Even before I jumped into the world of travel blogging, Twitter chats were always a highlight of my social media day. Even now when I spend a number of hours online as a freelancer, I still love diving into some travel Twitter chats.
What is a Twitter Chat?
A Twitter chat is a gathering of people in the Twitterverse (as I’m sure you guessed!) to talk about a specified topic. Each Twitter chat has its own designated hashtag which you use to follow the conversation. Hosts of the chat (which can be the same each chat or sometimes they rotate!) will then post a question every 5-10 minutes. When you see those questions, tweet your answer. Don’t forget to include the hashtag to make sure your responses are seen!
Generally, Twitter chats are either 30 minutes or 1 hour long. They can happen on a weekly, monthly or even quarterly basis! Some Twitter chats are a one-time-only event to help promote events, products and more. It really depends on the purpose of the chat!
How Do I Participate in a Travel Twitter Chat?
The first step is showing up! Search for the travel chat’s hashtag on Twitter, and then click the latest tab to see the newest tweets.
As I mentioned, questions will be posted every 5-10 minutes and will start with Q1, Q2, etc. Whenever you see this, share your answer with the corresponding number, so A1 when answering question 1, etc. You can either reply to that tweet or just share your answer with the correct answer prefix! For example, let’s say “Q1: What is your favourite European destination? #TravelTwitterChat” then you would reply with something like “A1: I absolutely love going to Germany! #TravelTwitterChat”. It’s also encouraged that you respond to other participants’ answers too. It’s a Twitter chat after all, join in the conversation!
That’s really all there is to it! Feel free to also add photos and even animated GIFs to your responses. Not only do they make your answer more fun but it also gives them a higher chance of being seen by those following the travel chat’s hashtag!
INSIDER TIP:Be sure to pay attention to time zones! Don’t assume the time you see is in your time zone as many follow Eastern Time, Pacific Time, Greenwich Mean Time and more. If you’re unsure of what time the chat happens wherever you are, use this time zone converter to figure it out!
One way to make following a Twitter chat easier is to use a third-party client. I’ve used Hootsuite in the past but have since switched over to TweetDeck. By using TweetDeck, you can arrange columns to help you keep track of notifications, responses to your tweets as well as what’s happening within the chat. Not only that but if the chat you’re participating in releases the questions ahead of time, you can also schedule your answers. I love doing this as it allows me to then focus more on engaging with other people and replying to their tweets!
Why Should I Join a Twitter Chat?
There are a number of reasons! If you’re ever looking to connect with more like-minded individuals, Twitter chats are a fantastic place to do that. Everyone is warm and welcoming, plus it’s a great way to break the ice with new people! Think of it as small-talk but with a purpose, which makes it much easier in my opinion. Plus you might actually meet these people in real life! I’m proud to say a few of the people I’m lucky to call my closest friends I’ve met thanks to a Twitter chat.
You’ll also get to learn about the travel sphere in general. Depending on the topic, you can learn tips on how to find cheap flights, tricks for saving money on accommodation or get some general travel advice. Not only that, but Twitter chats about travel are a great way to find out about new destinations! I can’t even count how many times I learned about a new place that I might have missed out on otherwise!
For us travel bloggers, Twitter chats are also a great way to connect with businesses, organizations and tourism operators. It’s an informal, more colloquial setting where these companies can get to know you a bit better and get insight into your personality. By making yourself known to these businesses, it can give you a higher chance of working with them later on! Just think about it – would you rather work with someone that reached out to you that you’ve never heard of, or someone that you’ve chatted with online and gotten to know a little?
What Travel Twitter Chats Are Out There?
Honestly? I guarantee I don’t even have a full list! There are new Twitter chats popping up all the time so just keep an eye and see which ones you like?
