Top 15 Products You Can Easily Sell On Hand2Hand 

Top 15 Products You Can Easily Sell On Hand2Hand 

By now you know that we, at Hand2Hand, like to keep our users satisfied. Therefore, we 
don’t want you to think that we don’t care about you. Actually, we’re here to help you in 
every way!  
So, today we’ll tell you some of the products you can order or find in your 
Hand2Hand app or give you some nice cool tips to profit with your travels.  
If you are a flight attendant, a digital nomad, a backpacker, a member of a cruise staff 
or just a tourist, you can think of easily putting up for sale some products that are top sales 
around the world! 
Mind that all the products here are published according to the number of worldwide 
sales. Let’s begin our list!! 

 

15. Sony PlayStation 

 

Being only rivaled with Microsoft’s Xbox, the PlayStation is the best-seller of gaming 
consoles. Actually, Sony has introduced a lot of new concepts and features throughout the years 
that kept the gaming world loyal to this living-room partner. With more than 335.000.000 units 
sold, we think it’s a good idea for you to snap a picture to our app and sell this amazing product 
in countries where the prices are just too high. 

 

14. Bluetooth Speakers

 

They are known by giving the best moments you’ll have in our life. While partying 
with your friends at home or, if you have an old car, with your date by the sea, the Bluetooth 
speakers make you feel like the only thing you need to make the mood even better is a drink. 

 

13. Bottle of Wine 

 

Speaking about drinks, wine is one of the most desirable drinks in the world. But the 
truth is that not every wine brand is commercialized in every part of our enormous world, so 
take an advantage on that. Request a bottle of wine for that special dinner with your friends or 
put it up for sale to one collector of great rare wines. 
 

12. Eatable Products 

 

Today we have a lot of people with different choices and tastes when it comes to their 
meal. Some of them take their food choices like a religion and need to have some local 
products not always available in their countries. We can tell you that the coconut oil is 
one of the most searched items in the internet, alongside with Matcha Powder (a fine powder 
made out of green tea that gives you the effects in a more powerful way). We are sure that they 
all want to pay less for their request by not submitting their payment to delivery transportations 
or extra taxes. 
 

11. Baby Products 

 

People who are parents know how much these things cost. From diapers to baby products, 
there are countries where the prices of this items are just a turn off! So stop doing the math 
and have fun, Hand2Hand is here to help you making possible to grow your family! 

 

10. Fashion Make-up Products 

 

Women are always looking for these products and either if you, our fellow reader, are a 
man or a woman, you can guess why. The truth is that these items are very often searched by 
Sometimes looking for cheaper products, other times looking for sophistication. And that makes 
both parts happy! 
 

9. Electronic Cigarettes 

 

A lot of smokers are looking for this item outside their countries, most of the time 
because the flavors don’t match to their choices or that special design is not available. Try your 
luck, as we said we’re here to help your needs. 

 

8. Cigars 

 

From where I’m from, good cigars are very expensive and most of the time we can 
only find the ‘cliché’ brands on the market. But with Hand2Hand that is no longer a problem. 
You can request that one of a kind brand of cigars that you love or, if you’re the traveler, try to 
sell it on our app. We guarantee you that it’s an easy sale! 
 

7. Local Crafts 

 

Who doesn’t want an amazing Thai mask on the wall of their living room? Who 
doesn’t want a little Buddha statue? Or a cute miniature of the Galo de Barcelos or tiles from Portugal? 
Or, let’s face it, a dish from Morocco or a fine jar from China? Yes, now having something 
really cool in your house is possible too. 
 

6. The iPad 

 

The iPad is one of the must searched items on the internet. It is probably the most 
famous and useful tablet on the planet. Sold more than 68.000.000 units and there is always 
someone wishing to have one! 

 

 

5. Portable Computers 

 

The portable computer is something you might say everyone can get one in their 
home countries, and you’re right. Yes, you’re right and we won’t even try to say that is not truth! 
But what we tell you is that not everyone has the portable computer they wish for. Look at the 
prices, always look at the prices on the market. Some countries have this product overpriced and 
you know it. We can say to you that the same computer that costs 1.300$ in the U.S.A. can cost, 
in lets say Brazil, 3.100$. What leads us to conclude there’s room here for profit. 
 

4. The Star Wars Franchise 

 

If you tell me that you don’t like Star Wars, I don’t buy it. But if you tell me you don’t 
even know what Star Wars is, I’ll just kill myself while emulating Chewbacca. The truth is that 
Star Wars is known all around the world. The saga has reached over $4.5 billion just in ticket 
sales, has billions of fans around the world and the franchise sold such fantastic numbers that 
we can’t even reproduce here. Don’t forget, someone always wants an awesome Star Fighter or an 
incredible Millennium Falcon. 
 

3. The Super Mario Franchise 

 

What to say about Super Mario? Not much! Probably we should say that they sold 
more than 262.000.000 units in franchise, that it is the most well-known video game in the world, 
that have countless fans and collectors worldwide, that the characters along the stories are like a religion and that this is just awesome!! Oh, and that when I was younger I 
asked my mum to give me a dog like Yoshi. 

