Top Travel Blog Platforms Reviewed – Which is the Best?
I recently started a new travel blog and was looking for a quick WordPress alternative, as I’m not much of a designer nor am I visually creative.
The most common website platforms were; WordPress, Wix, Blogger, Tumblr and Weebly, but I found more than 20 when I was looking.
There are a few platforms where you can share maps, and travel stories easily. Some of them are specifically built just for travel bloggers which are really awesome, as you can share your stories, connect, and log your trips a lot easier.
I decided to try 7 different travel blogging platforms.
What I did to test: Made a post, engaged with some people, and tried to make a journey, story, trip or route to see how each one functions and their pros and cons.
|Free Plan||Yes||14 Days Free||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Can have profile||Yes||yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Make trips with Maps||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Connect with travellers||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Travel Blogging Sites
These sites were all the ones I could find that allowed you to creat a travel blog, or allow you to write, upload images or create maps of your trips.
Free Travel Sites
The sites below are all travel platforms that you use to create a FREE travel blog. I tried all of them and my favourite way Atameo because of its ease of use.
Atameo – It’s a travel blogging platform that is built to easily log your trips.
- Can add photos and you are able to add trips to your blog.
- Really nice to plan your trips.
- You can’t create a page and it isn’t a very active community from what I can see.
Photler – a place to share your travel photos
- The system is nice and clean, almost beautiful.
- The platform makes creating sites attractive & very easy.
- Pretty limited in terms of templates/themes.
- Doesn’t have a lot of creative space
- Requires payment
Travellerspoint – Plan your Trip – Book your Stay – Share your experience
- It has a decent community already so you can interact with others.
- Limited in what you can create.
- It’s more of a forum so you can’t create a site.
Tripoto – Global Community for Travelers
- Can create posts and trips.
- It’s fairly well established so it has a real community.
- More focused on planning trips
- Write-ups don’t seem to get as much attention.
Livenguide – Find a local Guide, search a Tour or become a Guide yourself.
- Able to book travels with members, as well as meet up with members from all over the world.
- You can make money while meeting people and exploring countries.
- Unable to translate post and reviews that aren’t in English. Therefore limiting the guides you would be able to work with.
- More about becoming a guide than a travel platform.
Jauntlet – Tell stories of where you’ve been and share plans of where you will be.
- You can log how far you’ve travelled as well as the days, which allows you to see who the most experienced travellers are.
- You can allow friends to edit your blogs, adding more content and substance to your posts.
- Site navigation could use some work.
- Finding a person is pretty hard because the search criteria are for cities alone.
Traveldiariesapp – Create your own travel diary to capture and share your travel
- You can make long and detailed write-ups that are laid out in chapters, this gives the effect of reading a short, personal story.
- Unable to follow other writers (dairies).
- All write-ups are also anonymous.
- Unable to link to any other blogs or post that you may have written.
Main Blogging Platforms Review
All of the platforms above can be used to start a blog, but the websites/platforms below are specifically designed for you to have more control and customization – which is really important down the line.
If you plan on monetizing your travel blog, I would recommend starting it on a platform that you have control over and own, such as the ones mentioned below.
Tumblr is a good option if you just want to share photos and videos in a very simple and easy-to-use form (lacks things like plugins and customization).
Much easier to use (no coding required, just drag & drop content around). Your website will be a lot less customizable when compared to using WordPress, as you can’t modify the codes to your website.
This platform doesn’t have a free plan really, so it’s hard to get properly acquainted with it or take the leap. It’s easier to use than some of the platforms but it lacks customization. There is also not that much back-end maintenance with this kind of platform.
Blogger is one of the simpler platforms and that’s why it is pretty popular. It’s a platform that many bloggers start out on, then maybe move onto a more customizable platform or something that suits your needs better.
WordPress – More flexibility and highly customizable. Requires ongoing maintenance, higher initial learning curve and more likely to have a higher financial commitment over the long run. Costs are less predictable, depending on whether you need to hire developers.
Medium is great if you want to share stories with nice imagery and it’s one of the cleanest. But you cannot log trips or connect with fellow travellers on this platform as easy as you can on other platforms.
WordPress is by far the best, I have tried many platforms in my quest to build the best travel website or get links for SEO.
If you not very serious about your blog and its just to show people where you going and what you up to, then I recommend any of the above but If you plan on having a blog for an extended period I would recommend getting good WordPress hosting from Siteground or any other host which allows you the easy install and setup.
I think all the platforms have their pros and cons. It is hard to say which one of them is the best. However, I will continue to use each platform to log some trips and see if one particularly stands out from the rest.
In the end, I went to WordPress to start my new travel blog.
What do you think?
Is there a platform that you are using that is working well for you, or have I missed something? Leave it in the comments 🙂
- Top Travel Blog Platforms Reviewed – Which is the Best?
- Bloggers Platforms
- Comparison Table
- Travel Blogging Sites
- Free Travel Sites
- Atameo Review
- Photler Review
- Travellerspoint Review
- Triponto Review
- Livenguide Review
- Jauntlet Review
- Traveldiariesapp Review
- Main Blogging Platforms Review
- In review
- What do you think?