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Yes…you can renew your membership or join the Globetrotters Club online. It is secure and you can pay by all major credit, debit or charge cards. Transactions will be in Pounds Sterling and your bank will convert this to your local currency for you. (If you are not familiar with British Pounds you can find a rough exchange in your local currency on the payment page). Membership costs are as follows:

  • UK – 1 year £15.00, 2 year £28.00, 3 year £39.00
  • Worldwide – 1 year £18.00, 2 year £34.00, 3 year £48.00

Join now with our no-risk guarantee. If you find that Globetrotters does not offer the advice and information you need, let us know within 14 days of receiving your first issue of Globe and we will refund your subscription fee in full (there is no need to return the magazine). Join today-Just Click Here!

As a member, you will be a part of the oldest travel network in existence and have the opportunity to make new friends who share your interest in travel. Once you are a member, you will receive our annual membership that lists all Globetrotters members around the world. You can contact fellow Globies and even stay with some of them or offer to put fellow Globetrotters from around the world up yourself! You will also receive a reduction on any Globetrotter meetings in your area, and will be entitled to have free Globetrotter calling cards to give your details to other travellers you meet while travelling.

There is also a growing list of retailers who provide club members with discounts on a range of products – these are listed in each edition of Globe.

Click here to join & become a Globetrotter or contact membership@globetrotters.co.uk for more information.

World of travel

World of travel

  • Hello, I am current writing a MBA dissertation for Liverpool University, on a new adventure holiday destination in the South Atlantic sea.  The island is called St Helena and they will have their first airport in the country (of 500 years) opening in 2016 which will bring tourism to the island.My dissertation is looking at the activities and services expected by a mid aged, reasonable income adventure tourist and how the indigenous population of the island can benefit from small businesses set up to service this.I would certainly be interested in the feedback and expectation of such a destination from your globetrotting members?Regards Darren Winwood

    email: D.Winwood@liverpool.ac.uk

  • from Paul Roberts – this map Shows World’s Most & Least Touristed Areas http://www.huffingtonpost.com
  • from Matt Doughty – What the man with the best job in the world did next ?  (from the BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk

July meeting news from the Chester, UK branch by Angela, Hanna & Eve

Hi to all Globetrotters again

We thought to send you a reminder of the next meeting on Saturday 21st of July at the Grosvenor Museum.  Doors open as usual at one for a 1.30pm start, see the attached poster.  The first talk will be by Kevin Brackley, entitled “Mysore- Yoga, sightseeing & chai”. Kevin has spent a few months practising his Yoga in India and has plenty to talk about !

The second talk will be by Derek Brown “Traveling by Boat”. Derek is talking about his journeys in Indonesia and Laos.

Hope to see you all there on the 21st, don’t forget to put it in your diary!!

Chester meetings are held at The Grosvenor Museum, 25 – 27 Grosvener Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.

Tickets £3 including refreshments.

For more information contact Angela, Hanna or Eve for further information of this & future events at Chester via email atchesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk

Write in…Travel Photo Competition by the Chester, UK branch

Photos are a great way to record your favourite holiday moments and capture the beautiful locations and peoples you have visited.

We will be holding a best travel photo competition at our 17th November meeting and it is an opportunity for you to share some of your favourite memories with your fellow Globetrotters. All photos must be less than 3 years old and taken on holiday in the UK or anywhere around the world.

The subject can be Land or Seascapes, Wildlife, People Portrait, Famous landmarks or buildings. Photos can be Colour or monochrome prints only. No slides. No electronic. Each person is allowed two entries. Your name, a contact phone number and brief description of subject matter to be written on reverse.

Photos must be min size.7″x 5″Max 18″ x 12″

All entries must be in no later than 15th September you can hand in at the meetings or hand deliver to Flat 1 Langdon House 20/22 Hough Green, Chester CH4 8JA.

Taking perfect pictures every time isn’t easy so it is good that we will have Ron Thomas a local professional photographer to judge the competition and share lots of hints and tips with us during his Illustrated talk on the day.. www.ronthomasphotography.co.uk

There will be a 1st 2nd and 3rd prize.

