The Travel Bug is a female and queer owned business based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland. We started in 2005 and have been proudly growing ever since. We expanded in 2017 to include our sister store, The Bee’s Knees, right in the same building. We aim to create an inclusive and diverse space and are actively LQBTQIA25+ friendly, accessible, and community focused.
We employ approximately a dozen staff who help run the shop smoothly on a daily basis and provide our customers with a large array of advice and knowledge. Our goal is to provide customers locally and online with access to high quality, ethically sourced, sustainably made products of a large variety.
About The Shop:
The Travel Bug and The Bee's Knees are located at 197-199 Water St., downtown St. John’s. We are housed in a heritage building that sits in one of the oldest cities in North America, which also happens to be one of the most easterly spots on the continent. The front of our building is brick with granite columns and grey granite dressing stone and was originally built by William J Ellis, over 100 years ago. In 1997, this building was awarded the Southcott Award for Restoration by the Newfoundland Historic Trust. Read more about our building here.
We are currently open every day, Monday-Saturday 10-6, and Sundays 12-5.
There is street parking available on and around Water St. that has a 2 hour limit, is paid and monitored during the week, and free on weekends.
About the Product:
The goal of The Travel Bug is to provide customers with convenient travel tools and tips that contribute to a more sustainable, conscious, and enjoyable travel experience. We carry a large variety of products sourced from Newfoundland, Canada, and abroad. We are always here to assist you with any travel questions you may have for local trips or international ones.
We sell some of the top brands in luggage, bags, and other travel accessories. We are also one of the largest local author retailers in St. John’s.
Many of the brands we carry are certified B-Corp, 1% For The Planet, Fair Trade, and/or Certified Cruelty Free, along with a few other sustainability certifications. Keep an eye out for those markers on our products while shopping in store and online!
The goal of The Bee's Knees is to bring locally made, ethically sourced, low waste and earth friendly options to the area. We focus primarily on goods for your home, kitchen, bath with options for children too. We also have an in-store refill station for a variety of soaps. We are happy to help you navigate the world of low waste living and always encourage customer questions!