How to Send Real Postcards from Your Phone
Up until a few years ago, one thing was certain when I traveled: I’d always send a postcard to my family members. These days sending postcards the old fashion way is nothing but a hassle. First, you have to find a store or stand that sells them (which isn’t always easy anymore). Even more difficult is the fact that you have to find a post office, go when it’s open and usually, wait in a slow-moving line. Finally, you have to wait and find out how long the cards take to be delivered. Depending on the country you send from, it could take north of three weeks—and multiple times, mine have never even arrived.
Fast forward to the digital age where everything is quicker, easier and cheaper. Now when I want to send a postcard I whip out my phone and log into the Postagram app (available for Android and iOS). To send a real, custom postcard with Postagram, I just pick a photo(s) from my camera roll, Instagram or Facebook, or even take one through the app, and then choose who I want to send it to and pay. If I have the addresses already stored in my contacts, and my credit card on file, it literally takes seconds.
You can mail Postagrams to anyone in the world. Delivery anywhere in the US costs 99 cents, and it’s $1.99 for addresses outside of the US (price includes postage). For the US, Europe and Canada delivery takes only 2-5 business days. Other international destinations can take up to two or three weeks. Cards are printed on thick, glossy photo postcards at 300 dpi resolution.
I do miss the cool international stamps but don’t miss the hassle. Thumbs up for Postagram.
FYI: This tip was originally a recent and popular Travel App of the Week post.
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