5 Airports That Have Amazing Duty-Free Shopping
With that long-awaited summer trip finally here, you’re about to spend a lot of time realizing that some international airports are way superior to others (and well, nearly all American airports) as you’re on your way to your top travel destination. But that’s not a bad thing, because if you’re on vacation and already in the mood to treat yo’self, you’re going to love the wealth of duty-free options available abroad, which rival stateside prices. US residents are allowed to bring back $800 worth of travel splurges (AKA duty-free goods) before they need to worry about a three to 10 percent tax. We’re sharing the five best airports to shop on-the-go.
1. Seoul Incheon International Airport, South Korea: This is undoubtedly the best airport to layover in. Not only does it have great food courts with a wide variety of cuisines and a sauna where you can relax while waiting for your next flight, this airport offers a wealth of duty-free and luxury shopping to distract yourself. There are three outlets — Lotte DFS, Shilla DFS, and Duty-Free Korea — that are stocked with high-end cosmetics and accessories, as well as Korean beauty products, which are a bit tougher to find for cheap stateside.
2. Hamad International Airport, Qatar: Qatar is known for its decadence, and this airport is no different. Possibly the best place to shop for luxury duty-free goods, Hamad International is also open 24 hours a day. That means that if your connecting flight is in the middle of the night, you’ll still have an opportunity to shop luxury brands from Harrods to Hermes and Tiffany’s at unrivaled prices. The quirky modern art installations all over the airport are a bonus.
3. Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore: There’s a reason why many travelers in Asia often choose Singapore for their connecting flights. Not only is it a hub city where flight prices are generally cheaper, the airport is a destination in itself, boasting some of the best shopping and cuisine. With 350 stores, you’ll have an incredible selection of goods at your fingertips — all without having to go through customs.
4. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands: Not only is Schiphol a beautiful airport with many interesting things to do, like relaxing in a rooftop viewing area, its duty-free stores also feature monthly deals which are clearly marked near the entrance (or you can check them out online). Another Holland perk that you won’t experience elsewhere is that Schiphol offers really good deals on tulip seeds and bulbs, so if you are hurting for last-minute gifts, these famous Dutch bulbs are great to pick up for friends and family (or yourself, master gardeners). (Photo via Christopher Furlong/Getty)
5. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong: Hong Kong is known for its shopping culture, and the airport does not disappoint. Hong Kong International Airport has a “downtown pricing guarantee,” which promises travelers that the retail prices are no higher than the ones slapped on products found in the city. Head here for high-end jewelry, alcohol, electronics and cosmetics you didn’t find during your time in the city.
What’s your favorite airport to shop in? Let us know on Twitter @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)