Monday Escapes 49 - a travel blogging community and linky
Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes 49

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 my turn to host the linky – yay!

Christmas has well and truly arrived in the UK and we’ve been making the most of it with our two girls. Some of our favourite day trips from the past few weeks have been to our local National Trust properties in Devon. Here’s a few snaps I’ve shared on my Instagram account of our visit to Coleton Fishacre for its garden illuminations and to Saltram House for its fairy tale themed decorations.



Now, on to the linky. This will be the last #MondayEscapes of 2017 as we’re going to give you all (and ourselves) a well deserved break on Boxing Day (26 December). Thank you to everyone who has continued to link up with us and who has joined us during the past few months. We wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season. We will return on Monday 2 January.

As always, we are absolutely delighted 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 below). 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 Sarah and Karen to host Monday Escapes. Here’s their top picks from last time:

Wreak diving Fiji: Diving the Raiyawa at Tivua IslandSnorkels to Snow. Sarah said: “Snorkel and Snow’s post about diving in Fiji just blew my mind. Not only is the photography breathtaking, but at times I was holding my breath. This sounds like such a wonderful experience.”

Things to do around Duinrell with toddlersKiddieholidays. Sarah said: “Jo’s post about visiting Duinrell made me want to visit, with gorgeous photos and so many inspiring suggestions.”

Captivating Córdoba, Spain – with kids – Topsy Turvy Tribe. Karen said: “Topsy Turby Tribe’s post about Córdoba with Kids has made me want to visit with mine. I love how she has given loads of top tips and points out that the Spanish really do love children and always try to include them in everything.”

Captivating Cordoba, Spain – with kids – Emma & 3. Karen said: “I love Emma’s review of Lapland UK, proving you can have just as much fun at home as abroad!”



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Our Lonely Planet book winner

Karen and Sarah agreed that their overall favourite post was by Jo at Kiddieholidays. Congratulations Jo! Please get in touch so we can organise your prize.

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 below 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.

• 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 time.

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.

Don’t forget that we’re taking a break on Monday 26 December so will be back again on Monday 2 January.

Tin Box traveller


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