The 66 Best Travel Tweeters: Deals, Advice & Adventures

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When you’re traveling, you can find help in the most unlikely of places if you know where to look and how to keep an open mind. The same can be said for social media. Who would have thought that exploring the world – or at least preparing for exploring the world – could be accomplished in 280-character increments? Twitter is a resource for a lot of things, and travel is near the top of the list: for advice, facilitation, narrative, and more.

Many of the pre-eminent travelers on the planet maintain Twitter accounts, posting opinions, sharing experiences and photographs, and generally making the rest of us insanely jealous. If you’re in the market for something more practical, there are also last-minute deals and the ability to communicate directly with carriers. Or maybe you’re just planning – or fantasizing about – your next journey and need some logistics help.

Regardless, you’ll find it on Twitter. In fact, you might be overwhelmed with how much you find. Below, I'm giving you a shortcut by listing some of the most respected – and most consulted – feeds, plus some of our personal favorites. Sixty-six of them, to be exact, as a nod to the legendary American cross-country travel route. They’re categorized by Guide and Service; Writers, Photographers, and Bloggers; and Transportation Carriers and Providers. 

Guide and Service

@AAANews The road tripper’s best bet for help and discounts.

@Trip Advisor A tried-and-true full-service traveler’s resource.

@LonelyPlanet The guide for off-beat and off-road exploration.

@GoogleTravel The Google Travel Team’s portal to destination data.

@SmarterTravel Boston-based clearinghouse for deals.

@LastMinute_Com Tweets of treasure, alerts for a little wallet relief.

@CruiseLog USA Today’s Gene Sloan is your ferryman for leisure on the high seas.

@STI_Travel Great nonprofit trying to “leave the world a better place.”

@FrugalTraveler Seth Kugel of The New York Times.

@TravelEditor The feed for Independent Traveler’s editors.

@reidontravel Lonely Planet Editor Robert Reid’s feed.

@FlightView “Real-time flight information you can act on.”

@Intrepid_Travel The travel planner for adventurers who travel in packs. 

@BudgetTravel Making trips possible for the cash-strapped.

@KristinFinan Austin American-Statesman Travel editor.

@BriliantTrips Another great travel service based in Massachusetts.

@worldhum The feed for World Hum editors @jimbenning and @evaholland.

@airfarewatchdog Founded by @georgehobica and now a Trip Advisor brand.

@TravelGov The official feed for advisories and more from the U.S State Department.

@nytimestravel Like a lot of sections from the Times, one of the best resources available.

@JohnnyJet Seasoned sojourner sharing the deals he discovers.

@travel A repository for all things world travel.

@CNTraveler Condé Nast Traveler, a titan among travel magazines.

@Fodors A titan among travel guides.

@NatGeoTravel The feed for the great National Geographic Traveler.

@Kayak A trusted finder of travel deals.

@Gadling Living up to their claim to writing “about fun, interesting, and relevant travel.”

@MatadorNetwork The biggest digital travel mag with the best hashtag: “#TravelStoke.”

@2Backpackers Where to go when you need guidance in Latin America.

@NWS The National Weather Service’s feed, a reliable place for information on the most important factor in travel.

@BBC_Travel Neck and neck with The New York Times as finest international resource.

@statravelUS Essential site for students and young people looking for discounts.

Writers, Photographers, and Bloggers

@HeckticTravels Dalene and Pete Heck sold everything and hit the road.

@TravelBlggr Digital pioneer Rachelle Lucas covers a lot of ground; she’s also a host for Twitter Chat “Travel Talk on Tuesdays.”

@WhereIveBeen Leading travel industry social media outlet recently snatched up by Trip Advisor.

@LunaticAtLarge Journalist Kristin Luna’s funny and insightful feed.

@WildJunket Nellie Huang has been to more than 80 countries and seven continents, but she’s not a snob about it. Quite the contrary.

@nomadicchick Jeannie Mark was one of the early adopters of Twitter as travel destination.

@SeatGuru “The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline information!”

@velvetescape Keith Jenkins’s take on luxury travel.

@chic_travel The feed for well-traveled thought leader Melanie Nayer.

@EliteTravelGal L.A.-based Stacy Small, Elite Travel International founder.

@EverywhereTrip Twitter home of brilliant photographer Gary Arndt.

@wendyperrin Wendy Perrin left Condé Nast Traveler to explore more of the world – and more travel media opportunities.

@Heather_Poole Always good to make friends with the flight attendant – Poole gives you an insider’s view on air travel. One recent example is a set of tips for families flying with kids.

@Bourdain The one and only. Like having him as a wisecracking travel buddy.

@Journeywoman Canadian Evelyn Hannon is CEO of the largest online travel resource for women and free tip newsletter, going to 70,000 women in 240 countries.

@DreamofItaly If you dream of Italy like myself, Kathy McCabe runs the Dream of Italy newsletter and uses Twitter to post travel deals along with towns, restaurants and hotels you might never know of otherwise.

@SamanthaBrown Travel Channel host Samantha Brown’s feed. Apparently, I'm not alone with our crush on her: She once got a bizarre shout-out in a Bob Dylan song.

Transportation Carriers and Providers

@Amtrak I had to include this benefactor of free (rolling) room and board for writers.

@JetBlueCheeps JetBlue’s special feed for late-breaking deals.

@SouthwestAir The originator of quality air travel – and arguably actual customer service – for budget-conscious consumers.

@VirginAmerica The entertaining feed for Forbes’s No. 1 airline.

@JetBlue Mothership for the East Coast’s favorite flier.

@WestJet Canadian carrier with surprising reach into the U.S.

@Greyhound The biggest bus line on the globe.

@PeterPan Massachusetts-based purveyor of solid bus service.

@Uber Feed for “Everybody’s private driver.”

@Lyft Another upstart taxi alternative.

@Hertz Twitter presence for reliable and upgrade-generous car rental company.

@Enterprise Active and engaging account from renters that started with seven cars in St. Louis and expanded around the world.

@AlaskaAir Seattle’s Alaska Airlines offers a responsive and discount-laden online landing for followers.

@FlyFrontier Feed for beloved Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Pictures of beer and cute animals go a long way.

@United I don’t love legacy airlines, but included United for its innovative “p.s.” transcontinental flights from JFK to LAX or SFO.

@CruiseNorwegian The classiest cruise line, which admittedly isn’t saying much.