Nothing can be more frustrating than not being able to access your stuff whenever you want. As an expat, this might just be a new way of life for you. Limited access to your bank accounts, unreliable Wi-Fi, unstable cellular connections etc., the list can go on; it just isn’t as readily available as you were once used to. In this scenario, stuff is in reference to your mail!
As a subscriber to a mail forwarding service, not having immediate access to your mail is something you may have to deal with. However, there is a solution!  Letter scanning! What letter scanning is, is at your request, your mail will be opened and the contents will be scanned and uploaded to a secured PDF and sent to your personal email or cloud drive, depending on who you partner with. The option to have your letters scanned is offered by most forwarding companies, note every company has a different policy. Some will get the scan to you within the next 24 hours. Others are committed to getting your request honored in 30 minutes or less! It is a very useful and resourceful tool when living as an expat. It can be a great way to cut down costs of shipping. If you don’t have to ship a whole pound of letters since you already know what they contain, that’s easily $50 you can save. Just another plus of having a forwarding service, they can actually be quite convenient.