Where did Summer go?
It seems like we blinked and bam! Summer is over. Meteorologically speaking, at least, the three months of summer have passed us by. Kids are returning to school, and vacation season is winding down for many. Still, many others are still traveling or making plans for trips to come.
That’s where The Weekly Postcard comes in handy, with a fresh batch of travel blogs from all around the world delivered to the interwebs every Friday! If you’re new to blog link-ups, or want more info about participating in The Weekly Postcard with your blog, you’ll find details below. We have some tips for bloggers to make the most of the link up, too. But first, we wanted to share a few or our favorites from last week, in case you missed them!
Welcome to The Weekly Postcard
Sometimes there is a distinct theme to our favorites on The Weekly Postcard, and this week’s is near and dear to us. Having grown up with what some say is a Disney-esque image of Europe, we long for the idyllic European village: medieval architecture and cobblestone lanes, a long and colorful history, and a pastoral setting. This week’s favorites are about such villages sprinkled across Europe. We trust you’ll enjoy the virtual tours as much as we did!
Meanwhile, our own contribution was literally half a world away! We spent a thoroughly enjoyable day with the tour company SEAduced by Belize, on a most unlikely ocean outing! We hope you’ll enjoy that adventure, too.
- We start in Hungary with travelsewhere’s introduction to what David called, The Delightful Jewel Box of Hungary, Köszeg. This almost unbelievably charming hamlet turned our Wanderlust setting to High!
- If you’re familiar with the Harz region of Germany, you may know of the quixotic Quedlinburg. It too is just impossibly adorable, and seems like the textbook example of old European villages. Our lucky co-host California Globetrotter explores Quedlinburg, a Medieval Half-Timbered Town in the Harz.
- Did you know there is an annual competition to find the Most Beautiful Village of France? Daunting task, given how many fantastic villages dot the country! Mary at The World is a Book visited two past winners of that title, Eguisheim and Riquewirh: Storybook Villages in Alsace. One read had us plotting our return to France!
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If you have a favorite from last week – or this week – be sure to share it on Social Media, and let us know in the comments.
Let’s Get this Party Started!
How Does It 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 then include text saying that you have linked your post 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 12 noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern, and closes on Sunday at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern.
- Anything else?
- You can help spread the word about #TheWeeklyPostcard by tweeting with the hashtag #TheWeeklyPostcard! 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!