 

2. Drones 

 

 
This highly searched item must be on our list. Futurist, weird, almost enigmatic and 
super fun. These are the adjectives that I’ve heard so far about this product. Actually, who 
doesn’t want one of these flying fantastic things? The thing is that this product can be used not 
just for fun but also to work – say in weddings, movies or live shows! This is also a much wanted 
item in the world that you can put up for sale on our Hand2Hand app. 

 

  1. The iPhone 

 

This is probably the only product you were expecting to see on our list. Well, here it 
is. The product that took Apple to even a further step on the future may not be liked by many 
people, but it sure is loved by far more. Sold more than 516.000.000 units and most people you 
see on the street, if they don’t have one, they crave for one! Once again, think of the market 
prices. See how much this product costs in different countries and start profiting with the most 
desirable smartphone on the world. 
 
 
So this was our list of products that you don’t have an excuse to say that you can’t 
take them with you in your bag. Now you know! 
Remember, with Hand2Hand there’s always space to profit and you can download our 
app here. 
 
 
Wish you some great deals!
The Hand2Hand Team 
10 Dishes you have to try around the world 

10 Dishes you have to try around the world 

At hand2hand we don’t want our users to travel on an empty stomach. And that’s why we came up with this awesome list of delicious dishes you have to try around the world. So, let’s begin our countdown! 

 

10- Pad Thai Noodles in Bangkok, Thailand  

 

 

 

 

ok so this is a personal favorite of me and my wife. When we traveled to Thailand a few years back we couldn’t get enough of this delicacy. 

Pad Thai Noodles is a tasty option for any traveler. No matter where you are eating this is definitely a go go! We had tried it everywhere from street sellers to luxury restaurants on the Phi Phi Island. And you know what? It always tasted great. 

Pad Thai are rice noodles typically served with shrimps, bean sprouts, sliced green onions, all mixed with galangal root topped with roasted peanuts, tamarind and fish sauce. 

Simple, fresh and will have you come back for more and more.  

There are other versions of this dish containing chicken instead of shrimp, but alas all are amazing! 

You can try and do this dish at home, however there are certain ingredients such as galangal that you will have a hard time finding back at home. So, we recommend you download hand2hand here: INSERT LINK and request a traveler to bring it back from Thailand.  

 

9- Peking Duck in Hong Kong, China 

 

Ah Hong Kong, the city of a thousand smells, a fusion of the old meets the new. Yet there are some dished that no matter how much time passes are simply a must try. 

We know you probably stumbled on this dish on some Chinese restaurant back home, but trust us, the amazing Pekin duck cooked in this city is difficult to beat anywhere else. 

The golden, crunchy skin with dripping sauce on the duck is the indication that you struck gold! 

 

 

 

 

 

Look for the small shops that have them turning on sticks in their barbecues, grab a seat and order some Huangjiu! 

You will be amazed with the way the skin peals easily from the breast of the duck. Order some Chinese rice and ask for a full duck, which they typically will bring it to the table, and slice it in front of you. 

An amazing dish to share with the one’s you love on that one of a kind trip! 

 

8 – Ramen Noodles in Tokyo, Japan  

 

Ok if you happen to be on Japan and what to try one of their most famous dishes you have to try Ramen! 

Ramen is essentially noodles with egg and pork meat dipped in a comfort fish based broth, with green onions and dried seaweed. 

This is typically a dish that you eat if you are on a hurry or travelling to somewhere else. 

 

 

 

 

All around Tokyo are this small Ramen places, where you can grab a seat at the counter, order a boll of Ramen and get it served really quick. 

There are even places with vending machines, where you first choose the dish you want, pay, and then grab a seat. Ramen will be in front of you in about 5-10 minutes! 

 

7 – Arroz de Marisco in Lisbon, Portugal 

 

 

 

 

Ok, this is another favorite of ours. Portugal is well known for it’s amazing cuisine, fresh fish and tasty sea food. Well “Arroz de Marisco” translates to Seafood rice basically. 

It typically contains clams, mussels, lobster and shrimps. 

The rice is served with a lot of sauce and is cooked so that the rice is a bit “al dente”. 

Some places use some spice in the sauce which elevates the flavor of the overall concoction. 

A must try if you are a real lover of seafood yourself! 

 

6- Paella in Canary Islands, Spain 

 

By now you must have realized we are real lovers of rice! Yes, the internationally known Paella is our next dish that you have to try! 

It is cooked on a large open fryer with saffron rice, shrimps, green peppers, squid, chicken and cow meat.  

 

 

 

Do make sure you have a lot of time as this dish usually takes an hour to cook from the moment you order.  

Also have in to account this is a dish typically for more than 2 people.  

Better accompanied by a nice glass of Sangria. 

 

5 – Pork Ribs in Texas, USA 

 

 

 

 

Texas is probably one of the meat capitals of the world. Being the biggest producer of meat products in the USA. 

