Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard!
We are going out on a limb here and guessing that you love to travel, just like we do. For us, the next best thing is reading about travel! We get inspiration for trips, discover new destinations, and learn great tips from travel bloggers all around the world. That’s why we are excited to co-host #TheWeeklyPostcard, a “Link Up” that’s all about travel featuring some of the best bloggers on the planet!
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. But first, we wanted to share our post from last week, and a few or our favorites, in case you missed them!
We shared our review of the Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico. Aside from a sailing trip to Isla Mujeres, and a day trip to Chichen Itza, we spent most of our time at the all-inclusive resort. We took full advantage of the resort’s location, swimming, snorkeling, and sunning on the sandy beaches. But ours was just one of the many travel blogs that were shared on last week’s edition of #TheWeeklyPostcard. Here are a few of our favorites:
- One of our favorite posts last week was about one of our favorite California beach cities, Venice Beach. On Hilary Style, you’ll find 8 Reasons Venice should Top Your LA List. Hilary includes a little bit of history, great places to eat and shop, and the “must see” sights around town. Her fantastic photos and stunning sunsets brought huge smiles to our faces.
- Oddly enough, Hilary makes an appearance in another of our favorite posts this week, The Garden District in New Orleans should be on everyone’s NOLA Must-See List. Look for her in a picture with Corey from Fifi & Hop, who shows off this beautiful section of the Crescent City. If you’ve never been to New Orleans, or outside of the French Quarter, this post will make you want to book a trip right away!
- There’s a bit of a theme to our favorites this week: Cities. At Kat Pegi Mana, we learned more about a popular Thai city in 3Cs of Chiang Mai: Scenes from the City. We’ve read a lot about the temples and tourist hot spots around Chiang Mai, but Kat shows us some of the cute and quirky things that give the city so much character.
- One more blog to mention: Arthur Avenue: the Real Little Italy of New York drew more comments than any other this post week. That’s the second week in a row this honor has gone to Tanama Tales, and you’ll see why when you read the post. (Spoiler Alert: there’s a lot of delicious Italian food involved!)
As much as we liked those posts, there were two dozen more in the collection! You can find them on the Pinterest board below, or at The Weekly Postcard on TravelLatte.
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.
- When can I comment?
- Whenever you’d like! #TheWeeklyPostcard works best when you comment and share on posts before the next link-up opens. That gives you up to a week, but feel free to add comments and Tweet your favorites anytime. We do ask that you comment on at least three other blogs.
- Anything else?
- You can help spread the word about #TheWeeklyPostcard by tweeting when you share a post, using 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!