We’re not saying that it should be the only reason to plan a trip, but shopping is a nice excuse to justify a plane ticket (especially when you factor in brand exclusives you can only get overseas and tax-back benefits). Many of the world’s best shopping destinations also happen to be architecturally noteworthy and culturally interesting. In some cases, like Hong Kong or Bangkok, shopping is inextricably linked to culture. So, move aside New York City, Miami and Los Angeles — here’s a look at 10 shopping destinations worth a plane trip. Bonus: All of these culture-rich locales have plenty of traditional sightseeing and relaxation spots to boot.
TheFashionSpot's Lifestyle Editor, Sharon Feiereisen, is a freelance lifestyle writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in Newsday, The Knot, AM New York, WHERE New York, Dan's Papers, and Hamptons Magazine, among many other print and online outlets. Check out her tumblr blog, Random Happenings.