Slowly cooked pork ribs with sweet barbecue sauce on top, with a side of spicy French fries and coleslaw salad is the way to go when you head to Texas with an empty stomach. 

Just to keep things top, do had a nice glass of fresh beer from the tap! 

 

4 – Bouillabaisse in Marseille, France 

 

Traditionally a dish eaten by the poor, nowadays it is a delicacy with high demand. 

Bouillabaisse consists of typically red rascasse, sea robin and European conger, it can also include monk fish and spider crab. And in some more expensive cases sea urchins and also langoustines. Everything is slow cooked in a pot with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and leeks. 

 

 

 

Next time you are on France, do try this you won’t regret it! 

 

3- Picanha in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 

 

 

 

 

If you are a meat lover, you can’t go wrong with this one! 

Picanha is a very thin sliced meat, that comes from cow’s rump cover or rump camp (the top part above the head of the cow). 

Served with white rice, black beans, crushed tapioca and salad. 

Picanha just melts in your mouth! 

 

2- Pizza in Naples, Italy 

 

 

 

Naples is the Pizza capital of the world, so you should definitely try it once in your life time. 

This pizza is not the one you are accustomed to back home. Its form is typically irregular, topped with delicious goodies and all kinds of Italian cheese that will leave your mouth watering just by smelling it on its way to your table. 

 

 1- Cozido à Portuguesa in Porto, Portugal 

 

 

 

 

Ok this is one of the best dished if not the best in the world.  

With meat cooked with cabbages, onions, carrots. Potatoes, blood sausages and beans. 

Served with rice cooked with the water from the Cozido’s broth. 

This is a dish that you want to have an army eating with you and have plenty of time. 

Oh, and better plan a long walk after it!  

It is a heavy dish and best eaten in the winter, however we promise besides making feel you full with will also make you feel warm and fuzzy in the inside! 

 

I hope you liked our list of best dishes around the world. Do keep following us on Twitter and like our Facebook page

And never go travelling on an empty stomach. 

And if you want to cook some of these dishes yourself remember you can request local ingredients in our App which you can download here

 

We hope you have an awesome day travelling and discovering this amazing world or ours. 

The hand2hand Team! 

Traveling in Paris with… CHANEL.

Traveling in Paris with… CHANEL.

 

For those who think we only talk about trips and local products, here’s one tip that you can get the most of to sell in your trips or buy in a fast way, cheaper and safe! 

 The Chanel brand is maybe one of the top 5 biggest brands in the world that most of us admire. It is an undoubtfully icon of fashion. Timeless, elegant and comfortable are just a few adjectives that are connected to this brand. Let’s go shopping? 

 Considered one of the greatest forces of the feminist movement since the beginning of the 20th century, Mademoiselle Coco Chanel was the responsible for the greatest changes in the feminine dressing code all over the world.  

 

 

 

Who Was Mademoiselle Coco Chanel? 

 

Let’s do a trip… She was born in the interior of France, in a little village called Saumur, in 19th August 1883. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel got orphan of her mother (who was a seamstress) at thirteen years old. Her father, Albert Chanel, sent her to the city’s orphanage in Auvergne, where she stayed until the end of her teenage years. However, the humble and simple life of the interior didn’t matched with the wishes of Coco Chanel. She worked as a cashier in a fabric store (where she learned how to be a seamstress, like her mother), she even worked in a cabaret called Café Beuglant de La Rotonde, where she sung the music ‘Qui qu’a vu Coco dans le Trocadero?’ (where she got her name Coco).  The French stylist, who became a symbol of revolution and so important in the women posture in the social scenario, acquiring elegance and simplicity as a survival way of life. With an impulsive tendency to lie (she suffered of mitomycin), she never admitted her poor roots. 

 

 

 

 

 

Her relationship with a billionaire cavalry officer, Etienne Balsan, took her to Paris and placed her in the French capital high society. But was with the help of the english Arthur Capel (which a lot of people say he was the stylist greatest love) that she opened her first store in 1909, the Chanel House, in a bottom floor of a building in Paris, where she started to sell women’s hats and accessories.  

 

       

 

The simple style, without great ornaments of flowers, enchanted the parisian women of the high burgess. Who was that woman who dared to present simple outfits with a design between men clothes and women dresses? From that moment forward, Coco Chanel decided to embrace the haute couture. Arthur saw in Coco the image of a future business woman and, in the year of 1910, decided to help her to get a fantastic and prestigious real estate in the 21 Rue Cambon. 

 

 

” There are no ugly women, just women poorly cared.”

 

This was the main motto of Coco Chanel. She set the women free from the suffocating stripes and corsets led by enormous frill skirts, she allowed women to feel free and powerful, dressed in a simple and practical way. Coco used to say that the fashion world was full of men who didn’t knew how to provide comfort in women’s outfits.  

