I have been thinking of displaying photos I took at places I traveled on Google Maps. I think it is a great way to present two of my hobbies, photography and travel. Many geotagging software can map GPS coordinates and synchronize timestamps of GPS and EXIF tags embedded in the photos, so they can put pictures at exactly where they were taken. However, carrying a GPS device and keeping it on throughout the trip is cumbersome, (a camera with GPS would be nice); in fact, often that kind of accuracy is not needed. There is a way to translate Google Maps’ multi-destination route to a KML file using GPS Visualizer‘s services. After that, you can either overlay the KML on Google Maps, or upload it to services like everytrail or locr with your pictures. My travel page is created with this approach.
- Draw your trip on Google Maps. You can have multiple destinations and you can even drag the route to change it. The final result will contain all the routes as you see on the Google Maps.
- Click ‘link’ on the top right corner of the map. Copy the link URL.
- Go to http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/, click Google Earth KML option.
- Paste the URL to the box marked by the red rectangle and click “Create KML file”
GPS Visualizer website provides many tools to translate KML, GPX and Google Maps into each other. Occasionally, the service is not reliable and complains the input is invalid, but most of time, it works great and fills the gaps of different formats of geographic data.