Committee members are excluded from entering. Ask any of us for info, we are all willing to help!!

Good Luck!!!

GT Travel Award

What is the award ?

Are you inspired by all this talk of travel ?

Are you ready for you own independent adventure ?

Or do you know someone who could benefit from a helping hand into the wider world ?

Each year the club offers up to two £1,000 awards to give out for the best independent travel plan, as judged by the club’s Committee.

The deadline to receive applications for the next award was 31 October 2012, but the club’s Committee are yet confirm that deadline.

See the legacy page on the club’s web site for more details, where you can review previous winners’ trips and/or apply with your plans for a totally independent, travel trip.

If your idea catches our eye we’ll take a closer look at what you’re proposing and give you feedback & maybe a helping hand on your journey of a lifetime !!

July meeting news from the Ontario, Canada branch

Annual Meaford Picnic at Vera Blowers, 228 Eliza St., Meaford, ON.  Tel. (519) 538-5729.  2:00 p.m. to ?

Pot-luck supper, swimming in Georgian Bay, croquet, horseshoes, etc.

Bruce Weber will drive his van, with possible stops at antique car shows in Orangeville or Mount Forest.  Room for up to 3 passengers, leaving Union Station, Bay Street entrance of the GO Station 9:30 a.m.     Return to Toronto about 11:00 p.m. Call Bruce 416 203-0911.

Future Presentations on:                 Possible topics:

Friday, Sept. 21                                 Cycling in Cuba/Nicaragua by Mark Franklin, Career Cycles

Friday, Nov. 16                                 Northern Argentina by Eduardo Barnett and Svatka Hermanek

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand with Friendship Force by Mort Sider and Marilyn Weber

Ontario meetings are held at 8.00pm on the third Friday of January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November, at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade, in downtown Toronto.

Everyone welcome especially visiting travellers J

For more information contact Svatka Hermanek at hermanek@yahoo.ca, Bruce Weber at bruceaweber@hotmail.com / on tel. 416 203-0911 or Paul Webb on tel. 416 694-8259.

July meeting news from the London, UK branch by The Ant

At the July meeting we held the annual “Around the world in eighty minutes.” Event, where we were given 10 presentations of 12 slides taking you on a fast paced journey around the Globe…by GTs members.  This time round we were entertained by the following:-

  1. Kevin Brackley – Signs in India
  2. Sue Learoyd – In Memory of Jean Clough
  3. Tony Annis – Tony’s Tasty Travelling Times
  4. Janie Butler – Tabaski – In the desert with the Tuaregs
  5. Dick Curtis – Nepal – less the trekking !
  6. Jacqui Trotter
  7. Phil Fergusson – Bolivia
  8. Sylvia Pullen – Around Rwanda by Bus
  9. John Pannell – Trans Siberian journey
  10. Neil Harris – Harbin Ice Festival

If you fancy speaking at future branch meeting, talk to Jacqui Trotter and explain your idea

The London branch’s future meetings are detailed at http://globetrotters.co.uk/local-meetings/london-meetings/lm-schedule.html.  

London meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend – then the meeting rolls forward to the next weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, so we start afresh each September.

For more information, contact the Globetrotters Info line on +44 (0) 20 7193 2586, or visit the web site:http://globetrotters.co.uk/local-meetings.html

