The Best Way to Keep in Touch With Travellers You Meet? Travel Cards

April 22, 2010

A while back I went to Vegas to meet up with my friend, Chris. Chris and I met seven years ago, Halloween night, in a backpacker bar in Noosa, Australia. We talked and danced and compared travel notes for a few hours, then went our separate ways. The fact that we’re still in touch and still friends after all these years comes down to one simple act:

Before we said ‘goodbye’, he handed me his card.

What, you don’t have personal cards? Not business cards that give away enough details about you to make you easily stalkable, but cards that list just your email or blog address so that you can keep in touch, if you want to.

Here are some options for creating your own, to help the people who you want to remember, remember you.

moocardMoo Cards
These cute little mini cards can be made using one of the Moo designs or by importing your own favorite photos. Pick one photo you really love or upload a bunch so you have an assortment. Moo can tap into your Flikr or Facebook accounts to pull those photos so you don’t have to waste time uploading the same photos over again.
Get 100 mini cards for $19.99, plus shipping.

Zazzle is a little cheaper and offers lots of designs and editing options. It also allows you to upload your own photos or designs, but isn’t connected to Flikr or any other site, so you’re starting from scratch.
Get 100 mini cards for $18.98, plus shipping.

buscardVista Print
Vista doesn’t offer mini cards, but you can get 250 free regular-sized business cards from them (if you don’t take any of the offered upgrades and you don’t mind having an ad for Vista Print on them – shipping is another $5+).

And if you want to be really thrifty, why not make your own cards? Use your printer, some photo or other thick paper, or some marker pens and a photocopier.

Meeting people as you travel is wonderful, but being able to keep those people as friends and travel companions for years to come is an even better reward. So keep in touch!


  1. nice.. i recieved travel cards from my backpackers friend. i have several travel cards on my wall. i am planning to open a coffee shop i will name it travel cards cafe.. bob ong quotes

  2. I like your post particularly for the traveller card way to stay in touch with people. You know, it’s also a wonderful way to plan for your own or friends’ trips just in case you want to save more money when you visit the plca of ‘traveller-friend’

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