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Do travellers still send postcards?

By Jonny Blair

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.

When I visited family last I found my travelling postcard collection - the collection now contains over 100 postcards from over 50 countries. Amazing journeys for these bits of card.

All bought in various shops across all seven continents (yes, I bought and posted a postcard when I was in Antarctica!), then written with details about what I did there at the time, then a stamp is put on them, then I find a post office or postbox and post them. Then the completion of the journey when my family receive the postcard. What an amazing 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!

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. Postcard: Postcard v. e-mail? A real life physical postcard is bought, written and posted. You don't even need internet access!

Which one would you rather receive?

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.

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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