Other travel clubs

Other travel clubs that might have a similar ethos to Globetrotters 🙂

  • www.bootsnall.com – online travel guide, trip planning resource, and network for the independent traveller
  • Women Traveling Together – membership organization specializing in small group travel for women. Also offers assistance in locating travel companions.
  • Camper Clubs of America is designed to help web surfers find the best outdoor sporting equipment online
  • World Travelers of America (WTA) offers newsletter, several discount programs, travel advisory and safety brochures, and more.
  • South American Explorers – looks like a treasure trove of South American information
  • Women Welcome Women World Wide; fondly referred to as 5W.  This is a club for women (mates and children are usually welcomed) who are interested in meeting and greeting new friends from different cultural backgrounds. Founded and headquartered in United Kingdom.  Has lots of international European Union members.  All the particulars can be found on the internet.
  • The Affordable Travel Club is based in Washington, USA.  Host/Hostesses provide overnight or more lodging and breakfast for visitors.  Can be more if guest clear in advance with host/hostess. Particulars can be found at internet address provided.
  • The Evengreen Club: is very similar to the affordable Travel Club.
  • CouchSurfing.  This group tends to on the young side and into roughing it if necessary in order to have a place to sleep and bathing accommodations.
  • http://www.travellerclub.org/ – Austrian travel club has been a travel community since at least 1996
  • http://www.dzg.com/ – German Globetrotters club, has been holding active meetings since publishing the “Trotter” magazine since 1974
  • http://www.swisstravelclub.ch/ – venerable Swiss Travel Club

Keep those suggestions coming… The Ant

Welcome to eNewsletter July 2012

Hello all,

Here in our very mixed British summer we’re having all sorts of fun 🙂  Besides our endless obsession with the weather, we’ve had the Royal Diamond Jubilee & we’re about to indulge in the Olympics…both events have combined to bring the world to us more than we’re used.  Reversal travel for us Brits and the world coming to see what we have to offer – I hope everyone enjoys their experiences 🙂

On to GTs in the world of travel and the main news being that we need a new editor of this eNewsletter !

As some of you have probably guessed, I’m struggling to get regular editions published on time and I think alternate editors could be better placed to take you forward.  Therefore I’ve decided to standard down after this edition L  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience & have ‘met’ many interesting people over these years…  Thank you to everyone who has been involved & kept us all entertained – good luck in all your own adventures & keep in touch with the club 🙂

If you’re interested in helping out or have useful ideas on what the club can do next, contact them via http://globetrotters.co.uk/contact.html.

What else is happening across the wider travel world ?

That’s all for now and good luck with all your travels 🙂

The Ant     theant@globetrotters.co.uk

World of travel

Sent to The Ant:-

Dear Editor, we are a unique cooking school based in Brittany France.  We wondered whether your membership might enjoy the opportunity to cook and enjoy some great food and wine with us. We specialise in French and modern European cuisine and offer full board and excellent facilities during our gourmet cooking and wine courses. We offer some amazing deals which are well worth exploring. More information is available on our website but do contact me should you have any specific questions.

With best wishes

Poul Jensen

French Dining School Kerrouet 22330 St Goueno Brittany

FranceTel 0033296344381 Email info@frenchdiningschool.com Web www.frenchdiningschool.com

Join the Globetrotters Club

If you have enjoyed reading this eNewsletter, why not visit the Globetrotter website, http://www.globetrotters.co.uk/ and have a look at a copy of Globe, the bi-monthly printed newsletter sent to members only.

Yes…you can renew your membership or join the Globetrotters Club online. It is secure and you can pay by all major credit, debit or charge cards. Transactions will be in Pounds Sterling and your bank will convert this to your local currency for you. (If you are not familiar with British Pounds you can find a rough exchange in your local currency on the payment page). Membership costs are as follows:

  • UK – 1 year £15.00, 2 year £28.00, 3 year £39.00
  • Worldwide – 1 year £18.00, 2 year £34.00, 3 year £48.00

Join now with our no-risk guarantee. If you find that Globetrotters does not offer the advice and information you need, let us know within 14 days of receiving your first issue of Globe and we will refund your subscription fee in full (there is no need to return the magazine). Join today-Just Click Here!

As a member, you will be a part of the oldest travel network in existence and have the opportunity to make new friends who share your interest in travel. Once you are a member, you will receive our annual membership that lists all Globetrotters members around the world. You can contact fellow Globies and even stay with some of them or offer to put fellow Globetrotters from around the world up yourself! You will also receive a reduction on any Globetrotter meetings in your area, and will be entitled to have free Globetrotter calling cards to give your details to other travellers you meet while travelling.

