There are plenty of reasons someone might go traveling. Perhaps they want to soak up the culture of a different nation. Maybe they want to immerse themselves in new cuisine. Some simply want to lounge under the scorching sun and work on their tan. And that is the beauty of traveling. There is so much on offer the world over to entice and captivate us.
One of the less talked about reasons for travel is one of the ones that almost everyone engages with while abroad. Shopping. Love it or hate it, shopping is one of the mainstays of the tourism industry. Countries and local communities depend on shoppers coming from abroad. Many people build their entire life around it.
It might seem very extravagant to go abroad simply for a shopping spree, but there are many items and products that can only be bought abroad and a lot of countries offer a unique shopping experience. Below we are going to look at four countries with the most unique and diverse shopping environments on the planet.
No list about shopping is complete without the most obvious choice. The United States of America. The home of capitalism in its finest. No other country takes the shopping mania to such extremes or flaunts their incredible shopping environments as proudly as the USA. And rightly so.
The different states of America each boast their own unique identities and charm. And within that, you will find a variety of different products available. A lot of the lesser-known states boast rich and historic memorabilia or their own food products grown in their own yards. While some of the larger states are home to supermalls that receive products from the world over. You will find that private label cosmetics are available here along with many other products often only available to specific countries.
The land of automation! Those who travel to Japan will attest it is like stepping into the future. Japan is an industrious and forward-thinking nation. One that holds their history and traditions close while also looking to the future with open arms. And this is reflected in their shopping environment.
Japan is famous for its automated stores. Everything from robots at the checkouts, to entire stores being filled with nothing but Gacha machines. It is definitely a thrilling and futuristic experience that cannot be replicated anywhere. For those looking for a more human experience, Japan might not be for you. But for those who are thrilled with technological advances. This is your ideal shopping holiday.
For those looking for a more human experience, Singapore may be the best choice. Singapore has all the normal malls and stores, but the real shopping magic is held within its sprawling markets. Street after street is covered in market stalls boasting exotic products and a bustling environment filled with haggling, dancers, parades, exhibitions, and an atmosphere of real human connection.
Not to mention you are more likely to find a variety of handmade items that can’t be found anywhere else. The level of rarity and unique spin these shops offer is second to none.
History buffs, this is the place for you. Italy is a land rich in history and shopping. Not only are they a cultural food hub, but their shopping environment is housed in historical roman buildings and boasts an impressive selection of historic memorabilia mixed with modern pleasures. Not to mention Vatican City will offer a unique experience that cannot be matched anywhere else. If you want a more traditional shopping experience, Italy isn’t the place. But for anyone who wants to soak up some history while they shop, grab the next flight over.