What we're about

The name of the group is “Friends Travel With Friends 50+” . Most of the time we may refer to this group as simply Friends Travel With Friends.

Who We Are

We are seasoned (defined as Aged 50+) travelers who meet and greet to make friends; plan upcoming trips; share information about trips taken; experience new ethic foods; explore other cultures; share hot deals for travel opportunities; and find travel companions. If you are new to travel, learn from those who have gone before you. Don't be afraid to travel. You don't have to travel alone. Travel with us. We will travel near and far. Check out our many events already scheduled.

If you do not qualify for membership because you are not yet aged 50, know that you are still welcomed to join. It is important for you to know, though, that this group will focus on the travel of older adventurers.

We have many Meet Up Events listed. Please click “More Meetups” at the bottom of the list showing the first five events to see them all! You can host an event too. The more participation we have, the better this group will be.

Membership Policy

We are happy to have everyone join the group. The experiences within the group will be enriched by full participation by many. However, the Organizer reserves the right to drop individuals from the group for lack of participation, inappropriate behavior, 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 and Guidelines for Hosts policies and all subsequent future policies to be described on this page.

Cost of Becoming a Member

There is no set fee for membership in this Meetup group. The Organizer pays the required semi-annual Meetup dues to maintain the site and do the work to provide a variety of activities for the enjoyment of everybody. 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 with understanding when circumstances beyond control arise.

The Organizer has tried to list events that do not require her to collect money. Meetup Events will be presented that may require a fee for attendance. Members will be directed to pay those fees to third parties offering the travel/tour opportunity. (See further information in Guidelines for Event Hosts.)

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 next two days, otherwise, we will have no choice but to disallow your membership.”

Photos of pets and cute animals, cartoons, beautiful landscapes, flowers, 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.

The Organizer may disallow membership at any time even without the said notification outlined in the first paragraph of this section. If you are dropped for violation of the photo policy and subsequently are able to provide an acceptable photo, you may apply for membership again. Please understand that tracking compliance with this photo policy can become a time consuming administrative task. If you are dropped for violating this policy, it should not be taken personally. It is only fair that everybody comply equally.

Limitations on Use of Member Contact Information

This group is not made available by the Organizer for others to use for promoting interests outside 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 are may choose to participate in these trips or not.

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

Guidelines for Event Hosts

The Organizer will be seeking the help of others to act as Hosts/Hostesses for upcoming 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 of the Organizer. If you wish to host an event, please submit description of the event for review.

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

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, boating).

-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, on a very rare occasion, would be allowed to schedule events involving collection of money. This will be only on rare occasions and only when absolutely necessary to allow participation by all in the event. So far, the Organizer has not done this for her events. Any exchange of money by members, other than with the Organizer, is outside of the Friends Travel With Friends Meetup group and all risks are strictly assumed by the parties involved.

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 a Friends Travel With Friends 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 Friends Travel With Friends Meetup activity.

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2020 Pre-Registration is now available for SEVEN trips - NOT A MEETUP

This is an announcement of seven trips. This is NOT a Meetup! Hi Friends Travel With Friends Travelers, 2020 Pre-Registration is now available. I have made arrangements to coordinate groups for the below 2020 trips. If you are considering them, this note lets you know the advantages of pre-registration for these and any other Travel or Overseas Adventure Travel trips. Details about each of the trips and how to pre-register can be found on my website: https://friendstravelwithfriends.shutterfly.com/2020pre-registrationnow (Copy and paste this web address into your browser.) Be sure to read each of the two files associated with each trip. August 2020 - Ancient Egypt & the Nile River cruise tour (I probably will not be going in this tour.) May 2020 - Norwegian Fjords, Lapland and Finland Voyage (I am planning to go on this tour.) January 2020 - Inside Vietnam small group adventure (I have already been to twice so I won’t be going on this tour. However, three people are already signed up.) April 2020 - Northern Italy: The Alps, Dolomites and Lombardy small group adventure (I wish I could go on this tour, but will be going on the other tours indicated.) June 2020 - Romance of the Rhine and Mosel cruise tour – I will not be going on this tour. (Two people are already signed up for this.) July 2020 - Ultimate Africa small group adventure (I am planning to go on this tour.) November 2020 – Sicily’s Ancient Landscapes and Timeless Traditions small group adventure (I am planning to go on this tour.) Have fun traveling and remember to tell me about your registration for ANY Grand Circle Travel or Overseas Adventure Travel trip so that you can receive the Registration Bonus from me. I hope to see you some time soon. Marsha Davis - Contact me through the webpage if you want to talk.

