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+)

CROATIA: Dubrovnik & the Islands

Dubrovnik

CROATIA: Group Tour (October 6 – 12, 2019) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1243) to book your spot. DEPARTURE DATE: -- October 6, 2019 Join members from all over on this exciting GEC small group tour to the up and coming country of Croatia. Discover the stunning Dalmatian Coast and the historic towns of Dubrovnik and Stone, and a day of island hopping to the Elaphite Islands. We also have optional day tours to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kotor Bay in the country of Montenegro, the ancient and beautiful town of Mostar in Bosnia, and to the island communities of Korcula & Peljesac including Wine Tasting. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $1,899 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1243) 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=1243). ----------------------------------------------------------------- ***Note: immediately After this trip, when not join the Prague, Vienna & Budapest group trip. Details at: http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1230 ----------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE: trips are typically 10 - 12 +/- people and they tend to 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * Expert English speaking local experts for select tours * GEC Trip Ambassador * Small group tour of Croatia * Walking Tour of Dubrovnik (with Game of Thrones Highlights) * Island Hopping Day Tour to the Elaphite Islands * Breakfast daily * 6 nights lodging in excellent mid-range hotels * Optional: Full day excursion to Mostar & Kravice Falls in Bosnia * Optional: Full Day Tour to Montenegro * Optional: Full Day Tour to Korcula & Peljesac with Wine Tasting Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] For prices, details and to book your space on this tour, please CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1243) >Places Visited: Group Tour of Croatia, Dubrovnik, Elaphite Islands, Optional group tour to Montenegro, Optional group tour of Mostar & Kravice Falls in Bosnia, Optional Korcula and Peljesac including Wine Tasting ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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 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.

TIBET & NEPAL (with Mt. Everest Base Camp): 13 Day Classic Overland Group Tour

TIBET (with Mt. Everest Base Camp): 13 Day Classic Overland Group Tour Through the Himalaya October 6 - 18, 2019* *** Book by April 30, 2019 and receive a $500 early booking discount *** CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1194) to book your spot. -------------------------------------------- The group will travel October 6 - 18, 2019. Join other like-minded members and travel overland deep into the majestic and awe inspiring Himalaya Mountains, including a night at Mt. Everest Base Camp in Tibet, on this exciting group tour to Tibet and Nepal. Join the group as we explore ancient 1,000+ year old Buddhist monasteries, visit friendly Tibetan villages that rarely see tourist, take in breathtaking scenery in the Himalaya Mountains, spend a night in a Monastery Guesthouse Hotel near the foot of Mt Everest, and explore the exotic and vibrant cities of Kathmandu, Nepal & Lhasa, Tibet... all in one awesome group tour. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: STARTING PRICE: $3,899 OR $3,399 with the $500 early booking discount through April 20, 2019 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1194) 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=1194). ----------------------------------------------------------------- ***Note: immediately After this trip, why not join the group tour to Bhutan, the last Shangri-La. Details at: http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in this awesome adventure: * Expert English speaking guides * Travel overland through the mighty Himalayan Mountain range with a local guide and driver * Fully guided tour of Tibet with English speaking Tibetan Guide * Overnight at Mt. Everest Base Camp in Tibet in a Monastery Guesthouse * Excursion to Mt. Everest Base Camp in Tibet (light hike or ride in group vehicle to base camp) * Scenic flight over the Himalaya with possible views of Mt. Everest * Visits to numerous active Tibetan monasteries that date back 1,000+ years * A chance to explore the exotic city of Kathmandu, Nepal * Spectacular views of mother nature at her best and of an ancient civilization that has changed little over the past 1,000+ years * Accommodation on a twin share basis * Breakfast daily Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1194) to book your spot. >Places Visited: Group Trip to Tibet, Lhasa, Tibet, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Nepal, Himalayan Mountains ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

BHUTAN: A Group Journey to the Last Shangri-La

BHUTAN: A Group Journey to the Last Shangri-La The group will travel October 18 - 27, 2019 CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213) to book your spot. 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! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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). ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * 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 Need help booking your airfare? Just email me or give me a call at[masked] CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1213) to book your spot. >>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 ---------------------------------------------------------------- ***Note: immediately Before this trip, when not join the group trip to Tibet. Details at: http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1194 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

AFFORDABLE ASIA: 14 Days, 5 Destinations

Angkor Wat

AFFORDABLE ASIA: 14 Days, 5 Destinations (November 10 - 23, 2019) – starting at $1,399 CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1250) to book your spot. Join your fellow travel club members from all over and experience some of the Best Sights of Asia on this Affordable 14-day group tour to 5 different destinations – starting at just $1,399 (plus airfare and optional activities). Explore --- Angkor Wat, Cambodia --- Beaches & Islands of Southern Thailand (Phuket) --- Bangkok, Thailand --- Kathmandu, Nepal --- Nagarkot Hill Station in Nepal for Himalaya Viewing TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 14-day, 13-night locally guided group adventure to 5 destinations in Asia * Expert English-speaking local guides in each location * 13 nights lodging in excellent affordable hotels (NO hostels) * Airport transfers during trip ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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=1250) 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=1250) 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=1250) --------------------------------------------------------------- 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.

Past events (165)

JAPAN: Kyoto & Tokyo with Bullet Train

Tokyo, Japan

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