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Best Around The World Subscription Boxes in 2021

Kelly Wright
ByKelly WrightOct 20, 2021 | 0 comments

Travel is one of those very few intangible things in life that once experienced, can change a person forever. But, why is travel so addictive, and why do so many of us get bitten by the travel bug? I could try and answer that, but I think that would be doing it a disservice to do so. I believe travel is an individual experience and each one of us gets something different and unique from it. Similar to how two people can look at the exact same painting and yet see a totally different picture. It’s how it makes you feel both in the moment and afterward that is important.

While countries have slowly started to open back up and many of us are now allowed to head abroad, there are still loads of restrictions in place that make it hard to do so. Not to mention the time and money involved in getting abroad right now makes it extremely difficult as well.

Until travel is back to business as usual, we wanted to find a few around the world subscription boxes that would help tame our wanderlust and give us some inspirations for our next trip (or perhaps add to our never ending bucket list).

Best Subscription Boxes for the Traveling Foodie

Part of any amazing trip is tasting the different cuisines offered in a new city or country. The one constant around the world is that people take their food very seriously and this is always confirmed when heading somewhere new. If you are looking for that new taste fix, but haven’t been able to venture out recently, check out our list below with foodies in mind!

Universal Yums

Universal Yums Super Yum box

A delectable monthly subscription box that may not be able to physically whisk you away to a far away land, but it’s guaranteed that your taste buds won’t know the difference! Each month enjoy popular snacks from different countries and experience a world of sweet and savory treats that are usually only available in local stores.

For approximately $15 per month, see which snacks pass the taste test and which ones you will be sure to skip next time you travel abroad! Past boxes have included countries such as Israel, Ukraine, Indonesia, Spain, and South Korea.

Universal Yums is not able to cater to food allergies and dietary restricitions – it is recommended that if you have a severe food allergy, that you do not order this box. 

The Cost + Details:

  • Yum Box: $14.67 and includes 5-7 snack items.
  • Yum Yum Box: $24.75 and includes 10-12 snack items.
  • Super Yum Box: $37.59 and includes 18-20 snack items.

Ships to US, Canada, UK, Australia, Israel, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands. Shipping is free within the contiguous US and to FPO/APO’s.

Sign up for Universal Yums

Not ready to subscribe? Check out our full details and reviews to see if Universal Yums is right for you!

SnackCrate

SnackCrate is a monthly subscription box with delicious snacks from around the world. Each month you will be treated to authentic treats imported direct from the chosen country. When ordering for the first time, you are able to choose your first box and the country you wish to try, after that however, it will be a surprise! SnackCrate delivers to multiple countries and your box will ship for free.

SnackCrate is not able to cater to food allergies and dietary restrictions – it is recommended that if you have a severe food allergy, that you do not order this box. 

The Cost + Details:

  • Mini SnackCrate: $9.99 and includes 5-6 snack items.
  • Original SnackCrate: $21.99 and includes 10-12 snack items.
  • Family Size SnackCrate: $44.99 and includes 18-20+ snack items.

Ships free to the US (including US territories, military addresses, and embassies around the world), UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Malta.

Sign up for SnackCrate

Need more convincing to try matcha flavored Kit Kats? Check out more of our SnackCrate details and reviews.

Try The World

The Try The World subscription box branches out from the snack arena and also offers gourmet ingredients to cook within a larger dish as well as a few tasty beverages to go along with your meal. But don’t worry, if snacks are your true calling in life, they will also include them in the regular box or you have the option to only order the snack box.

The Cost + Details:

  • Countries Box: $49 and includes 7-8 international food items
  • Snacks Box: $29 and includes 6 snacks from 6 individual countries

Ships to US and Canada. Shipping is free within the contiguous US.

Sign up for Try the World

Ready to taste the world? Check out our Try the World details and reviews for more information.

