Sometimes, we’re at a loss for words when it comes to putting pen to paper. If you’re looking for ideas for what to write on a postcard, we have plenty for you.
First, a little story: When I was a kid, my grandparents traveled the world. The Czech Republic. Belgium. China. Japan. Switzerland. The Philippines. On each trip, they brought my siblings and I gifts—leather backpacks, marionettes, Belgian chocolate—all of which we savored. But while they were out on their far-flung adventures, they mailed out postcards—hundreds, from countries scattered across the globe.
Often, we didn’t receive the postcards until my grandparents had returned stateside, thanks to the sluggishness of the mail system, but that didn’t matter. Receiving those colorful bits of mail with our grandparents’ handwriting scrawled on the back was still exciting.
My grandparents have been gone a few years now (and, no, not to Canada or Iceland). So, last week, at my parents’ house, I was digging through an old box of childhood treasures, and a postcard from Belgium slipped out.
No mail is insignificant. And, when you’re looking for something to send a friend or family member, remind yourself that a postcard will become a precious keepsake. Here are some postcard ideas to get the inspiration juices flowing. And if you’re looking for postcards to stock up on: You guessed it, we have plenty.
How to address a postcard:
- Write the recipient’s address on the right side of the postcard’s back.
- Add the stamp to the upper right side, making sure you use the correct postage.
- Write your message on the left-hand side of the postcard.
- Add a return address, just in case the card is undeliverable.
What to write on a postcard:
- Give the recipient a peek into your day or trip. We’re having a wonderful time in Cape Cod. The beaches are lovely; the weather is cool.
- Reminisce about the recipient. As much fun as our trip has been, I’ve been thinking about you and your brother, and can’t wait to get home and show you all the photos of our adventures!
- Include an interesting tidbit or fact. We took a ghost tour of New Orleans. Did you know that it’s one of the most haunted cities in the world?
- Add the date. Years from now, when the recipient pulls that postcard out of a box (like I did), having the date on it will be a wonderful reminder of that time.
- Jot down tips for future travelers. Write a postcard highlighting the pros and cons of your destination, must-see destinations, and restaurant recommendations.
- Share a news headline from your current destination! This will give an accurate and interesting perspective into your travels. News headlines will also be exciting to look back on in the future and remember current events of the time.
- Send inspiration. Share an insightful quote, song lyrics, or a poem that you think may inspire the recipient of your postcard.
- Paint a picture. Describe your current view in detail to give a real-time account of where you were when writing the postcard.
- Culinary experiences are such a huge part of traveling. Use your postcard as a space to review or delightfully describe your favorite meal
- A picture can be worth a thousand words. If you really can’t find the right words to say, use the back of your postcard to sketch a picture of your experience.
Now, go out on your adventures, whether it’s to another state or another country, and mail out postcards to those loved ones!