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Need a fresh look for your travel blog?
WordPress is a great platform for blogging, but it won’t guarantee an awesome site on its own. The entire design of your site and much of the functionality depends entirely on your theme.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of WordPress themes made specifically for travel websites. They have embedded maps, images sliders, and beautiful blog displays.
If you want to stand out and “wow” your visitors, check out these top themes for travel blogs.
Travel blog themes
Every theme listed below is responsive which means it’s mobile-friendly. They’re also all up-to-date with the newest version of WordPress
Use these themes for a personal travel journal, photo blog, or even a travel agency site.
Here are my top picks for best travel blog WordPress themes for 2021.
1. Trawell by Meks (Themeforest)
The Trawell theme is an incredible choice for a travel blogger. This theme has tons of different layouts and consistently beautiful style which makes it easy to create a beautiful WordPress website in record time.
One great characteristic of Trawell is that it largely avoids the complexity of page builder integrations. Instead, it lets you customize your blog with simple layout options. You can even choose different layouts for each post to give it the impact you want. The logo, images, fonts, and colors are all totally customizable.
Trawell also has complete WooCommerce compatibility which means you can add an online store to your site. You won’t need a separate eCommerce theme to start selling physical and/or digital products on your site. Trawell also plays nice with other popular WordPress plugins like Yoast SEO, WPForms, and Jetpack.
As a professionally made theme, Trawell is GDPR compliant, translation ready, and totally responsive. Overall, it’s an awesome template and surely one of the best travel blog themes out.
2. Travelog by DJMiMi (Themeforest)
Travelog is a beautiful and user-friendly travel blog theme. The header area has an awesome Google Maps embed that lets you add pins to locations you’ve visited. Visitors can click any pin to read a full post about the location.
The Travelog theme works great as a blog with an emphasis on location. The full-screen map embed is featured at the top of every page. Category archives include multiple locations, and each post highlights one place in particular.
Regarding customizations, you get a lot of flexibility with this travel theme. Features include four header styles, ad-ready widget areas, and three blog list layouts.
3. Gnar by Theme Blvd (Themeforest)
Gnar is extremely stylish and has a premium level of design quality. Excellent use of imagery, typography, and small touches make it a great choice for travel bloggers.
Gnar doesn’t have the same emphasis on blogging that other themes on this list do. The page builder lets you create any type of page whether that’s for creating a detailed “about me” page or even adding a store to the site. You can even create a forum by integrating bbPress. That’s not to say you can’t blog with Gnar. In fact, the blogging layouts are beautiful and make it easy to add large images to showcase your travels.
The page builder is incredibly comprehensive including 80 sample designs. When it comes to logo placement and custom colors, Gnar handles them easily as well.
4. WorldMap by TemplateMonster
WorldMap was made specifically for travel websites and has a gorgeous, attention-getting design. As you can tell from the screenshot, this theme excels at visual storytelling.
As an Elementor theme, you’ll find WorldMap extremely flexible. If you want a theme that is really easy to use, you’ll probably prefer Apex or Shift, but the Elementor integration makes this travel template highly customizable. There are dozens of pre-designed blocks that you can drag-and-drop into your page. This allows you to make entirely custom page templates from scratch. Better still, you can create a template once, save it, and then reuse it for as many pages on your site as you want.
Overall, WorldMap is a beautiful theme and a strong option for anyone who wants full control over the design of their website.
5. Shift by Compete Themes
Shift is a clean, minimalist blogging theme for WordPress. You can install it and use it forever on your site for free. There is a paid upgrade, Shift Pro, for anyone interested in advanced customization options, such as custom colors, hundreds of font options, and new layouts.
The Shift theme was made with a mobile-first design philosophy, so you’ll see that it functions just as well on smartphones and tablets as it does on desktop computers. The layout was created using a grid system that makes sure your content is always laid out in an aesthetically pleasing way. This same level of attention was brought to the typography and use of font sizes throughout the template.
Shift has a variety of easy-to-use customization options. You can write custom post excerpts, add social icons linked to your profiles in the header, and move the sidebar around easily.
6. GoExplore by Parallelus (Themeforest)
GoExplore is full of unique and exciting layouts. This theme is sure to capture and hold visitors’ attention as they explore your site.
GoExplore makes heavy use of images displaying them in small and fullscreen widths. It can be used for much more than simple travel blogs too. Create an entire location directory complete with reviews for local landmarks, hotels, and restaurants. This functionality comes from the “Travel Destinations” plugin which lets you add places like adding posts.
GoExplore comes with many layouts, custom headers, a review system, and much more. It’s a highly customizable and feature-rich theme for travel sites.
7. Challenger by Compete Themes
If you want people focused on your writing, Challenger is a great choice. This responsive theme has a single-column design that puts all the emphasis on your content.
Challenger has full support for the Gutenberg editor in WordPress. This makes it easy to include images, galleries, and cover images in your posts. You’ll have no trouble sharing your best travel photographs with this modern theme.
The Challenger theme also includes many customization options in the Live Customizer. However, the most practical feature included is the highly customizable lead generation header. You can use the headline to promote an offer and link the button to an optin form on your site. The colors, text, and background image can all be changed. Plus, you have full control over which pages on your site it displays on.