The black crêpe dress with tight and long sleeves (known by ‘little black dress’) was another of her big inventions which made her famous and considered bold, after all, it was a never seen color in haute couture and usually related to grief. Actually, this dress was inspired in formal parties and grief moments, setting the modern woman style, ready to be a professional while looking feminine and elegant in any situation. 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

In this time period, Coco Chanel met a lot of important artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Luchino Visconti and Greta Garbo. Her design models dressed personalities like Princess Grace Kelly, actresses as Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman, the american First Lady Jackeline Kennedy, among others famous names in the world’s high society. In the peak of her carrier, during the 1930’s, she had four thousand employees and sold around 28.000 pieces in just one year. The secret of Chanel success was simple: she only draw clothing which she liked to wear. Her creations were drawn directly in the fabric and in the model’s body. The reason for this is that the clothes should adapt to the body and not the other way around.  

 

The cardigan, the black dress and the pearls became images that are associated with the Chanel brand, all over the fashion world. The new skirt size, showing the women ankles and feet, started to get along with comfortable round toe shoes. Pearls specially and jewelry in general won the pride place among accessories, the scarves rolled around classy necks and the haircuts became symmetric, straight, showing the nape – the eternal Chanel’s cut. 

 

 

       

 

 

But the Chanel world became so much more than this. It became the biggest fashion empire ever when started to sell perfumes, sun glasses, cosmetics, watches, shoes and much more.

 Accessible products for everyone without having to travel abroad, through the borderless marketplace of Hand2Hand!  

What are you waiting for? Download Hand2Hand  here and enjoy it. 

 

 

           

 

If you’re in Paris take the full advantage and make a profit on your travel! In Brazil and a little all over Europe there are plenty of women wanting Chanel’s products… cheaper!! Why not the legendary Chanel Nrº 5 perfum? 

 

 

‘’If you’re dressed poorly, they will look at your dress. If you are well dressed, they will notice the woman.’’ 

 

In Paris Fashion Week 2017, arrived the spring/summer tendencies of 2018.The chosen scenario by Chanel was unique! They built an artificial waterfall in Grand Palais (they called it an immortal landscape) with caves behind the falling water, from where the models came out. A fantastic travel to the nature. 

            

 

            

We leave you an interesting note: 

Did you knew that Coco Chanel’s power of influence in the fashion world was so big that the tendency of suntan in our bodies came out after a travel that she took in the Mediterranean? The stylist came back with a golden skin tone and all the women wanted to copy her. 

 

Good sales and awesome requests. ‘Till next time everyone, 

 

The Hand2Hand Team 

Packing to maximize your profit 

Packing to maximize your profit 

Hand2Hand offers a brand new way for travellers to profit from their travels. Get it here   and read on, to know how to maximize your profit! 

What kind of traveller are you? 

 Depends on the setting: will you be travelling in a cruise, from port to port? Are you hopping from plane to plane, following a digital nomad lifestyle ? Will you be having a road trip or hitchhike? 

 The thing is: remember the 1940’s films, where characters get aboard a DC-10 with an army of porters to lug their many bulky suitcases? You might have now noticed that is now left in the past. Every airline will charge from a reasonable fee up to an arm and a leg for each kilogram of luggage you add in, depending on volume, weight and the destination.  

 

 

Therefore, be smart – pack light. It’s a good idea to pack a single, semi-soft bag whose combined dimensions don’t exceed 152.4 cm (60 in). That’s the maximum size most airlines allow for carry-ons.  

 

Make a list – and always double-check.  

 

That would seem rather obvious but many people do seem to oversee this point. A good approach, in general, is to have multiple lists, depending on the purpose of your trip: one for two-day business trips, another one for week-long holidays and so on. This will help reduce your stress and will help you keep a method and enforcing it. 

 Surprise destination: no worries – just pick one of pre-defined lists and assemble everything. No need to waste decision power making hard choices. You’ve done that work already. 

 Also, review them often: experience will tell which items belong in the list and which don’t. 

 

Always remember the golden rule: double the money you think you’ll need and half the stuff you pack.

 The truth is: you don’t need all that stuff you’re bringing! 

 Usually, most of your bag is clothing, hygiene/toilette items and medicine. However, most of the places where you’ll be heading already provide most of the amenities you’ll need. There’s a prêt-a-porter (Zara, Springfield, H&M) now in every major city. 

Travel writer Rick Steves limits himself to one extra pair of pants, four shirts, several days’ worth of underwear and socks, a sweater, and either a light jacket or a warmer coat if the weather’s chilly at his destination. Even with extra items, such as his laptop, camera and toiletries included, his baggage won’t exceed a meager 9 kg. (source: Steves)

 Check the destination weather, beforehand. 

 

 

Again, don’t try to anticipate every possible situation. Choose light clothing, invest in basics. You can dress just fine with basics. Don’t try to bring lots of things, only to regret it later, when you acknowledge you’ve used the same 5-6 pieces all the time. Also, try to follow the rule “one in, one out”. If you buy some piece to replace another, don’t keep both, in general. Donate it or just discard it, if too damaged. 

Going to a chilly destination – wear multiple layers, which will trap air and conserve heat. Get a lightweight pair of long underwear made of silk or synthetic material. Worn under your clothes, they’ll keep you as warm as a heavy overcoat would. 

