What we're about

A really warm welcome to Travel Buddies!

We are a small independent company that specializes in bespoke group travel as we feel experiences are better shared and there is so much to gain from travelling together.

We started up in 2013 and have 4 groups in the UK which meet for social events, the chance to meet other members, get involved and talk travel.

We plan trips all over the world, from weekends away in Europe to long haul trips in far off destinations, and have had amazing experiences worldwide whilst making great new friends and sharing unforgettable moments together.

If its adventure that you crave, culture, relaxation or doing something completely different there are trips to suit every type of traveller and every budget.

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We hope to see you at a meet up soon and look forward to travelling with you and making more unforgettable memories!

Upcoming events (4+)

Italy PUGLIA 5 day trip, Italian cookery Class, Olive Groves & Wine Tasting.

Needs a location

£699.00

TRIP NOW FULL!

Hi Travel Buddies, We wanted to let you know that we have 6 different groups so the numbers you see responding to the number of attendees are correct. Members from other groups are added as a +1 of the host. They aren't made up numbers so please do go ahead and book in confidence that the trip will be going ahead. Emma 🙂

If you’re yearning for a trip that is filled to the brim with fantastic food, wonderful wine and amazing and unique accommodation then come and join Travel Buddies on this great adventure. Puglia may well be famous for being the boot’s heel of Southern Italy but what most people don’t realise is that it is also the culinary capital of the country and is the primary producer of Europe’s pasta and olive oil. What better place to experience La Dolce Vita?

This is the fifth time that Travel Buddies is making this trip to Puglia. Many of us have visited other parts of Italy but not specifically to the Puglia region, which is in the heel of the boot. It really is a superb trip from start to finish!

Not only will we have plenty of time to enjoy the superb culinary delights of Puglia in its famous restaurants and eateries but we will also venture through ancient olive groves, and amble along the streets of Bari where the women will show us how the region’s special pasta is made. We will also take part in a rustic cookery session where we get to try our hand at whipping up a proper Italian feast for dinner using local ingredients from Puglia.

The accommodation choices in Puglia ooze charm and authenticity and provide the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area including Bari, Matera and the Itria Valley. We’ll start by staying in one of the beautifully renovated ancient caves that epitomise the UNESCO town of Matera then spend an evening in our own private conical stone Trullo's in the heart of Puglia’s rolling Itria Valley.All this combined with beautiful whitewashed towns of Bari and Locorotondo, the perfect Italian trip!

We will be sharing twin rooms throughout the trip although there is also the option to have a room to yourself for a supplement of £120 for the 4 nights. Otherwise you will be paired with a like minded travel buddy.

For full details of the trip please follow the link below...

https://www.meetup.com/Travel-Buddies-South-East/events/283199606/

You need to book your own flights and they are with these are with Ryanair and are just £77.19 as of today. if you choost the travel light option you can them add the Priority +2 cabin bags for £6 per flight once you have added your name to the booking.

25/05/2022
Depart Stanstead 16.50 Arrive Bari 20.50 Flight Duration 3h
Flight Number FR1905

29/50/2022
Depart Bari 22.00 Arrive Stanstead[masked]h 50m
Flight Number FR1906

You will need to book your own travel insurance and make sure that you are covered for all types of activity that you may take part in during the trip. You also need to be double vaccinated.

COST
The price of the above tour is £699.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account.
A non deposit of £99. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance of £600 needs to be paid by the 25th April 2022

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To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/

PLEASE NOTE ; IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS UPON RSVP'ING.

By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/27435299/Travel_Buddies_Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy/

Di will be hosting the trip as well as our favourite Italian guide, Marius!

Looking forward to doing what the Italians do best...... All of the good things in life!

4 nights in Brussels with Day Trip to Bruges.

Needs a location

£465.00

ONLY TWIN ROOMS LEFT AVAILABLE.

The Fantastic capital city of Belgium is abundant in museums, palaces, squares, shops, and restaurants. We will spend our days roaming the city streets, visiting the iconic Brussels Mannekin Pis and learning all about (and sampling ) world renowned Belgium choccies. :) We also explore Bruges on a full day trip by train.

I have booked twin rooms in a three star hotel in the heart of Brussels that is an excellent base for travelling around the city.

We will be sharing twin rooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and a buffet breakfast is included each morning. There is an option to have a room (please note these rooms have single beds) to yourself for £120 for the 4 nights.

To view the full itinerary of the trip please follow the link below...

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/events/284798534/

What IS included.

  • 4 nights accommodation at the Bedford Hotel and Congress canter
    sharing a twin room with breakfast each morning
    *Airport transfers by private minibus.
  • Chocolate making workshop with guided tour of the chocolate museum.
  • Return train Brussels to Bruges
  • Guided tour of Bruges.

What's Not Included.

  • Meals other than those listed above.
  • public transport fees and tips for the guide
    *Any extra excursions.

International Flights.
The below flights are the suggested flights. You are more than welcome to book different flights from wherever is most convenient for you in the UK. If you wish to join the group from a different flight you will need to arrange a transfer to the hotel

You need to book your own flights. Below is the flight that Gillie will be taking.

