The art of collecting postcards is very old. ‘Can you get me a postcard?‘, would be one of the first things I’d ask friends and family who have just informed me about their plans for their latest holiday trip. They are used to it by now; they know how much I love postcards. It must be the anticipation of receiving an item from a different part of the world; or maybe it’s the excitement of finding a treasure with a message on its reverse, waiting on my doorstep. Perhaps, it’s both things at once – an enthusiasm that can only perhaps be surpassed when I’m the one buying postcards every time I travel.
They are my own souvenirs, after all. My own fragment of the world in a piece of illustration.
Truth is, I find postcards incredibly fascinating. Throughout the years, I have collected more than a hundred postcards from every corner of the world, each of them holding its own personal story and buried memories within beautiful panoramas and messages. Remote postcards from Cuba, Japan, USA, Australia and even China mix with those from closer (to me), European locations such as Lisbon, Bruges or Amsterdam. It’s incredible how architecture, traditions and culture change between countries and much more between continents, something that is perfectly represented in postcard panoramas. Vintage postcards including photographs of the past are also a clear example of how fast our realities have developed in such a short time.
The enormous value of postcards never ceases to impress me. It’s safe to say that those sent by family and friends are even more special than the rest. When we travel, we tend to disconnect from our daily routines and focus on exploring and enjoying the present moment. The fact that someone thinks of you during these moments and not only buys a postcard but also writes a message and sends it to you holds a significant gesture and sentimental value. What an incredible way to deepen our relationships, don’t you think?
I like to think postcards help me create new chapters of my life while saving a piece of the past; they push me forward to achieve my goals, to learn as much as I can about the incredible history of our world and the people that live in it. They remind me to explore and tick places off my Travel and London Bucket Lists, but to also find my place in all this conundrum. This passion is something I would truly like to share with my children and grandchildren when I grow old. I want to inspire them to do the same.
I’ve been a travel lover from a very young age. I must have been around seven years old when I first started collecting something remotely similar to postcards. There was a monthly magazine where Wally would explore a different country in each issue. Each of them came with stickers depicting traditions, flags and special places of that country and you could collect them all in a huge travel album. I was obsessed with it and I wanted to know everything about those incredible places. I still do.
My first postcard was given to me by some family friends who had recently visited Paris. My first big school trip to the French capital was just a couple of weeks away and they wanted to make me excited about what I was about to see. I now look at that simple photograph of the Eiffel Towel and the River Seine next to my latest one of Budapest (and at the first postcard Sam gave me, which, funnily enough, was a Helsinki postcard I already had) and realise how far I’ve come. I live in the city I’d always wanted to live in, I am in a healthy and stable relationship with the man I love, I travel regularly, I work in a creative industry I am passionate about and I write a lifestyle and travel blog regularly. Sometimes you need an illustrative image to open your eyes to reality.
There is still so much more out there that I want to see. New Zealand, Macchu Picchu, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Iceland, Maasai Mara…The list is endless. But I couldn’t be more chuffed about the memories our friends, Sam and I are building together. Dream big, but don’t forget about the small things in life – that weekend mini break that made you feel like a whole new person, that new coffee shop that made you fall in love with chai latte and that blog and postcard collection that builds up incredible memories. That is what life is really about.
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