Before the invention of the internet, the smartphone, and Instagram it was a lot harder for people to share their travel adventures.
When people first started sending postcards the average person didn’t even own a camera.
And yet, even though in this day and age travel postcards should in theory be redundant they aren’t.
And that’s because you simply can’t beat the personal touch of a handwritten postcard!
Sending a friend or a loved one a postcard says “wish you were here”.
Updating your Instagram says “look at me”.
There is a massive difference!
This post looks at the price of sending postcards in the U.S. and around the world.
What Does A Postcard Stamp Cost In The U.S.?
The standard size of a postcard is 6 x 4 inches. Or to be more precise they are A6 size, 148 x 105 mm or 5.8 x 4.1 inches
A USPS domestic postcard stamp currently costs $0.35 and is available to buy at most supermarkets, and some mini-marts or gas stations.
And of course you can buy it at the post office.
This is the domestic rate. It will get your postcard to anywhere in the US.
Postcard stamps are not marked with the price denomination. Instead, they say “postcard” on them. This means that even if the price of sending a postcard goes up in the future these postcard stamps will still be valid.
You can also send a postcard that is larger than 6 x 4 inches but it will cost you the same as a letter which is currently $0.55.
How Much Does It Cost To Send A Postcard Internationally
To get an international rate stamp you might need to visit a USPS post office.
The international postcard rate is the same as a 1 oz First-Class Mail International letter.
So you can send a postcard from the USA to Canada, the USA to UK, USA to Mexico, it doesn’t matter which country you are sending your postcard to it will cost $1.20 to send it from the United States.
It’s best to buy the Global Forever® stamp since it will always cover the cost of an international postcard and won’t go out of date.
How To Write A Postcard
As mentioned above the best thing about postcards is the personal touch. So make your message personal!
Don’t just mention the weather, tell an anecdote about something that has happened on your trip and why you wanted to let the recipient know about it.
It’s best to not be self-centered. Phrases like “you would have loved” or “this place reminded me of that time” show that you are really thinking of them.
Keep your handwriting small so that you will have enough space on the postcard for your message.
The most important part is to make sure you write the address correctly and clearly and including the country name. Block capitals are usually best to make handwriting legible.
And whatever you do…
Don’t forget the stamp before you put it in the letterbox!
International Postcard Stamp Prices
The US postage stamps prices are pretty reasonable compared to prices from around the world.
To get an idea of the cost of sending a postcard in other countries check this graphic below:
MyPostcard.com also publish tables with details of postcard prices around the world.
Mailing a postcard is a great way to show people that even when you went traveling you are still thinking about them.
The cost of sending a postcard domestically is cheaper in the US than in most places, and it’s a bargain price considering the pleasure it can give someone to receive a postcard.
It’s cheaper to mail a postcard than to mail a letter so if you don’t mind the postman reading your message you can save a few cents.
When sending postcards internationally you need to get a First-Class Mail International stamp.
If you are traveling and want to send a postcard back home then the best thing to do is ask the person selling you the postcard where you can buy a stamp!
They probably sell stamps too and if not can surely tell you where you can get hold of stamps.