Mapping your world: Inspiration for interactive maps

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Dec 1, 2016 · 3 min read

This interactive map WordPress plugin has been downloaded almost 10,000 times, and it’s been been used for a wide variety of purposes. Whether you’re looking to map your travel route, visualize data by region, or highlight your offices around the globe, this travel map is customizable and for your WordPress site.

We’ve collected a few of our favorite uses of this interactive map from around the internet — here’s some inspiration for how to create a map to tell the geographic tale of your travels, your company, or your story.

For travellers: show where you’ve been

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Nomadic Matt is one of the most well-known travel bloggers on the internet, and with over a million website visitors per month, detailed travel guides, and a New York Times best-selling book, it’s easy to see why. The interactive map on his travel guides all link to the corresponding section on his website, making it easy for readers to find information on the destination they’re looking for.

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30 countries traveled to, 5 continents, 3 average cups of coffee a day: blogger Stefania Gugliemi is all about the numbers. The dropdown menu on the right side of the map is a cool addition to the map, too.

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Many map-makers stick with a traditional color scheme, but you don’t have to. We love Remote Silver‘s bright, cheerful, full-width map.

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On the road to happiness? Travel blogger Yitzhak, of myroadtohappyness.com, uses the map to track where they’ve been.

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The orange-and-blue color scheme matches the mountain logo for Jessie on a Journey.

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For your story and your company: data visualization via mapmaking

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Derrick Corporation & Derrick Equipment Company is a U.S.-based organization, but they’re spread around the world — as evidenced by their all-green interactive map. Each country brings up a window with the contact information or website link for the company.

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A unique, functional approach: EST Analytical uses their interactive map to collect contact information and request queries for their country.

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Don’t tell your customers where your projects are: show them! Oceanfront Engineering uses simple dot-points on the homepage of their projects page to showcase their reach across the world.

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Alvias is a wireless network for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the ‘internet of things’ in the Americas. They use an interactive map to show their network’s coverage. A scroll-over on the map shows the total population of the country, and the projected M2M connections by 2021.

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This article was originally published on the Envato Blog.

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