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30 best travel Tweeters to follow in 2020

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Twitter is the ideal medium for getting a tantalizing glimpse of someone else's life, which makes it the perfect place for fêted travellers to tell the world exactly what they're doing – in 140 characters or less, of course. Want to experience the world in the most wonderful (and sometimes ridiculous) ways in 2020? Here are our favorite travel Tweeters. Our top 10 features accounts you absolutely need to follow, then we've organised Tweeters 11 to 30 by type – rogue bloggers, beautiful photo accounts, news and guides sources, and big personalities. Get following!


The 30 best travel Tweeters to follow in 2020


1. Richard Branson @richardbranson

12.6m followers

Richard Branson


The crown prince of travel himself, Virgin mogul Richard Branson is not shy of posting inspirational Tweets and stories of social and eco activism from around the world – as well as some awesomely geeky shots of himself as a young man.



2. Earth Pics @EarthPics

3.1m followers

The photos you'll see on Earth Pics every day run the gamut from the weird (the first apartment building to be covered in evergreen trees) to the wonderful (the Northern Lights) to the beautiful and, of course,  the extremely cute. Yes, we did just retweet that shot of the baby owl sheltering from the rain under a toadstool.


3. JourneyWoman @Journeywoman 

43.8k followers

Billed as the world’s first women’s travel/solo travel community, JourneyWoman is a Canadian brand that has been running for 25+ years. Regular updates – inspirational stories, photos, talks and more to boot – seek to extol the benefits of solo travel and empower women travellers around the globe. They succeed.


4. The Man in Seat 61 @seatsixtyone

60.4k followers

There’s something undeniably romantic about train travel, but – as we pass various climate ‘tipping points’ – it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to plane travel, too. Mark Smith is all about train travel: his account documents train rides, train stations, train tips… And if you need some practical advice, he’ll answer your queries, too.


5. Heather Poole @Heather_Poole

94.3k followers

Heather Poole

Celebrity flight attendant Heather Poole is famed for her recent bestselling memoir, Cruising Attitude. Great, if you want to hear what flying is like from the other side of the drinks trolley – but be advised, Poole Tweets throughout the day, not unlike a regular crew member on the loudspeaker.


6. Humans of New York @humansofny

890.5k followers

Humans of New York

Often imitated but rarely bettered, Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York series is an astonishing, ever-changing portrait of NYC. The first-hand accounts you'll find here are funny, moving, and completely fascinating, and act as a guide to city visitors as well as a reminder of what it is to be human.


7. Lois Pryce @loispryce

3,477 followers

Lois Pryce

With a small but dedicated Twitter following, adventure travel writer Lois Pryce won the hearts of readers with a sense of humour via her spirited travel books Lois on the Loose and Red Tape and White Knuckles. When she’s not racing around the world on her motorbike, she runs the Adventure Travel Film Festival with bike-riding husband Austin Vince.

"For me, the real joy of my journeys is not in heroic feats or exotic sunsets, but in connecting with other humans. This is what inspires me to hit the road," Pryce tells Insight Guides.


8. Luxe Tiffany @LuxeTiffany

78.4k followers

Luxe Tiffany

There are many Twitter accounts out there pretending to be about luxury travel but actually just tweet out glib lifestyle epithets. Luxe Tiffany makes no bones about showing off the details of her fancy experiences (her first class seat on the plane is stuck in recline, etc.). Typical Tweet: “Have you ever driven the Amalfi Coast? It's spectacular.” Er, thanks Tiffany.

9. TwoBadTourists @twobadtourists

27.9k followers

TwoBadTourists


"For tourists, there's lots of pressure to go hyper-sightseeing. Instead, we suggest you try and experience each new place as if you live there." says Auston Matta, aka one of the Bad Tourists. The pair – actually ex-husbands, but still best friends – have created a valuable resource for LGBTQ travellers. 


10. WhatIsNewYork @whatisny

9,618 followers

Photographic evidence of the downright bizarre sights that have to be seen to be believed on the streets of the Big Apple. It'll leave you smiling from ear to ear.


Independent bloggers

11. Kate McCulley @adventurouskate "Solo female travel expert. Livrovore. Activist. She/her. Currently nomadic"

12. Becki Enright @BordersofAdv "Award-winning travel writer. Journeys to change perceptions. Activist & speaker for social good & responsible travel"

13. Another Iran @anotheriran "A blog about another side to Iran, away from the headlines" 

"It's always important to look at a country beyond its news coverage to discover the real stories of a place, allowing you to get a deeper insight into its culture and people." Zara Sekhavati tells Insight Guides.

14. Emma Thomson @emmasthomson "Stringer of sentences for Daily Telegraph, Times, Nat Geo Traveller, Independent, Wanderlust, Bradt & more"

15. Megan Jerrard @mappingmegan "Tweets every hour with the best in adventure travel"

"Travelling full time may not be the most conventional lifestyle, though we have found that reality is negotiable and life can be whatever you want it to be!" Jerrard tells Insight Guides.

16. Gemma + Craig @TwoScotsAbroad "We wear tartan + write travel guides"


Beautiful pictures

17. Nat Geo Photography @NatGeoPhotos "All things photography from National Geographic"

18. Life on Earth @planetepics "peace l travel l green l animals l nature"

19. Trey Ratcliff @treyratcliff "A warm-hearted, old-school gentleman explorer with really cool toys"

20. Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström @LolaAkinmade "Idealist"


Travel news and guides

21. BBC Travel @BBC_Travel "Inspiring you to fall in love with the world"

22. Condé Nast Traveler @CNTraveler "At home in the world"

23 Guardian Travel @GuardianTravel "The latest travel news, insider guides, emerging destinations, new hotels and travel trends"

24. Culture Trip @CultureTrip "Connect to the world through unique places, culture stories & handpicked hotels."

25. Lonely Planet @lonelyplanet "In-depth articles, inspiring photography, intrepid videos"

26. NatGeoTravel @NatGeoTravel "Your guide to traveling with passion and purpose"

27. Rough Guides @RoughGuides "Publisher of inspirational travel guidebooks & features"

28. Stanfords @StanfordsTravel "World-famous independent map & travel bookshop. Mapping your travels since 1853."


Major league journalists

29. Samantha Brown @SamanthaBrown "Girl with the best job in the world"

30. Rick Steves @RickSteves "As a TV host and author, he encourages Americans to travel as temporary locals."