For this exciting Siteturner round-up, we’ve selflessly gathered up the best WordPress travel blog themes for 2017. If you’re a travel enthusiast, and want to start sharing tales of your adventures on your very own WordPress website, one of these themes might come in handy.
During the time we spent searching the internet for the top travel blog themes, we noticed something interesting. Many of the collections on other blogs focused primarily on themes for travel agencies and agents. We didn’t want to do that here. We’ll be putting together a list of the best travel agency themes later on (here it is). The themes featured on this list are exclusively for travel blogging.
For a travel blog theme, your requirements will likely be minimal. Basically, you want to make sure the theme you choose is responsive, and that it supports all of the standard features that come with WordPress. In some cases you might want to set up a travel-oriented shop and sell items, and there are several themes on this list that support WooCommerce for that.
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We selected these themes by hand, based on quality of design, and how suitable they are for use on a travel blog.
A loose order intended, starting with…
Every now and again a theme comes along that we get pretty excited about. The WPVoyager theme fully embraces a content-first design sensibility. It’s minimal and clean, prioritizing user experience, readability & performance over distracting visual flourishes and over-baked gimmicks.
Google Maps API integration and KML support are an especially nice touch, providing your readers with a richer experience, and not offered by most higher-profile competitors.
The social media and sharing options are wonderfully implemented, and the designers have made sure that WPVoyager works flawlessly and looks just as awesome on any device you view might it on. WPVoyager supports Contact Form 7 and is translation ready. Kudos to the developer for putting together such a cool product!More Info/Download
Voyager is literally more than just a travel blogging theme: five distinct demos are also included, each suitable for a specific niche — travel, fashion, wedding, food, and construction. But we suspect it was designed first and foremost for travel bloggers, as the name implies, with a lot of focus on photo galleries and slideshows.
The features are no less comprehensive than you’d expect from a product of this caliber: at risk of invoking a cliche, the design is exceedingly clean & modern, optimized for both performance and usability. Mobile devices are fully supported, including high resolution devices, so users can expect a consistent experience regardless of whether they’re viewing the site on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
Like many modern WordPress themes, Voyager is built on top of the ubiquitous and popular Bootstrap framework from Twitter. Back-end options are plentiful, and a 1-click-install guarantees a fast & easy setup both beginners and experts will appreciate. Recommended!More Info/Download
Travelista is one of the newest entries on our list, and designed specifically for travel bloggers.
Travelista is a responsive, retina-ready theme, so it will look flawless on any device. It includes eight layout options, and supports all nine WordPress post formats.
The extensive options panel gives you plenty of control over how things look and are laid out on the front-end. Choose from an unlimited number of colors and customize your typography with over 60 Google fonts.
A lovely homepage slider is included, as well as fifteen custom widgets.More Info/Download
With its map features, Travelog occupies a space similar to our top pick WPVoyager. The design and development team notes that they researched the specific requirements of travel bloggers, and built the theme with their unique needs in mind.
The design is clean and contemporary, and six subtly different presets and layouts are included. The UX is familiar and intuitive, and performance is responsive and speedy. A comprehensive settings panel powered by Redux and accessible via the WordPress Live Customizer gives webmasters lots of control over colors & fonts, various elements, and other features.
Travelogue is simple to install, superbly documented and translation-ready (with WPML support). As you’d expect, it’s fully responsive, and looks fantastic across the wide range of mobile devices. One of our favorites.More Info/Download
That brings us to a theme that we’ve included partly because it’s different. Live comes with six different presets to choose from, including one designed specifically for travel bloggers. A quirky choice of fonts, and the deliberate reduction of white space, offers a unique look that some of our other selections don’t.
Live is user-friendly for visitors, and on the back-end for webmasters, and includes useful and engaging features like infinite scrolling, sticky sidebars, parallax backgrounds, and animated post images. Three different gallery layouts are also included.
Live is optimized for social media , fully responsive/retina-ready, well-documented & easy to install.More Info/Download
At Siteturner, we’re suckers for clean, unobtrusive design that focuses readers on content. Insight fits the bill. It’s not specifically a travel blogging theme – it would just as easily work for a design blog, or something like that – but we think those gorgeous stock photos on the demo illustrate its potential for travel writing and photo blogging.
Insight comes to us from the WordPress experts at WPZOOM, and the theme is built on their own awesome ZOOM framework. It’s easy to use and customize, and layout management/page building is intuitive, via widgetized areas. Posts are arranged on a grid or familiar, classic list, and many other other tweaks & options are available through the visual customizer on the back-end.
As you might expect, Insight is optimized for mobile and retina devices. Its translation-ready, and its well-supported by the professional, responsive team at WPZOOM.More Info/Download
Newcomer Your Journey easily qualifies as the most versatile travel blog theme on our list: it’s got 26 distinct layouts ready to go (out of the box with one-click demo installation). The minimalistic design makes for excellent readability and a speedy performance, adding to the overall user experience.
A nice selection of custom widgets and shortcodes are packed in, and the theme supports Contact Form 7. Colors and typography can be adjusted on the back-end and comprehensive documentation is provided.
Your Journey is fully responsive and translation-ready (WPML compatible).More Info/Download
Not just a WordPress travel blog theme, Medym packs in a lot of value, including six distinct presets ready to go out-of-the-box. The styles include: travel, tech, lifestyle, fashion, news, and a generic option versatile enough to match many different niches.
We expect Medym will appeal to webmasters hoping to eventually expand their blog into a full-blown online travel magazine — there’s plenty of flexibility to found here in regard to layout, and the included page builder is simple & intuitive.
Performance is speedy and responsive, thanks to a lightweight code base and restrained design, and the UX familiar & friendly.More Info/Download
Next up we have Amoeba, a fancy-pants parallax scrolling theme that’s well suited for travel blogging. Its clean, modern design is responsive and high-resolution.
The theme supports all 9 WordPress post formats and is SEO optimized. It comes with two custom widgets, one for Twitter and one for photostreams. Nineteen useful shortcodes are built-in.
Amoeba is translation ready, and fully documented. It’s easy to install and use, and a great option for both beginners and seasoned users.More Info/Download
Tipi is a visually striking WordPress travel blog theme that makes excellent use of large, full screen images and photographs.
It’s a mobile-ready theme that features parallax scrolling, and supports grid-based galleries for documenting your travels visually.
Featuring a full-screen slider, Tipi is highly customizable via the powerful back-end options panel. Easily add a logo, favicon, and choose a color scheme using an unlimited selection of colors.More Info/Download
Much of the impact of the Share theme comes from its brilliant integration of striking, responsive photography that dynamically resizes to fit whatever device or browser you view it on.
Beyond the impressive, immersive design, the Share theme is easy to install, use, and customize. All of WordPress’s own post formats are supported, and slick animations adds another layer of visual flair.
Social sharing is smartly integrated, and the theme is SEO optimized and translation ready out the box.More Info/Download
The unique design and layout of Travelogue is its number one selling point. Visitors are greeted with a full-screen slideshow or video, and site content is presented in a lovely full-screen grid.
The theme is 100% responsive and, more than just a WordPress travel blog theme, lends itself equally well to use as a photography portfolio or creative portfolio.
Revolution Slider is bundled free, and the theme can be customized using the back-end options panel (with control over colors, fonts, and more). A layered PSD is also included.More Info/Download
Path is a flexible, responsive WordPress theme that works great for a travel blog or magazine.
It’s easy to install and use, with plenty of theme options for tweaking the appearance on the front-end. It comes bundled with custom widgets for social links, Flickr and more.
Path is optimized for mobile devices and translation ready.More Info/Download
Harmony is another new, user-friendly blogging theme for WordPress that’s perfect for building a classy looking travel blog.
The clean, simple design can be tweaked via the options panel in the admin, with unlimited colors and lots of Google fonts at your disposal.
Custom widgets add value, and the theme includes three layout styles to choose from: a masonry (grid) layout, a unique, alternative layout, and a classic blog layout.
Eleven post formats are supported and the theme is translation ready. Harmony is optimized for a fast, smooth experience.More Info/Download
The Ness theme is a parallax scrolling theme that relies heavily on full screen photos to make its impact visually. The popularity of this minimalistic blog style has been on the rise lately.
Ness is responsive, retina-ready, and features a unique, intuitive navigation menu and gorgeous photo galleries.
There’s a few extras here too, like support for advertising, and an integrated like system. Overall, a fantastic option for your travel blog.More Info/Download
The Meek theme is responsive and comes in two versions, light and dark. It’s a simple, straight-forward theme that’s easy to use and optimized for speed.
Custom widgets for Flickr, social links and post-it notes are included, and related posts functionality is built-in. The theme is easy to customize thanks to the useful options panel, and is translation ready.More Info/Download
Journal’s elegant, warm design makes it perfect for use as a WordPress travel blog theme. Responsive and high resolution, Journal is built on Twitter Bootstrap 3 and looks excellent on mobile devices of all types.
There’s a lot of nice features with this one. It supports seven post formats, and comes with seven custom widgets for Flickr, Twitter, Dribbble and more. Excellent social media integration is a nice touch, as well as support for the Contact Form 7 plugin.
Users can create an eye-catching background slider, or upload static background images. Lots of advanced typography and color options are available thanks to the Redux Framework options panel on the backend.More Info/Download
Socha is multi-purpose theme with a bright, friendly and unique design. It’s a great option for a building a travel blog.
Another responsive, retina-ready theme, Socha excels on the customization front. Literally every element of the theme can be modified without any coding knowledge, just by using the options panel in the admin.
There’s nine predefined color schemes, but users can also dig in and change the colors, fonts and backgrounds any way they like.
Ten languages are included, and Socha supports WooCommerce and Mailchimp.More Info/Download
The Adventure theme is bit older than some of the other travel blog themes on our list, but its sharp, appealing and timeless design secures it a spot
The theme is WooCommerce compatible, and includes styling for the Gravity Forms plugin. A portfolio template is also packaged in.
Adventure is multilingual, supporting the WPML plugin, and comes with lots of customization options for changing theme colors and typography.More Info/Download
Twenties isn’t a travel theme, per se, but it works. This minimalistic, classic looking blog theme is fast and simple to use for beginners. Three built-in color schemes are provided: dark, light and pink.
The theme is SEO optimized, and provides all the options you need for customization (using the WordPress Theme Customizer for real-time previewing). Contact Form 7 is supported, and several use custom widgets are bundled in.More Info/Download
And once again, we find ourselves at the the end of another Siteturner round-up. We hope you’ve found our look at the best WordPress travel blog themes helpful. As always, if you’ve got any additions or suggestions or complaints, let us know in the comments.