If you are considering a career break, volunteering or planning extended or remote travel then talk us to get inspiration. As the learned society for geography & geographers we want to encourage everyone to share their passion for places, travel and the environment.
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography & geographers. Dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of geography at all levels, the Society supports and promotes geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, and geography in society. The Society also holds one of the world’s pre-eminent geographical collections of 2 million items that provide an unparalleled resource tracing 500 years of geographical discovery and research.
The Society, a registered charity, is located at the top of Exhibition Road where it welcomes thousands each year to events and activities and reaches out to many more through its website. Membership is open to all with an interest in geography and geographical learning. Members range from professional geographers, researchers and teachers, to travellers and other enthusiasts.
The Society offers a programme of lectures, discussions, debates and exhibitions to support a wider understanding of geography and its important role in shaping travel, culture and history.
What can we offer Escapees?
Anyone can plan an expedition or remote travel - the real challenge is to take a journey that really makes a difference to you or the wider world. Travel is as much about learning from the people you meet along the way, as the places you visit.
People from all walks of life and abilities are setting off on journeys many of us could have only previously dreamed of. Get advice on expedition and journey planning; discuss how to identify projects that will inspire you (and funders!) and talk through issues you might need to consider before you go. Or just come along to one of our many events and share your ideas and experiences with others.
Why join? As a keen traveller you’ll find plenty on offer to inspire your interest in the world’s people, places and environments. Use the Society to help plan your travel or expedition and attend an array of fascinating lectures and discussions and learn from the journeys of others.
Who are members? By becoming a member you will be joining an active group of 16,000 people based in the UK and overseas. Members come from all fields of interest. Some use geography actively within their profession - others just have a thirst for geographical knowledge and travel.
What can I expect?
Inspiration and support for your travel plans including unlimited use of our library of guides, maps and travel documents
Free entrance to our popular weekly London lectures and access to online lectures
A place to meet, network and share ideas
Specialized events, discounts on kit, maps and books
Use of Society’s building and Members’ Room and facilities