Spice Madam

Missing those smells and tastes that only a local restaurant tucked up in a small alley off the beaten path can give you? Trust me, I am as well. However, Spice Madam might be the closest you can get to recreating those adventures and experiences without actually leaving your house. Their monthly spice subscription box will send you 3-4 spices along with 4-6 different recipes to try with them. Recipes will include vegetarian as well as gluten-free options, making this an amazing box for pretty much anyone that is longing for those exotic flavors dancing on their tongue. In addition, Spice Madam will also send you a playlist that you can download that will truly round out the trifecta of smells, tastes, and sounds!

The Cost + Details:

  • $20/month

Shipping is free to the US only.

Sign up for Spice Madam

Bokksu

Bokksu Welcome Box

If you are looking to seriously up your snack game, then look no further. This isn’t your usual snack box and while the $40/month price might seem a bit steep at first, you will quickly realize that what you are getting within the box itself is worth well over that.

Bokksu specializes in Japanese snacks that are made from local, traditional shops all around the country with a few being over 200 years old. Your very first box will include handmade Yuzu Sake candy, while your next might include delicious mochis or local green teas to keep you warm on those cold, winter days.

Each month follows a different theme, so be prepared to be both surprised and delighted while enjoying some of the best treats Japan has to offer (that can be delivered in a box of course!).

The Cost + Details:

  • $49.95/monthly

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA10OFF to save 10% off on your first box!

Shipping is free and currently ships to the following countries: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA, Vietnam

Sign up for Bokksu

Ready to be transported to Japan? Check out our Bokksu details and reviews to learn more.

International Gourmet Cheese of the Month

International Cheese of the Month club photo

Are you a total cheese head? No, we aren’t talking about a Green Bay Packers fan (although you can be one of those also!). We are talking about someone who literally just can’t survive without a creamy brie, a hard cheddar, or a pungent bleu sitting in their fridge. If that is you, then this subscription box is definitely for you.

Each month you will discover different cheeses specially curated from around the world with detailed tasting notes and cheesemaker profiles, so you can perfectly pair them up with other dishes and your beverage of choice.

Purchased direct from farms around the world, each cheese is guaranteed to be fresh and recently cut off larger blocks as soon as you place your order.

The Cost + Details:

  • The Original Gourmet Cheese Club: $38.95/month
  • The Rare Cheese Club: $55.95/month

Ships to the 48 contiguous states using 2-day shipping. Shipping costs $14.00 for both The Original and Rare Cheese Club boxes.

Sign up for The International Gourmet Cheese of the Month

Culture Cakes Kit

We all know that each country around the world has their own specialities when it comes to baked goods. Many of us have tried to recreate these delicious pastries once we have returned home, only to find out that we can’t get all of the ingredients needed. Personally, I have been on a mission to find a recipe for these delicious coconut pancakes we had on a tiny island off Thailand…but to this day, I have not succeeded in recreating this amazing dish. (Please feel free to leave a comment below if you happen to have a great recipe!)

With the Culture Cakes Kit subscription box, you will receive exotic baking ingredients needed to cook a speciality cupcake from a new country each month. Main ingredients such as flour, sugar, etc. will not be included, but I’m pretty sure we all have those in our pantry!

While your cake is baking, you can munch on some additional tasty snacks they have included from that country.

The Cost + Details:

  • Full Size Culture Cakes Kit: $29.99
  • Full Size Culture Cakes Kit with double snacks: $34.99
  • Mini Snacks Kit (no baking supplies): $19.99
  • Mini Snacks Kit with double snacks: $24.99

Ships within US for free.

Subscribe to Culture Cakes Kit

International Wine of the Month

While it is easy enough to head into the nearest grocery or liquor store and pick up a bottle of wine from nearly every part of the world, it’s not so easy to find smaller boutique wines from lesser known wineries. The International Wine of the Month Club aims to ship out monthly bottles of wine that come from smaller vineyards and smaller batch vintages.

Each month, you will enjoy two bottles of wine along with tasting notes and the winemakers profile. Choose from either two red, two white, or one bottle of each depending on your tastes.

We know part of the fun is the experience of traveling and enjoying these wines in old and adorable tasting rooms. But having a glass in the comfort of your own home with people you love, we believe is the next best thing!

