I’ve mentioned my love of Bookcrossing. And my ever-growing collection of postcards. So it was only natural that I would be interested in something that combines the two. Enter Postcrossing.

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

The postcards I receive from people I know are by far my favorite, but every once in a while, I request an address from Postcrossing and send a picture-postcard of Ohio to another Postcrosser somewhere in the world. Like Bookcrossing, we label our postcards with a unique ID number. When the recipient receives the postcard I sent, they log it in and we see lots of nifty statistics about how far it’s traveled and such. Then my name goes into the hat to receive a postcard from someone else in the world. This is where it gets fun; I’ve gotten postcards from places I never expected to. Like the one I picture here from Malawi. Or the one with the soup recipe from Russia.


I happily added these to my collection, thrilled to have received postcards from places that my friends just don’t seem to go to. And, who knows? Maybe someday I’ll see these places myself and send similar postcards to my friends.

Where is the most exotic place you’ve gotten a postcard from?


19 responses to “Postcrossing

  1. This is SO cool! I love sending and receiving postcards so I definitely want to find out more about this. When I was in Ushuaia (Southern most town of South America, tiny little place), I was excited to send postcards to other postcard-loving friends knowing they would enjoy the novelty of the location. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  2. Never heard of this but what a great idea. We’ve been the ones to send postcards from exotic places but have never received any. Our most exotic? Bora Bora or Shanghai.

  3. One of my coworkers mentioned she was a participant in this postcrossing activity so I’m glad you mentioned it here! It sounds really fun and now I’m considering joining it as well. πŸ™‚

  4. I love postcards! I just like to collect them on my trips…I haven’t received any in years. They are great, cheapy souvenirs.

    My most exotic postcard I received many moons ago was from a friend who went to Venezuela.

    • I buy lots of postcards when I travel, too. But I much prefer to receive them in the mail.
      Venezuela — I’m envious. I don’t have any from there yet, but I do have a few co-workers from Caracas. Maybe I can drop some hints. πŸ™‚

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