How to be a pro traveler on Grabr

How to be a Pro Traveler with Grabr (and earn more cash)!

November 7, 2016

As more and more users join our global marketplace, the competition for Traveler Rewards gets steeper. Don’t let that get you down, though; there are still THOUSANDS of dollars in traveler rewards up for grabs (no pun intended). Still, there are a few tips and tricks to up your chances of having your bid accepted. Here are 10 ways to optimize your Grabr profile to earn extra cash.

Do your research!

You might not be in school anymore but a little research goes a LONG way! Once you get the hang of Grabr, you’ll find it’s an easy way to attain cool items and, for travelers, earn big earnings on your next trip. However, we highly recommend familiarizing yourself with our terms and FAQs, many of which are outlined in this post. Basically, behave well and you’ll be rewarded.

Set up your payout method right away.

One of the most common mistakes our travelers make is not setting up payment right away. Sure, it might be boring but it literally takes about two minutes and it ensures prompt and accurate payment.

So, here’s how it goes. After pressing the “make offer” button for the first time, we’ll ask you to verify your account details (phone and email) and provide payout information. Make sure to choose your country of residence (the one you live and have permission to work). For the US, Canada and most European countries we use Stripe, meaning receive traveler rewards straight to your bank account. For US bank account holders, you’ll also need to provide your SSN.

Not from North America? No problem! For other countries (including Mexico), we make a payouts via Paypal. So you will receive reimbursement and reward to your PayPal account. Just add your Paypal email to your account and you’re all set. Oh, and don’t forget that all the payouts via Paypal are sent in USD.

Think before you click.

It’s easy to make a ton of offers on Grabr, especially when you see all those enticing Traveler Rewards but always “think before you click.” Basically, make offers for items that you can realistically purchase and receive before heading on your trip. Once a shopper accepts a traveler bid, it’s up to the traveler to purchase the item. Then, upon delivery, you are reimbursed in full + your monetary reward.

Need help? First check the item price. You can also follow the “Where to buy” link for suggestions on physical or online stores that sell the item. If the item is available, check to see if it will be delivered by your departure date.

The more information you know about the item, the more informed your traveler reward bid. For example, is the requested item allowed in the country you’re visiting? Does sales tax apply? If so, how much will it be? Will your suitcase be charged an overweight feel because of this item? Once you figure all this out, make a bid based on the total amount you will need to pay to buy, transport and deliver the items. In most cases, that will be between 5-10%.

Nail down details with the shopper pre-trip.

Before you’re packed and ready, nail down the details with your shopper. Why? Well, because once you’re en route you may have Wi-Fi issues or maybe there’ll be a delay. Travel is unpredictable, so it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

Many users send private messages to shoppers before actually making an offer. This ensures that there’s a clear line of communication and that both parties are in agreement on the Traveler Reward. That said, don’t provide your personal information until your offer has been accepted.

Post about your trip

Our latest feature lets travelers post about their upcoming trips. Besides being a fun way to connect with fellow members of the Grabr community, it also lets shoppers know that you’ll be traveling to his or her destination. As mentioned above, adding a profile picture will increase your odds of a shopper accepting your bid.

Know your worth.

We touched upon this point in step #5 but it’s worth mentioning again. Here at Grabr, we are a community of tastemakers and globetrotters, and NOT a faceless delivery service. As such, there’s always a negotiation process.

If a shopper sets a low reward and you anticipate a complicated shopping or delivery process, feel free to counter their offer with a reward that is in line with the effort you’ll put in. If the shopper really wants the item and there are no other offers, it will be worth the hassle. Many shoppers tend to accept offers from the first traveler who places a bid, so act fast!

Don’t be shy! Direct Message the shopper.

Don’t be shy about direct messaging the shopper after you’ve placed your Traveler Reward. Many times, shoppers are more likely to go with the user who reaches out directly. For one, it comes across as a more personal approach and two, it’s speeds up the process. Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to negotiate details such as delivery reward, taxis (if applicable) and logistics for meeting in person.

Be transparent.

This goes without saying but be transparent with your travel plans. Right after your offer is accepted, you’ll receive an email, push or in-app notification. From there, discuss any and all details with your shopper to make sure you are on the same page. Let him or her know the approximate delivery date (i.e. when you are traveling to said location), the time and place where you’ll meet up for delivery.

Have your travel plans changed? Let your shopper know via our built-in messenger or contact a team member at Grabr to sort out the problem.

Help a traveler our and leave a review.

We all read reviews, right? Well, the same goes for Grabr. If you had a great experience with your shopper or traveler (or a bad one), make your opinions known via a review. Good reviews are extremely helpful for new users because shoppers are more likely to accept an offer from a top-rated traveler. After you’re delivered your item, ask the shopper to review you on Grabr. More positive reviews = more accepted offers = more money to travel!

Don’t get blocked.

Being blocked is the worst, right? WRONG! It’s the only way we can ensure that our users are being treated fairly.

There are a few major ways you can get blocked: if you have 3 or more negative reviews from different shoppers, if you send spam via our in-app messenger and if we receive complaints about rude behavior or inadequate communication. Other “no-no’s” include using profanities in the Grab description, registering a fake account and contacting web sites not connected with the item delivery.

For travelers, the same rules apply plus a few more. If you made a bid and it was accepted, you are expected to deliver it. Canceling the delivery for no reason may get you banned. Sometimes a traveler isn’t able to make the delivery in-person. In that case, just make sure that you notify the shopper of this so that he or she is aware of the last-minute change.

Interested in earning some serious cash on your next trip? Sign up with Grabr

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