Top Travel Blog Platforms Reviewed – Which is the Best?

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 or visually creative.

The most common website platforms were; WordPress, Wix, Foursquare, Blogger, Tumblr and Weebly, but I found more than 20 when I was looking.

But there are a few platforms that you can share map and travel stories easily. Some of them are specifically built just to for travel bloggers which are really awesome as you can share your stories, connect, log your trips a lot easier.

I decided to try 7 different travel blogging platforms.

The best travel blogs platforms were; Atemeo, Photler, Travllerpoint, Tripoto, Livenguide, Jauntlett and the TravelDiariesapp.

What I did:  a post, engage with some people and tried to make a journey, story, trip or route to see how each one functions and the pros and cons between each.

EASIEST Platforms for Travel Blogging

  • Atameo – It’s a travel blogging platform that is built to easily log your trips.
  • Photler – a place to share your travel photos
  • Travellerspoint – Plan your Trip – Book your Stay – Share your experience
  • Tripoto – Global Community for Travelers
  • Livenguide – Find a local Guide, search a Tour or become yourself a Guide.
  • Jauntlet – Tell stories of where you’ve been and share plans of where you will be.
  • Traveldiariesapp – Create your own travel diary to capture and share your travel

Website CMS Comparison Table

 AtameoPhotlerTrvlrspntTripotoLivnguideJauntletTrvldirisappp
Free PlanYes14 Days Free YesYesYesYesYes
Can have profileYesyesYes YesYesYesYes
Can BlogNoNoNoYesNoYesYes
Upload photosYesYesYesYesYesNo Yes
Make trips with MapsYesYesYesYesNoNo No
Connect with travellersYesNoYesYesYesNo No

 

Atameo Review

Atameo Pro

  • Can add photos and are able to add trips to your blog. Realy nice to plan out trips.

Atameo Con

  • You can’t create a page and not a very active community from what I can see.

Photler

Photler Pro

  • The system is nice and clean, almost beautiful. Also the platform makes making sites pretty easy.

Photler Con

  • Pretty limited with templates/themes, don’t have a lot of creative space and you need to pay.

Travellerspoint Review

Travellerspoint Pro

  • It has a decent community already so you can interact, but its limited in what you can create…

Travellerspoint Con

  • It’s more a forum so you can’t create site

Triponto Review

Triponto Pro

  • Can create posts and trips, its a fairly established so has a real community

Triponto Con

  • More focused about planning trips. So write-ups don’t seem to get as much attention

Livenguide Review

Livenguide Pro

  • 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.

Livenguide Con

  • Unable to translate post and reviews that aren’t in English. Therefore limiting the guides you would be able to work with. Also its more about becoming a guide than a travel platform really.

Jauntlet Review

Jauntlet Pro

  • You can log how far you’ve traveled as well as the days. Which allows you to see who the most experienced travelers are. You can allow friends to edit your blogs, adding more content and substance to your posts.

Jauntlet Con

  • Site navigation could use some work. Finding a person is pretty hard because search criteria is about cities alone.

Traveldiariesapp Review

Jauntlet Pros

  • Can make long and detailed write-ups, that are layed out in chapters. This gives an effect of reading a short, personal story.

Jauntlet Cons

  • 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 there are websites/platforms below are specifically designed for you to have more control and customizability – 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 like the ones mentioned below.

Tumblr

Tumblr is a good option if you just want to be sharing photos and videos in a very simple and easy to use to form (lacks things like plugins and customization). .

Wix

Much easier to use (no coding required, just drag & drop content around). But your website will be a lot less customizable when compared to using WordPress, as you can’t modify the codes to your website.

Squarespace

This platform doesn’t have a free plan really so its hard to get properly acquainted with it or take the leap. Its easier to use than some of the platforms but it lacks customizability. There is also not that much backend maintenance with this kind of platform.

Blogger

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 in then maybe move onto a more customizable platform or something that suits your needs better.

Weebly

WordPress – More flexibility and highly customizable. Requires hands-on the ongoing maintenance, higher initial learning curve and most likely higher financial commitment over the long run. Costs are less predictable, depending on whether you need to hire developers.

Medium

Medium is great if you want to share stories with nice imagery, its one of the cleanest. But you cannot log trips or connect with fellow travelers on this platform as easy on other platforms.

 

 


 

In review

I think all the platforms have their pros and cons. It is hard to say which one if 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 for WordPress to start my new travel blog. Which I will be launching soon.

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 🙂

 

 

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