Just like everyone has their own good iPhone travel apps list, everyone has their own best travel Twitterers list. Most just create a long list of a lot of names. With this list, I broke it down into categories and tried to give you people who are considered experts in what they do and command a big following:
(Last Updated: April 2012)
Gary Ardnt (@everywheretrip) – Gary has been traveling around the world for about 3 years and has been to about 60 countries. He’s a wealth of information and has one of the biggest sites on the web.
Christine Gilbert (@almostfearless) – Christine left the world of Fortune 500s to become a digital nomad. Her popular blog is inspiration to people all over the world.
Craig and Linda Martin (@indietravel) – Craig and Linda run the award winning Indie Travel Podcast, which features tips and tricks for independent travelers.
Chris Christensen (@chris2x) – Chris runs another podcast called the Amateur Traveler which features weekly destination stories from regular travelers.
Brett Snyder (@crankyflier) – The Cranky Flier is an expert on, well, flying and as such is an amazing resource for airline news, flight deals, and flying tips.
Kim Mance (@kimmance) – Kim is the editor of Go Galavanting as well as founder of Travel Blog Exchange and the TBEX conference. She specializes in female travel.
Uncornered Market (aumarket) – Audrey and Dan have been on the road for about 3 years and are currently in South America. They are also a wealth of knowledge and have great photos.
Carrie Kellenberger (@globetrotteri) – Author of My Several Worlds, Carrie is an expert in teaching in Asia, Taiwan, and photography.
Peter West Carey (@pwcarey) – Peter is an amazing photographer and has hilariously funny tweets.
The Lost Girls (@lostgirlsworld) – The Lost Girls are three friends that went around the world together and run the independent women travel blog of the same name.
Heather Poole (@Heather_Poole) – Writer for Gadling and flight attendant for an unnamed airline, Heather offers funny tweets about life at 30,000 feet.
Andrew Hayes (@andrewghayes) – Andrew is a traveler as well as an online media expert and as such, helps travelers and travel companies with both.
Darren Cronian (@travelrants) – Author of the UK based consumer travel blog Travel Rants.
Jamie Pearson (@travelsavvymom)- For all those with kids that want to be travel savvy, Jamie can help get you where you need to go and keep the kids happy at the same time.
Debbie Dubrow (@deliciousbaby) – Author of the incredibly popular Delicious Baby blog, Debbie is a great resource for people who want to travel with kids.
Nora Dunn (@hobonora) – Nora Dunn has insightful tips, interesting stories, and great advice on how to live on the road on a budget.
Stuart McDonald (@travelfish) – The ultimate resource on travel in Southeast Asia.
Brian Kelly (@thepointsguy) – The expert on credit card rewards and sign up bonuses. If you want to maximize points for free flights and hotels, Brian is the expert.
Sherry Ott (@ottsworld) – Former corporate drone turned world traveler, Sherry offers a lot of advice for people looking for a career break and even runs a yearly conference called Meet, Plan, Go.
David Lee (@rtwdave) – Dave has been traveling the world for about as long as I have and has a great website on backpacking.
David Dean (@driftingkiwi) – Dave is a former banker turned nomad turned tech guru.
Chris Richardson (@theaussienomad) – Like his name says, Chris is an Aussie nomad who is also a WordPress and tech expert. He makes his living freelancing while he travels the world.
Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) – Kirsten is a world class travel photographer.
Michael Hodson (@goseewrite) – Michael is an ex-lawyer who writes an interesting blog on the quirky observations he sees around the world. He tweets a lot of good travel articles.
Julia Dimon (@juliadimon) – TV host and blogger, Julia shares great travel tips, funny stories, and articles.
Kristin Luna (@lunaticatlarge) – Writer, blogger, celebrity interviewer, Kristin Luna’s tweet take you to exotic places and will brighten up your day. She’s quite witty too.
