What we're about

This group is for all the travel-lovers out there! In addition to the small-group international trips that we host, there are a variety of virtual events to join, and we will also try to host local meetup events which are a great way for all kinds of travelers to connect, swap stories, seek travel advice, and get inspired.

We like to encourage our community stay engaged, and host events that help you learn about different cultures and countries across the world.

For those you are interested, you can check out all the upcoming international trips we're hosting here (https://traversejourneys.com/trips/all), and sign up to receive updates and travel discounts here (https://traversejourneys.com/discounts-sign-up).

If an international trip we're hosting is of interest to you, go ahead and RSVP "yes" on the Meetup page. It just means that you'd like more information -- it is not an obligation to go!

Upcoming events (4+)

Classic Machu Picchu & Cusco

Needs a location

$2,495.00

Have you always wanted to visit Machu Picchu? Join us for a trip of a lifetime in Peru. Experience the majesty of Machu Picchu, learn about the ancient city of Cusco, and soak in local culture through the Inca trail hike or a no-hike option with excursions in the Sacred Valley.

SEPTEMBER 3-11, 2022 - Spots almost sold out!
MAY 20-28, 2023

See all the details here:
https://traversejourneys.com/trips/peru-machu-picchu

This 9-day itinerary offers two options: Choose to hike the classic Inca Trail or opt for the non-hiking version and explore the Sacred Valley, both culminating with a visit to Machu Picchu. We’ll start together in Cusco and learn about ancient Andean culture before heading to Ollantaytambo for cultural immersion and a pachamanca traditional feast. From there, hikers will take off on the 4-day hike and non-hikers will stay back and explore Moray, Salineras, Pisaq and other ancient sites. We’ll all meet up together at Machu Picchu with our fantastic local guide before heading back to Cusco for our last night of fabulous Peruvian cuisine.

What's included?

All Itineraries:

8 nights’ accommodations in boutique, centrally located hotels • Daily breakfast, 6 dinners, 3 lunches (hiking) or 1 lunch (non-hiking)

• Transfers to/from Cusco airport

• All transportation between Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and group excursions

• Cultural exchange with our community partner to learn about the preservation of the Quechua language + contribution to their organization

• Entry fee to Machu Picchu + bus to/from Aguas Calientes + train to Ollantaytambo

• Boleto turistico with entry to more than 12 museums & archeological sites

• Healthy, nourishing meals using traditional ingredients and local sourcing

• Small group experience, max 16 people

Hiking option:

4 days/3 nights hiking the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu • Healthy, nourishing meals prepared by our on-site cook, starting with breakfast on departure day to breakfast on last day of the hike

• Clean, potable water throughout the hike

• A team of local porters to carry provided tents, chairs, food, medical emergency kit and other equipmentSleeping mat provided (you will carry)

• Entry fee to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

• Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes + train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

• Option for a full or half porter to carry some or all of your suppliesLocal guides 24/7

Non-hiking option:

Continued stay in Ollantaytambo

• Excursions & entry fees to the Moray ruins, Salineras salt mines, and Pisaq artisanal market

• Organic farm lunch with a visit to a local rum distillery and brewery

• Optional visit to Chinchero to learn about traditional textiles

• Train to/from Aguas Calientes + bus to/from Machu Picchu

• Entry fee to Machu Picchu + guided tour

• Traverse representative 24/7

See the full itinerary and inclusions here: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/peru-machu-picchu

Explore Italy: Traditions in Food & Art

Needs a location

$3,495.00

September 10-18th, 2022
SPECIAL DEAL until June 15th - $100 off!

See the full trip details and secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/italy-food-and-art-tour

Please RSVP here on Meetup to express interest in finding out more. As well, note that this trip is promoted on several channels so RSVP numbers here do not reflect actual guest count.

Join us on this 9-day tour through the most alluring sites, tastes, and scenes of Northern Italy. Our itinerary starts in Milan and journeys through the diverse sites of Venice, Parma, and the Dolomites. Along the way you'll enjoy a fascinating look into the artistic traditions and distinct culinary specialties unique to each region. Traverse and taste your way through scenic mountains and coastline, while exploring local artisan forms such as wood-carving, glass-blowing, and mask-making. You'll also enjoy an in-depth cooking class, visits to wineries as well as a peek into time-honored methods for creating Italian staples like culatello and parmesan cheese. Through these different regional traditions, you'll gain insight into why culinary and artistic heritage are the pride of Italian people.
This trip has been put together and will be led by an Italian native and you will traverse the stomping grounds of her home region. She will be there every step of the way, to lead you through regions and experiences in Italy that most tourists would not know to explore.

