New Addiction: Postcrossing

It started a few days ago when I was checking Sabahan Blogger Facebook Page, and I ran into my blogger friend Diana Teo's post about her receiving postcards from all over the world.

I read one of the comments, mention about postcrossing. Since I was waiting for my hair to dry, I googled it and found out the whole idea of sending and receiving postcards is really fun.

I registered and requested for a random address. Walaaa! I got one address; Brest, Republic of Belarus. To be honest, I hadn't even known this country until I search from the google map. Geez! I am sooo fail in geography. And thank you so much postcrossing for doing this, I really appreciate it.

Since my wedding is around the corner (November), I don't have much time to travel now. So I think this is something new which I can develop in the future to know more about the world and places around the globe. Today, I reached my maximum (5 postcards), and i really want to send as many as I can. I am totally addicted!

And yes, I cant wait to receive mine so that I can send more!

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 at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Why? Because, like the author, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail. The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises - and who wouldn't like that?

How does it work?

First, the short version:

1. Request an address from the website
2. Mail the postcard to the address
3. wait to receive a postcard
4. Register the received postcard in the system

The first step is to request to send a postcard. The website will display (and send you an e-mail) with the address of another member and a Postcard ID (e.g.: US-786). You then mail a postcard to that member.

The member receives the postcard and registers it using the Postcard ID that is on the postcard. At this point, you are eligible to receive a postcard from another user. You are now in line for the next person that requests to send a postcard. Where the postcard comes from is a surprise!

You can have up to 5 postcards traveling at any single time. Every time one of the postcards you send is registered, you can request another address. The number of postcards allowed to travel at any single time goes up the more postcards you send!

Sounds fun? Lets do this!

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Meitzeu said...

I did receive 2 postcards from dearest blogger until today. hehe :)

LM the Traveler said...

oh dear, you have made me jealous!
not sure how long should i wait for them to update the ID, and i don't know if they already received my cards... lotsa surprise. eee cant wait! heheehehe im so excited when u said u have 2 postcards. meaning that i still have the chance rite? :)

Diana Diane Teo said...

I also just recently signed up with postcrossing too and I found it's quite interesting. I did collected many postcards which I received from my friends and bloggers too. Mariah, where you get all those postcards? Cantik lah! I also want buy like that. If you want, you can send your mailing address to my email I will travel next week =P
By the way, thanks for featuring me =D

LM the Traveler said...

Hi diana. Thanks for commenting here. Im so honored. And yes, about the postcards I really forgot how I got it, and I am sure it was given to me during function hosted by Malaysia Tourism. I just put it in my office desk and this is the best time to utilise my free postcards. LOL.

U are traveling again? I so jealous but sokey, u can send me postcards la kan? Hahahahaha. Will email u my address ya. Cant wait!

<3 Mariah

Rungitom said...

Welcome to postcrossing!
I also started postcrossing this month, 2 postcards already reached Japan and France. :)

LM the Traveler said...

How long kau dapat tu postcards after u join?

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