What we're about

Eat, Drink, Travel ….Repeat is a travel group for people of all ages, budgets, and experiences, who have a passion for travel. Eat, Drink, Travel….Repeat will promote an atmosphere of learning, where sharing of past travel stories and learned knowledge inspires us to plan for new adventures and future travel destinations locally and internationally – be those trips be solo or with new friends.
The leaders of this group are experienced travelers who have come together with the goal of sharing their combined experiences, insights and information to help others. We will be looking to add organizers with different styles of travel so their wisdom and expertise can be added to the group.
The plan, to start, is to meet once a month in various locations around the lower mainland to accommodate members in different locations and to have one fun activity or getaway a month. \

Our Meetups will be held in a pub or restaurant in a relaxed, informal setting where we can eat, drink and talk all-things-travel. Due to covid we may hold meetups outside to maintain social distancing and health to everyone involved . If popular with the members we may continue to schedule this once covid has passed.
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MANDATE
Get out to explore and travel
Be part of a supportive travel community
Meet new friends and future travel buddies
Acquire skills and knowledge to help everyone travel more confidently and frequently
Help others by sharing your travel experiences and advice
Most importantly, have fun
Click to join our facebook group. We have members from all over where we share travels new , knowledge and look for travel partners \

The group will have 5 types of events:
MEETUPS: These events are when we meet in person throughout lower mainland to socialize and talk travel. We encourage everyone to share their past travel stories, tips, advice and to ask questions about destinations or upcoming trips.
Everyone is responsible for their own event, food and admission costs.
ACTIVITY DAY: We plan an event to explore the city and its surroundings. This might include museums, galleries, special events or exhibitions, bowling, movies or beer crawls. Due to covid the group will also schedule some city walks and local hikes so we can still meet up and be safe. If popular we will keep scheduling these. The idea behind these planned activities is to meet up to have fun and to get to know one another.
Everyone is responsible for their own event, food and admission costs. \

The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable for anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event \

GETAWAYS: Getaways are overnight trips to get out of the city and have fun with like-minded people. 
Sharing accommodations and carpooling does keep costs down and we can help organize with these. Accommodations and carpooling may have to be paid in advance on some trips , refunds will not be given but we will do our best to find a replacements and they will pay you directly. The members that go on these will decide for themselves if they want to share rooms and/or carpool or book and drive themselves. Past weekend getaways in 2019 have been Manning park , Port Alberni and Skagit Casino.
Everyone is responsible for their own event, food, admission and trip costs. \

The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable for anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event. \

When you sign up for a group trip , you must prepare to provide your email address and phone number (WhatsApp) for trip planning. The email address must be one that your check email regularly. \

GROUP TRIPS: Our group trips are arranged by a Leader who extends invitations to members of Eat, Drink, Travel….Repeat. Any interested members are welcome to join for all or part of the Leader’s trip. The Leader will post their flight and accommodation plans. You will arrange your own transportation and it will be up to you to book the same accommodation or a place of your choice nearby. The Leader will do their best to help you plan and answer any questions but you should do your own research on the location. The Leader will try to have one activity planned per day that others can join if they wish. You are free to do something on your own or with someone else from the trip. The best part is the evening meal that everyone is allowed to attend or decline as it suits their choosing. It’s a great time to get together to share experiences from the day, socialize, and plan for the next day. Past group trips in 2018 & 2019 have included Bangkok, Mexico City and Bali.
Everyone is responsible for their own events, accommodations, food, admission and trip costs. \

The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable for anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event. \

When you book your flight for a group trip , you should provide your email address and phone number (WhatsApp) for trip planning. \

We recommend that you get travel and medical insurance for these trips.
TOURS: Some destinations and activities, such as an African Safari, just aren’t practical for do-it-yourself. These tours are planned based on ideas and destination suggestions from the group, with the goal to make it happen in a way that will save money for everyone involved. Some of the leaders are experienced Travel Agents and thus, have access to a large inventory of options, deals, and information for the group.
Everyone is responsible for their own event, food, admission, trip and tour costs. The cost will be laid out and explicit when created. \