Add a lightweight sweater for insulation and a thin jacket or coat as an outer shell to keep out the rain, sleet or snow. 

Going to a warmer destination – remove layers accordingly. 

 Take some minutes to wash your clothes 

 If you can spare 10 minutes at the end of the day, you can reduce the number of items in your bag, by just washing your underwear, socks, shirt or trousers in your hotel room, while you shower or at a local laundry. Again, you can be fine and dandy just with basics and some comfortable black trail-running sneakers. Also, don’t forget to pack a pair of flip-flops. 

 Don’t try to self-medicate.  

 Get an international insurance to help you cope with possible health hazards you find on your way. Depending on the zone of the world where you are, it might be even more effective to just hop on a plane and find a quality private practice elsewhere. So, don’t pack medicine for every possible situation. Get some pain-killers, some aspirin and that’s pretty much it. 

 Get a comfortable bag 

 Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time carrying around your bag. Get one that features some nice shoulder pads and about 35-60 liters. Make sure you get a rain cover if you go to some tropical destination during monsoon times, for instance. 

 

 Get a lot of ziplocks! These are a godsend, really. Pack everything into these bags and you’ll see how well organized your things will be. Group related items, such as hygiene, laptop/phone cables and chargers, banking cards and money, medicine, etc. All in all, over time, you might start to feel like you can survive with very few items. Now you’ll make the most of the available space in your bag and profit even more! 

 Check the maximum number of products allowed in the border. 

 Do your due diligence, find out what can go through borders and how much of each product you can take. Remember always to do this check ahead of time so you can rest easy and have a great time on Hand2Hand. Here’s a good tool for you to check if/how much duty taxes you might need to take into account – www.dutycalculator.com. 

Not concerned with space 

If you’re taking a cruise, you can relax a bit on the previous recommendations. Take a trolley bag and you’re done. Almost every cruise journey features, at least, 5-6 stopovers. Set your stopovers beforehand on the Travels screen (and corresponding dates) and get a listing of items requested for each port. The earlier you do this, the more likely you are to get a lot of results. Also, you can just snap a photo of interesting things you find along the way and post a sale offer. 

 

 If you’re travelling by road, then you’re in luck. Likely, you don’t have so much space constraints and you’ll be able to carry products a bit heavier. Hand2Hand works great from one region to another, inside countries. Be sure to insert your travel on the Travels screen of Hand2Hand app some time ahead and get your feet on the road! 

 

 

Cruising your way to profit

Cruising your way to profit

 Hello fellow travelers, it’s time for your weekly dose of tips to profit with your travel.  

Today we are discussing another great way for you to make extra revenue with your trip. And have you ever thought about using hand2hand while on board a beautiful cruise ship? 

 

 

Cruises are actually another great way to either answer to product requests from our members or to put products up for sale. 

Picture this, while on board a cruise ship you typically are going from port to port, where there are many products that you can actually only find locally. On a week, you can go to as many as 5 or 6 different ports, allowing you to make quite a collection of products that you can sell when you get back home. 

 The Best way to use hand2hand on a cruise ship 

 Well the best way for you to use hand2hand on a cruise ship is of course to plan ahead. 

When you first arrive on your ship, grab the plan for the whole trip and check hand2hand if there are any requests for specific products from those locations. 

 

 

Quick note, if you haven’t download hand2hand you can do it  HERE.

If there are requests for products of those locations you should start by bidding ahead on the price and time for the delivery. This way you can make sure another member accepted your bid and when you arrive to the port you already know what should look for. 

Another great tip is to ask the cruise staff for what typically are the products you can find on all the ports you are visiting.  

Cruise staff spend a lot of their time hoping from port to port and are the ones that have the best knowledge of the best stores to get the best prices and also what are the must have products of that said port. 

This allows you to also plan ahead what are the products you should definitely be looking for when you arrive at a Port, and also raising your possibilities of selling that product. 

 

 

Do have in to account that time at the ports is limited and you should know beforehand what is the time your cruise leaves, after all you don’t want to be left behind. 

From our experience cruising, we recommend you either ask the staff at the cruise or the guides (if you are going on an excursion), on which are the closest stores to make the most of your time. 

Also check with the cruise staff what are the allowed quantities of each type of product you can bring back with you. We do know the quantities of each product are higher that the one’s you can carry with you on a plane, however you should just check with them just to make sure. 

 How to earn the extra profit  

If you remember a while back we did an entire blog entry about haggling which you can read HERE.

Check if in the port area you are travelling to, it is customary to haggle.  

This allows you to run an extra profit if you are bringing requested products or allows you to sell a product much lower than it would normally be, increasing the chances of someone back home actually wanting it. 

Another great way to maximize your profit is if the port is a free tax zone, such as the Canary Islands, this allows to buy products with no taxes attached to it and also flip a pretty profit. 

Another great way to maximize your profit is if you happen to travel to a distant port. There are some exclusive products in these locations that you can’t find anywhere else in the world, not even online! 

 

 

So, the more exclusive and distant that item is from anyone, the better it is for you and also the more profit you can flip to your side. 

