“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta.

We really can’t sum it up better than that. To travel, is to create your own adventure, your own story. You’ll never know what kinds of breathtaking landscapes and interesting characters you’ll run into. If you’ve travelled or want to start travelling, you can be sure that there will be a number of anxious people waiting to live those adventures vicariously through your blog.

The story is yours to tell, however, it’s all about how you tell it. Put yourself in your readers’ shoes, what would they like to read about? What kinds of stories will they want to hear? What’s the tone and theme of your story? It’s important to consider these factors for your travel blog, as it will likely have a significant impact on the overall success of your endeavor.

We are here to help guide you with some of the more technical aspects of getting your travel blog of the ground. Specifically, helping you to choose the right WordPress theme that’s in-line with your design style and meets your functional requirements. Here are some factors we’ve taken into account:

  • Page load speed
  • Ease of use
  • Attractiveness of design
  • Mobile responsiveness, and
  • Extensiveness of functionality

To read more about each of these criteria and why we think these are the metrics that matter most, check out our article on how to choose a WordPress theme.

In compiling this article, we’ve analyzed hundreds of WordPress themes and summarized the 20 best travel blog WordPress themes available now. So without further ado, here they are.

The 20 Best WordPress themes for Travel Blogs

  1. Soledad WordPress Theme
  2. Newspaper WordPress Theme
  3. Voyager WordPress Theme
  4. Olsen WordPress Theme
  5. CheerUp WordPress Theme
  6. SimpleMag WordPress Theme
  7. The Voux WordPress Theme
  8. Insight WordPress Theme
  9. Suarez WordPress Theme
  10. Super Grid WordPress Theme
  11. Extra WordPress Theme
  12. Alder WordPress Theme
  13. Wayfarer WordPress Theme
  14. Sensational WordPress Theme
  15. Metro Pro WordPress Theme
  16. Divi WordPress Theme
  17. MyBlog WordPress Theme
  18. Vogue WordPress Theme
  19. Medym Travel WordPress Theme
  20. Amoeba WordPress Theme

Top 3 WordPress travel blog theme reviews

Measuring the page load speed, ease of use, attractiveness of design, mobile responsiveness, and extensiveness of functionality, we have ranked the top 20 WordPress blog themes in order. Below are the themes that made the top 3.

Soledad at a glance:

  • Superb mega menu
  • Modern design
  • Deep and functional navigation

Once you get over the speed bump, 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 one highly attractive and intuitive layout. Although it lacks that one killer feature, everything else that the theme has is great.

Soledad page load (6/10)

This is the one department where this theme can definitely do with some improvement. The slow speed is mainly due to the number of images that are used, especially on the home pages. The developers have done everything necessary to trim script requests among others, but the sheer amount of content will get you no matter what. Google PageSpeed awarded Soledad with a 51 rating for mobile and 47 for desktop.

Soledad ease of use (10/10)

Soledad features deep and intuitive navigation. All posts have a breadcrumb bar 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. Finally, most images have hover states and you have access to a great gallery feature.

Soledad design (10/10)

One thing we like about Soledad is its modern design. You would think that all sans-serif fonts will be boring but think again. It 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). A slight letdown is the small text size in articles, but that is really the only negative. While being very busy in general, the wise use of padding and alignment keeps it from feeling cluttered.

Soledad mobile responsiveness (9/10)

The mobile experience is just as good. The black divisions that separate categories help break up the page and makes it easier to follow where the user is exactly. 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.

Soledad functionality (9/10)

Soledad just needs that one distinguishing feature to give it a 10/10. E-commerce is supported via Woocommerce, which is always a big plus. Other than that, there are a ton of widgets and layout variations to enjoy. It gets extra points overall because the blog feels tailor made, which we can appreciate.

Newspaper theme at a glance:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Superb mega menu
  • Neat, legible fonts

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 having it feeling too cluttered and the fact that it looks even better than its big brother on desktop. The cherry on top however, is that this theme has a custom weather widget (perfect for a travel blog).

Newspaper page load (7/10)

This is quite an impressive page load speed for a site with this much content, widgets and media. On mobile it scored a 62 from Google PageSpeed 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 – It could be improved by combining external JavaScript and CSS.

Newspaper ease of use (9/10)

Despite all the content, Newspaper remains ridiculously easy to use. The only factor that made us deduct some points for the theme’s ease of us is that not all images would benefit from having hover states. What’s nice however, is that every single image in article pages opens in a lightbox (something that is often neglected by other themes). 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.

Newspaper design (9/10)

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 (in fact, it’s the easiest font to read out of all the themes on this list). Though the theme looks simple at first glance, there is a certain charm to its simplicity that most will appreciate.

