We left St. Augustine, Florida
in January 2017 for our circumnavigation
and visited St. Brendan's Isle in Green Cove Springs to set up our mail account. They were most friendly and helpful. When we have had a question about something, a quick email
to them always brings a reply by the next day. When we got to the Caribbean
, we tried USPS for some mail, but it took forever. By the time we got to Panama
, we started having our mail sent by FedEx International Economy. It usually arrives in about a week. When I want my mail, I want it NOW, not 6-8 weeks from now, and I am willing to pay for that service. Admittedly, I order the mail only about 3-4 times a year.
Also, the other great things about SBI are that 1) your box number with them is your bona fide residence address in Florida
which is good for voting purposes. We order our absentee ballots from Clay County by email
, and we send them back by snail mail. And 2) By having a bona fide Florida address, we do not pay income taxes
which makes our tax situation that much easier. We fill out only the US Form 1040.
For banking, I think you should use an international bank. We use UBS which handles our investments as well as giving us credit cards and a checking account. We carry a second credit card from Citi Bank. Both have worked well overseas.
We are currently in Bundaberg, Queensland
, about to start heading north toward Indonesia
. We are not quite half way around the world. So far, so good.