Don’t get tied up in chains.

Unless you live in a rural area and have little access to national chain shops when you’re at home, on your vacation try to avoid districts and malls packed with the chains. Seek out neighborhoods, often downtown arts and/or entertainment districts, that cultivate a local retail scene with plenty of independent shops. You’re more likely to find places that stock locally made arts and crafts, too. Love to shop when you travel? Review stores around the world