Australian Capital Territory
5 Feb 2017
I spend a lot of time reading travel blogs. There are some amazing bloggers describing their adventures out in the blogosphere, each one trying to produce more jaw-dropping photographs of more exotic locations than the other. I’m sadly underpowered in this department.
Anna Harris – a gorgeous young blonde pilot, four more areas where I can’t compete – runs the entertaining and informative Filipokie blog, and when I flipped through to her travels page, I was impressed with her fabulous travel map.
I’ve used something like this before, but you check off the nations, and if you poke your nose outside the terminal, blammo!, a whole country lights up. So far I’ve explored China to the extent of visiting a shopping mall just metres over the border in Shenzhen, but hey, according to the map, I’ve done China.
This one’s different. A WordPress plugin called Nomad World Map allows you to drop pins on the exact locations where you’ve been, and link those locations to blog posts. Pretty cool. You can have multiple maps, you can link points to show an itinerary, you can show your future travel plans, you can zoom in to show a route through a city, you can zoom out to show the world.
Step by step
- Download and activate the plugin in the usual way.
- You’ll need to get two Google API keys. Do this from the Settings submenu, click on the links, follow the instructions. It’s pretty easy.
- In your WordPress dashboard go to the “Nomad Map” menu item, then the “Manage Maps” subitem.
- Click the “Add new map” button, provide an appropriate name, and the new map will appear in the list, along with a shortcode.
- Add the map to a post or a page using the shortcode. The FAQ (on the submenu) gives examples of various options to add to the shortcode. For example, you can set a custom size in pixels, or display multiple maps on the same page. There’s also a Settings page where you can customise the appearance of all maps, such as by setting the view to Roadmap or Satellite.
- Now you can start adding locations to your map on the “Route Editor” page.
- Select the map from the list on the top right.
- Click the “Add Location” button. Drag the pin to an exact location, or enter a placename and click on “Search”.
- Link to a blog post by entering the post ID, a URL, or the post title in the “Location content” fields. You can add a description, a title, an excerpt.
- You can make a picture thumbnail. The featured image for the post will be the default, but you can select any image in your media library.
- Add the arrival and/or departure date.
- Click “Save”.
- Repeat as needed.
My (laughably incomplete) fabulous travel map is here. I might add some more detailed maps, such as an itinerary for one of those crazy “Around the World in Ten Days visiting as many Airports as Possible” status runs I used to do, or the stops I made along Route 66 in 2011. Stay tuned!