The Cost + Details:

  • The Premier Series Wine Club: $39.95
  • The Bold Reds Wine Club: $54.95
  • The Master Series Wine Club: $54.95
  • The Collectors Series Wine Club: $72.95

COUPON: Use code SAVE10 or SAVE15 or SAVE30 to save $10 off any prepaid 4 shipment order (SAVE10) or Save $15 off any prepaid 6 shipment order (SAVE15) or Save $30 off any prepaid 12 shipment order (SAVE30).

Ships to US excluding Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Utah. Shipping and Handling is $13.00

Subscribe to the International Wine of the Month Club

Check out our International Wine of the Month Club details and reviews to learn more.

Craft Beer Club

Don’t worry Cicerones, we’ve got you covered as well! The Craft Beer Club is a unique monthly subscription that will send you 12 craft beers from all around the US. Each beer is small batch and is carefully chosen from independent, artisanal and award-winning breweries.

A Microbrew News newsletter along with tasting notes and beer trivia will be included in each shipment. Your first box will also include 3 bonus gifts, however be warned that if you decide to cancel your subscription before receiving 3 months worth, you will end up being charged $19.90 for those gifts.

The Cost + Details:

  • 12 beers (4 styles, 3 of each kind): $44.75
  • 24 beers (4 styles, 6 of each kind): $89.50

COUPON: Receive 3 bonus gifts with your first shipment! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships within the contiguous 48 states for free.

Subscribe to The Craft Beer Club

Ready to quench your thirst with some tasty hops? Check out our Craft Beer Club details and reviews to learn more.

The Mini Jet Setters

It’s easy for parents to underestimate just how much traveling the world can benefit our children. Many of us feel that it’s just not worth the hassle. And trust me, I know first hand that traveling with kids is not easy. I still have flashbacks from the incredibly long 16 hour flights we used to take with our then, toddler. But travel opens up kids eyes to different cultures that would just not be possible otherwise. In this downturn of travel, it’s great to have options to keep their eyes open and excited for when the day comes that they get to board a plane for overseas once again. Our list of around the world subscription boxes for kids will help you do just that.

KiwiCo Atlas Crate

Perfect for ages 6-11, Atlas Crate by KiwiCo is subscription box that helps take kids on a journey of cultural exploration and travel around the world, while never leaving your dining room table.

Each month your child will explore a different country through STEAM projects that were created with them especially in mind. They will also receive 7 atlas cards in each box that they can put together to make a mini book about each country they are learning about. If you have a budding foodie on your hands, each box will also contain recipes from that country to give kids a small taste from abroad.

Did you know that each KiwiCo crate is tested out by kids themselves? So, rest assured that these get the kid-approved seal. 

The Cost + Details: 

  • $22.95/month

COUPON: Get 50% off your first box. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Subscribe to Atlas Crate

Check out our Atlas Crate details and reviews to learn more.

Little Passports: World Edition

An adorable way to get kids excited about the world around them. Kids ages 6-10 will receive a box with a new country to explore each month. Inside includes a hands-on project, book, souvenir, letter from the Little Passports penpals, collectible country coins, and passport stickers. The first box that arrive will also contain a suitcase and their very own passport, so they show off how how many countries they have “visited”.

Little Passports has offers a USA Edition, where kids ages 7-12 will learn about 2 new states each month through projects and games. For children aged 3-5, the Science Expeditions subscription box also makes for fun and educational activities.

The Cost + Details:

  • World Edition: $27.95 per month
  • USA Edition: $20.95 per month

Little Passports ships to the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Free shipping within the US, $4.95 shipping to Canada, $6.95 shipping to Australia and New Zealand.

Sign up for Little Passports: World Edition

Check out our Little Passports: World Edition details and reviews to learn more.

Little Global Citizens

Little Global Citizens is a once every other month travel subscription box that caters to children aged 4-10. Experience a different country 6 times a year while learning about it’s geography, culture, and delicious food.