The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable for anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event \

We recommend that you get travel and medical insurance for these trips. \

Members are not allowed to self promote their social media , agenda or businesses in any areas or forums in this meetup group and our Facebook group . If they do break this rule they will be removed from the group. 
If you want to do future business , promote or work with the organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat then reach out privately to us to see if it is a suitable arrangement can be worked out for all involved.
Mutual Expectation
*We are a group of volunteer organizers. Our goal is to bring people together for a wide variety of positive experiences at our favorite locations. \

Our organizers are not paid guides and should not be treated as such. We recommended that members follow our organizers directions but ultimately your safety is your own responsibility and all of your actions and inactions should be done with a degree of caution. \

Our organizers are only responsible for setting a date, time, place, and giving some details about the trip. Other responsibilities such as plans, timing, and pace can be set and guided by the organizer but are not to be followed blindly or without common sense. \

Please note : The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable if anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event. Once you get selected to participate an event, it means you accept this disclaimer.
We are not here to push or sell tours. When our Meetups have tours on the agenda it is because there has been interest generated by the membership in past Meetups. Cost and booking details will always be very transparent. There will be no spam emails, posting or trying to sell you anything at the Meetups. In the same way, we have a contingent expectation that members pay their own way when we get together. As noted above, but it bears repeating here, costs at any of our 5 types of events are covered by the individual members themselves and solely.
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A Little about ourselves
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Gloria Jackson
My name is Gloria and I am a senior, solo, backpacker. I am a “budget” traveller by choice. I love the challenge of getting the best bang for my buck. I am fortunate to have lived in Indonesia, Austria, Israel, Tanzania, and the Bahamas. Travelling with a partner, and solo, I have visited more than 150 countries. I have always stayed in hostels when I can. Now, as a concession to my age, I get a private room with private bath - and I can still enjoy the social aspects available. I am an author, travel writer and I teach “How to Travel” classes at night schools etc. My website is: itscheapertotravel.com
Troy Knight
At the age of 45 in 2014 I did my 1st backpack trip , 5 week trip through the UK and that was the beginning of my travel adventures . Early 2016 I went to my 1st Impulsive Tourists meetup where I met other travel fanatics and good friends .Later in 2016 I came to the realization that I wasn't happy and needed a change so I sold my business and 90% of my belongings in hope that I could find myself and still travel the world. During those years I got more involved in organizing Impulsive Tourists meetup activities , weekend trips and group trips. I have travelled to 30 countries mostly solo with my backpack .
I travel to experience new cultures , food and beer :) while exploring museums, art galleries and side streets. I'm not a budget traveller per say as I tend to spend money on admissions , experiences and sporting events as I don't want to miss anything in case I can't return.

2019 one of our members convinced me to become a travel agent as I'm retired and have a passion for travel plus sharing the knowledge that i have gained and learned from other travelers to help you plan your trips.
This lead to the idea of helping save money on group trips (safari , macchu picchu , cruises , china ,india are some example) for everyone in the group.
Contact me if you are looking for tours , river or ocean cruises , all inclusive resorts or any other vacation that you are dream of.
troy.knight@travelbestbets.com
604.669.6607 ext 640
1.877.523.7823 ext 640
Click the link to join my travel agent Facebook group where I post the weekly travel deals. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NearandFardestinations )
If you are not on Facebook and would like to be added on to a weekly email list , then feel free to email me to be added on to it.
I will not be posting or spamming this group with ads or promotions.
Thanks
Troy

Upcoming events (4+)

14 day Iran tour & 2 week Russia Group Trip with bonus 3 days in Istanbul

**** Since this is Gloria's vacation/trip she is making in mandatory that you are vaccinated******

14 Day IRAN Tour plus RUSSIA Group Trip Broken up with 3 DAYS IN ISTANBUL between trips
Feel free to join us for all of the trip -or just part of it.
Dates arent 100% confirmed yet
No accommodations or flights have been booked
Will update when these happen

May 22. Fly to London - 9 hrs
Fly to Istanbul - 4 hrs

May 24 - 27. Istanbul.

