Travel blogs are all the rage, and have been for many years. And why not? Roaming around the world can teach you a lot about yourself – the experience lends itself to the blogging platform.
For most of us, it is not until you actually mark out your conquests that you realize how big the world really is (although if you spend a day in China and Russia, it can look like you’ve been all over the place).
And that is where WP Visited Countries come in. Although there are various free “make your own map” tools out there, I hadn’t found a WordPress plugin that did the job well – until yesterday. After installing and activating WP Visited Countries, I had a map up and running on my test blog within minutes:
Hover over a highlighted country, and its name pops up. Very cool indeed. The formatting options are extensive – you can change the map size, background/country colors, and font size/style.
One might argue the choice of certain “countries” listed in the plugin’s settings (such as Guernsey and the Falkland Islands), but overall it does a good job.
WP Visited Countries is based upon the amMap platform, a quick inspection of which reveals how much more this plugin could do. Although what we have here is a great start, the potential for extensibility is great. I am certainly hoping that the plugin’s author has plans to do more with WP Visited Countries – a fully-featured plugin such as this is long overdue.