How do you receive physical mail as a digital nomad?

I didn’t see any mention of on here for anyone looking or package/parcel storage and forwarding so I thought I’d add it incase anyone checks out this thread for parcel based forwarding.

I don’t use them specifically at the moment as I don’t need mail/parcel forwarding, however I did use them for quite a few years and was very happy with their service. Their multiple locations helped with avoiding sales taxes, consolidation was pick and choose so you could have things repacked how you wanted and their shipping rates were unbeatable.

I have traveling mailbox. It is great. $20 a month and I have a “real” address in Seattle, not some PO Box.

I’ve used Earth Class Mail for years. I don’t pay for their check deposit. I just scan into my bank via mobile app from my laptop screen. Traveling Mailbox is cheaper, paying $26 / mo now with ECM and only need the $15 / mo plan that TM has. Will probably make the switch. Just have to inform clients of change of address!

I’ve used SwissPostBox for a number of years. It’s worked well, although their interface isn’t the greatest… I use it for everything. Infact, I’ve also used it as my “residential address” when checking into hotels, for example!

Depending on which country you live in, sometimes you can pay a courier to keep a domestic address.

For example, in Latin America there are a few such services like Aeropost/Aerocasillas.

You pay a low annual fee and get your own PO Box and physical mailing address in Miami that you can forward all your mail to, then it’s delivered by them to your new country of residence. You can pick it up in their branches or have it sent door-to-door. This is also a good way of receiving expensive packages via online shopping that would normally be lost or stolen in the local snail mail.

Another nice service with automatic scanning in Luxemburg:

Very cheap.

@kristinm_wilson -
Do you know any physical address service provider in Central America, Costa Rica prefered or Panama?

@nevergoingback yes I use for both Costa Rica and Panama. They have services all throughout Central America. Enjoy!

Others for Costa Rica are: CR Box and JetBox

@kristinm_wilson thanks!
Aeropost looks more like Amazon and you get a address in Miami not in Costa Rica.
Or am I missing something?

Sorry for the late response. With Aeropost you get an address in Miami so all your mail can be sent to a domestic US address - whether it’s regular paper mail or packages. From Miami, Aeropost physically delivers your packages and mail to Costa Rica. This is the service you are paying for. You can have them sent directly door-to-door to your residence in Costa Rica or pick your mail up from an Aeropost office. There are branches around the country. For pick up in very small remote towns such as Nosara, for instance, in some cases Aeropost will have you pick up your mail at the local bus station or “encomiendas” office in town. The benefits are that you don’t have to worry much about anything getting stolen in the mail. Also, you don’t have to bother with international shipping. Everything is domestic as if you lived in Miami. Does this make more sense now?

I wonder whether anyone in the UK uses a similar service to Aeropost, and what your experience has been like?

I paid for a year of service from a company that claimed to receive/forward post, but their behaviour was really dodgy - and unreliable! - so I decided to ask a friend to be my ‘postbox’ and paid her the same fee. But I would love to know if there are any good services out there.

I’ve heard good things (just one actually) about UKpostbox. Not sure if that’s the dodgy one you’re referring to though!

Thanks. No, that’s a different one. I’d love to know if anyone here has had personal experience of UKpostbox.

BTW, if anyone is considering signing up for a service in the UK, I’d be happy to message you the name of the dodgy one!

I second Virtual Post Mail they have incredible customer service and I think the UI is okay but it’s not great.

Travelmore, I need Seattle address from Traveling Mailbox, too. Do you have any problem so far? Wondering if we can use the address for any financial institution (Bank Account, Credit Card, Business License, Drivers License), any insights?

I’m wondering if we can use ‘Traveling Mailbox’ or any virtual mailbox to updates our Drivers License address, any experiences and thoughts? Can we change online or we have to go in person? Thanks all!

No it is great. No issues. I actually went to Seattle and went to DMV and got a license etc. I had some issues with Shitibank when I applied for a new credit card because technically the address is a UPS store so it shows up in their system as a mail processing facility but then I sent in my driver license and it was fine. I’d highly recommend TravelingMailbox.

@Travelmore, that’s awesome and good news!, so even though you go to DMV, and updates your new address from ‘Traveling Mailbox’ it goes through, its great! Wondering though if we could do it online while we’re traveling :smile:

I dunno. For “residency” purposes, I just flew through Seattle and went into the city for the day and got a new ID. No issues. Not sure if you can do it online if you aren’t in state.

We just found out that we can get our documents notarized remotely. This was so convenient given that we are currently in Turkey. We thought it was so cool to be able to notarize our form 1538 electronically. We just downloaded an app called Notarized,Inc and video chatted with a US certified notary official. It cost $25 per document. It was nice not to have to find a notary office to do it!

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