Travel Clubs (and travel related clubs)
What follows is a list of travel and travel related clubs and societies. These clubs are often a wonderful way of bringing like-minded travellers together and sharing some wisdom and enthusiasm, as well as providing some significant benefits and services to members.
This list was compiled and was maintained by Bernd Wechner. It is one of a set of similar lists which can be found on the World Wide Web at:
PLEASE NOTE: These lists are dated. I ran out of time to maintain them years ago. I make no pretense of being able to do so into the future. They were a nice idea and popularly received and I leave it on line for historic reasons mainly. Do not expect it to be accurate or relevant today. You may still of course find some pertinent ideas and tips in them if you're lucky. DO NOT send me a request to exchange links.
Finally, I regularly receive questions regarding these lists, usually for more information. It is very unlikely that I have more information, and such requests unfortunately are a low priority in my mailbox. That's life.
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT)
- Beyond a doubt the most important and underrated travel club on this planet. This organisation coordinates doctors and clinics in over 125 countries. They provide members with detailed medical information and a directory of english speaking medical centres worldwide. Membership is free but a donation is requested.
417 Centre St, Lewiston, NY, NY 14092, USA
188 Nicklin Road, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7L5, CANADA
PO Box 5049, Christchurch 5, NEW ZEALAND
Gotthardstrasse 17, CH 6300 Zug, SWITZERLAND
Ambassador Exchange Travel and Hospitality Club
- A unique club and registry-based service for travel and adventure enthusiasts offering a confidential Travel and Vacation Registry and complementary services for people wanting to partake in travel, vacation and hospitality exchanges.
34 Southport Street
Toronto, Ontario, M6S 4Z8
Ph. (416) 760-9617
- A Belgian Travel Club, which provides a pile of interesting services, car pooling, home exchanges, house sitting, travel companions and so on. I Can't find a postal address, they appear to be a purely net based service.
South American Explorers' Club
- The non-profit South American Explorers Club is widely recognized as the best overall source of travel information about South and/or Central America. With Clubhouses in Lima, Peru; Quito, Ecuador, and Ithaca, New York, the Club provides Members with reliable, up-to-date information on discount airfares, trip planning, travel conditions, and everything else you need to know for your trip or expedition. They also sell maps and guidebooks.
The club's US headquarters can be contacted at:
126 Indian Creek Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
Ph. (607) 277 0488
The Globetrotter's Club
- Produce a nice bi-monthly newsletter and distribute membership lists on request. Mostly British members, but a fair distribution world-wide as well.
London WCIN 3 XXX
- Singled Out was created by a single who was frustrated with traveling alone. This club opens the opportunity for singles to unite, pool their strength, get good low rates, meet new friends and travel companions, and may be even find some romance. Singled Out welcomes any single over the age 18.
3600 S. College Rd., Suite E-380,
Wilmington, N.C. 28412
Ph. (910) 350-8249
National Hobo Association
- Yes, Hobo's have a club. It's not exactly legal anymore if indeed it ever was, but still happening. Not everyone's cup of tea, but if you like the idea of riding America's freight trains for nothing, this is a group that might interest you. They don't officially condone train hopping, who could in this day and age, but they are sympathetic to it. They publish a newsletter which comes with membership.
PO Box 706
Nisswa, Minnesota 56468
Aventure du Bout du Monde (Adventure at the Ends of the Earth)
- A travel club based in France, with a French newsletter, although international membership is encouraged and welcome.
11 bis, rue Maison Dieu
Ph. (1) 43 35 08 95
- A very large, very efficient and rather expensive travel club based in London. They provide all sorts of services to members, including a free magazine, discount airfares, hotel bookings and much more. Write them for further details, they'll send you a pile of info.
45-49 Brompton Road
London SW3 1DE
Ph. 071-589 3315
Fax. 071-589 8418
Foreningengen til Langtursejladsen Fremme
- A Danish yachting organisation that can apparently help place crew on yachts worldwide.
Fax: 86 18 3116
- An English introduction club for travellers. Given a description of your travel plans and/or goals they promise to find you a few people you might like to travel with. This is a service designed for those of us that can't find any friends with enough free time or interest to share our travels.
18 Cavendish Road
Bournemouth BR1 1RF
Tel/Fax: 0202 558314
Odyssey Travel Club
- Another English introduction club for travellers. Much like Travelmate.
21 Cambridge Road
Waterbeach, Cambridge CB5 9NJ
Ph. +44 (0) 223 861079
Disability Travel Services
- DTS appears to provide a variety of services for disabled travellers. It is free to join and seems to be exclusively net based, although they do provide a postal address.
PO Box 1092
Berkeley CA. 94701
Dive World Travel
Dive World Travel searches for, compiles, and maintains current updated information
on all international scuba diving destinations. They have produced a CD-ROM on LiveAboards (boats that take divers on dive-trips to destinations that cannot be reached from a shore-based operation, for durations longer than 2-days) around the world.
P O Box 473,
Euless TX 76039
Ph. 817/ 355-1800
fax: 817/ 355-9456