There is much to prepare for when leaving on your next travel nursing assignment and how you handle your mail and bills is a very important one to think about. Thankfully the 21st century has given us many alternatives to how we can send and receive mail. Whether you’re leaving your home base for 13 weeks or longer, there are a few different ways in which to handle the mail you receive.
In this day and age there are many advances in the way we can manage our lives. The internet being the biggest one and it provides us with many conveniences that not so long ago were only a dream. No longer do we have to sort through all the different bills and paperwork we receive, buy stamps, buy envelopes and then get those materials to a mailbox. No, those days are long gone and for you as a traveler, this is a godsend. We all have bills to pay and many companies today offer a paperless system in which you receive statements via email. In turn, you are able to take care of the payments directly through the company’s website or sign-up for some sort of easy-pay system with your banks. You can set up the amounts and the day the money is to be withdrawn from your account, giving you peace of mind that you didn’t forget to send in your payment and avoid the costly late fees. This feature has to be the biggest advancement in the way we can manage our finances and lives as a whole, and of course this is a great way to start yourself being green.
Another great automated way to take care of the mail you receive is to use a mail forwarding service. These companies will collect your mail, sort it out and get rid of any unnecessary items you would consider “junk mail.” A great example of this service would be by a company, America’s Mailbox. This company is based out of Rapid City, SD and gives you many options as to how you want your mail to be handled. Another similar service is offered by PostNet. Here you rent out a mailbox and have your mail delivered to the box address and then have it forwarded to you, wherever you are. Of course another alternative would be the tried and true, United States Postal Service. You can sign up for the free mail forwarding service, which is good for up to six months or you can register yourself for the premium service which collects your mail and then sends it in weekly batches.
There’s no reason you should miss out on any important deliveries or letters. If you these automated ways are too much for you to handle and you may not trust them, there is of course the use of family and friends who live near your permanent mailing address. Maybe a parent or sibling lives close and they can do the collecting and sorting for you. This would be the cheapest alternative and may offer you a bit more peace of mind when it comes to your mail. The best way to take care of this would be to stock up on the prepaid envelopes or boxes and have them fill it up per week and send it your way, when time comes. It’s up to you whether you want to hassle them with this chore – that’s why there are paid service options. The choice is yours. Either way, these are all great ways to manage your life from the road. I hope this helps and if you have other options to share, by all means…