Using Twitter to find travel tips

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The way in which the internet has revolutionised the way people research holidays never ceases to amaze me. I think the tipping point was really the rise of sites like Trip Advisor and Yahoo! Travel, which let people share their opinions and ratings of hotels and destinations with other travellers. Now, sites like Twitter are changing things even more, offering people real time information on holiday locations and accommodation.

I’m probably a little late on the bandwagon but I’ve just discovered Twitter Search – and I love it! I don’t even have a Twitter account, but I’m already addicted to finding out what people are tweeting about. Better still, it’s really helping me find some much-needed travel tips. My neighbour’s planning a tour across South and East Asia for later this year and asked me if there were any attractions or hotels I could recommend to her. It’s been a while since I’ve been in that part of the world so I just wanted to see if the places and things I thought were cool still are. Lo and behold, Twitter came to my rescue!

For instance, one of the places my neighbour wanted information on was Colombo in Sri Lanka, where she’s planning to spend a few days. When I was there about five years ago, I stayed at the Hilton, which was great. A search for Hilton Colombo on Twitter search doesn’t provide too many results, but the ones that appear are enough to tell me that it’s still a great place to stay.

Another place she’s going to that I have very fond memories of is Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the hotel that we stayed at while we were there didn’t have much to recommend it. But a search for “KL hotel” or “Kuala Lumpur hotel” on Twitter Search offers me a whole bunch of helpful results from Twitterers. Sure, some of them are commercial entities that are simply showcasing their deals, but the vast majority of tweets definitely offer useful information that could be invaluable in pointing you towards great hotels (and away from shabby ones).

The best thing is that the results you get are usually no more than a day old – so you know the information is up-to-date. Maybe it could help me find reviews of cheap hotels in London – definitely an invaluable travel tip to bear in mind…

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