for others to use for promoting their interests outside of this group.

The main purpose of this Meetup group is to bring people together who have a passion for travel to share their travel stories and develop deep friendships that might result in them traveling together individually or within a scheduled group. The Organizer will offer travel opportunities for the group - both near and far. Members may choose to participate in these trips/events or not.

This Meetup is not provided for professional travel agents, other travel professionals or members to solicit business among Members. Please refrain from using the Meetup and its members solely for solicitation. Professionals and members may participate in events, but must refrain from doing so just to “sell” products.

If the Organizer becomes aware of anyone violating this policy, they will be removed from the group.

Guidelines for use of Conversation/Comment Section Within an Event

The conversation section of an event is to be used by members/organizer to share information about that event that will benefit the members attending that event. If you need to communicate any information to just one individual, it is recommended that you contact that member directly through their profile. Since this is a public website, it is recommended that no personal information such as phone numbers/home addresses be included in this section. We do not need to know your personal reasons why you cannot attend an event. A simple respond YES or NO is sufficient.

The conversation section is also used by members to show appreciation to the volunteer event host/organizer after an event has concluded. We welcome your positive feedback as an encouragement to the volunteer host/organizer for putting on these events for your enjoyment. It takes a lot of time and energy to plan, organize, coordinate and manage these events. Good members will recognize and appreciate these efforts..

The conversation section of an event is NOT to be used as a sound board or a gripe session. Any comments of this nature will be deleted. If you have a personal concern, you should direct it privately to the individual involved and not burden the rest of the members with something that does not concern them. Failure to abide by the comment guidelines might be cause to be removed from this meetup group without further notice.

Guidelines for Event Hosts

The Organizer encourages members to volunteer to host Meetup events. Please volunteer if you think you can provide that service for the benefit of the group.

There may be times people will volunteer to host events. Such events must be submitted for review/approval by the Organizer. If you wish to host an event, please submit a description of the event for review to include type of event, date, time, location, cost (if any), number of participants etc.

1) All events must be submitted to me and be approved by me, the Organizer before being posted.

2) The Organizer reserves the right to delete events deemed not appropriate. These include, but are not limited to:

-Unapproved Parties in private homes.

-High risk activities (e.g., rock climbing, sky diving, bungee jumping etc.).

-Advertisements posted by travel and other professionals masquerading as Meetups.

-Events promoting one’s personal business for personal gain.

-Events requiring members to pay any kind of money to Event Hosts. Some events may require a fee. Members may pay a fee to a third party. For example, member will buy food at a restaurant; member will buy ticket to an event; or member will pay deposit or tour fee to a professional tour company, as examples. (See Item 3 below.)

-Events cross posted from other Meetup groups by Event Hosts unless approved by Organizer of the other Meetup group and this Meetup group.

-Meetups that automatically repeat.

-Meetups with absentee Event Hosts or with none or vague info as to how to find the Event Host & group.

3) Meetup does not allow Event Hosts to collect money through Meetup. Furthermore, the Organizer prohibits offline payments to Event Hosts. Only the Organizer is allowed to schedule events involving collection of money. Any exchange of money by members, other than with the Organizer, is outside of the Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World Meetup group and all risks are strictly assumed by the parties involved.

4) Event Hosts are prohibited from scheduling group trips (beyond day trips) without the Organizer's approval. The organizer understands that there are so many exciting places out there to visit and she cannot possible go everywhere. Members are encouraged to bring their ideas of places they would like to visit and if they are willing to act as host, within the guidelines established by the organizer, they may be granted permission to host a group trip to someplace they would love to go. Please contact the organizer directly with the details of your trip before you book it.

Hosts will be expected to answer questions posed by those interested in the event, to greet event attendees, as possible, and to make all attendees feel welcome to the event. Hosts must alert the Organizer of any concerns about the conduct of the Meetup event and its participants, especially the failure by any Member to abide by the conduct expected and outlined in the Liability Waiver section.

Liability Waiver

I am happy to have you join us on our Meetup events. By signing up for an Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World event you are agreeing to the terms of the Liability Waiver in the Pages section of this Meetup and will conduct yourself in a way that is mindful and considerate of the health, safety, and welfare of yourself and other participants in the Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World Meetup activity.

Upcoming events (5)

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL - VIRTUAL OPENING CEREMONY

START THE FESTIVAL SEASON WITH US!
OPENING CEREMONY
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JAPAN FOUNDATION

The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature Opening Ceremony, an artistic celebration of the 1912 gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C., and an annual tribute to the longstanding friendship between Japan and the United States, will be live streamed on Saturday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Co-hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, and ABC 7’s Michelle Marsh, and co-presented by The Japan Foundation, the Opening Ceremony will feature special performances from acclaimed artists with ties to both countries.

