Sponsored by Zappos
When Zappos approached me with a month-long campaign with Blundstone Boots and follow my life as a travel writer, I said yes immediately. I don’t think there’s another brand that would fit into our lifestyle as well as Blundstone? And we use Zappos all the time, taking advantage of their one-day shipping and easy returns.
So where did I go as a travel writer in one month with my Blundstones? Just Cleveland, Tokyo, Orlando and Bermuda. Oh, and I spent some time at home as well. As I guessed, Blundstones fit in perfectly. The details:
Stop One – Cleveland
The Blundstone campaign started right before my 10-year-old son and I were booked to fly to Cleveland for the grand re-opening of the Ritz-Carlton and there wasn’t time to have the boots shipped to us at home. No problem! I had Zappos ship our boots directly to the hotel (free one-day shipping) and they were waiting for us when we arrived.
During our three days in Cleveland exploring the city as a travel writer, we did everything in our Blundstones, including attending the re-opening festivities at the Ritz, walking around town, visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, glass blowing, and attending a Cavs game. Most comfortable boots ever. And they were great in the rain.
Stop Two – Home
We basically have a farm, with four horses, three goats, ten chickens, three cats, two rats, and a dog. Blundstones are awesome because they’re good looking, but they’re essentially working boots. My wife and kids wore their boots constantly when doing animal-related chores. Then we simply dusted them off to make them look new again.
My 11-year-old guessed her size wrong, so we needed to return her 8.5s and get her a 9. It couldn’t have been easier. I called Zappos, where the rep immediately processed the return and emailed me a shipping label. I shipped the 8.5s back and we had the new boots a day later. Once my daughter got them, she lived in them, wearing them to school literally every day. They’re her new favorite shoes.
Stop Three – Tokyo
I flew to Tokyo with AFAR Magazine to travel deeper into the city and Japanese culture for five days. It was an amazing trip that included museum visits, a tea ceremony, talks with notable locals, dinners at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and a Shinto shrine, and walks through Harajuku, the Tsukiji fish market, and the Meiji Shrine. I wore my Blundstones for every event except for a bike ride through the city, where I went with light cycling shoes.
Stop Four – Orlando
From Tokyo, I flew home, did laundry and flew out a day later for Orlando, where I attended the media sneak preview of Holidays at Universal Orlando. My fellow Universal Orlando ambassadors and travel writers and I had several nighttime events over four days, including the media preview, the Holiday Parade, a Mannheim Steamroller concert, a nice dinner at my favorite Orlando restaurant Mama Della’s, and even an ugly-sweater dinner at the Loews Sapphire Falls. I wore my Blundstones to every event and they couldn’t have been more comfortable.
Stop Five – Bermuda
We have family in Bermuda and it’s typically our every-other-year destination for Thanksgiving. Contrary to popular belief, Bermuda isn’t in the Caribbean and it’s not a particularly warm, flip-flop-type place from November to April. As I’m writing this, I’m looking out on a cool, windy, rainy day.
As a travel writer, I always take the family to explore a little and head into Hamilton at least once, but really we spend time with family and play and relax. We all brought our Blundstones over and they’re perfect day-to-day as well as dressing up for nicer dinners around the island.
Our Blundstone Boots
How about you? Where’s the coolest place you’re roamed in your Blundstones?