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WanderSnacks September

Every month we dispatch our WanderSnacks boxes delivering a slice of home to our Wanderers. Once each box is dispatched our subscribers complete the Rate my Box survey and we produce a thorough review detailing box content, subscriber preferences and ideas for the future. See what Wanderers thought of our latest box below.  

​What's in the box?

  1. 5 x Tetley Tea bags
  2. 5 x Twinings Tea bags
  3. Mr Kipling French Fancies
  4. Mc Vities Hobnobs
  5. Robinson's Squash'd 
  6. 4 x Cadbury Dairy Milk snack bars
  7. Cadbury Dairy Milk Blueberry
  8. Chip Shop Curry Sauce powder
  9. Terry's Chocolate Orange share bag 
  10. Galaxy's bake at home Brownie/Cookie kit
  11. Kellogg's Fruit Winders
  12. Nescafe Cappuccino/Latte
  13. Chipstick Crisps
  14. Frazzles
  15. Mini Cheddars

Performance

  • Satisfaction rating: 4.6/5
  • Most popular item:  Galaxy Brownie mix
  • Recommendation rating: 87% 
  • Enjoyment: 100%
  • Leading competitor's nearest price inc P&P to Germany:  10/15 similar items found @ £39.15(08/10/20)
  • Most used word: Crumpets please



​Wanderers Said

"Liked everything. Very excited about the Galaxy Brownie Mix and French Fancies"

"Good mix. Happy with the hobnobs and Galaxy baking set."

"Bit more savoury as well as sweet things [please]"

Review by Alisa Jordan Writes 

This month Alisa dug into our September WanderSnacks and she loved the throw backs like Fruit Winders and the classic tastes of home. Alisa is a talented writer and travel blogger who moved to Frankfurt am Main in Germany from the UK a few years ago. You can read her thoughts on WanderSnacks and catch up with all her other adventures ​here.​​​

What you loved

  • Hobnobs
  • Galaxy baking kits
  • French Fancies
  • Cadbury's Chocolate

Improvements for next month

  • Careful Review of Best Before dates - Although items past their best before date are still safe to eat, we want all our product to arrive fresh in their best condition possible. We will pay careful attention to every item in every box to ensure only the very best products are included. 
  • Packing material - we are aware that many of our customers would prefer less packaging material but we tend to run into transportation damages when we reduce the volume of packaging material - next month we're trying something new and a little different. Watch this space!

Our September WanderSnacks were a hit with our Wanderers. The general mix and variety of products worked well. At a satisfaction rating of 4.6 September was one of our most loved boxes. 

We love it when we get suggestions for next month's box and by far the most frequently requested item is CRUMPETS! We hear you guys and we're working on it. 

WanderSnacks August

Every month we dispatch our WanderSnacks boxes delivering a slice of home to our Wanderers. Once each box is dispatched our subscribers complete the Rate my Box survey and we produce a thorough review detailing box content, subscriber preferences and ideas for the future. See what Wanderers thought of our latest box below.  

​What's in the box?

  1. 10 x Twinings tea bags
  2. 4 x T by the C homemade Shortbread
  3. Fruit shortcake biscuits
  4. FOX's Chunky Chocolate cookies
  5. Mr.Kipling's Angel slices
  6. 2. X Sticky toffee pudding
  7. ​Bird's Custard powder
  8. Cadbury Boost bars
  9. Cadbury mini heroes
  10. Cadbury Treasures
  11. Choc dips pot
  12. Galaxy hot chocolate
  13. 2 x pasta snack stop
  14. 2 x Space raiders
  15. Salt and vinegar Kettle Chips
  16. Fajita Seasoning
  17. 6 x Club bars (mixed)

Performance

  • Satisfaction rating: 3.6/5
  • Most popular item: T by the C shortbread
  • Recommendation rating: 64%
  • Enjoyment: 90% 
  • Leading competitor's nearest price inc P&P:  16/17 similar items found @ £50.68(09/08/20)
  • Most used word: more Cadbury



​Wanderers Said

"I miss custard so much"

"Just love it"

"Digestives please and more Cadbury's chocolate"

"Chocolate had melted"

What you loved

  • Bird's custard
  • Homemade Shortbread
  • Wine gums
  • Kettle Chips
  • Cadbury's Chocolate
  • Biscuits

Improvements for next month

  • Review transportation issues - we had 2 report of chocolate melting and heavy handling by DHL. We will delay shipping to avoid high eperatures, review packing material and monitor DHL.
  • More Cadbury's chocolate -we reduced the amount of chocolate last month to avoid melting but our Wanderers definitely noticed. We hear you and we're all stocked up for September.

