As a travel blogger, the best way to engage with fellow travel bloggers is often thought of as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. But there is another way in which they can interact, get to know one another and support each other. And that is through a link up or linky.
Shortly after I pivoted from the parenting niche to the travel niche, I started learning about linkys. What is a link up/linky I hear you say? Well, a linky is a post which one blogger hosts on their website and invites other bloggers to “link up” their posts under the same post. Some even create a badge that you can put at the end of your post to advertise it to your readers.
They are a great way to discover new blogs, read posts you might ordinarily have missed and are also a great way to connect with other bloggers in the same niche. Link ups are a great place to get noticed for a new blog and to start networking within your chosen niche. Many travel link ups have ceased as a result of the current global climate but they may start back up in the future once travelling becomes safe and accessible again.
I created the #wanderlustkids link up in 2017 and invited other family travel bloggers to share their posts about travelling with kids, whether they were old or new posts. The reason for inviting both old and new posts is because I was just getting my teeth into writing about travel so hadn’t had a chance to read many other travel blogs.
I discovered some great blogs, got to know some family travel bloggers and made some great online friends as a result, some of whom are my friends to this day. And for that I am forever grateful.
Initially, I used to post a short synopsis of the posts linked up, but once it was established I chose my favourite each month, highlighting them. Here are those posts so you can pop over and read them yourself.
Favourite Blog Posts from the Wanderlust Kids Link up
Best Of Western Australia Itinerary For Families (World of Travels with Kids)
Top 10 Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids (Museum Mum)
Four Acorns at the Eiffel Tower (Four Acorns)
Self-Drive Namibia Itinerary with Kids in Tow (Travelynn Family)
On Holidays the Camera Never Lies but the Photographer Sometimes Does (Liberty on the Lighter Side)
Trekking in Nepal with Kids: Ghorepani/Poon Hill with Kids (Travelynn Family)
On Connemara’s Coral Beach (Four Acorns)
The Best Places to Visit in Jaipur for Kids (Travelynn Family)
5 Day Itinerary for Oslo with Kids (Family Can Travel)
Sri Lanka Itinerary with Young Kids (Travelynn Family)
Choosing Wings: Our family gap year and trip around the world (The Family Voyage)
Glamping in Wales: Our highlights from Hidden Valley Yurts (Baby Holiday)
Travel | Mauritius: Gorgeous Water, Amazing Food (High Heels & Fairy Ta0les)
Should You Go to Bangkok with Young Children? (Live, Laugh, Go)