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Shipping Suitcase Worldwide with Luggage Forward

Moving abroad with all your favorite, sentimental things in a suitcase might seem to be very stressful and expensive. Carrying all your belongings from A to B is not the best way to enjoy the holidays. Furthermore most of the airlines are starting to charge for checking your luggage in and sometimes prices can be ridiculous. Shipping suitcases can avoid the head and muscle aches.

This is what happened to me, after living for a while in New Zealand and realizing that it’s not my favourite place to stay I decided to relocate my home back to Europe. Nevertheless I planned to make a stop in the Maldives to gather some vitamin D and Sea after the cold weather in Hobbit land. As I already mentioned taking all your clothes to a paradise destination can cause a burdensome experience and empty your bank account in one click.

So I decided to ship my beloved 20+ kgs of stuff back to Germany first. I found Luggage Forward on the internet and felt comfortable and secure with sending my suitcase with them. The website is very easy to navigate: Already on the first page you can see the costs of your door to door delivery. Prices depend on the size and type of the luggage, you can even send your bicycle case! The distance and the speed of service that you select also plays significant role. I chose the standard bag 23kg for $679 and will be delivered within 5 days.

You need to create your account, it takes just 10 minutes. This will also help you to track your suitcase and follow every step. I’m the one who asks a lot of questions so I contacted [email protected] and a very friendly consultant helped me with all my questions within 12 hours! Important to mention that you definitely need to have a valid passport and detailed list of items packed in the suitcase.

I would suggest to plan sending your luggage at least 2 weeks in advance and not just one week like me. The company still needs time to send you tags for the bag, which will come separately one week after you confirmed your pick up. I almost missed my tags because the courier thought that no one was at home and left a note that he will bring it on the next day but my bag needed to be picked up on the same day. So in the end both, the delivery and pick up men, arrived seconds apart from each other. The pick up is by the way between 1-3pm. Nevertheless it’s amazing when your bag is collected from your home, so you don’t need to worry about tiring shlepping, overweight or waiting lines at the check in at the airport! Moreover you know that it will arrive safe within the next 5-7 days at your other home without getting lost or damaged.

I sent my luggage to Germany to my mum’s address and unfortunately Germans are famous for controlling everything. Important to mention Germany is one of the few countries that requires passport and baggage content specifics, most of the destinations allow allow simple pickup & delivery with very little documentation. My mum received a letter in a written in a terrifying way that they have my luggage and they need more information about me like the exact reason of sending it, if I’m moving back to Germany, the reason why and proof for it plus exact details what’s inside. If they won’t get information within the few days they will send the suitcase back and I will need to carry the costs. The curious fact is the info was already included. Germans are just famous for their bureaucracy that always makes myself and I know the whole country panic. I contacted Luggage Forward and they replied within a few hours despite the time difference that there is no reason to worry, they will take care of everything. And they did! So thanks to the Luggage Forward – Team for their support!

All in one I can say that Luggage Forward is an attractive alternative to travel light. It might seem pricy but what you gain in convenience and reliability is definitely worth paying a few extra dollars. And isn’t it great to travel light knowing that all your precious belongings are safely waiting for you at your next destination?


Jetstar is a low-cost Australian airline which is based in Melbourne. It’s a part of Qantas Airways allowing you to have various flights within Australasia. It means the airline provides domestic and international services.

There are different experiences with Jetstar, I had a good one though. I had a domestic flight from Auckland to Wellington in New Zealand and was satisfied with the service and comfort in economy class. My advice, be sure to include your luggage when you book a ticket. Additionally you will get a selection of meals or snacks even on the short distance flights.


Seats of Jetstar

Seats in one of the Jetstar’s plane

The inner area of the plane is spacious and the seats were comfortable and very wide in comparison to Asian and even European airlines. The dark colours of the interior were not very appealing but I could handle it on my 1 hour flight. You can also book extra legroom seats, which in my opinion is ridiculous. Everyone should get a sufficient amount of leg space and be treated with dignity.

Customer service

Jetstar staff

Jetstar staff

We were welcomed onboard by the friendly smiles of the flight attendants. Inflight service was offering various drinks and snacks for an acceptable expense, considering the usual airline prices. Nevertheless I have heard some negative experiences with the Australian branch of Jetstar.


