Postcards are underrated. When receiving a postcard comes to mind, I immediately think of “Hello from_____” cards from family. That hasn’t changed much, but a website called Postcrossing is setting out to expand how we use and receive postcards.
Maybe you remember when you had the opportunity to sign up for a pen pal when you were younger. The excitement when that first letter showed up in your mailbox was unparalleled. As you get older (and busier) sustaining that kind of writing relationship becomes difficult. But what if you don’t want to give it up? Postcrossing is like a pen pal for the short attention span.
It’s easy enough to get involved. You just create a log-in (free) and start sending postcards. Yes, you do have to put in your address (otherwise how would you get postcards?), but some choose to use a P.O. box instead of their home address. After that it’s really quite self-explanatory; for every postcard you send, you receive one. In just over a month, I’ve gotten postcards from China, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Russia, and Norway. You control the pace of how many postcards you send and receive and read comments from the people who’ve received your postcards. The beauty of it all: You send one short postcard to one person at a time, sure you can elect to do “direct swaps” (sustaining a writing relationship with one person for longer periods of time) but you don’t have to. And if you’re like me and your biggest concern is the language barrier? Not to worry, when you fill in your language in your Postcrossing profile, they match you up with others who can read and understand your language.
So if you’re looking to see the world at the cost of a postage stamp, this may be perfect for you (I know I love it)! With over 300,000 members in 206 countries mailing over 800 postcards an HOUR. There’s bound to be some amazing and fun postcards and stories in the works. As a little taste, here are some of my favorite cards:
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