We always talk about how in the digital age we headed for a paperless society. Therefore, we can say goodbye to postcards.
And yet, people still prefer postcards to Facebook, according to studies.
Unlike a Facebook message or an email, writing and sending a postcard takes time and effort. That’s why it’s such a great way of reaching out to your loved ones when you’re on vacation or traveling.
Are you just a bit rusty after too much time sending texts? Or instead, have you never sent a postcard before?
Read below for our guide on how to mail a postcard.
Step 1. Buy a Postcard
You can get your hands on a postcard almost anywhere.
It’s important to find a picture which reflects your experience. This way you give the receiver a taste of your time and place.
You can also create your own postcard. This can be achieved either via an online postcard maker or you can make one yourself.
Step 2. Buy a Stamp
A postage stamp is essential to mail your postcard. The cost of the stamp depends on the destination, usually the further in distance, the more expensive the stamp.
For example, domestic stamps are less than international stamps. You may receive a stamp which can be used for multiple destinations/countries. Other stamps are specific to a particular country/destination.
Some destinations may require more than a single stamp. You need to check with the post office or search on the internet for more information.
Stamps are available in the post office, but also many countries (including in the U.S.) have stamps available in gas stations, supermarkets, and convenience stores.
It’s also important to be aware that the price of stamps changes over time. If you have an old stamp, it may no longer be valid.
Step 3. Attach Stamp to the Postcard
The stamp needs to be attached to the top-right corner of the back of the postcard. Normally, the postcard includes an outline indicating where the stamp should be placed. Make sure it is upright.
The stamp could be either self-adhesive or needs to be moisturized. If you need to moisten the stamp, then you can either lick it or wet your fingers and apply to the back of the stamp.
It’s important to attach the stamp before you write your message or the address. This is because you don’t want to cover over the message or address with the stamp after.
Step 4. Include the Address
Normally the postcard will indicate where to write the receiver’s address (and also the sender’s address) should be written with horizontal lines.
This is usually the right-hand side of the postcard. You can also include the sender’s address underneath in the bottom-right corner.
However, this is not necessary unless you expect the receiver to reply to your postcard. For example, if you’re traveling, you probably don’t need to include the sender’s address.
If you’re sending your postcard across international borders, then make sure you include the country name on the address.
Step 5. Write Your Message
That’s the boring stuff over with. Now it’s time to write your message.
You can include a memory on the back of your card which recalls a recent experience on your vacation or traveling trip. Your family and friends back home are probably eager to hear about your time away.
You may also let the receiver know that you’re thinking about them. Since the postcard probably won’t be responded to, you can include messages like: “I hope you’re doing well” rather than asking: “how are you doing?”.
However, keep it brief or you’ll quickly run out of space to write the message. Remember, just sending a postcard shows you care, you don’t have to write an essay too.
Send 6. Mail the Postcard
You can usually mail your postcard in the public mail drop box or at the post office. Keep an eye out for mailboxes in office and community buildings. You may also be able to hand your postcard into your hotel reception to mail on your behalf.
If you can’t find anywhere to mail your postcard, then you can either search online for mailbox locations or ask a local.
Check before you mail the postcard that you have included the right number and type of stamp for the destination. Also, make sure the address is correct and clearly displayed.
Then, you can go ahead and mail the postcard. If you’re in the same country, the postcard may arrive between a few days and a week.
However, if you’re mailing the postcard from abroad, you need to allow for up to two to three weeks.
If you’re concerned about whether the receiver gets your postcard on time, then you can track the delivery of your postcard. Find out more about this service with this company.
How to Mail a Postcard
Many of us have forgotten the art of writing and sending postcards to loved ones on our travels.
However, nowadays a text message or a Facebook post doesn’t quite feel quite as warm and thoughtful as the real thing. If you want to go the old-fashioned way while you’re away on vacation, then follow our guide on how to mail a postcard.
You’ll discover the receiver is more than delighted to get a touch of history in the post with a heartfelt message and a pretty picture.
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