One of the things we absolutely love about Little Global Citizens is that they offer a sibling option which will include double the projects and activities, but for a fraction of the price of the entire additional box. Why haven’t other kids subscription boxes thought of this!?

Each box will contain an assortment of the following: activity guide, 3 crafts, book, souvenir, recipe, and activities. Past boxes have included making traditional Maasai masks, recipes for mango sticky rice (yes, please!), and reusable bamboo chopsticks as a souvenir.

The Cost + Details:

  • $39.95 per box (delivered every other month)
  • Sibling option: $44.95 per box

Free shipping to the US.

Subscribe to Little Global Citizen

eat2explore

Let your kids take the lead in the kitchen with this monthly subscription box that takes them on a journey around the world each month.

Each eat2explore box will contain 3 recipe cards, essential and hard to find spices for your dishes, and a shopping list to make picking up the additional ingredients a breeze. In addition to the meal, your kids will also receive cooking utensils specially made for little hands, a country brochure with fun facts, and adorable country flag pins that they can collect and display as they travel.

A huge bonus for this box is that they also offer recipes for gluten-free and vegetarian families; something that is increasingly hard to find in food subscription boxes!

The Cost + Details:

  • $24.95 per month

Shipping is $6.95 within the US and $15 to Canada

Subscribe to eat2explore

One Third Stories

Traveling can teach kids so many fun and interesting things. It is especially exciting when your child comes home with a few new words in their vocabulary that they learned while abroad! One Third Stories can help you do that when you don’t even have a flight booked.

Each month your child will receive a book that starts off in their native language. Throughout the book, a different language will be sprinkled in and using context and pictures your child should slowly start to learn the new words. As they progress through the books, you will see their language skills develop in a fun and natural way.

One Third Stories also sends audio books as well as parent guides to help you teach your child how to correctly pronounce the new words. Currently languages offered are French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

The Cost + Details:

  • $27.49 per month

COUPON: Use code MYSUB to save 50% off your first box!

Ships to US and UK at varying rates dependent on destination.

Sign up for One Third Stores

Check out our One Third Stories details and reviews to learn more.

Book Nerds

We all know that books can take you anywhere! And for the die hard traveler, reading about stories from different destinations can really make you feel as if you’ve been transported somewhere else entirely. Whether you are looking to get away while still safely tucked under your blanket or just learn about another country, these book subscription boxes can help you do that.

The Wordy Traveler

Every 3 months, a new box from The Wordy Traveler will be delivered to your doorstep containing 1-3 books ready to take you on a wondrous journey. In addition, it will also contain everything you need to get comfy and cozy at home and curl up with a good book. Coffee, tea, socks, an art print from a local artist, bookmarks, reading lights, and specialty pens are just a few of the many things that have been included in past boxes.

And while all of this sounds absolutely wonderful, also know that your subscription goes one step further and provides nutrition to children and pregnant women around the world and helps to sustain small businesses and independent artists.

The Cost + Details:

  • Backpacker (1 book, souvenirs, and artwork) $49.99 per quarter
  • Dual Backpacker (2 books, souvenirs, and artwork) $64.99 per quarter
  • Full Suitcase (3 books, souvenirs, and artwork) $109.99 per quarter
  • Dual Full Suitcase (4 books, souvenirs, and artwork) $124.99 per quarter
  • Overflowing Suitcase (6 books, souvenirs, and artwork) $154.99 per quarter

Ships worldwide at varying rates.

Subscribe to The Wordy Traveler

Check out our details for The Wordy Traveler.

Finding Wonder Book Club

The Finding Wonder book club is a joint venture between Literati and Atlas Obscura. Two phenomenal companies that carefully choose on book each month that will treat you to stories from around the world.

With your monthly membership you will also have access to their book club where you can have online discussions with others reading the book. It also includes author interviews and exclusive content as well as access to any of Literati’s other book clubs.

Past books have included Ghostland, Why We Swim, and The Sound of the Sea.

The Cost + Details:

  • $25 per month

Free shipping to the US.

