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There is nothing more thrilling to me than having a plane ticket for a new destination in my hand. Some people have the same feeling when they get new clothes, or they're in a new relationship but for me it's travel. Unfortunately I can't always be on the road (and I'm not sure if I'd really want that) but there are ways to get the world to come to me!
If you aren't able to travel as much as you'd like to there are ways to experience the world from home.
The World to Your Door
I LOVE a good subscription box and even though I can't really get them in Morocco anymore I do love to test them out when we're visiting the US.
The concept is simple. A themed box arrives at your door at a set interval filled with goodies related to that theme. There are book boxes, food boxes, clothes boxes, boxes aimed at babies, boxes for pet…you get the idea! To bring the world to you check out these global themed boxes.
When my kids were younger they LOVED getting this in the mail monthly and I'm even more excited now that they've expanded their product offerings.
There are different products and focuses depending on the age of the child which is really helpful. The youngest is for ages 3-5. There's also one subscription that's specifically focused on the US and one that's science expeditions.
Price: Boxes vary in price depending on the age and length of time the subscription is for but can be as low as $12.95 a month. They also have promotions for discounts on your first box or longer subscriptions very regularly.
Good for: Parents with kids who are curious and looking for activities to keep them engaged and interested. If your kids have travel experience this box also is a great way to have conversations about those past trips.
Universal Yums is a box that is based on global snacks and was our kids favorite by a landslide. The month we got was Japan and I was skeptical. But, we all sat around the picnic table and opened up all the bags to taste everything.
Some of the snacks the kids were familiar with, like Pocky sticks and the Panda cookies, but many were new. It was a good mix of sweet and savory. I was really surprised by how much was in the box. There was also a card that described what was in the box (they also publish it on their website with ingredient information), and a riddle so that you can guess what the next months' box will be.
There are two country choices for each of the size options so you do get a little say over what you get.
Price: There are three different boxes with between 6 and 20+ snacks in each. The little box is $15 for 1 month, $25 per month and the largest is $39 month. Free shipping to the US is included.
Good for: KIDS! This was a really fun box for our kids to get. Not that adults won't love it too but I think it's fun to share snack food from around the world with children.
This is a box I stumbled on when I was looking for new book suggestions and the idea is really interesting especially if you're someone like me that is always on the hunt for something new to read.
The subscription is curated by a theme – usually a country – and also includes tea and other goodies. A portion also goes towards women and girls education in areas of need.
Price: The backpacker edition is $38 a quarter while the suitcase is $90 a quarter.
Good for: Avid readers and travelers that want to explore new destinations through curated book selections.
Our middle son is obsessed with Japan and after our trip to Japan in 2020 we realized that there are so many interesting snacks you can find in this country! Just browsing different shops was an adventure in itself.
Bokksu brings the flavors of Japan to you. Even if you've never been to Japan it's an awesome box to try. I really love that the company works with snack makers in Japan who have been make treats for decades instead of just big name players.
Whether you already love Japanese snacks or you're just looking to try something new this box is really fun to check out.
This isn't a subscription box but it's a way to bring a piece of Morocco to your home easily. This is an ethical fashion brand and the team works with Moroccan artisans to create unique pieces that are made especially for Mushmina.
The vast majority of artisans that are contracted are women, as a means of empowerment and bringing financial stability to families in Morocco. You'll find a wide range of products in their shop.
Some of my favorites are their hobo bags and their handmade Moroccan rugs. If you've always wanted a rug to bring into your home, I highly recommend looking here as their products are ethically made and truly do help the women who make the products.
I buy this kids subscription box for my nieces and nephews almost every Christmas. They range from 3 years old to 13 years old and they all love the different boxes that they get.
KiwiCo offers different themes based on different ages. Each box comes with a variety of crafts or activities that kids can complete. I found that some, especially for younger kids, do need parental oversight and assistance however as they get older it makes a really good project for them to work on alone.
Price: Prices vary depending on the different ages selected and the length of the membership you choose. I typically get the 3 month subscription for my family members especially if they're new to KiwiCo to see how they like it.
Good for: Families with kids of all ages. Especially kids who like to be hands or be challenged.
BONUS: You can get 30% off your first box with the code Share30
What are you waiting for? Bring the world to your mailbox!
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