“Enjoy the cruise mum. Stay safe!”
“Of course my love. Don’t forget to ‘like’ my photos on Facebook.”
No, you didn’t accidentally click onto a teenage magazine’s website, and yes, that is a conversation I had with my mum a few months ago when she was heading off on her European cruise.
Postcards are very much becoming a thing of the past, with more parents and grandparents jumping on the social media bandwagon.
According to a Princess Cruises’ survey, 32 percent of Australian parents over 50 said they communicate with their loved ones via Facebook and other forms of social media when travelling. But only 28 percent said they send postcards.
Two-thirds use phones to call home, 65 percent sent emails and 58 percent texted.
Tech-savvy seniors are also updated the way they capture images, with 80 percent using a digital camera, one-third taking pictures on their smart phones and 16 percent using their iPads for photos and filming.
Princess Cruises’ spokesperson Meg Koffel said Australians are “avid users of technology”, so it’s no surprise parents and grandparents are changing their holiday habits.
“Princess Cruises in Australia mainly caters to passengers aged 50 and over and we’ve noticed that we are seeing more and more passengers filming their journeys on their iPad and tweeting their experiences with #relaxwithprincess,” Ms Koffel explained.
“But it’s also fascinating to see that this group of travellers is embracing social media as a way to keep in touch with their loved ones back home.”
Are postcards a thing of the past? Let us know how you stay in contact with loved ones by leaving a comment below.
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