Travel Notes

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Travel Notes is a classic travel blog theme, big on images both from the featured post images and the optional Instagram integration. The theme is fully mobile responsive and supports the usual customization features, and also integrates an optional geo-tagging plugin so you can display posts by category on a map.

This theme is released under a GPL 2.0 license.

137 thoughts on “Travel Notes

  1. Alison says:

    I’m in the process of setting up my blog, still playing around with content and I have to say, I love this theme, it’s great! I’ve added the categories sticky notes on my front page, but I was wondering is it possible to change the heading from “Featured Categories” to “Destinations”? Sorry if this has been asked (and resolved) previously.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Alison, that’s not presently a setting. You’d need to dive into the code to change this. But it is a great idea. We’ll make it possible to edit the sub title in the Customizer and release an update asap.

  2. Manoj says:

    Hi Charles,

    While working on localhost, Suddenly my header image on blog has stopping showing up. I tried uploading new image as well but still same problem. Could you please tell if any way to fix this problem?


    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Manoj, very difficult to say what might have caused this without being able to view your site. Did you make any alterations to the template files or CSS? Could also be a plugin issue which you can test by disabling all plugins and seeing that “fixes” the problem. If so then reactivate all plugins one by one to see which one is the cause.

  3. Hi, I’ve been using this theme for a few months and I love it, but I can’t figure out how to make an specific single post full-width with no sidebars. I’ve found a lot of confusing videos on how to do it. Is there any quick and simple way to do that!
    Any help will be greatly appreciated

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Jose, try adding the following CSS to the Additional CSS section in the Customizer…

      .sidebar {display:none}
      .m-all {width:100%}

  4. Hein Htet Kyaw says:

    please provide one click demo import along with these themes.. :'(

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Hein, we havn’t done this because I think our themes are simple enough that you don’t really need any demo data to see how they work. If you watch the video above you will have a good idea of how it all works.

  5. Iain says:

    Post type ‘Video’
    With an instagram video is it possible to change video size?
    Thank you

    1. charles Charles says:

      hmm, let me come back to you on that one.

  6. Iain says:

    Homepage – Sticky posts
    Are not showing in a slideshow, Instead they are showing as a 3 columnd display
    Can you please advise?
    Thank you

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Iain, sorry for the slow reply. I’m travelling myself at the moment so internet access is not consistent. Have you customized the home page template in anyway? If not have your installed any other slider plugins? I ask because those would be the two most likely reasons for a problem with the featured post carousel not working as expected.

  7. Katie says:

    No, thats not my home page, its actually the content for other links on the nav bar and I’m not sure why they are infiltrating my header image. Its probably a simple fix that I’m missing but I can’t figure it out.

  8. Katie says:

    Hello! I love this theme! I’m a bit stuck, for some reason the menu content is infiltrating my header image and I can’t figure out how to fix this.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Katie, glad you like the theme πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what you mean by “the menu content is infiltrating my header image”…can you elaborate?

      1. Katie says:

        The content of my other menu pages are being displayed on my header image, so instead of it just being the picture with writing from my home page it also has writing from other pages and I’m not sure why it is doing this.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Katie, do you mean the main navigation bar displaying below the title and above your content? That is as designed. You can see the same thing on the demo site linked above. Sorry if I’m misunderstanding.

          1. Katie says:

            No the issue is that the content from the topics on my menu bar are being displayed over my graphic. Maybe its easier if I include the link to the website.

          2. charles Charles says:

            Oh, you mean the text that appears below the nav bar over the top of the image of Big Ben? That is the page content for your home page. You can remove that by editing the home page.

  9. RΓ©my Marchal says:

    When I add a video article, how do I make the video visible in the list of article?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi RΓ©my, did you set the post type to “Video”?

  10. liz says:

    Hi, thanks for the theme! Is there a way to change the speed of the “featured categories” slider on the home and posts pages and/or to add arrows to show that there are additional categories? thanks!!

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Liz, that is not a setting that you can control I’m afraid. It is a good idea though and I’ve added to the list of feature updates which we’ll implement in the next version. I can’t say when this will be though. We have to fit in these updates to free themes around the regular work schedule so it might be a little while.

  11. Edoardo says:

    Hi Charles, I’ve been using Travel Notes for a while now and I love it!

    Just one question: if you change the theme accent color, it will still remain the default green in the tags and category pages, like at the url below. How can I fix this?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Edoardo, thanks for the heads up. That does seem to be a bit of a bug. We’ll investigate, fix and issue an update asap. You’ll be notified when the update is available for upgrade in the WP admin in the usual way. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      Great blog too. Love the photos.

      1. Edoardo says:

        Thanks a lot Charles! Both about the theme and the compliment πŸ™‚

        Looking forward to the update

    2. Kris says:

      Hello Edoardo,

      issue is now fixed. you can now download the new version. Thank you

      1. Edoardo says:

        Excellent! Thanks!

