28 February 2013
Did you know St Patrick’s Day is on March 18th this year? Thought not. It’s normally on the 17thbut as this day is on a Sunday this year, it’s been shifted along one day. So there you go. The novelty Guinness hat and green tinsel wig can stay in the wardrobe a little longer.
If you’ve turned to your partner recently and said ‘Darling, why don’t we book a flight to the place St Patrick Christianised the Irish from their native polytheism in the year 432?’ then this is the blog for you. At Seven Seas Worldwide we've found a number of cheap flight deals for those looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day where it should be celebrated.
Ryanair are flying out from London Stansted to Dublin from around £70 per person and from Luton at around £90 per person. They’re also flying out from Manchester to Dublin at around £45. Thomas Cook are offering a range of St Patrick’s Day breaks to Dublin, Cork and Belfast with flight-and-hotel deals starting from around £100 per person.
For those in the US shipping abroad and needing a rundown of flight deals to Dublin, Belfast and Shannon, check out fly.com. Prices start at $460 for a roundtrip including taxes. Alternatively, you could stay closer to home for St Patrick’s Day with Lastminute.com’s flight deals to Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
If you’re prepared to go the hostel route with like-minded revellers for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin, as well as a Guinness Storehouse Tour and Tasting, take a look at the offer from Topdeck.
Aer Lingus can get you from London Gatwick to Dublin in time for St Patrick’s Day at around £130 per person and British Airways are flying out from London Heathrow to Dublin at around £270 per person.
Alternatively, you could try your local O’Neill’s pub. It’s cheaper and they probably won’t frown on your shamrock-shaped novelty glasses. You also won't require our own expert excess baggage services. Not as much fun as packing big boxes of green stuff up for shipping to Ireland though.
That last part was a shameless plug by the way.
28 February 2013
A James Bond marathon and chocolate might be a popular option for many but it is certainly not the ideal way to make the most of the extended Easter weekend. Perhaps a more productive way to make the Easter break count is to go on a trip, rounding off a dark winter with a short break in a hot climate. Check out the holiday deals we've found. We may be an overseas shipping company but we know a thing or two about the importance of catching rays.
Of course if you’re thinking about getting away, it’s best to take a look what out’s there now before waiting till the last minute so you can take your pick of the locations and flight times: No one wants to be dragging a fat suitcase on wheels through an airport at three in the morning, clutching a takeaway coffee with their eyelids glued together.
If you happen to have offspring in tow (rendering the phrase ‘quick break’ meaningless because nothing’s ever quick when you’re accompanied by a child, but anyway…), you’ll probably want to go for a city break as there will be plenty of options available and you’ll find some attractive offers at a decent price for cities such as Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
If you’re searching for a slightly warmer destination at this time of year, the Canary Islands are a safe bet, particularly the beautiful island of La Palma, northwest of the archipelago and the fifth largest of the seven islands. In fact it’s so nice, don’t bring the kids – they’ll only spoil the tranquility.
Budget Air is offering an Easter package to various locations this year including flights to Paris at £126 per person. Co-Operative Travel has a range of deals for hotel resorts in Alicante in March and April with flights starting from £192 per person.
Superbreak has hundreds of deals for the Easter weekend including 2 nights in Prague from £144 per person and Eurostar breaks to Brussels, Lille, Antwerp and Rotterdam from around £130 per person. Opodo is doing an Easter promotion with cheap flights to Berlin, Prague, Lisbon, Lyon, Riga and many other destinations.
Thomson Holidays is offering a range of flight deals from Newcastle, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and other UK airports, to destinations such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Cyprus with prices starting at £380 per person. And finally, Easyjet is also laying on flights to Majorca, Madrid, Budapest and other desirable European locations from around £150 per person.
Now if you don’t find something to whet your appetite amongst that lot, perhaps the back-catalogue of Roger Moore’s interpretation of a two-dimensional spy is a safer bet.
Oh and don't forget to check out the deals currently on offer from Seven Seas Worldwide, should you need a little assistance with your international shipping or excess baggage to save a bundle on those airline fees.
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.