What we're about

Welcome to the Philadelphia International Adventure 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 Philadelphia 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+)

EGYPT: Group Luxury Expedition & Nile River Cruise

Pyramids of Giza

EGYPT: Group Expedition & Luxury Nile Cruise (March 21 - March 28, 2020) 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 in 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 March 21 - 28, 2020. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 8-day, 7-night locally guided group adventure to Egypt * 2-nights in an Egyptian level 5-star hotel in Giza * 4-nights on an Egyptian level 5-star Nile River ship * 1-night in an Egyptian level 5-star hotel in Cairo Airport area * Guided tours of the Valley of the Kings, Aswan, and Luxor with expert local English-speaking Egyptologist guides * All meals on board the ship * Breakfast at hotels * Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary * Airport to ship transfer * All transfers and tours in modern air-conditioned vehicles ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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=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, Luxor, Edfu Temple, Temple of Philae, Unfinished Obelisk, and Nile River High Dam ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

NEPAL: A Scenic Group Trek in the Himalaya

Kathmandu

NEPAL: A Scenic Group Trek in the Himalaya April 23 – May 3, 2020 CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1154) to book your spot. SPECIAL PRICE ALERT! - How would you like to do a small group trek in Nepal at a price that blows the mind? Price starting at ONLY $1,199 Travel April 23 – May 3, 2020 and trek in the lower foothills of the Himalaya. An incredible 11-day Nepal Group Trek (airfare separate). "Incredible views and peaceful culture" best describes this famous Himalayan trek to the popular Poon Hill. This trip is a great way to experience the thrills of trekking in Nepal, but without the extreme altitude, witness breathtaking scenery, and to enjoy a guided exploration of exotic Kathmandu. This locally guided trek is ideal for those travelers seeking to experience the wonders of the Himalaya at an incredible price and definitely suited for both beginners and those with some hiking experience. This is definitely an amazing price for a trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget, immediately after this group trek, why not join the group for a trip to the happiest country in the world and the last Shangri-La, Bhutan (May 3 - 13, 2020). It’s two great trips in one! CLICK HERE for details: http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: PRICE: $1,199 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1154) 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=1154) ----------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE: trips typically sell out 1 - 3 months before departure, so be sure to book your space before they sell out! 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 spouse, 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * Small group trek in the Himalaya to Poon Hill in Nepal * 11 day Nepal tour and trek to Poon Hill in the Annapurna region * Ground transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara * 10 nights in nice 3 star hotels & Himalayan tea houses on trek * Local English speaking Sherpa guide throughout * Sherpa porter during trek to carry 1 main bag * Group Orientation Meeting & Welcome Dinner * All meals while trekking * Breakfast at hotels in Pokhara & Kathmandu Click Here For Complete Details and Booking. (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1154) Places Visited: Group trek in the Himalaya, Group trek to Poon Hill, Annapurna Viewing, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Nepal, Poon Hill trek, Jhinu Danda Hot Springs ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

BHUTAN: A Group Journey to the Last Shangri-La

BHUTAN: A Group Journey to the Last Shangri-La CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213) to book your spot. The group will travel May 3-12, 2020. Ranked as the “Happiest Country on Earth” the secluded kingdom of Bhutan is regarded by many as the last Shangri-La. Bhutan just recently opened its doors to tourism and allows only a handful of foreign tourists to enter the country per year. Be one of the select few to have the rare privilege to see and experience Bhutan, the last Shangri La, on this exciting 10 Day Group Journey to Bhutan! Don’t forget, while in Nepal, why not add on the 11 Day Nepal Scenic Group Trek in the Himalaya which is running immediately before this trip and do 2 incredible trips back-to-back! CLICK HERE for details: http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1154 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: STARTING PRICE: $2,499 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213) 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=1213) ----------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE: Bhutan travel permits are issued on a first come basis and are VERY limited. Once they are sold out, this trip will close. Please book your space early to avoid permits selling out! 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 spouse, 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * Small group tour to Bhutan * 9 nights in mid-range hotels * Local English speaking guides in Nepal and Bhutan * Group Orientation Meeting & Welcome Dinner * Private transportation in Nepal and Bhutan as per itinerary * Bhutan Museum & Monuments fees * Bottled water on tour in Bhutan * Bhutan Visa fee * Airport transfer for KTM-Paro flights * All meals in Bhutan * Breakfast in Kathmandu Click Here for Complete Details and Booking. (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213) Places Visited: Group tour to Bhutan and Nepal, Group tour of Bhutan, Kathmandu, Nepal, Taktsang Monastery, Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang, Bhutan National Museum ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

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.

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