While Chicago is great, there is nothing I love more than a good vacation where I can spend all my time exploring different cultures and shopping! Doesn’t that sound nice? Lucky for us, there are so many fantastic places to travel to around the world to gain insight on how other people live and spend their time.
Here are 3 cities that will introduce you to a whole new world:
I’m happy to say I spent 8 days in 2011 exploring the wonderful city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. A gorgeous beach town, this paradise was filled with loads of flea markets and farmer’s markets providing me a firsthand look at the culture. One market is the Rio Cuale Flea Market, which features silver jewelry, leather goods, sandals, pottery, and other handcrafted items. Don’t forget to visit the Malacon while you’re there! And always remember: Barter, barter, barter!
Besides being beautifully scenic, Lima, Peru in South America is a great place for markets. The Pisac Market is their most popular, featuring artisan-made musical instruments, beautiful rugs, handbags, and masks, to name a few. Traveling within the town is fairly inexpensive, it’s been said you can get by with just $15 in your pocket in a day, and hostels and hotels are cheap, too!
Home to many Native American artisans, Santa Fe, New Mexico in the United States is perfect for anyone who wants to travel without leaving the country! You’ll find jewelry, home decor, and folk art with strong Southwestern influence, as well as Mexican imports, like woven rugs, pottery, and glassware. If you’re traveling in July and August, be sure to catch Santa Fe’s Spanish Market and Indian Market for even more variety!