Quantcast
Destinations

When Travelers Can’t Travel They Can Shop For Destination Morsels

Excerpt from New York Times

Jun 15, 2014 12:00 pm

Skift Take

Sometimes listening to talk radio can be more fun than watching the game. We wouldn’t go that far to say the same about travel, but browsing and buying a little piece of Florence or Aruba can have their own rewards.

— Dennis Schaal

Free Report: The State of Chinese Outbound Market Travel

Free Report: The State of Student Travel

French tin canisters. Fleaingfrance.com


Browsing the boutiques and bazaars of a foreign city is one of the many pleasures of travel. It’s also becoming easier to do from your couch.

For years the web has allowed retailers like Anthropologie, Shop Latitude and Cost Plus World Market to sell products from around the globe to anyone at any time. Plenty of Etsy shops do the same. But increasingly, expatriates and frequent travelers are proffering regional specialties — Berber wedding blankets from Morocco, silk scarves from India, pillows from Peru — through their personal websites and blogs, providing a level of interaction, even customization, that better approximates the experience of shopping in a local boutique.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags:

Next Up

More on Skift

12 Digital Travel Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week
Best Travel Ads This Week: Airlines Evoke Emotion
Travel Channel Searches for the Next Bourdain With New Web Series
From Campaigns to Content: The Evolution of Hotel Marketing