Postcrossing is “The Postcard Crossing Project”, where users can sign up and request 5 addresses at a time to send postcards to other users. Once you send your 5, your address becomes available in the “pool” for other members to send you a postcard. Each address request includes an alpha-numeric code that the sender must include on the postcard. Once the person receives it, they “register” it into the site and it shows how far and how long it’s been travelling.
You can put on your profile what types of postcards you like – but it’s not mandatory for the sender to hold to that. (I once received an address where the person only wanted “cute cat postcards” from my country and no touristy landscape ones… couldn’t really find any so she had to settle for a lovely Toronto skyline one. 😉
I’ve always loved collecting postcards from all over the world. It was my way of “travelling” to places that I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to go to. After only participating for about 3 months, I’ve already received 13 postcards from all over the world. Everywhere as close as New York to as far as Brazil, Germany and China. The photos of landscapes and architecture is exactly what I love about getting to see other countries. Usually the senders will include on the postcard a bit about their city, what it’s like there, and what they like to do.
I love the stats that are available on the site as well. It lets you upload a picture of the postcard you received, to add to your postcard wall (or the sender might have uploaded it for you already). There’s also a map that shows you where you’ve sent to (red) and where you’ve received from (blue). This is mine as of today!
It’s a fun, inexpensive way to see a bit of culture and get mail (that isn’t electronic, or bill payments!)