If you're starting to think about your next getaway, there's a wealth of booking advice, traveller's tales and tips for getting the most out of your holiday to be found on Twitter. We've rounded up six of the most useful Twitter accounts whatever your budget or destination.
STA Travel is the travel booking specialist for students and young people under the age of 26. This Twitter feed will keep you updated about all of STA's latest deals and discounts and there are also helpful Twitter Q&As with information about everything from cheap flights and international visa requirements to planning a round-the-world trip of a lifetime.
If travel for you is all about the most exotic destinations, the chicest restaurants and the most opulent hotel rooms, @luxury__travel is your guide to all things five-star and first-class. Need to know the best places to dine in Singapore, or where to find the most indulgent spa breaks in Koh Samui? Lottery winners and premiership footballers should look no further; the rest of us can look at the pretty pictures and dream.
Ever fancied overlanding across Asia, joining a polar expedition or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? @Intrepid_Travel provides all the above experiences and many more, as well as offering niche travel tips for travellers who want to do more than lie on the beach, such as how to avoid altitude sickness in the High Andes or advice for homestays in Borneo. Even if you get no further than your own front room, reading this Twitter feed is enough to make you feel you're having a worldly travel adventure!
If you love to experience other cultures but are concerned about the impact of tourism on the global environment, @STI_Travel advises on ethical and environmentally sustainable travel. Follow this feed for advice on everything from carbon offsetting and eco-friendly transport options to community development projects and international volunteering. If you want to do some good while seeing the world, this is the feed for you!
Has your week at work left you with the feeling that you need to book a weekend getaway right now? Lastminute.com is still the go-to internet location for late-booking deals, and the @Lastminute.com Twitter feed alerts followers to all the latest deals on hotels, flights, restaurants and shows.
Heading off on a shoestring adventure to South Asia, the Far East or Central Europe? Bemused Backpacker has all the expert advice you need on hostels, travel health, volunteering and solo travel as well as some great places to visit with your trusty rucksack. Ditch the wheeled suitcase and leave the poolside bar behind - Bemused Backpacker will show you how to get to the parts other travellers cannot reach.
Looking for gay-friendly hotels, travel packages and events? Two Bad Tourists Auston and David are on hand with city guides, accommodation advice and tips for travellers in a range of destinations, from the relaxed cities of Northern Europe to more problematic places like Ethiopia. Fun and fascinating reading for all, and particularly useful for the gay traveller.
Travel writer and art lover Jeff Titelius will take you on a journey through the art and architecture of continental Europe, from the Sistine Chapel in Venice to the Stave Churches of Norway and the museums of Paris and Amsterdam. Great reading for cultural travellers in Europe.
Booking a trip across the water? Oklahoma-born Robert Reid has written extensively on US (and international) travel and his publications include Lonely Planet's New York City guide and articles for National Geographic Traveler. Reid's voice on Twitter is both entertaining and informed if you want to find out where the US's most underrated scenic drives are, or the best places for coffee in caffeine-capital Seattle, this is definitely one to follow.
Perhaps you're enjoying a city staycation this year; maybe you're visiting London from abroad; or you might be travelling to London en route to another destination. For news, events and travel alerts from London and the surrounding area, Londonist has it covered there's performance roundups and information on free and cheap events across the capital, restaurant reviews, hidden treats and little-known facts about the UK's largest city. The Twitter feed also contains up-to-the-minute transport information that may impact on your travel plans. Equally indispensable for London-dwellers, visitors, or those just passing through.
@worldhum is a great collection of news, interviews and travel stories from all over the globe. There's beautiful travel writing on trekking through China, cycling through Holland and discovering the seedier side of Mexican nightlife along with insightful comment pieces and handy how-to guides. Never get stuck without a cab in New York City again!
Written by Lise Smith, a former contributor to Lonely Planet's India guidebook - she's seen her fair share of hotel rooms (both grotty and glamorous!). She learned in a hotel corridor in Tunisia, and at the age of three had been on more aeroplanes than buses. Lise writes for a number of local news, technology and arts publications.Top