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My absolute favourite travel Twitter chat is hands down the Inspire to Wander travel chat. I know, I’m a bit biased since I co-host it with my blogger buddy Lauren! It’s seriously always a great time so be sure to follow the #InspireToWander hashtag and join us from 9:00pm until 10:00pm Eastern Time every Tuesday night! Inspire to Wander also has a Facebook group where we talk travel all day, everyday so be sure to join it too! It will also give you a sneak peek at the questions for the week as well as other information like contests and giveaways!
Full List of Travel Twitter Chats
Twitter chats can come and go, so use this as a guideline to see what conversations are happening in the Twitterverse! If you’re a part of a travel Twitter chat that’s not included on this list, be sure to comment below and I’ll happily add it. All of the chats listed below are in Eastern Time.
- #RoadTripChat – Mondays at 9:00pm
If road trips are your jam, this is the perfect Twitter chat for you!
- #CheapOairChat – Tuesdays at 1:00pm
Hosted by the travel aggregator CheapOair, this is a general travel chat that everyone can join.
- #TRLT – Tuesdays at 1:00pm
The Road Less Travelled focuses on exactly that – less-known destinations! Even if you haven’t travelled to them, there’s still lots of great conversation to be had.
- #CruiseChat – Tuesdays at 2:00pm
If you’re a cruise lover, then this weekly chat is definitely for you!
- #TTOT – Tuesdays at 4:30pm
One of the longest-running travel Twitter chats, the Travel Talk on Twitter is a great general travel chat for everyone to participate in!
- #WeGetOutside – Tuesdays at 7:30pm
If you love the outdoors and want to talk with other outdoor enthusiasts, don’t miss out on this chat!
- #FoodTravelChat – Wednesdays at 8:00pm
Food and travel… they really do go hand in hand! This weekly chat focuses on great eats across the globe. Be warned, you’ll probably come out of it hungry!
- #ParkChat – Wednesdays at 9:00pm
A travel chat with topics related to national parks! If you’re outdoorsy, you’ll love this chat.
- #OneTravelChat – Thursdays at 2:00pm
Hosted by One Travel, this hour long chat talks about big picture travel. Lots of tips to be found here!
- #CultureTrav – Thursdays at 2:30pm
Short for culture travel, this 30 minute chat focuses more on the cultural aspects of travel. You can learn a lot during this chat!
- #WeekendWanderlust – Thursdays at 9:00pm
A general travel chat that’s great for everyone! Geared more towards those who make the most of their weekends, like the 9-5 job crowd.
- #TravelSkills – Fridays at 12:00pm
Focusing on skills to make you a better traveller, Travel Skills often has topics like saving money in certain cities, maximizing your frequent flyer miles and more!
- #CanadaChat – Wednesday at 2:00pm
As you guessed, this chat is all about Canada! Run by Explore Canada, it usually happens around the third Wednesday of each month and is always a blast.
- #EuroventureChat – Wednesday at 2:00pm
The Euroventure Chat is all about European adventures! Happens around the second week of every month.
- #ExpediaChat – Wednesday at 2:00pm
Run by Expedia, this general chat happens around the middle of each month. They often give away vouchers and prizes – but for US-based individuals only.
- #StreetArtChat – Last Monday at 7:00pm
Talk all things street art at the end of every month. There’s always lots of beautiful artwork to see!
- #SundaySunsets – First Sunday
Start the month off with some seriously beautiful scenes! Happens all day so just use the hashtag and share your sunset photos.
Additional Travel Twitter Chats
Happening about 4-5 times a year, the Wanderful chat focuses on women travellers and our adventures around the globe. It also helps to promote the Women in Travel Summit each year.
If you’re a member of the Female Travel Bloggers group, then don’t miss out on this chat! Happens about 3-4 times a year.
This chat is run by Lonely Planet with additional co-hosts. It doesn’t happen on a regular basis but seems to occur about once quarterly.
Passion Passport used to run weekly on Thursdays at 2:00pm but has been dormant for a while. It’s possible it could pop back up again!