2019 Untamed Iceland – Two Dates – July 2019 and October 2019

2019 Untamed Iceland – Two Dates – July and October 2019 Stykkisholmur, Akureyri, Selfoss Friends Travel with Friends has decided to join Overseas Adventure Travel in 2019 on the Untamed Iceland tour. Marsha is not going on this trip because she has already been on this tour. It is a fantastic adventure and there have been a lot of people requesting this trip. Learn more about this program online at: www.oattravel.com/ICE. The dates have just become available and we have selected two departures to accommodate different traveler needs. One date is in October, 2019 and the other is in July, 2019 The weather is colder, but not too cold and you have a chance to see the Northern Lights The July date is good for those people who want to go to see the beautiful country during warmer climate. Please note the different pricing and dates whether you go in October or July. Learn more about this program online at: www.oattravel.com/ICE. You can also sign up for another date if that works better for you. Call OAT and let them know you are signing up under my Group Code. Then let me know that you signed up. DATES If you are going in October - Departs US on: October 2, 2019 Returning to US on: October 14, 2019 PRICING Main Tour: Starting from $4695 Airfare from Raleigh (RDU): $1160 per person You can arrange your own air or have OAT customize your air. There are no pre-trip or post-trip options for this tour date. DATES – If you are going in July - Departs US on: July 8, 2019 Returning to US on: July 20, 2019 PRICING Main Tour: Starting from $5495 Airfare from Raleigh (RDU): $1360 per person. You can arrange your own air or have OAT customize your air. There are no pre-trip or post-trip options for this tour date. To register please proceed as follows: 1) Call Overseas Adventure Travel Reservations[masked]) Mention Group Code: G[masked]) Mention that you want to confirm space for Untamed Iceland in 2019 with the Friends Travel with Friends 4) Deposit is $350 per person: This deposit is 100% refundable for up to 14 days from when the traveler converts their pre-reservation to an actual reservation. If you want to talk to me about this trip, call[masked] or send an e-mail to [masked]. Thank you, Marsha Davis

2019 The Stans of Central Asia: Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan - October 2019

Come join Friends Travel With Friends on the Silk Road More information on the website https://friendstravelwithfriends.shutterfly.com/thestanspage-2019 2019 The Stans of Central Asia: Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Ashgabat, Nukus, Khiva, • Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan—7 nights • Tajikistan: Khujand & Dushanbe—6 nights • Tajikistan: Khujand & Dushanbe—7 nights Friends Travel With Friends has decided to join Overseas Adventure Travel in 2019 on a tour to The Central Asia Silk Road. Learn more about this program online at: www.oattravel.com/SLK. THERE ARE TWO DEPARTURE DATES FOR THIS TRIP: OCTOBER 10, 2019 AND OCTOBER 17, 2019. You can choose either of the groups. There are only double rooms available for the October 17 departure. You can request roommate match if you do not already have a roommate. There is one single room availablefor the October 10 departure only. Once that is gone, only double rooms will be available. ================= DATES FOR THE OCTOBER 17 TRIP Tajikistan Pre-Trip extension departs US on: October 12, 2019 *Pre trip is required for this date* Departs US on: October 17, 2019 Returning to US on: November 3, 2019 Kyryzstan Post-Trip extension returning to US on: November 10, 2019 *Post trip is required for this date* ================= DATES FOR THE OCTOBER 10 TRIP Tajikistan Pre-Trip extension departs US on: October 5, 2019 *Pre trip is required for this date* Departs US on: October 10, 2019 Returning to US on: October 27, 2019 Kyrgyzstan Post-Trip extension returning to US on: November 3, 2019 *Post trip is available but not required for this date. ================= PRICING FOR BOTH TRIPS Tajikistan Pre-Trip extension: $2395 per person *Pre trip is required for both departure dates. Main Tour: $5395. Airfare from Raleigh (RDU): $1790 per person You can make your own air arrangements or have OAT customize you air to meet your needs (different departure/arrival city), including upgrading your air travel. Kyrgyzstan Post-Trip extension: $2595 per person *Post-trip is required for the October 17 Main departure trip. However, it is offered but not required on the October 10 Main departure trip.* You can also sign up for another date to get a single room if that works for you. Just call OAT and tell them to use my Group Number. Then call and let me know. ======================== See www.oattravel.com/TPP for details on the optional Travel Protection coverage. To register for either trip, please proceed as follows: 1) Call Overseas Adventure Travel Reservations[masked]) Mention Group Code: G[masked]) Mention that you want to confirm space for The Central Asia Silk Road in 2019 with the Friends Travel With Friends 4) Deposit was $350 per person: This deposit is 100% refundable for up to 14 days from when the traveler registers. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marsha Davis at [masked] or[masked]

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