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Anyone up to talk travel?

I just got back from 6 weeks backpacking around Asia (3rd trip) and just loved Indonesia (Java). I'd love to talk travel, shares some pictures (SOME, not all, lol) and hear about anyone's experiences in either India or Central America (two places I'd love to visit).

We'll meet at Phố Sao Biển, a local Vietnamese place, and all share our experiences and our questions. Remember our concentration is on independent travel, not cruises or fully guided tours.

 

Possible topics:

Favorite countries (maybe top 3)?
Next countries you'd like to visit
3-5 travel photos you'd like to share
A few travel tips

Koichi

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  • Dino

    I was just in Java myself and loved it. I found some secluded surf spots and had the waves all to myself in paradise. Since I work in Bali I spend a lot of my time there, but Java was great. Glad you liked it.

    February 4, 2013

  • Koichi

    Thanks for all the input, definitely some good points that will help in future meetups... Just wanted to put up a link or two to the zillions of helpful travel sites out there... This website has a ton of useful articles... check it out (not my website of course) http://thesavvybackpacker.com/traveling-solo-in-europe-a-great-way-to-travel/
    http://thesavvybackpacker.com/category/travel-tips/
    http://thesavvybackpacker.com/category/planning-your-backpacking/

    etc etc...

    January 7, 2013

    • ANDY T.

      Thanks. Great information.

      January 8, 2013

  • Judy B.

    I think it would be good to have a larger place and a program...not necessarily a speaker, since people mostly like to talk to each other, but perhaps some self-introductions around the table, including where they have traveled and/or want to travel to.

    January 7, 2013

  • ANDY T.

    Hi Koichi , Tokyo and all members.

    It was a nice meeting at Pho Sao Bien for members having opportunity to sit down together to exchange travel information and tips. But due to there are so many attendants and the location was not convenient for all attendant walking around to know everybody except the ones have sited next to you, therefore the information was very limited.

    I have a suggestion, next meeting we should find a larger place, have a volunteer speaker to talk about his/her recent travelling, to talk a specific subject which he/she had or will have about a destination Then other members can have Q&A questions The meeting will be more useful.

    We can use this meet groups board to post anything, pictures, story, tips about his her recent trips, to inform his/her next trips, . We also can create a small group travel together if our members plan to travel to the same destination at same time and would like to have travel companions.

    That's my 2 cents idea.

    Andy

    January 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I don't want a speaker. Larger place of course.

      January 7, 2013

  • mike a.

    Koichi: Thanks so much ;wonderful to meet such great interesting people!So many fun adventures to look foreward too.!

    January 7, 2013

  • Fred M.

    good meting and met some very interesting people....

    January 6, 2013

  • ANDY T.

    Good to meet travel lovers

    January 6, 2013

  • Koichi

    I just wanted to post up the link to the travel/backpacking documentary I mentioned called "A Map for Saturday"

    Here's the trailer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xyWnYJ1aUQ

    I think it is on netflix as well:
    http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/A_Map_for_Saturday/70118733?locale=en-US

    Also, if anyone hasn't seen it, I highly recommend the stuff the Madventures guys (Finnish backpackers) do... check it out on youtube as well:

    Here's a few great vids...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se78SAvWfEE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKptdbD4aqY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL4HiFuel7Y&playnext=1&list=PL1FACC5A0B76D1DE8

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really nice!

    January 6, 2013

  • Koichi

    Thanks to everyone for coming! I wish I had a chance to talk more to everyone but I had a giant bowl of pho to consume :P Hopefully we can do this again in a couple of months... One person requested that we have some way of identifying who has been where, and wants to go where; perhaps at a future meetup we can have people post in the comments where they have been or are planning to go, (before the meetup) so we could arrange the seating a little better...

    January 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was really fun. Perhaps we can find out if anyone has a condo or apartment community room where we can meet. This seems like such a nice group and I'd love to be able to mingle with more of the members.

      January 6, 2013

  • Linda C

    Lots of fun!

    January 6, 2013

  • Manny

    Sorry to flake at the last minute, I just realized I won't be able to make it. If anyone wants to discuss travel to India, Australia, and Canada feel free to email me.

    January 6, 2013

    • Koichi

      No prob, thanks for letting us know! Hopefully people will like this event enough to do it again in a month or two...

      January 6, 2013

  • Koichi

    Just got here... there are a few parking spots in the lot accessible from Garnet but if you are later then the manager said theres a couple of spots parking in the back or on the street...

    January 6, 2013

  • Manny

    I'm thinking of traveling to SE Asia this spring/summer (Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc). Is there anyone here who is familiar with these places?

    1 · January 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      very familar

      January 5, 2013

    • Ron

      I'm familiar with Thailand

      January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it but in a conference all weekend.

    January 4, 2013

  • Koichi

    Hi all,
    I just got off the phone with the restaurant and tried to get a 10% discount if we had 20 or more people (assuming everyone eats something)... unfortunately, they wouldn't give me a discount but they said they could give us a couple of complimentary orders of spring rolls or egg rolls if we have 20 people or more... so I made the reservation for 20. They said they would have room for 30 at that time as well. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    Koichi

    1 · January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't care for Indonesia, really interested in hearing about it. I didn't even care for Bali and it was by far the best,

    January 3, 2013

  • Steve R.

