We no longer need to wait for days or weeks to receive a message as they can be received instantly. But there are still hobbyists who enjoy sending handwritten letters and postcards to friends from across the globe. However, the global pandemic has temporarily stopped this fun hobby. Thankfully, there are apps that allow you to send snail mail and meet new friends without leaving the comforts of your home.
After recently going viral on Twitter, Slowly has garnered users from around the globe. It’s neither a messaging nor dating app; they connect people globally at a slower pace, which is one letter at a time. All you have to do is write a letter and send it to new friends. You also get to collect stamps along the way and unlock more.
Ever dreamed of sending a message in a bottle? Bottled lets you do that without causing harm to the environment. You can only write one letter at a time, which will be received by only one user. If they keep your bottled letter, you will be able to chat with each other. But if they decide to release it, the bottle will return to the sea until it reaches another stranger. Bottled also allows you to track your bottle in real-time.
With over 5 million users, Interpals is an app that allows you to meet new pen pals and language partners from around the world. If you’re trying to learn a new language, this app is a fun way to exercise what you’ve learned thus far. You also get matched with tandem language partners who can also give you a peek of the culture in their side of the world.
If collecting postcards is one of your hobbies, you’ll enjoy this one. Postfun allows you to send postcards using a requested postcard ID and address. For each postcard you send, you’ll receive one back. Aside from collecting postcards from different countries, you can also collect ones based on a certain topic, which is an exciting way of meeting new friends.
Lettrs is the first mobile app for writing pen pal letters. Established in 2016, it is also the official fan mail app of the Major League Baseball Players Association where fans get access to exclusive signed memorabilia. You can discover pen pals from over 80 countries and reading letters in different languages isn’t a problem as the app instantly translates them for you.
Available on iOS.
Casted is another mobile app that allows you to send messages in a bottle. Who will receive your message? Will they reply to you? It’s a fun way of meeting new friends and learning about their stories where you might pick up valuable lessons.
Available on iOS.
Daily Postcard allows you to send postcards in a fun way — they’re delivered by birds! Virtually, at least. You’ll be connected to people with similar hobbies and likes, or learn about different cultures. And because the app automatically translates cards written in other languages, you
Designed for travelers, Doongle lets users meet new pen pals, travel buddies, and friends. Apart from sending each other messages, users also share the best recommendations, guides, and information from their locales. The app also has a filter option, if you wish to look for friends in a specific country only.
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