#TRLT

The Road Less Travelled Twitter Chat (#TRLT)

Promoting the 171st consecutive week of #TRLT on 07 February 2017. The topic was "History".

                  Promoting the 171st consecutive week of #TRLT on 07 February 2017. The topic was “History”.

The Road Less Travelled (#TRLT) is a lively and inspiring travel Twitter chat that commenced on Tuesday 5 November 2013, and we have chatted every Tuesday since that first chat without a break.  The first session exceeded our expectations and we were trending during the chat.  We have continued to grow since then.

huP2x3zc#TRLT discusses destinations overlooked on travel Twitter chats, such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Central America.  These are places that deserve to be considered as holiday options by more travellers and #TRLT is one way to generate discussion and interest in these destinations.

#TRLT is the world’s premier weekly travel Twitter chat. In a normal week, we achieve the following:
#TRLT is the busiest weekly travel Twitter chat
#TRLT has the highest number of original tweets of any travel Twitter chat
#TRLT has the highest response rate per question of any travel Twitter chat.

In addition:
#TRLT is the largest travel Twitter chat based outside of North America.
#TRLT’s unbroken schedule of weekly chats since 5 November 2013 is the second longest current run of any travel Twitter chat. 

#TRLT seeks to inspire others to travel respectfully and to see destinations away from the usual tourist routes. Places that allow us to explore, to learn and to understand the world and its people.

Travel is more than a holiday.


#TRLT Milestones
8 April 2014 – first occasion where we attracted over 100 participants in a single chat.
13 May 2014 – first time totalling more than 1000 tweets in the hour.
16 September 2014 – first chat where we had contributions across six continents with 1437 tweets coming from 125 participants.
4 November 2014 – first anniversary chat surpassed 200 photos tweeted for the first time.
30 December 2014 – first instance of more than 1000 tweets, 100 participants, and 100 photos in a single chat.
12 May 2015 – first occasion where we attracted over 150 participants in a single chat.
29 September 2015 – our 100th session was the first instance of more than 1500 tweets, 150 participants and 150 photos in a single chat.
13 October 2015 – our first sponsored chat generated more than 15 million impressions in a three hour period before, during and after the chat.
09 February 2016 – first instance of more than 2000 tweets and 200 participants in a single chat. We also received more than 450 photographs in the hour.
13 September 2016 – our 150th chat was attended by 200 participants and we believe that it was the first time a travel Twitter chat was hosted from Iran (I was in Esfahan on that night).
21 February 2017 – a record number of tweets in the hour of the chat (2049 tweets) from 175 participants. There were also 376 travel photos tweeted during the chat.

Founded by Savannah, Ariana and me, we all possess personal experience in places infrequently travelled by others, with Afghanistan being a particular favourite for each of us.

If you are a novice or seasoned traveller on such rarely trodden paths, or even if you are seeking to place your first foot on #TRLT then join us on the following times each Tuesday.

US & Canada PT: 1000
Costa Rica: 1100
Canada & US CT: 1200
US & Canada ET: 1300 (1 pm)
Argentina: 1300 (1pm)
UK:  1800 (6pm)
Germany: 1900 (7pm)
South Africa: 1900 (7pm)
United Arab Emirates: 2100 (9pm)
India: 2230 (10:30pm)
Malaysia: 0100 (1am)

What is a Twitter Chat?
A brief explanation on how our Twitter chat works. Five questions are asked on a chosen theme at approximately 10-12 minute intervals, and these are prefaced with Q1, Q2 and so on.  You answer each question with the relevant answer (A1, A2 etc.) and interact with others.  It is important to include #TRLT hashtag so your tweets can be followed by the hosts and other participants.

#TRLT is a busy chat, and the best way to follow is to open a separate window for #TRLT and one for Interactions so you can follow the chat and who is chatting directly with you. I personally find TweetDeck offered by Twitter a very effective method of achieving this as it allows multiple windows to be displayed on the one screen.

06 November 2018 – Cultures (#TRLT 262)
Q1: What aspect of other cultures do you most enjoy? Food, music, art, tradition or something else? Share a photo! via @bradtguides #TRLT
Q2: What is your favourite culture on The Road Less Travelled. Shre a photo! #TRLT
Q3: What culture on The Road Less Traveled felt most different to your own and what did you learn from it? Share a photo! via @FuninFairfax @GoGreenGatsby #TRLT
Q4: Which culture were you reluctant to experience, but ended up absolutely loving? Why? Share a photo! via @heidisiefkas #TRLT
Q5: How do you best experience other cultures? Share your advice! via @cruisewriter #TRLT

Past Topics:
30 October 2018: On the Road

23 October 2018: Street Life
16 October 2018: Ancient Places
09 October 2018: Perceptions
02 October 2018: Less Visited Places
25 September 2018: Cities
18 September 2018: Inspiration
11 September 2018: National Parks
04 September 2018: Music
28 August 2018: The Romance of Travel
21 August 2018: Travel Moments

