As someone who uses Twitter every day to stay in tune with the travel community, I took great interest in Twitter’s new “Lists” feature as it makes it really simple to follow travel vanguards from around the world.  It also makes being found on Twitter (based on your area of “expertise”) much more likely.  In only a few days, Yapta has already been included on 53 lists related to travel.  (Pausing for a Sally Field moment here.)  However, what I appreciate most is seeing who others are following from the world of travel and expanding my own universe.

Earlier today, the popular travel blog Jaunted compiled a handful of their favorite travel-centric Twitter lists.  For those of you who are new to the Twitter game and want to be part of the travel scene, these “top five Twitter travel lists” may give you a jump-start:

Compiled by Gary Arndt, otherwise known as “EverywhereTrip” on Twitter owing to the fact that he’s perpetually traveling around the world, this list is also one of the top-ranked on Twitter right now. It’s not a massively large list as it follows only 279, but that just means that it’s well-curated and an easy jumping-off point for getting into travel lists.

This is a 500-er, meaning that Travelpod has chosen to feature 500 of the top Twitter travelers in their sizable list, giving you a taste of everyone that’s out there in the world of virtual vagabonding.

Here’s yet another 500-er that we’ve found to have quite a good cross section of travel twitters. From MSN Travel to folks chewing the fat over Amazing Race, it’s a good variety. Of course you’ll find us all warm and snug in there as well.

Okay, the last 500 list, we promise. This one comes from a regular old traveler, not a travel website or other media outlet. We love lists like these because the intel comes from those on the ground, actually out there hopping on trains and grabbing the planes.

At 388-strong, this travel list sure doubles up on some folks from the previous lists we’ve mentioned, but when it comes to reading updates from the road and travel tips, our theory is the more the merrier.

Here’ some more travel news you can use:

  • American Airlines is making holiday travel shopping a little more colorful.  The airline has broken out their lowest fares into a holiday calendar for November, December and January that’s color-coded for “low,” “lower” and “lowest” fares.  Some fares start at $56 each way and are available to a number of major locations, including Baltimore, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami and Dallas.
  • ABC News notes that airlines are cutting money-losing flights during the current travel slump, and that can cause headaches for passengers who bought tickets on those trips.  The airlines will usually rebook a passenger on another flight close to the original schedule.  But sometimes the change can mean a delay of several hours — even overnight.  Most U.S. airlines say they will offer a full refund if they put you on a new flight that arrives more than 90 minutes earlier or later than you had planned.  But if air fares have risen since you bought your ticket, the refund doesn’t always cover the cost of buying another ticket on a different airline.
  • An Arizona couple is accused of stealing at least 1,000 pieces of luggage from the Phoenix airport and stashing — or at times, selling — the suitcases.  Keith & Stacy King were arrested at their home and were charged with burglary and tampering with evidence  for allegedly stealing luggage from Sky Harbor Airport, then allegedly selling the luggage (and its contents) by hosting regular yard sales.  Airport officials grew suspicious when Keith King visited the airport more than 60 times recently without ever boarding a plane – and walking off with luggage.

  • Miami-Dade officials are proceeding with a plan to install slot machines at the airport.  Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a permit, despite staunch opposition from local casinos and race tracks and the long odds it would be approved in Tallahassee.  They want gaming proceeds to repay debt that funded an airport expansion.