Ever heard of AIR COURIERS?
All you have to do is give up your baggage quota so you can carry a package. When you arrive you make a delivery and then can return or stay in the country you’re in.
You say where can I sign up?
The answer – Not many places, because the air courier market has melted like a snowman sitting under a bright sun. Too bad because it was a great way to be spontaneous and save while traveling.
To give you an idea, most of the people who have been couriers last did it in the late 90s and early 2000s, before 9/11.
The air courier’s job and the potential for travelers like us to travel around the world on a whim for a fraction of the cost is not available anymore. Here’s why:
You can send an email attachment with a contract around the world to multiple parties in 10 seconds. Worried about someone reading it in email? You can encrypt it and now it will get there in 12 seconds instead of 10. Much cheaper than a company paying someone to jump on a plane to hand deliver documents. This is even faster than fax machines, which I’m sure initially cut into the courier business.
In the United States, it is estimated that the volume of postal mail (snail mail) has decreased 20% since 2000. People haven’t stopped communicating, they are just using their email accounts to do it.
When FedEx founder Fred Smith proposed a delivery service in a paper while he was in college, he had no idea what he started. The world became much more interconnected.
Eventually, it also killed the air courier.
No longer did you need hand delivery. You can sit in your home or office and track your FedEx/UPS package every step of the way, door to door. Even if the most expensive shipping costs $100US, it is still cheaper than sending a human.
Before you could get on a flight, be cleared when you landed, hand the package or documents off to the next party and be on your way to explore. Now everything needs to check against a manifest and airlines and governments check for a customs declaration. The process became much more difficult. Not worth it for anyone.
Also cargo on passenger planes would sometimes take days to clear customs. So companies would get the air courier, who would clear faster than a cargo shipment. The courier would make the delivery and be on their way. Now with cargo clearing as fast as passengers, overnight delivery services can make their on time schedules at a fraction of the cost.