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This is the year of 2017 and Hand2Hand is going great!
Most might think that this is our first international event, but it’s not. We’ve attended the fantastic WEBIT, Sofia – Bulgaria, the beautiful Unbound, London – England. And now, we’ve been in the awesome Web Summit, Lisbon – Portugal.
As we told you all before, this idea began in February this year, when the two founders of Hand2Hand discover a gap in our world: traveling means spending money, people always want to have stuff that some of the times are too expensive in their country and other times is not available, or the payment method is not safe. Hand2Hand solves all these problems. We make every shopper happy with their buys and every travel profitable.
The Web Summit company started a few years ago, in 2009, with the name Dublin Web Summit. It was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey and David Kelly.
This event is the biggest in Europe and embrace several worldwide tech companies and start-ups, along with known CEOs, persons of global interest, investors from all over the world and attendees interested in making partnerships or just with an enormous curiosity of seeing what’s really new in this world.
Web Summit is also responsible for many global events of this area like Collision in New Orleans, RISE in Hong Kong, F.ounders in Dublin, MoneyConf in Madrid and SURGE in Bangalore.
Pre- Stand A606
This 9th edition felt like we were not only going to present our idea once again to the world, but also that we were really a part of this event, after all, we’re Portuguese and we were playing at home.
Over 60.000 people attended to the event and since day one, we just figured that it would be awesome.
The waiting lines were moving fast, along with our heart beats, and as soon as we got into the first pavilion everything came to surface:
Pitch – check
Elevator pitch – also check
Badges – yes, we have
Smile – yap
All good? – LET’S GO, DUDE!!!
We were only exhibiting our stand at the last day. Many can think it would be terrible. The thing is that, like this, we had space enough in the first days to grow our contacts, make some networking, establish great partnerships with other companies and startups and enjoy the event itself.
Those first days were crazy, a lot of exposure from us brought interviews in the social media, people that wanted to meet our team and also great opportunities to meet and talk to global investors interested in our work.
About those first days, Pedro Almeida, Co-Founder and CTO of Hand2Hand says, ‘’It was an intense experience. I had high expectations for the event as we had been planning carefully our actions beforehand. We knew who we wanted to reach out or meet personally.’’.
So, you already can figure that we inverted what most people think about the last day: we gathered contacts, investors, partners and attendees on every way we could and it worked. Everyone went to our stand on the last day of the event to meet us, to know more about Hand2Hand and to find what they can expect about this all new Borderless Marketplace.
But, if I might say, it was even better. Not only all those people showed up, but also a lot of others came to know our app. It was terrific to see all that interest, all those people walking and suddenly stop to snap a picture of our stand, our name, grab a flyer and a card and talk to us saying that we really solved a problem in their lives, that they now can buy products faster, safer and cheaper or profit with their travels by selling any item and delivering it in their next travel destination. Digital nomads, flight attendants, pilots, travelers, all kinds of people.
We also achieved great partnerships with great companies of hostels, hotels and travel agencies from all around the world. We’re growing so fast that is even hard to tell you all how much we’re happy.
Pedro Vilela, Co-Founder and CMO of Hand2Hand say about this day that “What surprised me the most was the enormous quantity of travelers that recognized how useful Hand2Hand is. It was a great proud for me, and for us, the congratz words we received and the amount of fans we gained through the all event.”.
If you were not able to attend Web Summit ’17, Lisbon, and you didn’t get to know us, let me say that you have a chance to do so here, on our website, where we show you our Team, what we do and who we are. Our website also explains to you how our app works and all the benefits you have in carrying us in your smartphone. Also, you can download the Hand2Hand free app here.
We can’t end this post without thanking to Web Summit for this amazing opportunity, our partners and future partners for their interest, investors and possible investors for their commitment when talking to us and, of course, all those people that were so enthusiastic about our app that really downloaded there, in our very own stand.
Thank you all so much. We’ll keep growing,
The Hand2Hand Team
Estamos no ano de 2017 e a Hand2Hand não podia estar a correr melhor!
