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They are online services for everything and anything. I can track my health, the distances I'd run, even for my banking account are cloud services avaible.

While I don't need any cloud service per se, I'm wondering if there is any (online possible) software, which allows me to track my travels in a beautiful way.

  • Showing a map of earth, where I have already been
  • Marking citys I've already visited
  • Maybe adding some notes or pne, two pictures to special locations

And I don't know what more. I only know TripAdvisor, but my personal traveling world is not the focus of this site. And there is an other site, I can mark countries I visited and receive a small picture of the earth with some countries in red.

Edit: This is not a question about planning a trip but to document them in an asthetic way.

Time to create a website by myself?

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As far as I've ever found there's not something exactly like what you want, but there are a few workarounds.

Previously I used WorldMate, it's more of an upcoming trip tracker rather than a where I've been but it does show you some of where you've been. There's also TripIt which is similar. But they're both heavily skewed for planning and tracking future travel (and selling you cars, hotels and outings).

There are a couple of basic travel map sites, TravBuddy has one and there's WhereHaveIBeen.Info as well. But they're basically just sites to color a map, and generally at the country level. For examples here's the link to my TravBuddy map.

I'm actually surprised there's not a site out there that's more dedicated to this, maybe I've just never found it or maybe they always end up expanding into sales/reviews/etc.

BUT, there are a couple of ways you can get close to what you want yourself. First consider a photo sharing site like Flickr. Here you can tag photos with a location (your camera may already do it) and a time/date. Unfortunately I can't get into the site at the moment but there definitely was a map view and I believe you can control whether your photos are public or private. So, you'd need at least one picture per location, but that would do what you want. Kind of.

Another alternative is Google My Maps which (if you have a Google account) allows you to save personal anotations on Google maps. So you can drop markers where you've been, make notes, and add pictures/video. You can share the map, or save it for yourself. Here's the help pages which you can browse through to get an idea. This will not color in countries, and there's no real date tracking.

Of course, if you have an Android device with location turned on, there's also Location History (again that link is not working where I am but I'm pretty sure it's right, someone can edit it for me if it's not) which will track where you've been.

None of those cover everything you want to do, it would be possible to create a custom website that ties several of those together to get closer to a single travel tracking landing page, but I don't know of any public site that's done it.

A few people here have countries visited maps in their profile, so maybe there is a better solution out there.

EDIT: As David Richerby points out in the comments one drawback with most 'color the map' sites is that deciding what parts to separate is difficult. People disagree on what's a country, and borders and countries change over time giving problems to update the map. I guess the best way would be a system that took 'points on a map' data and combined it with some external (constantly updated) list of borders to produce the colorized map. Which actually doesn't seem too difficult if the data exists, it's the sort of mash-up that gets thrown together in hackathons all the time.

  • Facebook also does something like that, when you add a status of a place you visited it shows on the map along with other places you visited... – Nean Der Thal Jul 15 '15 at 10:01
  • +1 for Flickr (check spelling!), although it may not be what the OP wants exactly. I think TripIt is the best solution. – laureapresa Jul 15 '15 at 13:28
  • Meh to wherehaveibeen.info, which classes all kinds of non-countries as countries. Crete and Rhodes are among the more egregious examples. – David Richerby Jul 15 '15 at 21:55
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    I agree that some countries' existence and/or borders are controversial but nobody thinks that Crete or Rhodes is a country. It's like listing the countries in continental North America as Canada, Mexico, the USA, Massachusetts and Wyoming. It's not even like splitting off Alaska and Hawaii which are, at least, geographically distinct: Crete and especially Rhodes are just two out of hundreds of Greek islands. – David Richerby Jul 16 '15 at 6:53
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    @DavidRicherby, yeah, fair point. I agree it's not that great a site anyway, even with the dubious data. – SpaceDog Jul 16 '15 at 7:01
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This was exactly what dopplr.com used to do. When they went under, I threw together http://dopplr.org to allow for pretty much the same thing.

It doesn't allow you to take notes, though. But I'm very open to suggestions on how to increase usability :)

Edit: dopplr.org has a basic API that allows you to use your past and future travels in other places.

