One of the highlights of travel for many is visiting the local market. Whether a locale is known for its unique produce, a rare spice, or a specific craft, traveling to the source to buy that oh-so-coveted item always feels like a truly singular experience. But whether you’re searching for Peru’s prized textiles or West Africa’s best beauty secrets, you may not have to travel at all to get those desirable goods.
Many of the items we assume we’d have to travel around the world for can now be found online. Though you might be worried about authenticity, today many producers of genuine cultural and regional products are also trying a web-based sales strategy, which actually makes the online market less hospitable to dupes and copycats. Now that we have the tools available to bring the world’s heritage right to your doorstep, there’s no reason not to be supporting these cultural legacies even when you can’t go in person. If you’ve never considered purchasing a regional product outside of its habitat, here are a handful to get you started on your search.