Monday Escapes 30/01/17
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 Sarah and Karen to host the linky. Hop on over to Sarah’s blog where you’ll find the InLinkz tool to add your travel-related posts, old and new.
Before we go any further can I remind you to check the notes below about how to join in with Monday Escapes. In particular, please make sure you’re adding the badge or a link back to one of the hosts and comment on this weeks’ host posts and at least two others. Linkys work best when we all share the love.
Right, back to the fun stuff! The weekend before last we went on our first short break of 2017. I’ve linked up a post about our weekend in Surrey but here’s a sneak preview of where we stayed at Bel & The Dragon in Churt.
We’re in the Surrey Hills for our first weekend break of 2017. How beautiful is our family suite at the Bel & The Dragon in Churt? The girls love their bunk room and I’m a little obsessed by the roll top bath. It’s such a family-friendly place to stay. Even the cosy bar and restaurant have children’s books in among the classics on the shelves. There’s also plenty to do in the area. More on our sightseeing another time. Do you have any mini-breaks planned? #ad #belanddragon #surreyhills
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 Extraordinary Chaos). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!
This fortnight’s featured Monday Escapes posts
Two weeks ago it was the turn of Lisa and I to host Monday Escapes. Here’s our top picks from last time:
10 tried and tested tips for flying with infants and toddlers by Flip Flop Globetrotters – Lisa said: “Lisa shares her expert tried and tested tips after 10 months of travel, 25 flights and 32,645 miles with her young son.”
How to find the best hotel in Paris by TravelLatte – Lisa said: “Love TravelLatte’s guide to finding the best hotel in Paris. As someone who always finds it an absolute nightmare to select a hotel, particularly when booking a city break, I think starting a hotel search with an itinerary followed by budget, style and reviews makes complete sense.”
Historical travel with kids: 12 must-see sites in Europe by ExPitterPattica – Claire said: “Expitterpattica’s post was really inspiring. She has continued to see some of Europe’s iconic sights after starting a family and has great tips for instilling wanderlust in children from a young age.”
Finding exotic destinations in France by Dais Like These – Claire said: “Dais Like These’s collection of exotic spots in France was fantastic. They looked more like places you’d find in the Caribbean. It’s made me think differently about a holiday across the Channel.”
Our Lonely Planet book winner
Find out with was our overall favourite post and the winner of out Lonely Planet book over on Sarah’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 Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos.