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Welcome to ‘How to use Custom Google Maps on your Travel Blog’.

In this video I’m going to teach you how to set up custom Google Maps which can be embedding into your WordPress posts and add a great visual element to your travel blog.

You will learn:

How to set up a new map

  1. Changing the title
  2. Adding in layers for different categories
  3. Changing the base map to a different version

How to add in places you’ve visited

  1. Customising the links for these places to direct readers to your blog posts
  2. Changing the colour and type of icons to make your maps really easy to navigate

How to embed the custom Google Map on your WordPress site

  1. Setting the default view
  2. Making your map viewable to everyone
  3. Copying the code
  4. Embedding the code on your WordPress site

If you haven’t got time to watch this video then I have a 16 page guide available in the form above.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed today’s guide I am going to be adding regular articles to my site on hot to improve your travel blog so sign up to get them straight through to your inbox.


Useful Tools for Booking Your Sabbatical

Flights

I always use Skyscanner or Agoda alongside Google Flights to make sure I’ve got the best price. I use Google Flights to save a route and monitor price changes and a combination of Skyscanner and Agoda to get the cheapest tickets. 

If you are in the UK I would also highly recommend signing up for Jack’s Flight Club to get incredible flight deals sent to your email inbox every week.

Accommodation

When booking accommodation I always start with Booking.com as they generally have the best range and prices. I also regularly use Airbnb for longer stays and apartments in cities (use this link for £25 off your first stay). For a different experience try signing up to Housecarers for free house-sitting opportunities (get 10% off membership with this link).

Insurance

Travel insurance might seem like an unnecessary cost, but when a flight gets cancelled, injury occurs or you damage a piece of gear you’ll regret not paying in advance. I’ve used  World Nomads for two sabbaticals and (after badly damaging a hire car in Laos!) found the claim process to be simple and transparent.

Tours

Using local guides is one of my favourite travel tips. The easiest way to find a local guide is to use Get Your Guide who offer tours with local guides all over the world.

Gear

Check out my gear page for my favourite travel gear, here for a detailed 3-month packing list for men and women and here to find 38 great travel gifts.

Transfers

Getting from the airport to your destinations is an added stress after a tiring flight, so take the guesswork out and pre-book with JayRide.com. Their prices often beat the local taxis and I've found them to be reliable and easy to use.

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