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When you are traveling, it can be easy to forget about special dates like birthdays or anniversaries. And even if you do remember, it can be difficult to know what to do when you are abroad or on the other side of the country.

Luckily, there are some creative and meaningful ways to celebrate your friend’s or family member’s day of birth. Below are some tips for sending cards when you are traveling.

Tips for Sending Cards When You Are Traveling

Make a Card with Local Insignia

Making cards RF

A unique way to send a card while traveling is to make one with local symbols or materials. What better way to show the person you are thinking about them than to integrate them into your travels?

Making a card can be quite meaningful, especially if they know you’ve taken time away from your vacation to do so! Simply use some good paper, decorate it with applicable images, and write some heartfelt words.

Then you can send it from wherever you are in time for the person to receive it around their birthday. Making a card may sound cheap, but it can be one of the best ways to get it done, and you can incorporate a postcard vibe.

Plus, how exotic, recieving mail from foreign, far away lands on your birthday!

Customized Ecards

Mypostcard from Sydney Harbor

Another way to show someone that you’ve been thinking about them is to customize an electronic card and send it to their email. This way you don’t have to worry about delayed post, and can send one instantly, even on the actual day.

Custom birthday cards don’t have to be tangible to be special. They can be completely digital and still make the impact you want them to. 

Whether you are making an Ecard for your significant other or your mother, digital cards can be incredible if they’re personalized and done in the right way.

You can include your own custom photos and special images. Write from the heart and communicate how much the person means to you. Whatever the birthday and whoever the person is, a customized Ecard is a great option when you are traveling.

Send a Postcard


A postcard from a specific place, whether they’ve been there or not, is a third great way to show the person that you are thinking about them.

Buy a postcard with a beautiful photo of the place you are visiting. Find one that suits their personality and what they are interested in.

You don’t want to taunt them with the idea you are somewhere beautiful on their birthday, but it’s possible to avoid it, show the person you are thinking about them, and speak from the heart.

Postcards can be romantic or platonic. They can be for family or friends. Wherever you are going, think about sending a postcard.

Buy a Card Ahead of Time

Depending on the timing, you can buy the person a birthday card before you leave and send it out. If their birthday is right before you leave, the timing just might work out.

Or, you can buy it before hand and leave it with a family member or friend to deliver, hide it in a particular place and send an email on the day with instructions, or even give it to them in advance with the instruction not to open it until their birthday.

Go to a card store and buy one they will like. Write the right words and it won’t matter that you aren’t there for their special day.

Most people will also feel good that you thought of them even before their birthday and had enough foresight to plan for their day in advance.

Send a Gift or Pre-loaded Card

Finally, if you are in a place where they have the same stores and restaurants the person has, you can send them a gift card or a pre-loaded debit card that can provide them funds for something fun.

Wherever you are, there should be some options for gift cards. When the person receives one of these cards from far away, your effort will be clear. You were thinking about them and trying to make them happy on their birthday.

Birthdays and other special dates can be difficult when you are traveling, but sending a card is not. There are plenty of options for making a card, buying one, finding a postcard, or sending a gift card.

Wherever you are in the world, there will be options for sending someone a meaningful card with words that make the person feel good.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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