I am moving from Sydney to London in the next few weeks and am having trouble finding an affordable way to ship/post clothes, etc. to London.
Sea-mail takes 2-3months and any form of air transport is ridiculously expensive....can anyone suggest a company that is fairly priced, or any other options....?
there aren't really that many more options. I have used a company called seven seas worldwide twice to ship my stuff and found them very reliable. they say around 3 months - the first time it took 3 and the second time nearer 2. they were the cheapest shipping company when I shopped around.
I moved from Aus to Scotland, and also had this massive dilemma re: clothes. If I had known better, I'd have traded it all in, swapped with friends or had a garage sale - because really, I have no idea why I thought I'd need to bring my whole wardrobe when the truth is, THE SHOPPING NEVER ENDS!! Just think of it as a chance to replenish, and buy new boots/coats/stockings of a variety Aus doesn't need..
I have been in the same situation (Syd to London) and found that the cost of shipping was more than the clothes were worth. Bring a few pieces with you, buy the rest. You'll have new clothes and save money.
Depending on who you're flying with, and how much you want to take, you could take it as excess baggage. It varies hugely from airline to airline - an extra bag weighing up to 32kgs costs £75 with BA. However, with Qantas, you'd pay 45AUD per kilo, making an extra 20 kilo bag 900AUD. Contact your airline to find out how much they would charge you for this.
My sister moved back to Canada from New Zealand and they rented a 1-metre square container on a ship for over $1,000 Canadian. Plus it took 3 months to arrive. There isn't really a cheap way to ship stuff. Just go shopping when you arrive!!
dont bother shipping TO the country, youre gonna come home with so much more anyway that youre gonna have double the problem... buy a good backpack or suitcase and bring no more than 20-25kgs becuase you WONT need more than that. youll end up buying the rest anyway...
ive lived in germany for a year, and have to come home from the netherlands in a month (to asutralia) and theres no cheaper way than boat... my sister came home from denmark after a year, and that was boat too...