Group therapy for itchy feet? Coffs travellers gather to share experiences

Scandinavia was the subject of a recent talk.

THEY say that there’s nothing more boring than someone else’s travel photos.

“This is me in front of the Eiffel Tower.”

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“And this is me in front of the Arc de Triomphe”.

“And this is Gerald coming out of a public toilet near Notre Dame.”

And so on.

But did you know that there’s been a group of forty or fifty Coffs Harbour locals who have spent the last four years proving this wrong?

Every month they get together at the Golf Club where they’ve demonstrated that sharing their travel experiences can be anything but boring.

Some have done fascinating trips in Australia, including walks, boat trips, train journeys and motoring holidays, right up to an expedition along the 2000-kilometre Canning Stock Route; others have done multiple overseas trips to not just the usual tourist magnets, but some less visited places, such as Ethiopia, Mongolia, Iceland, Namibia, Antarctica, Romania, Uzbekistan, Belarus and Ukraine, to name but a few.

There are a couple of illustrated talks each month from different speakers, along with plenty of socialising over a rather nice three-course dinner, where anecdotes of travel experiences good and bad – many quite hilarious – are exchanged.

The organiser of the evenings, local optometrist Alan Burrow, makes sure every person or couple is randomly allocated to different tables, so people get to know different co-travellers each time.

And no-one’s under any obligation to do a presentation.

With borders reopening, many are resuming international and interstate travel, and no doubt they’ll have plenty of interesting stories to share on their return.

Anyone who may be interested in joining the group can get further information by emailing – leave a phone number if you’d like Alan to contact you by phone.

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