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+)

HAPPY HOUR - MIX AND MINGLE

Lebanese Taverna

PLEASE MARK THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR. LEBANESE TAVERNA, MCLEAN, VA This is our first Happy Hour of the Year. Let's come on out and celebrate the New Year and share your travel plans for 2019! Come out and mix and mingle with your travel friends and find out about upcoming trips and the many events we have scheduled so far.... I encourage those signed up for trips to come out n meet your travel mates. For those not yet signed up for any trips, come on out n get inspired for future trips n share your travel stories. All are welcome! Looking for a good place right off the beltway to have our happy hour. Must have seating for our group, not noisy and ample parking. If you have any recommendations, please let me know....preferable someplace close to Tyson Corner.

New African Film Festival

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Save the date. More information to follow.

2019 Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show

Washington DC Convention Center

America's favorite travel show returns to Washington D.C. on March 16th and 17th. Take advantage of this exclusive deal and explore thousands of vacation options all under one roof! For Today Only, Get 2 D.C. Travel & Adventure Show tickets for the price of 1 with Promo Code: THANKYOU19 Don't miss your chance to meet top travel celebrities, destination experts and save BIG on your next vacation. Click below to take advantage of this limited time offer, ending at 11:59 pm TODAY 11/27/18! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-washington-dc-travel-adventure-show-tickets-50284869398?discount=THANKYOU19&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67788993&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-82aWZMf7OdoL_htVPFMv3RSRiKJ10gAT7eJpJkA-PN7B_XMUIymcuDojukvnj_6Z41mZhlukhllzxC4pjtEJz0OH8RxA&_hsmi=67788993#tickets Description **Show Hours** Saturday, March 16: 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, March 17: 11:00am-4:00pm At America’s Favorite Travel Show, you’ll: Explore endless vacation options Discover over 200+ destinations from around the globe Plan your trip face-to-face with thousands of travel experts Meet travel celebrities Samantha Brown, Andrew McCarthy, and Peter Greenberg Attend dozens of educational seminars on the Savvy and Destination Theaters Immerse yourself in faraway cultures with song and dance on the Global Beats Stage Enjoy fun for the whole family with virtual reality experiences and Segway rides Plus, save big with exclusive show-only specials and giveaways The best part? All of this is included with your ticket. Make the first stop on your next trip the Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show – buy your tickets today! For more information, visit TravelShows.com All sales final. No refunds of ticket costs or service fees. Solicitation of show exhibitors is strictly prohibited. FAQs Where do I enter my promo code? If you have a valid promo code, click 'Enter Promotional Code' on the ticket selection screen BEFORE selecting your tickets. Click here to see example. If your code still doesn't work, please contact [masked] for assistance. Where do I find the list of speakers and travel seminars schedule? Click here for the most up-to-date information What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? For parking and transporation information, click here How do I update my registration information or transfer my ticket to another person? Click here to see how to update your registration information or transfer your ticket to another person Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? You must bring your ticket to the event. Tickets may be printed or displayed on your mobile device (in the Eventbrite app). What is the refund policy? All sales are final. There are no refunds of ticket costs or service fees. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? [masked]

