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Talk Travel - Pole to Pole
This month we will hear stories of traveling to the poles - North and South. Few travelers have journeyed to a pole, let alone both. But Eric Lillstrom has. This year, he also did a subpolar trip crossing the Greenland icecap. At this meetup, discover the different ways to travel to the poles and what the differences/similarities are between them. Whether extreme frontiers are on your bucket list or not, this talk is sure to inspire even armchair adventurers. This is a free event, however, we ask those attending to donate $3 - $5 to cover meetup costs and to buy the speaker a drink. We have reserved a private room at McMenamins on Broadway. Please order all food/drink from our server as we have minimums to meet for the room. Parking is limited on Broadway, so give yourself time to find a spot, or better yet take public transport. There is limited seating in the room so ONLY RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. It is important that I have an accurate headcount. If your plans change after signing up - go to and switch your RSVP. Talk Travels are often super popular and get wait-lists. So no showing is tough on other travelers, the speakers, and the venue. Please be considerate and honor your RSVP. Our Speaker: Eric Lillstrom is Assistant Director and a Lead Guide for PolarExplorers ( He has journeyed to numerous countries as well as both poles. Eric is an avid backpacker, bow-hunter, and fisherman. He also enjoys scuba, trail riding, and all winter sports. His advice is, “Take every opportunity offered to enjoy nature. Whether you have the time and resources for an extended adventure in some far-away place, or only have a few hours here and there to explore locally, experiencing the outdoors is what keeps us grounded and allows us to appreciate our day-to-day lives.” Our Meetup Hosts: Shyla & Dan Bare are International Travel Experts and co-founders of Wild Spirit Travel ( They started this meetup group to hang-out with other travelers and to share the travel tips they learned while doing a seven-year trip around the world. Schedule: 5:30 - Room Opens 5:40 - 6:40 - General socializing with travelers (order food/drink from our room server) 6:40 - Group Announcements 6:45 - 7:30 - Presentation on traveling to the poles and other polar expeditions (includes Q/A) 7:30 - Wrap up 7:40 - 8:10 Continue chatting with travelers, our speaker, and settle your bill 8:10 - Head for home dreaming of extreme frontiers!

McMenamins on Broadway

1504 Ne Broadway St · Portland

Respond by: 10/23/2018

What we're about

We are world travelers who are passionate about cultural exchange, authentic and responsible travel, global adventure, life-changing experiences, unforgettable personal stories, slow travel, green travel and savvy travel on a budget. If you're as addicted to world travel as we are, or are interested in embarking on the life-long adventure towards fulfillment that we embrace as essential to our existence, you'll enjoy this group.

Join us for one of our many upcoming events, hook up with other members to plan a trip, or just relax on a social outing and share travel tips and stories with fellow adventurers. We have a monthly free Global Travel Social where travelers just come out and chat sharing stories and inspiration. We have a monthly free Talk Travel Meetup which has a travel theme. There are also Special Presentations on travel that may be free or may have a cost depending on venue. Plus, there are Travel Classes that, as the name implies are actual classes on how-to travel (tuition varies based on venue & length of class.)

If you are in the travel industry feel free to come to our meetups, but please no sales or pushing of tours. Instead, come meet the organizers and you may be able to do a presentation. Thanks.

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