18 Purchases To Make If You Want To Help The Travel Community Right Now

18 Fun Purchases That Let You Travel From Your Couch Right Now

From hotels to local shops, here are fun ways to “travel” from the comfort of your worn out couch — plus, some of these virtual options make for the perfect last-minute gift.

If you are sorely missing the joy/pain that is airplane delays and coach class right now, I hear you loud and clear! Here’s a sampling of products (and virtual experiences) to transport you from your Ikea couch to places like Tahiti, Savannah, and the Adirondacks.

The below features hotel, small businesses, and initiatives that benefit from travel and tourism.


Tahiti! A place I frequently Google and *will* visit someday. In the meantime, may I suggest we all participate in the Adopt a Coral program? It’s an initiative established by young people who live on the island of Mo’orea that lets you “adopt” a coral and give it a name and customized card.

a coral in Tahiti

Coral Gardeners

These ~super~ coral can withstand hot water temps *and* their fragments are used to replant hundreds of fragments each year (the process is called coral gardening). Plus, you’ll even receive a version of the card and picture, as well as regular updates on how your coral is doing!

Participate in the Adopt a Coral program starting at €39 (~$47 USD).


Take a peek at this New Orleans holiday guide and drool over several curated products from small businesses ~by the bayou~. While the options seem endless, my heart certainly pitter-pattered when I saw Loretta’s NOLA gift basket: 12 pralines, 12 cookies, a jar of praline sauce, a bag of coffee, and one bag of flavored pecans.

the gift basket


Get the gift basket here and shop the rest of the New Orleans gift guide here.


Master your favorite brunch beverage with a cocktail kit from Young & Yonder Spirits. This Cali-based artisan distillery delivers everything you’ll need on your quest to a perfect Bloody Mary: bitters, syrup, a glass, and their very own vodka.

the kit

the kit

Young & Yonder

Get it from Young & Yonder for $70.


Adopt a maple tree with Kettle Ridge Farm! You’ll receive an e-certificate and an official certificate (one that includes the coordinates *and* a photo of your new tree child). And drumroll please, because here’s what else you’ll get: a flask of pure maple syrup, coffee-infused maple syrup, and a bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup

the maple syrups

the maple syrups

Kettle Ridge Farm

Psst, the syrup will ship beginning April 2021!

Adopt a maple with Kettle Ridge Farm for $80.


Discover Puerto Rico is working in partnership with Brands of Puerto Rico, meaning this online shop is a delightful way to support businesses in the area — and get some *chef’s kiss* products as well.

the cards

the cards

Brands of Puerto Rico

Get this deck of Puerto Rican author playing cards here and shop the rest of the Brands of Puerto Rico site here.


Schedule a virtual tour of Las Pumas Rescue Center! You’ll come face-to-screen with jaguars, sloths, monkeys, macaws, and more — all while knowing your tour is helping fund the preservation of Costa Rica’s vibrant wildlife.

Las Pumas Rescue Center

Schedule your tour via Amazon for $39.


Travel to the Adirondacks (*breathes fresh air at the thought of leaving my cramped NYC apartment*) via goodies from their local shops! From olive oil and pottery to trendy clothing from the Pink Pig, the latter of which has A: a great name and B: some awesome tie-dye threads.

blue and white ceramic mugs

blue and white ceramic mugs


Get the mugs here and shop the rest of the Adirondacks stores here.


Pretend you’re waltzing in and out of local Savannah shops by scoping out their small business directory. My eyes are already lighting up at the options I can purchase from the comfort of my dingy NYC bedroom: vintage threads, records, books — E.Shaver, a local and independent Savannah bookstore opened in 1975, even offers virtual book festival events.

House of Strut, Scribner

Get the jacket from House of Strut here, the book here, and shop the rest of Savannah’s small business director here.


Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than Crank & Boom, a Lexington, Kentucky-based ice cream shop started by a husband-and-wife duo. This spot ~churns~ out decadent handcrafted ice cream in ultra unique flavors — think blackberry and buttermilk, Bourbon and honey, and strawberry balsamic sorbet.

a pint of blueberry lime cheesecake ice cream

a pint of blueberry lime cheesecake ice cream


Get six pints of their ice cream from Goldbelly for $99.


In partnership with Local Purse, book private experiences with Intrepid Travel to explore Morocco through your laptop — join Abdeljalil Raqas, a Marrakech native and owner of Koutoubia Herbal that sells spices and Argan-based products, or ~visit~ Aziz Mejbar’s rug store and learn about the traditions and history behind the rugs you purchase.

models walking through alley

models walking through alley

Intrepid Travel

Book your tour here, shop Koutoubia Herbal products here, shop Dar Mjber products here, and browse future trips at Intrepid Travel here.


