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TouchNote App Makes For Frugal and Fun Travel Souvenirs

screenshot of TouchNote postcard orderFor many of us, taking a trip near or far doesn’t just mean coming home with memories and photographs, it also means bringing souvenirs home for yourself and your friends. Unfortunately, in addition to taking up room in your suitcase, these tchotchke and other gifts can get expensive. That’s why we’ve started opting for more practical souvenirs on our travels — including good old fashioned postcards.

I’ve always liked the idea of postcards as something quaint and nostalgic, but sending them from overseas isn’t always so simple. Moreover, while there are certainly some nicely designed cards to be found, more often than not I’ve felt that most were kind of gaudy and unappealing. That’s why I was sold on TouchNote‘s premise to create a custom postcard using your own photos and have it mailed to your loved ones from their domestic location. After first becoming aware of the app (and then proceeding to see several commercials for it), I decided to download it in preparation for my recent trip to Hong Kong and had a chance to give it a try while I was there.

Using the TouchNote App

Designing my first postcard was actually a bit easier than I thought. I had half assumed that, to include multiple photos like I had intended, I needed to use a separate app to create a layout and then load that to TouchNote as a singular image. Instead, I was happy to learn that the app had several templates, borders, and more that you could utilize. Granted, there aren’t a ton of layouts to choose from, but you can easily zoom in and crop images to perfect the look of your card.

As for the backside of the card, there are a few more customization options here as well. For starters, you can, of course, write a personalized message. From there, you can pick from one of eight fonts for your message. Another fun touch is that you can add an image to occupy the space where the stamp would traditionally be — a feature I actually overlooked when sending my inaugural postcard. Last but not least, if you want to send your card sometime in the future, you can set that up as well. From the looks of it, you can elect to have your custom postcard mailed out as much as a year after the date you create it.

front and back of a TouchNote postcard from Hong KongAlthough I was happy with how my TouchNote card looked on my phone, the real test would be how it looked in person. Thankfully, I got to pay a visit to my recipient’s house a few days after returning from our trip, allowing me to see the postcard in person. Overall, I was pretty impressed with the quality, from the card stock used to the glossy finished employed. I will say that the photos didn’t look quite as vibrant as I had expected, but further inspection leads me to believe the foggy haze of Hong Kong captured in my photos was more to blame for that than TouchNote was.

Since this was my first time using TouchNote, I decided to just do the a la carte option. Because of this, at a cost of $2.99, the price to send my postcard was probably a bit higher than I’d encounter if I’d gone the traditional route. However, if you plan on using the app more frequently, there are packages you can purchase that’ll lower your per card price. For example, you can buy a pack of five credits for a total of $9.95 ($1.99 per card) or go all the way up to a 90 credit pack for $149.95 ($1.67 per card). Alternatively, they also have premium subscription plans that not only include varying numbers of free monthly postcards but also unlock additional features.

TouchNote logoLooking through the app again as I wrote this mini-review, I discovered that TouchNote also offers a referral program. So, if you want to try TouchNote for yourself, you can enter the code ‘KYLEHU’ — just go to the More tab in the app and select “Got a code?” That will entitle you to $5 off a pack of 10 credits or more… and I’ll get a couple of free credits as well. 🙂

Final Thoughts on TouchNote

Given my experience with TouchNote during my most recent travels, I can definitely see myself using it on future trips. Not only does the app give me the chance to get creative and snap my own postcard-worthy shots but also gives me an easy way to send my love back to the folks at home. Plus, truth be told, it saves me the hassle and expense of shopping for souvenirs while overseas. For all of those reasons, I’d say TouchNote is one app that’s definitely worth checking out.

Author

Kyle Burbank

Founder ~ Moneyat30
Kyle is a freelance writer - including being the head writer for Fioney.com. He also serves as editorial director for the Disney fan site LaughingPlace.com and the founder of Money@30.com. In 2015, Kyle and his wife Bekah moved from Los Angeles to Springfield MO in pursuit of greater financial freedom. Together, the pair enjoy travel, coffee, and spending time with their dog Rigby. Additionally, as of 2023, they become first-time homeowners.

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After reading such glowing reviews about TouchNote, we decided to switch it up this year, and use them to send our annual holiday cards (usually around 75-100 cards are sent to friends and family).

Price: First of all, I read that postcards cost only $1.99 on a blog post recommending them, only to find out they are actually $2.99 + tax. Ok, so not price effective compared to other apps.

Card design and subscription: To add any fun designs to your card, you must subscribe (various tiers). Otherwise, what is unlocked is extremely basic. I subscribed thinking I would also get a discount if I purchase credit in bulk. Nope. I complained to customer service about this. They told me to redownload the app. I did. Still no discounts. And just recently, bulk discounts appeared on the app. Ugh.

Delivery (or lack thereof): I was pressed on time, so I decided to just send everything out regardless of price. I’m not the type to ask if people have received our cards or not, because it hasn’t been an issue in the past. However, my parents asked if we were sending out this year. I mentioned I had a card sent out to them on Dec 5th, and it should’ve arrived by the 13th. It was Dec 20th. I then asked a few other people, and that said they hadn’t received anything either. Over 40 hadn’t received them. So, I reached out to customer service and they gave me a partial refund and a few credits. Mind you, I had to type out every single person’s name who responded to me that said they didn’t received anything. Between the calls, texts and emails, this took me hours. I of course had to use that money refunded to resend all of those cards (I wasn’t going to switch to another app, because we liked our final design). Guess what? People still haven’t received them.

User friendless: There is no option on your ordered cards to mention that the card wasn’t delivered. You have to email customer service each time. I could’ve sworn there was an option until I complained. And now it’s no longer there.

Quality: We always send a copy to ourselves, which arrived in late December. I was disappointed by the quality of the card and how small in size it is.

I am genuinely shocked they have such high ratings, and I look forward to deleting this app (as soon as I’m refunded). If you want high quality cards delivered on time, then please consider another app. You’ll thank me later.

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