Traveling the globe is fantastic. It really is a great way to live, but, like all things in life, it has its drawbacks, one of which is that it is often hard to get home for special occasions like Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and other family events.
Most of the time, families are understanding. They know you would like to be there but cannot always do so. However, generally speaking, they still expect you to send a gift. That is fair enough and something you usually really want to do anyway.
Coping with unreliable postal services
The problem is that in many parts of the world the postal system is not very reliable, and it is often extremely expensive. Going online and ordering gifts that way is an easy way to overcome this challenge.
Unique gifts you can easily order online
Firms like hellocanvas.co.uk make this super easy to do. Using the services of professional printers, like them, you can easily create truly unique gifts for your friends and family.
If you have taken a great photo of the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower, or of the Taj Mahal, all you need to do is to upload it to the print company´s site. Once there, you can edit it slightly, choose a frame and finish, and place your order. It really could not be easier. In about a week, a beautiful poster, metal print or canvas print will arrive at your friend or family member´s home. Most of the big online print firms also offer a gift wrapping service and allow you to add a personal message.
There are many different kinds of photo gifts you could have created. These include phone, tablet and laptop covers, which make particularly welcome gifts.
Be sure to pay for your purchases in a secure manner
If you do decide to order goods online while traveling it is important to pay in a secure way. This in-depth article explains the most secure way to use the internet as a traveler. It includes a couple of paragraphs which cover the subject of paying for items using your credit card, while travelling.
Sending home souvenirs
If you happen to be in a country that does have a reliable postal system you can potentially send souvenirs home. The trick is to find out in advance how expensive postage is in advance. That way, you will know whether you need to stick to buying little trinkets or will be able to send larger items home without paying too much.
Before you go shopping, it is wise to check local rules and regulations regarding what can be sent through the post. Expats from your home country are usually very knowledgeable about the best way to post things back home. If you go into a bar or restaurant that is run by expats the chances are good that you can strike up a conversation with someone and quickly gain the information you need.
Photo by Jennifer C.
DISCLOSURE: This post was written in collaboration with Hello Canvas.