Subscribe to Finding Wonder Book Club

Culture Vulture

These next boxes are for anyone that just needs to learn about anything and everything that relates to different cultures around the world. And trust me, I totally get that. Sometimes, having something that inspires me to travel somewhere is enough to quench my wanderlust…temporarily of course! If that’s you as well, check out the boxes below.

Trove

This is the box you subscribe to if you want to up your travel from home game. As the name of this box implies, Trove is a literal treasure chest full of unique and locally-sourced items from around the world. All products are purchased from small business owners and are authentic pieces from that country’s culture.

Subscribers to Trove will also have access to an online class with a chef from that country where they will use ingredients within their box to cook an amazing local dish. Additionally, they will also have a second class with a cultural expert where they will be able to make or engage in an authentic activity where they will learn more about the history and culture.

This seasons box will take you on a journey through Mexico City, Mexico where you will learn how to make red mole, homemade tortillas, and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Your activity includes a LIVE painting workshop using inspiration from the painting style of Frida Kahlo. Plus you will get unique Dia de los Muertos gifts and special souvenirs direct from Mexico City.

The Cost + Details:

  • Subscription: $123.49 per quarter
  • One-Off Box: $129.99

COUPON: Use code BJKM2PUQNBHGD to save 10% off your first box!

Ships to all 50 states for $10 within the 48 contiguous states and $16.42 for shipping to Alaska and Hawaii.

Subscribe to Trove

Check out our Trove details to learn more!

GlobeIn

With handmade products from around the world and the unique opportunity to preview your theme and either keep it, swap it, or skip it, GlobeIn is one of the best travel subscription boxes out there. Each month you will find fair-trade items that were thoughtfully chosen for each box. Plus, if there is something in the box that just doesn’t jive with you, GlobeIn’s products actually make amazing gifts that you can give to your friends and family. (Teacher gifts anyone!?)

Past boxes have featured products from countries such as Sri Lanka, Morocco, India, Kenya, and Peru and help to sustain fair trade practices with artisans around the world.

The Cost + Details:

  • $40 per month

COUPON: Use code MSA60 to 60% off the first month in a 3-month subscription.

Ships to US for $10. Shipping to Canada is $22 (however that will be included in your final price, and you will only pay one time when subscribing monthly).

Subscribe to GlobeIn

Check out our GlobeIn details and reviews to learn more.

Hasod Store

Ready to travel to Israel? If not, don’t fret, because this beautiful country is ready to travel to you. Products curated direct from Israel will arrive at your door 3 times a year with everything from jewelry and artwork to home decor and kitchen products. Products from Hasod Store are all hand picked and feature local artists and artisans that will bring you a small piece of the Middle Eastern country to your doorstep.

A short quiz before ordering will help determine the items you receive each shipment and include questions such as whether you prefer black, white or color and whether you prefer city or nature.

The Cost + Details:

  • Hasod Medium Box : $50 per quarter
  • Hasod Premium Box: $104.50 per quarter

COUPON: Use code MSA10OFF to $10 Off your first box.

Ships free worldwide.

Subscribe to Hasod Store

Ready to head to Israel? Check out our Hasod Store details to learn more.

 


Will any of these around the world subscription boxes satisfy your wanderlust? Let us know in the comments! If you know of any great travel subscription boxes that aren’t listed here, be sure to let us know about those as well!

Kelly Wright
Kelly Wright
Kelly is a travel-loving mom to two very active little boys (3 if you count her husband!) and loves finding new products or subscriptions that will fit into their family's active lifestyle. When she is not planning their next trip or outdoor adventure, you can find her on the couch in comfy pants, drinking a glass of wine, and hunting down her next binge-worthy series.

Kelly Wright
Kelly Wright
Kelly is a travel-loving mom to two very active little boys (3 if you count her husband!) and loves finding new products or subscriptions that will fit into their family's active lifestyle. When she is not planning their next trip or outdoor adventure, you can find her on the couch in comfy pants, drinking a glass of wine, and hunting down her next binge-worthy series.
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