Do travellers still send postcards?

In: Writing & Speaking

10 Mar 2013

I used to love getting postcards through the letterbox as a child. It was one of my first childhood memories and I got excited seeing postcards. A shiny, colourful postcard will always be more exciting to a child than a brown or white envelope coming through the post.

That postcard was from possibly Holland or maybe London, I can’t remember exactly but I kept it. Postacrds are the best and ultimate travel souvenir! Postcards tell a journey for themselves. These days getting an e-mail or a photo from a friend travelling will never mean as much as getting a postcard, which has been on a travel journey of its own. Hopefully postcard writing and sending is not becoming a forgotten art.

Last time I was in my homeland with family I checked out the postcard collection that I had sent them. I was amazed that it has now reached well over 100 postcards from over 50 different countries.

These postcards have been bought, written and posted from all seven continents – yes I even found a postbox at Port Lockroy in Antarctica! All the postcards detail where I was, what I did and showed a picture and a stamp. Arrival of my postcards to my family’s home is the completion of a crazy journey.

From a very cold chilly hut in the British Antarctic Base of Port Lockroy I bought, wrote and posted postcards. From the world’s coldest continent all the way to Northern Ireland in the northern hemisphere, this is a great journey for a bit of card, miles from the world of internet and mobile phones.

Perhaps the younger travellers amongst us even wonder why anyone would bother sending a postcard, when you can just e-mail. Well it’s the story of the postcard that does it for me!!

Find the difference

1. E-mail: E-mail v postcard. So I logged onto the internet and sent a quick e-mail.

2. Postcards: Postcards v. e-mails? A postcard is physical and real – it was bought in a shop on holiday, written by a beach and then posted in a town. You didn’t even need internet.

what one would you prefer to get?

Don’t forget on your next trip you should send a postcard! A physical present. Sending postcards to friends and family really puts a smile on their faces and means a lot more to people than an e-mail.

I love postcards, don’t stop buying them, don’t stop writing them, don’t stop posting them and Don’t Stop Living!

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