Taking the Edge Off at the Airport

14 November 2013

Easier Airport Trips

Everyone loves to travel. Well, except hermits. But I'm sure even hermits secretly yearn for a stylish ski excursion to Graubunden or a three star jolly to Cancun. However, there's one thing that unites us travellers; airport fatigue. Whenever we plan a break, we always take into account the necessary queuing, stressing and general confusion associated with passing through an airport to board a plane.

Luckily, there are companies out there who try to reduce the stress as much as possible. For instance, the nightmare of taking your own vehicle to the airport has been eroded significantly in recent years thanks to airport parking companies. How I wish I'd had that idea - parking just outside the chaos and then transported to the airport in a bus. Why, it seems so simple - kind of like wheels on a suitcase; we had wheels and suitcases for centuries before someone hit upon the obvious notion that the two could be brought together in a glorious union. Anyway, I digress.

APH or Airport Parking and Hotels is leading the way when it comes to stress-free transition from your car to the airport. They own sizeable airport parking locations at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham airports and provide airport parking at other airport destinations in the UK as well as Southampton and Dover ports. They also cater for passengers staying in airport hotels. This is probably why they've won the British Travel Award for Best Airport Parking, five years in a row.

They've got it sewn up, basically. But this is because they're so reliable. Knowing APH is looking after your car as you explore another culture/sit by the pool reading the new Stephen King, is a comforting thought and the team at APH come highly recommended from this blogger.

To be precise, wheels have only been on suitcases for the past 26 years. Before then, human beings were humping their enormous cases around the airport and thinking "Well, I'll guess there will never be an obvious solution staring me in the face to end this torment." Silly human beings. However, since then, we've made up for lost time with all manner of dynamic wheeled suitcase designs for the seasoned traveller.

One of the most successful in this business is Direct Luggage, who supply the highest quality and most affordable travel luggage around. However, they don't stop as just suitcases, you know. In fact, if you need luggage for business (laptop bags, briefcases), flight accessories (travel adaptors, wash bags), backpacks, wallets and purses, Direct Luggage are the folks to do business with.

If you're slightly embarrassed by the clunky and battered piece of luggage that bumbles it's way round the airport carousel before reaching your outstretched arm, take a peek at the Direct Luggage website for recognisable brands and designer names, from Samsonite and Carlton to Lulu Guinness and Visconti. There are some excellent deals to be had here, so have a peruse today. Oh, and if you end up with too much stuff to carry then don't forget we can ship it for you with our outstanding excess baggage service. Just saying.

Yes, the trip through the airport will always be an arduous one but if you've had a smooth journey to the airport and are buoyed by the brand spanking new suitcase you're holding, you will find the edge taken off somewhat. In the past, something that only duty free Toblerone could do.

How To Unpack

11 November 2013

How To Unpack Stuff

We noticed a small article in the Telegraph last week by Oliver Pritchett about the problem of unpacking after a house move.

A week after moving and Mr. Pritchett claims to be still knee-deep in wrapping paper after overly-cautious removal men sought to give every item a dozen layers. He also blames them for putting items in boxes marked for other items and for putting virtually anything in the box marked 'last minute' (such as a lemon and a pot of flowers).

At Seven Seas Worldwide, we don't just concern ourselves with getting those big old containers on the ships; we're also here to make sure your total experience with us is a rewarding one. That is why we leave the packing to you. We don't get involved in that business because, ultimately, you're the one who know what's best for your stuff. However, we do provide top quality boxes and packing materials free of charge so that you start off on the right foot.

At this stage, our advice on how to pack would not to be vague when writing on the boxes - after all, what does 'last minute' mean anyway? Anything could be in that box and by the time it arrives at your new home, you will have forgotten anyway. Be precise about the room where the box will be going and perhaps list a few of the items too if you've got time. If there's a system in place at the beginning of the journey, there will be a system at the end too.

Perhaps a more useful box would be one marked 'first minute'. This would be filled with things you need as soon as you arrive such as tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries, cutlery, a corkscrew (optional), and other similar items of urgency. The reassurance of having these items around you will also give you the boost you need mentally to see through the arduous task of unpacking.

Another valuable piece of advice on how to unpack well would be to use a delivery method that demands order. For this, we recommend the MoveCube which just happens to be the creation of Seven Seas Worldwide. For those unaware of this revolutionary option in relocation, the MoveCube is a container on a trailer that comes to your home. All you have to do is load it with your boxes. After a few hours, we'll take it away again to drop off at your chosen destination, door-to-door. Pretty nifty, yes?

