I recently wanted to start a new travel blog and was looking for a WordPress alternative as I’m not much of a designer or creative person. There are many platforms to share map and travel stories. The most common website platforms are; WordPress, Wix, Foursquare, Blogger, Tumblr and Weebly, but I found more than 20 when I was looking.
But 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.
The best travel blogs platforms were; Atemeo, Photler, Travllerpoint, Tripoto, Livenguide, Jauntlett and the TravelDiariesapp.
I decided to try 7 different travel blogging platforms.
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
- Can add photos and are able to add trips to your blog. Realy nice to plan out trips.
- You can’t create a page and not a very active community from what I can see.
- The system is nice and clean, almost beautiful. Also the platform makes making sites pretty easy.
- Pretty limited with templates/themes, don’t have a lot of creative space and you need to pay.
- It has a decent community already so you can interact, but its limited in what you can create…
- It’s more a forum so you can’t create site
- Can create posts and trips, its a fairly established so has a real community
- More focused about planning trips. So write-ups don’t seem to get as much attention
- 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. Also its more about becoming a guide than a travel platform really.
- 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.
- Site navigation could use some work. Finding a person is pretty hard because search criteria is about cities alone.
- Can make long and detailed write-ups, that are layed out in chapters. This gives an 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.
Comparisons of Travel Blog Platforms
|Free Plan?||Yes||14 Days Free||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|
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 is a good option if you just want to be sharing photos and videos in a very simple and easy to use to form (but seriously lacks things like plugins and customization). It is good for sharing with your family and friends, however, if you ever want to integrate something more professional it won’t hold up so well.
Much easier to use (no coding required, just drag & drop content around), no backend maintenance required from you, lower cost and ongoing commitments over the long run. Your costs are very predictable. But 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 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 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.
WordPress – More flexibility and highly customizable (if you know a bit of coding). 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 a coder to help you, the frequency of hiring, and the quality / caliber of the coder.
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.
Website CMS Comparison Table
|Free Plan||Yes||2 Weeks Trial||14 Days||Yes||Yes|
|Price||3.95$ a month||Free||12$ a month||5 - 40$ a month||Free|
|Ease of Use||Medium||Extremely Easy||Easy||Very easy||Easy|
|Analytics||Yes||Yes||With Premium||With Premium||Yes|
|User Support||Gigantic Community||Not really||Ok||Very Good||No|
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 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 🙂