You'll need to complete two simple steps, outlined below, which will take about five minutes:
1) Register a username, otherwise known as an AIM ScreenName, or AIM sn.
2) Download the free software to enter the chatroom.
No, you don't need to be an AOL member - AIM is a free service and essentially separate from AOL.
Don't worry, it's fairly painless. You can fill in a simple form to register a screen name here. The form doesn't ask for any personal details and it takes about one minute to fill out.
Now you can enter your screen name & password and log on to the AIM network.
Click on the Chat button, type your own screen name into the Invite Box at the top and replace the words in the Chat Room box at the bottom with the words:
Travel Tips Chat
The content of the Invitation Message box in the middle doesn't matter, because you are sending the invitation to yourself.
Yes. Once you click the Send button, you will be transported to the Travel Tips Chat chatroom.