My Symbolya map of Istria – a fun way to record your travels

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.

My Symbolya map of Istria from Symbolya.com

My Symbolya map of Istria from Symbolya.com

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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View the embedded map on my Symbolya trip page here

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

View the embedded video on the Symbolya site here


Symbolya website
Symbolya help and videos
My Symbolya trip page
Istria Tourism Website
Istria Gourmet Website
Istria Bike Website

Other blog posts on Istria

My Istria diary – podcast and slide show
Visiting the hill-towns of Groznjan and Motovun in Istria
On the hunt for the Istrian Truffle


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    November 5, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Thanks for the review Heather :).

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    November 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Very cool! I think I may try this out, as I’ve been thinking about adding maps to my blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    wow, this is cool, didn’t know about it, thanks!

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    Neville Villalouos
    March 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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    Heather Cowper
    March 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    @ Neville
    In fact you can start a blog with minimal cost. If you think you will maintain your blog long term then I recommend that you go for a self hoseted blog using WordPress.org.

    I recommend that to get you started you take a look at http://www.becomeablogger.com/ where you’ll find some videos to help you get your blog set up and then subscribe to my other blog that will give you plentry of tips and hints to improve your blog http://www.mybloggingjourney.com/

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