14 一月 2014
Yes we're back with our pick of what not to buy for your next holiday. Seven Seas Worldwide is one of the world's leading excess baggage companies with bases everywhere including in the UK, USA, Australia, China and Malaysia, so we know a thing or two about what you need for a successful journey abroad. And you don't need any of this.
First up is the Motion Sensitive Portable Travel Alarm. If you're worried about your belongings going walkabout in your hotel room, this bizarre little contraption offers peace of mind (for only 22 of your US Dollars). Simply tie it to any door knob or window handle and any unscheduled manhandling will be received with an ear-piercing woop-woop and flashing LED light. It's ideal for those who have trust issues, who don't mind setting it off accidentally (a requirement of all alarms) and are okay with buying one alarm for each door and window in their room.
Next up is the Kyjen Pet Travel Carrier. For just $60, you can carry your miniature canine around as if it were an ugly hairy baby. Your dog is envious of your dynamic lifestyle and wants to be with you all day long to share in your journey - both literal and metaphorical. The Kyjen Pet Travel Carrier provides the perfect answer to strapping your pet to your chest so that it feels like it's part of you - rather than a dog that does normal things like go for walks and take naps.
If you have enough money left over after hastily purchasing the last two options, may we introduce the Switchblade Travel Chopsticks. These certainly are the coolest-looking chopsticks we've seen. However, who wants cool chopsticks? Whoever asked for cool chopsticks? We may be a little presumptuous here but if you go to a restaurant where the food requires chopsticks, you should find chopsticks are provided. You don't need to whip out your own stainless steel ones like some sort of culinary James Bond. But hey, they're only $19.
The tagline for our next offer, the Washweiser Wash Bag, is 'take the party vibe into your bathroom'. Yes, for only £10, you can make friends think you've resorted to drinking lager in the bath. Does it get any better?
Finally for this blog, we have the iSafe Anti-Doze Detector. Priced at just under £6, this is a device you hook behind your ear that detects when you nod off at the wheel. If your head reaches a 15 degree angle, a 'gentle alarm' will sound, telling you it's time to take a break. Ideal for the next time you find yourself chatting to a social media marketing manager.
05 十二月 2013
Last month, the Telegraph reported that Britons spend £340m a year on excess baggage fees. That's a lot of money for an extra hat or a jumper in case it gets chilly on the beach.
A recent poll of British holidaymakers revealed that one in five had been hit by an excess baggage charge at the airport with 31% of those polled admitting to removing items at the airport to avoid being charged. A quarter also revealed that they would spend over £30 on clothing while abroad due to under-packing.
It's clear that in a lot of cases, the British holidaymaker is a little unbalanced - luggage-wise. Packing can be stressful and this will sometimes lead to rash decisions over what to leave in and what to leave out. This, in turn, leads to the embarrassing spectacle of the holidaymaker on their hands and knees, scratching their heads over an open suitcase as if it were a logic puzzle.
Many travellers are unaware of the companies in place to help them avoid such awkward and financially-troubling scenarios. And without wishing to blow our own trumpet (though it is a nice trumpet and it'd be a shame not to blow it), one of the most popular is Seven Seas Worldwide.
Seven Seas Worldwide is an excess baggage company; it's what we do. If a holidaymaker so chooses, he or she can store extra clothes (or any other holiday item) into our free boxes and leave it to us to send them ahead to their holiday destination, virtually anywhere in the world, door-to-door. In fact, if the holidaymaker wishes to be really smug- Sorry, sensible, they can leave Seven Seas Worldwide to transport all their baggage, door-to-door. Imagine breezing through the airport with just hand luggage, a book, a bottle of water and nothing to check in. Sounds sweet, doesn't it?
Seven Seas Worldwide offers a range of services so that checking-in doesn't have to be a chore. If you're off on a trip soon, get in touch or grab a free online quote. Better that than end up paying the airline to ship it for you. Cheeky airlines.
16 十月 2013
It's been a while since we've put together a list of travel items you absolutely shouldn't buy. So here we are. In the past, we at Seven Seas Worldwide, your trusted experts in international shipping, have been quite straightforward with you - if you buy any of the featured items from this series, you probably need a close friend or a therapist to disconnect you from your laptop and teach you about personal finances.