There is also a growing list of retailers who provide club members with discounts on a range of products – these are listed in each edition of Globe. Click here to join & become a Globetrotter or contact membership@globetrotters.co.uk for more information.

Write in (1) …Bishkek to Beijing with Gavin Fernandes

Long term club member, traveller extraordinaire and beer connoisseur Gavin has done it again with his latest adventure !  Whilst at the Travel Adventure show in London, Gavin entered Oasis Overland’s competition to win a place on their 40 day Silk Road expedition and won !  Congratulations Gavin and as he says in his own words… 🙂

The Ant

So here’s the story so far…

It all started with the Adventure Travel Show 2012 for which I volunteered as an Independent Travel Advisor as I have done every year if I’m in London and The Globetrotters Club has a stand there…

Shortly after getting details of the venue from Dick, I discovered the Show’s Facebook page and clicked-on so I got their updates. One of the first tweets was news that Oasis Overland were offering places on their Silk Road Expedition at half price for a limited time as a Show Offer. It was to be an “Exploratory” trip and would be followed by a Japanese film crew documenting the journey and one of their travelling countrymen as he made this 15 week overland trip. Apparently they’d filmed a couple of overland trips before on other continents, also featuring Japanese passengers as part of a series to introduce this relatively unknown method of travel to their viewers.

I had a quick look at the website and then emailed the company to check if the offer details were true and express my interest in the trip. I got a reply confirming that it was an offer for the duration of the travel shows and responded that I would come and chat to them there…

When I did, I discovered that they were also running a raffle to win a place on the trip; one winner from a prize draw at this show, another from the Destinations Show a week later. Each would win half the trip: either Istanbul to Bishkek or Bishkek to Beijing.

I was still mulling over the idea of doing the trip when I arrived at Destinations to discover that a winner had been drawn for the first leg – and it wasn’t me… but I could enter the second draw now..!

I was somewhat taken aback to receive a phone call the following week to tell me that my name had been picked out of the box and I’d won a place on the trip from Bishkek to Beijing!

In the days that followed, the question was “How do I get to Bishkek?” Do I now buy the first leg of the trip from Istanbul or fly to Kyrgyzstan? I considered all sorts of options including a route through Georgia and Armenia, transiting Azerbaijan and crossing the Caspian before coming down through Turkmenistan to meet the truck in Ashgabat!

My current plan is to join the trip in eastern Turkey before the drive across Iran. I’ve travelled around Turkey twice before (once on another truck on a similar route) so I’ll take the chance visit some new places in the country instead.

And at the end of the trip, I end up in north-east China, where I was based for a year in 2007 studying for a Master’s in photography. Might be a few friends and colleagues to look up…

This is the full trip as advertised on their website at full price

http://www.oasisoverland.co.uk/trips/Asia/details/147/-Exploratory–Silk-Road-Trip-15-Weeks-Istanbul-to-Beijing—-One-time-only-expedition-for-2012-.html

and I’ve attached an image of the route map.

Bishkek to Beijing
Bishkek to Beijing

Any other questions, please do ask…!

Gav

Meeting news from the Ontario, Canada branch

Future Presentations on & Possible topics:

  • Friday, May 25, 2012 – Northern Argentina by Eduardo Barnett and Svatka Hermanek
  • Saturday, July ? – Greece and Turkey by Jay Wopperer and Linda Schmieder
  • Friday, Sept. 21 – Cycling in Cuba/Nicaragua by Mark Franklin, Practice Leader,
  • Friday, Nov. 16 – Career Cycles Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand with Friendship Force by Mort Sider and Marilyn Weber

Ontario meetings are held at 8.00pm on the third Friday of January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November, at OLD YORK TOWER, 85 The Esplanade, Toronto; corner of Church St. and The Esplanade;  2 blocks east of Union Station.  Public parking garage beside Old York Tower at the foot of Church St.)

Everyone welcome especially visiting travellers J 

For more information contact Svatka Hermanek at hermanek@yahoo.ca, Bruce Weber at bruceaweber@hotmail.com / on tel. 416 203-0911 or Paul Webb on tel. 416 694-8259.

