What we're about

Do you love traveling to new destinations? Do you enjoy trying new things? Then welcome to "Wanderlust!" also known as "The Albany Travel, Culture & Adventure Club". We are the largest, most active group of travel lovers in the Capital Region.

Join us as we explore the beauty of the Capital Region and the world around us by attending cultural festivals, lectures & movies, taking day trips, dining at ethnic restaurants... and lots more. Basically we will do anything we can come up with to feed the wanderlust in our souls, open our minds and experience new things!

Membership is free, and this is not a singles-only group. We are a diverse group, open to all ages... singles, couples and friends... including those who are well-traveled and those who aren't well-traveled but want to travel more, or just wish to learn about other cultures. We welcome anyone who dreams of far away places and is looking for folks with a similar mindset!

In addition to traveling and attending cultural events, Wanderlust regularly organizes and participates in fundraising events for those in need both locally, and in other areas of the world. These are some of our best events, as they bring together people with different ethnic and cultural backgrounds to develop a deeper understanding of each other and form real connections by working on a common concern or issue. In the process of working together toward a common goal, we can also benefit from learning about, understanding, and celebrating our unique contributions, differences and similarities.

This group is run by volunteers and we are always looking for new assistant organizers to plan events. If you're interested in organizing an event yourself, or just have an idea for an event, please let us know. Thanks! - Liz

Upcoming events (5+)

MOROCCO: Classic Group Tour

Morocco

MOROCCO: Classic Group Tour CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1134) to book your spot. Explore the wonders and beauty of ancient Morocco March 23 – 30, 2019 with this exciting and unique locally guided 8 Day group tour through the highlights of ancient Morocco. Join the group and travel from exciting Casablanca, through Fez and Marrakech, all along visiting beautiful palaces, ancient markets, and the amazing Atlas Mountains.* ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $1,199 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1134) to book your spot. NOTE: a meetup RSVP does NOT reserve your space. For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1134) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other club members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). *PLEASE NOTE: This is an exciting and active trip that is constantly on the go exploring the best of Morocco, yet with plenty of time for relaxation. To accommodate this very competitive price, this trip is unique and unlike many of GEC’s other group trips in that you will be joining a larger locally run and guided group tour that could have people from a variety of countries who booked through companies other than GEC. The tour will be conducted in English, but may also include other languages. This is not only a great way to see Morocco affordably, but also meet other travelers from all over the world! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * 8-day locally guided group tour of the highlights of Morocco * 7 Nights in Moroccan level 3-4* hotels * Private transportation between cities * Meals as indicated in the itinerary * Guided tour of Casablanca * Guided tour of Fez * Guided Tour of Marrakech * Guided tour in Rabat * Guided tour of Meknes * Guided tour of the Roman ruins of Volubilis * Travel up and over the Atlas Mountains Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] Click Here For Complete Details and Booking (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1134) Places Visited: Group Trip to Morocco, Morocco Group Tour, Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Immouzzer du Kandar, Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Meknes, Volubilis ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel clubs in the world. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what others are saying about these trips. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the other organizers through meetup message or via phone at (617)[masked] Make Friends. Travel the World.

New England Folk Festival 2019

Needs a location

The New England Folk Festival, widely known by the name NEFFA, is an annual folk festival that blends dance, music, crafts, and food from many places and cultures. This year is our 75th annual Festival and we hope that you will join us! The Festival is run by the New England Folk Festival Association, a cultural and educational, volunteer-run, non-profit organization. The talent of our performers is also provided on a volunteer-basis. https://www.neffa.org/ Consider volunteering for 6 hours during the festival for FREE admission. Prices (2018 prices) Adult (25-64) FRI $20 SAT DAY$30 SAT EVE $30 SUN $30 ENTIRE WEEKEND $85 To be updated when the new schedule is available. 2109 will be my second time volunteering at this festival. Lodging will be arranged and deposit required by 3/1/19. Mansfield is about 3 hours from Albany, NY.

Weekend: Vermont Maple Festival

Saint Albans City

Welcome to the 53rd Vermont Maple Festival, held at St. Albans, Vermont, annually the last weekend in April. During the event, there are exhibits and demonstrations, entertainment, and a craft & antiques show all dedicated to maple syrup. Cost: $275 2 nights hotel in St. Albans, VT, double occupancy Maple Beverage Tasting, 10 tokens St. Albans VT is about 3.5 hours from Albany. Highlights: Carnival, Sugarhouse Tour, Adult Maple Beverage Tasting, Parade, Entertainment, Maple BBQ dinner Itinerary: ~~~~~~~~~~~ @Friday 4.26: 9 pm Meet & Greet Social @Saturday 4.27 8-10 am Pancake Breakfast, $8 maple-good start City Elementary School, *To go breakfast option 1030 Sugarhouse Tours, Free Departs from Church, Bishop St about Taylor Park Arrive 10-15 minutes early 12 pm - 3 pm **Lunch on your own, Explore the Exhibits** - Maple Exhibit Hall: Maple Store, Coffee, Cooking Demo, Free BFA Cafeteria - Antiques Show, Free Town Educational Center - Craft and Specialty Foods Show. Free Bellows Free Academy on S. Main St 3 - 5 pm Maple Beverage Tasting, included 14th Star Brewing 6 pm Maple BBQ Buffet Dinner and Awards. $16 St Mary's Hall, Fairfield Street 7 pm Fiddlers Variety Show, $7 BFA Performing Arts Center @Sunday 4.29 8-10 Pancake Breakfast, $8 City Elementary School, *To go breakfast option 11am Check out 12 pm Annual Maple Festival Parade 1 1/2 hour parade up Stebbins St, over Main St and down Lower Newton ** After lunch, Explore the Exhibits until 4pm ** - Maple Exhibit Hall: Maple Store, Coffee, Cooking Demo, Free BFA Cafeteria - Antiques Show, Free Town Educational Center - Craft and Specialty Foods Show. Free Bellows Free Academy on S. Main St

EGYPT: Group Luxury Expedition & Nile River Cruise

Pyramids of Giza

EGYPT: Group Expedition & Luxury Nile Cruise (May 25 - June 1, 2019) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1178) to book your spot. Join your fellow travel club members from all over on this fun Luxury Group Trip & Nile River Cruise to Egypt! Travel with us in ultimate 5-star style (5-star hotel and a 5-star luxury Nile River ship) joining other like-minded solo & adventure travelers on a Luxury Group Trip & Nile River Cruise to Egypt May 25 - June 1, 2019. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 2 nights in a 5-star hotel in Giza * 4 nights on a luxury 5-star Nile River ship * 1 night in a 5-star hotel in Cairo airport area * Guided tour of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Aswan with expert English speaking Egyptologist guides * Optional tour of the Pyramids of Giza * All meals onboard the ship * Breakfast at hotels * Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary * Airport to ship transfer ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other Meetup members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $1,199 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1178) to book your spot. NOTE: a meetup RSVP does NOT reserve your space. For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1178) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] Click Here For Complete Details and Booking (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1178) Places Visited: Egypt Group Tour, Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Aswan, Cairo, Edfu Temple, Temple of Philae, Unfinished Obelisk, and Nile River High Dam ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving Meetup travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel groups in the country. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what other Meetup members are saying about these trips. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me or one of the other organizers through meetup message or via phone at (617)[masked] Make Friends. Travel the World.

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Dinner: City Line

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