A maioria pode pensar que este é o nosso primeiro evento internacional, mas não é. Nós já estivemos presentes na fantástica WEBIT, em Sofia – Bulgária, na maravilhosa Unbound, Londres – Inglaterra. E agora nós estivemos na fantástica Web Summit, Lisboa – Portugal.
Como anteriormente publicámos no nosso blog, esta ideia começou em Fevereiro deste ano, quando os dois fundadores da Hand2Hand descobriram um nicho por preencher no nosso mundo: viajar significava despesa, as pessoas queriam produtos que muitas vezes eram demasiado caros no seu país ou que nem estava disponível para venda, ou não confiavam no método de pagamento. A Hand2Hand resolve todos estes problemas. Nós fazemos os nossos compradores satisfeitos com o que adquirem e cada viagem torna-se possível de lucrar.
A empresa Web Summit começou à uns anos atrás, em 2009, com o nome Dublin Web Summit. Foi fundada por Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey e David Kelly.
Este evento é o maior que existe na Europa e dele fazem parte várias companhias e start-ups mundiais direcionadas à tecnologia, a par de conhecidos CEOs, pessoas de relevância global, investidores de todos os cantos do mundo e outros presentes interessados em fazer parcerias ou simplesmente conhecer o que existe de topo nesta categoria.
A Web Summit é também responsável por eventos globais desta área como por exemplo Collision em Nova Orleães, RISE em Hong Kong, F.ounders em Dublin, MoneyConf em Madrid e SURGE em Bangalore.
Pré- Stand A606:
Esta 9ª edição dava a parecer que nós não só iriamos apresentar a nossa ideia mais uma vez ao mundo, mas também que faríamos parte deste mesmo evento. Afinal de contas, nós somos portugueses e estávamos a jogar em casa.
Cerca de 60.000 pessoas compareceram ao evento e desde esse primeiro dia que tivemos a sensação que iria ser fantástico.
As filas de espera moviam-se rapidamente, assim como o bater dos nossos corações ansiosos e assim que entrámos no primeiro pavilhão, tudo começou a surgir:
Pitch – check
Elevator Pitch – também check
Credenciais – sim, temos
Sorriso – yap
Tudo certo? – VAMOS EMBORA!!!!!
Iriamos apenas exibir o nosso stand no ultimo dia do evento. Existem pessoas que certamente pensaram que iria ser terrível. O que aconteceu foi que nós conseguimos ter tempo suficiente logo nos primeiros dias para aumentar os nossos contactos, fazer networking, começar grandes parcerias com outras empresas e start-ups e ainda aproveitar o evento em si.
Os primeiros dias foram de loucos, a nossa elevada exposição a tantos meios e pessoas trouxe-nos entrevistas com a comunicação social, pessoas que queriam conhecer a nossa equipa e também grandes oportunidades de conhecer e falar com investidores de todo o mundo interessados na Hand2Hand.
Em relação aos primeiros dias, Pedro Almeida, Co-Fundador e CTO da Hand2Hand, diz, “Foi uma experiência intensa, Tinhamos grandes expectativas já que planeamos cuidadosamente as nossas ações com antecedência. Sabíamos quem queríamos alcançar e conhecer pessoalmente.”.
Portanto, já todos entenderam que invertemos o que a maior parte das pessoas pensa em relação ao último dia: nós juntámos contactos, investidores, parceiros e pessoas presentes de todos os lados e maneiras que podíamos, e conseguimos. Todos foram ao nosso stand no ultimo do evento para nos conhecer, para se informarem melhor sobre a Hand2Hand e saber o que poderiam contar deste novo Mercado Sem Fronteiras.
