5 Tools To Map Your Travels
Traveling is among one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, meeting new people…is there anything quite so exhilarating? Even when the experience isn’t a great one, we still have a tendency to look back on the memories with a real fondness. Some of my favorite stories from my travels are those where I ended up in a disastrous – or even frightening – situation. I think I tell the story of the time I was mugged in Argentina more than any other.
When your a blogger, having a clear way to both telling and showing your travel experiences is important. But it isn’t always easy. If you have ever found yourself on day three of next to now sleep as you go from town to town on a crowded bus, you know what I mean. One of the most difficult things to do when you travel is mapping exactly where you have been. Especially on those days where you can do nothing at the end but fall into your hostel bunch and sleep.
Thankfully, there are some tools out there that make it so much easier. At the very least they will give your readers a visual aid to see where you have gone and how you got there.
I have never found Google Maps that helpful when it comes to showing the wider travels, such as from state to state or region to region. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t great for showing exactly where you have been within a specific locale. I will often map my trek through a city or town, which can be charted through a mobile device, and then share it with my readers. Or I will send it to a friend. Since Google Maps has satellite imaging, it can make it all the more beneficial to let them come along on the journey this way. The MapsGL feature is pretty awesome, as well.
This is actually a blogging site itself. However, it also has a cool mapping feature that lets you put in the cities you will be visiting/have visited in order. Then it maps it all in a clear, easy to read map that can be posted on your site. It is super simple and has no frills at all. Which is what is great about it; it is a one step map maker that can show everywhere you have been. You can also create a slightly more advanced travel map, if you choose. Though if you want a terrain or satellite view, you might as well use Google Maps. I think the simpler ones have more charm, personally.
I am a sucker for mini online apps, I have to admit. This one is a nice one that generates a super easy visual of where you have been. You can show the whole globe or isolate the country. Then control the regions you have visited, and the colors you want to use. It gives you an embed code that is easy to copy/paste into any blog post. Straight forward and easy to use, no matter where you are.
What are some of your own favorite map makers other than these 5 tools to map your travels? Do you prefer to make your own using a program like Photoshop? Do you know of any good templates you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.
Guest Post, 5 Tools To Map Your Travels, provided By Annie Wallace
Annie Wallace is the blogger behind Viral Mom, the collection of resources for mom entrepreneurs!
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