8. Travelista by BloomPixel (Themeforest)
Travelista is a general blogging theme with an aesthetic that fits travel blogs well. If you’re looking for a minimalist theme with an easy setup, Travelista might be your best choice.
As a blogging theme, Travelista makes great use of post formats. Beyond regular posts, you can also publish audio, video, quotes, galleries, and more. Every post is added to the blog regardless of the format used.
Travelista has eight layout options, custom color settings, and is completely mobile-friendly.
9. Apex by Compete Themes
The Apex theme has a more modern take on a classic blog design. You’ll find generous use of white space and clean typography featured in this right-sidebar layout.
Apex’s minimalist style will help colorful photographs really leap off the page. At the same time, the sidebar is available to included widgets for your Instagram feed, an About Me section, or any other content you’d like to include.
The menu at the top of the site is entirely customizable, as are the social media icons and the title in the center. If your main focus is to publish stories then you’ll love the Apex theme for your travel blog.
10. Interactive by MyThemeShop
Are you planning on blogging a lot? Or, will you have a team of writers on your site? If so, Interactive could be the best choice for your travel blog.
Interactive is a content-rich blog theme with a clean and responsive design. It supports multi-author blogs well, in particular. The theme is easy to set up and use for both the admin and the site’s visitors.
As a theme by MyThemeShop, you can expect an extremely comprehensive set of options. You can customize every aspect of the site from colors and fonts to layouts and social icons. This theme loads quickly and looks great on mobile devices too.
11. Travelop by TemplateMonster
The Travelop WordPress theme is professional and spacious. There’s plenty of space for both images and exposition.
Travelop has a fairly standard set of templates giving you excellent designs for the blog, posts, pages, and archive pages. The clean look makes it easy to navigate and focus on the content of each post.
Regarding features, Travelop comes well-equipped. Change everything from the colors and background to the widgets and header layout. Must-have customizations include the custom logo, colors, and social media icons.
12. The Traveler by MeridianThemes
The Traveler is a grid-based theme designed with travel bloggers in mind. It lets you showcase your latest Instagram photos by automatically importing them into the theme’s built-in feed display.
Out of the box, The Traveler comes with five different archive layouts that let you display your travel blog entries the way you want them to. You have layout options both with and without sidebars. The theme’s blog pages are designed to put your travel images and photographs center stage. With the grid layout, you can publish tons of posts which makes The Traveler a good theme for active writers.
And as far as customization goes, the theme is customizable through the native WordPress Customizer and comes with the Meridian Styler plugin that lets you fine-tune individual page elements on your site in a live preview.
13. Around the World by TemplateMonster
Around the World places images front-and-center on the homepage. It’s a sensible design for bloggers who have an abundance of photos from their travels.
The use of handwritten fonts throughout the design provides Around the World with a more playful and adventurous aesthetic. Although, the post font is on the small side and could be larger for readability.
This travel theme includes special gallery templates which make it easier to showcase images. With post format support, you can easily publish quotes, status updates, videos, and more in addition to standard blog posts.
14. TripTastic by TemplateMonster
Ready for some bold storytelling?
TripTastic is a clean and vibrant theme for travel bloggers. Publish short- and long-form media-rich posts from all of your travels. It’s a simple blogging theme with all the essential options needed.
The TripTastic theme utilized WordPress’ Live Customizer to let you modify your site and watch as it updates instantly. Customization options include colors, typography, page layouts, background images, and more. With Google Fonts integration, you have access to hundreds of fonts for your site.
15. The Trip by ThemeFuse
The Trip is a great travel theme for long-form blogging. You can create custom page layouts, but as you’ll see on the demo site, it’s best-suited for a classic travel blog.
When blogging, it’s important that you can show off your images. The Trip lets you add full-screen, parallax images that are beautiful and very modern. Adding photo galleries to posts is easy too.
The Trip works well for simple sites but also has deep customizability. With the page builder, custom colors, sliders, and WooCommerce integration, there’s not a whole lot you can’t do with The Trip.
16. El Greco by CSSIgniter
El Greco is a minimalist theme for travel blogs. The design is clean and professional without feeling corporate or business-like.
El Greco manages a perfect balance between written content and media. Whether you love filling your site with photographs, or if you prefer simple journaling, this travel theme will fit your needs well.
The El Greco theme has a page builder that allows you to customize the layout of the homepage. Color schemes, Jetpack support, and a handful of custom widgets all come with this responsive theme.
17. Relive by Tesla Themes
Relive is a highly visual photo travel theme. The crisp aesthetic delivers a modern and professional feel.
Relive makes great use of Featured Images. Every post highlights a primary image on the blog and post page along with a full-width header image above. Galleries can be added quickly to posts and pages.
Relive comes with shortcodes for adding special content and the Visual Composer plugin for page building. Other features include hundreds of fonts sourced from Google Fonts and social share button integration.
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Which travel theme is right for you?
So what did you think?
Trawell stood out thanks to its high-quality design and simple options, but there are more robust themes available too.
Consider the Travelog theme next if you want greater flexibility for your site.
All of these themes are pretty flexible, so focus on choosing a theme that has the features you need. Do you want to sell products or publish thousands of posts? Or, will a simple blog theme work best?
Leave aesthetics as the secondary factor in your decision. Looks are important, but you can always customize the theme.
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