Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
It seems we say that word a lot more than we used to, in both good and bad ways. You can’t watch the news anymore without at least a few Wows, and usually not the good kind. Balance that out with a wow when you see the latest technology, or silliest You Tube video. Toss in a wow of awe when you see a sunset or sunrise. (In our case, that’s a wow of astonishment that we managed to get up that early.)
We are definitely saying Wow a lot more than we used to. Are you?
Last Week’s Roundup
One of our favorite moments when we’re traveling is when someplace, or something makes us say “Wow!” And on the last edition of The Weekly Postcard, there were a few travel stories that brought out the wows.
- Our own post last week was filled with places that made us say “Wow!” That’s largely because we are semi-obsessed with castles, and we were in Ireland where there’s a castle roughly every twenty feet. (Ed. Note: Slight exaggeration.) We rounded up the five that made us Wow the most in Five Castle Day Trips from Dublin.
- Do you like street art? All around the world, it’s moving beyond graffiti and political statements. Street artists are making entire neighborhoods into open-air galleries, and cities of all sizes are embracing the beautification. Groove is in the Heart found that to be the case in Belgrade’s Street Art. Check out the her post, and see if it doesn’t blow you away, too.
- Greece is pretty much synonymous with Wow. The buildings. The deep blue Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. The food!! And The Traveling Gypsies introduced us to another wow: Koufonisia, a Hidden Paradise.
- Even though we’ve never been there, the Amazon is someplace that always elicits a Wow. From the time we were children, it’s been a bucket list destination. Well, Eva and Tom from E&T Abroad made it a real life destination, and wow! Suffice it to say, the Amazon Experience in Peru is quite the adventure!
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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 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!