Catch a Flight to Düsseldorf

16 九月 2013

Last week, British Airways announced that it will be launching a three-times-daily service to Düsseldorf from London City Airport. The addition of flights to Dusseldorf is good news for business professionals moving to and from two of the busiest financial cities in the world.

But if you're one of the potential customers taking advantage of these new flights to Düsseldorf, you should also be aware of BA's extra baggage allowances. If you find yourself with too many pieces of extra luggage, British Airways will hit you with a baggage fee which fluctuates depending on your situation (i.e. it will cost less if you pay in advance online). Well, we say they'll 'hit' you with a fee. We don't really mean 'hit', for they do prepare you for these fees on their website. But that doesn't make it any less annoying.

So how can you avoid these unnecessary costs? We're glad you asked. The team at Seven Seas Worldwide are experts in shipping excess baggage and personal belongings all over the world. Imagine leaving your luggage with us to send ahead of you while you breeze through the airport on your flight to Düsseldorf with just your laptop bag. Yes, we know. It sounds sweet.

It works like this: We'll deliver as many empty boxes as you need. Once you're done packing the boxes with your items, we'll turn up to collect them again for forwarding to your chosen destination, door-to-door. We'll do the return leg too. It's as simple as that. Find out more about our international shipping and excess baggage services now, or just grab a quick online shipping quote. Easy.

Leave Teddy Behind - Packing for University

27 八月 2013

Now the envelopes have been opened, the grades digested and placements accepted, it’s time to think about putting your belongings in a box and packing for university. As experts in international shipping, we know a thing or two about how to pack.

Remember the most important things to take are the items that show how fascinating you are: Framed film posters with iconic designs, ukuleles, backpacking mementos and thick essays by intellectuals (you don’t have to read them).

Alternatively, you can just leave all that baggage behind (except the ukulele which you should smash to bits), and concentrate on essentials. One box should be labelled a ‘lifesaver box’ and filled with items you need straight away such as tea and coffee-making facilities, cutlery, toiletries and a corkscrew (optional).

Pack another box with admin because the first week is going to be rather dull and entail a fair bit of queuing before you get your half-smiling, half-blinking image printed onto an ID card. Make sure you have your passport, academic certificates, bank details, NHS medical card, job references, accommodation documents and anything else relevant to your move/degree.

Don’t weigh your boxes down with study books. In fact, don’t weigh your boxes down with anything you can purchase at the other end. Upon arrival, give yourself plenty of time to bed in and do a little shopping, both for your new home and for your studies. And despite the fact we’ve had a very good summer, remember to pack warm and woolly items of clothing for the first few semesters.

If you’re taking laptops and other digital equipment, you might need extension leads, adaptors and memory sticks. Oh and it doesn't hurt (all puns intended) to take some first aid with you such as plasters and paracetamol.

Now you have your boxes packed and ready to go, all you need to think about is moving them. That’s where we come in. If you’re moving to a university within the same country, Seven Seas Worldwide has a specific student removals service to help transport your belongings and baggage from A to B, door-to-door, no fuss. If you have a lot of boxes, you can arrange for collection using one of our MoveCubes – a rather splendid trailer/vehicle thing that can hold the contents of an entire flat. We can handle all kinds of student shipping, in fact, and we can even pick up, store and then drop off your stuff for you with our student storage service. Awesome.

Seven Seas Worldwide also has a global network of depots which makes us a top choice among international students. Grab a free online quote to see what we can do to make your move to university a bit easier.

And actually, if he offers familiarity and reassurance, you can take Teddy if you want.

How to Avoid the Stansted Strike (If It Happens)

15 八月 2013

As you may know, there is talk of strike action by baggage scanners at Stansted Airport scheduled for the August Bank Holiday weekend. GMB union members plan to down their scanning tools from 03:30 to 06:00 BST and from 15:30 to 18:00 starting on Friday 23 August and lasting for four days.

Now this is going to cause a spot of bother at a very busy time – not just for Stansted but also for passengers. If you happen to be leaving or arriving at Stansted during the August Bank Holiday weekend, avoid the delays and disruption by speaking to Seven Seas Worldwide. Wherever you are in the world, we’ll collect your baggage and send it to your chosen destination with no fuss, leaving you to jump the queues and breeze through Stansted airport. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Fortunately, Seven Seas Worldwide is a leader in excess baggage and shipping. We’ve been in the business for nearly twenty years and know a thing or two about shipping baggage abroad. We have a global network of depots to ensure a smooth, safe and secure delivery, door-to-door, virtually anywhere in the world.

The authorities at Stansted have promised they will do their best to avoid serious disruption during the proposed strike but if you want to guarantee that you will be unaffected by the situation, grab a free shipping quote and see what we can do for you today!

Yacht and Superyacht by Travis Monk

06 八月 2013

Our own intrepid voyager Travis Monk takes a look at sailing the high seas in style with yachts of the super variety. Oh, and don’t forget, Seven Seas Worldwide’s MoveCube service is perfect for international shipping and moving abroad if you don’t have a superyacht. Like most people, really.

At this time of the year, there will be people in your social circles who will indulge you in stories of their recent excursions abroad. The most notable and long-winded will undoubtedly be the ‘backpacker’ who will delight in laying on thick the self-enforced hardships he/she had to suffer, all the while reiterating what a magical experience it was.

