Consider Checking Your Stuff Instead of Shipping Internationally

Shipping internationallyEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Shirley S. of Minneapolis, MN, who says:

“I recently mailed a package back to my home in Minneapolis, MN from Vienna, Austria. I paid €149 and the box was quite small. I could have saved myself 100 or so Euros had I just paid to check an extra bag on the flight home.”

I’ve written before about shipping bags instead of paying to check them. So the real tip is to consider both options (shipping and checking your stuff), compare costs and timing (shipping could take longer), and choose the best option for you. It’s almost never cheaper to ship bags internationally, so my advice is to just do it domestically and by ground if you want to save money. Thanks, Shirley!




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1 Comment on "Consider Checking Your Stuff Instead of Shipping Internationally"

  1. ship vs check: the more important question is can you drag TWO bags with you on your trip. I travel for 2 or 3 months and almost always store my bag at a location I have researched over the years (Florence for 10 E a WEEK or Rome for far more)….
    and have shipped a bag home from Florence. the shipment this year was huge, 43lbs and cost over $100 but i would NEVER have been able to drag it around for another 8 weeks.

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