There are no entertainment options facilitated on the short distance flights. If you are planing to have a longer flight you are able to pre-purchase some inflight time-killers, which includes movies, TV, games and music. That should be done directly while booking a ticket, so no spontaneous decisions.


Bacon and cheese toasty

Bacon and cheese toasty

On our flight we had a decent-sized bacon and cheese toasty and a beef pie. On top of that we could choose a drink. The taste of the food was alright, we couldn’t complain. So all in one everything was fine.

Beef pie

Beef pie

Here you will find more air line reviews that are popular in Australia.

Flight Review: Why is it Always Great to Fly with SriLankan Airlines

In the airline review I write and share my personal experience of the following airline. I experienced Sri Lankan Airlines on my way to Colombo, Sri Lanka from Frankfurt Airport, Germany. I’ve never flown with this low cost airline company before, that’s why I was suspicious. My doubts started to fade a bit when I saw the stewardesses pass me by towards the gate in their beautiful Sri Lankan dresses in bright peacock colours as their uniform. Check-in and boarding all went very smoothly and before I knew it I was on the airplane.

Cabin of Sri Lankan Airlines

I was flying in the 2-4-2 seated airplane mainly decorated with eye-catching turquoise colours. Every seat had a screen with different forms of entertainment. The legroom was manageable but could be more spacious, especially when you are flying long distance. Nevertheless everything was tidy and everyone was provided with blankets, headsets and pillows.

Customer service of Sri Lankan Airlines

The staff was amazing: very friendly and helpful. Me and my partner landed in the middle section, but we hoped that there would be space in the 2-seated aisle next to the window. We asked one of the attendants if there were seats available for us. Unfortunately there were no spare seats, so she asked a lonely traveler to switch places with us. He didn’t mind and we were happy to spend the following 10 hours with just the 2 of us.


As I already mentioned there was a screen for every passenger, on which you could choose from numerous entertaining programs, satisfying anyone’s taste. There were various movies old and new, fun little games and puzzles, music, documentaries and you can even see through the pilots eyes and the airplane’s belly with the help of installed cameras.

Food on the airplane

There was plenty of food and drinks available during the entire flight. You were able to take your pick from a wide spectrum of non-alcoholic and alcoholic liquids. We were served with 2 main courses of Sri Lankan cuisine, which were surprisingly fulfilling and very delicious.

Sri Lankan Airlines

Low Cost Airline Review: Airline Air Asia

Air Asia airline is the cheapest flight company that you can use within the Asia Pacific. It’s great to use for  short distances around 5 hours but for longer flights it’s not worth saving money over. As I already mentioned Air Asia offers low price flights, that’s why you shouldn’t expect too much comfort or amazing service.

Cabin of Air Asia airline

The inside of the plane has a grey and red colour scheme which is not the most appealing colour combination. It’s equipped with the most basic of airline comfort, there are no measures of entertainment provided. The seats are pretty soft but when they are in the upright position it feels unnatural, as if you’re being pushed by a plank of wood. Still you have enough space for your feet.

Air Asia, cabin

The cleanliness of the airplane will be a surprise every time you fly with Air Asia. The seats are old and dirty, tray tables can still contain stains.

Customer service of Air Asia airline

If you travel with the larger luggage don’t forget to add the weight to your ticket, otherwise it can be very pricy. Very important to know the exact weight that you are allowed to take, if you have more than you’re supposed to take you will have two options left: To take some clothes out of your suitcase and carry it as a hand luggage or pay a crazy amount of money. The Air Asia personal is afraid to do anything wrong because otherwise they need to pay a fine.

Air Asia, flight attendants

The flight attendants are very friendly and polite, nevertheless the service is not professional and very chaotic. You need to pay for everything on the plane, at least you prebook extra weight for you luggage, that also includes a meal with water. The company even tries to prohibit you from bringing your own food on board.

