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People = Possibilities!

Look around... we live in a world more connected yet more disconnected, than ever. Craving face to face connection? Let’s skip the small talk. Carlyn Shaw (http://www.carlynshaw.com/) brings us all together knowing our stories connect us all.

Welcome to Strangers To Friends (http://www.strangerstofriends.com/)!

Life, it happens!
New to town? Native and want a new scene? Career change? Health makeover? Relationship shift? Carlyn Shaw, Founder and Facilitator, makes sure you feel safe, seen, heard and leave feeling good from the real connection you make from all the right people who show up to “play on purpose”. That’s right... as adults we forget that meeting new people for the sake of curiosity is the catalyst to new friendships, relationships, business connections and major synchronicity that manifests major magic! Plus...no one leaves feeling left out or lonely.:)

Introverted? Extroverted? Great! Everyone is invited. Name Tags and Conversation Starters Provided. It’s time to put down your phone & turn to the people all around you: and say HI! The concept: "lead with YOU... rather than, What do you do?" Bringing people together, knowing everyone shows up for a reason, is not only Carlyn's passion, but her purpose. Build confidence and create friendship. A variety of monthly STF events will cater to all -- so please share with others, and of course.... don't be a stranger!


VISIT OUT OUR SITE to learn more & ready awesome stories on the Blog! : www.StrangersToFriends.com


Love the work Carlyn's creating connections? Please support her...supporting you! Any extra exchange of energy is appreciated. Your Contribution is beyond appreciated https://www.meetup.com/Strangers-To-Friends-Meetup/contribute/

Upcoming events (4+)

Morocco Trip! - Oct 2021


Dates (12 days):
• October 6 - 17, 2021 *SOLD OUT!
• October 20 - 31, 2021 *8 spots left!
Cost: $2,900 (excluding international flights)
Single Supplement: $550
Trip details: https://globe-drifters.com/trip/trip-to-morocco/

See photos from our last Morocco trip here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/155293978@N02/albums/72157712258291947

Below is some information. Email [masked] if you are interested or have any questions.

From ancient medinas to the dunes of the Sahara, Morocco’s enchanting landscapes will mesmerize you and transport you back in time as you haggle for spices and textiles in the energetic souks, sleep under an immense blanket of twinkling stars in the Saharan sky, and caravan by camel into the desert just like the Berber nomads do. Join us on this fantastic journey to discover the best of Morocco!

We’ll spend 2 nights in the amazing Blue City (Chefchaouen), which a lot of tours skip. Plus, we’ll stay in some really cool local boutique and riad hotels. No large-scale, tourist hotels! The group will be small with 12 people max.

11 nights accommodation
Private, air-conditioned ground transportation
Local guide throughout
Activities as indicated on the itinerary
All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinner
Airport pick-up

Not included:
Optional excursions and activities
Some lunches and dinners
Airport drop-off
International flight

If you have questions, please email: [masked]

COVID UPDATE: A new, more flexible booking policy means that you can plan your future travel with complete peace of mind. If your trip is canceled prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason, a full refund will be made.

CUBA TRIPS! - Nov & Dec 2021


Dates (9 days / 8 nights) :
- November 6 - 14, 2021 *2 spots left!
- December 26, 2021 - January 3, 2022 *1 spot left!

Cost : $2400 (per person, excluding flights)
Single supplement : $400
Details : https://globe-drifters.com/trip/cuba-november/

For more information, message me or email [masked].

Travel to Cuba is STILL LEGAL and this trip will follow all the rules set by the U.S. Treasury’s OFAC! Cuba is frozen in time with classic American cars whizzing by crumbling Spanish colonial architecture which will make you feel like you’re stepping back into the 1950s. Our group will be mostly solo (female) travelers and we won’t be staying in the massive, soulless chain hotels, but rather in guesthouses/B&Bs to get a small taste of the “real Cuba”. We’ll do all the things on your bucket list like riding around in a classic convertible car, learn the art of Cuban cigar rolling; but we’ll also be interacting with the locals during our morning walk around a local Havana neighborhood as well as a typical Cuban night out!

- 8 nights accommodation in casa particulares (double occupancy)
- Private Cuban guide throughout
- Private, air-conditioned transportation
- Activities as noted on the itinerary
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

COVID UPDATE : If your trip is canceled prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason, a full refund will be made.

If you have questions or would like more information, you can visit the website : https://globe-drifters.com/trip/cuba-november/. You can also message me or email [masked].

Thailand for Lantern Festival Trip! - Nov 2021

- Dates: November 9 - 23, 2021 (15 days)
- Cost: $3300 (per person, excluding flights)
- Single supplement: $650
- Details: https://globe-drifters.com/trip/thailand-trip-for-lantern-festival/

Check out pictures from previous trips to see what we do, where we go and who goes on the trip: https://www.flickr.com/photos/155293978@N02/albums/72157711375952423

For more information or if you have questions, please email [masked].

COVID UPDATE : If your trip is cancelled prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason, a full refund will be made.

From island hopping on a long tail boat to jungle trekking in one of the oldest rainforests in the world, you won’t be disappointed in the Land of Smiles. Thailand’s breathtaking landscape, mouth-watering food, relaxing massages, and laid-back vibe make it the perfect travel destination. Not to mention… the $8 massages! No matter what your style, Thailand has something for everyone!

Vietnam Trip! - April 2022


Dates: April 10 - 24, 2022 (15 days)
Cost: $3250 (per person, excluding flights)
Single supplement: $600
Details: https://globe-drifters.com/trip/trip-to-vietnam-15-days/

Check out pictures from our past trips to get an idea of the group and what we do: https://flickr.com/photos/155293978@N02/albums/72157718479311558

See below for more information. Please email [masked] if you have any questions.

An off-the-beaten-path trip during Vietnam’s greenest season… Venture into the heart of Indochina as you explore the bustling, frenetic cities of Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City as well as the lesser-visited Pu Luong Nature Reserve. April is the perfect time to visit Vietnam as the crowds are fewer and the rice fields that stretch as far as the eye can see are brilliant shades of green. See Vietnam as few get to see it.

Verdant rice fields & local villages: Pu Luong’s misty hillsides and rolling green landscapes are often overshadowed by the now touristy Sa Pa. Enjoy serene views in peace and relax in our hotel’s infinity pool while taking in the scenery.

Cruise Ha Long Bay in style: Sail around the untouched areas of Ha Long Bay away from the hordes of tourists on a 5-star luxury ship.

Travel like a local: Hop on the back of a motorbike with our expert drivers to see the real Ho Chi Minh City through the eyes of the Saigonese!

A boating experience like no other: Hop in a bamboo basket boat and paddle downriver in Hoi An while local fishermen cast their nets for today’s catch.

If you are interested or have any questions, you can email [masked].

Also, keep up-to-date on upcoming trips by joining the Facebook travel group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/613025845523107.

Past events (26)

Portugal Trip! - Oct 2021 *3 spots left!


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