What we're about

Modified March 23, 2015

There are many travel meetup groups, some of which are "for profit", and many commercial travel companies. There is nothing wrong with such groups and companies, but there is no need for another group to do the same as they do. The goal for this group to fill a different "niche", to be different from the others.

The goal is for this group to be different in:

1. Adventurous trips, whether in the U S or abroad. But that's not all we are, Some other groups do that, read on.

2. This is NOT a for-profit group. I, the founder and original organizer, am not seeking any compensation for trips or otherwise.

3. It is my concept that unlike some other groups, the "organizer" of a trip will not go for free, subsidized by increasing the costs of others. I do not criticize other groups that work that way, I have been on some wonderful trips with some, but I'm going to experiment with this group being different.

4. While the organizer of a trip will not go for free, it is my goal/hope that many others who participate in an event will share the planning. Perhaps one person will investigate air fares, another where to stay, another what to do there, etc. Time will tell if this works out. The work to be done by any one person may be as minimal as making a phone call to an airline, calling a hostel, or a few minutes research on the internet. It's very little work if spread out, but a lot of work for one person to do by themselves.

5. There is no minimal threshhold for how adventurous the trip will be. It may be to the wilds of Borneo or a weekend in Marthas Vineyard, biking and staying in a hostel. This is not MY group, it's OURS. Are you looking for someone, one person or more to accompany you on a standard-type cruise? A night at a concert? POST IT, become an event organizer, just contact me to do that.

6. In some situations we will be able to save our members a lot of money on great trips compared to other commercial companies and meetup groups. EXAMPLE: Machu Pichu (Peru). Typically, a trip there with a guide up the "Inca Trail" is advertised at about $1700 plus air fare. From my research, a gude must be a Peru-based licensed guiding company. Therefore someone here can only subcontract it out to a local guiding company. From my research, the best Peru-based guiding company is "Llama Path". They have almost 500 Trip Advisor reviews with an average 5 stars. I called them. Cost if booked directly through them, for a group, about $600 each (as of 2015 prices).

Couples as well as singles will be welcome. Some people would like to do this type of adventurous traveling but need someone or others to go with them. This is the group for that . Become a co-organizer and post whatever kind of event or trip you like.

This will also be as a clearing house for ideas. If you have some great info to share, become a co-organizer and post whatever you like.

Those are my initial ideas, I'm looking for ideas from others, some of which are already coming in. THe concept will not doubt change develop over time.

Upcoming events (2)

Let's meet and talk about ideas
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My time is flexible to meet except that weekends I like to ski or hike and March 6-14 I will be skiing in the French Alps (with a Meetup group).

Report on first meeting
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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!!!!