 The Day at Sea 

From our experience, there is always one day at sea you spend aboard your cruise ship per week, beside relaxing and contemplating the open ocean, you can also use this day to check your app and see if any other requests came up. 

Also, the extra time will allow you to make further research in to what are the next must have products available at the ports you are visiting next, and of course increasing your chances of actually selling them. 

What to do after your cruise 

Ok so you sold a few products, and also won the bid for a couple of product requests. What now? 

Well that’s simple, each time someone buys a product from you or accepts your bid for a product request, you type a date and place to make the delivery. Also, a chat pops up, allowing you to reschedule with the person you are dealing with in case you got delayed on your way back home or something came up. 

Well I hope you enjoyed our tips about cruising and using hand2hand. As you just saw cruising is actually a great way to profit with your travel. 

Being for the different locations with exotic local products you are travelling to, tax free zones or where haggle is a must. 

We hope you have fun cruising your way to profit. 

Stay awesome! 

 

The hand2hand Team  

Roaming the hostel world with Hand2Hand

Roaming the hostel world with Hand2Hand

Nowadays, we are living in a golden age for travelling. Never was it so easy for a traveler to cover the whole world on a shoestring budget. Actually, you CAN travel for free but, granted, you’ll often feel deprived. If you’re not in the mood to be always wondering where your next meal or ride will come from then this is not for you. Let’s focus then on some solutions that allow you to cover your expenses while travelling.

Have a go at hostels

Hostels are a generally very informal, budget-friendly lodging place, where guests are invited to share resources. Usually offer both dormitory style as well as private rooms. Being accessible options, they cater especially to young people but not exclusively.

 

 

Depending on the location, they might offer different events and social activities to their guests, organized by hostels themselves or local partners.

Hostels have become spread around the world as travelling becomes more and more accessible for the average individual in many countries. They offer a down-to-earth option for lodging seeked by a lot of people.

Hostels usually keep it low cost by cutting in services usually done by personnel in hotels. Frequently, the owner can be the only hostel staff and other seasonal needs are covered by temporary workers.

Usually, hostel job availability is related to weather and the season. Your chances will increase if you get there just before peak season, before everyone else.

Hostels trade work for accommodation and free or discounted meals (and drinks). One can earn some extra cash through commissions from promoting tours, excursions or other events at local bars, restaurants and shops.
One should not expect to get a wage though it is possible. It is for someone looking to extend their stay somewhere and looking for a minimal cost of living while abroad, since you eliminate most of the expenses of travelling.

Also, you get to know people from all over the world and will get to practice your language skills.

Be social

You may get along really well with the hostel staff and manage to nab yourself a job but don’t always count on that as a given.

Create a CV

Though the option above definitely happens often, if you plan to cover a lot of the hostel circuit, it might be a better option to invest some effort into creating a especially crafted CV than to approach the hostel manager directly and expecting a click to eventually happen, all of a sudden. It will be way more effective as it will allow you to apply for jobs in advance.
In this regard, Travel Weekly have shared their ten tips to set up a CV fit for the travel industry. Are you unsure whether too much travelling (is that even a problem?) will make a dent on your CV? In this article, you can figure out how to make travel look good on your CV.

Things to Consider Before Applying

Eligibility to work abroad

Confirm you are eligible to work in a given country you intend to visit. To be able to work in Europe, for instance, will require either a European passport or a working visa. Not having either will put you in a tougher position and you might very well have a hard time applying online.
However, that might not be too much of an obstacle and you may very well land an informal, cash-in-hand job or as a volunteer.

What type of person are you?

Are you a 24-hour party animal or a more introspect kind of person? Maybe you’d prefer to do a bit of soul-searching at a surf hostel instead of leading drinking games amongst guests. Be sure to give a thought about this before applying and feeling out of place afterwards.

How good are your language skills?

Having a good command of English is most definitely a must-have in many countries when the moment of hiring people comes in. However, having at least some conversational skills in the local language may well be required in some places.

What other skills do you have to trade?

For sure, the most important skills you can feature, applying for a job at a hostel are being flexible, open-minded and, of course, hospitable. However, you can boost the chances of landing a job if you happen to have other skills useful to the hostel in the long run. If you have worked in hospitality, restaurants/bars, or customer service, you most likely are able to interact with other people with a friendly attitude.

 

 

Make sure to mention if you have had experience with reception, cash handling, cleaning or other directly related experience. Also, social media management, filmmaking or photography will make you a great asset to have on board. You can bet you’ll play very different roles during your worktime:

  • Reception (checking users in and out and providing information and local directions);
  • Socializing with Guests;
  • Cleaning;
  • Bartending/Serving;
  • Promoting/Planning Events.

Search for Jobs Online

If instead of wandering around, applying to random jobs as they pop up, you want to live for a while in a given place, you’ll need a more pro-active attitude.

A good place to start your job hunt is HostelWorld. You can filter the hostels by city and go through ratings and descriptions to find hostels you’d like to work in. You’ll get the contact info, directions and links to their respective websites, where you can reach them. If they don’t a website, maybe you can trade a brand-new one for accommodation? Send a short, concise email with your CV and ask them if there are any vacancies available.

