National Geographic is bringing back the postcard. Amy Alipio, features editor for National Geographic Traveler, recently asked readers whether they thought the postcard was obsolete, and the response was phenomenal.

Far from being an obsolete way of sharing holiday moments with those at home, postcards are a chance for people to reflect on their travels and share them with others in a way that is so traditional it’s the new quirky alternative.

Following the question asked by National Geographic Traveler, hundreds of people sent in postcards to demonstrate how much they believe that postcards aren’t a ‘dying art’. In a recent article they featured some of their favourites from locals in Europe, who wanted to share the beauty of their countries with others.

From Nicole van der Elot, Netherlands: “Flowers like this don’t exist in real life, or do they? Yes! The Keukenhof flower park is situated in my hometown Lisse, Netherlands. Even though you will find all the typical Dutch stereotypes—flowers, windmills, and wooden shoes—in Lisse, it is the most beautiful place to live, surrounded by all these flowers.”

From Magdalena Krug, Germany: “I’m 27 years old and live about six miles outside the city of Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. [The old town of] Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site and really has an Italian charm to it. There are lots of medieval buildings and even some remnants from the Romans that founded the city. The cathedral that was built during the Gothic era is quite impressive (inside and out), as is the Stone Bridge, the oldest [preserved bridge of its kind in Germany]!”

Join in with your own postcards

If you want to share a postcard from your hometown or from your travels on one of our river cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Rhône and Mekong, you can get involved in a number of ways and show your appreciation for the postcard.

  1. Join in with the #PostcardProject by sending one in to National Geographic Traveler, including your name, where you are, and a short paragraph about what makes the place you’re in unique. Then share on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #PostcardProject
  2. Get involved with Postcrossing, a project where you can send and receive postcards from people and places across the world
  3. Take a photo on your river cruise and use it to make a postcard – Touchnote is a popular service that has an app so you can do it all from your phone

Image Credit: KLMircea (flickr.com)

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