Welcome to The Weekly Postcard Travel Blog Link-up!
Just like the postman once delivered updates from friends and family traveling around the world, The Weekly Postcard delivers posts from travel bloggers all over the globe every week!
A Brief Introduction
Here’s a question that came up on a recent trip: How far do you have to go before you consider it “travel”?
We hopped in the car and drove north about three hours to Oklahoma City this past week. Despite it being a short trip, we had never been there before! Wow…the city really surprised us, but what surprised us more was a comment that we “didn’t go very far – that hardly counts as a trip!”
In our defense, we drove across a state line on an interstate highway for three hours. We booked a hotel, ate at restaurants, and did the “touristy” things. In our book, that’s a trip. It’s time spent away from home, exploring someplace new. But that’s not really what matters.
What constitutes “travel”? Whatever YOU say! Don’t let anyone tell you that going anywhere, for any length of time, doesn’t count as a trip. This is your life, your travel style, and it’s not to be dictated by anyone! There are no standards to conform to. There are no rules or definitions.
We bring this up only to say, whatever your definition of a trip is, go take one!
And then come back and tell us all about it. We love hearing travel stories! Which is why we participate in The Weekly Postcard, a link-up for travel bloggers and readers to share those precious stories. Read on for more, or use the handy links up above to jump to a section.
Thanks for coming along for the ride. Enjoy The Weekly Postcard!
Let’s Get this Party Started!
Highlights from The Weekly Postcard
Regular readers my know that once every month or so (with a very lenient “more or less”) we like to feature our co-hosts on The Weekly Postcard. We joined this blog linkup because we admire their work, and we want to continue to highlight it. If you haven’t visited their blogs, we encourage you to do so. We’re sure you’ll enjoy them – and be motivated and inspired by them – as much as we do!
Award-winning travel writer Anda Galffy is our “fearless leader,” the originator of The Weekly Postcard, and the author of Travel Notes & Beyond. Her recent post How to Spend 3 Perfect Days in Paris brought back many fond memories for us! Don’t let the subtitle, “Itinerary for First Time Visitors,” fool you: it’s a great itinerary for any trip to the City of Lights!
Lolo, the California Globetrotter is one of our favorite bloggers, largely because of her focus on the romantic and picturesque towns and villages of Germany. But she’s doesn’t limit herself to her new home in Europe, as evidenced by her recent post on Nashville with the Music City Total Access Pass!
- Anisa, from Two Traveling Texans is another expat in our group, based in England now. Her blog is wide ranging, covering a variety of destinations in the US and Europe, and often featuring How To articles about travel, product reviews, and practical advice you can use, such as The Best Wheeled Backpacks for Travel.
- And then there’s us, TravelLatte! If you’re new to our blog, you’ll find a variety of articles that include our favorite Travel Quotes, reviews of hotels and attractions, and destination guides and articles from the Americas and Europe. While we were off traveling last week, we recently shared our experience Visiting NYC with the New York Pass.
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If you see something you like, Pin it! See something you missed? Click on the Pin to read the post. We keep this archive for you, so feel free to use it!
How Does The Weekly Postcard Work?
There’s a new batch of blogs ready for reading every Friday afternoon. You can find them on TravelLatte, and at our co-hosts: Travel Notes and Beyond, Toddlers on Tour, Two Traveling Texans, and California Globetrotter.
Each one of us will have links to all of that week’s featured blogs. Find a few that look interesting, and click to read – it’s really that simple! Don’t forget to leave a comment – bloggers love comments, and that’s how we build a community of like-minded travel lovers! Feel free to share with your friends on Social Media, too. You can Pin, Tweet, or share on Facebook right from the thumbnails, or from each post you click on. I know all of the bloggers truly appreciate it when you read and share.
What if I have a blog, too?
Then join the fun! Participating in #TheWeeklyPostcard is a great way to reach new readers, and build your comments and social shares. Plus, you get to know some of your fellow travel bloggers, network, and learn about tons of destinations, travel tips, and more.
Housekeeping Rules for Bloggers
- Can I use an older blog post?
- Sure! #TheWeeklyPostcard is a great way to show off a new post, but also to show an older piece some love.
- Does it have to be travel related?
- Well, it is about travel, so yeah. Show off your favorite destination. Teach us how to take a train or save money on airfare. Tell us your favorite travel tips. You get the idea! Posts that are not travel related may be removed.
- Where do I get that snazzy badge for #TheWeeklyPostcard?
- We know, it’s cool! And it’s easy: Just copy the badge html code (from the gray box on the page where you add your link) into your editing program. You can add it to the bottom of your page or in a sidebar.
- Uhm, that code thing isn’t working for me.
- No worries. If you have issues adding the code, add the badge as a picture and include text saying that you have linked up with #TheWeeklyPostcard, along with a link back to one of the co-host’s blogs.
- Do I have to add the badge?
- You want people to know you’re part of the cool crowd, right? The badge helps get the word out and identify community members. Having the badge on your sight lets readers know you’re part of an established, respected community of travel experts. Plus, posts without a badge will be removed.
- When can I add my post?
- #TheWeeklyPostcard opens each Friday at 12n Pacific / 3pm Eastern, and closes on Sunday at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern.
- Anything else?
- You can help spread the word by using the hashtag (#TheWeeklyPostcard) in your tweets. We will like and re-tweet your Tweets when we see the hashtag, and encourage everyone to do the same.
Helpful Hints for Bloggers
- Be sure to include a nice, tall portrait-orientation Pin so everyone can add you to their Pinterest boards! Here at TravelLatte, we’ll use that to add you to our board for #TheWeeklyPostcard, and may feature you on next week’s roundup!
- When you do make a Pin for your post, be sure to give it a name that includes the post title, blog name, and keywords. That will help your Pin (and post) travel farther.
- Not up with the Pinterest? No worries, but do try to include at least one portrait orientation image that people can use if they’d like to Pin your post.
- Be sure your posts have your Social Media channels, so readers can find and follow you right from The Weekly Postcard linkup!