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!

Click this link to see a breakdown of my earnings with Grabr.

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. 

Drew Binsky

A graduate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drew Binsky has visited 190+ Countries since 2012.He first caught the travel bug while studying abroad in Prague, then taught English in Korea, and now he's on a mission to visit every country on earth.Follow his journey on YouTube & Instagram @drewbinsky 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Here’s How I Went to Russia and Made $913 with Grabr

  1. Did you actually get paid by Grabr, Drew? You didn’t mention that in your article, only how it should work and that you made deliveries and were expecting $913. Based on personal experience and looking around elsewhere online, Grabr stopped paying their delivery people anything months ago. They’ve collected money from the buyers, but aren’t releasing it back to travelers. It’s like if Uber takes your money for Uber Eats, but makes the driver buy you dinner. It might be time to pull your article down.

    1. I definitely agree that this should be taken down! I am currently waiting on being paid by grabr and many other people are- I truly wish that I had seen some of these reviews before working with that scam company!

  2. I travel very often and I would like to bring some items , what I am suppose to do , I mean first step … I have yo buy or the person who needs the product ? I am going to travel in more o less ten days , so please explain what and how can I have to do , thanks a lot and hope to do something good !

  3. Nice sponsored content

    Please disclose what your link is to grabr.
    This is misleading and not very ethical.

  4. The idea that you can go to a country for free is a little far fetched. That only covered flights; not accommodation and that’s AFTER you went on the trip. I was thinking that grabr would have a way to release funds to the buyer for purchasing the items needed. Grabr needs to make it known that you, the buyer will have to make a huge initial out of your own pocket investment to cover cost of purchasing the items and to also pay for your trip. To me, it’s not worth it and what if a buyer says they don’t want the item any more when you get there? You’ll be screwed especially for those high cost electronic items.

  5. This is great, but you had to buy the products from your own money in the first place, right?

    If yes, then how much was your investment to make a $913 profit?

  6. Hey Drew,

    Nice job on your first trip to Russia! For the payout to you from grabr after delivery did you plug in your paypal or US bank account? The website is currently telling me they do not payout to the United States of America. This seems odd for a company based in SFO.

  7. What is the $100 bonus for? You purchase the item and then the buyer reimburses you for the cost of the item, plus the negotiated fee? Does Grabr take a percentage?


    1. Hi Nona! Yes, you purchase the item and the buyer reimburses you the cost + pays you the negotiated fee for bringing the product to them. Yes, Grabr takes a percentage

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