20 Best WordPress Themes for Travel Blogs [2018]

In this video, we reveal the 20 best WordPress travel blog themes for 2017 & 2018 Having reviewed 100’s of WordPress themes, taking into account speed, design, ease of use, mobile responsiveness and functionality, we’re excited to help simplify the process of choosing a WordPress theme, and share with you the best WordPress themes for travel blogs in 2017 & 2018

A few that made the list include Soledad, Voyager, CheerUp, Olsen, Insight, and The Voux, just to name a few We’ll explore the areas where the theme scored well, as well as highlight any trade-offs you may need to consider We’ve created a blog post that accompanies this video that you can follow along with on the OHKLYN blog, at OHKLYN o-h-k-l-y-ncom/blog (there will be a link to the article in the description below) All the links to the themes covered in this video will be in the description box below, and on the OHKLYN blog post for your reference

We’ll also include a link to our ‘How to Set Up a WordPress Blog’ video for step-by-step instructions on how to set up your blog with one of the top featured themes As well as a link to discount hosting and a free domain with our affiliate partner bluehost So, if you’re ready, let’s get to it and take a look at the best travel blog WordPress themes for 2017 & 2018 Earning the top spot is Soledad with a score of 9 out of 10 Soledad treats you to one amazing travel blog experience It has a very modern and polished design that feels as if the individual pieces were perfectly assembled into a highly attractive and intuitive layout The only aspect that lets this theme down slightly is its page load speed, with a Google PageSpeed of 51 for mobile, and 47 for desktop

The slower speed is mainly due to the number of images that are used, especially on the home pages The developers have done everything necessary to minimize script requests among others, but you will need to keep an eye on the image file sizes you upload to your blog – which is good practice regardless of the theme you go with Soledad features deep and intuitive navigation All posts feature breadcrumbs so that you can navigate straight to the relevant subcategories We also like that they replaced the customary image slider on the homepage, with something more like an “article slider”

Not only that, but it has one of the top 5 mega menus in this list The categorizing of articles on the main page is also very helpful, which all contributed to it’s ease of use score A big plus for Soledad is its modern design It uses all sans-serif fonts and comes across sleek and laid back – The color contrast between black and turquoise is also soothing and reminds us of blue skies and the ocean (both things we associate with travel) And this can obviously be customized to whichever colors align with you and your brand

While being very busy in general, the wise use of padding and alignment keeps it from feeling cluttered The mobile experience is just as good The black divisions that separate categories help break up the page and makes it easier for the user to navigate Everything else works as expected and there are no alignment or sizing issues The image slider can have multiple rows of articles, which is a nice option to have

eCommerce is supported via Woocommerce, which is great if you want to sell products, services, guides, or digital products There are a ton of widgets and layout variations to enjoy, and this theme gets extra points as the blog feels tailor made, which we can appreciate The runner up is Newspaper earning a 9 out of 10 Simple at first glance, Newspaper delivers everything you could wish for in a travel blog It gets a special shout out for its big and easy to read fonts The mobile experience is great and the best thing about this theme is that it manages to keep all of its features without it feeling too cluttered

The cherry on top however, is its travel specific widgets, such as the custom weather widget (perfect for a travel blog) This theme has a reasonably impressive page load speed for a site with so many features, widgets, and media On mobile it scored a 62 on the Google PageSpeed test which isn’t bad at all – Desktop however did a little worse and scored a 54 Script requests, DNS lookups and redirects are kept to a minimum, but it could be improved by combining external JavaScript and CSS Despite all the content, Newspaper remains ridiculously easy to use

The theme’s extensive mega menu takes a little time to load but the theme makes great use of its breadcrumb, which makes it more convenient This is another theme that uses black, white and turquoise well – It really gives an outdoor feel (which is perfect for a travel blog) The theme deserves a shout out for its easy to read fonts And though the theme looks simple at first glance, there is a certain charm to its simplicity that most will appreciate Newspaper’s mobile responsiveness scored a perfect 10/10

It’s one of those rare themes where the mobile experience is even better than the desktop version And as mentioned earlier, mobile also has a faster page load speed that contributes to its overall score It has a nice, full-screen menu so that the links are big and easy to click This theme includes extensive functionality, such as a number of custom widgets specific to its niche, as well as eCommerce support via WooCommerce, making this theme a viable suitor for any travel blog In third place we have Voyager with 9 out of 10 Voyage into the waters of travel blogging with this awesome theme

It has all the features, layouts, and widgets you would expect from a travel blog, plus a unique map with regional links! Which is very nifty! As you can see from the scores, Voyager makes up for its slower page load speed by scoring high in all other categories It’s page load speed is our only concern with a Google PageSpeed rating of 33 on mobile and 37 on desktop This theme does a good job of remaining easy to use even though it has some unique characteristics We like the zig-zag way in which posts are listed on the main pages’ default design It’s menu is easy to use, with straightforward navigation that translates well on all devices

