Monday Escapes 16/01/17
Hello happy travel fans and welcome to Monday Escapes with Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Karen at Mini Travellers, Lisa at Travel Loving Family and myself, Claire. This week it’s the turn of Lisa and I to host the linky. Hop on over to Lisa’s blog where you’ll find the InLinkz tool to add your travel-related posts, old and new.
Since last time, we’ve been exploring locally and enjoying a bit of time catching up with family. One of our days out was to Saltram House and Gardens – a National Trust property about an hour away near Plymouth.
She may only be small but she tried her very hardest to help us build a den in the garden at Saltram near Plymouth at the weekend. Tin Box Baby is very determined now but I wonder if she will soon be playing foreman with her big sister while the adults do the heavy lifting! Do your kids enjoy building dens in the woods? #NationalTrust #Saltram #SouthDevon
Now we’re looking forward to our first mini-break of the year to Surrey. Keep an eye on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles to find out about the lovely place we’re staying and what we get up to.
Today I’m linking up a review of our Christmas stay at Bosinver Farm Cottages in Cornwall (I’d love it if you’d also check out the embedded YouTube video). Lisa is sharing a collaborative post with plenty of travel inspiration for the year ahead. Karen is sharing a review of St Mawes Retreats in Cornwall and an amazing competition to win a break there. And Sarah is sharing a walk around Ludwigsburg Palace from her recent trip to Germany.
Now, on to the linky. We are absolutely thrilled to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the week either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range (See T&C’s on Travel Loving Family). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!
This fortnight’s featured Monday Escapes posts
Two weeks ago it was the turn Karen and Sarah to host Monday Escapes. Here’s their top picks from last time:
Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Flight with Papillon Helicopters by The Curious Pixie. Sarah said “Sima’s Grand Canyon Experience made me relive our incredible trip five years ago, so much so I want to go back to Vegas and do it all again.”
Idyllic day trip to Nara: Things to see and do by Travel with Nano B. Sarah loved Nano’s gorgeous pictures in this post.
A brilliant weekend exploring Berlin by Charly at POD Travels. Karen said: “I love this sunny blue skies post from Charly about Berlin, she’s definitely made me add Berlin to my list.”
Seven Cities with Child Friendly Cycle Routes for Family Cycling by Just Go Places. Karen said: “I also love this post of seven child friendly cycling routes and I have my eye on the one in Barcelona.”
Our Lonely Planet book winner
Find out with was our overall favourite post and the winner of out Lonely Planet book over on Lisa’s blog.
Now, on to this time’s Monday Escapes. If you haven’t joined in before, welcome! We can’t wait to get to know you and be inspired by your travels. Here’s how to get involved:
What is Monday Escapes?
Monday Escapes is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others. It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.
So how do you join in?
• Link up with one post/photo – old or new.
• Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post on your site or a link back to the hosts. You can grab the badge or code below.
• Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad wherever you are in the world.
• Comment on posts by the two co-hosts and at least two others. Blog hops only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great! In return, your fortnightly hosts promise to comment on each blog post between them as well as sharing your post on Twitter and Pinterest.
What’s in it for you?
The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post and/or hashtagged Instagram posts featured on all four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. As if that’s not enough you are also in with a chance of winning our fortnightly competition with our sponsor Lonely Planet.
Our number one favourite post of the fortnight will win a Lonely Planet destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. How great is that?! (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).
Let’s get linking
Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the pairs of hosts, and will be open Monday to Wednesday of the first week. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos, and choosing our photos of the fortnight via Instagram. There is also a Monday Escapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.
Link up your posts with Lisa at Travel Loving Family.