Are you missing the chance to travel during the pandemic? Then you might be interested in TROVE, a new travel subscription box service launched by Erika Takeuchi and Emilie Bridon of Seattle. Started in 2020, the best friends and co-founders created TROVE to introduce travel lovers to cities around the world. Each subscription box focuses on a different city and includes regional items, including snacks and other goodies, to share featured destinations with travel lovers. The boxes also include links to live online experiences hosted by local experts to help travelers get a sense of the sights, sounds and tastes they would experience in that destination.
Explore new cities without leaving home
“Just like you, we are dying to be able to travel again. We miss exploring new cities, eating at local gems, and learning the history, culture, and traditions of a new place. To us, each destination allows us to grow, imagine, and appreciate the world,” said Takeuchi and Bridon on the About Us page of their website.
“With travel suspended, we started to think about how we could bring the things we love about venturing to a new city to people’s homes. The more we thought about it, the more we realized that it was the act of experiencing new things, meeting new people, and immersing ourselves in a culture that was at the heart of our favorite travel memories. When we looked around, we found there were a lot of subscription boxes that were delivering ‘stuff’ from around the world, but nothing that was delivering a hands-on way to learn and experience a city and culture. And that’s how TROVE was born,” the women explained.
Travel subscription boxes full of goodies
The quarterly travel subscription boxes were launched last summer and their summer box featuring Florence, Italy and fall box featuring Kyoto, Japan sold out. They are $129.99 each with 20% of profits going directly to featured small businesses, many of whom have struggled to survive during the pandemic. Also, when possible, TROVE uses local ingredients and products to support local economies.
TROVE is currently taking orders for a special Valentine’s Day box which features a 60-minute recorded cooking class with Florence-based chef Patrizia Steccato, ingredients to make heart-shaped truffle ravioli, a spritz cocktail book, a set of two cocktail glasses, Seattle Chocolate truffles and face masks. Boxes ship at the end of the January.
The Subscription Experience
March 4, 2021 • Noon Eastern
The spring box has not yet been announced yet, but it will also include a live virtual cooking class, ingredients from the featured region, a live virtual cultural activity, supplies for an activity, snacks and goodies, a surprise gift and access to a private Facebook group to connect with other TROVE travel fans. Reviews from past subscription boxes have been very positive thus far.
In addition to the boxes, TROVE sells gift cards and has an online marketplace which features some of the items included in the travel subscription boxes.
What a fun idea! As we all learned last year, life at home can get, well, boring. Learning new things and enjoying new experiences made life a little more bearable. A subscription like this helps virtually transport subscribers to far away destinations and to enjoy tastes and culture. We particularly like that the boxes include more than just goodies. The virtual experiences, including classes and cultural experiences, as well as access to the private Facebook group are unique. Bravo to the founders for thinking outside the box, so to speak!