One thing that is always intriguing for the travel bloggers is to summarize their journeys. To do that needs a lot of effort, as it has taken long time travel hopping from one destination to the other in your never-ending quest. Maps are a great way to create a compilation of your escapades. Here’s how you can create an impressive travel map for your blog.
Using a Custom Online Map Resource
A custom map resource not only improves the quality of your blog, but also organizes your posts effectively. You are able to summarize your entire voyage with hundreds of pushpins on the map, and that validates to the reader of your experience and expertise on the subject.
We require maps for several reasons and putting your tentative travel plans on the map can give you a fair idea of what you are about to encounter when you reach the destination. For eg, if I know that I might get overpriced taxis at the airport, I would try to search for the metro line on my custom map instead, rather than trying to start looking clueless without it.
A map resource such as Mango Map can not only help you to create your custom map, but also help you to write your blog post on its sidebar, so that the post becomes a reading reference to the map. Another great way to customize your map is using Scribble Maps. Not only can you create your unique custom animated maps and embed them in your post, you can also create several reference maps such as road maps, rail network, taxi services network, money exchange; the list is endless.
Researching your destination with maps
Before I start for your destination place, you may like to research about the place thoroughly. Understanding the networks gives you the clear idea of a city, such as the connectivity, non-connectivity, alternate routes, services, and especially cost of travel. A city essentially connects with the rest of its counterparts in two essential ways- Inbound and Outbound Networks (I am using my own words here)
Inbound Network: An inbound network is essentially the network within the city and may contain one or more networks to move around in the city; road network, metro rail network OR canal network. These networks are developed with two purposes in mind: tourism (yes, you guessed it right) and business. Both are mutually dependent.
Outbound Networks: These are networks which help connect with the city from outside. Apart from three ways mentioned above, it may also include the air network to move in and out of the city.
Having a map helps us organize our information of a place and align the way-points in a sequence. You might want to put your markers at places of your interest first and then plan your stay OR you might do the other way round. Creating a bird’s-eye view makes the picture clearer. You might then be looking at your tentative itinerary like this:-
If you are planning to travel to an unknown land, a map can make you at least 40% aware of the whereabouts before you step on that land
Organizing Your Stories On the Map
While you have written all those stories on your blog, a great way to not let your old stories get archived is to put it on the map. If you can do that with a featured image of your story along with the link, then nothing like it. Organizing your stories on the map creates a wider perspective for the readers, allowing them to browse through the bundle of interesting stories at their own convenience. Here’s how your stories can look like on the map.