If I were to sum it all up in one sentence I would say that traveling teaches us that buying local is the best way to go because of the quality-to-price ratio to be attained. I’m going to go into a bit more detail about it though because there is a lot more insight into it.
Lower production costs
When it comes to consumer goods in particular, buying local comes with the knock-on advantages of lower production costs which means that the retail price of whatever it is you’re buying would indicatively be lower as well. That is of course if the producers pass on the savings and the retailers follow suit, but that’s to be expected because they naturally want the business.
The savings go even further if the raw materials which go into the production of those local goods are also sourced locally, but from a visiting traveler’s point of view you would naturally be looking at the things you buy as part of your acclimatization to the destination you’re visiting. I mean those street vendors from whom you’d want to buy souvenirs and the like can spot a tourist from a mile away, so that’s a different discussion altogether.
Buying local would apply to goods such as some fresh produce you might want to buy if you’re perhaps lodging at a self-catering unit and you want to prepare your own food from scratch or anything else really which falls under the category of consumer goods.
This mentality should be taken with you wherever it is you go though – buying local sets you up for some great savings.
Have you noticed just how proud locals usually are about certain local brands which they themselves buy and parade? This is a lesson we can all learn from as it’s about more than just patronizing your own. Goods that are produced locally with the use of locally sourced elements that go into the making of those products are usually of high quality because there’s a local story behind their production. It’s more of a mom and pop type relationship between the sellers and the buyers and consumers wouldn’t have to go very far to complain about the quality, so inevitably the quality is generally maintained at a high standard.
Along with the lowered costs though, the better quality you’d be afforded buying locally isn’t limited to consumable goods. Services also come with the same characteristics. Local service providers have a better understanding of what the best service is considering the local environment, so it would only make sense to go with service providers who are based locally, whatever the service is.
If you need some legal representation and you’re based in Houston for example, a Houston criminal defense attorney would be your best option considering dynamics such as local state laws and their experience in that specific local environment with other cases they may have previously handled.
So all in all, what traveling has taught us about buying local is that you can seldom go wrong if you want great prices and the quality to go with that.