What we're about

We are world travelers who are passionate about cultural exchange, authentic and responsible travel, global adventure, life-changing experiences, unforgettable personal stories, slow travel, green travel and savvy travel on a budget. If you're as addicted to world travel as we are, or are interested in embarking on the life-long adventure towards fulfillment that we embrace as essential to our existence, you'll enjoy this group.

Join us for one of our many upcoming events, hook up with other members to plan a trip, or just relax on a social outing and share travel tips and stories with fellow adventurers. We have a monthly free Global Travel Social where travelers just come out and chat sharing stories and inspiration. We have a monthly free Talk Travel Meetup which has a travel theme. There are also Special Presentations on travel that may be free or may have a cost depending on venue. Plus, there are Travel Classes that, as the name implies are actual classes on how-to travel (tuition varies based on venue & length of class.)

This group is sponsored by Wild Spirit Travel and by Servas an International, non-profit, travel group. It promotes world peace through travel. When traveling, Servas members can be home hosted around the world. This enables Servas members to make global friends and garner a true understanding of diverse societies.

If you are in the travel industry feel free to come to our meetups, but please no sales or pushing of tours either at meetups or in posts to this group. Instead, come meet the organizers and become a regular member. Once, active, you may be able to do a presentation. This group is about meeting up and learning about travel from each other. If you are not in the area, this is probably not the group for you. Thanks.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Talk Travel - Hiking Far and Near

Caldera Public House

$3.00

There are amazing hikes around the world, including ones here in our backyard. This month we will have a group conversation, with attendees sharing stories of hikes they have taken worldwide. Discover traveler's favorite spots in other countries as well as day trips accessible from Portland. We will start the group discussion at 6:15. This is earlier than normal, but will help control the noise in the great private room we have at Caldera Pub. Plus, it will give us more time to discuss lots of hikes far and near. Talk Travels are free, however, all attendees are asked to donate $3 to cover meetup costs. Also, please plan to buy food and/or drink to support the venue. ONLY RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO ACTUALLY ATTEND. Talk Travels are often super popular and get wait-lists. Not turning up if you have registered is tough on other travelers, the hosts/speakers, and the venue. Please be considerate and honor your RSVP. There is free street parking around Caldera Public House. Plus, it is on a bus route. Do order drinks and food at the main floor bar. Then join us upstairs. Meetup Hosts: Shyla and Dan Bare started this meetup group to hang-out with other travelers and to share the travel tips they learned while traveling to 75 countries. They love to hike and have done so in numerous countries. They are also co-founders of Wild Spirit Travel (www.WildSpiritTravel.com) and have co-authored the best selling travel tips book on Amazon called the Before You Go Abroad Handbook (https://www.amazon.com/Before-You-Abroad-Handbook-International/dp/1537322346). Schedule: 5:20 - Restaurant opens to our group 5:30 - 6:15 - General socializing with travelers (order food/drink) 6:15 - Group Announcements 6:20 - 7:20 - Group discussion on Hiking Far and Near 7:20 - Wrap up 7:30 - 8:00 Continue chatting with fellow travelers and hikers, and settle your bill 8:00 - Head for home where you can make plans for you next amazing hike Photos taken at the event may be used by Shyla & Dan Bare, or Wild Spirit Travel, in social media, websites, or print. They may promote future meetups, travel talks/classes, or general Wild Spirit Travel activities. By attending the event, you give consent to be in photos.

Discover Ecuador with our May speaker - Caitlin

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If you attended our May Talk Travel meetup - you heard Caitlin Murray share what she loves about Ecuador. Caitlin has two openings left on her next Purposeful Nomad tour there (departs June 27). It is a two-week trip for women that want to go beyond traditional tours. For more details, check out the Purposeful Nomad website: https://www.purposefulnomad.com/food-farm-fleece-overview/ Ecuador: Food, Farm, Fleece is a 14-day journey through the gorgeous central regions of Ecuador. From rich cultural traditions and natural beauty to colorful architecture and incredible cuisine. Relax in the dense canopy jungles of the cloud forest and absorb the stillness of the highland plains. This South American country truly has it all. Purposeful Nomad partners with ethical organizations that are off the beaten path providing the opportunity for meaningful exchange with local communities and farms. In the cloud forest, learn the cocoa bean to bar process and farm at Mashpi Artisanal Chocolate farm. In the highlands, learn to cook local cuisine and work alongside Paqocha helping reintroduce alpacas to their native lands. Hike through natural and remote locations untouched by tourism, watch hummingbirds from your window, horseback ride back country roads with expansive views and walk among the alpacas. Through this epic journey you will experience everything Ecuador has to offer from the different landscapes, the rural communities, the amazing food and all the adventure in between. DATE: June 27th-July 10th PRICE: Regular= $3950

Global Travel Social @ Moon & Sixpence

The Moon and Sixpence

$2.00

Join fellow world travelers at the July Global Travel Social. Come share travel stories, ask questions about your next destination, or simply enjoy a drink with global minded people. All travelers or travel dreamers are welcome at our monthly gathering. This month we will be trying a new venue - The Moon & Sixpence in the Hollywood district. It is a charming British Pub with a beer garden out back. As long as it is sunny, we plan to grab a couple tables in the beer garden, and one inside for those that prefer air-con. It really helps to have an accurate headcount so we know how much space to reserve. Please, do NOT sign up unless you actually plan to attend (and you put it on your calendar!) If your plans change after signing up, please switch your RSVP. On the night, find our group by looking for the meetup signs. And do check in with the organizers as we do check people in. This travel social, is free to attend, however, attendees are asked to donate $2 - $4 to cover meetup costs. Also, please support the venue by ordering food and/or drink. The start time is flexible - turn up when you can and leave when you want. Parking is free in Hollywood, but limited. You can also take the bus, or it is a short walk from the Max Station. New to this group? Don't worry - this is a welcoming and friendly group of travelers. Some members have been around the world, others are preparing to get the first stamp in their passport. Photos taken at the event may be used by Shyla & Dan Bare, or Wild Spirit Travel, in social media, websites, or print. They may promote future meetups, travel talks/classes, or general Wild Spirit Travel activities. By attending the event, you give consent to be in photos.

Talk Travel - Find Travel Buddies

Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

$4.00

For years, members have been asking how to find travel partners through this meetup group. As such, we are going to try something new this month - a Talk Travel with the specific them of "Finding Travel Buddies." I have a few ideas on how to facilitate discussions between potential travel partners based on destination, activity level, and more. The goal will be to identify who is actively looking for travel buddies, and then get attendees to move around meeting others with similar interests. Not looking for a travel partner, but still want to attend. No worries, Dan will host a table for people that simply want to come talk travel. We will be at Rogue Eastside Pub - where we will have multiple tables outside in the beer garden if sunny, or inside in the Bistro area if rainy. Look for the meetup signs. At Rogue, please order food and/or drink at the main bar and then join our group. And, it is Tiki Tuesday at Rogue. Member of the Rogue Nation (free to join), get a discount if wearing a Tiki shirt. Talk Travels are free, however, all attendees are asked to donate $3 - $5 to cover meetup costs and buy the speaker/facilitator a drink. Talk Travels are often super popular and get wait-lists. So no showing is tough on other travelers, the speakers, and the venue. Please be considerate and honor your RSVP. Photos taken at the event may be used by Shyla & Dan Bare, or Wild Spirit Travel, in social media, websites, or print. They may promote future meetups, travel talks/classes, or general Wild Spirit Travel activities. By attending the event, you give consent to be in photos.

Past events (270)

Global Travel Social @ Lucky Lab on NW Quimby

Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

$2.00

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