In today’s world, if you’re going to pack your bags and set out and see the world, you’re going to need technology to help you get there and get the most out of your trip. Using Twitter to help you in your travels can make a big difference in knowing when to visit a certain location or even deciding where to stay for an upcoming trip. If you’re visiting Costa Rica, should you stay in a downtown hotel or one of the Costa Rica villas? These are the questions you can get help with easily thanks to Twitter, especially when you keep an eye on specific traveler-friendly hashtags.
Here are five hashtags every traveler is going to want to know before they go:
TTOT stands for Travel Talk on Twitter. Every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. GMT, fellow travelers gather under that hashtag to share experiences, opinions and stories of travel from experts and long-time travelers alike. You can keep up to speed on who the experts are and what will be discussed on the TTOT Facebook page. The way it works is that, in each session, the host sends out a question every ten minutes and experts respond with their insightful feedback. Of course, you can share your thoughts and ideas as well.
RTW stands for Round The World and while it’s a little harder to define exactly what falls under that category, know that it is a way to describe a trip that takes a long period of time and involved some serious globetrotting. Look for info on tropical and other-wordly locales from around the globe to be listed with this hashtag. Everything from tented lodges on safari to backpacking sites in Botswana or Costa Rica villas.
Not to be confused with #TMI (Too Much Information), #TNI is for Traveler’s Night In. Every Thursday, between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. ET fellow travelers will gather on Twitter to share stories, insight, laughs and much more. It’s a great way to not only learn about possibly destinations but also get to know like-minded people. You can find more info on the tag and the hosts here.
Tourism Chat isn’t as frequent as some of these other hashtag chats but it’s worthwhile all the same. It’s a bimonthly chat focused on social media in the tourism industry. They meet every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. CST. and it’s a great way learn more about the industry as well as get some tips and tricks from the experts.
LP stands for Lonely Planet, one of the ultimate authorities on world travel. It’s a great resource for travelers, travel bloggers and those looking for great tips on specific locales.
Feel free to leave comments below on your favorite travel hashtags that you use while on Twitter. Good luck, Twittering Travelers!
Nick Walz is an active blogger and writer who likes to share his advice and tips to the online community. Two of Nick’s favorite things are traveling and being on twitter, which is how he discovered these hashtags to share with everyone. You can contact him on Twitter @Nick_Walz.