Newspaper mobile responsiveness (10/10)

Newspaper’s mobile responsiveness scored a perfect 10/10. It’s one of those rare themes on our journey that even beats the desktop version. As you could see earlier, mobile also has a faster page load speed that contributed to its overall score. It has a nice, full-screen menu so that the links are big and easy to click. The layout feels cleaner and more organized and the images even open in Jetpack!

Newspaper functionality (10/10)

The stand out widget for Newspaper that gave it a perfect score is the weather widget (which is something that is very unique on this list). This feature is only one among many as the theme offers a wide range of other custom widgets (this includes Instagram and Exchange) as well as integrations such as bbPress Forum, BuddyPress, and most importantly Woocommerce.

Voyager theme at a glance:

  • Stand out ‘Map’ feature
  • Unique designs
  • Nice animations

Voyage into the waters of travel blogging with this awesome theme. The Voyager takes a lot of its queues from the previous two themes. It has all the features, layouts, and widgets you would expect from a travel blog, plus a unique map with regional links! Nifty! As you can see from the scores, Voyager makes up for its slow page load speed by scoring high in all other categories.

Voyager page load (6/10)

The main reason that Voyager came in third overall is its slow page load speed. Unfortunately, the theme can’t use the excuse that it’s heavy on features, widgets and content – With a rating of 33 on mobile and 37 on desktop from Google PageSpeed, it unfortunately isn’t good enough.

Voyager ease of use (9/10)

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. The main menu is the only one in the top 3 that doesn’t have a mega menu, but its own menu is easy to use and its also nice to look at. The navigation is pretty straightforward and you won’t easily get lost.

Voyager design (9/10)

As we just mentioned, the design for Voyager is interesting in its break from the mainstream. If any of them are not for you, 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 – The text is slightly thin, which means it’s not quite as good as the font that came with the Newspaper theme. The whole theme also comes alive through countless amounts of small animations.

Voyager mobile responsiveness (9/10)

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 into an interesting twist. The only two slight complaints we have is with the slow page loading speed, but this is the same for desktop and that on some parts of the main page padding is inconsistent.

Voyager functionality (10/10)

Besides having all the usual features like e-commerce (thanks again, Woocommerce), 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.

Additional travel blog WordPress theme reviews

Below are the WordPress travel blog themes that made the top 20, but didn’t quite make the illustrious top 3.

A regular on our theme ratings, the Olsen theme is a versatile and easy to use theme that has impressed us yet 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 (How to Setup a WordPress Blog) or Blog.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 9
  • Design: 10
  • Mobile experience: 9
  • Functionality: 9

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 9
  • Design: 9
  • Mobile experience: 10
  • Functionality: 9

SimpleMag has a few different layout options to can 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 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 slow 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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 9
  • Design: 9
  • Mobile experience: 8
  • Functionality: 9

The Voux is another theme that has been featured on one of our top 3 lists, and we’re not surprised it made 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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 9
  • Mobile experience: 10
  • Functionality: 8

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 so easy to use providing an enjoyable user experience. The fonts are sans-serif and is easy to read. The only downside however, is the theme’s appeal – We feel that some may find it a little plain overall, but is still a great option.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 10
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 8
  • Functionality: 7

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 for headings, and 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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 9
  • Mobile experience: 8
  • Functionality: 7

SuperGrid follows the design of viral news pages – This means it’s built around a homepage with a huge grid/masonry layout full of posts. 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. The simplicity of the site 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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 9
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Design: 6
  • Mobile experience: 9
  • Functionality: 8

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 6
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 8
  • Functionality: 9

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. The theme supports eCommerce and it also has a decent shop functionality.

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 8
  • Functionality: 7

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 6
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 8
  • Functionality: 7

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 literal ton 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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 7
  • Mobile experience: 7
  • Functionality: 7

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 7
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 7
  • Mobile experience: 7
  • Functionality: 7

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 which is 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 personal travel blog, but there are a number of free layouts available and active community. Check out one of our tutorials using the Divi theme.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 6
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 5
  • Mobile experience: 9
  • Functionality: 9

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 8
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Design: 5
  • Mobile experience: 7
  • Functionality: 7

TeslaThemes 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 – 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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 6
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 7
  • Functionality: 5

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 looking at.

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 6
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 5
  • Functionality: 5

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.

Summary statistics

  • Speed: 6
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Design: 8
  • Mobile experience: 6
  • Functionality: 6

How to start a blog – step by step guide

Want to start a travel blog? Then check out our guide on how to start a blog where we go through how to set up a WordPress blog. We use bluehost as our hosting provider, and as part of the Lurn Digital community, you get access to discount hosting.

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