We all travel for very specific reasons and in very different ways. Whether it’s to see our favorite sports team or traveling with our furry companions, we all engage in some form of special interest travel. That’s why we decided to make it our September chat topic, and the lively discussion that ensued proved just how popular a topic it is in the travel world.
What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time on the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on Special Interest Travel.
What’s so special about…
We all travel with a specific goal in mind, from attending festivals to adventure travel. We were curious what kinds of travelers our followers on Twitter are, so we asked them! Even we were surprised by the variety of responses.
- Many of our participants said that food is a special focus for them and chat co-host @RickGriffin gave them the great tip to eat where the locals eat and never at the touristy places.
- A lot of folks look for some excitement when they travel, including @zachandallie who said they always have to include adventure and adrenaline in their travel plans.
- Sometimes it’s about HOW you get there, and for @emilyarosenbaum it’s about trying new conveyances, like a hot air balloon ride in Turkey.
- Still other people travel to experience something different like @AntiTourist who said they want to get away from the familiar–there’s no place too remote for them!
Traveling with pets is a hot new trend and more and more hotels and airlines are accommodating our furry companions. We asked out participants if they travel with pets and if so, what places are the best to take them?
- Chat co-host @OrlandoChris let everyone know about a fantastic resource, the AAA Handbook For Travel with Pets.
- @philatravelgirl listed @Kimpton hotels as having a really great program for pets in their well-located properties around the country.
- Cottages, farms and campgrounds are all great for dogs, but @aladyinlondon takes hers to the beach! Dogs always seem to love frolicking in the waves.
- When it comes to specific cities, @caitlinpolomene says that San Francisco in particular is very pet friendly.
Luxury is important to many travelers, whether you define it as flying first class and staying in 5-star hotels or enjoying high-end experiences. We asked our followers which luxurious places top their travel wish list.
- Travel pro @JohnnyJet said two of his favorite luxury destinations are Banff in Canada and Australia
- For some people, luxury travel is very important, like @stumblingK who said her list of places to visit is 7 pages long! It’d be easier to ask what isn’t on the list.
- Others find luxury in what they do, like @Cruisewriter who says that spa getaways are her ultimate indulgence.
- Some of the other top answers included: a trip to Bali, traveling with Crystal Cruises, a wine trip through Napa Valley and a luxury river cruise in Europe.
Not everyone wants spa services and a comfy chair when they travel. Many folks travel for adventure, to see and do things they’d never experience at home. So we asked our participants what their ultimate adventure trip would look like.
- The mountains are calling chat participant @connvoyage who said a trip through the Andes in Chile is at the top of her list.
- An adventure junkie, chat co-host @earthXplorer said his ultimate adventure trip would be to the far reaches of the Arctic. Brrr!
- In what was one of the more unique answers, @hovelstay said he wants to try parkour on the rooftops of Tokyo.
- Other adventures answers included: kayaking in the Queen Charlotte Islands, base-jumping off the tallest building in Dubai, an around the world cruise and an African safari
Food, glorious food
As we found out early on in the chat, food is an important travel motivator for many folks. So we decided to ask the chatters if they could travel anywhere JUST for the food, where would they go? Be careful though, the answers are guaranteed to make you hungry.
- For many the answer was an easy one, as it was for @Colleen_PNW who automatically answered ITALY!
- Giving a somewhat unconventional answer, @majidahhashim said that Malaysia has some amazing food and is perfect for a culinary getaway.
- Many Asian destinations were popular answers, from Vietnam to Hong Kong, but for @CharlesMcCool it’s all about the tasty dishes found in Taipei.
- Lots of love was also expressed for many European foodie destinations including Spain, Germany, Portugal and France.
Time to get festive
Whether it’s a music festival, Oktoberfest or the local Renaissance Faire, festivals around the world are why many folks travel. Always eager to be inspired, we asked our chatters to list their favorite festivals around the world.
- @DropMeAnywhere clearly had Alberta, Canada, on her mind when she listed both the Calgary Stampede and the Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump Festival as not-to-miss events.
- A true foodie at heart, @OrlandoChris said ANY of the many summer garlic festivals are on his list.
- With a love for the exotic and colorful, @connvoyage said that any of the festivals in India are worth checking out, but especially Holi and Kumbh Mela.
- There are hundreds if not thousands of arts festivals around the world, as @GoAwesomePlaces reminded us by listing the Toronto International Film Festival as one of the best.
- The award for most unique answer to this question though went to @ThoughtOfTrying who listed the Guca Trumpet Festival in Serbia–who knew?!
What is YOUR special interest when it comes to travel?
Don’t forget to join us for the next #TripItChat on October 16th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Eastern when we’ll be talking about Travel Faux Pas!