Hardworking ecommerce managers, like most people, probably dream of exotic vacations in far-flung places, sampling the delights of authentic local cuisine and goods as they go. But the time and cost involved in actually going on such excursions usually conspire to persuade most of us to take our vacations a little closer to home. A New York startup called “Try The World” may just offer the perfect solution for those who want to travel to the unfamiliar and faraway but lack the time and energy for long haul flights.
Faraway delights at home
For $45 every two months, the fledgling company will deliver a gourmet box packed with authentic delights from distant lands. Now that hardworking ecommerce manager can taste and touch the exotic from the comfort of home.
David Foult founded Try The World last year with his Columbia University buddy Kat Vorotova out of their mutual love of travel. He explains how it works:
“We leverage the expertise of locals and the crowd to select the best products from each country so that our users get an authentic and delightful experience for all five senses every time they open a Try The World box. We envision that Try The World will become a destination for a community of travelers to share their experiences of discovering cultures around the world.
Goods and culture
New subscribers start off with the Paris Box where they can sample the pleasures of Clément Faugier chestnut spread, “Fleur De Sel” (an artisanal and unrefined finishing salt), Les Confitures A L’Ancienne hot chocolate powder, Madame Goudig salted butter caramels, Chabert & Guillot nougat, Confitures Alain Milliat jams and Palais Des Thés teas. But that’s not all: each box also contains a mine of information about the culture from which the products were sources, including travel tips for a stay in Paris, plus movies, playlists and poetry rated highly in that infamous city.
If our hardworking ecommerce manager didn’t feel it was worth the bother to book a flight to Paris, he or she may well have a change of heart after receiving the box.
Currently, the startup (which has sold thousands of boxes in its first few months of trading) will follow up the Paris Box with boxes from Tokyo and Rio, and more countries are in the pipeline.