  12. fiqh says:

    already support or not?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Fiqh, no this theme doesn’t support Schema markup at this time.

  13. Hi. One more question. The Header Banner image on main page seems to have an opaque filter over the image. Is there any way to remove this, so the image shows with its true colors and lighting? or to have it a gradient, so only the upper portion above the menu is slightly opaqued behind the Blog name? I could not find any setting in the customizer for this. Thanks

    1. charles Charles says:

      Yes, we added this so that the headline would show up clearly against any background image. I’ll ask the designer to post some custom CSS to address this.

    2. Kris says:

      Try adding this Additional CSS,

      #banner-wrap .opacity-overlay{ display: none; }

  14. Michael says:

    Thanks for the theme. Was looking for a “travel-ready” theme to share experiences.

    Couple Questions. How are the “featured posts” on the main page determined? I can’t find any setting in the create post page, and so far, all my posts appear there, though I still only have a few.

    How does the “Quote” post type work, in regards to imposing the quote over an image, is that a featured image? Or image in post.

    And for some reason I could not get responsive lightbox to work. Used a regular wordpress gallery in a post. Clicking an image just showed a total black background image in center, arrow buttons at bottom. Tried changing responsive lightbox settings, nothing changed. I now have Jetpack displaying tiled galleries and carousel when image is clicked, and that works for me. But just wondering where I might have gone wrong with RL

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Michael, in answer to your questions…

      • Feaatured posts are controlled using the core WordPress ‘sticky posts’ feature. Just mark those posts you want to feature as sticky and they will show up. That’s assuming you havn’t chosen to display categories instead, which is a choice you have in the Customizer.
      • The quote post type uses the featured image for that post and displays the text over the image.
      • Ah, yes, good question…I have been meaning to make a demo video which will explain all the features of the theme and which should also explain that we used a plugin for the light box on the demo site: – so that isn’t a feature of the theme itself. You did nothing wrong, I just didn’t provide enough explanation!

      Hope that helps.

      1. Santi says:

        Hi Charles,

        I’m trying to select the “featured posts” but I don’t know where can I set if a post is “sticky post” or not.
        Can you explain me step by step?

        Thank you very much!


        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Santi, here’s a video that explains how to make a post sticky:

  15. Isabella says:

    Is it possible to change the font sizes in a blog post? I somehow can’t manage to do so.

    1. Kris says:

      Yes it is possible, you can download and install TinyMCE Advanced WordPress Plugin( This plugin has additional features for the default wysiwyg editor, for example, it has the ability to set font sizes or even font family.

  16. Edoardo says:


    the theme looks great, but I can’t set a header image for my home, I’ve read that I should create a new static page with the “homepage with banner” template, but the template dropdown menu doesn’t show up while creating a new page, any advice?


    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Edoardo, you are trying to create a new page and not a post right? Assuming so I can’t imagine why the template drop down doesn’t appear. That is a part of core WordPress rather than being something the theme controls.

      1. Edoardo says:

        Yes, I was trying to create a page. In the end I somehow solved the problem deleting the theme and reinstalling it directly from the wordpress theme gallery, rather than uploading the downloaded file.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Edoardo, thanks for the followup. That is unusual, but glad you were able to solve. All the best.

  17. alessandro says:

    I’ ve tried your theme and is very beautiful!
    One question: it’s possible to insert a footer in home page?
    How Can I Do?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Alessandro, anything is possible but this would require some customisation of the theme. There is a footer template file which you can edit in the admin under Appearance > Edit. I do recommend though that you set up your site with a Child theme before making any customizations so that future updates do not overwrite your changes.

  18. SiddhaJK says:

    How can I add instagram post on my site and also I wanted a demo of this theme like how to work with menus and all.

    Can you please provide the link to it

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi SiddhaJK, I havn’t got around to making a demo for this theme yet, but honestly it is very very simple. Check out this previous comment for some guidance. For the Instagram integration please install the Instagram Feed plugin. This would have been prompted when you installed the theme.

      All the other features like managing menus and sidebar widgets etc work in the normal WordPress way. There are many YouTube videos covering these things including on our channel.

  19. Sijai says:

    thank you for the awesome template, amazing!

  20. William says:

    hola! theme looks great…. for beginners, is there any tutorial page I can look to in order to maximize theme usage?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi William, there is no tutorial page at this stage, but to be honest it is really very very simple. To achieve the layout as on the demo you just need to create a new static “home” page and select the ‘Homepage with banner’ template for that. Also make sure you set this page as the home page under Settings > Reading. Finally, upload a header image via the Customizer and this will appear as the hero image there on the home page.

      All the other options are also controlled via the Customizer and should be pretty self explanatory.

  21. parararam says:

    looks good, Worth a try

  22. FORX says:


    This theme is great, but 2 questions.

