Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
Just like the postman once delivered updates from friends and family traveling around the world, we’re delivering weekly posts from travel bloggers all over the globe!
A Brief Introduction
For those who don’t know, TravelLatte’s “world headquarters” sits comfortably in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. At least, it’s usually comfortable. For some reason, this January has been pretty close to an authentic winter for us, minus the snow and ice. We have been below freezing – sometimes substantially – for days at a time the past few weeks. The other day, our patio thermometer said it was 10. We replaced it immediately, but the new thermometer concurred. Dang cold. And without snow, it just seems like Mother Nature’s being mean.
We know these cold snaps are nothing new to many, but they are unusual to us. Normally, we’re the ones enjoying balmy winter temperatures instead of seeking a warm weather escape. This week, we’re reading travel blogs of about sunny shores and warmer climates! No surprise, then, that characterizes our favorites from the last round of The Weekly Postcard!
A Few of our Faves
- So yes, we were cold. We wanted the exact opposite – something warm. Can’t get much warmer than a volcano, right? Well, our friend Kat Pegi Mana took us to a place with three volcanos! And some beautiful scenery, which you can see in her post Mount Bromo, Indonesia: A Weekend Getaway.
- Someplace else that’s usually pretty warm is Las Vegas. Even though it still gets pretty cold at night (relatively speaking), Sin City has long been a popular winter destination. So our friend Staci at The Voyageer made her Escape to Las Vegas in the Winter. She has some great things to do that don’t involve casinos or freezing temperatures. We like that!
- Another favorite comes from someplace that’s not really a renowned warm weather destination, but it has pasta. Need we say more? Ladies What Travel took the scenic route home, and spent a A Long Weekend in Milan. Just the thought warms our souls! It was an epic weekend, and they shared the itinerary so we can do the same! The only question is how soon we can get to Milan!
If you have a favorite from last week – or even this week – be sure to share it on Social Media, and let us know in the comments.
Let’s Get this Party Started!
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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.
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!