Staying in Istanbul breaks up the long trip to Tehran. I spent a month in Istanbul a couple of years ago - it is easy to see all the main sights in 3 days: Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Galata Tower, Taksim. One of the 4 Seasons Hotels was once the prison featured in the movie Midnight Express. They have done extensive renovations, and my friend is the pastry chef there.

For more details about the Iran tour
https://www.meetup.com/eat-drink-travel-repeat/events/278606627/
You will need to contact Gloria to get the tour details
May 28 Fly to Tehran - 3 hrs

May 28 - June 10. Arian Tour - In The Heart of the Empire

June 10 Fly to Helsinki 10 hrs

For more details about the Russia group trip
https://www.meetup.com/eat-drink-travel-repeat/events/274949146/
June 14 Train to St. Petersburg

June 21. Train to Moscow

June 28. Fly to Vancouver

ESTIMATED AIRFARE:

YVR to London RTN. $600
London to Istanbul $65
Istanbul to Tehran $85
Tehran to Helsinki $280
Moscow to London $40. TOTAL: $1070

YVR to Tehran return is $1530
YVR to Moscow return is $1200

GROUP TRIPS: Our group trips are arranged by a Leader who extends invitations to members of Eat, Drink, Travel….Repeat. Any interested members are welcome to join for all or part of the Leader’s trip. The Leader will post their flight and accommodation plans. You will arrange your own transportation and it will be up to you to book the same accommodation or a place of your choice nearby. The Leader will do their best to help you plan and answer any questions but you should do your own research on the location. The Leader will try to have one activity planned per day that others can join if they wish. You are free to do something on your own or with someone else from the trip. The best part is the evening meal that everyone is allowed to attend or decline as it suits their choosing. It’s a great time to get together to share experiences from the day, socialize, and plan for the next day. Past group trips in 2018 & 2019 have included Bangkok, Mexico City and Bali.

Everyone is responsible for their own events, accommodations, food, admission and trip costs.
The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable for anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event.
When you book your flight for a group trip , you should provide your email address and phone number (WhatsApp) for trip planning.
We recommend that you get travel and medical insurance for these trips.

Side note
I became a travel agent in my retirement .if you are thinking of any type of vacation , reach out to me
[masked]

i have a facebook group where i post weekly deals.
Please join and invite others . thanks
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NearandFardestinations

If you are not on facebook but would like to hear about the weekly deals , then send me an email [masked] to get added on to my weekly mailing list

Gloria's 14 Day Iran Tour using a local Iranian tour agency

**** Since this is Gloria's vacation/trip she is making in mandatory that you are vaccinated******

IRAN TOUR
I plan to fly to London May 23 and directly on to Istanbul for a few days.

I like to use local tour/travel agencies and I have chosen Arian Tours. They are well established and have a good reputation and reviews.

arian-tour.com. In the Heart of the Empire 14 day tour

A stop in Istanbul will serve a couple of purposes. It will break up a very long flight into Tehran. I do not want to start a trip with jet lag. I spent a month in Istanbul 3 years ago and it is an interesting city and easy to see in a few days.
The visa process for Iran is rather complicated. First, once you make a deposit with a tour agency they will apply to the government for a “Visa authorization code”. That can take some time. Once they have it they send it to us. At that time we require:
Passport photo (for women a head covering is required)
Visa application form
CV ( should be at least 2 pages long)
Photo of Passport

At this point there are two options:
1. send the above, and the visa fee, to the Iran Interest Group at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC. I checked the Fed Ex rates and it is $40 to send and $60 to return.
2. Arian tours will do the paperwork and submit it - we will go to the Iranian Embassy in Istanbul and pick up our visa - and pay for it there. ( I have read it is important to dress appropriately when you go to the Embassy - head covered, no bare shoulders or knees, closed shoes, and no shorts or tank tops for men.)

The cost of the visa is approx. $100.

From Istanbul to Tehran there are also two options. Fly or take the train (65 hours - Currently due to Covid the train is not running but as the tour gal in Tehran said “Enshaallah”- by March it will go). If the train is running that will be my choice. Our paperwork needs to be submitted March and the tour company must state how and where we will arrive in Iran.

