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Are postcards a lost art?

As a child I loved getting postcards and I used to love it. Something colour and from a different land arriving through the letterbox was always more appealing than a brown or white envelope.

It was either a postcard from the Netherlands or from London, but I told my Mum I wanted to keep it. For me a postcard is the ultimate travel souvenir. A postcard itself is a journey. It means little or nothing to get an e-mail with a photo on it when you compare it with the journey of a postcard. I fear it’s becoming a forgotten art, hence why I still send my family a postcard from EVERY single new place I go.

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.

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.

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.

Spot 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.

Which one would you rather receive?

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.

Don’t let postcards become a lost art – keep writing them and posting them from all over the world!

To read further stuff like Lost art of postcards visit Jonny Blair’s hugely resourceful website Lifestyle of travel for further travel stories and advice.