March meeting news from the Chester, UK branch by Hanna, Angela & Eve

Hallo to everyone again

We had a really great meeting again, with 2 fantastic speakers!  If you couldn’t make it we have written a short review of the talks so you get the gist of what went on!

Hope to see you for our next meeting again, Saturday May 19th and the talks are as follows:-

  • My time in Australia  speaker: Matthew Proe
  • From Kathmandu to Tibet  speaker: Dominique Schickele

See you on the 19th of May

Kind Regards

Hanna, Angela and Eve

Chester Globetrotters meeting on Saturday 17th of March 2012

The first talk was by Madeleine Anderson who had made a journey to South Africa to do the Garden Route by bike.  Madeleine has been a Globetrotter for many years and loves to travel off the beaten track.

Having arrived in Port Elizabeth, via Johannesburg, they transferred to Tsisikama National Park to commence the cycle ride, via Knysna to Mossel Bay.  The roads were well off the beaten track and bumpy at times but they had good mountain bikes which carried the small group further on to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of the African continent, next stop: Antarctica!

Back on the bike sharing the terrain with the local wildlife along the coast, over Chapman’s Peak onto Haut Bay where the cyclists shared an amazing sense of achievement to have arrived at their end point. On the way they stopped to include a whale watching trip but no whales to be seen at that time, they were rewarded later on in the trip off the coast in Simons Town where they saw whales and porpoise frolicking in the sea.

A visit was made to the Langa Township where a tour of the place gave some insight into the way of life there.  Madeleine felt that it could be seen as voyeuristic and different opinions exist on this subject.

The whole journey was a wonderful success and Madeleine met up with a friend who lived locally and together they had a helicopter flight over Cape Town before the moment that she had to return back to Blighty !

The second talk was by John Sunter about Lisbon, the cheapest city in Europe – John travels as much as he can and loves a good bargain trip!

John had £150 to spend and the first thing he did was going on the website Moneysaving flychecker to find the cheapest deal available to him, he managed to get a  flight and hotel for 3 nights for under £150.Planning is important for John and he visited the more important sights such as Baixa,  Avenida , Alfama in the morning so that gets the most out the trip. Mornings are cooler and you have more energy! John found that wherever  you are it always pays off to ask a builder for cheap places to eat so look out for a building site!

Baixa and Avenida are in the centre of Lisbon and close to the water, there is a lovely atmosphere with the old buildings and some of the time of the Moors. You can sit by the water and relax, there is always something going on there.

Alfama is the very old area with all the alleyways, very steep and many houses still with the blue/white tiling as decoration.  The top of the hill houses  Castle Sao Jorge, which was build originally in 1147 and rebuild a few times over the years, the latest rebuild in 1938.

John talked about the history of the city, the spice trade and ships sailing from there to the Cape of Good Hope, which is a link with Madeleine’s talk. He managed to visit the maritime museum which was worth it and enjoyed every minute of his stay in Lisbon!

The info he got from one of the builders in the city paid off, Burger and Chips £ 2.80, Pizza enough for 3 people £8 and a Chinese Buffet £ 3 each, so a lot of good advice and tips to spend a great time in Lisbon.

We had a good turn out again and lots of stories to share in the tea break. We went to the Golden Eagle afterwards where we shared a pint and more stories and friendships were made.  Chester Globetrotters gets better every time!

Chester meetings are held at The Grosvenor Museum, 25 – 27 Grosvener Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.

Tickets £3 including refreshments.

For more information contact Angela, Hanna or Eve for further information of this & future events at Chester via email at chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk

February meeting news from the London, UK branch by The Ant

As I’m way behind on eNewsletters and there have been a number of London meetings since my last edition, I thought I’d just highlight February’s meeting, as both talks were fascinating from different perspectives:-

  • Neil Harris – “Ethiopia: A country of two halves; history in the north, tribal Africa in the south.”