Well, thanks but no thanks. When I go on holiday, I don’t want to ‘rough it’. Going abroad isn’t about collecting anecdotes about washing your hair in a cow’s trough; it’s about big white fluffy dressing gowns and giving a porter £10 to move an unpleasant couple from Sheffield away from your favourite spot on the private beach.

When I choose to go abroad I always opt for palatial hotels, blue skies and swimming pools the size of a large swimming pool. And nothing says ‘opulent waste of time’ more than a ride in a superyacht. The superyacht I hire for my holiday is called Prometheus, named after the disappointing Ridley Scott film. On board there are jet skis, waterskis, scuba gear and another, smaller yacht. And inside that yacht is another smaller yacht. And inside that yacht is an unpleasant couple from Sheffield that I had removed.

A superyacht like this will set you back. There’s no point mentioning the price, you can’t afford it. It’ll just set you back. As I made several white, bubbling loops around the bay, trying to capsize the dinghies of other holidaymakers -particularly that idiot with the bronzed Spacehopper belly and the Ray-Bans who took all the bacon at breakfast this morning –my captain, Henri, told me more about Prometheus in between regular instructions to slow down and stop chasing everything. ‘You can spend anything up to £5 million on a superyacht holiday,’ he tells me. ‘That means we only deal with a specific kind of customer. Obnoxious ones.’

‘These people don’t want really want a holiday. They want to park the superyacht in a marina somewhere and show it off for two weeks.’ ‘Sounds great!’ I say and head for the nearest port, hitting 12 knots and I think a dolphin (they get a lot of good press but they’re not as smart as you think).

And so for the next fortnight, I sunbathed on the deck, occasionally looking over my sunglasses at passers-by and wishing I were them so that I see how good I looked. And that’s what Henri fails to understand. We all need our egos massaged, our importance noted, our life choices appreciated. Even the backpacker ‘roughing it’ through Peru with just a bottle of Evian and a powerful odour wants to be admired. He wants you to listen to his story. His story is his superyacht.

My superyacht? Well, my superyacht is a superyacht because I’m wealthy.

Fill the Gap - Your Guide to a Trouble-Free Gap Year

29 七月 2013

So it's time for your gap year; that exciting sabbatical of travelling overseas for fun, adventure, education and many varied life experiences.  But as any knowledgeable backpacker will tell you, there's a lot of preparation to do before you even hand in your final paper.  So how do you ensure a smooth journey?  Well, you can't.  You're a gap year student - something always goes wrong.  And very often, these moments will be your funniest anecdotes.  But here at Seven Seas Worldwide, we'll do our best to offer as much advice and guidance as we can to keep your anecdote-level low.

Gap Year Luggage

If a backpack is your chosen gap year luggage (and let's face it, a wheeled suitcase is going to be a nightmare to drag through the jungles of Peru), make sure you don't pack too much. Remember, you'll be carrying this thing everywhere and no matter how young and fit you may be, a heavy backpack is going to cause strain on your back and elsewhere.  Oh and make sure you buy a reliable and sturdy yet comfortable backpack, one with a belt for the waist as well as straps for the arms to lend that extra support when trekking about.  And don't slouch.  Plus if your gap year travel involves 'roughing it', make sure your rucksack is big enough to accommodate a sleeping bag as well as all other essentials.

With the rucksack as your main piece of gap year luggage, you're going to need to be more ruthless than you would be for a regular holiday.  Very often, when packing a suitcase, we'll stuff down the side an extra pair of shorts or a T-shirt or toiletries or a makeup item 'just in case I need it'.  With gap year travel, this sort of thinking should be avoided.  If you're not sure you're going to use it, leave it at home.  A lot of items such as toiletries, clothes and makeup can be purchased while abroad.  These aren't essentials.

However these are...

Gap Year Travel Essentials

Here's a list of items you should certainly have in your rucksack.  You may want to make a note of these and tick them off as you pack.  Peace of mind at the airport and all that.

  • Passport
  • Bank cards
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers
  • Adapters
  • Flight tickets
  • Accommodation details
  • Sun lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Wallet/purse
  • Notepad and pen
  • Nondescript clothes allowing you to mix-and-match
  • Painkillers, aspirin, etc.

Once you have these items ready, be sure to evenly distribute them around the rucksack so it doesn't feel lopsided.  Rucksacks also have this habit of pushing the most hard-edged item into your back so make sure items are placed carefully or wrapped in something soft like your sleeping bag or some clothes.

Packing for a Gap Year

Gap Year Baggage

Right. You're good to go.

As you weave your way through your chosen destinations, absorbing the local cultures and customs, you may find yourself accumulating more stuff than when you first packed, such as souvenirs, gifts and extra food/toiletry/clothing items. What do you when the sheer volume of your gap year luggage exceeds your expectations? Well, without wishing to sound too biased, speak to us. Okay, it sounds a bit biased but hear us out.

Seven Seas Worldwide is fast becoming the first choice for students all over the globe because we're safe, efficient, affordable and very nice on the phone. If you find yourself in a pickle with your gap year luggage while overseas, Seven Seas Worldwide can collect, ship and deliver your items back home, door-to-door, with very little fuss. In fact, we can be there for every eventuality; maybe you want to send your items ahead of you at the start of your gap year or perhaps send a gift package back home? Talk to us today about our excess baggage service, and take a look at our range of amazing student shipping services (including collect and store student storage which is perfect for all the other stuff you might accumulate). Oh and check out our instant online shipping quote engine to see just how affordable we are.