Treat yourself to a lovely embroidered satchet from Eko Kreations, based just north of Lake Tahoe. It can be embroidered with one of six different patterns, plus it’s filled with organic lavender flowers which means *inhales* I am already feeling relaxed.

the satchets

the satchets

Eko Kreations

You can check out even more product suggestions from this comprehensive Made-In-California gift guide — it encompasses everything from cheese and caviar to smudge sticks and felted soaps.

Get the satchet from Eko Kreations for $12.


Behold the fun products you can scrounge up at Newport, Rhode Island-based Bohemian Bias: cicada earrings, band tees, moon notebooks, candles for the soul, and more!

Bohemian Bias, AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

And an FYI! This shop has a location in The Wayfinder Hotel, a boutique hotel created by local chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs in the Newport area — you can support this fab joint *see picture of colorful lobby above* by placing an order for their branded merch. You can call their hotel directly and get yourself some cozy hoodies and branded beanies designed by local talent.

Get the notebook here and shop the rest of Bohemian Bias here.


Put on your pajamas because you’re about to trot through the lush greenery that is Finger Lakes — by way of wine, of course. Their ~Imagination Vacation~ package includes a glass, a corkscrew, sommelier-curated wines, plus a virtual tour and breakdown of each vino sip.

a winery in the Finger Lakes

a winery in the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes

Get the Finger Lakes Imagination Vacation package for $175.


Sign up for an Airbnb online experience, that way you can support local communities and travel the 🌎 without having to wade past first class and into your coach seat. Here’s a small sampling of the available classes:

What could be better than authentic Masala Chai (Indian tea) and Pakoras (Indian fritters)? Jd has been running food tours and cooking classes in Delhi for the past five years — so not only will you perfect the above recipes, but you’ll also learn about the history of tea in India.


Streaming from: New Delhi, India

Tickets starting at: $6

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cook a delicious Kenyan meal with Josephine! Between byriani with kachumbari or curry with ugali, you’ll make an authentic, mouthwatering meal you’ll be proud to have mastered.


Streaming from: Nairobi, Kenya

Tickets starting at: $13

Duration: 1.5 hours

Perfect the traditional caipirinha (a blend of muddled lime, sugar, ice, and the Brazilian spirit, cachaça). You’ll also get a ton of suggestions for visiting Rio, which you’ll want to keep in your back pocket until you can safely travel again.

three glasses of fruity caipirinha

three glasses of fruity caipirinha


Streaming from: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tickets starting at: $10

Duration: 1 hour

A coffee farm in the Colombian mountains? Sounds like bliss. You’ll encounter coffee trees, cherry harvesting, and — best of all — be shown how to roast and grind beans to make the perfect cup of coffee at home.

coffee beans

coffee beans


Streaming from: Medellín, Colombia

Tickets starting at: $23

Duration: 1 hour


Pretend you’re snoozing in the 57-room Deer Path Inn (located just outside of Chicago) by stocking up on goods from their Butler’s Pantry — think trinket boxes, etched glasses, and a bottle of the Inn’s ~inn-house~ Old Fashioned syrup.

the old fashioned syrup

the old fashioned syrup

Deer Path Inn

Get the Old Fashioned syrup here and shop the rest of the Butler’s Pantry here.


If you miss the thrill of fancy accommodations (cc: Nespresso machines that made me feel #fancy for a morrow), consider treating yourself to The W Hotel merch! They offer decorative pillows exclusive to each of their locations — the one below is featured in their French Quarter rooms, for example.

the pillow

the pillow

The W

They also have linens, bathrobes, neutral pillows, etc.

Get the decorative pillow here and shop the rest of The W Hotel store here.


Let’s take a virtual trip to the iconic Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona — and throw ourselves a spa day in the process. Their online store offers spa robes, Red Flower bath and body products, and a ~wine club~ membership that, I mean, yes please.


Help Conservación ConCiencia (a non-profit based in Puerto Rico) by participating in the Adopt-a-Coquí program! For $25, you’ll receive a digital keepsake adoption certificate and the satisfaction knowing that a tiny frog is *thriving* because of you.

the tiny frog

the tiny frog

Discover Puerto Rico

Participate in the Adopt-a-Coquí program here.

And in conclusion, don’t sleep on the fact that many hotels and local shops offer gift cards you can use in the future! Investing in gift cards *now* is a wonderful way to help businesses stay afloat and cement their future success.

gif of Arthur cartoon walking around the globe

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