What we're about

**Please read the details of our group before joining and, if you decide to join us, please answer the questions asked and include a picture of yourself (not your pet, etc). Your request may be declined if the requested information is not provided**

Membership for this group is free to you. If you are a Travel Agent or member of a travel related MLM, this group is not for you as we have a resident Travel Agent who manages all of our travel. If you are a business owner, please do not join if your intent is to solicit for your business as that is not this groups theme or purpose. There are plenty other Meetup groups that have been established just for you and your business. However, I am willing to consider an event that involves business owners who might want to partner in giving back to our communities. Please reach out to me to discuss.

Why Join?

Do you love to travel or want to explore it and see if you'll like it? Do you have lots of travel ideas, but can't decide where to go first or have no one to share them with? Do you have a bucket list you're trying to check off? This group's for you !Let's get together to plan some exciting travel: by river cruises, small ship exploration journeys, or ocean cruises. Experience a wide array of destinations: Europe, the USA, Africa, Cambodia; Antarctica or Galapagos; or somewhere else more adventurous.

Whether you're single or have a family, regardless of your budget, there are opportunities for everyone to travel. The primary purpose of this group is to provide a place for members to build lasting friendships, singles to find potential travel mates, couples to travel with other couples, and families to travel with other families.

I encourage anyone who has a desire to travel more to join this group. Trip ideas will be put together throughout the year. We will travel all over the world, by sea, river, and land. Trips can be over a weekend if there's interest, but most will be longer. Some may will revolve around special events or themes (wine or sporting events, for example).

**Members are strongly encouraged and expected to attend meetups and suggest travel destinations and trip ideas as well as invite friends and family to join us on our travels. Special incentives may be available to our "Travel Group Leaders** A Travel Group Leader is someone who wants to help take responsibility for a specific trip, organizing it, keeping the records of who's going, and functioning as a group leader during the trip.

Local Meetups:

Please be courteous! Your RSVP is important and drives how the host needs to prepare for an event. If you RSVP ”yes” for an upcoming Meetup, then you’ve made a commitment to attend. I understand stuff happens that might prevent you (and me) from attending. If this is the case, please make every effort to update your RSVP, and/or call or email the Organizer to allow for those hosting to plan accordingly. Sometimes a notification may not be possible. This is understandable. However, if you are a repeat offender (3 or more no-shows) you may be removed without warning. If there are not at least three RSVP's "yes" in addition to the Organizer for a Meetup, the Organizer reserves the right to cancel the Meetup up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled date and time. That said, many of our local events will require a small, non-refundable fee with your RSVP as a gesture of your commitment to attend the scheduled event.

Travel Meetups:

Please be courteous! Do NOT RSVP “yes” unless you are truly prepared to commit. This means you must be prepared to pay the required deposits and/or communicate your intentions within 48 hours of your RSVP!
If within 48 hours, you have not contacted the Organizer directly or registered at the provided link/registration page to include providing payment information, you may be added to the "wait-list" until the requirements have been met, at which time you will be added back to the confirmed RSVP list. If you are a repeat offender (3 or more instances of not following thru), you will be removed from the group.

To protect you and your travel mates, all traveling members are required to purchase travel insurance.

Safety & Respect for Others:

“Strangers are just friends waiting to happen”. Though we are hopefully all here to build friendships, we are starting out as strangers. So please exercise caution and sound judgment when sharing and exchanging personal information with other group members, getting into a vehicle with another member, and inviting members into your home. The Organizers do not conduct background checks on any member and are NOT responsible for them or their actions. On that note, disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. All are expected to be respectful to all, regardless of anyone’s race, religion, age, or sexual preference.

By joining this group, volunteering for this group and/or attending our events, you agree to hold Meetup, The Organizers, Assistant Organizer, Event Organizers and other members harmless in the case of accident, incident, personal injury, loss of life, destruction or loss of personal property or any other wrongful act.

By joining this group, you acknowledge that you have done so of your own free will and understand that membership is voluntary and expressly waive any and all such claims against each and every other member in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizer or assistant organizers. You are responsible for your own safety. You also agree to read the event postings and to adhere to any guidelines posted or given by Meetup, our organizers and the event vendor.

Suggesting a Meetup:

Please make this group YOUR group. However, as many of you are aware, the Organizers of any Meetup Group pay a fee to start and maintain the group, and this is in addition to our valuable personal time. I do not charge a membership fee for you to join. All that I ask in return is that the members don't ask me to do the work involved with researching and putting together a quote, building cruise/land itineraries, and creating/posting it to the Meetup site, unless they are prepared to commit and book.

I also do not approve of “trolling” this site for travel mates to join you on trips scheduled outside of this group and not coordinated by and booked directly though this group. This is to protect YOU and ME from any liability. If you have a trip idea, are ready to commit and book, please contact me directly with the details and I will work on some quotes and, upon your concurrence, create a Meetup to invite others to join you. If it turns into a “qualified group”, I will pass on any group amenities (e.g. lower rates, on board credits, etc.) to those attending as well as any group leader amenities to you as the event host. It’s a win/win!

"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen." ~ Rod McKuen

Past events (3)

March Chicago Travel Meetup Group

Mariano's

Travel Planning Meetup

Whole Foods Market (Lincoln Park)

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Our First Meetup!!!!

Whole Foods Market (Lincoln Park)

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