There’s nothing more thrilling to me than opening my mailbox and receiving a glossy, slightly tattered 4″ x 6″ postcard from a friend or family member on vacation.
I grew up on O’ahu, Hawai’i, a place that most people would call “paradise” or a “perfect honeymoon destination.” But growing up there wasn’t always “paradise.” Sure, the beaches are beautiful and the weather is nearly perfect, but I’m sure I speak for many people who have lived there for a while when I say that life on “the rock” can sometimes get a little boring and even monotonous. The island is only so big and planted in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so there’s not a whole lot of opportunities for road trips to Vegas or the East Coast.
So, naturally, receiving postcards from people visiting the “mainland” or other countries was exciting to me before I moved to Washington for my undergraduate studies.
When I did get a chance to travel, I absolutely loved the feeling of being on the other side and enriching friends and family with stories about my travels through postcards. My love for traveling and yearning to discover more about different places and cultures continues until this day. Through “Out of State, Out of Mind,” each blog post will include a photo of a postcard from a different place I’ve resided in, visited, or would like to visit, in hopes of enlightening you with my expertise on those places. But I also hope that YOU will enlighten me with your own expertise and memoirs about those places or others I have yet to venture to in the future.
Until then, bon voyage and happy travels!
Photo credit: lkarzag