But the MoveCube requires focus and planning. You can't just throw stuff on the back of it as if it were a rag and bone cart. Everything needs to be packed carefully so the space in the MoveCube can be utilised successfully. Once you've done a thorough job of loading the MoveCube at your old address, the process of unloading it at the other end will be a most rewarding one.

Mr. Pritchett intends on hiding in the cupboard under the stairs until the unpacking chaos has dissipated. Little does he know that with a MoveCube, he could have been in his slippers and relaxing in front of the ten o'clock news within hours of picking off the first stretch of parcel tape. Don't make the same mistake and give us a call instead the next time you're moving house.

Posted in: Packing, Moving Home

When the Sea Isn't Required

06 November 2013

Mini Moves and Overland Shipping

Despite the expansive-sounding name, Seven Seas Worldwide doesn't just send items overseas. No, we're here for the smaller trips. Let's say you want to move to another city, another town, or even just one street along, Seven Seas Worldwide is here to assist. After all, a move is a move and distance has nothing to do with stress.

Our service for the smaller trips is called 'Mini Moves'. The same network is in place to ensure a safe and smooth delivery but as there are no enormous container ships involved in the journey, you'll get your boxes much sooner. As with the overseas shipping orders, we will send you free boxes, bubble wrap and a big marker pen for all your packing needs. We want you to do a good job, you see. Then we'll return to collect your packed boxes and whisk them away to your chosen destination, door-to-door.

Now we can either collect your boxes and put them in the back of one of our vans or, if you're moving a significant amount of personal belongings, you can hire a MoveCube to do the job. In case you're not aware of our highly successful service, the MoveCube® is a container which arrives at your door on a trailer. And very snazzy it looks too. Once the MoveCube® has been filled to suit your needs, we'll take it away again and park it outside the door of new home for unloading. It's a great idea and is proving very popular with customers all over the world. 

In addition to this, we also offer a much more affordable alternative to the service of storage companies. If you've ever used a storage company, you'll know it never feels particularly comfortable to be throwing large quantities of cash at someone who's just keeping an eye on your stuff. Seven Seas Worldwide provides a cheaper solution in the form of a collect and store option as part of its relocation service. So let's just say for example you're moving out of one home but your transfer to the next won't be immediate - there's a bit (or a lot) of wait time before you can move in. Not a problem; just let us store your boxes for you until you're ready to have them redelivered. It couldn't be simpler.

Of course, you might not be moving at all. You might just be sending a load of DVD box sets back to your friend who demanded their return. And fair enough really, you've had that season of Breaking Bad for nearly a year. Whatever the situation, Seven Seas Worldwide is here to help. Give us a call or get a quote today via our online quote engine to find out more.

Posted in: SSW, Shipping, Moving Home

Send it by SeaPost!

21 October 2013

International Parcel Shipping

Seven Seas Worldwide is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-spanking-new international shipping service called SeaPost. It's different from our other services because it's designed for commercial shipments only.

At the moment, the service operates out of the UK, so if you regularly use a freight forwarding company to send commercial shipments to Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, please read on. You could save yourself a packet.

The major air freight companies all have two things in common - they use the air to transport commercial goods and they're a tad on the pricey side. We're doing things differently at SeaPost. We only travel by sea to keep both the cost down and our carbon footprint small. Also, travelling by sea means we can take larger consignments. Providing you know how to plan ahead, sending your commercial goods by SeaPost is the sensible option for you and your business.

Our existing Baggage Worldwide service sends personal belongings and excess baggage all over the world via our global network of depots but it differs from SeaPost because it requires you to be at the other end to meet your stuff. With SeaPost, you don't have to travel anywhere. We'll take care of everything for you.

Of course, you may be asking 'Why can't I send my commercial goods via your existing service and pretend that they're personal belongings?' Good question. Because it's against the law and you will most likely be caught. If the authorities do inspect your belongings and discover this to be the case, you will incur an enormous fine that will put paid to any hopes you had of making a saving in the first place.

So what do you think? Can we do business? Check out our commercial shipping services today - or just head on over to our section on parcel shipping and find out more.

Posted in: Shipping, SSW

Don't Buy This Stuff (6)

16 October 2013

Excess Baggage Ideas

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.

Posted in: Travel, Packing