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road tripThis year I’ll make a four week trip across the North American continent. I’m prepared to taking hundreds of photos, keeping a small tour diary and I will record my route with a GPS data logger.

To instantly share my whereabouts, detours, experiences and some photos with family and friends, I was looking for a one-in-all tool that could easily be updated while I’m on the road.

EveryTrailWhat I found was a website called EveryTrail. The original idea for it is to provide outdoor fans with a platform where they can manage and share their tour data or browse the tours of others to find inspiration. For me it will serve as a small travel diary.

The way it works is straightforward. There are three steps to creating a record of your own trip. First you can upload a GPS file or hand draw your trip on the map. Next you add details about the trip including title, date, type of activity, location, trip story, tips for others, and edit the statistics and the map view that will be shown.

gps data

Finally, you can add your photos. If both your camera and the GPS device were set to the same time, the photos will be automatically placed on the right spot of your route, based on their date and time setting. If that is not the case you can manually place them yourself.

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Once it’s all done it will look something like the following example, depending on which information you included.

Top left: summary with trip story to the right.

trip summary

Middle left: map with photos to the right. You can also switch to see the full map or the stats instead of the photos.

trail map

Bottom: strip of all trail photos. Here you can initiate a sort of slide show and photos next to the map will cycle through the respective trail positions. Below the photo strip are the tags and GPS data downloads, joined by comments to the right. At the very bottom you’ll find share options and a picture summary.

trail tags

You don’t have to be a member of the site to enjoy exploring. There are over sixty thousand trips to be discovered. You can search the public trips by location, activity, keyword, trip date, all-time or recent popularity, and follow in the footsteps of previous hikers, geocachers, backpackers, skaters, drivers…

trail tags

Aren’t detailed maps, GPS devices and the developments they have brought us a blessing for the outdoor lovers? On the other hand, true adventurers will find it ever more challenging to discover the unexplored. Are you encouraged to follow the trails they have left for us?

Picture credits: arinas74

  1. Stan
    June 30, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Would you wanna try our website: ?
    You might get different experience from us.
    If you want to get more information, please contact me via email.

    Best regards,

    • Tina
      June 30, 2009 at 4:30 am

      Stan, thank you for pointing me to your website. I will certainly have a look at it and test it.

      • Stan
        June 30, 2009 at 4:51 am

        I am sure you will be impressive. I am thinking if you need our i-gotU travel logger for testing. you can create your own trip quickly and easily.

  2. mlvlvr
    April 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Tina, Nice post, thanks. I particularly like your zoomy photo at the top of the blog.

    My company, GlobalMotion Media, Inc. publishes, and we appreciate the exposure. Let me add a few comments for your readers. 1) About combining placing photos whose timestamps are not synced with the GPS device, our software will do a pretty good job of guessing. If the guess isn't good enough, you can place one photo manually, and all the rest will come in to position automatically. We think it's the best UI on the web for that. 2) If your readers have iPhone 3G, Blackberry Curve, Windows Mobile (with GPS), or Android, we have free apps for each that make it even easier to create content. Still, those phones don't have the quality digital cameras you may be used to. I often run my blackberry just for the GPS and story telling software, uploading to the web over the cellular network, and then upload my photos separately via Flickr. 3) There's lots of traffic on this site. Yesterday we had out biggest day by over 10%, and there are now more than 74k trips to explore. Create, Share and Explore! Thanks, dan AT globalmotion DOT com

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