27 February 2013
Job interviews can be scary but they take on extra weight if you’re trying to get a job to start a career in another country. This blog from the experts in excess baggage shipping, Seven Seas Worldwide, hopes to relieve you of that extra scary weight. And ship your stuff for you of course, but that's not the focus right now.
If you’re moving to Australia from the UK or the United States, you will at least be sharing the same language as your potential employers (barring one or two local idioms that may have failed to cross the Indian Ocean) but it’s important to know what to expect as Australian employers are just as conscientious as anyone else - despite the nation’s famously laidback reputation, so put those Foster's adverts at the back of your mind. Actually, put them at the back of your mind regardless; they're awful.
You’re lucky enough to be living in the digital age. Seriously, you’re tremendously fortunate, we can’t stress this enough. Do you realise how amazing that is? To just type something into a search engine bar and receive billions of pages on the subject in question? It’s incredible. And with that in mind, surely a little research on your employers won’t go a miss. Hit up their official website, find out about their business, think about how you’d fit into the company dynamic and how your talents could be successfully employed there.
Take a notepad and pen in with you. Your interviewers will usually tell you a bit about themselves and the company so it’s good to jot down any relevant information that you can refer to later. It's best not to use your phone as a notepad. No matter how you style it, you'll always look like you're texting. It always looks a bit rude. Try not to do it.
Perhaps at the end of the interview when they ask if you have any questions, you can fashion a question from your notes. It’s good to have a question than not have one. We don’t need to explain why, do we? Thought not. Let’s move on.
It’s important to be friendly, assertive and, if you can, funny. Throwing in the odd joke or humourous observation during the interview could make all the difference. After all, a sense of humour is important to the dynamic of any team you’re working in. If you don't have a sense of humour, then we can't help you. You've probably given up on this blog post by now anyway. Good luck.
Oh and dress smartly. It doesn’t matter what the job is, you need to show you care enough to make an impression. This will work wherever you're going for a job actually, not just when you're moving abroad to Australia or wherever.
That’s it really. Make sure your hands aren’t clammy before shaking theirs and go get ‘em. And let us know how you get on too.
26 February 2013
Croatia has much to offer the ambitious holidaymaker whether they’re looking for a party island to throw some shapes or taking in its ubiquitous natural beauty. But where are the hotspots and the no-go zones? Luckily, Seven Seas Worldwide - the quite frankly top-notch international shipping service - has done a bit of research. Don't forget we can ship your excess baggage to Croatia - or anywhere really - to save you a bundle on airline luggage fees wherever you're headed.
There are a number of stunning national parks in Croatia including the Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park, both of which feature dozens of interconnecting lakes and magnificent waterfalls. These picturesque locations are close to towns and villages, making it the perfect place to spend the day hiking, exploring and taking arty photographs with various Instagram filters.
Croatia has its fair share of summer festivals for those of you looking for a more lively experience and Novalja on the island of Pag, is fast becoming a hot party destination during the summer season amongst young people who enjoy drinking alcohol and embarrassing themselves.
Croatia's capital city, Zagreb, is also a good bet; a pulsing, metropolitan hub with a vibrant nightlife, countless restaurants and bars, and – as with many European cities – a captivating fusion of history and art with an abundance of museums and galleries such as the Archaeology Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art which, from the outside, looks like a giant Tetris piece.
Now for the negative stuff. It is predicted that Croatia will not be free of mines until at least 2019, as a result of Croatia’s War of Independence in the early 1990s. The Croatian government has spent millions of dollars in recent years on demining unstable areas including Eastern Slavonia, Karlovac County, Brodsko-Posavska County, and more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. A significant impact has been made as a result of this investment but declaring the country ‘mine-safe’ is a long way off and the island of Vis is still considered an unstable area. However, it is worth remembering that not a single tourist has been killed by a mine and UNESCO has removed the Plitvice Lakes National Park from its endangered list and declared it mine-free.
Other slightly more trivial things worth noting are the taxis. Taxis are expensive virtually everywhere in Croatia and unless you enjoy splashing the cash unnecessarily, I’d recommend other forms of transport.
Oh and be careful of the sea urchins in Razanj.
21 February 2013
Fearless travel writer Travis Monk braves the streets of Recife Carnival in search of sights, sounds, smells and sequins on behalf of Seven Seas Worldwide. If you're going carnival-ing or just need some extra space for all your clothes, sequins, feathers, beads and whatever else you're carrying in your luggage (we won't judge) take a look at our excess baggage shipping which can save you a bundle on airline fees.
I open the balcony doors of my hotel and look out onto the street to see assorted bright colours and shapes flowing down the thoroughfare like vibrant sewage.
I am in Recife, north Brazil for international shipping company Seven Seas Worldwide. One of the locals making their way into the centre of town, wearing a sequined Tyrannosaurus Rex costume, looks up and makes direct eye contact with me, similar to the moment when the Tyrannosaurus Rex stares inside the car in Jurassic Park – but sexier. She beckons me to come and join the party. Luckily I had been planning to all along, and quickly unpack my hummingbird costume.
I've been to the Recife Carnival every year for the past six months and the reason I keep coming back is the overwhelming sense of inclusion and the acceptable nudity. But it’s mainly the inclusion thing. No one is an outsider here – not even the man who dresses up each year as a computer virus – and the feeling that one can belong to a place almost as soon as your sandals touch the hot tarmac is something that throbs through Recife like a mobile phone on a marble table.
