One of my first travel memories was seeing a postcard come through our letterbox when I was a child in Bangor, Northern Ireland. As a kid, you ignore those boring brown or white envelopes and you are intrigued by colour so the postcard that arrived in the post caught my eye. [I:https://www.papublishing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/JonnyBlair30.png]
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.
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.
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.
In a cold hut in Port Lockroy in Antarctica I was able to buy, write and post a postcard from the world’s coldest continent all the way to Northern Ireland in the UK. What an amazing travel journey and memory I thought in a world bereft of 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!!
What’s 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.
Postcards are great – keep writing and posting them everywhere you go!