Friends, welcome to the Postcards From Your Future project!
Here’s how it works:
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FB message me your address and mention the project. Over the course of next year I will be in several cities and countries on all 7 continents – I will pick one of those places and send you a postcard of it. The aim is to get you to visit that country within 3 years of you receiving the postcard (but sooner if possible!).
I will choose your destination based on what I know about you. If we don’t know each other well, feel free to include in your message a few sentences about yourself. It can be anything as general as “my favorite color is blue” to specific travel-related information like “I tend to only ever take beach vacations”. It shouldn’t be something as specific as “I want to go to Australia” – part of the fun is the suspense of where I’m going to send you!
My choice for your destination will be a place I think you’ll like, but also one that is not likely to already be on your radar. The aim of this project is to encourage you to get more out of travel by expanding your horizons and seeing a place you might not have otherwise known or cared much about. (See below for information on how this project came about.)
Obviously (unfortunately!) I can’t force any of you to follow through. So to keep you incentivized, I will also send additional postcards (of the same destination) every few months encouraging you to hit certain milestones, such as setting a date, researching the destination, coming up with a budget and actually booking parts of the trip.
Of course, if at any time you’d like recommendations or tips on your destination, I’m here for you! Just message me and I’ll help as much as I can.
One rule: NO all-inclusive trips and NO tour buses! I’m a firm believer that researching and planning your own activities, accommodation and transportation is a key component in what makes travel so rewarding and fulfilling, as is the sense of adventure you get from making your own way, getting off the tour bus and meeting locals.
I will also encourage you not just to sight-see, but to engage in activities, such as cooking classes, language lessons, physical activities (hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, scuba/snorkeling), martial arts or dance classes, etc. What’s far more impressive than seeing the Eiffel Tower is biking past it on your way to a French cooking class.
Why I’ve chosen to do this project, and why I think you should take part:
In February 2013 a good friend of mine approached me about taking a trip with her to Jordan. She knew that I was pretty well traveled and would be less interested in going somewhere I had already been or to a place more on the beaten path, so she recommended Jordan. In fact, it was a country that I never would have thought to visit, yet we spent the next few months excitedly planning the trip and it was an unforgettable one in the end. Although I barely scratched the surface, I learned a bit about and gained a greater respect for the Middle East and its people, religion and culture. It’s those kinds of trips that stay with me for years and make me so passionate about travel, so I’d love to share that experience with you.
This project is an experiment to encourage people to travel in a more meaningful way. To that end, if you have any suggestions on how I could improve it or if you have any questions, feel free to send them my way. I look forward to seeing where it leads as well as to seeing your pictures and hearing your travel stories!