Jason Cochran (@bastable) – Frommer’s guidebook author, former AOL editor, freelancer, close friend, and personal mentor.
strong>Andrew Evans (@wheresandrew) – Andrew Evans works for National Geographic and travels the world, leaving a trail of Twitpics along the way. He shares some amazing photos.
Jen Leo (@jenleo) – LA Times writer and lead travel blogger.
Pam Mandel (@nerdseyeview) – PR whiz, writing guru, and an amazing ukulele player.
Chris Elliott (@elliottdotorg) – Consumer travel advocate that is always keeping the big companies on their toes.
Robert Reid (@reidontravel) – Senior US Editor for Lonely Planet, writer of 24 guidebooks, and author of hilarious observations from the road.
Seth Kugel(@frugaltraveler) – NYT writer on all things frugal and travel related.
Matt Gross(@worldmattworld) – NYT writer and expert on budget travel and getting off the beaten path. He also contributes to a lot of other magazines.
Michelle Higgins(@frugaltraveler) – NYT writer on all things frugal and travel related.
Grant Martin(@grantkmartin) – Editor in Chief at Gadling.
David Farley(@davidfarley) – Food and travel writer, managing editor at AFAR magazine.
Wendy Perrin (@wendyperrin) – Editor for Conde Nast Traveler with great advice at getting deals on luxurious spots around the world.
Rachel Friedman (@friedman_rachel) – Author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost.”
Leif Pettersen (@leifpettersen) – Hilariously funny and witty Lonely Planet writer.
Spud Hilton (@spudhilton) – Travel editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Julie Schwietert (@collazoprojects) – Julie is a bilingual writer and the managing editor of Matador Network, and is one of the contributing writers for Fodor’s Puerto Rico and Fodor’s Caribbean.
Benji Lanyado (@benjilanyado) – Journalist for the Guardian and New York Times, Benji has very interesting tweets and stories.
Kevin May (@kevinmay) – Editor of the travel business website, TNOOZ.
Scott Mayerowitz (@globetrotscott) – AP reporter who discusses industry and consumer issues. One of the best out there.
Bruce Poontip (@brucepoontip) – CEO of Gap Adventures, the best sustainable tour company out there.
Pauline Frommer (@paulinefrommer) – Help runs Frommers guidebook with her father, author of her own amazing travel guidebooks, and has a weekly radio show.
Peter Greenberg (@petersgreenberg) – Travel guru for pretty much everything.
Johnny Jet (@johnnyjet) – Johnny Jet’s website was one of the first big travel sites on the web. If you are looking for good deals, Johnny Jet has them.
Rolf Potts(@rolfpotts) – The original vagabond, Rolf Potts is the author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There.
Matador Travel (@matadornetwork) – Matador offers the web great writing from everyday travelers.
Vagabondish (@vagabondish) – Vagabondish is great for inspiring articles, photos, and weird travel news from around the world.
Gadling (@gadling) – Great daily travel tips and stories to inspire you to travel.
Jaunted (@jaunted) – Like Gadling, Jaunted has the best in travel news and tips from around the globe, except they have a bit more about the “pop culture” of travel and weird news.
EuroCheapo (@eurocheapo) – If you are looking to save money while traveling in Europe, you’ll want to follow this website.
World Hum (@worldhum) – For the best in online travel articles by leading travel writers, World Hum is the place to go. Their articles transport you to exotic locations.
Budget Travel (@budtravel) – Budget Travel magazine’s Twitter account is filled with good budget tips, travel news, and articles.
Tnooz (@tnooz) – Online magazine about the travel industry.
I decided against including travel companies on this list. Everyone has their own opinion about what makes for a good travel company and we all have our favorites. I have mine. But since every company in the world is on Twitter these days, the top travel companies to follow online are the ones you simply like the best.
Not on the list? Don’t take it personally. It was hard choosing the names to be included. There are many people who offer a lot of good advice and tips and are great travel tweeters. However, you can leave your name in the comments to let people know about you.
And, of course, you can follow me on Twitter! I’m @nomadicmatt.