If you’re planning on a taking a holiday this summer, then you might want to use WordPress to blog about your trip. A travel blog is a great way to document holidays and share your adventures with your friends and family back home.
Plus, there are lots of free WordPress plugins you can use to add some cool features to your travel blog, including weather forecasts, a travel search engine, a time zone calculator, and lots of different interactive maps to show where you’ve been and where you’re heading next.
With Travel Search you can add a travel search engine to your site which your readers can use to easily find and compare car hire, holiday packages, flights and hotels. This free travel WordPress plugin will search a number of different third-party sites, including Priceline, TripAdvisor and Expedia, and you can join Travelgrove’s affiliate program to earn money when someone books a flight, hotel, car or holiday package via your website.
If you’re looking for a cool way to share your favourite places from your travels with your site’s readers, then you have to try Leaflet Maps Marker. This free WordPress travel plugin allows you to use markers to pinpoint places, such as restaurants, attractions and hotels, on a map, add images or text for each marker, and organise your markers in layers. Leaflet Maps Marker includes 800 free map icons for you to choose from, and it will display directions for your places, making it easy for other people to visit your favourite spots.
TimeZoneCalculator is a great free WordPress plugin for travel bloggers who regularly travel internationally or between time zones within a single country. This travel plugin will calculate and display times and dates in various timezones, so you and your readers will be able to quickly find out how many hours apart you are. TimeZoneCalculator is particularly helpful if you use your travel blog to keep your friends and family up to date on your journeys.
If you want an easy way to display the current weather information for a particular city on your travel blog, then you need to check out Weather Layer. This free WordPress travel plugin is powered by Yahoo Weather, and it allows you to use a shortcode to insert a city’s forecast in a single post or a widget to display weather information in your sidebar. Weather Layer offers horizontal and vertical layout options for posts, and it’s very easy to use.
With LogMyTrip, a free WordPress travel plugin, you can use your articles and Google Maps to display your trip on a map simply by geotagging your blog posts. Plus, when viewing individual posts, your readers can hover over the name of the place the article is about to see a map of its location. LogTripMarker will also let your site’s visitors click on map markers to see your post about that particular spot.
If you want to display the prices in your articles in your readers’ local currencies, then you should definitely give WordCurrency a try. This free WordPress travel plugin will find out a visitor’s IP address and automatically convert the prices in your posts using the current or historic exchange rate for their country. If your readers want to see amounts listed in a currency other than the one automatically selected for them, WorldCurrency allows visitors to manually change their currency using a selection box.
WP World Travel, a free WordPress travel plugin, allows you display your itinerary and current location to your blog’s readers, making it easy for your friends and family to see where you’ll be during your trip. Plus, this WordPress plugin displays a link which people can use to contact you about getting together when you’re in particular place, so it’s a great tool for keeping in touch with people all around the world.
If you travel internationally, and you want to share the places you’ve been with your blog’s readers in a fun and interactive way, then WP Visited Countries is for you. This free travel WordPress plugin allows you to display a map of the world on your website and highlight the countries you’ve visited. WP Visited Countries also enables you to link posts with different places, so your visitors can click on a country to see all of the articles you’ve written about a particular location.
With RomeLuv Google Maps for WordPress you can add an address to each of your posts, and a map of that location will automatically be displayed in your article. Plus, you can create a global map of every location you’ve written about and then filter it to display places for a particular category, such as restaurants, hotels, museums, etc. RomeLuv is powerful yet relatively easy to use, and it’s a great tool for mapping itineraries or creating destination guides.
If you want to share the places you’ve been, when you visited each city, and the order in which you went from one destination to the next, then you have to check out Travelmap. This free WordPress plugin allows you to display the places you’ve visited on a map which you can insert into any page or post. Simply by adding your arrival date for each place you visited during a particular trip, Travelmap will show when you were at a particular location, display where each spot was in your itinerary, and connect all of your visited destinations.