As we just mentioned, the design for Voyager is interesting and breaks from the mainstream And the great thing is that there are more than enough variations for you to choose from (some of which are more traditional) The fonts used are also modern, sans-serif and very readable And the theme comes alive with great use of hover states and small animations Voyager transforms beautifully to mobile – It finds a way to keep all of its distinguishing features even though it has to fit a smaller screen

The menu expands from nothing with an interesting twist Besides having all the usual features like e-commerce, travel specific layouts and design, and almost all the widgets you could want, it comes with another special one which makes it extremely unique Voyager comes with a world map, with different regions being able to link to their respective categories! We almost can’t believe more themes don’t have it – It’s truly the perfect addition to a travel blog The next WordPress theme for travel blogs is Olsen scoring 9 out of 10 A regular in our theme review articles, the Olsen theme is a versatile and easy to use theme that has impressed us once again It is an incredibly well designed theme and it achieves this at little expense to its usability and navigation

It has a lot of features, and widgets that are perfect for a range of blog types, including a travel blog The only downside being its page load speed – Because of the amount of images this theme uses, the page load speed suffers Also, the image galleries are great but it could do with more animation or hover states to liven it up, which is an easy fix if you know a little CSS We have a step by step tutorial on how to get up and running with this theme which you can find on our YouTube Channel or Blog Up next we have CheerUp, a great theme also scoring 9 out of 10 CheerUp is a beautifully made theme, and is one of our favourites for a number of reasons

It feels alive and vibrant through the use of image hover states and animations that are almost everywhere, without them feeling too intrusive There is a huge array of layouts that contains almost every combination of columns, sidebars, full-width or tiled designs you can think of, and comes with demo content to get you up and running quickly This theme also has a great shopping experience via Woocommerce If we had to be critical, the page speed could be better However, the mobile experience is solid, the navigation is clever and intuitive, and the theme has all the features you would expect in a quality blog theme, making CheerUp a great option for a number of use cases

The next travel blog WordPress theme is SimpleMag with an 8 out of 10 SimpleMag has a few different layout options to choose from All layouts feature a stunning megamenu with images, animations and subsections The image sliders also have captions and can be dragged Woocommerce support also provides the theme with a shop option and it’s obvious that a lot of design effort went into it What’s also great is that the fonts are modern and easy to read

The only downside however is that the mobile page speed is quite low scoring a 33 compared to 63 for desktop This will impact the mobile experience slightly, however, this theme makes up for it in other areas We then have The Voux with a score of 8 out 10 The Voux is another theme that has been featured on one of our top 3 lists, and we’re not surprised it made it to this list as well It’s an elegantly crafted theme with ample features and layouts to suit a range of uses The only reason it didn’t make the top 3 on this occasion is that it isn’t technically dedicated to the travel blog niche, however, it has all the features, widgets, and layout options you will need to create an epic travel blog

Every element comes to life with great use of hover states and animation And this theme translates perfectly to all devices, making it a solid option In the next spot we have Insight, with a rating of 8 out of 10 In our opinion, the Insight theme is one of the best all rounders on this list You can’t really fault it in any category, but when it comes to ease of use, this theme towers above the rest Image galleries uses Jetpack, giving you the option to view full size or comment on the images

The layout and navigation is pretty standard and is incredibly easy to use providing an enjoyable user experience The fonts are sans-serif and easy to read The only downside however, is the theme’s appeal – We feel that some may find it a little plain overall, but it’s still a great option The next travel blog theme is Suarez scoring 8 out of 10 Suarez is a clean a modern theme that includes some uniques features, such as it’s mosaic style blog listings, and featured author box, allowing users to learn more the author The inclusion of a subscribe box and instagram widget is a nice touch, and the themes use of a classy serif font for headings, and a modern sans-serif for the body, create an enjoyable viewing experience

Our only concern is that this theme is quite light on features, and the page load speed could be improved However, we feel that the theme makes up for this in other areas, including it’s easy to use navigation and great mobile experience Next on the list is SuperGrid with 8 out of 10 SuperGrid follows the design of viral news blog – This means it’s built around a homepage with a huge grid/masonry layout full of posts Surprisingly, SuperGrid manages to not come across too tacky despite following this structure What we love is that the fonts are big, modern and readable

The navigation is very flat and easy to use And the simplicity of the theme means it can easily be repurposed Our only word of warning is that you will need to have a lot of posts ready to go to make this theme work for launch The next WordPress theme is Extra with 8 out of 10 By sticking to its guns, Extra provides the largest amount of layouts on this list alongside CheerUp It has almost every widget, content type and feature you can think of but we expect no less from the creators of Divi

