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
If there is one universal truth, it is this: There is never enough time.
We’ve all said this. Jim Croce even sang about this. And so far in 2018, we’ve lived it. There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do…
Between trade shows and travels, house work and work work, presentations, life occasions, and the occasional palpitations, we have managed to keep busy. Too busy, in fact, to do the things we want to do. We haven’t had the time to read as many travel blogs as we’d like, let alone comment on them. Our own blog posts are sitting in draft. And plans for upcoming travels are not getting planned. We know… #firstworldproblems.
However, the travel bloggers participating in The Weekly Postcard have been super productive! While we’ve been impressed by everyone’s posts (and time management skills!), we’ve picked out a few favorites to share: Two from our co-hosts, and two from longtime contributors. We hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have!
A Few of our Faves
- Our co-host Lorelei, the California Globetrotter, regularly gives us a bad case of wanderlust. Last week was no exception. Her 15 Essential Things to See in Bratislava made our hearts go pitter-patter! (The café below may have something to do with that.) We just pinned her post and added all of it to our Bucket List!
- We were excited to get back to Europe after Lorelei’s post. Then we saw Obidos, Portucal: the Wedding Gift Town from our cohosts at Two Traveling Texans! Oh my…more pictures to make us Wow-Out-Loud! A Medieval market, city walls, and a castle hotel? Yes, please! We loved reading about this charming Portuguese town that makes a great side trip from Lisbon.
- Turns out, Portugal is sort of like potato chips: Once you start, it’s hard to stop! We indulged in a second round with Travelsewhere’s great post, Boost Your Visit with These Special Porto Tips. We love that this isn’t a typical story about the must-see sights. Instead, David drops a half-dozen hints to take your trip to Porto, already a tourism powerhouse, to the next level. No spoilers, but you’ll definitely want to check his hints on getting the perfect sunset shots.
- We don’t usually pick four faves, but we couldn’t help ourselves. One more bucket list trip for us would be to Japan. You’ve probably heard, like we have, that it can get pretty expensive. That’s why we loved 5 Free Things to do in Kyoto with Kids on The World is a Book! Don’t let the title fool you – these are not juvenile diversions! Sure, the kids will love these tips, but every single one of them is something we want to do – sans children!
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!