14 August 2018: Photography
07 August 2018: Dream Destinations
31 July 2018: People
24 July 2018: Travel Stories
17 July 2018: Adventure
10 July 2018: Countryside
03 July 2018: Old Towns
26 June 2018: Spring
19 June 2018: Winter
12 June 2018: Autumn

05 June 2018: Summer
29 May 2018: Coming Home
22 May 2018: Strange & Mysterious
15 May 2018: Colours
08 May 2018: Accommodation
01 May 2018: Textures
24 April 2018: Tastes
17 April 2018: Sounds
10 April 2018: Sights
03 April 2018: Aromas

27 March 2018: Health & Wellbeing
20 March 2018: Islands & Beaches
13 March 2018: Encounters
06 March 2018: Journeys
27 February 2018: Lights
20 February 2018: UNESCO Sites
13 February 2018: Wild
06 February 2018: Spectacular
30 January 2018: Faraway Places
23 January 2018: Extreme Travel

16 January 2018: First Travel Experiences
09 January 2018: Ice & Snow
02 January 2018: Architecture
26 December 2017: 2017 Travel Highlights
19 December 2017: Unusual Travel Experiences
12 December 2017: Fire
05 December 2017: Water
28 November 2017: Earth
21 November 2017: Air
14 November 2017: Transport

07 November 2017: Seasons
31 October 2017: Mountains & Hills
24 October 2017: Forbidden Places
17 October 2017: Ruins
10 October 2017: Nature
03 October 2017: Relaxation
26 September 2017: Patterns
19 September 2017: Surprises
12 September 2017: Language
05 September 2017: Adventure

29 August 2017: The Best of #TRLT
22 August 2017: Road Trips
15 August 2017: Street Culture
08 August 2017: Curiosity
01 August 2017: Travel Memories
25 July 2017: Friendly Faces
18 July 2017: Safety & Security
11 July 2017: Weird & Wonderful
04 July 2017: Remoteness
27 June 2017: Cold Places

20 June 2017: Hot Places
13 June 2017: Famous Places
06 June 2017: Quiet Places
30 May 2017: Daring Places
23 May 2017: Busy Places
16 May 2017: Freedom
09 May 2017: Authenticity
02 May 2017: National Parks
25 April 2017: Fashion
18 April 2017: Landmarks

11 April 2017: Diversity
04 April 2017: Exploration
28 March 2017: Small Towns
21 March 2017: Confidence
14 March 2017: The Unknown
07 March 2017: Culture
28 February 2017: Cuisines
21 February 2017: Colours
14 February 2017: Accommodation
07 February 2017: History

31 January 2017: Hope
24 January 2017: Roads
17 January 2017: Lessons
10 January 2017: People
03 January 2017: Planning
27 December 2016: 2016 Travel Highlights
20 December 2016: Seasons
13 December 2016: Discovery
06 December 2016: World Wonders
29 November 2016: Gratitude

22 November 2016: Wildlife
15 November 2016: Happiness
08 November 2016: Changes
01 November 2016: Achievements
25 October 2016: Food
18 October 2016: Family & Friends
11 October 2016: Travel Inspiration
04 October 2016: Adventure
27 September 2016: Luxury
20 September 2016: Health

13 September 2016: Buildings
06 September 2016: Transport
30 August 2016: Street Life
23 August 2016: Little Things
16 August 2016: Elements
09 August 2016: Patterns
02 August 2016: Awe
26 July 2016: Festivals
19 July 2016: Finances
12 July 2016: Hot Places

05 July 2016: Cold Places
28 June 2016: Surprises
21 June 2016: Road Trips
14 June 2016: Nature
07 June 2016: Flavours
31 May 2016: Bring It On
24 May 2016: Borders
17 May 2016: Aromas
10 May 2016: Courage
03 May 2016: Elements

26 April 2016: Comfort
19 April 2016: Architecture
12 April 2016: Curiosity
05 April 2016: Border Crossings
29 March 2016: Daily Life
22 March 2016: Once In A Lifetime
15 March 2012: Remote Places
08 March 2016: Urban Travel
01 March 2016: Activities
23 February 2016: Black and White

16 February 2016: UNESCO Sites
09 February 2016: Photography
02 February 2016: Air Adventures
26 January 2016: Happiness
19 January 2016: Activities
12 January 2016: People
05 January 2016: 2016 Dreams
29 December 2015: 2015 Memories
22 December 2015: Traditions
15 December 2015: Firsts

08 December 2015: Excitement
01 December 2015: Planning
24 November 2015: Responsible Travel
17 November 2015: Senses
10 November 2015: Weather
03 November 2015: Milestones
27 October 2015: Luxury
20 October 2015: Inspiration
13 October 2015: Relaxation
06 October 2015: Colours

Weeks 1-100

Links to the Twitter accounts of my fellow #TRLT founders and permanent hosts, the #TRLT Chat Twitter account, and the #TRLT Facebook page can be found below:

Savannah Ariana Anton Jess Ian Mia TRLT_Chat Facebook