If you don’t have a Twitter account, now is the time to get one. Twitter is a micro-blogging platform that lets you share updates, links, pictures and other cool things in 140 characters or less to a wide audience of people. You can use it to keep abreast on what’s going on with friends, family or your favorite celebrities as well as use it as your personal platform to keep people in the know about what’s going on with you, your brand and your business.
Like other social networking sites, to get the most out of Twitter, you want to find like-minded people to connect with that share common interests, goals and passions. Twitter has been a boon for the travel industry, both from the business and the personal aspects. It’s a great way to find interesting places to travel, points of interest and little known facts about some out of the way destinations you had in mind, posted by people who have first hand experience from having traveled the world themselves. We’re going to highlight ten of the best travelers to follow on Twitter, each one offering a little something different. Here they are, in no particular order.
Soul Travelers 3
The Soul Travelers 3 account is maintained by a family of travelers consisting of Mom, Dad and 5yo Daughter who have dedicated themselves to traveling around the world – several times. As of this writing, they were spending the Christmas holidays on a beach in Asia.
Jeannie Mark, AKA Nomadic Chick, is an inspiration for all travelers. She left behind her life in the corporate world and sold all her belongings to travel the world. One day she decided to just up and go and hasn’t looked back since. She’s witty, funny, very accessible and offers practical advice for female travelers.
Vanagbondish is a website that is dedicated to the backpacker’s way of life and travel. It is maintained by two avid backpackers who bring you personal experience, anecdotes and humor from the far corners of the world from a backpacker’s perspective.
The Lost Girls
The Lost Girls give travel tips, money saving ideas and other kinds of cool information about road trips and other kinds of free spirited traveling. It’s a fun account to read and follow with lots of handy, but practical information.
Gary’s Twitter bio says it all: “I’m a one man National Geographic. I’ve traveled to 120 countries/territories and all 7 continents since 2007.” Definitely a guy that knows his stuff.
Nancy Sathre-Vogel and her family has traveled from Alaska to Argentina on bicycles. They, obivously, are avid cyclists, but Nancy also offer lots of information that those interested in backpack traveling would find useful as well.
Shane Sakata is a US expat living in Japan. She blogs about her adaptation to life in Asia as well as helpful information for those planning to visit Japan or those considering making a permanent move overseas. This is a really interesting account to follow.
Michelle Duffy tweets about traveling as a family with a focus on kid-friendly destinations around the world that families can enjoy together. She runs a website of the same name, which is full of great information, beautiful pictures, interaries and stories about their travels.
Earl is another one of those lucky people who was able to leave his regular life behind for one filled with endless vacations. He calls himself a permanent nomad. In 1999 he planned to go on a three month tour of Asia. As of 2012, he was still touring. It’s fun to follow Earl to see where he will end up next.
Robert Reid is a seasoned pro and expert in the travel industry. As the Travel Editor for LonelyPlanet, Robert Reid’s travel stories have been featured on CNN, ESPN and in the NY Times. He’s an active tweeter so expect several updates an hour from this guy.
Twitter is full of fun, interesting, informative and entertaining accounts dedicated to traveling. We sought out the ten best ones we thought would have a universal appeal to everyone. Spend some time on the site searching keywords to find the kind of Travel tweeter that interests you most.
On the flip side of that, whether you are a novice traveler or have seen the world ten times over, you, too – can become a travel tweeter. Tweet about what you know, where you have been, where you would like to go and any information you find helpful and interesting. Chances are there is someone out there right this second looking for the kind of information that you can provide. Happy tweeting!