Suggested flights are with Brussels Airlines and are as follows. They are currently £173.63 and this includes a 23kg checked luggage, you need to select the Economy Classic option.

The flights will most likely rise in price the closer it gets to the date of departure so it is best to book as soon as you have RSVP'd yes.

Outbound (Direct)
[masked] Depart London Heathrow 11.05 Arrive Brussels 13.15 Flight Number SN2094

Inbound (Direct)
[masked] Depart Brussels 21.25 Arrive London Heathrow 21.35 Flight Number SN2103

  • Any other activities than those listed above.
  • Entrance fees, public transport and tips.

COST
The price of the above tour is £465.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC:
A deposit of £99 needs to be paid when you RSVP to reserve your place. The balance of £366 needs to be paid by the 1st May 2021

If we haven’t received your payment within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released.

PTS Air Travel Trust
Account number:[masked]
Sort Code:[masked]
Reference:[masked] Your First and Last Name. PLEASE READ. IF YOU HAVE BOOKED A TRIP WITH THE GROUP BEFORE PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU USE THE CORRECT REFERENCE NUMBER. [masked]) EACH TRIP HAS A SEPERATE PAYMENT REFERENCE AND IF THE CORRECT ONE IS NOT USED IT CAN CAUSE A FAIR BIT OF EXTRA ADMIN FINDING THE LOCATION OF THE PAYMENT SO IT WOULD REALLY BE APPRECIATED. THANKYOU.

To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/

SOME NOTES FOR THE TRIP

You will be sent a list of what to bring with you and everything you need to be prepare for the Coronavirus requirements well in advance.

By RSVP'ing to this trip you are stating that you have read the "Travelling with the group during Covid 19 restrictions" page and understand the requirements. Please see below link.

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/32133956/Travelling_with_us_during_COVID_19_restrictions/

Our "Terms and conditions" can be found here

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/29306779/Travel_Buddies_Terms_And_Conditions/

Please answer all of the questions you get asked when you RSVP.

What is your full name? what is your contact number? What is your email address? Do you know the travel buddy you wish to share a room with?

The itinerary is subject to change, we cannot control the weather and so will adapt the itinerary to suit but we absolutely endeavour to deliver everything on the itinerary. In the instance that an alternative accommodation may need to be used it will be of equal or higher standard.

You will need to have a minimum of 6 months validity left on your passport from the return date to the UK in order to be able to travel and be double vaccinated against Covid 19.

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7 Nights Exploring Albania, City, Mountains & Coast.

Needs a location

£629.00

TRIP NOW FULL!

WE WILL ALSO BE RUNNING THIS TRIP IN SEPTEMBER 2022 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THAT ONE :)

Join Travel Buddies as we travel to Albania, which may be a little country but it offers a lot to see and do. Bordering Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo and Montenegro, Albania’s long coastline is one of the most ruggedly beautiful in the world.
While Albania is slowly becoming more popular with tourists it remains extremely undiscovered, as well as almost completely unspoiled. Albania boasts some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture in the world, along with supremely clear Mediterranean air and stunningly fabulous beaches.
I have wanted to arrange an Albanian tour for the group for some time now and am so excited to have finally finished it. This week long adventure combines the City and culture of Albania, the amazing mountainous landscapes and the stunning Albanian Riviera.
Our Albanian guide who will be staying with us for the duration comes very highly recommended to me by another Travel Buddy and he has guided and advised me as to how to create a perfect itinerary for us.
From great food, swimming in a lagoon and visiting a war bunker to browsing bazaars, crumbling ancient castles and the sunny beaches. It is all here! I really hope this trip does Albania the justice it deserves :)

To view the full itinerary please follow the link below...

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/events/283500043/

What's Included.

  • Travel Buddies host.
  • Welcome meeting
  • All overland transport
  • English speaking guide and driver
  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast each morning
  • Driver and Guide
  • Entrance fees for the following, Rozafa castle, Ethnographic
  • Museum, Berat castle and Onufri Museum Gjirokaster castle
  • Lumas- Sineci experience. Hike and Swim.
  • What's not Included

