What we're about

Welcome to the Toronto 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 Toronto 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+)

AROUND THE WORLD Group Tour (Spring Itinerary): 21 Days

AROUND THE WORLD Group Tour (Spring Itinerary): 21 Days http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1233 -- March 3 - 23, 2019 (Spring Itinerary) Travel AROUND THE WORLD on this affordable fully guided group tour (Spring Itinerary). 21 days, 6 countries, 4 continents, 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. This original tour is the world's first and only affordable (but still 3*-4* hotels) fully-guided group tour Around the World... and YOU are invited! CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1233) for more details and to book your spot. Installment payment plans available. *Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No Single Supplements with free roommate matching - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Join other like-minded solo & adventure travelers on this fully guided 21 day Around the World Group Tour March 3 - 23, 2019 and visit: --- Auckland, New Zealand: Guided tour Auckland, Optional tour to Waitomo Caves & Rotorua --- Bali, Indonesia: 3d/2n island tour, Leisure day at beach to rest and relax --- Bangkok, Thailand: Optional Floating Markets day tour, Guided tour of Bangkok --- Cairo, Luxor & Aswan, Egypt: 4d/3n Nile River cruise in 5-star ship & 2 nights in Cairo, Guided tours of the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Aswan, and Cairo with expert English speaking Egyptologist guides, optional Pyramids of Giza Tour --- Munich, Germany: Visit the famous beer gardens of Munich, Leisure day to rest and relax --- Salzburg, Austria: Guided tour of Salzburg ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: PRICE: $5,450 (base price - airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1233) 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 BELOW (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1233). SPREAD THE PAYMENTS: we offer flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost over multiple payments. Contact GEC for details http://www.gectravel.com/contact.php ----------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE: trips are typically 15 +/- 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 club members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). ----------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel clubs in the world. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what others 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.

MOROCCO: Classic Group Tour

Morocco

MOROCCO: Classic Group Tour CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1134) to book your spot. Explore the wonders and beauty of ancient Morocco March 23 – 30, 2019 with this exciting and unique locally guided 8 Day group tour through the highlights of ancient Morocco. Join the group and travel from exciting Casablanca, through Fez and Marrakech, all along visiting beautiful palaces, ancient markets, and the amazing Atlas Mountains.* ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: BASE PRICE: $1,199 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1134) 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=1134) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- GET THE SCOOP! Want to see what other club members are saying? Then check out the GEC Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php). *PLEASE NOTE: This is an exciting and active trip that is constantly on the go exploring the best of Morocco, yet with plenty of time for relaxation. To accommodate this very competitive price, this trip is unique and unlike many of GEC’s other group trips in that you will be joining a larger locally run and guided group tour that could have people from a variety of countries who booked through companies other than GEC. The tour will be conducted in English, but may also include other languages. This is not only a great way to see Morocco affordably, but also meet other travelers from all over the world! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * 8-day locally guided group tour of the highlights of Morocco * 7 Nights in Moroccan level 3-4* hotels * Private transportation between cities * Meals as indicated in the itinerary * Guided tour of Casablanca * Guided tour of Fez * Guided Tour of Marrakech * Guided tour in Rabat * Guided tour of Meknes * Guided tour of the Roman ruins of Volubilis * Travel up and over the Atlas Mountains 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=1134) Places Visited: Group Trip to Morocco, Morocco Group Tour, Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Marrakech, Immouzzer du Kandar, Ifrane, Beni Mellal, Meknes, Volubilis ---------------------------------------------------------------- The GEC (http://www.gectravel.com/) is a group of fun-loving travelers looking for other like-minded people to travel the world with. The travel club started 10 years ago with just a handful of meetup members and has grown into one of the largest travel clubs in the world. Check out the GEC’s Testimonial Page (http://www.gectravel.com/testimonials.php) to see what others 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.

EGYPT: Group Luxury Expedition & Nile River Cruise

Pyramids of Giza

EGYPT: Group Expedition & Luxury Nile Cruise (May 25 - June 1, 2019) 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 to 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 May 25 - June 1, 2019. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 2 nights in a 5-star hotel in Giza * 4 nights on a luxury 5-star Nile River ship * 1 night in a 5-star hotel in Cairo airport area * Guided tour of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Aswan with expert English speaking Egyptologist guides * Optional tour of the Pyramids of Giza * All meals onboard the ship * Breakfast at hotels * Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary * Airport to ship transfer ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $1,199 (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, Cairo, Edfu Temple, Temple of Philae, Unfinished Obelisk, and Nile River High Dam ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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 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.

PERU: Group Trek to Machu Picchu (with Optional Amazon Rainforest)

Machu Picchu Trek (with optional Amazon extension) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) to book your spot. Join members from all over on this incredible Group Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru! 2019 DEPARTURE DATES: -- September 7-14, 2019... optional Amazon Sept 14-16 A classic 'must do' for any adventure traveler, join a group of fun, like-minded people on a 8-day group trek to Machu Picchu. On this fully supported and fully guided group trek, we'll travel along the less crowded and touristy, but more beautiful Salkantay Trail (rated as "One of The 25 Best Treks in the World" by National Geographic Traveler Magazine) through the Andes Mountains on ancient Incan trails to Machu Picchu, one the 7 Wonders of the World. Camp 1 night next to an active glacier, view snow-capped mountains up close, soak in natural hot springs along the trek, and take a scenic train ride that follows a river through dramatic mountain valleys. It's an adventure that just can't be missed! After the trek, why not join the group on an optional 3d/2n visit to the Amazon Rainforest! NOTE: On this trek, we'll have a full support staff, including cooks, local guide, and porters (with horses) to carry all our gear and setup our camps. You just need to walk and enjoy! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $1,899 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1162) 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=1162) to book your spot on the trip. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Included in the awesome adventure: * Expert English speaking local guide * 8 days: 3n camping & 4n excellent hotels * Hot Springs visit during trek (subject to schedule & being open – entrance fee extra) * Guided tour of Machu Picchu * Entrance fees to Machu Picchu * Fully supported 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, including: -- Porters and cooks -- All meals on trek & breakfast in hotels -- Filtered or boiled water during trek -- Horses/mules during trek to carry gear -- All camping gear, including tents & inflatable mattress (except sleeping bag - can rent) -- Dinning tent, cooking tent, bathroom tents ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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=1162) >Places Visited: Group Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, optional Amazon Rainforest ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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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