COST:
If we have a group of 4 - 6 people and we stay in 3 star hotels the cost is approx. $1700 each.

If we have a group of 7 - 12 people the cost is approx. $1600

I had the option of choosing the star rating of the hotels. When I compared them the 3 star had a much more local flavour - 4 star seemed to be the ones that are the same everywhere in the world.

The single supplement is approx. $310.

We would pay a deposit of 25% - paid to a Canadian bank account as Iran does not have international accounts. That is also the reason you can not use a credit or debit card there. The balance we pay in cash on arrival.

This would be a private tour for our group only. Please go to their website and read FAQ, Iran guide, View all of the information on the specific tour I have chosen to see the itinerary and what is included.

When this tour ends I will fly from Tehran to Helsinki to start my 2 week trip to Russia.

Feel free to message me with any questions.
Gloria

Side note
I became a travel agent in my retirement .if you are thinking of any type of vacation , reach out to me
[masked]

i have a facebook group where i post weekly deals.
Please join and invite others . thanks
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NearandFardestinations

If you are not on facebook but would like to hear about the weekly deals , then send me an email [masked] to get added on to my weekly mailing list

Gloria's Group Trip : Russia june 14 -28 2022 Tentative date **Caveat covid

**** Since this is Gloria's vacation/trip she is making in mandatory that you are vaccinated******

**caveat= the covid cases are low and the Russia entry requirements don't change & Canadian travel advisories aren't level 4

We are just giving everyone a heads up so you can tentatively plan to join her for part of her trip.
NO AIRLINE TICKETS OR HOTELS HAVE BEEN RESERVED AT THIS TIME AS IT STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGE

Gloria plans to take the train from Helsinki Finland to St. Petersburg in which you can meet here there or Helsinki if that works for both of you.

St. Petersburg has so much to see and do: Hermitage, Fabrege Museum, Mariinsky Theatre, Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood, and a Canal Boat Tour

Train to Moscow.

Moscow has The Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s, and she will attempt to attend the Bolshoi Ballet.

From there she plans to take the train to Belarus so you can arrange your departure or other travel plans from Moscow.

We will update this description when we have more details and places to visit.

Visa: As you can apply for a visa up to 6 months in advance, Glora will apply for hers as soon as she returns from Colombia in mid April .
It is not as easy as most, but I think if you read carefully, and follow the directions it can be done - we will see.
You need: Passport valid for more than 6 months
Photocopy of identity page of passport
Letter of invitation (can be purchased)
Visa application form
Passport photo
Letter of introduction: Who you are, where you are going, dates, things you plan to do, places you will stay etc.
You can book hotels on booking.com then cancel after you have your visa if you want.
I have read it is best to request a couple of extra days on each end of the time you plan to be there.
Using the Russian Visa Center the total cost should be $186 Can
https://russiable.com/
You can use other companies to get your visa but this is the one she will probably use.

GROUP TRIPS: Our group trips are arranged by a Leader who extends invitations to members of Eat, Drink, Travel….Repeat. Any interested members are welcome to join for all or part of the Leader’s trip. The Leader will post their flight and accommodation plans. You will arrange your own transportation and it will be up to you to book the same accommodation or a place of your choice nearby. The Leader will do their best to help you plan and answer any questions but you should do your own research on the location. The Leader will try to have one activity planned per day that others can join if they wish. You are free to do something on your own or with someone else from the trip. The best part is the evening meal that everyone is allowed to attend or decline as it suits their choosing. It’s a great time to get together to share experiences from the day, socialize, and plan for the next day. Past group trips in 2018 & 2019 have included Bangkok, Mexico City and Bali.

Everyone is responsible for their own events, accommodations, food, admission and trip costs.
The organizers of Eat, Drink, Travel....Repeat are not liable for anything bad that happens to you, mentally or physically during your participation of the event.
When you book your flight for a group trip , you should provide your email address and phone number (WhatsApp) for trip planning.
We recommend that you get travel and medical insurance for these trips.

