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Join a group of solo women who travel with heart - not just to explore our amazing world and have a great time meeting new friends, but to give back. Wherever we go, we'll have the option of spending a day volunteering, or making a donation to a local cause. Possibilities are endless and include a Give Thanks trip to Costa Rica where we help a small school; a safari and clean water project in Kenya; or a Bali trip where we pack for a purpose to support an orphanage. It's hard to get everybody together in person so our first meeting will be a conference call or google hangout during which we'll work out our in-person get together availability.

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Safari Njema Kenyan restaurant lunch meetup, Colombia City

Members who are joining the February Kilimanjaro climb and March Giveback safari are gathering to talk about the trips, and enjoy delicious Kenyan food (own expense). All other members are welcome to join and hear more about these, and other, 2019 journeys: June - Peru Explorer September - Sorrento and Amalfi, Italy October - New Zealand Walks and Wines

Full Moon Kilimanjaro Climb - February, 2019

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Join a group Full Moon climb in February, 2019. If climbing Kili is on your life list, this is a great opportunity to train with, and get to know, other members of your group. 2019 price: $2,489 ITINERARY WEDNESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY - ARRIVAL Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet your driver and transfer to the hotel. Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM. THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY - Trekking to Shira 1 Camp Travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. The route from your drop off point to your first high-altitude camp Shira 1 features a small gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you. Hiking distance: 3 miles Hiking time: 1–2 hours FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY - Trekking From Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru. When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp Hiking distance: 4.5 miles Hiking time: 3–4 hours Acclimatization hike: Hiking distance: 1 mile Hiking time: 1–2 hours SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY - Trekking From Shira 2 Camp to The Lava Tower and Descent to Barranco Camp The first section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here. Then descend to Barranco Camp and see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Hiking distance: 8 miles Hiking time: 6–8 hours SUNDAY, 17 FEBRUARY - Trekking From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch and time to rest before taking an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp. Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: Hiking distance: 3 miles Hiking time: 4–5 hours Acclimatization hike: Hiking distance: 1 mile Hiking time: 1–2 hours MONDAY, 18 FEBRUARY - Trekking From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Head to Barafu Summit Camp, the starting point for the night summit push, and rest for several hours. Take an acclimatization hike and return to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. Sleep for a few hours. Hiking distance: 4 miles Hiking time: 4–5 hours Acclimatization hike: Hiking distance: 1 mile Hiking time: 1–2 hours TUESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY - Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp – Full Moon Depart at night for the summit of Kilimanjaro. Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp. Hiking distance: 9 miles Hiking time: 8–12 hours WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY - Descent From Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit, receive your climb certificate and transfer back to the hotel. Hiking distance: 8 miles Hiking time: 4–5 hours THURSDAY, 21 FEBRUARY - Departure Transfer to the airport for your flight. For more information, please message through Meetup or email fun&[masked]

Kenya Safari: February 27 - March 6, 2019 $2,599

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Three places left on our 7 night / 8 day Women's photographic safari in beautiful Kenya. This amazing journey comprises unparalleled wildlife viewing in both Masai Mara and Amboseli National Parks as well as visits to philanthropic enterprises such as Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary where you will meet your adopted baby elephant, and Kazuri Beads. As we drive through Kenya, we will learn about the critical importance of clean water and how access to this can completely change lives. Our last day will be spent in a village meeting a group of Kenyan women to whom we will be donating a life-giving rain water catchment system. The women show their appreciation with a home cooked meal and celebratory singing and dancing. Day 1: Nairobi Transferred to your hotel on arrival. Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara National Reserve Today, drive to the revered Masai Mara, Kenya’s leading National Park. Arrive in time for a late lunch before setting out on your first game drive in search of the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. Your accommodation for the next three nights is Sentrim Mara Lodge spread over 100 acres of tranquil natural vegetation. (B,L,D) Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve Rise with the sun and head into the Park for a game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and time to relax by the pool, or take a nap. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sunset game drive. (B,L,D) Day 4: Masai Mara National Reserve (OPTIONAL and at extra expense: Hot Air balloon flight this morning takes the place of sunrise game drive.) Rise with the sun and head into the Park for a game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and time to relax by the pool, or nap. Late afternoon, enjoy a sunset game drive. (B,L,D) Day 5: Masai Mara - Nairobi Return to Nairobi to experience two inspiring women’s enterprises. First, Kazuri Bead Factory, started by the late Regina Newman who wanted to provide work for women in the villages around Nairobi, most of whom were single mothers, and who were in great need of income. Kazuri has grown and today has a large work force skilled in the making of handmade jewelry that is sold in upscale boutiques around the world. Then, head to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage to meet your adopted baby “ellie”. Hear from their keepers, who know each infant’s personality. (B,L,D) Day 6: Amboseli National Park Set off bright and early for Amboseli National Park, home to one of the greatest elephant populations in East Africa. Towering above the park is Mt Kilimanjaro; although located in Kenya, Amboseli affords the best views of Africa’s tallest mountain. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before dinner. Accommodation tonight is at Sentrim Amboseli Camp, 60 spacious and comfortable deluxe tents spread out across the plains, offering fantastic views of “Kili". (B,L,D) Day 7: Amboseli National Park Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in this iconic National Park. (B,L,D) Day 8: Village Visit Today will live in your memory forever. Visit the viilage home of the women was she is receiving her water cistern (our giveback for this trip) Witness the recipient’s joy at finally reaching her goal, and her gratitude that her family will have access to clean water. Thanks to you. Tears flow, a delicious home made Kenyan feast is served, and spontaneous dancing and singing erupt. Before saying goodbye to your new Kenyan friends, you’ll have the opportunity to buy hand made crafts for souvenirs. Drive to Nairobi for your onward flight. (B,L) Interested? Message me through Meetup or email: funand [masked]

Sorrento . Amalfi . Positano - Italy | 22-29 September, 2019 | $1799

Join us on a wonderful week of living like a local in Southern Italy! Our trip starts with a night in Naples and a visit to Pompeii, followed by 6 nights at a guesthouse on an organic lemon farm above Sorrento which will be our base for sightseeing, hiking, wine tasting, shopping and pizza and limoncello making lessons! Delicious home made breakfasts and dinners are included. Here is the link to our trip, or contact [masked] for an itinerary to be emailed to you or a friend. https://www.purposeful-travel.com/local-living-italy-sorrento-amalfi

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