Tired of another day of sitting on your couch, dreaming of the places you will venture to once things return to normal? Check out one of these subscription boxes to fulfill your travel fantasies. (I literally stumbled upon these products this morning while looking for a quarantine-appropriate Mother’s Day present.) From gadgets to books, from spices to sweets, you can gift yourself (or your mom) with a fun treat to help cure your wanderlust.
Jetsetter Chic: This site (and its subscription offerings and newsletter) was created by a female flight attendant for women who travel on airlines frequently. If you spring for this quarterly box at $125, you will get healthy snacks, safety items, travel accessories and tech, and TSA-compliant skincare and health products as well as VIP codes to use for travel (think complimentary airport massages, special lounge rates, UBER upgrades and more). If you just want the skincare and health products, go for the monthly subscription option for $40.
The Wordy Traveler: Fancy a book and a cup of tea? Every three months this subscription service (starting at $50 quarterly) sends you three handpicked books, organic teas from around the world and a framed print showcasing a highlighted region. The best part of these boxes is that a portion of your subscription cost is used to help girls and women around the world have access to education.
Spice Madam: Want to spice up your pantry? Sign up for this subscription service (starting at $20) and you’ll receive a curated box of spices, recipes and music right on your doorstep every month. Also, every box sold supports a non-profit that impacts youth education.
GlobeIn: Want to help support local artisans all over the world? Check out GlobeIn’s Artisan Box. This subscription (starting at $33) features exclusive, handcrafted products from global artisans curated around a monthly theme. You can decorate your apartment without ever having to spring for a plane ticket.
Cratejoy World of Candy: Have a persistent sweet tooth? Cratejoy offers subscription boxes containing sweets from countries around the world, including Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and Great Britain (starting at $6). Speaking of the British delicacies, if you’ve never had Walker’s Crisps (chips here in the U.S.), the Crate British box is worth the investment alone. Some of my boyfriend's family is from England and we’ve been lucky enough to try the Brussel sprout-flavored ones. (Spoiler alert, they’re bloody delicious.)