Ashley Muir Bruhn of Hither & Thither shares one of her favorite methods of sending a momento from her travels: via apps that send the postcard for you.
At some point during every vacation, I find myself pausing to spin the racks of glossy postcards that sit next to umbrellas and beach towels. I think about all of those hours I used to spend composing little “wish you here” greetings for friends back home—before the days of Instagram—and sometimes I even buy a few cards with the intention of doing this again.
But then I realize I only have their email addresses. And the cards remain unsent, tucked in the fold of a pored-over magazine for me to discover another day—often with an almost forgotten anecdote and strip of unused (and now unusable) postage.
Should you actually want your message to make it into the hands (or onto the fridge) of the intended, consider an app that sends postcards from your smartphone. They handle everything from printing and posting your snapshot to delivering it by snail mail.
Here are some apps you can download right now:
Postcardly (free app; iOS only; $4.99 for five in U.S./$1.98 international)
The perk: Full frame photos can be sent from PCs as well as phones.
Postagram (free app; iOS and Android; $0.99 U.S./$4.99 international)
The perk: Perforated 3×3 image pop-out.
Storyboarder (free app; iOS only; $1.99 U.S./$4.98 international)
The perk: You can use multiple images, and can choose from 12 collage layouts.
Touchnote (free app; iOS and Android; $1.49)
The perk: You can send from your phone or PC. Offices in four countries means one price worldwide.
Postcard on the Run (free app; iOS and Android; from $2.49)
The perk: They’ll retrieve addresses for you, and there’s an option to add companion video with a QR code or URL.
Postino (free app; iOS only; $1.99 U.S./$4.98 international)
The perk: You can sign your name or let your kids draw a picture on the card with your phone screen, as well as add a GPS location.
The only catch? You still need your friends’ home addresses.
NB: These are all single-card prices, but many of the sites have discounts if you buy in bulk.
SOURCE: CONDE NAST TRAVELER