I have found a new way of armchair travelling. A website called Postcrossing.com has revived an old tradition, the postcard. I am enjoying it.
Someone once gave me a travel-writing tip, “Send yourself a postcard”. When I am abroad, I buy a postcard. I write a message recording my immediate impressions of a place, address it to myself at home and post it. I always sign off with “Wish you were here”. It is a delight to receive the postcard when I get home. It reminds me of my first reactions to a place and the “Wish you were here” is strangely pleasing.
But, back to my discovery, Postcrossing.com. It is simple and free to sign up. You upload your address and a little information about yourself to the site. You have an initial allowance of five postcards to send.
It’s best then to buy a small supply of postcards of your home town and some stamps, £1.35 is standard airmail postage for cards in the
Then you say you would like to send a postcard. You will be given a name and address
and a reference number. United Kingdom
Send off a few postcards. When they reach your correspondents, they register the number on the site. You will be told it has arrived and there is often a short message of thanks.
Most importantly, registration triggers the site to give your address to someone else and soon you will receive a nice postcard from somewhere random in the World.Here is a diagram from the site showing how it all works.
I have been on the site for a couple of months and already I have a collection of colourful and interesting cards.