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
“I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna lst you for the rest of your life.”
– Bill Murray as Phil in Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is one of our favorite movies, largely because Bill Murray is one of our favorite actors. We also like the story, the way Phil breaks free of his own doomed existence by embracing it and learning how to improve each day until he’s the best he can be. It’s a very Zen sort of thing.
Not coincidentally, that’s the same reason we like to travel. We break free of “the daily grind” when we travel, and take advantage opportunities to open our minds to history, art, and culture. It helps us become the best “us.”
What is coincidental is that this week we also got to experience a true once-in-a-lifetime event: a simultaneous Blue Moon, Blood Moon, Super Moon, and full lunar eclipse. It’s interesting because, much like Groundhog Day, these things happen repeatedly. We can predict each one’s occurrence, and we seldom take note of them. When they all happen at once, though, we escape the Groundhog Day effect. The common becomes extraordinary, and we take note.
By the way, did you know Groundhog Day (the movie) turned 25 this year? Since Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter (this year, not in the movie), it might be a good reason to stay inside and watch Groundhog Day again. And again. And again…
Or you could catch up with The Weekly Postcard! Every week, some of the best travel bloggers around link up with their latest stories, tips, reviews, and photos. If you missed last week’s edition, you can see some of our favorites and our Weekly Postcard Pinterest board. But first, here is The Weekly Postcard:
Let’s Get this Party Started!
A Few of our Faves
- We sort of have a thing for temples. Churches, mosques, and synagogues, too. Buildings of worship have some of the most astounding – definitely inspired – architecture. No surprise, then, that we loved E and T Abroad’s Travel Guide from the Royal City of Ayutthaya, the capital of the former Siam. Though a shadow of what it was when known as the most beautiful city in Asia, it is still impressive, with astounding temples ruins, which Tom and Eva captured beautifully.
- Speaking of Asia, one of our #lifegoals is a cruise on the Mekong River. Much to our delight, The Travelling Lindfields shared their experience cruising with Scenic Spirit. The small(ish) vessel was purpose-built for sailing the Mekong, and their cruise looks like just the sort of experience we’d enjoy. See if you don’t agree!
- California is one of our favorite destinations and, for Rob, it’s a chance to revisit some favorite places. That’s why his favorite post this week was Life Beyond 520’s fun-filled 42 Fun & Free Things To Do in Los Angeles. You read right – forty two activities! And Rob can vouch for most of them – those he can’t have been added to our list of activities the next time we visit!
- And finally, we loved our visit to The Ancient Gallarus Oratory on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. Find out what makes this little building, more than a thousand years old, such an enigma!
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.
See The Weekly Postcard on Pinterest!
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!