Reasons You Should Start Sending Postcards While Traveling
- May 16, 2018
- by Mark H. Whitmore
Going on vacation is good for you, and science agrees. Sharing the experience can get others in on the fun too. Sending postcards to commemorate a vacation or important phase of life used to be a common practice, but in recent years has fallen by the wayside. Nonetheless, there are all kinds of reasons to still be sending postcards, which we will delve into below.
When it doesn’t involve a bill or advertisement for something they don’t care about, getting personalized mail is fun for people. Opening up a letter from someone you care about harkens back to a feeling of opening Christmas presents as a child. It also lets someone know you really care about them in a way that a mere text message or email couldn’t convey.
Free postcards are all over the place. In most major cities, you can find all the postcards you could ever dream of within a block or two. If you are staying at a resort, many affordable vacation packages have all manner of souvenirs and accoutrements on the premises without even having to venture into town to get them. There are also options created for the whole family in mind at family friendly resorts.
Postcards are among the least expensive things that money can buy. They are generally around one dollar, but may sometimes go up if you are around historical landmarks or other tourist hotspots. If you consider yourself a DIY person, you can also use an app like MyPostcard, which allows you to make one anywhere for free.
Sure, you might find a nice lamp in France or a rocking chair in England, but traveling with a bunch of mementos with spatial requirements can turn good trips and good postures into bad ones. On the flip side, postcards take up next to no space and weigh nothing.
Of course there are social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp to stay in touch with faraway loved ones, but there is an unmistakable quality to the humble postcard. Physical objects are important to us. When you have the ability to touch something, it engages more of our senses and in turn makes us attach more significance to it.
Postcards enhance connection with a place in a special way. If you receive a card from someone having a good time in a place you’ve never been, naturally you will want to emulate the experience in some way. It’s easy to get locked in your own small world of the same faces and places, but getting a postcard opens your mind to the possibilities of all the things you have yet to experience. In other words, postcards inspire us to do more, live more, and see more.
Not even a gifted wordsmith or renowned author can describe the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu or Roman architecture the way a simple photo can. The visual representation of a picture does something that words simply cannot, while the rustic nature of the postcard adds a special ingredient of its own.
Whether it’s putting them on your wall or making a scrapbook out of them, postcards have all kinds of uses. They are reminders of fun travels, people, and memories that made us who we are. Finding an old postcard from a bygone era of your life can exhilarate you in a way that words simply cannot do justice.
Many people scrapbook with postcards to immortalize their experiences. If Instagram seems too unsubstantive and artificial to you, there are plenty of resources online to aid on your scrapbooking endeavors.
Let’s face it – not all postcards need to be saved and cherished forever. And perhaps getting too many from the same person can seem less like a friendly memento and more like rubbing the life you wish you had in your face. Thankfully, they’re easy on the environment once they’ve served their purpose and are ready to be disposed of.
If you’re able to think outside the box, many things can be repurposed and begin new life as a postcard. If you are experiencing a particularly striking autumn during your stay, you can press a leaf, reinforce it with some paper, scribble a note on it and send it away. It’s easy, fun, and can be a fun way to stretch your creative limits.
Instagram and Facebook is fine, but they remain subject to the unreliability of electronics. Pictures can also be deleted or lost when a device breaks. On the other hand, a postcard cannot be deleted. A well-done scrapbook with meaningful messages can not only stand the test of time, but can become an heirloom for future generations.
Postcards are artifacts to mark special times in our lives. They elicit profound emotion and engage our senses in a unique way. This is why they still exist at all in the era of social media – they have earned a place in human culture that is likely to never be replaced.
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