Wheelingit Travel & Campground Maps Are Updated!
As part of my annual year-end blog process I dig-in deep into all the travel we did during the year, including a written summary of our experiences and a top campgrounds list (all coming soon!). The very first part of that process involves updating our travel maps. It’s a tedious and detailed-oriented process, but I derive a geeky satisfaction from the results and truly enjoy seeing our year as a whole after-the-fact. Some of you probably think I’m nuts, but fellow map enthusiasts (I know you’re out there!) will totally understand. I looooove seeing my travel maps completed!
This year I’ve got THREE maps for you to enjoy:
Yearly Travel Map
For those of you not in the know, I’ve kept detailed travel maps for every year we’ve been on the road in my “Travel Maps” tab (top of the blog). The maps include all the places we’ve stopped and all the routes we’ve taken. In addition, each pin on the map is linked back to any blog posts that I wrote while we were in that area. So, you can simply browse to an area of interest, click the pin and you’ll instantly see a link to any blogs (and any campground review) that I did of that spot! I’ve got 8 maps (= 8 years of travel) so there are is lots of data to enjoy. Here’s the updated map for 2017:
Master Campground Map
This is something I created a few years back and it’s a compilation of every place we’ve stayed (with links back to the campground reviews I’ve done) since we started on the road. The map is updated once per year (at the end of each travel year) and each pin is color-coded to indicate the type of campground we stayed at. As an added bonus, for those with “beastly” RVs like us, you can be assured that every stop on here has a site that can fit you 🙂
Color Coding Key:
- Green Pins = Boondocking & Other Free Spots
- Dark Blue Pins = Public Parks (e.g. National Forest, State Park, National Park, BLM campground, COE Campground etc.)
- Light Blue Pins = Marina Campgrounds
- Pink Pins = Private RV Parks
- Yellow Pins = Elks Lodges (members only)
Master Travel Map
This is brand new and is crazy enough that it may only be of interest to me, but I had fun with it so I thought I’d share it. Thanks to the versatility of uMaps it took me only a few minutes to put together and it’s the combined map of every year of travel we’ve done so far. So ALL our routes, ALL our stops and links back to every single one of the 1,125 blog posts I’ve written since we started on the road in 2010! Enjoy!
How Do I Create These Maps?
For those interested in the nitty gritty behind my travel maps, I use two types of mapping programs.
For day-to-day travel (while we’re still driving during the year) I use Google Maps (My Maps). It’s simple and easy to use and allows me to quickly map between two locations without much trouble. I’ve used it for years, and if you’re a newbie mapper it’s one of the easiest programs to get started with. Those with GPS units (e.g. like the Garmin) can even import their travel into Google Maps. If you’re curious how our 2017 travel map looks in Google Maps then you can see it HERE (or just click on the pic on the right)
Then, at the end of each year I export this data into an open source mapping program called uMaps, which allows me to manipulate it in ways that Google does not. It’s not an easy program to use (it takes a learning curve!), but once you have the hang of it, you can do all kinds of nifty stuff like adding-in coordinates, using custom colors, overlapping maps etc.
For those interested in more, I’ve written in detail about mapping programs for travel bloggers in this post: Mapping Alternatives For Bloggers
There you go! Map and enjoy!