What we're about

Welcome to the Austin International Travel Club!

Simply put, this group is for people who want to make friends and travel the world.

The group tries to Meetup locally in the Austin area to bring adventurous people together to talk about where we’ve been and where we dream of going… fun, casual, free face to face get-togethers with members from our community to visit local restaurants, grab a social drink together in one of the local bars or maybe even take a hike or a walk at a local park. But ultimately, our commonality is that we love travel but would prefer not to do it alone. Before starting this Meetup group, I traveled solo because all my friends were married or didn’t have the time or interest in adventurous travel. I wanted to share my experience and love of travel with others who could relate, both reminiscing about old adventures and dreaming/learning about new destinations. But I also wanted to find others to join me on these amazing adventures, to explore with new friends the local cultures around the world, and to bring the beauty of these amazing cultures back to our community. I was a member of Meetup for other non-travel interests I had, so I figured Meetup was the perfect place to find other like-minded people. So, I became an Organizer and started my own group with a fellow traveler and adventurer who was in the same boat as me.

That’s the goal now and that was the goal when it all started over 10 years ago with a simple dream and our first meetup event... 2 organizers and 1 member gathering in a bar to talk about and share our love of travel. With time and years of dedication to our Meetup group and events, both free casual local get-togethers and ultimately our adventures to exciting places around the world (still to this day being almost exclusively solo Meetup members looking to meet and share their experience with others), partnerships with other Meetup groups and Organizers who also embrace the idea of sharing this world with other like-minded people, the creation of GECtravel (a website we created entirely as the direct result of our success with Meetup to simply help us coordinate our Meetup member’s trip reservations), our original Meetup vision has grown beyond our wildest dreams. Little did we know at the time that we weren’t the only Meetup members with dreams to meet other travel-loving people locally, but who were also looking for other members from all around to share the experience of exploring exciting destinations around the world. Years later, we are thousands and thousands of Meetup members strong! No longer do we have to do it alone... Meetup has made it possible for us to Make Friends and Travel the World!

So, come join us and live the adventurous life you’ve always dreamed of.

Upcoming events (5)

IRELAND: Best of the Emerald Isle Group Tour

Ring of Kerry

IRELAND: Best of the Emerald Isle Group Tour (May 17 - 23, 2020) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1118) to book your spot. Join your fellow Meetup members from all over as we explore the incredible beauty of the Emerald Isle on this group trip to Ireland! Visit the beauty and fun of Ireland as we explore the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney & Bunratty Castle, the historical towns of Cork, Galway, Kinsale, Killarney, Adare & Limerick, and of course Ireland’s world famous food, drink and music. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 7-day, 6-night small group tour of Ireland * GEC Trip Leader * Transportation and tours as indicated in modern vehicle * Full Irish breakfast daily * 6-nights hotel in European Level 3-4 star hotels * Ring of Kerry tour * Walking tour of Limerick * Visit to Killarney * Visit to Cork * Visit to the Cliffs of Moher * Entrance to Blarney Castle and the famous Blarney Stone * Entrance to the Blarney Woolen Mills * Visit to Burren National Park * Visit to Galway * Visit to Kinsale * Visit to the village of Adare * Travel along the scenic Atlantic Way * Visit to ancient Drombeg Stone Circle ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $2,199 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1118) 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=1118) 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=1118) Places Visited: Group Tour to Ireland, Shannon, Cork, Kinsale, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Galway, Adare, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woolen Mills, Limerick, Ring of Kerry, The Burren, Bunratty Castle ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

COSTA RICA: Eco & Adventure Group Tour

La Fortuna

COSTA RICA: 8 Day Group Trip (July 11 - 18, 2020) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1098) to book your spot. GROUP TRIP DATE: -- July 11 - 18, 2020 Join Meetup members from all over on our most popular trip. A Group Trip to Costa Rica! This is an exciting 8-day adventure to Central America's most incredible country, loaded with lots of activities, volcanoes, rainforests, mountains and beaches. This trip is an excellent option for those who wish to see the best of Costa Rica with a group of fun, like-minded adventurers. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: PRICE: $1,699 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1098) 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=1098) to book your spot. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * Expert English and Spanish speaking guides and naturalists * Up close views of an active volcano * Canyoneering trip * Rest and relaxation in natural, volcano heated hot springs * Guided nature walk with volcano views with a local Naturalist * High-wire canopy zipline ride along the roof of the jungle * Experience of nature at its best * 3 days / 2 nights at beach * OPTIONAL: Scenic horseback ride alone Lake Arenal * OPTIONAL: Class 3-4 whitewater rafting ---------------------------------------------------------------- For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1098) to book your spot. >Places Visited: Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Lost Canyon, San Jose, Samara Beach ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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. Make Friends. Travel the World.