  • Ah, Dopplr, I forgot about that. I had a user there, didn't even know they'd gone under. Perhaps that means that a pure travel logging site is unsustainable. – SpaceDog Jul 16 '15 at 1:17
  • Hey, use dopplr.org! :) The problem with dopplr.com was that Nokia bought them but never did anything with it, having other priorities that needed serving first. – MastaBaba Jul 16 '15 at 1:24
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    I would but, at the risk of getting off topic, I refuse to login to sites with my Facebook or Twitter id (just me being awkward). Support Google ids or e-mail/password logins and I'll give it a shot. – SpaceDog Jul 16 '15 at 1:26
  • You prefer Google over Facebook or Twitter. Interesting. I'll keep that in mind. (email/password logins are less likely to happen, it requires much more overhead and security precautions than using a third party provider for identification.) – MastaBaba Jul 16 '15 at 3:11
  • @MastaBaba: I also never log in with fb. How about supporting OpenID? :-) – nic Jul 16 '15 at 7:21
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Try the Fog of World app for iOS. This displays satellite imagery of the world shrouded in fog; as you travel, the “fog” dissipates from your path, showing you where you’ve been. I believe you can also add photos to the map, although I’ve never tried that. I find it fun to keep track of my travels this way.

Some caveats for this app: it uses your device’s GPS heavily, so your battery will run down more quickly. The visual design of the app hasn’t been updated for the almost two-year-old iOS 7—this isn’t itself a problem, but it indicates a lack of attention or care from the developers. And while you can back up your data to Dropbox, it’s in an opaque format, so it’s not clear how you would get your data out of the app if you wanted to.

You could also look into a journaling app like Day One. It supports geotagged entries with text, photos, or both, although for some reason there’s no way to see all of your entries on a map.

  • Fog of World is a very, very clever app. I don't immediately see a way of getting your data out of their app, though (but, I have not installed it). – MastaBaba Jul 16 '15 at 1:19
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    @MastaBaba That’s an important point—thanks for reminding me about it. I’ve edited my answer. (You can import data from some standard format—KML, maybe?—and while you can back up to Dropbox, there’s no way I can see to export your data in a format usable by any other application.) – bdesham Jul 16 '15 at 13:57
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Moves is a very good app to track where you have been. It gives you a daily overview of your route on a map, the places you have visited and the distance you covered. I use it when on a city trip, so I can look up again the places I've visited. It does not drain your battery at all (at least not on my iPhone 5S), so definitely worth a try.

edit: It also works well offline: routes are somewhat less detailed (you'll sometimes see a straight line instead of the road you've followed).

  • I like Moves. It's a pity there's fairly little integration with other services. – MastaBaba Jul 15 '15 at 15:42
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If you are using the Google system of applications and mobile tools; it will automatically create a nice collection of related photos for you.

If all you want is a nice "storybook" of your travels, this is another options that is available for free and (most importantly for me) does not require any input from you. It just happens in the background automatically.

The feature is called stories and this article on Google's help site explains how it works and how to enable it.

I really think its quite elegant because it includes maps and photos (plus you are able to add your own annotations to it).

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I recently put together a simple website to do exactly this. It's called Moment Mapper. It uses instagram photos that have been "added to the photo map". You log in with instagram and slowly your location enabled photos will trickle in and start appearing on the map. Any new photos you post on instagram will show up immediately. I'd love to have some test users and get feedback.

You can:

  • View instagram photos and captions on an interactive map
  • Filter by date range
  • Filter by tag
  • View fullscreen slideshow of the current photos on the map
  • Share your custom url with anyone so they can see your photos
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It also took me some time to find a viable provider but after tedious searching I found Travelog.

Features

  • Plan your future trips and look at popular destinations
  • Log your planned trips on the go using their app
  • Upload travel albums
  • follow/get followed by other travellers

It's a very good service except it lacks one fundamental feature; the ability to log/record trips you have done prior to using Travelog.


EDIT

I have found PolarSteps to be the best option currently available. You can track trips in real-time as well as add old trips. You can add notes, images, sights, landmarks for each step along the way.

Another really great feature is that you can get your trip printed as a hardback book for a small fee.

  • That seems pretty good, but I can't add historical data to it (that I can find) and again it's setup to sell you holidays, etc (not that that's a bad thing -- I understand these sites have to support themselves). – SpaceDog Jul 16 '15 at 1:16
  • Yes unfortunately that seems to be the case, there's a hole in the market here. – C_B Jul 16 '15 at 8:02

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