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Hazel Mail Postcard   FrontWriting postcards by hand is quaint, but it can also feel like a time-sucking task, particularly when you’d rather spend those hard-won vacation days strolling cobblestone streets or sipping margaritas beachside.

That’s why we love the growing crop of smartphone apps that transform snapshots into postcards: From your phone, all you have to do is select your prettiest travel pic, type out a cheery message, then click send; the hosting company prints and mails the card (typically from the U.S.), eliminating the need to do any postage math and increasing the odds that the card actually arrives in friends’ mailboxes before you head back to the office.


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Travel insurance company World Nomads launched its own app in December, but we’ve rounded up a few other variations on the trend, with at least one option each for Android, Blackberry, and the iPhone (all free downloads!).


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GoPostalHazel Mail   Postcard   Back
www.printyourlife.com
Where it sends: U.S. addresses
Cost per card: $1.29, including postage
Available on: iPhone
Bonus: Use your purchase history to reorder and send old postcards.

HazelMail
www.hazelmail.com
Where it sends: Worldwide
Cost per card: $1.50, including postage
Available on: iPhone, Blackberry
Bonus: Earn 10 Delta SkyMiles per postcard.

Shoot it!
www.shootit.com
Where it sends: Worldwide
Cost per card: 99 cents, including postage to the U.S.; $1.25, including postage to North America and the U.K.; $1.50, including postage to Western Europe; pricing varies for other countries
Available on: Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile
Bonus: Send your first postcard free.

WN Postcard by WorldNomads.com
www.worldnomads.com
Where it sends: Worldwide
Cost per card: $2, including postage anywhere in the world
Available on: iPhone
Bonus: Donate through the app to the Footprints Project (footprints.worldnomads.com), which funds community development programs around the world.

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