After checking out our first subscription box, we were hooked! While we’re stuck at home, we’ve been looking for ways to feed our travel bug. We’ve subscribed to plenty of subscription boxes before when they first hit the scene, but we’re hoping to discover some new ones this month. In the next few weeks, we’re going to be checking out the best travel subscription boxes.
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Last Updated: February 11, 2021
15 Best Travel Subscription Boxes
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What it is: Snacks from different countries sent to you monthly.
What We Love: Whenever we travel, we always love trying different snacks. Universal Yums sends you a box from a different country each month. They have 2 different sizes that you can choose from. See our unboxing here and review of our Chinese snack box here.
What It Is: Quarterly luxury book club for travelers who want to give back.
Cost: $38 – $90
What We Love: I love that books can transport you to a different place, and you can live in that world temporarily. Our box theme was USA and National Parks, and you all know how much we’re passionate about both!
Each quarter, the Wordy Traveler hand-selects books from different travel writers, ethically-sourced tea, and a limited edition art print.
The Backpacker includes one book, a fine art print, free trade organic tea, and other special gifts. The Full Suitcase includes all the above plus 3 additional books. As a bonus, a portion of every box goes to help the featured countries.
What It Is: Meal-kit to cook your way around the world.
Cost: $29.95 – $35.95
What We Love: We love trying new recipes, but we don’t often venture outside our regular rotation. Takeout Kit makes it easy and does the work for you. All you have to do is pick your favorite international dish (we picked Japanese ramen), and they send you the ingredients (minus perishables). We ended up making half our ramen and saving the extra portions for later. So yummy!
What It Is: 5-6 high-quality Italian treats sourced directly from Italy.
What We Love: We love Italian cuisine! Gusto di Roma sends you 5-6 Italian sweet and savory treats each month with recipes that incorporate them. In our first box, our favorite so far is the Taralli crackers from Danieli, and we’ve loved using the lemon-infused olive oil with bread and as part of a salad dressing.
What It Is: Date night delivered to your door.
Cost: $19.99 – $31.99
What We Love: While we tried a couple of their boxes, we especially loved their Aussie Adventure box. We road tripped around southern Australia at the end of last year, and the box gave us even more insight into Oz.
Kinda wish we did it before our trip! It also gives you prompts and games to help you grow your relationship, and some activities can be for double dates.
They carry a variety of date night subscription boxes, but most of the year they will have at least one travel themed box in the one-time boxes section.
What It Is: 3, 4, or 8 rare ramen noodles from around the world.
Cost: $13.50 – $34.17
What We Love: Don’t you already love them for the name? We love our instant noodles. They are our go-to midnight snack. Ramen is so much better from different parts of the world, but it can be overwhelming with the number of choices. Exotic Noods sends you 3, 4, or 8 rare noodle products depending on the subscription you choose and a pamphlet to give you some background.
So far my favorite has been the black garlic oil tonkatsu flavor. Yum!
What it is: Monthly culinary spice box with 2 – 6 spices and recipes.
Cost: $6.55 – $13.99/month
What we Love: When we want to try new international recipes, we’re hindered by the number of new spices we need to buy. If we don’t like the recipe enough to put it into our regular rotation, it ends up being a waste if it’s only used once. SpiceBreeze makes it easy to try new recipes without having to commit to a whole jar of spices.
What it is: Cultural Geography Kits for Kids Ages 9 to 15
Cost: Starts at $27.95/month
What We Love: Backpack the World is a great kit for anyone with kids who love to learn. Every month is centered around a new country and the box includes a wide range of activities that teach them about geography, culture, and more. It also includes a backpack, stickers, and a patch so they can keep track of all the countries they’ve learned about.
What it is: Assortment of Japanese candy every month.
What We Love: We love trying to new candy and Japan by far has the most unique and bizarre ones we’ve encountered! Japan Crate now has different types of subscriptions, and you can now get a box of cute toys, Japanese beauty products, noodles, stationary, and more. We’re hoping we’ll get some Kit Kats we’ve never tried.
What it is: a box of local delicacies from a new city every month
What We Love: We love that we can explore a different city in the world through the food they send us, and we especially loved our Venice box.
Coupon: Use coupon code LOCALADVENTURER for 15% off of the All Regular Subscriptions + Gift Boxes + Shop items!
What It Is: Exotic coffee from all over the world
Cost: $9 – $28
What We Love: Although we don’t run on coffee every morning, we’re social drinkers and we love tasting and comparing different coffees. With Atlas Coffee Club, you can select your roast preference and grind type. Plus, they include a postcard from a new country each month, tasting notes, and brewing tips.
What It Is: 3 original cocktail recipes and ingredients to make them.
Cost: $40 – $50
What We Love: Each month, Shaker and Spoon sends you 3 recipes from some of the top bartenders around the world. It comes with everything except for the liquor, and if the month’s featured liquor isn’t something you like, you can skip it. We’ve always wanted to be better at making drinks and this is the perfect way to jump into that!
In this box, we especially loved the ABC tea. We can’t wait to have friends over to make them our new fancy drinks. Cheers!
What it is: Each month has a different theme like kitchen, refresh, or tribal, and they put together a collection of artisan-made products from around the world.
What We Love: We love that they use every part of the ‘box’ to take you around the world, including the box itself! Each month is packaged in a woven basket with a mix of food and other items.
What it is: A monthly subscription box with unique toys and treats for your cat.
What We Love: The first Meowbox was a surprise theme, and we adored the Welcome to Mew York theme. It’s the last city we lived in, and we love how there are so many iconic things about NYC. Not only did we love the box, but our cats were drooling all over it as soon as we opened it. Also, for every Meowbox sold, they provide a can of food to a shelter cat.
Your first box will be any of the most popular boxes in the past, and throughout the year they have travel-themed subscription boxes like Arctic Adventures, Jungle Expurrdition, and the Meowtains are Calling.
What it is: A monthly box with delicious and healthy snacks.
What We Love: Anytime we hit the road we always struggle to eat healthy. This will give us a chance to try some healthy snacks and hopefully find ones that we like. They also have workout plans, music, and recipes to help you keep healthy at home!
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Escape Monthly (Discontinued)
What it is: A destination-inspired box full of products to help you escape. It’s a vacation in a box.
Why we love it: You get to try different products from a different place every month and they include a guidebook – which we love collecting for future trips!
Aloha Crate (Discontinued)
What it is: Experience Hawaii through Hawaiian snacks in a box!
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love Hawaii? This is a great way to get our Hawaiian fix until we make it out there. See our Unboxing Video here.
Hole in Wall Box (Discontinued)
What it is: Explore a city through locally sourced goodies from small, local businesses.
Why we’re excited: They shop local, and we’ve already eaten everything in the box the day it arrived.
Previous boxes: San Diego
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.