We have already shared quite a few tools to broaden your travel outlook: here are some travel quizzes improve your travel IQ, here’s a fun smartphone app to discover and share journeys and don’t forget to check these sites for virtual sightseeing with travel videos. This post is about finding travel inspiration by planning your journey with Twitter!
Track Traveling Hashtags
Traveling is more about fun than anything else and if you need more ideas on how to enjoy your time here’s the list of popular Twitter hashtags to fill up your week:
If you are going to Mexico or are just looking for a Mexican restaurant, this hashtag will get you inspired any time you check the latest search results.
One more less popular, yet very interesting one I have found via this travel blog: #MountainMonday
This hashtag is a great way to really want to go on vacation: watch people share beautiful photos of the mountains they are climbing right now!
Tuesday: both #TravelTuesday and #TT
A very popular hashtag about all things-travel: find memes to follow here, travel-related news and scandals, trending destinations, etc:
Another one for food travelers: share your wine on Wednesday and get inspired by seeing what winery others recommend.
A great one for the summer vacation. If you are still unsure which beach to spend your summer vacation at, monitor this hashtag for plenty of photos and ideas:
The theme is announced on Tuesday, then on Friday the participants are tweeting photos of the declared destination.
Follow & Track the Right Twitter Accounts
Depending on your destination and aims, there may be various accounts you can try and follow such as official city Twitter accounts, local bloggers, tour operators and hotel managers. There is no way that all possible travel-related Twitter accounts can be listed in one article. Below are just a few useful and creative examples – you’ll need to find more using one or all of the following tips:
- (Most obvious) Use Google: a simple search [City Name + Twitter] should normally get you the official Twitter account in the top 3 results;
- Use Twitter bio search: in my previous post, I listed three tools for Twitter people search: now just try to search it for [official CITY NAME] or [HOTEL NAME] and you are likely to find the official accounts or a few representatives:
Travel – State Dept is an official Twitter account for U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. If you a US citizen traveling abroad, be sure to follow this account and check it for some essential news and updates like worldwide hurricanes, embassy news, passport procedures, etc:
Twitter Accounts For US Traveling
Most of the US cities are on Twitter, so if you are planning a trip to the United States, it’s a good idea to find the city officials on Twitter. We can’t obviously list all tweeting cities here, but here’s a large list of California cities on Twitter, for example.
Below are some more cities :
TravelPortland is an official Portland account that tweets all local events and also answers related questions (asked with #inpdx in the tweet)
Twisney is an interesting example of a creative Twitter bot – it automatically tweets and retweets all updates that are from Walt Disney World Resort.
NewYorkology tweets many times a day sharing interesting events in New York which are taking place right now.
GoodPubGuide tweets a pub of the day: follow the account to discover new places to spend a fun evening at!
Londonist publishes frequent updates with fun ideas about what you can do right now in London, from community festivals to great sales – you won’t find these events anywhere else!
More examples? Here’s a great list of the most popular hotels on Twitter and here’s a . Next time you travel, use a Twitter-friendly service as they seem to care more.
Any other fun tips on how Twitter can help you traveling? Please share them in the comments!
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