You need to book your own flights and they are with these are with Easyjet and are just £77.98 as of today. I would advise to book your flight as soon as possible after booking on to the trip as they are likely to rise the sooner we get to the date of departure. Please ensure that you read the baggage regulations carefully. If you choose the standard fayre you can add a large cabin bag (10kg) for £13.74 per flight or if you require more space you can also add hold luggage.
05/06/2022
Depart London Gatwick 09.00 Arrive Tirana 13.05 Flight Number
EZY[masked]/06/2022
Depart Tirana 13.45 Arrive London Gatwick 15.55 Flight Number EZY8942
Entrance fees, transport fees and meals other than those listed above.
COST
The price of the above tour is £629.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC:
A non refundable deposit of £99. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance of £529 needs to be paid by the 5th May 2022
Trustees of PTS Air Travel Trust
Account number:[masked]
Sort Code:[masked]
REFERENCE:[masked]
Your First and Last Name
To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/
PLEASE NOTE ; IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU ANSWER THE QUESTIONS UPON RSVP'ING.
By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies:
https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/29306779/Travel_Buddies_Terms_And_Conditions/
Below is the link to travelling with us during Covid 19 restrictions.
https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/32133956/Travelling_with_us_during_COVID_19_restrictions/
IMPORTANT ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS. What is your full name? what is your contact number? What is your email address? Do you know the travel buddy you wish to share a room with? Do you wish to have a room to yourself for a supplement of £155?
Please note that you will need a minimum of 6 months validity left on your passport in order to be able to travel.
I really hope that you like the itinerary as much as I do and I really look forward to exploring this stunning country with you. Emma.
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A Week in CROATIA with Bosnia Day Trip, Island Boat Trip, Wine Tour & Dubrovnik.

Hi Travel Buddies, We wanted to let you know that we have 6 different groups so the numbers you see responding to the number of attendees are correct. Members from other groups are added as a +1 of the host. They aren't made up numbers so please do go ahead and book in confidence that the trip will be going ahead. Emma 🙂

Join Travel Buddies for our first trip in a long time as we head to Mlini on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. This incredible itinerary has been tailor made for the group and encompasses a super range of activities, swimming in waterfalls in Bosnia & Herzegovina, an Island Boat trip with lunch, a winery tour and a day exploring the ancient history of Dubrovnik. This week really is full of super excursions but also includes time to relax in beautiful surroundings.

For full details of the trip please follow the link below...

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/events/283912901/?isFirstPublish=true

What's Included

Travel Buddies host

7 nights at the 3* Hotel Astarea in a twin room with breakfast included
each morning.

Airport transfers in Croatia

Evening vineyard tour with wine and nibbles

Full Day Elaphite Islands cruise with lunch. (Please note that this is not a private group tour)

Full day trip to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls.

One and a half hour Dubrovnik walking tour
What's not Included

International Flights.
The below flights are the suggested flights. You are more than welcome to book different flights from wherever is most convenient for you in the UK. If you wish to join the group from a different flight you will need to arrange a transfer to the hotel.

You need to book your own flights. Below is the flight that Gloria will be taking.

Suggested flights are with EasyJet and are as follows. They are currently £120.20 return from London Gatwick for the flight only. This includes a a small bag. ( the cheapest way to add luggage is to always go for the basic fayre and then add it after the seating options) If you wish to add a 10kg cabin bag it is 15.74 per flight. A 15kg luggage will cost and additional £28.99 per flight and a 23Kg luggage it is an additional £34.24 per flight. The flights will most likely rise in price the closer it gets to the date of departure so it is best to book as soon as you have RSVP'd yes.

Outbound (Direct)

06/06/2022 Depart London Gatwick 13.40 Arrive Dubrovnik 17.25 Flight Number EZY6427

Inbound (Direct)

13/06/2022 Depart Dubrovnik 18.20 Arrive London Gatwick 20.15 Flight Number EZY6428

Any other activities than those listed above.
Entrance fees, public transport and tips.
COST
The price of the above tour is £695.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC:
A deposit of £99 is required when you RSVP. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance of £596 needs to be paid by the 6th May 2022. You can also have a room to yourself for a supplement of £210 for the 7 nights. Please let us know when you RSVP if you would like this.

Trustees of PTS Air Travel Trust
Account number:[masked]
Sort Code:[masked]
Reference:[masked]. Your First and Last Name. PLEASE READ. IF YOU HAVE BOOKED A TRIP WITH THE GROUP BEFORE PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU USE THE CORRECT REFERENCE NUMBER. [masked]) EACH TRIP HAS A SEPERATE PAYMENT REFERENCE AND IF THE CORRECT ONE IS NOT USED IT CAN CAUSE A FAIR BIT OF EXTRA ADMIN FINDING THE LOCATION OF THE PAYMENT SO IT WOULD REALLY BE APPRECIATED. THANKYOU.

To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/

SOME NOTES FOR THE TRIP

By RSVP'ing to this trip you are stating that you have read the "Travelling with the group during Covid 19 restrictions" page and understand the requirements. Please see below link.

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/32133956/Travelling_with_us_during_COVID_19_restrictions/

Our "Terms and conditions" can be found here

https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/29306779/Travel_Buddies_Terms_And_Conditions/

Please answer all of the questions you get asked when you RSVP.

What is your full name? what is your contact number? What is your email address? Do you know the travel buddy you wish to share a room with? Do you wish to have a room to yourself for the duration of the trip for a supplement of £210?

The itinerary is subject to change, we cannot control the weather and so will adapt the itinerary to suit but we absolutely endeavour to deliver everything on the itinerary. In the instance that an alternative accommodation may need to be used it will be of equal or higher standard.

You will need to have a minimum of 6 months validity left on your passport from the return date to the UK in order to be able to travel.

We really look forward to having you join the group for this superb adventure.

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