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Best Travel Community Websites

"Over the past couple of years the word wide web has seen a dramatic growth in websites that are largely defined by their users, such as social-networking sites and web-based communities. This new phenomenon was first known as Web 2.0, the second generation of the internet. This development has also impacted travel-related websites, and there has been a booming number of travel websites, whose content is largely provided by travelers or "crowdsourced." Visitors share photos, stories, articles, tips, reviews, and even videos, and allow open sharing of these resources, although sometimes membership is required to access all the available resources.

With the current evolution of social media in its many different forms, where there is broad accessibility to all members, it is quite possible that some community travel websites will slowly disappear due to the many Facebook Groups, Twitter Chats, Youtube Subscriptions, Google Hangouts, and other social media parallels (a recent Skift headline read "Three-Quarters of Millennial Travelers Update Social Media Once a Day," there remain some very lively sites where important travel-specific information can be gleaned and shared.

In this section we have listed some of the best established community travel websites, as well as a promising newcomers." —Volker Poelzl

Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree Forum is the grand daddy of all community travel forums, and still features much lively discussion and information on destinations and travel modes.

Bootsnall is a community membership travel forum with a long history and still much lively discussion.

Rick Steves' Travel Forum is full of great information on Europe and is a lively community.

Travelfish features an excellent and very informed community travel forum focused on Asia.

Outbounding is an independent online travel community, where the some of the best articles related to travel from around the Web are posted and curated, and members contribute to discussions on the content. There is an emphasis on ethical questions related to travel, but also plenty of great narratives and videos. There are also events created, such as "Ask Me Anything"s, where authors or subjects are explored.

Tripadvisor is a widely-used and more commercial trip planner, community, and review site covering much of the globe.

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