Journalist and blogger Anna Pickard‘s plan to send postcards to friends, colleagues and complete strangers from her trip around the United States struck a chord with me. I found out about her scheme on the first anniversary of my own tour around the north-eastern US and Canada – a 17-day slog by train and coach, an experience I’ll never forget and something I’d like to repeat soon.
Anna’s plan involved a lot more travelling in a slightly shorter space of time – “half way between writing break and holiday – using the time to get a lot of work done while watching 7000 miles of America slide past the window, and getting to see some of the country I’ve wanted to see while I have the chance”. (She’s currently based in San Francisco, you see.) Instead of writing updates to Facebook or Twitter about what she was up to, she elected to send individual postcards to as many people as she could.
So this lunchtime, guess what arrived?
It’s a great project and it’s made me think about approaching my next trip (no firm plans at the moment) a bit more creatively – usually I find blogging a pain in the backside when I’m away and it’s good to switch off. It’s good to see the forgotten old postcard get a new lease of life. I hope Anna enjoys the rest of her trip.