Do you mail postcards to friends, collect them yourself or disregard them altogether? Vote in our poll!
I love postcards! I keep some for display or to put in photo albums. I have done something neat before a few of our Disney Cruise or World trips. I get in contact, through message boards, with someone who is cruising or going before we do, and they will send a postcard to the kids "from Mickey" or some other character ... letting the kids know that they can't wait to see them soon. Then I grab some postcards while I am on vacation and will do the same for someone in the future It is a cute way to get kids excited for vacation - and I would probably try to do it for wherever we go next, not just Disney.
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I voted for "I mail them to friends and family," though to be honest, I don't mail as many as I used to. I still try to send some to people I know who really appreciate them, like my grandmother, or when I go someplace really exotic or special. When my mom and I were in Italy, we sent my grandmother a couple of postcards!
I'm with TravelMel on this. years ago, it was the done thing to send all your acquaintances a card, but with the advent of emails, mobile phones etc, it's not too hard to keep in touch- and going on holiday is no longer a once a year treat, to be boasted of (just had a fortnight in Spain, old sport.....oh, you managed a weekend in Blackpool.....? "
Postcards were vital to my parents when they went into a nursing home; I made sure they had at least one picture postcard from me every week, even though I wasn't away- and I encouraged everyone I knew to send them. Otherwise they'd see the postie arrive each morning, and there was nothing for them....
I never bother with them. Postcards are just another hassle. You buy them, you need stamps, need to find a post office and have to take a list of names and addresses with you. Then you have to write all them out. If I need to communicate with anyone in an emergency, I just use email.
Sometimes I'll buy one, if it has a great picture on it, of a place I've visited.
I buy postcards for the awesome churches and historical places in Europe because you just can't get some of the shots that have been professionally photographed. Plus you can rarely get a shot without loads of tourists.
I agree with Newtownsqkitty. There are many great scenes which my little point and shoot camera is not capable of capturing or doing justice to so I buy postcards of those scenes if I can find them. They go in my albums with my travel photos.
The bulletin board over my desk at work is completely plastered with postcards! I have a lot more at home, languishing in a box somewhere (alas). I generally try to mail postcards to my parents while I'm gone, but that's it. As a kid I'd write to all my friends as well, but that's way too many addresses to keep track of...