Join Our Summer Road Trips Twitter Chat Monday, May 18th, at 1pm EST!

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Mark your calendars: We're hosting our next #BT_Chat Monday, May 18th, at 1 p.m. EST all about summer road trips, and we want you to join us!

We'll be co-hosting the chat with contributing editor @DarleyNewman, @GoRVing, @LonelyPlanetUSA, @YahooTravel, @USNewsTravel, @ContikiUSA, @TheBuriedLife, @HomeExchangeCom, @Worldtravelure, and @TravelIndustry. The best part: at the end of the chat one lucky person will win a collection of Lonely Planet road trip guides including USA's Best Trips, Route 66 Road Trips, Pacific Coast Highway Road Trips, and San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Road Trips.

Here are three easy steps for following along and chiming in with our #BT_Chat.

1. Get Your Tweet On

Log in to your Twitter account (or create one here) shortly before the chat starts at 1 p.m.

2. Join the #BT_Chat

First, follow @BudgetTravel on Twitter. Then, in a separate tab or window, search for the hashtag #BT_Chat and click on "All" at the top of the page so you can see the questions and other people's answers as they come in. Depending on how chatty you are and how many people are responding to your answers, you may want to open a third tab or window to help keep track of notifications.

3. Chime In!

Feel free to re-tweet our questions out to your own followers so they can participate, too! The most important thing is to add #BT_Chat to your answers so the rest of us can see them. Take this as a fun, informal opportunity to chat with other people who care about travel as much as you do. Use the questions we ask as a jumping off point for conversation and to make new friends over the Twittersphere, and above all, have fun!

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