Our August box provided the best value for money yet versus leading expat suppliers and performed fairly well given the heatwave across Europe. Wanderers loved the homemade shortbread and Bird's custard but want more chocolate.

Our satisfaction rating dropped a point this month which was partly due to transportation issues which we are reviewing and partly due to a much lower number of survey responses . We're looking forward to next month (spoiler alert!) for more chocolate, fruit winders and Robinson's squash.  If you have any requests please let us know on the contact us page or chat to us on social media. 

WanderSnacks July

Every month we dispatch our WanderSnacks boxes delivering a slice of home to wandering Brits. Once each box is dispatched our subscribers complete the Rate my Box survey and we produce a thorough review detailing box content, subscriber preferences and ideas for the future. See what Wanderers thought of our latest box below.  

What’s in the Box? 

  1. 5 x Yorkshire Gold Tea bags
  2. Warbatons Crumpets
  3. McCoy’s Salt and Vinegar Crisps
  4. Monster Munch
  5. 4 x Cadbury’s Flake bars (or Twirls)
  6. Fox’s Custard Cream Biscuits
  7. Bisto Gravy pot
  8. Yorkshire Pudding/Pancake mix
  9. 3 x Flapjacks
  10. Fudgeridoo’s Clotted Cream fudge (or Little Fudge Box Vanilla Fudge)
  11. Fudgeridoo Pick ‘n’ Mix
  12. Fudgeridoo Stick of Rock
  13. Galaxy Caramel
  14. 2 x Dairy Milk Oreo bars
  15. 2 x Refreshers Strawberry Flavour
  16. 3 x Mini Love Hearts
  17. Rainbow Drops

Performance

  • Satisfaction rating: 4.2/5
  • Most popular item: Crumpets  
  • Recommendation rating: 84%
  • Enjoyment: 90% 
  • Leading competitor's nearest price inc P&P:  16/17 similar items found @ £39.68(12/07/20)
  • Most used word: Personalised



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Wanderers Said

"A Great selection, with more individual items than I had expected. I loved the pick and mix, and the crumpets!"
"Securely packed, loved the individual name tag and the crumpets made me happy. Did feel nostalgic with the mix"
"Crumpets, crisps and chocolate!! Husband particularly enjoyed the Flapjacks. (laughing emoji)"
"Liked everything. Great selection"

A Decent Cup of Tea Review

This month we are delighted to be included in the German blog about English foods called "A Decent Cup of Tea" . If you are blessed in being able to speak German or are learning, this blog is great fun to read. You can see a full review of our WanderSnacks July box on the following link: Read our Review

What you loved

  • You really really loved the crumpets
  • Personalised name tags
  • Packaging and Presentation
  • Great selection of items
  • Good Service

Improvements for next month

  • Less sweets
  • A few more savoury items
  • A fragile label on the box
  • More Biscuits
  • More Chocolate

Ideas for the Future

  • A 'hate box' where subscribers can declare items they really really don't like. - In the mean time, feel free to email us 2 or 3 of your hated items and we'll do our best to keep these out of your box. 
  • Packaging changes - balancing environmental concerns against presentation and protective packaging for transport will take some time. We hope to move towards WB branded boxes and offering lower packaging alternatives. 
  • Offering one off gift boxes, free from subscriptions.
  • Offering different types of boxes and special boxes e.g. offering savory boxes, sweet boxes and healthy boxes
  • Customising box content.
  • Including drinks
  • Callum’s Year in Munich

    Finding a placement abroad while juggling second year at uni was more of a slog than I expected, but it ended up being an interesting experience overall. I was employed as an intern at a tiny agency (5 full/part time staff) for au pairs in a small town called Freising, not far from Munich airport.

    I had a Skype interview with the manager who explained what the job would involve and we agreed on a contract. The pay was less than exciting but I was glad to have landed something near a big city (I had actually already visited Munich before and really enjoyed the vibe). She also gave me contact details for a local landlady, so I was able to arrange a place to stay before booking flights and heading out ready to make a new start.

