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.
The first postcard I got came from London, or Holland and I kept it as a souvenir. The journey of a postcard is the classic travellers souvenir. Postcards have been on a journey, however an e-mail has not. Let’s hope the art of postcard writing and sending continues as we have now entered a very digital age.
The last time I visited my family I sought out my travelling postcard collection that I had sent them – mostly to my youngest brother. The collection has now amassed postcards from over 50 countries – hundreds of postcards.
All the postcards were bought, then written and finally posted from various towns, cities and postboxes from all seven continents. Can you believe I even posted a postcard in Antarctica? They are all a unique one time live story of my travels on a piece of card, arrival at my family’s home ends their remarkable journey.
One of the most pleasing things for me was buying, writing and posting a postcard at Port Lockroy in Antarctica in a cold hut, where there was thankfully NO mobile phones, NO internet and certainly NO other way to send home my special travel memory!
I bet there are young travellers out there wondering why people still send postcards when you can do everything quicker and easier on e-mail. But it’s the story of the postcard that does it for me.
Find the difference
1. E-mails: E-mails v postcards. On my travels I logged onto the internet and sent an e-mail.
2. A postcard: Postcard v e-mail? I bought, wrote and posted this one in Port Lockroy in Antarctica. Thankfully there was no internet around.
so postcards or e-mails – what would you rather have?
Just a bit of a thought for you next time you travel. Send a postcard!! My girlfriend has sent me a postcard from over 15 countries, that means more to me than any e-mail…I hope my postcards to her and to my family mean as much to them.
Postcards are great – keep writing and posting them everywhere you go!
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