Social media…what would we do without it? Well, probably quite a lot, LOL! Twitter, in particular, has a lot of fans and a lot of naysayers, and I’ve seen and experienced both sides of that coin. But I do have to admit there are a lot of corporate Twitter accounts out there that are very well done and just, well, FUN! In between their plain ol’ ho hum tweets, places such as Wendy’s, Charmin, Netflix, and even Moon Pie will throw out some zingers that can definitely put a smile on your face, and even an occasional, “Oh no (s)he di’in’t!” 😉
But there’s a handful of travel-related Twitter accounts that I find particular helpful, fun and informative. Check these out:
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) September 5, 2018
JetBlue is one of our most favorite airlines and besides offering free WiFi and NOT offering those horrible basic economy tickets, their prices usually aren’t bad either. In fact, they were named 2nd Best Low Cost Carrier in J.D. Power’s 2018 report Of course, JetBlue recent increased their checked bag fees (but there are ways to get around that) so we’ll see how they do in the standings in 2019. Anyway, even with the recent increase, they still offer some awesome sales, which they post on this special Twitter account that’s devoted to getting the word out about their deals.
— Lonely Planet News (@LPtravelnews) September 17, 2018
I’ve always loved Lonely Planet – their stories are varied and interesting and by following their Twitter account, you won’t miss anything (by the way, Joe and I went to Yunessun in 2005 and it was a whole lot of fun! I’m hoping to go back during our next visit to Japan in 2020).
Curiosity Rover (run by NASA)
I touched down on #Mars six years ago. Celebrating my 6th landing anniversary with the traditional gift of iron… oxide. (It puts the red in Red Planet.) https://t.co/AgssRU46yh pic.twitter.com/IAMa5H4TUG
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 5, 2018
Travel can include space travel (and, I’m sure, will be commonplace to humans as the decades go on) and Curiosity Rover, NASA’s car-sized rover designed to explore Mars, has its own Twitter account to keep us mere humans up to date and informed about what’s happening on our neighboring planet. I’m glad that someone at NASA has a sense of humor!
Even if your glasses are on point, we need you to take them off for your passport photo. No eyeglasses allowed! Photos with glasses will be rejected, delaying your application. #PicturePerfectPassport pic.twitter.com/yyKasujRdz
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) September 14, 2018
Definitely not a “fun” account, but they offer important information for U.S. citizens to are traveling to other countries, with alerts about potentially dangerous situations as well as basic tips about getting your passport.
— Earth Pics (@EarthPix) August 14, 2018
Earth Pics’ sole reason for being is to share other peoples’ pics from around the world. But the admin(s) for account has a great eye and they’re some beautiful pics. It’s like having a little piece of Instagram on Twitter!
I do this with empty deodorant sticks and platic pill bottles as well –> RT @SmarterTravel: This is a brilliant way to hide cash when you're traveling: https://t.co/5pmehRoYZY pic.twitter.com/CHJIFAufXD #travelhacks #travel #traveltips
— Mitch Glass (@MitchFromMichig) September 17, 2018
A great Twitter site with helpful information and links to some really good travel articles!
— Passenger Shaming (@PassengerShame) August 23, 2018
We wrote about this person’s hilarious Instagram site, but she has a presence on Twitter too. It’s photos and video taken by anonymous passengers and crew from all over the world, of passengers you love to hate.
Thanks for showing us, Amanda! We allow pillows through the security checkpoint. How you pack this item is up to you; it can remain in your bag during screening. We suggest checking w/ the airline for their rules on carry-on items.
— AskTSA (@AskTSA) September 17, 2018
Can you bring your embroidery scissors in your carry on? Do permanent markers have to go into your quart-sized bag? Can you bring ice in your carry on to keep food cold (we have the solution for that one)? If you have a question about your upcoming travel, Ask TSA is a good place to ask.
— airfarewatchdog (@airfarewatchdog) September 14, 2018
Like JetBlueCheeps above, this is another great site that tells when sales are happening. Except this one is all-encompassing. It’s very helpful if you’re looking for discounts on flights.
I saved the best for last. Now granted, Joe and I live in Orlando and we travel a lot, so info from our hometown airport is important to us. That being said, even if we didn’t live here, we think we’d still follow MCO’s Twitter presence. Besides generally helpful info, the person/people who writes on their Twitter share cool stuff like updates to the airport, videos of planes taking off and landing, some gorgeous photos, and throwing a little shade here and there (in between the really bad jokes LOL)…
Shout out to Southwest for planning ahead on the route. 1000 years is just enough time for folks to plan their Fastpass+ strategy. https://t.co/Rp3euFOi9C
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 30, 2018
You’ve got one week left to see this breathtaking piece of modern art. “Lightly Salted”, our homage to @SouthwestAir peanuts, goes away on August 15. After that, the display will be a shell of what it is now. 🥜 pic.twitter.com/1KFXEraWxF
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 8, 2018
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 8, 2018
This is CRAY https://t.co/7Q8ga0TiwW
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) July 11, 2018
Monday magnificence. 👌 pic.twitter.com/PMBcKBlq60
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 27, 2018
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 10, 2018
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) July 31, 2018
These last few are much better if you click on the video
Have a question? ❓
Need directions? 🗺️
Our airport information ambassadors can help. Look for the ℹ️ in the main terminal near the security checkpoints. pic.twitter.com/8O0VYps97J
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) July 27, 2018
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) July 22, 2018
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) September 10, 2018
And finally, you gotta read this whole thread. Granted it started to ATL’s Twitter site, and a bunch of airports eventually got into the act (get it? LOL!), but it was MCO who started up all the shenanigans (holy crap, I used the word “shenanigans” in a sentence!)
What are YOU favorite travel related Twitter places? I’d love to know!
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