What we're about
Travel is a valuable investment in yourself and in your society--as it rejuvenates body and mind, enriches memory and consciousness, and enhances the quality of your contribution to society. Do you put off travel because it's not affordable as one person, not fun traveling alone, or too much to organize by yourself? Then this is a good group for you. If you are travel professional and would like to publicize your tours to over 700 residents of the Pacific Northwest, this is also a group for you.
Group members are usually 40 and older (in age or maturity) who appreciate the companionship and cost sharing of traveling with one or more people. Having a travel companion does not mean you have to share a bedroom--you can book lodging so each person has his/her own bedroom and bathroom. Nor does it mean that you do everything together--you can arrange some independent sightseeing or time alone during the trip.
Four ways this group benefits you:
Travel professionals publicize tours that you can join, and these are meant to provide opportunities for group members. Please note that these tour announcements are not necessarily endorsements of a tour or a company. Members assume total responsibility for joining advertised tours (just like in ordinary life).
If you are planning a trip or want to find a roommate for a cruise, you can do a meetup (or meeting) to meet potential travel companions. Doing your own meeting is one of the the advantages of this group, and a very effective use of Meetup's software. It is easy to do, guidance is provided, and you make a $25 contribution towards Meetup's charges for hosting this group. Financial contributions from members and travel professionals help this group continue and be there for you and others in the future. Please note that members assume total responsibility for choosing travel companions and traveling with them, just as in regular life.If you are looking for travel companions, please contact the Group Organizer, Andrew, to set up your meetup.
The Group Organizer organizes one or two overseas trips a year. These are not for profit, so it's a deal you won't get anywhere else. They are two-week, comfortable vacations for an average price. It's just a few people, and the focus is on beautiful architecture and gardens, beautiful landscapes, and tasty food and wine. The trips are planned up to a year in advance because of the benefits of advance planning. In 2018, the remaining trip is China in October. 2019 destinations are Morocco in April and Myanmar/Burma in December. Future destinations include Paris and Provence, southern Spain, Prague, Vienna and Salzburg, Rome and Tuscany, the English countryside, and the Kyoto and Kamakura in Japan. If these vacations appeal to you, and you are a highly responsible and reliable person who can plan in advance, please contact the Group Organizer, Andrew. These trips are often not advertised, so you need to contact the Group Organizer.
We also have meetups for some Seattle-area events with a strong connection to another country or culture--concerts, art exhibits, dance performances, theater, etc. These meetups are a way to meet group members with similar interests who may be future friends or travel companions. Sometimes the events are paired with a meal at a restaurant, so members have more opportunity to interact.
Join us to enjoy the benefits and joys of travel and companionship!