Stan Posner and Sandra Phillips-Posner love their grandchildren. The pair are travel writers who have made their biggest mark as experts on the American I-95 highway, all 1500 miles stretching from Boston to Miami! You can find out all about that on their Drive I-95 website linked here.  Mile by mile they have all sorts of recommendations on eating, shopping, attractions, etc.   Among many other things, Sandra is also an expert on shopping in Montreal  and you can read about that in her book, Smart Shopping Montreal linked here.  After twenty-eight years of marriage (according to their website), they exude warmth and happiness.  All those years together seems to only have brought them closer.

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The lovely Stan Posner and Sandra Phillips-Posner

And they are the inspiration for this travel tip.  Send an old-fashioned postcard and your recipient will be grateful that you were thinking of them.  On becoming grandparents, Stan and Sandra made it a solid commitment to send postcards to their grand-kids from wherever they roam – and they’ve been to 17 countries, 43 U.S. states, and nine Canadian provinces.  I’ve met them at Travel Media Association of Canada conferences and observed this first hand as they took care filling them out and jointly signing them for each of their grandchildren.  Not only do the kids now have a collection of postcards from grandma and grandpa but also a collection of stamps from different countries.  Sandra told me that one of the children has put together a book of the postcards collected to date.   Someday if I have grandchildren, I’m going to follow suit with this tradition as I think it is a fine one.  It’s easy to send an email, or to Skype, but I miss the days of postcards that takes just that much more effort.  I know that when I receive one, it makes me feel special.

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Ha ha, what do you think? Does he want you to buy the book?

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Sandra Phillips-Posner in costume at Kings Landing, Fredericton, NB (Héléna Katz on drums)

So great job Stan and Sandra.  Good on you for taking your grandchildren on your travels in this way and making them feel special.

Oh, and by the way, it was Sandra who was the first Travel Media Association of Canada member to reach out to me, a newbie member at my first conference in Fredericton.  I walked alone into the opening reception and a large room of strangers  and Sandra quickly made me feel so welcome.  You’re one special gal Sandra and I love to give a shout-out when a shout-out is due!