An added and useful tool you can add to your travel site or blog is a map of places for your readers to use. While it may take a bit of your time to first set up, your readers will appreciate the service in the long run. I’m in the process of adding custom maps to a new travel project and have been researching all the maps available out there.
I need something user friendly and easy to implement, as I have no formal training in programming and really don’t have all the time in the world to learn how to use something. Here are some of the custom maps I’ve found along the way:
Google Maps– The most popular is Google’s My Maps. Here’s a video on how to get started:
MapQuest Map Builder – MapQuest offers MapBuilder for WordPress plugin so that you can insert your custom map in your blog post or page. Check out the introduction at the MapQuest Blog.
TileMill by MapBox – This custom mapping product is an open source tool that does cost a premium fee. You can read all about TileMill at the official product site.
Schmap.it – Based in North Carolina, Schmap is a free mapping tool for use with Tweets. There is a PRO option, but I’m all about using free resources.
Do you use custom maps in your blog posts or travel website? Which one is your favorite and is there one not on the list?