What we're about

Welcome to the LA/OC 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 Los Angeles and Orange County 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+)

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.

COSTA RICA: Eco & Adventure Group Tour

La Fortuna

COSTA RICA: 8 Day Group Trip CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1098) to book your spot. GROUP TRIP DATE: -- May 25 – June 1, 2019 Join members from all over on our most popular trip. A Group Trip to Costa Rica! Join the club on a group tour of Costa Rica May 25 – June 1, 2019! This is an exciting 8-day adventure to Central America's most incredible country, loaded with lots of activities, volcanoes, rainforests, mountains and beaches. This trip is an excellent option for those who wish to see the best of Costa Rica with a group of fun, like-minded adventurers. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Pricing and Booking: PRICE: $1,499 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1098) 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=1098) to book your spot. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 and Spanish speaking guides and naturalists * Up close views of an active volcano * Canyoneering trip * Rest and relaxation in natural, volcano heated hot springs * Guided nature walk at the base of a volcano with a local Naturalist * High-wire canopy zipline ride along the roof of the jungle * Experience of nature at its best * 3 days / 2 nights at beach * OPTIONAL: Scenic horseback ride alone Lake Arenal * OPTIONAL: ATV tour or Class 3-4 whitewater rafting 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=1098) to book your spot. >Places Visited: Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Rio Toro, Lost Canyon, San Jose, Samara Beach ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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 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.

JORDAN: Group Tour of Petra, Red Sea and the Wadi Rum Desert

JORDAN: Group Tour of Petra, Red Sea and the Wadi Rum Desert (June 1 - 7, 2019) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1245) to book your spot. Join your fellow travel club members from all over and experience one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” on this exciting group tour to Jordan. Explore amazing Petra, float weightlessly in the Dead Sea, travel by 4x4 through the Wadi Rum Desert made famous by the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” & spend a night under the stars in a comfortable Bedouin desert camp with a BBQ and traditional belly dancing show. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: * 7-day, 6-night locally guided group adventure to Jordan * 5-nights in a Jordanian level 3-4 star hotels * 1-night in a comfortable Bedouin desert camp (with 2 beds) * English-speaking local guide * Guided tour Petra * Guided 4x4 tour of the Wadi Rum Desert * Overnight visit to the Dead Sea * BBQ and traditional belly dancing show at Bedouin camp * Visit Madaba, Mt. Nebo & Kerak Castle * Guided Amman City Tour * Breakfast daily * Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary NOTE: Why not join the GEC group trip to Egypt (before Jordan) and/or the GEC group trip to Turkey (after Jordan) and explore two or even three great countries back to back to back. --- EGYPT (May 25 – June 1): http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1178 --- TURKEY (June 10 – 17): http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1246 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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: $1,799 (airfare additional) CLICK HERE (http://www.gectravel.com/details.php?record=1245) 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=1245) 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=1245) Places Visited: Jordan Group Tour, Petra, Red Sea, Wadi Rum Desert, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Kerak Castle ---------------------------------------------------------------- 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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