This is another multipurpose theme that can be used for any topic If you choose to go with this theme, we would recommend doing some styling of your own to ensure it has a personal blog feel Up next we have Alder with a score of 8 out of 10 The look and feel of this theme is very elegant, soft and it feels polished Navigation wise, it’s very standard and therefore very easy to use Although it isn’t extensive, there is a good range of layout options, and the theme supports eCommerce

Another plus is that it gives the user a great mobile experience which is always a positive in our eyes Its use of typography is nice and has a range of different sizes, colors and a mix of serif and sans-serif which we love If the theme had more hover states and animations, it would feel more lively overall, which is an easy fix if you know some CSS fundamentals The next travel blog WordPress theme is Wayfarer with 7 out of 10 Wayfarer is definitely something different It’s hard to think of a similar theme, especially in this category

Firstly, it makes use of a dark background with light colors on top for contrast It also makes use of a magazine like presentation combined with a blog The menu also covers the whole screen in an interesting move The theme looks amazing on tablet, and reasonably well on mobile This theme passes the Google mobile friendly test, and could be a unique option to consider

We then have Sensational with 7 out of 10 Sensational is a multipurpose blog theme with two layouts that would work really well for a travel blog: Default and Travel Because it is a My Theme Shop theme it will come with a huge amount of sharing options, robust responsiveness and Woocommerce support It is a relatively simple theme with nothing over the top, but what is interesting is that it comes with parallax and zoom out page templates which are pretty cool Optimized for Google AdSense, and with one click demo content, this theme could be a good option In the next spot we have Metro Pro with a rating of 7 out of 10 Metro Pro is a modern and minimal theme offered by the team at StudioPress

It has easy navigation, a simple yet attractive layout, easy to read sans-serif fonts, and an above average shop The default theme is a bit dark, but add in a background image from one of your adventures and it would fit the travel blog topic just fine There is also a good selection of layouts to choose from, however, the options may be a little too simplistic for some The next travel blog theme is Divi scoring 7 out of 10 Technically, Divi can be used to create any blog, it’s greatest feature being its easy to use page builder It’s made by Elegant Themes who are a big player in the industry and as you can expect, this means that it has a tonne of layouts, features and design options

The default Divi layout feels like a tech company, or startup website and is very impersonal so you may want to do some work to make it feel like a travel blog, but there are a number of free layouts available and active community Check out one of our tutorials using the Divi theme The next travel blog WordPress theme is MyBlog with 7 out of 10 MyBlog comes with a number of pre-designed layouts to suit various scenarios This theme scores really well across the board, however we had to dock it a few points for design, as it feels a little dated in certain areas However, we realize this may just be our opinion, and some may find the design on point

On mobile, the theme looks better than the desktop version and passes Google’s mobile friendly test It also has an online shop which is a great win for this theme The next travel blog WordPress theme is Vogue with 7 out of 10 Tesla Themes come up with some pretty striking designs Off the bat, Vogue is a great theme with an attractive design The design doesn’t feel cluttered at all – and we’re loving the theme’s cool image sliders, and typefaces (which are well matched and legible), as well as being modern and sans-serif

Unfortunately, the theme has very limited extras to offer in the way of layouts and features but it does look great on mobile which is a huge plus in our eyes We then have Medym Travel with 6 out of 10 Medym is a modern and well designed theme with a number of layout options to choose from Its social media integration for sharing is a nice touch and the designs use of whitespace, bright elements, and unique typefaces, make this worth a look It doesn’t have as many features as some of it’s competitors, and the page load speed isn’t great However, the navigation is simple and the overall design translates well to mobile, providing a consistent user experience across all devices

Rounding out the top 20 is Amoeba with a score of 6 out of 10 Amoeba has some interesting design choices that makes the theme stand out Its full width images with the centered text in article lists is a positive in our eyes However, the theme lacks features overall (it doesn’t have e-commerce support) which is a negative The theme’s page load speed could be improved considering it’s light on content, and the mobile experience isn’t great That being said, the theme has a neat image slider option that opens a full screen slider gallery, which is a nice touch

And that wraps up our review of the 20 best WordPress themes for travel blogs If you liked this video hit the like button, and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos related to blogging, digital marketing and how to run a successful website All the links to the themes covered in this video will be in the description box below, and on the OHKLYN post at OHKLYN o-h-k-l-y-n com We’ll also include a list of our preferred WordPress theme providers and marketplaces for you to explore, in case you didn’t find the right theme for you on this list To get access to exclusive discounts and to stay in the loop on the latest happenings, sign up for our newsletter at OHKLYN o-h-k-l-y-n

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