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, but 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 few promising newcomers." —Volker Poelzl
Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree Forum is 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 a favorite 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.
Virtual Tourist is a worldwide travel community where real travelers and locals share real travel advice, experiences, and reviews.
iloho is an online travel community, where you can share your experiences, discuss the latest travel news, create or join a group of travelers with similar interests, discuss issues or plan trips.
wayn is a social network for travelers and people, who love travel, want to share experiences, photos, keep track of all your contacts from around the world and make new friends based on where they have been, where they are going and where they are now.
Wikitravel offers a free, world-wide travel guide, with user-generated content.
World66 is an open-content travel website, with travel information by travelers for fellow travelers.
Zoomandgo.com is an online travel community, where travelers from all over the world share their travel experiences by submitting video clips of their vacation as well as hotel reviews.