There's something really special about the feeling of dropping a postcard into a mail slot and knowing that it'll go on a journey all of its own to finally make it back to loved ones and put a smile on their face. It's so special that I am admittedly a little addicted to it. I don't remember the last trip I went on when I didn't carry out the ritual of posting a card home at least once. This blog post is all about what exactly I love about postcards and the primary reasons of why I still send them in a digital age where the mail is mainly used to deliver bills and parcels.
For the love of postcards!
Postcards have done the rounds and I'm not just talking about them flying all over the world. They've gone from being the only way to communicate with home about your travels to a novelty for children to an out-dated, almost dorky thing to send and back to a wonderful joy for both those who send and who receive them. At least that's how I see them.
I love that they are such a little snapshot in time. You write them in a moment while the thrill of adventure and new things is fresh in your mind and then send them off into the world hoping, but never knowing for sure, that they will make it to the correct address. I love to every now and then get out the ones that I've sent to my mum and dad or to my nan and read them again, remembering that moment when I wrote them and how I felt at the time (maybe I should start writing them to myself too)!
What a cheap souvenir!
In 2014, Big Sis and I went to the United States and we bought souvenirs for just about all our family and close friends. That ended up meaning that we had a lot of stuff to bring home with us (lucky I try to leave at the very least a third of my suitcase empty when I pack at the start of a trip) and it also meant it cost us literally hundreds of dollars. I guess we got a little caught up in all the cool merchandise and souvenirs available.
Anyway, the point is if you want to give someone at home a memento of your trip then a postcard and a stamp for a couple of dollars each is a great, cheap way to do just that!
I often buy postcards for myself as a keepsake, simply so I have a nice picture and because there is more often than not some really good information on them.
Share the joy!
A little effort goes a long way. Probably the main reason I do this is to share the joy of travel and put a smile on someone's face. There isn't one person I have sent a postcard to that hasn't told me when I got home how excited they were to receive it, that it made them smile and that they loved reading about what adventures we'd been on.
And it always pleases me to see one of my cards proudly displayed upon someone's fridge when I go to their house.
Time is of the essence!
So how do you make time without taking up time on your trip to mail postcards. Now, as has been illustrated above, I love postcards but that doesn't mean that I haven't had times when I couldn't find a post office to buy stamps or a post box to mail them in and this has frustrated me to no end!
So here are a few tips to help ease the angst and increase the joy:
But what will I write?!
You're travelling the world, I'm sure you can think of something! But if you are unsure of where to begin here are a few things to consider:
The most important thing to remember is that sending postcards is a simple and fun way to share your adventures with friends and family.
Do you send postcards when you travel?
If so, what kind of things do you write?
If not, let me know if you think you will try it out now.