Access to the Opening Ceremony live stream is free, and registration is required. Reserve your virtual seat today at:
https://bit.ly/3uJaZ4r

KENWOOD CHERRY BLOSSOM WALK

Kenwood

**MANDATORY MASK WEARING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED**

The National Cherry Blossom Festival marks the artistic celebration of the 1912 gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, D.C., and an annual tribute to the longstanding friendship between Japan and the United States.

The blooms vary from year to year depending on weather conditions but generally peak somewhere between the 3rd week of March and the 2nd week of April.

On March 1, The National Park Service predicted this year’s peak bloom period as April 2 – April 5, 2021.

Cherry blossom trees bloom in five stages. Stage one, green color in buds, happens late February / early March. Stage two, florets typically become visible in early to mid March. That point marks an average of 16-21 days remaining for stages three and four before reaching stage five, peak bloom.
Stages of Cherry Blossom Blooms:
1. Green color in buds
2. Florets Visible
3. Extension of Florets
4. Peduncle Elongation
5. Puffy White

Instead of fighting the crowds around the Tidal Basin, let's head over to
the Kenwood neighborhood to view these beautiful blossoming cherry trees and walk along the Capital Crescent Trail for about a 2 mile loop.

RECOMMENDED PARKING:
You will not be able to park on the neighborhood streets in Kenwood but if you drive over to Somerset neighborhood, residential street parking is allowed.

Directions:
From 495, exit Little River Parkway, left on Dorset Avenue. Follow Dorset Avenue until you reach Little River Falls Road. Cross over LRFRoad and you are in the Somerset neighborhood. Park wherever you can find a space.

Meeting Point: Capital Crescent Trail and Dorsey Ave at 10AM. If you miss us, just proceed on your own and enjoy the cherry trees and walk.

2021 PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW

FDR PARK

2021 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
HABITAT: Nature’s Masterpiece

The region’s most looked to gardening attraction will move outdoors for the first time, making this a history-making, once-in-a-lifetime experience that will incorporate the beautiful, lush landscapes of FDR Park in Philadelphia. The 2021 Flower Show invites you to a spectacular new presentation of all-new displays, activities for gardeners, plant enthusiasts and design aficionados.

The Show’s theme, “HABITAT: Nature’s Masterpiece” will explore the beauty of life through nature’s kaleidoscopic lens. Visitors should be ready to see exceptional beauty, learn from a diverse line-up of designers and leading horticulturalists and enter a new gardener-centric experience that invites everyone at all skill levels to nurture a lifelong connection to plants and gardening.

Ticket Prices
Adults: $45
Young Friend (18-29): $30
Child (5-17): $20

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://www.showclix.com/event/philadelphia-flower-show-2021
Tickets are limited due to social distance protocols, so we do recommend purchasing early. Reserve your ticket for the 10AM to 2PM time slot.

GETTING THERE:
It is each person's responsibility to get themself to the event; carpooling is highly recommended. Drivers, please make a note in the comment section if you can take a passenger or two and your pickup location. Passengers, please be considerate of your driver and offer to pay for gas/parking/tolls etc.

9 Days Canada Tour: Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, Montreal w/Niagara Falls - 7/2/2021

CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY IN CANADA -
JULY 2, 2021 TO JULY 10, 2021

9 DAYS CANADA ESCORTED TOUR to TORONTO, OTTAWA, QUEBEC, MONTREAL AND NIAGARA FALLS

Package Includes:
8 nights accommodations
2 nights Toronto
2 nights Ottawa
2 nights Quebec City
2 nights Montreal
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features
Explore Toronto with its glistening skyline, Ontario’s dynamic capital
A thrilling boat ride takes you to the foot of Niagara Falls
From the shores of the majestic St. Lawrence River, a delightful cruise to the 1,000 Islands with views of Boldt Castle
Ottawa, capital city of Canada, a cosmopolitan city based on the Ottawa River
Savor lunch at an authentic Sugar Shack - indulge your sweet tooth with delicious maple products
Discover delightful Quebec City, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Travel to Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, a captivating blend of old and new
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Double Land tour only: $2289 per person up to 12/17/20
Single Land tour Only: $[masked] up to 12/17/20
Prices subject to change; not guaranteed until booked.

Airfare price not yet available.....or BOOK ON YOUR OWN
NOTE: Tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.

Deposit Required (land tour only): $200/pp non-refundable;

Final Payment Date: 4/2/2021

VISA REQUIREMENT: check www.cibtvisas.com
A valid US passport good for 6 months after departure date is needed for US Citizens.

HOW TO GET BOOKED AS PART OF THIS GROUP:
Email me, the organizer and coordinator of this trip, at [masked] the following information:

1) Your full name as it appears in your passport
2) Your mailing address
3) Your telephone number
4) Your email address
5) Your date of birth
6) Your passport number & expiration dates
7) Type of room needed (single or double). If double, provide the same information for your roommate as both of you will need to book at the same time.
8) Signed credit card authorization for deposit (will email to you when I receive items 1-7)

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