Last week, I visited Russia (Moscow) for the very first time. It’s a country and city that’s been on my bucket list forever, and I had an incredible trip overall. I finally got to see the Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral in front of my own two eyes!
You probably clicked on this article because you saw that I made $913 on my trip… and that is seriously no joke! I partnered with a company called Grabr to deliver items (that I brought from the USA) to people in Russia, and I was paid collectively a total of $913 (profit). That was enough money to cover my flights from San Francisco to Moscow to Hanoi!
You may have already heard about Grabr from my social media posts during the trip, but in this blog post, I’m going to explain more about how Grabr works and how you can make extra cash (and new friends) on your travels.
Side note – Grabr has an awesome environment and everyone who I met in both their San Francisco and Moscow offices were so cool and friendly. This photo was with the team in Moscow.
What is Grabr?
In a nutshell, Grabr is a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects shoppers who can’t get a certain product in their country (or afford to pay for shipping) with travelers who offer to bring the product to them in person. The shoppers pay the travelers a commission (which is negotiable) for bringing the product to them.
If you ask me, it’s a win-win for both parties!
All orders are placed on Grabr’s website or app, so there is no physical money exchange (similar to Air Bnb and Uber). There is also a messaging system built into Grabr so you can contact the person directly on the app.
Before a traveler (like you and me) heads out on their next trip, he/she can browse Grabr to see which items people need in the places they are about to visit. Once the traveler bids on the order and the shopper agrees to the price, the traveler purchases the item and brings it over in their suitcase.
On my trip to Moscow, I brought tons of drones, iphone 7s, apple TV’s etc — and I made new friends in the process!
But What About Customs at the Airport?
This is the question that everyone always asks. “Is it possible (or safe) to bring so many expensive items through customs? “
The short answer is yes, it’s safe. But it varies per country.
In Russia, for example, they let you bring in a limit of $10,000USD worth of things into the country. As I mentioned, I brought loads of electronics, clothes, food and goodies and was never questioned at immigration or customs in Russia.
I believe most countries are around the $10,000USD limit, which is nearly impossible to hit unless you’re carrying diamond rings or gold watches (which isn’t offered on Grabr anyways 😉
Most items that you’ll find on Grabr fall into the following categories:
- Clothes (shoes, shirts, hats, etc)
- Food (cheese, candy bars, etc)
- Electronics (iphones, Apple TV, drones, cameras, etc)
To wrap it up, I had a great first-time experience using Grabr and I absolutely recommend them as a great way to make extra cash on your travels.
If you have any further questions about how Grabr works, or if you want tips to find out how to maximize your earnings – don’t hesitate to contact me!
Happy travels 😀
Disclaimer: I partnered with Grabr for this trip and received financial compensation. That being said, all writing, thoughts and opinions in this blog post are mine.