5 travel social networking sites you should bookmark

travel social networks

Sharing advice, reading hotel reviews, posting pictures as you go, finding a travel buddy… Social media tends to revolutionize the way we travel. While the most popular social networks like Facebook or Twitter are widely used by many globetrotters, the number of more specialized travel social networking sites keeps growing. Take a look at our selection!

1. Libertrip: planning your journey

Whether you are planning a round the world trip in 200 days or a month-long road trip across the United States, Libertrip is the perfect travel planning tool. To start building your itinerary and discover those of other travelers, there is nothing simpler: sign up using your Facebook account or by entering yout email address. You can then schedule your trip, decide on the number of steps, choose your mode of transportation and view your itinerary on a map. Need some inspiration? Check out other globe-trotters’ journeys! And of course, you can invite your friends in one click.

2. WAYN: finding trip ideas

Still trying to decide if you would rather go backpacking in New Zealand or discover European capitals? Wondering what are the best places to visit in Mexico? Use WAYN (Where Are You Now?) to find destination ideas and get advice from other travelers. With more than 22 million members, this social network allows you to get in touch with many other travelers in no time. Through a paid VIP zone, you may also access multiple benefits and discounts (hotels, bars, globetrotter insurance, car rental ...).

3. Couchsurfing: staying with the locals for free

If you wish to travel without breaking the bank and stay with the locals, Couchsurfing is the right social network for you! Creating a profile on the site will give you the opportunity to select hosts in 100,000 cities worldwide. And it’s not just all about just finding free places to stay: couchsurfing aims to create real intercultural exchanges. Get started and find hosts all over the planet on one of the world's largest hospitality exchange networks!

4. Meetup: meeting travelers all around the world

Did you just arrive in a part of the world you have never been to and wish to meet locals or other travelers? More than 9,000 groups get together each day worldwide, thanks to Meetup. The idea is to meet people and share an activity: concerts, language courses, hiking, entrepreneur meetings... To participate, all you need to do is sign up and join a group you are interested in.

5. BackpackMojo: sharing your experience

Are you a seasoned backpacker wishing to share your adventures? Why don’t you create your own travel guide on BackpackMojo? Share your photos, favorite places and handy tips and receive a free printed copy of your guide when finished. The backpacker community will be able to view the guide online and respond by commenting or sharing. And if you plan to discover a new country, your turn to take a look at the guides! On BackpackMojo, each travel guide is unique...

Try using even more travel social networks:

TravellersPoint, TravBuddy, Tripatini

Date of publication Nov 13 2014

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