    Landing in Germany wasn’t a completely new experience but the idea of it being my new home for the next year definitely sparked a bit of trepidation alongside the excitement. But I was committed to giving it a good go and getting what I could from it.

    The landlady kindly agreed to collect me from the airport but due to delays and some initial confusion (she had an extremely thick Bavarian accent, complete with colloquial words I had never even heard of), I ended up getting a cab to my new place. On arrival, I realised my room was not actually a room, but an old garage converted into a living space, complete with a bed, sofa, hot plate and even a toilet. The kitchen and bathroom upstairs were used communally. It was quite a different setup to what I had envisioned but the rent was cheap and I was given some cake, so I soon came around.

    I arrived a few days before I was due to start work so I made contact with family to let them know I was in one piece (using the Ethernet cable that dangled down from the ceiling connected to the router upstairs in the actual house) and then explored the town a bit.

    There was a high street full of bars and restaurants with a big open square which helped put me at ease.

    Then of course the work had to start. The business I worked for deals with placing young German adults with host families all over the world and finding suitable hosts for au pairs coming from abroad. It was my job as an English native speaker to check through applications for approval - mainly introductory letters to potential families, official documents and references. This involved contacting individuals by email or phone to verify their information about a candidate’s childcare experience. Highlights from conversations range from not being understood whatsoever to the contact only responding in broken English and declining to speak German, although I did point out I could manage.

    It was tough and a bit awkward for the first week, but I powered through and became more and more confident talking to people. Besides this, I would keep myself busy with whatever needed doing around the office and head off at lunch to different places for a walk and something interesting to eat (proper German Döner is brilliant).

    Outside of work, Munich city centre was a 30 minute train ride and from there you have a host of possibilities in all directions – bars, food halls, churches, department stores and markets, to name a few. I spent countless Saturdays there and could continue to. The beer and food is simple, but in my opinion it is done so well that some of the varieties on offer are the best I’ve ever sampled. Plus there was almost always a lively atmosphere day or night. The English Garden is a must if you’re anywhere nearby (surfing in the middle of a city) and Tegernsee is around an hour by train for some of the best lake/mountain scenes I’ve visited. Also within a day’s travel is Dachau, another worthwhile experience.

    My personal highlight was visiting Oktoberfest – it really is as much fun as it looks, and despite all of the beer, not a rowdy or unsafe experience. Just good beverages, fun people and leather trousers.

    Placement year felt like a huge amount of new places, people, and experiences in a very short amount of time. No doubt you will at some points feel overwhelmed but there is so much you can get from throwing yourself into all of the situations that present themselves. I would fully recommend it.

    If you enjoyed reading Callum's story, let us know in the comment section below.  Thanks for sharing your story Callum. 

    WanderSnacks Pilot

    We chose 5 volunteers at random from our Facebook page for a trial run of our new WanderSnacks in Germany. All 5 boxes arrived in great condition around 5 days from dispatch. We pride ourselves on being 100% feedback focused wherever possible so every box can be better than the last.

    What's in the Box? 

    1. 5 x Yorkshire Tea bags
    2. 5 x PG Tips Tea bags
    3. Galaxy's new Enchanted Eggs
    4. Roundtrees Randoms
    5. 4 x Cadbury's Wispa bars
    6. 2 x Cadbury's Sticky Puds
    7. Oxo Gravy Cubes
    8. Steak pie seasoning mix
    9. Bird's DIY Trifle kit
    10. Chip Shop style curry sauce
    11. 2 x Cadbury's Creme Eggs
    12. 2 x Flapjacks
    13. Cadbury's Freddo Hot Chocolate
    14. Short Bread Cookies
    15. Walker's Quavers
    16. Walker's Salt and Vinegar Crisps 

    Performance

    • Satisfaction rating: 4.4/5
    • Most popular item: Cadbury's Wispa bars, closely followed by the flapjacks 
    • Recommendation rating: 88%
    • Enjoyment: 100% 
    • Leading competitor's nearest price inc P&P:  11/16 equivalent or similar items found @ £41.40 (20/06/20)
    • Most used word: Excited

    Wanderers Said

    "I love the stuff in the box."

    "Husband loves the chip shop curry sauce as you can't find anything like that in Germany."

