Travel website mapping


Travel website mapping


The goal is to produce engaging maps of the places visited so as to enhance and support the stories. To give a pleasurable reading experience to the visitor as well as information. Interactive and responsive to content would also be welcobe. 

A moving trace showing progress along a route would be ideal. I did achieve that for a while, and have this note elsewhere on this site. '... a map will appear which will run an animation of the route. It is currently under development and is a bit experimental. However, that now returns an Error page. The product was by, but that also leads to a Error page'. Unfortunately, That is back on the wish list. Michael Palin programs have it, so there must be a way.


If the goal is to produce a travel map, lets look at one I prepared earlier.

 An overview of our Iceland self drive holiday in 2003


 This is prepared in Google My Maps and saved to Google Drive to make it shareable, and visible to you, the reader.

How to start


I start the process of mapping a trip by gathering together all of the hard evidence. Top ten items listed below.

  1. Booking receipt / invoice
  2. Flight tickets / boarding passes
  3. Passports
  4. Itinerary
  5. Hotel / Campsite bookings and receipts
  6. Maps of the journey, hopefully marked up
  7. Maps of the time
  8. Leaflets picked up on the way
  9. Guide books
  10. Other receipts / invoices / bookings



Then I start to build a timeline.

Initially I would build the timeline with the aid of the Travel Data part of my website.

This was built using a Joomla add on called Fabrik. It was a very useful database application working within Joomla 3. However, when Joomla 4 arrived, which was a major re-build and re-structure, Fabrik could no longer function. You can read about the Travel data problems in my article of that name.

I downloaded all the data into csv files and then into Excel. My problem now is how to move forward as over a year after all stopped on the Fabrik front, they have now released a Joomla 4 version. I do understand the difficulties of a small company having to find investment to re-write its product to adapt for effectively a new platform, especially when your product is a free download.

One option is to recreate the travel data section of my website using Fabrik again. Another is to not publish that information and re-create the record function within Excel or Access. Either of the latter could produce the csv file which could be imported into ESRI Story Maps.

I think the conclusion is therefore to continue with the absence of the Travel Data on this website.

Anyway, I digress.






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News Flash

Repairs following hosting move


Spending some time this May repairing links and photos damaged in the move to the new website host. Particularly the articles transferred form the previous travelogue to this, the current Travel website. 

Change of host Sept 2023


Change of host Sept 2023


In the begining of August 2023 I transfered my sites, including this one from 123-reg to IONOS. It was meant to be a simple task. However, that was to to be the case. The reason for the move was primarily the hugh increase in price that 123-reg was applying regarding email boxes. Previously, the upto 500 of the boxes were included in the various hosting packages I had. Now they were going to charge for each mailbox based on size, and as far as I could make out, this was going to cost me nearly £2,000. This was not acceptable, and I did not get satisfactory answers from support. So I turned off all the auto renews and stated to move sites and domains accross to IONOS.

Travel data problems


Travel data problems

This is where it starts to get a little technical.

The site is built on a content management system, CMS, using Joomla. Joomla is moving forward and version 3.10.?? is being discontinued. Future developments are for version 4.??

Similarly, PHP 7 is being replaced with PHP 8.

Part of the migration is relatively simple, I have already changed to a new template which works on the new platforms.

However, some of the helper applications, which work within Joomla are not yet ready.

Fabrik is one of those applications, if fact a significant 'Joomla Custom Website Application Builder'.

Refresh 2021


Site refresh Easter 2021

I decided to give the site a bit of a refresh over Easter 2021 and install a new template and some additional functions. One of the things I didn't like about the old site was the delay in text appearing which probably meant some people left before the content appeared. This has been disabled now.