Other good options for people looking for paid jobs are:

For people looking for work-exchange instead:

Some Facebook groups also bring together people looking for jobs and hostel managers/staff. Some examples are:

Don’t forget: to have success finding work you need to network and get yourself out there!

If you follow the route described above, be sure to try out Hand2Hand!

Hand2Hand offers yet a new way for travelers to earn extra money with little effort.
All one needs is a smartphone, some time and bargaining skills. Found some interesting local item? Do you have access to expensive, in high-demand, items? Look no further: take some photos and post some offers on Hand2Hand, to be delivered on your next destination.

You can also pick the most relaxed approach and just have a look at which products people on your next destinations are requesting. Bid on as many products as you wish on price and date of delivery. After being notified about the buyer having paid the price you set up, pick the item and you’ll get the funds transferred to you, after meeting the buyer and delivering the items.

Without much effort, you can easily get enough pocket money to extend your stay at your next destinations. What are you waiting for? Download Hand2Hand here and give it a spin!

Till next time,
the Hand2Hand team

Top 10 visited cities in the world

Top 10 visited cities in the world

Today, we’re getting round the 10 most visited cities in the world, in 2016.

 

10. Barcelona

 

The city of Modernism is the major hub in the Mediterranean and many cruise lines start their itineraries from this city. Many are inclusively headquartered in Barcelona.

Every year, about 2.7 million visitors come to start their cruise travel here.  Considered one of the best cities to live worldwide, it is a reference in terms of architecture and urban planning. Also, it holds some of most important and influential art collections in the world (from artists such as Miró, Tapies, Picasso, Dalí). The Sagrada Familia (still in construction) is one of the most impressive constructions in the world and the most known gem of Gaudí genious, whose work is present everywhere in this city (Casa Milà, Casa Battlò, Park Guell).

 

9. Hong Kong

 

British colony until 1996, Hong Kong is the rebel child of China. A lot of its inhabitants manage to successfully mix Western civilization with Chinese millennial traditions. It holds the headquarters of many financial institutions and works as a bridge between East and West. It is one of the safest cities in the world. Also one of the most expensive. However, being a hub between mainland China and the rest of SE Asia makes it a go-to area for great businesses.

 

8. Kuala Lumpur

 

Home to the Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur is close to Singapore. In fact, it’s not unusual for inhabitants of both countries to have round-trips to their neighbour to shop around for some cheaper products. The city is an important business hub.

 

7. Singapore

 

The city-state of Singapore actually is made of 63 islands, with paradise landscape and endless sandy beaches. Singapore is a hodge-podge of influences, which is manifested in the 4 official languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. This results in a rich gastronomy. Singapore is a major hub of logistics in SE Asia and a financial centre.

 

6. The pearl of the Bosphorus

 

On the crossroad between East and West, Istanbul has seen, through ages, empires grow and collapse. Previously known as Constantinople and, later, as Bizantium, it was the capital of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empires. It’s a place of confluence of religions, philosophies, warriors and traders. Despite the recent political instability, Istanbul continues to draw millions of visitors every year. Some of its landmarks are Saint Sophia Church, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace.

 

5. The city that never sleeps

 

New York City was visited by 12.75 million people in 2016. The archetype of the modern skyscraper city is, indeed, a melting-pot of numerous communities, each contributing with products from Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East or Asia.

 

4. Built to impress

 

Dubai comes next in our list, which might sound a bit odd. How can one city, build amid the desert, where until 30 years nothing existed, become a beacon of modernity in the Middle East and one of the most visited cities in the world? Well, everything in Dubai is, indeed, built to dazzle. The home of Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world, with 829.8 meters high) attracts a growing number of visitors, especially amongst business travelers. Also, it features an enormous community of expats, as the country lacks qualified resources and needs to import most of its workforce. Dubai is definitely synonymous with ostensive luxury and you’ll find there pretty much you can imagine. Also, the souks (traditional markets) offer a wealth of products from across the Persian Gulf (spices, jewellery).
In 2016, Dubai was visited by 15.27 million visitors.

 

 3. “We’ll always have Paris”

 

The famous line from the film Casablanca lives on. More than 18.03 million visited the City of Lights last year. From the gridlocks with promises of eternal love on Pont Neuf to the accordion player near the Louvre playing Edith Piaf, everything in this city evoques romance. Known worldwide as a symbol of glamour and sophistication but also the birthplace of many revolutions, Paris definitely holds a place of its own in the minds of everyone.

In Paris, you can find all the excellence and sophistication of French products – haute-couture, the cheese, the wines…

 

2. The Crown Jewel

 

Next in the list is London. Last year, roughly 19.88 million people visited this vibrant city. It’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of events and things this city has to offer. Despite being one the most expensive cities in the world, you can bump into numerous bargains and all sorts of exclusive products. Also, the city boasts an impressive number of free museums, ranked amongst the best in the world, such as the British Museum. So, even a traveler on a short budget (well, sort of) can have a great taste of London.

