TravelBlog has compiled a collection of travel journals, photos and diaries that were created by people from all over the world. New users can search for specific destinations or click on regions, which include Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, Oceans and Seas and South America. The site also includes additional categories for bloggers, blogs, photos, forums, maps, wallpaper, travel insurance, travel guides and travel photos. The homepage presents a list of buttons to help users complete various activities on TravelBlog, which include locating hotels and airfare, beginning their own travel blog, finding hostels, purchasing travel insurance and commenting on the site.
The foundation for TravelBlog began in 2002 when the founder decided that he wanted to begin charting his journeys using a website. The founder had previous experience with London based IT companies, his specialty focused on building websites and applications. This sparked the idea for creating a tool that would allow other internet users to chart their journeys as well.
TravelBlog encourages users to log their journeys. The site is dedicated entirely to recording the user’s travel experiences and travel related topics. This gives TravelBlog a rather diverse collection of content that can both inform and provide users with a place to share their experiences and excitement for travelling.
The TravelBlog website has included quite a bit of information into one place. The top of the page features a deep blue header that includes two rows of tightly positioned buttons. The top row allows the user to navigate by topic while the bottom row offers regional options. A search bar is also provided while the majority of the homepage features information on the site and colorful images of faraway places.
A new user can join the TravelBlog community by clicking the yellow “Get Your Free TravelBlog” button along the left hand side of the page. The form on the following page asks the user for a nickname, full name, email address and a short bio about themselves. The bio can be edited later. After clicking the bright yellow “Join TravelBlog” button at the bottom of the form, the user is advise to wait for an activation email which must be accessed to complete registration. After doing so, the user can begin blogging or participating in the TravelBlog online community. Users who are interested in the TravelBlog forum can click the blue link that reads “Join the TravelBlog Travel Forum” along the left hand side (just above the yellow button) of the homepage. This takes the user to the same form as the yellow button, which requires a name, email address and short bio.
TravelBlog is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for creating and maintaining a profile. The user is given access to all content and current features. The site does contain some advertisements to help offset the cost of operating a service like the one offered by TravelBlog.
TravelBlog is a tool for anyone who loves to travel or enjoys reading about travel. The site takes a more underground approach by encouraging users to share their experiences rather than relying on commercial businesses to post travel information.