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Great content is the key to a successful travel blog, but clever features and interactive elements can help you stand out from the crowd and increase audience engagement. There are a number of WordPress plugins designed specifically for travel bloggers, so we’ve selected some of the best to help you get started on improving your offering.

Geo Mashup

Offering a simple interface and an average user rating of 4.7/5 stars, Geo Mashup lets you save location information with posts, pages, and other WordPress objects to be presented on interactive maps. Supporting Google Maps, Leaflet and OpenStreetMap, features include a geo search widget so your readers can search for content by distance from a search location, and marker clustering for Google Maps. Locations can be saved for all post types, users and comments, and you can even reverse geocoding to fill in address information for locations you’ve already written about.

Instagram Feed

Increase your social following and showcase your travel photography skills with Instagram Feed, which has an average user rating of 5/5 stars. Designed to display clean, customizable, and responsive feeds from multiple Instagram accounts, this plugin features a simple set up and is completely responsive, mobile friendly, and customizable – offering the option to add your own CSS and JavaScript. You can display a custom header at the top of your feed, and include a Follow button to encourage increased social engagement. Official Search Box

The Official Search Box plugin allows you to add value for your readers by making it easy to find accommodation related to your content – and increase your blog revenue with affiliate earnings. User friendly, customizable and with an average user rating of 3.3/5 stars, this plugin uses your affiliate ID so you earn commissions on bookings from your readers.

Nomad World Map

Create your own custom travel map with Nomad World Map, which has an average user rating of 5/5 stars and allows you to link locations on your map to blog posts. Show post excerpts, travel dates or a short custom description for each location, create multiple independent maps, and add a sidebar widget to show your last location.

With Nomad World Map, your location content is shown in a carousel underneath your map, allowing readers to zoom to the linked location when they slide through the carousel content. You can set custom line colors for past and future travel routes, and rearrange the order of the travel route by dragging the items up or down in the route list.

 WordPress Related Posts

Want to increase engagement and encourage your readers to browse more of your content? Suggest additional posts they may be interested in based on destinations, activities and interests with WordPress Related Posts, which has an average user rating of 4.1/5 stars. You can pick specific posts to be included in the footer of your content, to drive your readers to explore more of your journey along with you.

Instagrate to WordPress

If Instagram is your platform of choice for images and you’re looking to expand your reach, Instagrate to WordPress allows you to easily integrate your Instagram account into WordPress with automatic posting of new images into blog posts. With an average user rating of 4/5 stars, you can configure your post settings including title, body text, image size, post format, author and post category. The next time someone visits your site, a new post will be created with each of your Instagram shots.

WP Geo

Add location maps to your posts, pages and custom post types with WP Geo, which integrates seamlessly with Google Maps and has an average user rating of 4.9/5 stars. Featuring custom map markers, a sidebar widget, and simple shortcodes to insert your map into your posts, you can set map locations by search, entering latitude and longitude, or simply clicking on your map.