Once upon a time, many years ago, before laptops and mobile phones, when we travelled or even went on a long weekend away, we would send friends and family a picture postcard. I always loved receiving them and avidly collected them when I was young. It always made me smile when an image of a far-flung, exotic location or a pretty English village landed on my door mat with an update from a loved one.

But then the postcards stopped coming.

While they are still even now wildly available in tourist spots around the world, sending and receiving them does seem to be a thing of the past.

With the new technological age, however, came a new way of sending postcards and I really wish this would catch on more, as I’d love to start receiving them again.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2015

I am notoriously lazy, though, when it comes to putting pen to paper, so my New Year’s resolution is do a better job at keeping in touch with friends and family. Yes, I can send an extra email or two or a Facebook message but, while this does cut down on unnecessary paper usage, there is nothing quite like getting a physical, real-life letter or postcard pop through the letter box (instead of just a stream of junk mail and bills).

Postify Postcard App

Step in Postify, a great postcard app that I used for the first time last week.

While I was in Lisbon (more on that coming soon) I downloaded the Postify Postcards App, selected an image, gave it a few tweaks in Snapseed  (another great app that I’d highly recommend) and uploaded it to Postify. Yesterday, said postcard arrived with a lovely image of a Lisbon sunset. I was really happy with the print quality, although with Christmas around the corner I suspect it took a little longer to arrive than normal but they are all sent out first class.

You can also create and send postcards on your PC or Mac without the need for the app and businesses can create postcard campaigns. You’ll find all the information on their website, Postify.com.

Best postcard app, Postify review

100 free postcards for my readers

Postify is offering 100 free postcards for my readers. If you have a loved one that you’ve forgotten to send a Christmas card to or you are off on an adventure and want to send your Mum a quick hello, get the app, upload an image from your phone and use the code travelwithkat to claim your free picture postcard. 

I’m sure it will be a lovely surprise for that special someone!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I just really liked the app and thought you might too.

Update: Postify have notified us that there is a nasty little bug in the system that means if you type ‘&’ anywhere on your card, anything you type afterwards will disappear. I’m assured that this will be fixed as soon as iTunes are back to work after the Christmas break. 


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