The Power of Handwritten Postcards and Letters When You Travel
Do you ever think of the power of handwritten postcards when you travel? No? Well, I know that I don’t, but Jo does.
When you’re getting ready to travel, there’s a million things on your mind. You have to think about what you need to pack, how much money you’ll need once you get to your destination and how you’re going to spend your time. Some people bring cameras from home, and others use their phones to document their journey.
Pictures are a good way to share your experiences with others, but when you travel, there’s nothing quite like sending a letter or a postcard. This practice was much more common before social media became widely available, but it shouldn’t be forgotten. Posting a status or sending an instant message gives you instant communication, which is a great tool to have, but have you ever considered just how much writing a letter or postcard means to the person who receives it?
Sending handwritten mail is swinging back around into popularity, and for good reason. There’s something personal and touching about opening a letter someone wrote for you. Read up on why you should get back into sending people mail while you travel, and then maybe get some stamps while you’re out on your next grocery run.
Why We Like Them
There’s an unspoken rule that getting a letter in the mail has a different level of care to it than opening an email. Letters are more personal, and can also give a brief touch of nostalgia. When you travel, you get to write memories out in the moment for people to feel like they’re experiencing the travel with you.
Another great thing about letters is that you can keep them forever. Sure, you can keep online communication too, but letters can be saved in a shoebox and easily reached later when you want to relive a memory. Sending someone a letter about your travel will allow them to go back and remember how you took the time to write out your experiences, and they can hold that love in their hands.
Letter Writing Is Popular
The affection and nostalgia that comes across with handwritten mail isn’t the only reason people still drop envelopes off in a post office. Letters and post cards can be personalized exactly the way you like them. Online templates have limitations, but designing a card by hand doesn’t.
One of the biggest problems that comes with writing a letter while you travel is that you want to not only decorate your message, but also record every detail. What makes the content of letters great is not only the detail you put in it, but the focus you have in your writing. Basically, don’t ramble in your letters. Keep your letter concise and people will have been to receive it.
How Handwritten Mail Makes a Great Gift
Postcards give a picture and story from another place. They show that you were thinking about whoever you want to send it to while you were traveling, which means more than just contacting them during your daily routine.
What really makes them a great gift is how they look, and your handwriting has a lot to do with that. Nobody likes to have to decipher messy handwriting, so when you send a postcard or a letter, add a little flare to your lettering. There are tips on how to make your handwriting look clean and fun online, so you can send your letter off and know that it’ll be read with ease.
When to Send A Letter Or Card
There are certain occasions in life when you know you’re supposed to mail someone a card or a letter. Holidays and birthdays are the easy ones to assume, and it’s good to send loved ones cards when you’re traveling. There are other occasions when sending a card is important, too. For example, a little known fact is that it’s also a good idea to send a thank you card to potential employers after you’re interviewed.
A problem that comes up with sending cards is not knowing where or when to find them, which is why cards can be purchased online and provide more of a variety to choose from. Find a way to get cards that works best for you (especially when you’re traveling), and then start sending them out!
Writing letters and sending postcards while you’re traveling may seem like a lost art, but mailing handwritten notes is still popular because of things like impressing employers after an interview or trying out your skills in hand lettering. Next time you plan a vacation, bring along some letter writing material, or keep an eye out for a neat postcard once you get to your destination. The people who receive your mail will feel extra loved, and you’ll get the satisfaction of mailing off a memory.
Kacey, the author of Power of Handwritten Postcards, is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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