Monday Escapes 47
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. Thank so much for joining us. This week we have some exciting news about a new sponsor for Monday Escapes. Check out Lisa’s post for more details and to link up. I’ve just got back from a long weekend in Swansea, South Wales, and have so much to write about in the coming weeks. Here’s a rare family photo taken during a tour of Oystermouth Castle in Mumbles. It’s a Norman fortification that has amazing views across Swansea Bay and it was a great privilege to find out some of its history.
Before Wales I was in London for my first World Travel Market. One word: epic! I’ve got a stack of business cards and people to email, but I’m not quite sure where to start. Apart from the business of meeting with travel brands, it was brilliant to meet up with the Monday Escapes team and some of you wonderful people who link up every fortnight. If you went, I hope you had as good an event as we did!
Now, on to the linky. Two weeks ago it was the turn of Sarah and Karen to host Monday Escapes and we had 33 inspirational travel posts linked up. Thank you to everyone who took part. This week the linky is being hosted by Lisa at Travel Loving Family. I’m linking up Discovering The Lost Gardens of Heligan with children, Sarah is linking A Champagne Cruise at Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond and Karen in linking Amathus Beach Hotel, Limassol for a family holiday
This fortnight’s featured Monday Escapes posts
One of the best and worst jobs of hosting is picking a few favourites to share. There were so many fantastic posts and Instagram pictures. Here are Sarah and Karen’s picks from last time: A Moroccan Roadtrip Across the Atlas Mountains by Man Vs Globe – Karen says: “This is something I have always wanted to do so I loved reading this post about Becky and Dave’s trip across the Atlas Mountains.” Helvellyn 10 Miles Circular Route by The Helpful Hiker – Karen says: “In contrast to the heat of the Atlas Mountains I also really enjoyed this post about a misty wet hike up to Helvellyn.” Review Part 1 – Universal Orlando Resort, travel with Virgin Holidays and Arrival at Cabana Bay Beach Resort by Parent Shaped – Sarah says: “I love Penny’s Universal post. As an Orlando lover the retro styling of this hotel really made me want to visit.” Top 5 Things to do in Morocco by Travelsewhere – Sarah says: “David’s post made me want to visit Morocco and explore the Blue City of Chefchaouen.” @BumbleBeeMum
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 to 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. • If you tweet any of us your links to @tinboxtraveller, @travellovinfam, @sarahjchristie or @minitravellers please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet. • Similarly, if you want to show off your photos on Instagram using #MondayEscapes, we will show those photos some love and pick our favourites to include in the Monday Escapes post on each of our blogs next fortnight.
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. How great is that?! As if that’s not enough you are also in with a chance of winning our fortnightly competition with our new sponsor. Remember to check out Lisa’s post for full details.
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 with Lisa at Travel Loving Family.