I recently discovered a cool new way of recording my travels on a Symbolya map that links to photos and blog posts of the trip. You use cute little symbols as the link to photos that you already have uploaded on Flickr or Picasa and links to any articles you might have written.
I used the map to document my trip to Istria and link to the photos I took and the blog posts I’ve written. It was a bit of an experiment but I think it could be a fun way for people who want to create a record for friends, family or themselves, but don’t like writing lots of words, to document their travels. I’d say it’s an ideal alternative for the Web 2.0 generation to sticking photos in an album or keeping a scrapbook.
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Once you’ve created your Symbolya map with the symbols you can share it through Flickr, Twitter and lots of other social media sites. You can also see other people’s trips and photos to get some inspiration.
I did have a few problems when I came to embed the Symbolya map as my WordPress blog kept stripping out the iframes embed code. I got round it by installing a simple Embed IFrame WordPress plug-in, then using the special code format they suggest to embed the map which can be viewed in Preview mode but not in Visual mode. Maybe you’ll have the same problem, maybe you won’t, as the developers tell me other people have been able to embed the map without problem.
Here’s a helpful little video that show you want it’s all about and there’s more help on the Symbolya site. Do check out my Trip page on Symbolya, look at the photos and links and tell me what you think?
You can view my Istria trip on my public Symbolya page here
Other blog posts on Istria