The Traveler’s Circle

the Vermont tc (Cambridge, Vermont)  will not be meeting this week.  email if you’re wanting a tc shortly

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Throughout human history, and particularly before television, people gathered to share stories. The Traveler’s Circle (tc) is a way for people–young and old–to come together in an informal setting and share stories about their travels and encounters with wildlife.  tc is free.

tc meets in Vermont, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.  The gathering is over fifteen years old and has attracted thousands.  Come join us and meet cool people, learn about the bigger world, and (optionally) share some of your own stories–a great way to gain experience with public speaking. Kids and adults are welcome and invited to participate!

tc is run by, and was founded by Mark Laxer who currently lives in Cambridge, Vermont. Mark is an author, storyteller, and President of Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund. His two children, Oliver and Erica, ages 6 and 8, attend and share stories at tc regularly.


The Traveler’s Circle: Cambridge, Vermont

  • Typically we meet each Tuesday 6pm at the Sunrise Cafe, Route 108 in Jeffersonville
  • However, we do not meet every Tuesday.  Therefore, please check back to this webpage a day or two before the tc and look for the update (in red at the top) information!
  • Email Mark for details:


The Traveler’s Circle: Baltimore, MD

  • Sometimes meets at the Baltimore Hostel…stay tuned for details and email Mark to see when the next meeting is:


The Traveler’s Circle: Washington, D.C.

  • Used to meet the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30-10:00pm (show up/leave whenever)…please email Mark to see when the next meeting is:
  • The Kabab House, 1108 K Street, NW, 3 blocks north of Metro Center, across the street from the Washington International Hostel.

All are welcome! Contact Mark at if you’d like to start your own Traveler’s circle or if you’d like to receive or contribute stories to our free email newsletter.

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“Their stories of the open road stretch across continents and wend their way over distant plains. Forget the first-class ticket, matching luggage or reservations at the Ritz. These travelers are far more likely to load a spare set of clothes in a backpack, fly stand-by and seek out a cheap bed at a hostel or sleep beneath the stars. Many TC types have been known to buy a one-way fare to the other side of the world and, with the help of odd jobs, work their way back home over the course of several months. On the way they earn a wealth of experiences and outrageous tales.”

from Globetrotters’ Gathering Place by Gayle Worland. Special to The Washington Post. Friday, July 31, 1998; Page N11

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