AZORES: The Hawaii of the Atlantic - Group Tour

AZORES: The Hawaii of the Atlantic - Group Tour (July 15 - 19, 2020) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1256) to book your spot. PRICE: $1,399 (airfare additional) Join your fellow Meetup members from all over and explore quaint and modern Portuguese Island chain of the Azores! Often referred to as the Hawaii of the Atlantic Ocean, this quaint and modern Portuguese Island chain also elicits comparisons to Ireland, Iceland, and in unexpected way tropical visions of a real-life Jurassic Park. Join this exciting group tour and explore this beautiful remote island with a group of like-mined adventurers. And now with direct flights from Boston, New York, and Canada, this undiscovered beauty won’t stay this way for much longer! TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * Small group tour of the Azores, Portugal * GEC Trip Leader * Transportation and tours as indicated in modern vehicle * Breakfast daily * 4-nights hotel in European Level 3-4 star hotels * Tour of Ponta Delgada * Tour of Ribeira Das Caldeiroas Natural Park * Visit to the of Village of Povocao * Boat Trip & Whale Watching * Pineapple Plantation Tour * Furnas & Hot Springs * Visit to Lago da las Sete Cuidades Crater * Stop at a local Tea Plantation ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $1,399 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1256) 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=1256) 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=1256) Places Visited: Group Tour to Azores Islands Portugal, Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Das Caldeiroas Natural Park, Povocao, Furnas & Hot Springs, Lagos da las Sete Cuidades Crater ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

JAPAN: Kyoto & Tokyo via the Bullet Train (Optional Mt. Fuji Post-Trip Hike)

JAPAN: Kyoto & Tokyo via the Bullet Train (with Optional Mt. Fuji Hike) August 31 - September 6, 2020 (Aug 31 - Sept 8 with optional Mt Fuji Hike) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1257) to book your spot. Pricing and Booking: STARTING PRICE: $2,299 (airfare additional) -------------------------------------------- Join your fellow Meetup members from all over on an exciting group tour to Japan (with an optional post-trip hike of Mt Fuji)! On this much-anticipated trip, you’ll explore historic and modern Japan with a group of fun, like-minded people. Explore beautiful Kyoto, travel to Tokyo via Japan’s ultra-highspeed bullet train, and visit cosmopolitan Tokyo. We’ll even end this trip with an optional 3 day/2 night post-trip extension to hike the legendary Mt. Fuji (1 night on the mountain & 1 night in our Tokyo hotel). This group trip is a fantastic way to see the beauty of Japan (and experience an adventurous hike if you want) with a group of fun, like-minded adventurers. CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1257) to book your spot. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: STARTING PRICE: $2,299 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1257) 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=1257). ----------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE: These small group trips are open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler (roommate matching is free - or you can get your own room) OR join with a partner, friends or other family members. All are welcome! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in this awesome adventure: * 3-4 star hotels * Day tour of Tokyo * Tokyo Bay Cruise * Walking tour of Kyoto * Evening walking tour of Gion Kyoto * High-speed bullet train Tokyo to Kyoto * Guided tours as mentioned in itinerary with expert English speaking local guides * GEC English speaking Trip Leader * Excellent mid-range hotels * Breakfast daily * Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary * All transfers and tours as indicated in modern air-conditioned vehicles OPTIONAL 3d/2n Mt. Fuji post-trip Hike Extension (included if option is purchased): * Guided overnight hike to summit of Mt Fuji * 1-night mountain hut and 1-night at hotel in Tokyo * Transportation via bus between Tokyo and Mt Fuji * English speaking local guide * Breakfast daily. Dinner on Mt Fuji. * Entrance fees CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1257) to book your spot. Places Visited: Japan Group Tour, Tokyo, Kyoto, optional Mt Fuji group hike. ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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. Make Friends. Travel the World.

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