Recife Carnival is not as commercial as Rio’s famous carnival. In Rio, it’s all too easy to stumble across a flamboyant dancer dressed as a Pepsi vending machine or to watch from the curb as groups of excited performers on extravagant floats distribute sample packets of a new fabric softener. Recife is different. There’s no money here. People spend years perfecting their costumes, putting everything on hold until they find the right sequin or button. One elderly lady in town has spent 34 years on a dress she still hasn’t worn. By all accounts, it’s a sartorial representation of South America’s growing economy. It measures half a mile wide and so far includes 3 million sequins, 80,000 feathers and a billion beads. She apparently told neighbours “I just can’t find the right belt.”
As I approach my darling Tyrannosaurus Rex, my path is intercepted by a Brontosaurus. Not a real one. This instead is an ostentatious fellow whose choice of costume provides the perfect route to enticing conversation. As their chins begin to wag, I step in to highlight the absurdity of a Brontosaurus dating a Tyrannosaurus Rex but my Jurassic accuracy falls on deaf ears and I buzz into the nearest bar for several shots of Rabo-de-galo. “The night is young!” says my bartender as he places down another glass to mark the observation.
Unfortunately it didn’t get any older either. I passed out.
15 February 2013
There are many seasoned travellers who wish to cover the country of Mexico but refrain from doing so because of the news that filters through various outlets about the crime rate. It’s true that Mexico has a problem. A big one. But it’s a vast country and if you do your research, you’ll discover some outstanding destinations. Luckily, your international shipping supremo has done some groundwork for you.
Mexico City itself is a fascinating hybrid of its historic past and optimistic future. The government had a bit of a tidy up here for Mexico’s bicentennial two years ago and places such as the Plaza Garibaldi are well worth a visit. There are also some captivating historical Aztec sites to visit and the city also boasts a number of top-class hotel destinations.
For a more relaxed escape, Puerto Vallarta is fast becoming the choice of the young holidaymaker with its paradisiacal havens (loving my new Thesaurus app!), enticing beaches and authentic Mexican cuisine.
If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of Mexico’s past in between the occasional snorkelling adventure, Cozumel – off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula – is the setting for you with its beautiful coral reefs and rich Mayan history.
Over the last decade or so, Cancún has established itself as the hedonist’s destination thanks to the scores of excitable US college girls and boys who descend on various resorts throughout the city during Spring Break. If you’re planning a fortnight of merrymaking that your parents would disapprove of, spring or summer here is recommended.
Alternatively, if you wish to experience the sights and sounds of this sumptuous city without witnessing teenagers sitting on kerbs, regretting their last Jägerbomb, winter is a better time of the year to explore.
Don’t forget that Mexico is often affected by hurricanes, usually around June-November time. The last noteworthy storm was in 2007 when Cancún was hit hard by Hurricane Dean – many young partygoers lost their luggage and clothes. Actually, a lot of them lost their clothes long before the hurricane arrived, but that’s another story.
Leaving aside Mexico’s fabulously successful holiday scene for a moment, its extraordinary history of drug-related violence requires addressing. The fact is, some areas of the country are extremely dangerous and must not be visited. Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas regularly report serious violent crime and the border areas such as Reynosa, Tampico, Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez remain off-limits for obvious reasons. Highways connecting Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon to the US border have seen an increase in bus and car-hijackings and robberies in the last few years. What we're saying is, "Don't say we didn't try to look out for you!"
It’s also worth noting that as with any other major city in the globe, tourists in busy areas are targets for street criminals. Keep your belongings safe, your valuables out of sight and don’t jump into the back of a car just because the driver bellows ‘Taxi!’ at you through the window.
So there you go. Don’t let bad press make you shelve Mexico as a possibility for your next vacation. We can ship stuff there too. In fact we can ship excess baggage and other things more or less anywhere. That's why we're an international shipping company. Get a free shipping quote now.
15 February 2013
One of the most off-putting factors about moving abroad to Australia, visiting Australia or generally relocating overseas in that part of the world for many is the presence of spiders. Here are the facts: Yes, some of them are big. Big and crawly. Yes, some of them are poisonous. However, no one has died from a spider bite in Australia for over 30 years. So if you can get past the size thing, you’ll be fine. Having said that, make sure you don’t get on the wrong side of a Funnel Web spider because it’s one of the deadliest spiders in the world. If you suspect you've been bitten by one of the forty different species of Funnel Web spider, make a quick dash to A&E. Signs that you’ve been bitten by a Funnel Web Spider are…well, they’re unpleasant so we won’t post them here. Just do the A&E thing and get some antivenom down you.
Unless you’re Bear Grylls or some other alpha male show-off with a TV show, a Black Widow spider will leave you alone. If you tinker with its nest or provoke it in any way, it will bite you on the hand. From then on, you better put your affairs in order and delete your browser history because you’re not going to be around for long. Or get some antivenom. Actually, do that first.
Although arachnids have not been responsible for any fatalities in Australia for decades, snakes remain a deadly menace, and it’s these unforgiving inhabitants you need to be most wary of. Australia is home to 7 species of the 10 most poisonous snakes in the world. Among the most feared are the Eastern Brown snake, the Australian Tiger snake and the not-at-all-misleadingly named ‘Death Adder’.
Then there’s the jack jumper ant. To put it bluntly, these things are vicious little b*****s. They’re venomous, scavenging carnivores and are responsible for more deaths in Tasmania than sharks, snakes, wasps and spiders combined.
For more information about Australian spiders and other deadly (and frankly, unlikeable) creepy crawlies, these links are quite handy:
And we haven’t even touched on the enemies lurking in the surrounding seas. But that’s for another blog. In the meantime don't forget we can handle shipping to Australia for your excess baggage and all kinds of other stuff. It's what we're here for, after all.