Side note
I became a travel agent in my retirement .if you are thinking of any type of vacation , reach out to me
[masked]

i have a facebook group where i post weekly deals.
Please join and invite others . thanks
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NearandFardestinations

If you are not on facebook but would like to hear about the weekly deals , then send me an email [masked] to get added on to my weekly mailing list

Troy's 14 day Intrepid Iran Tour + 3/4 days Munich/Oktoberfest

Tentative start date , will confirm shortly
I cant make Gloria's Iran trip so decided to set up this trip so i can visit Iran and add a few days in Munich to do Oktoberfest

Iran is conservative and unconventional, deeply religious and deeply surprising, Iran doesn’t fit into any easy pigeonhole. Spend two weeks following the ancient Silk Road through this under-touristed country to discover refined Islamic cities, colorful bazaars, ancient ruins, fascinating nomadic cultures and shimmering deserts. Whether you're relaxing in a teahouse in Tehran, enjoying guided tours of ancient cultural sites, or breaking bread with locals on the harsh Iranian plateau, the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people is endearing, and the profound beauty of their land is mesmerizing.

Why you'll love this trip
Discover an Iran beyond the media portrayals of a repressive and dour regime – this is a country full of warm, lively and friendly people.

Explore the rich history told in the ancient ruins that lie across the country, many of which sit in remote and isolated landscapes that only add to their magic.

Experience the wondrous remains of the ancient capital of Persepolis – the scale and grandeur will leave you in no doubt that this was once the center of the known world.

Immerse yourself in rural nomadic life with a remote homestay with the Qashqai people in Fars Province, enjoying meals, stories and songs.

Slip into the heeled-sandals of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic 16th-century caravanserai, located in the vast salt desert of Zein-o-din.
Day 1 Tehran
Day 2 Yazd
Day 3 Yazd
Day 4 Caravanserai Zein-o-din
Day 5 Shiraz
Day 6 Shiraz
Day 7 Persepolis / Fars Province homestay
Day 8 Izadkhast
Day 9 Esfahan
Day 10 Esfahan
Day 11 Esfahan
Day 12 Kashan
Day 13 Tehran
Day 14 Tehran

To save money we need 7 or more people to go
6 = $3100
7 = $2980
8 = $[masked] = $[masked] = $[masked] = $[masked] = $[masked] = $[masked] = $ 2505
Single supplement $660
Does not include flights
Meals
13 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport
Train, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Hotel (10 nights), Guest House (1 night) Eco Lodge(1 night), Home Stay (1 night)
Included activities
Tehran - Golestan Palace Entrance
Tehran - Leader-led walking tour
Tehran - Iran National Museum
Yazd - Leader-led walking tour
Yazd - Fire Temple and Towers of Silence visit
Yazd - Amir Chakhmaq Complex
Yazd - Kharanaq-Chak-Cahk Excursion
Abarkooh - Cypress of Abarkooh
Abarkooh - Ice Houses
Shiraz - Leader-led walking tour
Shiraz - Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque
Shiraz - Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh
Shiraz - Bagh-e Eram Gardens
Shiraz - Home cooked meal
Persepolis - Entrance and guided tour
Izadkhast - Complex including castle and Caravanserai
Esfahan - Khaju & Si-o-seh Pol Bridges
Esfahan - Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
Esfahan - Iman Mosque entrance and guided tour
Esfahan - City Tour
Esfahan - Ali Qapu Palace
Esfahan - Qeysarie Bazaar
Esfahan - Manar Jomban (Shaking Minarets)
Esfahan - Vank Cathedral
Kashan - Meal with local family
Kashan -Tabatabaei Historical House
Kashan - Bazaar
Kashan - Fin Gardens (entrance fee and guide)

Deposit $400 is due Mar 2022
Final payment 60 days before tour date

Message or email me for more details

Side note
I became a travel agent in my retirement .if you are thinking of any type of vacation , reach out to me
[masked]

i have a facebook group where i post weekly deals.
Please join and invite others . thanks
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NearandFardestinations

If you are not on facebook but would like to hear about the weekly deals , then send me an email [masked] to get added on to my weekly mailing list

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