What is WP Travel?
WP Travel is a free travel and tour booking WordPress plugin for travel agencies and tour operators. It lets you add trips from the backend whilst users book their itineraries from your WordPress website.
WP Travel provides you
Why should I use WP Travel?
WP Travel has been around since early 2018 and has a strong development team behind it and it keeps getting more popular and better.
Just like WordPress, WP Travel is
It’s also easy for beginners to use and anyone can set up and run a professional travel and tour booking website. You really don’t need to know any code at all.
Easy install and set up
Installing WP Travel is as simple as adding any other WordPress plugin to your website. It’s available to download for free from the WordPress plugin directory, which is accessible right from your website admin.
Powerful features out of the box.
WP Travel comes with an amazing set of features right out of the box. Here are just a small selection of these:
- Add unlimited trips and destinations
- Add categories, tags
andattributes – including trip facts – to any trips to make them easier to find and search
- Create a trip with dynamic pricing option – single or multiple. This would give you
flexibilityto set pricing for the trip either per group or per person.
- Show trip ratings and reviews on trip pages
- Exciting premium feel of Trip Facts option lets your trips to appear more promising as you can create unlimited facts. For e.g. Trip Duration, Breakfast inclusion, Difficulty level, Transportation, etc.
mapto your trips
- Create descriptive itineraries and sort them as you like
- wesome gallery of the trips
- Create unlimited coupon codes for trips
- Choose how you like to process payments: use popular providers such as Stripe and PayPal, credit cards, checks or Cash on Delivery
Simplifiedtax calculation method for trips
- Choose any pages for Cart and Checkout
Don’t see all the features you need? That’s not a problem – WP Travel comes feature-packed, but there are a whole lot of ways to extend its features much, much further…
WP Travel is highly extensible
Sometimes, when a plugin is easy to use, it’ll only have limited flexibility. But the opposite is true for WP Travel. There are numerous ways to expand the functionality of WP Travel via themes, plugins, extensions, or even – if you’re particularly keen – by editing the plugin code itself.
Several ready-made hooks and filters have made a life of WP Travel customizer lot easier.
Behind the scenes, you can even consider hiring WP Travel gurus who have expertise in customizing plugin features according to your requirements starting from very less budget.
Install WP Travel plugin
Once you’ve installed your WordPress site (or you may have already had WordPress setup), adding WP Travel to your site is even easier.
You can install WP Travel straight from your WordPress installation, the same as any other WordPress plugin.
To add WP Travel to your website, head to Plugins → Add New and search “WP Travel” to locate the WP Travel plugin. Once you’ve found it, click Install Now then Activate.
Get a WP Travel compatible WordPress theme
The next step is choosing and installing a WP Travel ready theme, which dictates what your site looks like. This is what your visitors will see when they visit your site, so it’s the really important part.
You’ll need a WordPress theme that supports WP Travel’s unique features: things like trip display pages, single trip pages, and the checkout process. When you’re considering a theme, be sure to check all those pages.
Don’t forget also that your customers will view your travel website on a variety of devices, including desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets. While WP Travel is mobile friendly, it’s the theme which decides layout. This is why it’s vital to choose a responsive theme so you can be certain your travel website will look good, and function correctly, on every device. Other things to look out for are the trip booking process, adding trips to the cart and going through to pay (and how these all look).
Fortunately, there are perfectly high-quality collection of themes which are 100% compatible with WP Travel and handle all those above things.
Travel Log is one of the free and most popular compatible
In your site’s admin sidebar, go to Appearance → Themes, click Add New and search “Travel Log” to locate the Travel Log theme. Once you’ve found it, click Install Now then Activate.
The first thing to do is add some trips! These are the things you’ll be selling. Go to Trips → Add New and you’ll be taken to the trip page. It’s similar to adding posts or pages, but specifically for WP Travel trips.
You’ll want to add in all of the information there’s space for, including trip name and description, itineraries, trip dates and prices, and some nice accompanying image galleries. If it’s your first time adding a trip, you can refer to the documentation that will walk you through the trip addition steps.
Once you’ve added in all your information, hit publish and you have your trip available on your site.
Unless you’re giving your products away for free, you’ll need to take payments! To do this you’ll need something called a payment gateway.
Most of the other option, such as partial payment comes with minimum payout setting option. Likewise, you can set your trips as either taxable or non-taxable.
You’ll find your payment gateway options under WP Travel → Settings → Payments. WP Travel comes with a PayPal as a default payment gateway. Other gateways like Stripe, Instamojo, RazorPay
- WP Travel Authorize.Net Checkout
- WP Travel PayPal Express Checkout
- WP Travel Stripe Checkout
- WP Travel Instamojo Checkout
- WP Travel Razorpay Checkout
- WP Travel Field Editor
Follow the instructions to sign up for relevant accounts and connect them to WP Travel.
Add even more features with extensions
WP Travel is hugely powerful out of the box, but sometimes you’ll have complex requirements for your site, which the plugin can’t handle. In that case, you’ll want to choose from one of the huge selection of free and premium extensions.
There’s a lot to choose from: from additional payment providers to multiple utility options to variable map options – it’s all there.
Some of its must-have extensions are:
WP Travel Utilities: This extension lets you define your own custom trip code, enable/disable WP Travel “Powered By Branding” text or define your custom text. Likewise, it also has an option to send an email related to Trip Booking, Trip Payments and Trip Enquiry to your multiple recipients and more features.
WP Travel Tour Extras: This extension lets you add additional services like flight, vehicle service, insurance or any other custom you want. You can add paid or free service that
WP Travel Mapquest: This extension uses the trusted source for finding your way with helpful tools for the road, local tips along the journey, and reliable directions to all of your destinations which is integrated within the WP Travel. With WP Travel Mapquest, you can embed the maps. You can also use it as an alternative to Google Map that requires
WP Travel Here Map: This extension can also be your additional choice for map display which is also a solid alternative to Google Maps. WP Travel Here Map offers a nice blend of mapping and exploration which can ease your traveling experience.
To get started with WP Travel, you don’t need any extensions. But they are a great, easy way to add extra functionality later on.
WP Travel Field Editor: If you are wondering how to add aa new field in the forms of the WP Travel plugin then you are at right place. The WP Travel Field Editor provides an interface to add, edit and remove fields that are displayed in Trip Enquiry fields, Traveler info fields, and Billing fields.
Fields can be added, edited and removed from the billing and traveler info and trip inquiry form sections.
You’ve now seen exactly how easy and affordable it is to start creating trips with WP Travel! Good Luck!!