7 DAYS GET AWAY TO BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL COSTA RICA - 3/30/2019 to 4/5/2019

Dulles International Airport

If you missed the last trip in November 2018 to Costa Rica like I did, here is another opportunity for you to explore this beautiful country with me. As far as Central American countries go, there are few that can boast the beauty and majesty of Costa Rica. The word itself is Spanish for “rich coast”, and the lush vegetation and tropical paradise that surround you at every step while in this beautiful country is testament to the definition. Boasting a dizzying array of landscapes from volcanoes, tropical and temperate forests, rain forests, beaches along both the Caribbean and Pacific, marshes, mountains, and more, Costa Rica is an action-packed destination for any level of traveler. With so much to do in every corner of this country boredom will never come! Probably the most popular destination on the planet for eco-tourists specifically due to the diversity of plant and animal life, it has been estimated by experts that the country contains as much a 6% of the entire world’s plant and animal life. In addition, the Costa Rican way of life has been described as one of the most relaxed on the planet, rivaling that of the Mediterranean coastal regions of Italy and Greece. For the ultimate Central American experience, Costa Rica is hands-down the grand finale. Escorted Package Includes: 6 nights accommodations: 2 nights San Jose 2 nights Arenal 2 nights Monteverde Hotel porterage; All transfers 9 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout Entrance fees per itinerary Special Features Tour downtown San Jose enjoying its many historical & architectural jewels. Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest Experience a traditional Costa Rican Coffee Farm, followed by a Chocolate Tour Is This Trip Right for You? This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect up to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Transferring between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions. COST AS OF 12/25/18 (subject to change based on the time of booking): Land Only $849/per person Land & Air from DCA/IAD $xxx per person Single Occupancy: Land Only $[masked]; Land & Air from DCA/IAD $xxx BOOK BY 12/29/18 AND SAVE $270/PP OFF LAND PRICE. You do have the option to just book the land tour only now to lock in the land rate and book the airfare later with the tour company or on your own. If you book the air with the tour company, cost is based on the time of booking and full payment of the airfare is required at that time in order to purchase the ticket. Ground transfers from airport to hotel as well as hotel to airport is included if airfare is purchased from the tour company. If you book the airfare on your own, ground transfers may still be purchased from the tour company per costs listed below. DEPOSIT: A low non-refundable deposit of $200/pp is required to secure your land only reservation. FINAL PAYMENT DATE: JANUARY 29, 2019 HOW TO GET BOOKED TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS GROUP TRIP: Please email the following information to me at [masked]. If you need a roommate and don't have your own, please use the conversation section of this event to request one: All questions pertaining to this trip should be directed to me, the organizer and coordinator of this trip. 1) Your full name as it appears in your passport 2) Your home address 3) Your email address 4) Your phone number 5) Your date of birth 6) Your passport info (number, issue & expiration dates) 7) Type of room needed (single or double) If double, please provide your roommate info or use the conversation section of this event to request one if you don’t have your own. Both individuals must book at the same time…. 8) Signed credit card authorization (will email to you when I receive items 1-7) PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT Participants in this event should note the Liability Waiver in the PAGES section of this Meetup group. Please read it carefully. Members of this group are expected to conduct themselves in a way that is mindful and considerate of the health, safety, and welfare of themselves and other participants in any Active Friends Travel With Friends of the World Meetup activity. It is understood that you have voluntarily chosen to participate in this activity by your own free will. By joining this group, you agree to the Liability Waiver in the Pages section of this Meetup group. VISA REQUIREMENT: Check https://cibtvisas.com/ DETAILED ITINERARY: DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Costa Rica Depart for Costa Rica. Arrive in San Jose and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager Overnight: San Jose DAY 2, Wednesday - Travel to Arenal Today, take a brief panoramic tour of San Jose, with sights of the city including historic & government buildings and La Sabana, the public park. Next, depart for Arenal, enjoying the views of coffee and sugarcane plantations along the way. En route stop in Sarchi, an artisan town, where traditional colorful oxcarts and souvenirs can be found. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school on the way to Arenal. Later this evening after checking into your hotel, join the group for dinner at a local restaurant in Arenal Overnight: Arenal Meals: Breakfast, Dinner DAY 3, Thursday - Full Day in Arenal Enjoy a full day at leisure in Arenal, famous for the Arenal Volcano. As Costa Rica's youngest volcano, it gained international notoriety in 1968 for its sudden eruption. Perhaps, spend the day on the optional full day Cano Negro Boat Tour to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Tonight, enjoy an optional evening at the renowned Eco Termales Hot Springs that includes a dinner Optional: Full Day Cano Negro Boat Tour Optional: EcoTermales Hot Springs with Dinner (PM) Overnight: Arenal Meals: Breakfast DAY 4, Friday - Arenal National Park, Travel to Monteverde In the morning, embark on a brisk 2 mile walking tour of the Las Coladas trail in Arenal National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna while enjoying scenic views of the volcano. At the end of the trail, you may choose to participate in a rugged hike over the ancient lava rocks before continuing to Monteverde. Stop for lunch on your own en route to Monteverde; time permitting a guided walking tour acquaints you with the lovely surroundings Overnight: Monteverde Meals: Breakfast DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Monteverde Enjoy this morning at leisure, or choose to participate in one of the optional tours including the Selvatura Canopy and Hanging Bridges adventures. This stunning Cloud Forest boasts an extraordinarily diverse ecosystem, being home to 120 species of reptiles and amphibians, 130 species of mammals, and an astounding 500 species of birds, not to mention more than 3,000 species of plants. This afternoon enjoy lunch and a tour of a traditional Costa Rican coffee farm. Learn about how one of Costa Rica's top exports is grown in this tropical region and its importance in the socioeconomic development of the country Tonight, dine at a local Monteverde restaurant Optional: Selvatura Canopy Tour (AM)* Optional: Selvatura Hanging Bridges (AM)* Overnight: Monteverde Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner *Passengers can participate in both optional tours if desired DAY 6, Sunday - Travel to San Jose Today, travel back to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Perhaps explore the city independently and try one of over 50 restaurants, bars, night clubs, art galleries and museums or consider stopping at some of the various local stores to pick up souvenirs Overnight: San Jose Meals: Breakfast DAY 7, Monday - Depart Costa Rica Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast GROUND TRANSPORTATION: If you book the airfare from the tour company, your ground transportation is included. If you purchase your airfare on your own, you may still purchase the ground transfers from the tour company as follows or take a taxi back and forth: Airport to Hotel $44.2 Hotel to Airport $40.3 Please note that the 1st and last days of the tour are your travel days. You will depart your home city on 3/30/19 and must arrive in San Jose on 3/30/19. You will depart San Jose on 4/5/19 for the USA. You may arrive and depart anytime on those dates as you wish, however, there's an info mtg. around 6PM on 3/30/19 at the hotel with the tour guide.

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