#LuxVox, #ExpediaChat, #TTOT and more
I’ve recently been involved in a slew of Twitter chats, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, it’s a fun way to stay involved with travelers around the world, hear new perspectives, learn about new travel trends and under-the-radar locales. On a professional note, it’s a fun way to help create awareness for our brand, find like-minded travelers and potential guests/travel agents and build a following for our embryonic Twitter account.
Getting involved with chats
For those that haven’t been involved with chats before, don’t be intimidated. Below you’ll see times of various travel chats along with their hashtag. If you’re following someone involved in a given chat, simply click on the hashtag to see the conversation flow. If you’re searching for a chat, the search bar works well (below you’ll see a search for #travex):
Here’s a snapshot of the conversation from a recent #travex convo:
The basic formula for being involved in any chat? There will be one primary host, usually with a couple of expert co-hosts who will be asking the questions. This is signified by Q + a number (e.g. Q1) followed by the question or prompt. To keep everything orderly (as orderly as possible in a format like this), responses take a similar format (A + the corresponding number + your response). Above you’ll see a couple of questions and answers with their numbers. Make sense?
There are hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter chats taking place at all hours of the day related to a range of topics (some more normal than others). If you’re looking to get involve with a travel-related chat, your options are equally endless. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on in the Twittersphere — from luxury travel to location-specific chats, one of these is bound to fit your travel style:
Travel Talk on Twitter (#TTOT) takes place on Tuesdays at 9:30AM and 9:30PM GMT is hosted by one of the gents from Traveldudes.org. The theme changes weekly and is posted in advance on their Facebook page.
I’ve recently gotten involved with Expedia’s travel chats because they pull a broad range of travelers with new topics each week (plus prizes, which I can’t resist). Chats take place each Wednesday from 10:30AM – 12PM (PST) with topics and prizes changing weekly.
Hosted by @TravelSquire, #TRAVEX convos happen every Wednesday between 5 and 5:30PM (EST). The tweet-up is designed to encourage thoughtful discussion on a range of travel-related ideas with a bit of education thrown in for good measure. They allot 5 minutes per question which lets the conversation flow!
Travel and Leisure Chats (#TL_Chats) take place every other Wednesday from 2 – 3PM (EST) with a range of topics broadly related to travel. They have their schedule of topics on their site so you can pick and choose which ones you’d like to participate in! Most chats are on Twitter, but select convos take place on Facebook, too.
Hosted by @PRCoUK, #LuxVox is a newer Twitter chat taking place on the second Thursday of each month at 1PM (GMT). Specific chat topics vary from month to month, but typically involve 10 questions from @PRCoUK and their co-hosts.
Hosted by @JettingAround and taking place on Mondays at 1PM (EST), the #GirlsTravel chat caters exclusively to women with topics varying weekly.
Hosted by @TheCultureur and @RovingAltruist, #SeeTheWorld explores specific destinations each week with new giveaways each week. Join them on Wednesdays for an hour from 3PM (EST).
Travel Weekly Chats take place monthly on Twitter with the broad topic posted in advance on their page (e.g. this month’s talk is about honeymoons and weddings). Travel weekly and their co-hosts tweet 5 – 6 questions to get people involved during their travel chats.
Which travel chats on Twitter are you typically involved with? Am I missing any that should be included? Let me know in the comments below!