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Throughout my 25 year career in tourism I have been a tour guide, trip leader, tour escort and expedition leader. I planned and guided tours with Meaningful Trip to Nepal and Iran. I have been Expedition Leader for school groups throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. I lead outings for Seattle Outdoor Adventurers Meetup – with 20,000+ members, it is one of the biggest activity and adventure-based Meetups in the USA. Throughout 10 years with REI Adventures I served as Tour Escort on 2 trips annually; these always focused on activity, adventure, ecotourism, small ship expedition cruising, cultural immersion and responsible tourism. I’ve also worked with groups, nonprofits and more.

If you are interested in having me lead a trip for your travel company, group, nonprofit, school or alumni group,  please contact me:

Email: Phone: 206-305-2200

Please click here to see my various Travel Services offered.

Join Me on Adventures in
2023 and 2024:

ICELAND Ring Road Adventure, Sep 8-16, 2023

PORTUGAL Experience, Sep 22-20, 2023


BAJA Adventure Week, Feb 2024

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Join me on these 

Specially curated adventures to some of the world’s most exciting destinations, offering the activities you adore, value-pricing, comfortable lodgings, culinary delights, local guides, authentic touches, giving back, and, of course, Meetup fun and camaraderie.


ICELAND Active Ring Road
Our second year running this amazing adventure. Iceland is one of the most popular spots on the planet, and for good reason. This adventure covers the entire Ring Road. Visit and experience: The Golden Circle, waterfall hikes, ice-dotted black sand beaches, glacier trekking, ride Icelandic horses, explore lava tunnels, and soak in hot thermal baths.

PORTUGAL Experience
Spend 9 days covering all the highlights between Lisbon and Porto. Tour Lisbon by bicycle. Visit fairytale Sintra Castle, check out the canals of Aviero, spend time exploring Porto and the Douro Valley, Visit the University area of Coimbra, and the medieval city of Evora. Small group of only 8.

YUCATAN Discovery
This popular 8-day trip starts and ends in Cancun. Spend multiple nights in Merida, Valladiolid and on the beaches of the Riviera Maya.  Visit multiple Mayan ruins, take a mangrove cruise, swim in underground cenotes, try SUP paddle boarding, taste delicious Mayan cuisine, stay in comfortable hotels. Friendly guides. Group size of 10.

This will be our fifth second season for Meaningful Trips and Meetup folks to head to magical Baja Mexico – The Galapagos of the North. Kayaking past pristine islands, snorkel w sea lions at Espiritu Santo, swim alongside Whale Sharks, Hike cactus-studded landscapes, get up close to Gray Whales in Puerto Chato. Fun local guides, great food, 4 nights in a gorgeous hotel and 2 nights fully-catered camping.  Group size: 10



This Meetup Adventure Tour has been planned by Joe Staiano. In addition to being a Meetup Organizer and Co-organizer for 7+ years, Mr. Staiano is a travel and tourism professional with 25 years experience. He spent 10 years organizing and planning adventure trips for REI Adventures. Joe is owner of Meaningful Trips travel company and has a Seller of Travel Permit for Washington State. Tours are planned in partnership with high-quality, vetted local international tour providers who provide all accommodations, services and English-speaking guides.


STEP 1:  Contact Organizer, Joe Staiano, at  Or call: 206-305-2200

STEP 2:  You will be sent a detailed Trip Itinerary

STEP 3:  Send in a $500 deposit to reserve your spot.