Members of a female travel community on Facebook have been exploring the world through a postcard exchange during the covid-19 pandemic.
From beating the travel blues to discovering more about one’s roots, thousands of postcards are flying across the borders each week as fellow travel lovers share a glimpse into each others’ lives and cultures.null
Since its creation in 2015, the Facebook group Girls LOVE Travel has been a platform for female travellers to empower each other by sharing news, tips, and advice. “As the covid-19 pandemic hit the world, we came to a full-blown travel halt and we were looking for feel-good things to keep the community connected” said Haley Woods, founder of the 1.1-million-strong community.
From her hometown in South Carolina, Haley initiates the postcard exchange every Monday by starting a thread in the Facebook group. Members write how many postcards they’re willing to send and recipients comment to claim them.
“It’s been pretty wild.” Said Haley. “Members all around the world hover and wait on Mondays around midnight (EST) for me to post. Within 30 minutes of posting last week, there were over 1,000 comments.”
The number of members taking part has soared since the start of the pandemic and more people have joined the community after hearing about it.
“The excitement of opening the mailbox to find words of encouragement, fun facts, and greetings from ladies from all over the world has become one of my favourite parts of the day,” said Rebecca Whisenant from Kentucky, who sends up to 40 postcards every week in the exchange.
Rebecca now has regular pen-pals in Scotland, Australia, Japan, Las Vegas and Canada: “we exchange letters every week and it means the world to me when I receive them!”
‘Discovering my roots in the postcard exchange’
A woman from Arizona is on the lookout for people writing from Vietnam, Thailand and Italy to tell her more about her roots.
Dominique Mustoe is half Italian and half Thai-Vietnamese and left her unhappy home in Arizona at the age of seventeen to join the Navy. She left knowing very little about the places her parents grew up in.
“I don’t know my parents well at all – haven’t seen them for almost 10 years,” she told Euronews. “I took a DNA test and found out I am 52% Italian from my dad and my mom is half-Thai and half-Vietnamese. So I thought it would be interesting to find out about those cultures. I haven’t had any luck yet.”
But above all, she said, “I joined GLT to find and surround myself with like-minded people. It’s hard finding friends who understand the feeling of traveling.”
By : Laura Sanders – EuroNews