Food on the Airplane

Air Asia, food

Air Asia offers various snacks and drinks for an affordable price on the plane. The coffee is actually better then most I’ve drunk during any other flights. The main courses are edible but it’s not deluxe kitchen. Let’s say it will calm down your hunger for the next couple of hours.

cheap travel by bus in europe

Cheap travel by bus in Europe

Traveling nowadays has reached a revolution, people are changing their destinations more than ever before. The reason for that is the flexible timetables, various ways to travel and surprisingly low costs. The easiest way to reach multiple destinations in Europe is doubtlessly by train, but unfortunately train companies are not travel friendly because most of the time they ask for ridiculously high prices. So if you are willing to explore Europe by road but you are on a tight budget or you just prefer to spend your money smart, then traveling by bus will be a great option for you. For spontaneous travelers here is a list of the main bus-lines with their good and bad sides.


Eurolines is one of the biggest and cheapest bus line networks in Europe. It provides it’s customers with an extensive network across Europe, 29 different countries to all major European cities. Unfortunately there is no big variety in departure times.

It’s possible to book a ride just a couple of hours before but you definitely need to print out your ticket, which are are by the way not refundable. If you travel to another country within Europe, you should always be prepared to show your passport or ID. You are free to take two medium sized suitcases, which will be stored in the cargo hold. The friendly drivers will help you, but it’s not always the case that they can speak the local language or English.

As I already mentioned Eurolines is the cheapest bus company, so automatically you should know that it attracts specific clientele. On the tickets it always says you should be at the bus station 1h before, this is not true. You can just come 10 minutes before, furthermore Eurolines are often late. That’s why if you planned to have a 5h ride, anticipate to arrive minimum 1h later. Sometimes it can happen that the bus tour was canceled or there is no seat available, regardless of you buying a ticket already, and you won’t be informed concerning said changes.

The inside of the bus is fine, the seats are pretty hard but it’s ok for a journey of max. 5-6 h. It has toilet facilities that can sometimes give of an odor to the whole bus. On the website it says that the company provides it’s customers with Wi-Fi. Unfortunately I’ve experienced it only once out of a couple of times. Moreover it didn’t work properly.


Flixbus is a affordable and reliable bus line from Germany. As we all know Germans are famous for their affinity for punctuality, so this transport will pick you up and bring to your chosen destination mostly on time. At the moment the company is overtaking all other bus networks, smartly building a monopoly. But it’s fine because they offer a good service for expectable costs. The question is only for how long.

If you are traveling with Flixbus, you can be extremely spontaneous, because you can quickly buy tickets online or even from the driver. If you’ve decided to cancel your trip, you can use the spent money for your next journey. Departure times and routes have a wide range. But this is not the only one benefit of traveling with this company, they also offer clean, comfortable and spacious seats, plug sockets, which is very useful to charge your phone or laptop and Wi-Fi, which is not so bad but it works only in Germany. I had the situation a couple of times that we didn’t have any internet on the bus, so people needed to talk to each other instead of staring on the screen.

Flixbus is very popular in Europe, especially in Germany, it means it can be full with travelers. It’s better to come 15 minutes before departure, so you will have enough time to put your luggage into the hold and find the perfect seat for you. The quality and the duration of the ride depends on the driver. Some of them don’t care about punctuality, take breaks longer than they are allowed and can even smoke in the bus.


Megabus used to be an English low price competitor of Flixbus. So the German bus company decided to acquire it. The same has happened to German colleague Postbus, now they are also part of the Flixbus corporation. This means that they have equal quality and prices.


Before you decide to travel by bus you should think what is more important for you: time, costs or comfort. If you need around 5 hours to get to your destination, then you can really go low in price. This period of traveling is convenient to spend your time in a low budget bus.

In my opinion for longer journeys it is better to spend a bit more money and have a comfortable and relaxing trip. Just think about it, when you arrive you want to enjoy the city and if the journey was horrendous  you will be exhausted and moody.

The best way to search for the cheap bus tickets is to use busliniensuche website. Unfortunately it’s in only in German, again it’s the German mentality to keep everything in their own language, but it’s easy to operate. Another alternative to find the best way to get to your dream destination is GoEuro. It’s similar to the first searching tool but it translated in 12 different languages. Additionally it displays Europe’s excellent rail, bus and air travel.

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