Saturday, November 14, 2015
Question: How do you get your mail on the road?
(Mail, one of life’s highlights when you are distant)
We called for mail yesterday and it reminded me of the many times we have been asked how we handled the mail situation traveling so much. It does become a problem when you need something via mail asap.
In the beginning our family close by took care of looking at our mail box to check the mail. But we like to be more independent and when we learned from other full-timers about ‘Mail Forwarding Services’ we checked into it and signed up. These services are nation wide for some like UPS stores, and others are local businesses. WE have stayed with a local service.
We changed our address to the address of the Mail forwarding service. They assigned us a mail box at their facility where we could drop by and check the mail when we were close and call for it to be sent when we are afar.
The service is in the area of $100 a year plus the postage it takes to forward the mail. Some services will list your mail on the net and you can pick what you want forwarded. Ours is not that sophisticated. They forward what we have.
We noticed we were paying a lot to forward ‘junk’ mail we do not want. The Service offers to discard the junk mail first, but I get to thinking I would hate for something important to be considered junk and go the way of the trash can, so we try to weed them out.
(We have seen some post offices' this old)
The mail situation allows us to interact with many local folk at the Post Office. We try always to call for the mail to be sent General Delivery to small towns. AT these PO’s we get into many conversations about our lives and travel.
Interesting ones. We checked the mail at a PO in Alaska that was in a lady’s living room. One in NY where they had me fill out a couple forms before they informed me I had nothing yet.
One lady at that same NY Post office asked, “How can you live like that?” And there was the time I went to the wrong Post Office to get the mail. OUCH! All in all we adapted pretty quick to not looking at a mailbox every day.
If anyone else has any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. We have been on the road now over 15 years, I think.
This is the olden days!!!!