    – the header images was not showing when using ‘Categories’ in ‘Home page features’
    – how to add the ‘instagram’ at bottom of page like your demo. widget ?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Forx, thanks for the feedback. I’m investigating the category images issue. For the Insta feed, just install and configure the Instagram Feed plugin.

    2. Kris says:

      Hello Forx,

      Regarding the Category Images, you need to install Category Images WordPress plugin, Then go to Post -> Categories and add the Category Images.

      Note: this plugin is one of the recommended plugin of this theme

  23. Ahsen says:


    The theme is perfect except for the fact that I cannot upload header image..
    Can you please help? Using the version 2.0

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Ahsen, investigating this now and will post an update shortly.

    2. Kris says:


      make sure to create a page then set the template of that page as ‘Homepage with banner’. Go to Settings -> Reading and set that page as Front Page. Then go to Appearance -> Customize ->Header Media and now you can add video or image.

      1. Kim says:

        Hi Kris,
        I had the same issue with the header image and I followed your directions,which worked (thanks!), but now there is a page that say “Front page as banner” on the menu. How do I get rid of that?.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Kim, you can go to Appearance > Menus in the admin and control your navigation menu there. By default it is adding all your pages to the nav, but you can control which specific pages/posts/categories appear in the nav.

  24. Ana says:

    Hi Charles,

    We are using 2.0 version in WordPress 4.7.5 and the banner is not working. We tried everything but the picture does not appear in the page. Could you please advice?


    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Ana, I can’t replicate this problem locally so I don’t know what is causing this. Are you still having this problem? If so can you share a link to your site?

      1. TJ says:


        I’ve got the same problem, with a fresh install of the theme on version 4.5.9 with none of the plugins installed.

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi TJ, can you share a link to your site?

          1. TJ says:

            Is there any way to do this privately?

          2. charles Charles says:

            We’re working on this now and I hope to post an update soon.

  25. Renato says:

    Hi, thank you for the awesome template! I was wondering how to remove the “Instagram Feed” from just one of my pages (Gallery). Is it possible to do? If so, would you guys be able to help me out with that? πŸ™‚ Thank you in advance, I appreciate the support.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hey Renato, sorry for the slow response…let me look at that for you. Back soon.

    2. Kris says:

      Hello Renato, You can hide it just by adding a custom CSS code, Try this,

      Install WP Add Custom CSS WordPress Plugin(, edit your page then navigate to the page Custom CSS and add this code,

      display: none;

      1. Renato says:

        Hi Charles and Kris!

        You guys are great! Thank you so much for your help! It’s working perfectly as I wanted πŸ™‚

        Keep it up!


  26. Leo says:


    I just installed this theme. It is awesome. Thanks for the good job.

    I wanted to know how I can add the social icons on the navigation bar.

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Leo, for the social media links just create a new menu and set the display location to “Social Links”. Tthis feature works the same way as it does on the official Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme. You just add custom links to your social profiles on this menu and the theme detects the domain and will display the appropriate icon.

  27. Dion Grendelman says:

    Media Banner not working πŸ™

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hmm, investigating.

    2. charles Charles says:

      Hi Dion, make sure you ar eusing the latest version and you can control the media banner via the Customizer. Let me know if that is still not working for you.

      1. Sven says:

        Hi Charles. I have also tried the theme (version 1.0.9) and I have the same problem. Neither the header video nor the header image is shown. πŸ™
        I am also wondering why the theme recommends a header video height of 0 px?!

        1. charles Charles says:

          Hi Sven, sorry for the trouble. We are investigating. Were you using the theme on

        2. charles Charles says:

          Hi Sven, we have uploaded a new version which has been approved and is now available if you would like to try it.

          1. Henry says:

            Hi Charles,

            I’m also having issues with the media banner – image is not displaying. Have tried with a couple of different images and have updated to v2.0

          2. charles Charles says:

            Hi Henry, were you trying on or another site? I’m not able to replicate the problem on our test site so as much info as you can provide is helpful thanks, e.g. what plugins are you running?

  28. Kimberly says:

    Is Travel Notes mobile friendly?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Yes, of course! I should have mentioned that. We wouldn’t publish a theme these days that wasn’t mobile responsive. You can test the demo site using The Google mobile friendly testing tool here.

  29. martin says:

    Hey Charles, do you know how long it takes that the WordPress Team review this Theme?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Martin, at the moment it is taking some months for themes to get through the review and approval process. There is a big backlog.

      You could download the zip here, but keep in mind this version hasn’t been reviewed yet and may be subject to further updates.

  30. Andres Sola says:

    How I can download this theme?

    1. charles Charles says:

      Hi Andres, this theme is still under review by the WordPress theme review team. We’ll add download links as soon as it has been approved and added to the official WordPress theme directory.

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