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+)

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.

Oz Stravaganza

All Things Oz Museum

The longest running and largest Wizard of Oz themed festival in the world is getting ready to dazzle thousands of fans, young and old alike in the birthplace of its creator, Lyman Frank Baum. Camping: Verona Beach State Park, $22 per night. Festival Cost: FREE Optional: All Things Oz Museum: $5 The Wild, local zoo $15 Festival Schedule: TBD

RUSSIA: Luxury River Cruise - St. Petersburg to Moscow (optional Land Extension)

RUSSIA: Luxury River Cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow (Sept 1 - Sept 7, 2019) With optional Moscow & St Petersburg Extensions (Aug 29 - Sept 10, 2019) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1249) to book your spot. Join fellow travel club members from all over and experience a luxury ship-based exploration of Russia! Starting in St Petersburg, traveling up the Volga River all the way to Moscow in 5* style and comfort! Before & After the cruise, why not join the optional land-based 8d/6n Pre & Post trip extension to further tour the highlights of St Petersburg and Moscow? This package includes 5* hotels and fully guided city tours in each location – 4 days/3 nights in St Petersburg before the river cruise & 4 days/3 nights in Moscow after the cruise. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 7d/6n Russian River Cruise on a Russian 5* level ship * Ship Based Expedition Leaders * Local guide for optional activities * All shore landings per the daily program * Daily sightseeing in small groups, never more than 20-25 guests * All meals aboard the MS Volga Dream include house wines, beer and soft drinks * Diverse range of cultural activities aboard the ship * Formal and informal presentations by the ship's Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled Included in the Optional St Petersburg & Moscow Land-Based Trip Extension 8d/6n Pre & Post 5* Hotels & City Tours (4d/3n St Petersburg & 4d/3n Moscow) if purchased: * 6 Nights accommodation in 5-star hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg * Daily sightseeing in small groups, never more than 20-25 guests * Moscow visits include: the Kremlin, Red Square, the Armory and the Tretyakov Gallery * St. Petersburg highlights: the magnificent Hermitage, Peterhof and Catherine's Palace ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $2,399 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1249) 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=1249) 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=1249) Places Visited: Russian River Cruise, Russian River Cruise Group Tour, St Petersburg, Moscow, Volga River ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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 over 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.

PERU: Group Trek to Machu Picchu (with Optional Amazon Rainforest)

Machu Picchu Trek (with optional Amazon extension) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) to book your spot. Join members from all over on this incredible Group Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru! 2019 DEPARTURE DATES: -- September 7-14, 2019... optional Amazon Sept 14-16 A classic 'must do' for any adventure traveler, join a group of fun, like-minded people on a 8-day group trek to Machu Picchu. On this fully supported and fully guided group trek, we'll travel along the less crowded and touristy, but more beautiful Salkantay Trail (rated as "One of The 25 Best Treks in the World" by National Geographic Traveler Magazine) through the Andes Mountains on ancient Incan trails to Machu Picchu, one the 7 Wonders of the World. Camp 1 night next to an active glacier, view snow-capped mountains up close, soak in natural hot springs along the trek, and take a scenic train ride that follows a river through dramatic mountain valleys. It's an adventure that just can't be missed! After the trek, why not join the group on an optional 3d/2n visit to the Amazon Rainforest! NOTE: On this trek, we'll have a full support staff, including cooks, local guide, and porters (with horses) to carry all our gear and setup our camps. You just need to walk and enjoy! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $1,899 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) 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=1162) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * Expert English speaking local guide * 8 days: 3n camping & 4n excellent hotels * Hot Springs visit during trek (subject to schedule & being open – entrance fee extra) * Guided tour of Machu Picchu * Entrance fees to Machu Picchu * Fully supported 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, including: -- Porters and cooks -- All meals on trek & breakfast in hotels -- Filtered or boiled water during trek -- Horses/mules during trek to carry gear -- All camping gear, including tents & inflatable mattress (except sleeping bag - can rent) -- Dinning tent, cooking tent, bathroom tents ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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=1162) >Places Visited: Group Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, optional Amazon Rainforest ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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 over 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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New England Folk Festival 2019

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