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations
  • 8 nights in boutique 3- or 4-star accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Transfer from Linate airport (LIN) upon arrival
  • Transfer to Linate airport (LIN) on final day of trip
  • Metro costs in Milan
  • Gondola lift ticket in Dolomites
  • Private ground transport days 2-4 and on day 7
  • Boat transport in Venice to hotel & between hotel to included sites/destinations
  • Train from Venice to Parma
  • Roundtrip taxi to Torrechiara castle from Parma
  • E-bike rental in Torrechiara
  • Activities
  • Orientation walks around main sites of Milan, Venice & Parma
  • Visit to woodworking shop in Tesero
  • Cooking class in Cavalese
  • Learn about mask-making in Venice
  • Visit to glass blowing center in Murano + demonstration
  • Visit to cellars at Corte Pallavicina (with lunch)
  • Culatello museum tour
  • Parmesan cheese factory tour
  • Dall'Asta winery visit (and lunch)
  • Additional options to add another cooking class in Parma as well as a mask-making workshop in Venice
  • Meals
  • Daily breakfasts at our accommodations
  • Multiple dinners & lunches (4 dinners + 3 lunches) + aperitivo in Parma
  • Additional
  • Visit to our local community partner + donation to their organization
  • Dedicated Italian-native guide throughout
  • Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure
  • Adherence to our Covid-19 Safety and Risk Management Framework
  • Small group experience, max 12 people

See the full trip details and secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/italy-food-and-art-tour

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Needs a location

$1,995.00

September 18-23, 2022

For full info and to secure your spot: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/ireland

RSVP to express interest in finding out more!

Our popular trip to Ireland is back again - with plenty of options to customize and create the itinerary that's perfect for you! This 6-day journey (with optional extensions to make a 10 or 14 day trip) will immerse you in the luring magic of Ireland's rugged Western shores, bursting with rich traditions and folklore, not to mention picture perfect vistas.

Starting with explorations in Killarney National Park, you'll venture to small villages in picturesque surroundings and explore lesser-travelled scenic roads criss-crossing rugged landscapes that will take your breath away. We'll visit impressive castles, ancient stone circles and dolmens, colorful towns full of charm, and plenty of lively pubs with Trad music and friendly locals galore. Of course, we'll be sure to bring you to a perfectly timed visit to the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher and other spectacular highlights, but you'll also discover off-the-beaten-path secret spots that will leave you in love with Ireland's unique charms.

This trip will be led by our expert Irish guides, ensuring that you are provided an authentic and immersive experience throughout the journey... well beyond the tourist trail and cookie-cutter sights/routes.

INCLUDED:
Accommodations-
5 nights in welcoming and locally-run boutique B&Bs

Transportation-
Pick up from Kerry airport or Killarney town on arrival day
Transport to Dublin airport on departure day
Ground transport between each destination in private vehicles

Activities-
Entry and guided tour of Ross Castle
Visit to Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall
Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the Coastal Walking Trail (from secret entrances, away from the crowds)
Visit to Minard Castle and other off-the-beaten path sites
Guided orientation walks around each town
Scenic drive around Slea Head with stops at a farm with sheepdog demo, ancient Beehive huts, Coumeenole beach, Dunquin pier & more
Visit to select sites in the Burren region of County Clare including ancient dolmens, caves & ferry forts
Special night of Trad Music at countryside pub on the Dingle peninsula

Meals-
Daily full breakfasts + 2 lunches
3 group dinners at top-notch, hand selected restaurants

Additional-
Visit to our local community partner Irish Seed Savers + donation to their organization
Dedicated Irish Traverse guide & driver throughout
Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure
Adherence to our Covid-19 Safety and Risk Management Framework
Small group experience, max 12 people

This is a small-group trip, promoted in several Meetup groups and cities across the US, therefore RSVP numbers below do not reflect actual guest count on the trip. Get in touch or RSVP below to receive more info!

For full trip details: https://traversejourneys.com/trips/ireland/

Morocco Yoga Retreat

Needs a location

$1,995.00

An 8-day Morocco adventure starting in Marrakech where we head south to the ancient Kasbah village of Aït Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue into the Sahara desert to our Berber camp, complete with a camel ride, oasis excursion and music under the stars. En route back to Marrakech, we stop at Berber women’s textile co-op to learn about the important work they do in their community. Finally, we return to the bustling city of Marrakech, discovering the souks & crafts throughout the medina. Throughout the trip you’ll enjoy 2x daily yoga, fantastic local cuisine, and cultural education about traditions, artisanship and the Moroccan way of life. The trip ends in Marrakech, or you can choose an optional 3-night add-on to Fes and Chefchaouen.

OCTOBER 2-9, 2022
MARCH 11-18, 2023

See all the details here:
https://traversejourneys.com/trips/morocco-retreat

Itinerary includes:

  • 7 nights’ accommodations in boutique guesthouses & desert camping
  • 2x daily yoga
  • Excursion to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah
  • Sahara desert excursion with 2 nights all-inclusive camping complete with camel rides, permanent structure tents with real beds, stargazing, traditional music & food and an oasis trek
  • Visit to a traditional Berber textile women’s co-op + trip contribution to their organization
  • Marrakech souk tour and hamman spa day
  • Daily breakfast + 6 dinners + 3 lunches
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Small group trip, max 12 people
  • 1 Traverse host and 1 local guide 24/7 + dedicated drivers
  • Optional add-on to Fes & Chefchaouen

https://traversejourneys.com/trips/morocco-retreat

This trip is designed by your Meetup organizer Ashley Blake to showcase the incredible landscape, spirit and hospitality of Morocco!

Past events (148)

Guatemala Wellness & Yoga Retreat

Needs a location

$1,495.00

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