    "[Did not like] Trifle as I will be expected to make it now for Sunday dinner. Lol "

    "Very excited. It felt a bit like Christmas. "

    What you loved

    • Great presentation

    • Box arrived in good condition

    • Exciting experience

    • Items of good quality

    • Brands at the right level

    • All things Cadbury

    Improvements for next month

    • Including a few more items in the box to move from good to excellent value for money
    • More Flapjacks
    • More Cadbury's Chocolate
    • Not so many seasonings

    Ideas for the Future

    • A 'hate box' where subscribers can declare items they really really don't like. - In the mean time, feel free to email us 2 or 3 of your hated items and we'll do our best to keep these out of your box. 
    • Packaging changes - balancing environmental concerns against presentation and protective packaging for transport will take some time. We hope to move towards WB branded boxes and offering lower packaging alternatives. 
    • Offering one off gift boxes, free from subscriptions.
    • Offering different types of boxes and special boxes e.g. offering savory boxes.
    • Customising box content.

    Tom’s Travel Writing Dream

    While romanticized tales of growing lemons in Tuscany and sipping wine on the Seine fuel our daydreams, have you ever wondered what life’s really like beyond our borders? Whether it’s for work, love, adventure, or even to escape, over four million British citizens currently reside overseas. “Book Title” is a collection of their real-life stories and experiences, from their initial decisions, to finding their feet, and much more.

    Tom's new book - coming soon

    So, what am I trying to do? I'd like to write a book about ‘living abroad’, but I don’t have my own ‘Hollywood’ style story to tell. I moved to Berlin with the support of my German employer (SAP) and to continue in a role I’m familiar with. I didn’t move here to renovate a mansion, start a farm in a remote location, or to change the course of human history (yet). However, I’ve noticed that many of the ‘living abroad’ books are either based on those aspirational stories or are self-help books with ‘the top ten steps to living in France’ and similar. While many of those books are great, I was missing the ‘real life’, relatable stories from others like me. 

    At WanderingBrits we're loving following Tom on his journey to becoming a travel writer.  Hurry up Tom, we want to read the book! 

    Once the book is available we will publish the links here so that our WanderingBrtis can have something to read on the go.  Good Luck with the book Tom. 

    Kieron’s New Life in Germany

    I started learning German at 13 and loved the fact that it meant missing a PE lesson every week. I found it easier than French. As my German teacher told my parents "Kieron's eyes light up when it's time to do grammar". German had a logical structure to it that I had failed to find in French. Sixth form coincided with the fall of the Berlin Wall and I was even in Germany on November 9 1989 on a youth conference when the wall came down. Exciting times. So when after Alevels I found myself studying German I leapt at the chance to spend my second year in Dresden, in the former communist East, moving there a year after reunification in 1991.

    Parallel to all this I had been struggling through my teenage years with mental health issues and trying to work out who I was and what my place in the world and the general scheme of things would. From the age of 12, I had followed world affairs avidly, listening to the today every morning. The feeling of Weltschmerz grew in me year by year. I had't enjoyed the Maths part of my degree in the year before going to Germany and was seriously thinking about dropping out. After my Alevels I had been to Romania for 2 weeks in the summer after the revolution and experienced Ceaucescu's orphanages first-hand. All these things, an inclination towards the dramatic, coupled with the sort of naive belief only a teenager can have that I could change the world,, led to a radical decision.

    I would drop out of uni and go and work in a Romanian children's home. My year in Germany came to an end, I dropped out of uni, moved back to the UK, signed on, did some voluntary work and hoped and prayed I would be able to make Romania happen. In January 1993 just before my 21st I moved to the little Hungarian speaking town of Cristuru-Secuiesc (Romanian), Szekely Keresztur (Hungarian) in the middle of Transylvania. I spent 4 1/2 years working with children and young people there who were growing up in  a state children's home housing 400 children and young people. It was while working there that I met and then married a German which was how in 1997 I ended up back in Dresden again.

    Although I spoke German, I didn't have any vocational or higher academic qualifications. So after 5 years teaching English freelance, at the age of 30 I went back to university and qualified as a social worker. By the time I qualified, I had 3 children and my marriage was on the rocks. It's now 10 years since we broke up. The kids are all but grown up (15, 18 and 21), and I'm happy in my job as deputy manager of a Day Care facility for 110 children. It has been a long journey. Looking back, I'm not sure it was a good idea to live abroad (as apposed to just having a gap year) at such a young age.