Neil Harris is a keen photographer and since retirement an avid traveller. He talked about and showed photographs of Ethiopia. A country of two halves. The north contains many historic monuments, it was one of the first countries to embrace Christianity, while in the south tribal peoples live a lifestyle largely unchanged since before the arrival of Europeans. The building of a large dam across the Omo River threatens this way of life, this, along with ongoing extensive improvement to the road system throughout the country means Ethiopia is about to change forever.

  • Sarah Murray – From the Magnificent to the Macabre: Send-Offs for the Dead.

Sarah Murray, author of Making an Exit, travelled the world in search of the best send offs. She described her encounters with everything from a spectacular Balinese royal cremation and a chandelier in the Czech Republic made entirely from human bones to the American death care industry’s biggest road show and a ghoulish Sicilian crypt where mummified corpses line the walls.  We joined Sarah for an engaging and highly personal discussion in which she talked about some of the extraordinary rites and monuments she found on her travels (she might even tell you about the plans for her own eventual send off).

See http://makinganexit.net/sarah-murray-biography/ for more details of Sarah’s remarkable interests !

The London branch’s future meetings are detailed at http://globetrotters.co.uk/local-meetings/london-meetings/lm-schedule.html.  

 

London meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden at 2.30pm the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend – then the meeting rolls forward to the next weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, so we start afresh each September.

For more information, contact the Globetrotters Info line on +44 (0) 20 7193 2586, or visit the web site: http://globetrotters.co.uk/local-meetings.html

Welcome to eNewsletter March 2012

Hello all 🙂 ,

Welcome to this very late, first edition of 2012 !  I’ve been too caught up in family life & working and so now I’m trying to catch up with many a missed travelling tale/Globetrotter story !!

In this edition we’ve got plenty of club news, including a fantastic trip by long term Globie Gavin Fernandes and plenty of news from Chester & Toronto branches.

Hopefully you’ll find the wait on my slow editorial efforts worth it.  In the meantime I will endeavour to get back to a more regular output, so keep those stories & news items coming,

The Ant

What is happening across the wider travel world ?

  • October 2011 travel award winner Nick Hunt’s,  “…exploration in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor…across Europe from Holland to Istanbul.” http://afterthewoodsandthewater.wordpress.com/
  • Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and World Photo London.  Marking the 5th Anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards, the winners’ exhibitions will be on show inside the Embankment Galleries. In this vast photographic exhibition, you will find some of the best contemporary images taken by photographers from across the globe. Mixed media installations will include traditional print, video, moving image and 3D, with subjects spanning all genres, including fine art, fashion, portraiture, sport and photojournalism.Alongside the exhibition at Somerset House, World Photo London (27-29 April) is returning for its annual weekend of events. The programme is for anyone who enjoys photography, from photography fans to practicing enthusiasts, including; City Project Workshops, Business of Photography Seminar, Blurb Drop-In Workshops, Critique Sessions and Winners Tours.

    Many events are free and students receive 20% discount on most ticketed events.

  • Frommer’s publish a list of global events that have plenty of ideas for travellers – enjoy at http://events.frommers.com/sisp/index.htm
  • follow the progress of the “It’s on the meter team” and their round the world journey by London taxi at http://www.itsonthemeter.com/
  • follow the progress of Sarah Outen’s “London2London” adventure at http://www.sarahouten.com

That’s all for now, enjoy the read and keep sending me more of your stories, adventures and articles 🙂  Happy 2012 to you all… The Ant     theant@globetrotters.co.uk

Write in (2)…GTs and social media !

Club member Agata Zborowska has spent time & effort trying to raise GT’s profile and wants to tell you about:-

Globetrotters Club finally has an active Facebook Page and Group.

Globetrotters Facebook Page

Globetrotters Page is there for anyone from general public who can ‘Like’ our Club if they find it interesting and enjoy our talks. It is regularly updated with upcoming talks, news and links for our speakers. If you are on Facebook you can like it as well and invite your friends to do the same. The more of us the better!

facebook.com/pages/Globetrotters-Club/224228294327796

 Globetrotters Club Group

Globetrotters Club Group is there for all current members who can share links, experiences and thoughts. This is only accessible for Globies with active membership

facebook.com/groups/6943552924