Your travel journal. Create. Share. Explore.

General questions

How do I get my journey’s featured on the MapVivo home page?

Journey’s will never show up on the front page unless you first use the ‘publish’ button. Until then we keep them private. New journeys will briefly show up under the ‘latest journeys’ section. If your journey really rocks then we’ll feature it for you and share your awesome travels with the world. Let us know if you think we’re not giving your journey the attention it deserves!

Is MapVivo free of charge?

Yes, MapVivo is free, and will always be free.

I want to create a travel journal, but I don’t want the whole world to see it

We won’t share your journals with the world unless you want us to, so we keep them ‘private’ until you click on the publish button at the top of the journey page. Click on publish and you can share your amazing experiences with the world – otherwise we won’t tell anybody. You can also check our privacy policy

Is there any limit on the number of photos I can upload?

Nope. No limited at all. You can upload as many photos as you like. (but please make sure they are your's to upload, or that you have permission to upload them if not)

Travel Journals

How do I make my travel journal private?

Your journal is always private, unless you  ‘publish’ it. If you would like to un-publish it then .

How do I upload photos?

Add a new point to your journey by double-clicking on the map, then click on the ‘add photos’ link.

Gah! I can’t get my photos to upload

Web-browsers and browser plug-ins do occasionally have a habit of conspiring against our cool-photo uploading functionality. If you’re having problems then some of the following may help:

  1. Close your browser, re-open it and try again
  2. Make sure you had the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed
  3. If you have many other browser plug-ins, you might want to try disabling some of them
  4. Generally, we recommend the Firefox browser for best results and reliability
If nothing helps, then describing your problem.

How can I tell if I have successfully edited my travel journal?

You should see your changes on the screen right away. If not, then something probably went wrong beyond our control.

How do I move the pin on the map to the correct location?

First, make sure you click on “edit journey”. The rest is easy – put the mouse on the pin, hold down the button, and move!

What do the icons on the map mean?

The icons represent the waypoints on your journey. An ‘A’ indicates that you wrote something about a waypoint. A small picture icon shows that you put pictures there, and a ‘film’ represents video content.

What does the 'Publish' button do?

The publish button shares your awesome trip with the world. It will show up under ‘recent trips’ on the front page of MapVivo, and if it’s really cool then we’ll feature it under our ‘featured journeys’ section. We’ll also show your trips under our regional resource pages, and do our best to share your amazing trips with other amazing travelers.

How can I change the order of my waypoints?

Click on the waypoint number (in the list between the map and your text & photos). Hold the mouse button, and drag it up or down to the correct position.

How do I enter a location for my photos and media items?

Create a new waypoint by double clicking on the map, and then use the ‘Add images’ link to add your images. You can move the waypoint after by dragging it with the mouse if it’s not in the correct location.

Can I assign additional pictures to a waypoint?

Absolutely. Click on the waypoint, and then click on the ‘Add images’ or ‘Add videos’ link. Make sure you’ve clicked the ‘Edit Journey’ button first!

How do I find an city / region / place on the map – it’s a big world!

There is a ‘Find’ button at the top of the map. Enter the name of the place you are trying to find and click the button. You might want to zoom in a little and click on Find once more to get a closer look.

I still can’t find the place I’m looking for..

You can help to give ‘Find’ a few clues. When submiting a search query give Find a little more information by typing the city, region or country instead of just the address.

Your MapVivo profile

I didn't get the activation email, now what?

Did it end up in your email spam folder – have a quick look there. Otherwise, and we can resend it. If it still doesn’t arrive then try and re-register, making sure you enter the correct email address.

I forgot my password, what now?

No problem, we can send you a new one.

Why is my travel journal showing as a 'Private' in my profile?

We won’t share your journals with the world unless you want us to, so we keep them ‘private’ until you click on the publish button at the top of the journey page. Click on publish and you can share your amazing experiences with the world – otherwise we won’t tell anybody.

Do I have to publish my journal to share it with my friends and family?

You can share private journal’s too using the share button – this way your journal will only be shared with people who receive the link to your journal.

I want to create a travel journal, but I don’t want the whole world to see it

We won’t share your journals with the world unless you want us to, so we keep them ‘private’ until you click on the publish button at the top of the journey page. Click on publish and you can share your amazing experiences with the world – otherwise we won’t tell anybody. You can also check our privacy policy.

Competition

How can I create a winning Travel Journal?

We’re looking for the MapVivo journey that most makes up want to pack our bags and go! The excitement and experiences you’ve encountered on your journeys are more important to us than where you’ve been – sharing some great photos and telling us what you got up to and how you felt about it are they key things to make us want to travel in your footsteps.

Remember, winning journeys will be selected from a short list of “most popular” journeys – see below to find out how to make your journey popular.

Don’t forget to publish your journey using the “publish” button on the edit screen!

How can I make sure my journey becomes popular?

The popularity of a journey is determined by the number of times it has been viewed, and the average rating that it receives. Journeys can be rated by clicking on the globe icons at the top right of the journey view page.

The most popular journeys of the last month are displayed on the MapVivo front page under “Most Popular Journeys”

You can help make your journey popular by sharing it with friends. View your journey and use the ‘Share’ menu at the top of the page to share your journey with friends via email, Facebook or Twitter. - all of these things drive views and votes!

And don’t forget to publish your journey using the “publish” button on the edit screen!

What’s more important – Words or Images?

A picture paints a thousand words, and we love to be able to see where you’ve been. But reading about your experiences also helps us understand more about your trip. Although generally we find that people prefer text that is short and to the point.

PS. don’t forget to publish your journey using the “publish” button on the edit screen!

How will the final winner be judged?

We’re assembling a judging panel of seasoned travelers who will basically be looking for one thing: would they like to go on your trip? Our judges have been pretty much everywhere, so they are most likely to be impressed by tales of your experiences rather than exotic locations.

Did we remind you to to publish your journey using the “publish” button on the edit screen?

When does the competition close?

The competition closes at midnight on 30th June.

How will I know if I have won?

All winners will be contacted via e-mail (make sure the email address in your MapVivo profile is correct!). You can also check the mapvivo blog for news on competition progress.

Finally, don’t forget to publish your journey using the “publish” button on the edit screen!

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