    This sounds great! My wife and I just got back from Indonesia as well, went to Jakarta and Bali. Beautiful country. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · January 3, 2013

  • Fred M.

    This is my first meet up. I done a fair amount of international travel and look forward to meeting others who have as well,,,

    January 1, 2013

  • ANDY T.

    To avoid misunderstanding sales pitches, please put up the agenda of the meeting, what to do and not to do, what to discuss......etc., to clear the clouds.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE.

    December 24, 2012

    • Tokyo Jim G.

      Basically, if you are attending in order to profit monetarily in any way, don't.

      1 · December 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wonderful! Totally Uncommercial, retired teacher.

      December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just my Luck, Travel/Culture are meeting at the same time. You look like a Fun group and I really want to meet al of you. Backpack traveler.

    December 31, 2012

  • Koichi­ changed the date and time to Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    December 24, 2012

  • Koichi­ changed the location to Pho Sao Bien Vietnamese Restaurant

    December 24, 2012

  • ANDY T.

    Ok, confirm. I'll be there. See you all

    December 24, 2012

  • Koichi

    Ok, I'd like to meet up at 1pm on Sunday, Jan 6th, at Pho Sao Bien on Garnet in PB. I've eaten there a few times and it's inexpensive but good. As far as what we would talk about, it would be something like this:

    Favorite countries (maybe top 3)?
    Next countries you'd like to visit
    3-5 travel photos you'd like to share
    A few travel tips

    Please update your RSVP's so I can call the restaurant around Jan 5 and make reservations...

    See you there!

    Koichi
    p.s. Ponzi schemes, sales pitches, offers for discount Tupperware, etc will not be tolerated.

    December 24, 2012

    • Linda C

      I like it! And I look forward to seeing your photos and discussing upcoming trips. Shady tupperware vendors need not attend.

      December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good to me.

      December 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If the consensus is to meet on Jan. 6th, sadly I'll miss the meeting. I'm at a conference and out of the area from Jan. 5th through 12th. . Happy holidays and many great travels, Elaine

    December 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out. I don't have time for BS sales pitches & pyramid scams.

    December 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      YOU ARE.

      December 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I believe that there has been some kind of misunderstanding, please explain the perceived transgression(s)? Pyramid schemes? BS sales pitches? If any event, author, travel expert or offering made in the over two years I've been building travel communities through meetup has been involved in those activities, I need to know and take steps to end any connection with them. Thank you for bringing that to light and responding.

      December 24, 2012

  • Linda C

    Sounds like January 6 is the day, now we just need to work on time and place. I'm available until 4 pm.

    December 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I prefer Sunday afternoon over dinner

    December 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jan 6th works for me

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sunday Jan 6th works for me!

    December 22, 2012

  • Koichi

    Glad so many people are interested! (...but a bit confused why people think there is going to be any selling going on? Not sure where that came from. I'm not selling/promoting anything and just want to meet up with other travelers.)

    It's looking like I will be out of town from Jan 1-4 and 7-21, which would make it have to be either Jan 5 (sat) or Jan 6 (sun). I'm leaning towards Sunday afternoon, Jan 6... Does that work for people?

    Also, here are a couple of links to pics from my last 2 Asia trips, if anyone wants to take a look.

    2011: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.916161897156.2331662.10505260&type=1&l=c3f9a7e94a

    2012: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100401665216586.2388451.10505260&type=1&l=4a0d333abe

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm interested. Just need a date and I can confirm.

    December 22, 2012

  • ANDY T.

    When and where is the meeting? Just want exchange and share information, tips only. Hope there is no selling

    December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,
    I'm in the Bay Park area and doing a few short day trips between now and Jan. 4th. Returning the 12th. Let's set a place and time to meet.

    December 22, 2012

  • Brad

    let me know where and when you'd like to meet - I'd be happy to join you - Brad

    December 21, 2012

  • Koichi

    Hi everyone,
    I'll probably try to see who is available and set something up for after the new year... I'm out of town Jan 7-21 so maybe that first week in January. If anyone coming could bring a few of their favorite pics from their travels (impossible to pick only 5, I know!) I think that would be a good conversation starter too...

    December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      As long as there are no sales pitches, scams, involved, then I am in.

      1 · December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good. I'll be gone the 5th to 12th so before or after will work. I'm in the Bay Park area. No pitches, etc. works.

      December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Taylor and Koichi, I'm good for the 27th but waiting till January is fine. I'll be traveling Jan. 5 - 13th, so good before or after. Happy holidays, Elaine

    December 17, 2012

  • Koichi

    Great to hear from you! I was thinking perhaps next weekend initially, but then I realized that alot of people might be out of town or have family visiting, so it might be a bad time.

    I'll be out of town 12/17-20 and I'll also be working 12/28-1/1 so I might be looking at 12/27, or after the new year.

    I guess I'll start with 12/27 as a tentative date and see if anyone can make it. If you can't, but would still like to talk travel, post up a date or two and we will take it from there.

    Koichi

    December 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      This month is booked up for me,,,,time-wise and budget-wise. I'm not free for anything until January.

      December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great! Plus I know Jim's in town now,,,,where and what day?

    December 15, 2012

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