Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: Postcardly

Like most people, when my family travels, we like to send postcards back home to friends and family. So we head to the souvenir store to buy some cards, track down local stamps to get the postcards to where we're sending them and find a place to mail them. On our last trip though, my husband and I did things a little differently- we sent postcards using a service called Postcardly. Here's a bit about it, from the Postcardly website:

What is Postcardly?

Postcardly turns your emails into real-life postcards, delivered by U.S. Mail. It’s especially great for staying in touch with older family members who don’t use computers.
You can send postcards from your phone, your computer, or anywhere you have email. Just send an email with an attached photo the way you normally send an email: your photo will be on the front of the postcard, your words will go on the back.

Why use Postcardly?

People love getting pictures that they can hold in their hands.  Printing and mailing pictures from your camera is a pain. Email is easy. Using Postcardly is just like using email.

There were several things that I really liked about Postcardly. First of all- it was really easy to use! We didn't take our computer with us when we went on our trip to Iceland, but I was able to sign up for Postcardly, enter all the addresses and send the postcards, all from my little iPod Touch.  Very convenient. The other thing that I really liked was how personal the postcards were. Instead of being some stock photo of a something that I may or may not have actually seen on my trip, my postcards were my personal pictures.  In the case of our latest trip- I was able to send postcards with a picture of myself on top of a glacier in Iceland! That beats some random generic postcard picture any day.

It's a great way to share your travels with others!  The postcards that I sent arrived quickly to home. I sent them through Postcardly on Friday and the one coming back to my kids arrived in our mailbox at home on the following Wednesday.  The postcard itself was nice quality, and my message and photo looked great!

I think this is a fun way to stay in touch with friends and family and share your adventure with them. It would also be great for baby announcements or keeping in touch with loved ones in the military.  For more information on Postcardly, visit the website!

Disclosure: I received free postcards to send so that I could review this service for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 


postcardly_paul said...

Thanks for the great review, we're so glad you liked it! We've been having a lot of fun with Postcardly, too.