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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
  • 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 !!

Write for the eNewsletter

If you enjoy writing & travelling, why not write for the free Globetrotters eNewsletter!  The Dragonfly would love to hear from you: your travel stories, anecdotes, jokes, questions, hints and tips, or your hometown or somewhere of special interest to you. Over 15,000 people currently subscribe to the Globetrotter eNewsletter.

Email The Dragonfly at  thedragonfly@globetrotters.co.uk with your travel experiences / hints & tips / questions. Your article should be approximately 1000 words, feature up to 3 or 4 jpeg photos and introduce yourself with a couple of sentences and a contact e-mail address.

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