Chicago Meetup: Climbing Kilimanjaro

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


The Map Room Chicago
1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60647


April meetup for the Chicago chapter of The Nomadic Network!

This month, we're excited to have Chicago resident and travel enthusiasts Bisa Myles speak about her hike up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa!

In her talk, she will cover how to plan for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, what to pack, tips to prepare for hiking in high altitude, and which snacks to bring. If you have any doubts that you could do a hike like this, bring them! We will also have a short Q&A session after her talk.

Bisa is an African American, plus-sized adventurer, and breast cancer survivor. After finishing cancer treatment, instead of worrying about whether or not the disease would return, she created a recovery plan of her own. Her plan included exploring the world and trying new experiences (including this massive hike as a plus-sized traveler). Her mission is to remind us that we can create a life we love despite our circumstances. She is an inspiration and shares her stories and travel experiences on

Not into climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? That's perfectly okay! We'll also leave plenty of time for you to meet, mingle, and connect with like-minded travelers too. So come out listen to Bisa's inspiring story about how to climb Kili, have a beer, and make new friends.

Schedule for the night:

7:00: Arriving, signing in, and mingling
7:30: Welcome talk by the chapter leaders
7:35: Presentation by Bisa Myles
7:50: Q&A session with Bisa Myles
8:00: Mingling with other travel loving attendees
Tickets are $10 and you can bring a friend for FREE.

That means it's 2 tickets for the price of 1!

Your first drink is on us too!

See you soon,

Lee, Dulce, Danielle, Emily, & The Nomadic Network Team


It's our newest initiative and is a global community of travel enthusiasts who support, connect, educate, and inspire one another to travel better, cheaper, and longer (created by me, Nomadic Matt). We strive to provide our fellow travelers with the tools, resources, tips, and knowledge to enable them to confidently plan global adventures. We encourage and eagerly share our global know-how with others. We do this with these local TNN chapter meet-ups in cities across the world that provide time for you to meet and connect with other travelers. Whether you're planning a short jaunt to a nearby city or an indefinite round-the-world trip, The Nomadic Network is here to help the world travel — one nomad at a time.

*You can register for free here:

What can I bring into the event?
A FRIEND!! Your ticket comes with a +1 so bring a friend who loves to travel or just wants to learn more about the whole "travel thing" that you do!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements?
This is being held at a bar, so you have to be of legal drinking age. Bring your ID.

Are drinks included?
Yes - one drink ticket (per attendee) is included in the ticket price.

Will there be photos or videos taken at the event?
Yes, so if you do not want to be in photos/videos, let us know when you walk in! These photos might be used to help promote future events for Nomadic Matt and The Nomadic Network.

Will Matt be at this event?
Unfortunately no, he is not able to be at every event with The Nomadic Network. This is a monthly meetup by the community and for the community. Throughout the year, he'll drop-in, but he will not be at this particular event.

Who will be running the event?
We have amazing Chapter Leaders in Chicago named Lee, Dulce, Danielle, and Emily. They will take care of you once you're there.

Where can I find out more about Bisa Myles?
On her TNN profile:

What is The Map Room?
The Map Room is a traveller's tavern that is a place where all sorts of folks from all kinds of backgrounds meet, rub elbows, share a little 'joie de vivre'. The Map Room works to create an environment where all people feel welcome. The decor is perfect for our travel meetups as there are flags hanging and maps painted all over the walls. There's also an excellent selection of beer, coffee, wine, and spirits.

What's the refund policy?
You can get a refund until 7 days before the event. Just email Eventbrite processing fees are non-refundable.

What about COVID-19 and social gatherings?
We will be closely monitoring the situation at the event gets nears. We will let you know at least 7 days prior if we'll need to postpone this event. If you can't make the new date that's set, you can definitely get a refund!

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