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Great 2 hour meeting! Interesting, very nice people from several countries and with very substantial past adventurous travel experience. And with some great suggestions and ideas. The comment was made by one, that they love to travel but don't want to do it alone. For those of us without mates (probably most of us), this is the situation for all of us. This group will solve that problem. I had scheduled this meeting for the bar area of the restaurant "La Casa de Pedro". I'd been there twice before and there had been plenty of room. This time too crowded and noisy. We moved several doors away, a few steps, to Panera Bread. We'll meet there in the future, much better. Suggestions included to make sure to people who might view the site that this is an ADVENTURE travel group, not for example to do routine cruises. There are other meetups for those, and many other opportunities. We discussed our past travel experiences and some possible ideas for the future. This group will "evolve". It's a new concept in travel meetups and we'll learn from experience. Another good comment was that when a trip is organized, that every effort should be made for those going on the trip to meet and make sure they are in agreement as to the way they want to travel (for example nice hotels vs guest houses or hostels) and what they want to see. Some trips might be the "organizer" and one or two others, such as if someone from or with relatives in another country offers to take a few people there with them, some trips might have a lot of people. Please feel free to have me sign you up as an assistant organizer. If you do that you can schedule trips or meetings yourself. This group will also be a location for sharing of travel info. Here's one suggestion for you. There is a travel guidebook series, "Lonely Planet" guidebooks. They have a great website, Lonelyplanet.com. THere's a lot of travel info on it. There is a subsection, "Thorntree". It's separated by countries if they are major countries, otherwise continents or major areas. People post questions and people around the world answer. Sometimes depending on the question there are no answers, sometimes a few, sometimes dozens. Questions may be for example, the best areas to go to in a country, what to see there, etc. Or, where to stay, or how to get to point A to point B. People who answer go to a lot of effort to provide a lot of detail. You can view questions that have been posed, and the answers, without logging on. Or. free, no charge, you can create a screen name and get a password and post your own questions or answer the questions of others. I've planned major trips this way. I've found the answers I've been given to be very useful and reliable, except be aware that if a question is posed where is the best place to stay in an area (hotel etc) or best guide, that the person giving the answer may be from that place, basically advertising. It's very interesting and very useful. Take a look. On another subject, there are other travel meetups that are basically businesses. Some have some very good sounding trips at fairly reasonable cost. BUT, BUT for example, I've researched Machu Pichu and have spoken to people who have gone there. There are many U S travel companies, or meetup groups, with whom to book. BUT, my research shows that all these companies can do (for Machu Pichu) is to subcontract to a Peru based licensed guide. And the price is increased to reflect that. And they may not place you with the best local company. From my research, the best local (Peru) guiding company is Llama Path, in Cusco, Peru. They have an astounding more than 400 Trip Advisor reviews with a rating of five stars out of five. And the cost is hundreds cheaper than booking through a company here. On their website they also offer side trips. This is a trip I want to make and I'll be posting it at some point, probably for next spring. The point is, bookiing a local guide after very, very carefully checking them out, may result not only in a cost savings but in getting the best guide/tour company, better and cheaper than through a U S based travel company. I am also very interested in chartering a sailboat to sail through the Caribbean, either with a crewed boat, or better and cheaper, if any member has the skills for us to take out a boat without a crew. Any ideas? WE NEED YOUR IDEAS!!!! And co-organizers!!!!