Mas, deixem-me acrescentar, foi ainda melhor do que o que parece. Não só todas essas pessoas apareceram, como também muitas outras vieram conhecer a nossa app. Foi maravilhoso ver todas estas pessoas interessadas, a caminharem e de repente pararem para tirar uma fotografia ao nosso stand, ao nosso nome, agarrar num panfleto e num cartão e falarem connosco dizendo que nós realmente resolvemos um problema das suas vidas, porque agora podem comprar produtos mais rapidamente, de forma segura e barata ou que passaram a ter uma maneira de lucrar com as suas viagens a partir da venda de artigos e entregá-los no seu próximo destino de viagem. Nómadas digitais, hospedeiras de bordo, pilotos de avião, viajantes, todos os tipos de pessoas.
Também conseguimos parcerias maravilhosas com grandes empresas de cadeias de hostels, hotéis e agências de viagens de cariz global. Estamos a crescer tão rapidamente que é difícil expressar o quão felizes estamos.
Pedro Vilela, Co-Fundador e CMO da Hand2Hand, diz sobre este dia “O que mais gostei no dia da nossa exposição do stand foi a quantidade de pessoas que viajam e que viram a enorme utilidade da Hand2Hand. Foi um enorme orgulho a chuva de parabéns e novos fãs que ganhámos durante o evento.”.
Se não te foi possível comparecer na Web Summit ’17, Lisboa, e não conseguiste conhecer-nos, deixa-me dizer que tens a possibilidade de o fazer aqui no nosso website, onde damos a conhecer a nossa equipa, o que fazemos e o que somos. O nosso website também explica como a nossa app funciona e todas as suas benesses que existem ao nos transportar no seu smartphone. Também, podes descarregar gratuitamente a app Hand2Hand aqui.
Não podemos acabar esta publicação sem agradecer à Web Summit por esta oportunidade fantástica, aos nossos parceiros e futuros parceiros pelo seu interesse, aos investidores e possíveis investidores pelo seu compromisso quando nos abordaram e, claro, a todas as pessoas que se mostraram entusiasmadas em relação à nossa app e que chegaram a descarrega-la no próprio momento, ali mesmo no nosso stand.
Muito obrigado. Continuaremos a crescer,
A Equipa Hand2Hand
After we wrote articles in our blog talking about fashion, packing, hostels, and so on, today we’ll talk about something very different
but which requires our maximum attention.
If you’re on Erasmus, if you’ll be on Erasmus or simply want to know more about this
amazing experience, this blog post is for you.
We all know that studying and embrace a life of achieving more knowledge for
yourself is the best way for you to get professional results and actually turn your life pretty well.
The Erasmus Program is a fantastic experience that blows your all life away. Usually, the far
you get from your home-culture, the best you’ll guarantee all the time spent in this adventure.
Erasmus – A Bit of History
The Erasmus Protocol, or Erasmus Program, was born in the year of 1987 and have as
main objective, until today, the support for college students, providing international mobility
between the Countries Members of the European Union and the associated countries. The idea
is to make possible for every student in the world to come across this borderless adventure, in
search for knowledge, experience and the opening of new horizons.
The name given to this educational protocol come from the Dutch Erasmus of
Rotterdam, the known dogmatic philosopher that studied and worked in several European
countries and which left all his fortune to the Basel’s University.
E.R.A.S.M.U.S also means European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of
Erasmus – The Protocol that Revolutionized Europe
When picked this subject for this article, I had from the first moment the idea that was
so important to speak about the revolution that this program originated in all the college
students. The experiences that they don’t forget, the know-how they learn, the life they embrace,
the sacrifices they make, the parties that become memories forever on their minds. However, I
must admit, when I started to write this caption I came across with the impression that this idea,
as for itself, is not good enough and it wouldn’t bring justice to the deep changes we see, and
feel, in the European context.
The Erasmus Program, by fomenting the students growth (in every way), is making a
huge change in the socio-economic panorama lived in all European communities.
Truth is that these students take Home, or wherever they go in the future, different kinds of life and work
concepts – many times even better than the originals due to the time they have to reflect -, new
worries that they recognize as real problems and a maximized will to fix them by believing that
‘yes, it’s must be possible’.
