Sending a postcard the most pain-in-the-arse thing to do on holiday

MASTERING a foreign country’s postal system to send two sentences to a grandparent you will speak to before it arrives ruins holidays, Britain has agreed. 

The simple request, routinely made by the over-50s, means about four days of hunting down stamps and finding out what a postbox looks like.

Carolyn Ryan, holidaying near Lisbon, said: “Just a postcard. Great.

“Why not booking a train journey, or complaining that the pH of the pool is too high, or signing up for a course of judo lessons, or something easy?

“Instead I’ve got to exercise the conversational Portugese I don’t have by finding out how many stamps to England, then finding a post office, and I’ve got sod all to write about anyway because Mum insists it’s done on day one.

“I could text. She’s just texted me. She said ‘Don’t forget the postcard! Smiley.’”

Mother Anthea Ryan said: “Ten days and it’s not arrived. I don’t know what she’s doing out there! I’ll text.”