There are to date, 635 area people listing travel as one of their first meetup interests. Although there are wine groups that take overnight trips, hiking groups that take backpacking trips, and skiing groups that take skiing trips, there is no group specifically dedicated to taking trips just for the sake of traveling.
I am starting this group to see if the 635 of us can meet, figure out the various needs, and start planning anything from weekend and long weekend local or regional trips to international travel to budget travel to Eco travel. Perhaps there will be a need for a single travelers breakout group, perhaps a need for a subgroup or group for families looking to share vacation rentals-you know, those places on the beach that sleep 20 but are expensive. Maybe there is a bunch of people interested in tramping through Costa Rica in a non-luxury way. Perhaps the group should just be a regular meeting place for people looking for others to travel with. I don't know. But, we have to start somewhere! All ideas and thoughts welcome!
BUT, I am not a travel professional and those looking to advance their own agenda or promote a travel agency or travel services should NOT join this group. With the experience of 635 people we will fare nicely on our own, thank you. Anyone promoting travel services or agencies will be removed from the group.
About me-I have traveled extensively for work, mostly North, Central, and South America and Europe. I am a huge fan of the vacation rental versus a hotel or resort, am just as happy with a few day stint on Kelley's Island as I am with a 2 week international adventure as long as the traveling companions are also having a great time. I am willing to knock myself out to do 5 days including flight time in London just to shop for clothes but also dying to see Budapest and St. Petersburg on the cheap. I'd like to visit Port Renfrew again, and there are an awful lot of places in Ohio that I haven't been to that I would like to visit. Costa Rica is an obsession at the moment, as is Barbuda and Madagascar, although I doubt I will be forking over the airfare to the latter anytime soon (my FF miles won't get me there-I checked) but who knows?
So, lets organize and see where we need to go with it! I look forward to meeting everyone. And if anyone else has been to Port Renfrew-definitely join the group!