“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” Ibn Batutta.
Well said, isn’t it? Have you ever wanted to start a travel blog where you could share your travel stories or do you already have one?
Even Oscar Wilde had a pocket travel book. He said, “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
And if you also want to be a travel blogger, then sooner or later you’ll have to decide how you want your travel blog to look like. Of course, you can hire a web designer to create a travel website from scratch. But if you prefer to spend your money on your next trip rather than on a custom design for your website, we have some ideas for you.
First of all, we would suggest you to build your travel website with WordPress. This is a perfect blogging platform even for non-techie users. And the good thing is that there are a lot of Travel WordPress themes to choose from. Moreover, some of these themes are available for free.
Below is a list of the top 30+ free Travel WordPress themes. Check it out and see if any of these themes is a good fit for you. We hope this list will serve as a useful guide for travelers, travel bloggers and anyone looking to build a stunning travel blog.
Traveling around the world and meeting new people is existing and it is a shame if you have to keep all these experiences to yourself. Longform theme is built for those who want to tell great stories. If you are a traveler you sure have a lot of them to tell everyone. With this theme, you can create chapters, add interactive maps of places you have visited, add events, parallax modules, and galleries with your favorite pictures and a lot more.
If you want to take full control of this theme and customize the fonts or colors then you can get the Pro version were such and many other additional features are included.
There aren’t a lot of free WordPress travel themes out there, but this theme will be perfect for magazine or travel style blogs. It uses mason style layout which you can use to show your best travel venture. It is not highly customizable, but you can change the logo and background image and the theme color via the dashboard. Surfarama is a nice little travel blog template without any fancy animation effects and this makes it really fast and reliable. Nowadays that is very important considering that 40% of users will leave your website if it loads more than 3 seconds.
If you are looking for a free WordPress travel blog theme then it is worth considering Meris. It can be used not only for travel blog but also for various business purposes like a hotel, restaurant or guest house website. It is built on Bootstrap framework and is fully responsive so your readers can get the best experience while reading your blog through any mobile device. The layout of this theme is intuitive and flexible. You can take advantage of its 3 layouts (full-width, left and right sidebars) which are widgetized. Not every free WordPress theme comes with a slider but Meris does and it looks awesome!
Traveling has a lot in common with freedom. So, the chances are high that this free responsive WP theme will be a perfect fit for your travel website. It supports custom header, custom background, custom menu, widget areas and has built-in options panel to configure primary color, site logo, slider, site layout, sidebar layout, category layout and many more.
Hueman is a professionally implemented WP theme with a beautiful design and unobtrusive color-scheme. It has two sidebars where you can place various widgets such as recent posts, archives, etc. It suits nicely for blogs and magazines.
For many people the food, wine and even the water is a part of the travel experience. If you’re one of them and you want to start a recipe blog to share recipes from the countries you’ve visited, take a look at this WordPress theme.
Archy is a simple, but effective theme that will boost your website’s performance considerably. It is light-weight and has a clean, well-written code. The theme is also fully responsive and mobile-ready, which means your website will look great on all the modern devices.
Gridsby is another photo-focused free WP theme on our list. It’ll be a perfect fit for those of you who have a lot of photos from all over the world. After all, quite often pictures can tell much more than words.
This is one of the best Travel WordPress Themes on the list. It has anything a travel blogger needs: a handy slider on the top of the page, a clean and well organized layout and multiple customization options.
Virtue puts a special emphasis on visuals and can astonish your visitors with large feature images. The theme is versatile and can be used for various purposes, but the layout suggests that the most suitable choice would be a blogging website.
Alizee is a responsive theme with a stylish parallax header. It has toggable menus, custom widgets, and pre-defined layout options. It is easy to customize and adjust to your needs. Make sure to try it out if you want a quality and reliable website.
Here is a multipurpose WordPress theme that you can get free of charge. What makes this responsive theme special? It’s a horizontal slider with touch support, infinite scroll grid and a Theme Customizer.
This is a responsive theme designed to be clean and simple. Catch Kathmandu theme is translation ready and currently has been translated in multiple languages, such as french, german, russian, italian, and many more. If you like the old style of this theme, then give it a try, you have nothing to lose.
This is a steal! There aren’t a lot of free themes that looks so great as this travel stories theme. Wonderful design combined with clean code and great performance makes this one absolutely powerful. It will be well suited for anyone looking for hotel accommodations, travel bloggers or travel agencies theme.
Seasonal is a blogging theme. Its features and style surely allows you to use it to tell your travel stories. On the left side is a good looking menu but it doesn’t seem that you can switch the menu to the top which is more common, so if you don’t like the menu position then you might have to tinker with the CSS code to move it to the header. Background of the menu can be changed to a solid color or any image you want, plus you can change the width of it which is a nice feature. Colors can be changed via customizer.
Nice, little WordPress theme. You can use it for any kind of blog. The menu of this theme isn’t placed like in most of the themes in the header but in the sidebar, more precisely it will be opened when you click on the menu icon in the header, but normally it will stay closed to save the space. It comes with a simple looking slider which you can use to feature your best stories.
Portfolio gallery theme uses unusual layout. The homepage is composed from a lot of images. Once you hover over the image a short description is revealed. It also has lazy loading feature which improves page loading speed because it loads only the content you are looking at and not the whole page. It is especially important for such themes who uses a lot of images as it saves the bandwidth which is important if a visitor is checking your website from a mobile device. One downside of this technique is that it might not be good for SEO, but if you are not too worried about that then definitely check this theme out.
Fictive theme really can be used for any sort of blog, it is not strictly designed for travelers but I find it really attractive and can see how this could be used to setup great travel blog. Every post can be featured with a large intro image, plus you can use gallery post type to show even more images. It mainly consists of green and red colors which in my opinion together look great. In the left hand side sidebar you can add your social profile links so that the reader can connect with your experiences completely.
If you like any of these WordPress travel themes, download it right away and build your perfect travel website. We bet you know a lot of tips and advice on how to travel better, cheaper, and smarter. So, why don’t you share your knowledge with other travelers?
Our intention is to create the most objective and accurate list of free WordPress travel themes. So if you feel we’ve missed any WP theme that is useful to you and we should all know about, please share it in the comments.
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