For the past 2 years, while traveling in South America, and now Southeast Asia, I have had all my mail forwarded to an address in North Carolina. Any important mail, or packages I have forwarded to my parent’s house in Colorado.
This has worked out extremely well.
I get to choose which mail is scanned, which mail can get shredded, and which mail I want forwarded (for a minimal extra fee).
So, while traveling to Cusco, Peru I was able to read PDFs of mail from my bank that I wanted scanned. If it was junkmail, I could choose to have it shredded, or actually just let expire and automatically get deleted.
This is a great system, a necessary system for a long-term traveler. For a vacationer just doing their yearly 2 week vacation this would not be a good service, but if you travel for months at a time this makes perfect sense.
From my previous article on using Traveling Mailbox I go into detail on the costs, and compared the service to other similar mail forwarding services, and those reasons still apply. For the price, Traveling Mailbox has the most included scans and services when compared to the rest. Honestly, you’ll most likely just scan the few pieces of mail that look like they are important. Other pieces of mail I just let expire. The only pieces of mail that I actually forward tend to be new credit cards, or the odd check that gets sent to me. Otherwise most of the mail is simply scanned so I can read it online, and even store locally on my computer.
I have already done the homework, comparing other services, and Traveling Mailbox still comes up on top. The only negative I’ve found is that not all states are represented. For example, I wasn’t able to get a mailing address in Colorado. But then, I realized that since I travel for most of the year, I really didn’t need a specific state for my mailing address. That many companies have a separate mailing address, and just like them I could have a mailing address of my own that is separate from my home address in Colorado.
If you are looking for a remote mailbox address where you can read all of you mail online, and even have items forwarded for a low cost, then Traveling Mailbox is for you. Compared to it’s competitors I think it is superior in terms of cost and services provided. If you decide it’s for you, let me know how it works out for you! And give this post a clap so other people can benefit from using Traveling Mailbox too!