Writing and Sending Postcards. A Lost Art?

Postcard from Metsovo, Greece
Postcard from Metsovo, Greece

I received something really special in the mail yesterday. A postcard from Metsovo, Greece. Fellow travelers Paula and Keith, who I met in 2004 during a travel writing workshop in Key West, are in Europe for another summer and they generously offered to send postcards to friends.

What I love about this card is that Paula thoughtfully shared some of their culinary adventures while in Metsovo. Reading it was like sitting down with her and listening as she recounted one of her many travel tales.

I love browsing through old postcards at flea markets and thrift shops. Reading them provides an almost voyeuristic look into an unknown person’s life. Back in the good old days, people seemed to take the time and share what they were experiencing on vacations or express how much they missed the card recipient.

In the 21st century, it seems as though the art of writing a thoughtful message and mailing a postcard during a journey is a lost art.  Facebook, text messaging, emails and other digital media channels keep us easily connected when we’re on the road and perhaps we don’t feel the need to send postcards. Not sure about you but opening my mailbox and finding a postcard with a pretty image from a far off place sent by someone who cares about me is a pretty groovy thing. It definitely beats those credit card offers.

Note: My parents are great about sending postcards from their trips.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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