Looking for a unique travel gift for a travel lover or even yourself? Then consider giving the gift of travel in a box. Here are some of the best subscription boxes for travelers to explore the world from home.
For anyone not familiar with subscription boxes, a subscription box delivers a curated selection of food, snacks or other products to your house. Each company offers different delivery options – most boxes are usually sent monthly (but some are quarterly). Many subscription boxes renew automatically month to month (unless you cancel) or you can purchase a one time gift (usually for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months). You can usually see videos or photos on their website of past boxes to decide if the box is right for you or your loved one.
A general world food subscription box will include a variety food or snacks from around the world, with each month usually featuring a specific country. There are also destination specific boxes that focus on food from a specific country. Non-food travel subscription boxes include boxes that feature travel essentials and gear, travel books or artisan products depending on the traveler’s interests.
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Subscription Boxes for Travelers
Travel Themed Subscription Boxes
Some travel subscription boxes are great for those that love international travel while other boxes are perfect for travelers with specific interests, such as outdoor or beach lovers.
The Holiday in a Box Co. – For city travelers stuck at home
The Holiday in a Box Co. luxury travel boxes feature a new city break each month including gourmet recipes and edible snacks. Their ‘virtual vacations’ bring everything you need to discover a new destination. Every adventure comes with an exclusive virtual tour, showcasing travel tips, intriguing mysteries, historical highlights and quirky cultural facts. They are filled with activity cards like mini language lessons, games, quizzes and more. Ships worldwide from United Kingdom. Seasonal gift wrapping is available as an upgrade.
GlobeIn – For unique artisan-made products
GlobeIn is monthly subscription box featuring handmade, ethically sourced products from artisans around the world. Every box is curated around a different theme, and features 3-5 rare items. There are more than 5 box themes available each month, and you have the opportunity to choose which one you’d like to receive or you can choose to be surprised. Plus, you can shop for discounted Fair Trade items in monthly Add-Ons and VIP sales.
Life’s A Wave BEACH Box – For beach and ocean lovers
Life’s A Wave BEACH Box is a monthly subscription box filled with hand picked beach & ocean inspired items perfect for any beach or ocean lover. Each month they support an ocean minded non-profit and they also ship internationally.
Outdoor Subscription Boxes
Nomadik – For adventurers and outdoor lovers
Nomadik sends freshly launched premium gear, outdoor challenges and expert tips delivered to your door by monthly subscription. They offer 1, 6 and 12-month billing plans.
Camp Life Crate – For campers, glampers, & RV enthusiasts
The Camp Life Crate offers different quarterly subscription boxes for campers, glampers, RV enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. Ships to select countries from United States.
The Happy Glamper – For the outdoor diva
The Happy Glamper is a quarterly subscription for women that enjoy glamping. The box features a different regional theme each season, with products from local artisans and luxury glamping gadgets. Only ships within United States.
World Food Subscription Boxes
Foodie travelers will love these subscription boxes:
Universal Yums – Snack subscription box
Universal Yums is a subscription box that delivers a variety of snacks from a different country each month. Boxes come in 3 sizes: either 6+, 12+ or 20+ snacks in every box. In addition to snacks, each box also includes a booklet with trivia & interactive games and larger boxes also include recipes.
– Sign up for a subscription and automatically receive boxes each month until you cancel. Or, give as a gift for either 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.
– Free shipping in the continental US
Tea Runners – Premium tea subscription box
Tea Runners is a customizable premium tea subscription box delivering a curated collection of loose leaf teas from small batch producers, many of which are top place finishers at the Global Tea Championship Awards. Each box contains enough tea for 30 to 50 cups and comes with tasting and brewing instructions. They have 4 boxes to choose from: All Black Tea Box, Herbal Tea Box, Pure Tea Box, and their Original Box (a combo of all kinds of teas).
– 3 subscription delivery options: Monthly, Bi-Monthly, and Tri-Monthly
– Free shipping to USA and Canada
Spice Madam – Global spice, recipe, and culture subscription box
Spice Madam allows you to experience a new global destination every month through a monthly curated box of spices, recipes, themed music playlist from each destination, plus a welcome postcard with fun facts about the featured country. Every box sold supports a non-profit that impacts youth education and they are also vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free. Ships to select countries from United States.
Bokksu delivers the experience of tasting authentic Japanese snacks, candies, and teas sourced directly from centuries-old family makers in Japan. They offer monthly subscriptions of curated snack boxes as well as ala carte snacks and teas for sale in their Bokksu Market. Each subscription box comes with: 20-24 Japanese snacks, candies, and a tea pairing curated around a fun cultural theme, 16+ Page Culture Guide Magazine that details each product’s origin, flavors, and even common allergens. Unlike many subscription boxes you make a one-time payment that does not auto-renew but there is a minimum of 3 months.
– 3-month, 6-month, 12-month options
– Free shipping directly from Japan
You can find food subscription boxes focused on more countries including The Laddu House (for artisan Indian sweets), The Russia Box (for Russian candies, snacks and treats), MexiCrate (for Mexican snacks and candy) and the Korean Snack Box (for Korean snacks and candy). Here are more world food subscription boxes for traveling foodies.
Travel Book Subscription Boxes
Avid readers can travel the world through books with these book subscription boxes:
The Wordy Traveler is a quarterly luxury book club subscription box for travelers who want to give back. Each quarter your curated box will transport you to an amazing destination with hand selected books from travel writers, ethically-sourced tea, and limited edition art print. Each box supports the nutritional needs of two children for a year. You can choose either the Full Suitcase (3 books per month) or Backpacker (1 book per box) and either Fiction or Non-Fiction book.
Bibliophilic Excursions is a subscription box for the adventurous reader. They send two books set in the destination country (one fiction and one nonfiction). They also include goods made in the destination country to create an all-encompassing reading experience that awakens each of the 5 senses. Examples include: pasta from Italy, hand-woven baskets from Kenya, Parisian jam and crepes, and Japanese Green Tea. There are a few different boxes to choose from. They offer the option to receive 1 box every month or every 3 months.
Travel Subscription Boxes for Kids
These educational travel subscription boxes geared towards teaching children about the world are great travel gifts for kids:
eat2explore – Country exploration cooking kits for families
eat2explore monthly country exploration cooking kits allow families to explore the world in their kitchen by cooking, learning and dining together. The recommended age for their explore box is 5 years old or older. Each monthly explore box features a new country and contains 3 easy-to-follow recipes, pre-measured spice/sauce mixes for each recipe, shopping list, explore country brochure, activity sheet, country sticker, flag pin and a fun collectible. There are 3 options offered: (1) explore a country (1 or 3 countries), (2) explore a continent (4 countries), or (3) explore the world (12 countries).
Little Passports Monthly Subscription
Little Passports is a popular travel subscription box for kids of different ages. Each month, kids receive a package filled with fun and educational toys, activities and souvenirs designed to spark a child’s curiosity and inspire them to learn about the world. There are different travel subscriptions available depending on age: Early Explorers (Ages 3-5), World Edition (Ages 6-10), or USA Edition (Ages 7-12). (I just recently got the Early Explorers for my 4 year old son and he loved his first box. I plan to review it in a few months after he gets a few more boxes.)
Backpack The World offers subscription based geography and travel kits for kids 8-14. Their kits feature a new country every month and include political, geographic, economic, cultural information, activities, and recipes from around the world.
Atlas Crate offers geography subscription boxes for kids (ages 6-11) which are designed to help your child develop an appreciation for other world cultures through immersive, hands-on STEAM activities.
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