We can easily say that, this way, there is an obvious multicultural exchange done by
young students who are willing to learn, to recognize, to globalize and to make this world a
Erasmus – The Reality Behind Fun
In addition to all the points we talked before about knowledge and study, we must also
say that fun is a part of this educational program. With a new country, or city, come new
adventures, new streets to discover, new people to talk to, new nights to explore, new days with
new suns. And its worth. It worth because that’s all part of the growing, as a person, of each
But not everything is just easy as going out at to bar and order the local drink all night.
Freedom is not always an easy thing to manage of to face. Therefore, allow me to present you
some points we find interesting to discuss about this matter:
1.Picking the Erasmus location – you all can understand that this would be
something easy to decide, but if we analyze this closely, it gets tricky. There are so
many European cities and on the top of them we can find some like Lisbon, Porto,
Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Oxford, London, Warsaw, among others.
So, please, pick one choosing by the prestige, employability, sun, beer, etc.;
2.Take care of the paper work – is not as hard as it might sounds. It could be a lot
of papers to deal with, depending on the level of bureaucracy involved, but actually
the majority of it is based on the ‘copy-paste’ concept;
3.Find a place to stay – depending on the countries where you’re moving to, the
real task to find a place to call ‘home’ can be quite hard, especially when you don’t know the country or the main language. However, I advise you to talk to your ‘future’ college. They always
have a proper department to support all the Erasmus students, which
can tell you what and where to look for, making this task easier for
4.Meeting your new home – an essential point. Get the weather information,
know what is the local language and how works the public transportations service.
After that, you can go meet your house (and maybe your roommates) and it’s time for
you to start learning your way to college, what is the nearest hospital, supermarkets
and groceries stores for food and basic products (and bars with cheap drinks, good
parties, the best music,…….). And if you’re thinking to come to Lisbon, don’t forget
to taste our very own famous cocktail, the Hand2Hand.
Got everything? Great!! Now, get the free download of the Hand2Hand app here
because things are going to get real and you can profit with your travel. Assuring some extra
money while on Erasmus is always nice!!
5.Planning your flight – now you know the day when your classes begin, now you
know when you must do the check-in at your place. It’s time to think to schedule your
flight with some time in advance. Make sure you don’t have any late time surprises
and take the best prices you can. Before packing, make sure you leave some empty
space and remember to snap a picture of some local products of your own country and
post them on Hand2Hand. When you arrive at your destination, you just have to
deliver it and receive your payment right away.
6.Planning your budget – while planning your budget, I must tell you, you’ll
never get the right number. Therefore, make an estimate based on this: you’ll need
money for the public transportations, your staying, your everyday basis (like hygiene,
food and parties), money to visit the city and maybe some extra to take a mini course
of the local language, if you’re interested!! To help in your budget, again, Hand2Hand is here: with the money you already received in your travel, you can certainly count on
some extra help. Remember that the more sales you do on the Hand2Hand app, the
more you profit without doing anything and more things you’ll be able to do while on
Don’t forget that while on vacations or by coming Home definitely, you can always
take some ‘souvenirs’ to sell, of course. All you have to do is snap a picture of any product you
find, add a small description, introducing your price and wait a moment ‘till someone accepts
As you see, Hand2Hand can be very handy in every situation, even if you’re an
Erasmus student. Don’t forget that the Hand2Hand app is free, make you profit, that the
possibilities are infinite and that you can download it right here.
Have a good travel, study well and have fun!!
The Hand2Hand Team
15. Sony PlayStation
14. Bluetooth Speakers
13. Bottle of Wine
12. Eatable Products
11. Baby Products
10. Fashion Make-up Products
9. Electronic Cigarettes
7. Local Crafts
6. The iPad
5. Portable Computers
4. The Star Wars Franchise
3. The Super Mario Franchise
1. The iPhone
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
The hand2hand Team
Today, we’re getting round the 10 most visited cities in the world, in 2016.
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.
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.
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!
The Hand2Hand Team.