Maybe the humble postcard has been given a bit of a hard time of late as travellers shun the snail mail for the instant gratification of email and, increasingly, mobile services instead.
Recent research from O2 (funnily enough) found that only 16% of travellers regularly send a message home to friends, family and colleagues via a postcard.
Just under half ¬†(46%) of the 2,000 Brits surveyed reckoned they have never sent a postcard before.
Luckily for postal services around the world, Generator Hostels has a different outcome to a survey it carried out with a smaller (but still decent enough) sample size of just over 500.
The Generator survey found that 28% of travellers (the survey focused on younger trippers, too) still send postcards home when travelling.
Despite the relatively bigger enthusiasm for the pen-card-stamp-postbox method, Facebook is the number one tool people use to stay in contact with others (73%).
This was followed by SMS text messages and phone calls (both 60%).
While it remains a bit of a mystery to some that masses of mobile owners are actually using Apple Facetime, it and services such as Skype find themselves popular with travellers for a bit of video contact.
Exactly a third of those polled said they used such tools, 5% ahead of those sending postcards.
NB: Egypt postcard image via Shutterstock.