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
It occurs to us that not everyone may be familiar with “blog hops” or “link ups.” So let’s review: Both phrases refer to a collection of blogs – in our case, travel blogs – which writers can link up to. Think of it as a room full of travel bloggers sharing their stories, for each other and anyone else who’s interested to read.
As travel fans, we love blog hops because one post leads us to another, and another, and another. We come away with new bloggers to follow, more stories to read, and tons of travel inspiration, tips, and inspiration.
That’s what you’ll find in this, and every edition of The Weekly Postcard! Thanks for joining us. We know you’ll enjoy it!
Let’s Get this Party Started!
Highlights from The Weekly Postcard
When you’re planning a trip – or scheming or daydreaming – would you…
- Go someplace you’ve been before and have fond memories of?
- Go somewhere you’ve seen or heard about and are dying to see for yourself?
- Strike out to someplace you’ve never considered, but heard about from a trusted friend?
Tough choice, isn’t it? Our answer is simple: All of the above! (That’s not cheating, that’s being honest!) That’s how we arrived at our featured posts from the last edition of The Weekly Postcard – we picked one of each! See what you think of them, and feel free to share your favorites in the comments below, and on Social Media.
Our own RobRob has many fond memories of trips to Mexico with friends and family. But it’s been ages since he’s gone back to those beach cities of his misspent youth, and he wonders if they’ll live up to the memories. That’s the same theme that Elaine at Trip Wellness explores in her return for a San Felipe Vacation in Baja, Mexico. Can you go back? Well…yeah! (It’s Baja, after all!)
To be honest, we can’t even remember when or where we first saw a picture of what could be the most beautiful church in North America. This past week, Bryna from Dotted Line Travels reminded us how badly we want to see Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica! Her photos capture the stunning interiors, and she has all of the pertinent details. Now we just have to get there!
- Have you ever been to – or even heard of – Block Island? We sure hadn’t, until it was featured last week on More than a Destination. Pow! We are now smitten with the little Rhode Island town, which seems like the quintessential New England seaside village. One read (okay, we read it about five times…in one afternoon) and we are ready to take a Day Trip to Block Island. We bet you will be, too!
- For our contribution to the new edition of The Weekly Postcard, we drew from a recent experience in New York City. It was an experience that could have turned ugly, so we wanted to share some tips with you to stay safe when using rideshare services, in Don’t Get In that (Fake) Uber!
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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!