 

1. Bangkok

 

The first rank in the list is Bangkok, featuring an exotic culture, with 21.47 million visitors last year. Also, it boasts an intense nightlife, namely on Khaosan Road and Patpong. You can visit the Buddhist temples of Wat Ardun and Wat Pho, built in the 17th century.

Another highlight of the city are the floating markets such as Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa, where, side-by-side with luscious food products, you can also find a large collection of handcrafted products (which we’ll definitely talk about in a next article). 

Oh and don’t forget to start profiting with your travels all you have to do is download our iPhone App here!

Stay Amazing,

The Hand2Hand Team.

 

Paris on a Budget

Paris on a Budget

Paris on a Budget

One of the things that propelled me to create this business is that I love travelling. Travelling really works a balm for the mind and makes you more appreciative.
A few years ago, me and my girlfriend went on a trip to France. We recall it fondly as it was my first trip abroad without my family. I was really excited and didn’t quite know what to expect. We filled our backpacks and one giant bag with stuff we were certain we’d need at some point.

The plan

The plan was to take a flight to Basel and, from there, a train to Strasbourg (about 120 km). We’d meet there a friend of ours, who was doing her Erasmus exchange. The trip took forever and arrived at Strasbourg at night.
Strasbourg has been through a lot and you can see that the city (and the whole Alsace region) has been pushed back and forth between France and Germany. Street names mix French and German, architecture style (though mostly Gothic) have small nuances between periods.
We had a great time at Strasbourg thanks to our friend and visited lots of very cool places, taking advantage of her tips. Also, we ate almost always at student cafeterias, so that saved us a LOT of money.
On the day of our departure to Paris, it had snowed during the night. That was my first time seeing snow in my life and I felt delighted, looking outside from our window at the student dorm. Previously, we had bought discounted TGV tickets (on SNCF’s website) to Paris.
Roughly two hours later, we arrived at Gare du Nord, in Paris. I remember the moment the train opened – after a long period of silence and darkness approaching the station – and we were sensorially overwhelmed with all the noise, the people, the pigeons flying randomly around inside the station.

Where to stay

We went straight for a hostel recommended by one of our newly-made acquaintances but soon realized it was not so great. We stayed there for another day but looked up for an alternative at an Internet café. Had some phone calls, checked prices and availabilities and we were off. The new hotel was very small but very cosy and just opposite the Hôtel de Ville (the city hall) – Hôtel Rivoli (on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/9MB8Nt). You couldn’t get any more central than that. And for that price, it was a bargain.

How to move around

To move around, we used the Métro, which has stations literally in every street. You can get a pass here, for a whole week, which will give you access to the full RATP network. Also, we walked a LOT. We also used the bicycle sharing system, which requires a credit card or a valid RATP network card. In the beginning, there was a shortage of docking stations but nowadays it’s just fine. Riding a bike along the Seine is just a wonderful experience – even more now, since some streets became pedestrian-only. You won’t regret it!

Go on a free tour

We decided to go on a Sandeman’s free tour and it was a very well spent hour and a half. We went through a lot of historical sites and got to know the context binding them all while, at the same time, got invaluable tips to avoid most tourist traps. All in all, afterwards you get to see the rest of the city with new eyes and keep connecting the dots wherever you are. Highly recommended and we’ve kept going on free tours ever since (Sofia, London, Barcelona…).

What to see

The Louvre is a must-see. A warning, though: it is ENOURMOUS. You’ll probably get more out of it if you just select some areas to visit in detail and skip the rest. There’s just TOO MUCH to see.
We learned that if go to the Louvre between 6 PM – 8 PM, on Wednesdays, you can get in for a fraction of the price. This might give you an extra chance to get a better look at some part of the collection.

We went to the Musée d’Orsay and were amazed to witness the number of masterpieces present there. It was funny to be in front of such an iconic piece as the Mona Lisa (or rather behind a huge crowd of Asians armed with cameras) and contrast its tiny size but incredible appeal with a gigantic painting in the opposite wall going totally unnoticed!

Standing below the Eiffel Tower was nothing short than impressive. To have that massive mesh of metal above your head and to think it was made by man is such a humbling thought. The climb, though, is not for the faint of heart. The elevator doors open and you get a glacial wind pushing you around. The view, however, is unforgettable.

If you just want unlimited access to over 50 museums and monuments in Paris, without waiting in line, you can buy a pass here.

We strolled around Montmartre and loved how it felt like a small village within the city. Lots of small, inviting cafés and little markets sprawling in some streets. Some artists exposed their work, from paintings to small sculptures. Some amateurs, other utterly brilliant. If you manage, have a look around and select beautiful artwork, snap pictures of it on your phone and post it on Hand2Hand’s app (available here). You never thought selling art could be this casual!

Anyway, forget guides. Ask local people and you shall find the best places and the best bargains. And don’t forget to take Hand2Hand with you wherever you go! You’ll be amazed at how easy has just become travelling and making business!