23 Twitterers of all different ages, places, and professions who aren’t just out there selling themselves, but making genuine connections and engaging in real conversations.

I asked a few folks on the Matador Team who they thought were the most interesting / relevant travelers to follow on twitter. Here’s what they came up with.

Eva’s Picks:

@leifpettersen Hilarious blogger and guidebook writer.

@Pharaonick “Writer. Teacher. Burned out tour leader. Based in the delicious chaos of Cairo, rummaging around the nooks and crannies, seeking nuggets.”

@reidontravel “Robert Reid is Lonely Planet’s US Travel Editor and spokesperson for the US. Has written 24 LP guidebooks, plus articles for NY Times.”

@mustaphasplace (it’s a hotel, but very cool people)

@umarket “2 curious Americans exploring the world-2 yrs and counting. Sharing human stories, travel photography and street food reportage from rapidly changing countries.”

@thenotoriousmeg “Hotel publicist, rabid traveler, expert Googler, guidebook reader, erratic blogger, non-Blackberry user, primate enthusiast, featured Jauntsetter.”

Ian’s picks:

@lostgirlsworld “Three twenty-something New Yorkers who ditched their media jobs to embark on a yearlong, round-the-world journey.”

@nomadicmatt “Traveling around the world as a digital nomad doing SEO, IM, and relaxing on tropical beaches.”

@travelhappy “British scuba journalist based in Thailand.”

@EverywhereTrip “Travel blogger and photographer. I’m a one man National Geographic. I’ve blogged and tweeted from over 60 countries and territories since March 2007”

@TheWorldEffect “Bio World Travelers in search of art, culture, design and adventure.”

Hal’s pick:

@familyonbikes “We’re a family biking from Alaska to Argentina.”

Julie’s picks:
@ShaneSakata: US expat/blogger in Japan; she and a fellow expat are about to roll out the first travel Twitter chat– in the style of journchat or edchat, but all about Japan; it’s going to be an ideal way to connect travelers coming to Japan.

@statravelers Great student travel agency.

@thefutureisred Expat mom who lives in Argentina.

@tanagerphoto Denver-based travel photographer.

@ShaneSakata US expat/blogger in Japan; she and a fellow expat are about to roll out the first travel Twitter chat– in the style of journchat or edchat, but all about Japan; it’s going to be an ideal way to connect travelers coming to Japan.

@tripfilms Our friends at TripFilms.

@travelojos US writer, tweets/blogs about Latin America.

@AlisonSWellner US culinary/travel blogger for HuffPo, About.com, Luxist.com.

@NewYorkology Super valuable tweets about events/tix/etc. in NYC.

@scarlettlion US journo/blogger living in Africa.

@pocketcultures World culture blogger; always links to fascinating posts by other people around the world on topics as diverse as African lit and global languages.

@stuenperu Peru-based blogger tweeting in English and Spanish about Lima, photography, and news

Community Connection

Obviously these are only some of the relevant travel twitterers out there; they are the ones most relevant to the people I asked. So let me ask you: who do you follow? Share it with us in the comments below.

Finally, Interested in following any of the Matador team’s tweets? You can find them here.