However, this time we've found some reasonable purchases for your next journey abroad. We say 'reasonable'; they're still essentially luxury items you could spend your whole life being untroubled by, but they're not as ludicrous as that 'tent-in-a-coat' thing whatever it was.
So here goes.
Do you wear contact lenses? Are you forever looking for a suitable place to store them? Oh you have disposables. I see. Well, ignore this bit then. Introducing the Glasses Contact Lens Case. Shaped like a pair of retro black wayfarers, this novelty item is perfect for looking after those sadistic discs of irritation that made me fork out for laser eye surgery some years ago.
Continuing the optical theme, those purveyors of quality goods, "I Want One of Those" have brought out the Immortal Camcorder Sunglasses. Quite what makes them 'immortal' is unclear. I'm sure if I stamped on them enough times, this selling-point would be a hollow one. Nevertheless, the Immortal Camcorder Sunglasses are like a primitive version of Google Glass in that they allow you film people without them knowing. Naturally, we at Seven Seas Worldwide do not condone this behaviour and believe it to be both reprehensible and a bit creepy, so just stick to holiday vids, please. Also, we must make a quick note of the wonderfully retro word 'camcorder' in the name. It conjures up images of those VHS things you had to perch on your shoulder.
Next is the handy language-in-a-pocket device, the Franklin 12-Language Global Translator. Yes, according to Time Magazine's list of must-have travel purchases this year, there's still room in the market for an electronic translator. However, it appears to me like the sort of contraption a city boy from 1987 would have balancing on top of his Filofax as he drove his Porsche 924 to a wine bar to have some other 1980s cultural reference. But you know, it could be handy I guess.
And now, from Reef comes the Stash Sandal, a fashionable piece of footwear that can also conceal your valuables in the sole. Of course, the popularity of such an item will just mean thieves go straight for the sandals.
But that's for a future blog post.
Oh, and if you do load yourself (and your suitcases) down with all this sort of stuff, don't forget we have a first class excess baggage service that will help you get it from A to B. Or B to C. Or wherever.
26 九月 2013
Oh dear. It seems there are problems at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 today. Travellers have been unable to check in their baggage due to a computer problem.
The problem has been sorted (thank you, IT department) but now the backlog has to be dealt with, with thousands of passengers unable to catch their flights and trying to rebook. It seems the planes left on time with far more empty seats than normal. Since the unfortunate start in 2008, T5 has had an impeccable record up till now. However, this is what happens when an enormous machine experiences a computer error.
Luckily Seven Seas Worldwide provides the solution. Why check in baggage in the first place? Why not have someone send it abroad for you? Seven Seas Worldwide can collect your items at your front door and transport them to virtually anywhere else in the world. No more baggage checks, no more queues, no more potential computing disasters.
See what our excess baggage service can do for you today.
20 九月 2013
Are you a seasoned traveller? Oh good. Hello. In which case, you may have heard the news that British Airways is abandoning free baggage allowances on certain European routes. If you check in a bag, you’re going to have to cough up.
This is part of British Airways’ stealth campaign to convince us that travelling light is better for everyone. It’s better for us because it’s cheaper and it’s better for them because it means shorter queues and less time spent in the loading bay. From September 24th, if you only have hand luggage for a number of key domestic and European destinations, you will be rewarded with a £10 discount. The destinations are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Of course, it’s not only BA who have introduced little caveats to encourage light travel. EasyJet and Ryanair have long had extra baggage charges in place leading some travel critics to accuse BA of transforming itself into just another low-cost carrier.
There’s no denying a trend is growing among airlines to deter passengers with excess baggage because to them, excess baggage means excess bother. This is where Seven Seas Worldwide comes in.
We’ve been shipping internationally for nearly twenty years and know a thing or two about sending excess baggage all over the world. If the airlines don’t want it; we’ll take it. We can send your personal belongings door-to-door virtually anywhere in the world, so you don’t have to pay the extra charges at the airport.
Bit of a no brainer, really, if you want to travel with more than one bag. Give us a call, or grab an instant online quote. Go on. You know you want to.