    Add to struggling to find out who you are, a lack of self-confidence, no experience of dealing with adult life back home, (where there are friends and family to support you,  and you have a vague idea of how things work) and no qualifications it's a surprise I survived at all. And it was  tough at times.  I don't regret it. How could I? I have 3 wonderful children and an amazing grandchild but I can't honestly recommend it to anyone. I would also recommend to not underestimate the impact of a place on an individual's personality and their relationship.  The reasons for any break-up are complex. I did however find that the person I spent 4 years in a relationship with in Romania was very different from the person I found myself married to in Germany. All in all, after 28 years away from Britain I am a happy, contented person, not because everything has been easy or because everything in life is good but because I have found myself, learnt to be happy in my own skin, found my place in Germany and learnt to be grateful for what is, accept what  isn't and not worry about what might be.

    Marie’s Adventure in China

    Hi, I'm  Marie and I recently joined the WanderingBrits Community. I am a keen traveller and so from the age of 14 onwards (first as part of guided tours only) ventured abroad by myself to get to know new places and cultures.

    At first, just within Europe, but then I quickly gained an interest in the Americas and Asia too. One of my favourite further afield places was China.

    I spent 3 months in China for an internship whilst at University. I was working and living in Qingdao, but also got the chance to travel to other cities. I had lived in the British Midlands for the few years prior to my China adventure, and oh boy, was I in for a culture shock!

    The size of the cities, crowds and crazy traffic was completely overwhelming, not to mention those funny symbols and sounds that make up the local language and were completely foreign, to my  non-mandarin speaking ears and eyes.

    However, I had a fantastic time. The people were incredibly kind, the cities felt really clean and in many parts much more modern than Europe, and there were beautiful nature areas around Qingdao that I got to visit. I also got to spend some exhausting and sweat-packed days, hiking in the local mountainside, during which I thought I was not going to make it back,. This was enough for me so I decided to venture back soon into the more comfortable urban sphere…

    A(nother) challenge for me was the food. Although it was great to try something new, admittedly, I struggled a little. Chick feet and hearts, seaweed, strange looking fish, and what looked to me like insects or reptiles (is that a thing?!) were not, and are still not, my thing. See picture of strange sea slug things->

    Don’t get me wrong, there were also extremely delicious foods out there. My favourite was a type of wrapped pancake, that contains a fried egg in the middle, and is typically eaten for breakfast. Also, their noodles were delicious, and one of my favourite sauces was one made with fresh vegetables and peanuts. Everything tasted so fresh and was just the fraction of the costs of a British meal out!

    All this time though some treats from home would have been a blessing (for example, the concept of chocolate wasn’t well known where I stayed in China!), so it is a great idea to deliver British snacks to other travellers out there.

    I hope to return to China at some point, with some better preparation next time though, especially in regards to the language, knowledge about local food, and improved fitness levels to re-tackle those mountains…

    Moving Abroad Checklist

    Moving abroad can be stressful so the friendly lot at WanderingBrits have created a moving abroad checklist to make things easier. You can find lots of tips for packing and moving abroad in our WanderBible which is full of articles for WanderingBrits.  If you can think of anything we’ve missed, feel free to add it to the comments.

    Daily Basics

    Underwear (preferably at least 2 weeks’ worth)

    Pajamas (If you are a wearer of such garments)

    Toothbrush & paste

    Devices and chargers (laptop, tablet, phone)

    Suitable footwear, umbrella and coat

    Toiletries – don’t waste space on things you can buy abroad

    The Extras

    Travel Adapters (1 will not be enough)

    Transport map – or at least a link to a decent one

    Power pack for your mobile phone

    A sim card with good international rates (see ‘Feel at Home’ deals by Three or ‘Feel Like Home’ by Lycamobile)

    Emergency phone numbers written on paper – family,  emergency services abroad,  landlord, work

    Things you can’t get abroad. Think Cadbury chocolate, a decent cup of tea or for the ladies those monthly applicators can be difficult to find.

    Documents

    Booking details for transfers, accommodation, health insurance and any useful addresses

    Passport

    Boarding pass

    Driving licence

    Qualification certificates

    Birth certificate

    Wedding/name change ….any other certificates

    Hotel confirmation/ Proof of new address

    Home comforts (If you have the space)

    Pictures

    Your lucky charms

    Snacks – you can even get these delivered with our WanderSnacks British food box subscription

    Top tip: Check with your airline on where your laptop and liquids should be stored for your flight

    You can learn how to tactically pack for moving abroad in our WanderBible.