So I’m back in the city and I can’t wait to share everything from the trip. I think it’s going to take me a while to go through all the photos and my notes and get everything ready for blog posts. So. Much. To. Share. Scotland was beyond amazing and I had the best time visiting the Barbour factory in Newcastle. Everyone was super nice and I learned more about the brand than I thought was possible… and loved every minute of the entire trip. My gratefulness for the opportunity is immeasurable!
I promise I’m going to be posting about the actual trip soon… but I just wanted to pop in and share how perfect my new Hunter boots ended up being for traveling. I have a pair of the original Hunter boots and they’ve been great for rainy and snowy days over the years. But they’re bulky and can end up feeling super heavy after lots of walking. (And sometimes they rub the back of my calf in a weird way if I walk too far or don’t wear high enough socks.)
Based on a couple of online reviews, I decided to splurge and pick up a new pair for my trip (i.e. order online and pray they arrive in time!). Honestly, the best decision I could have made.
I got the Hunter “Tour” Packable boots and they are the best. Compared to the originals, they’re absolutely noticeably lighter. And the flexibility of the material is great for packing and great for comfort, which was an unexpected, but wonderful, surprise.
To save room in my small suitcase, I wore them on the six plus hour plane ride. Major risk, considering it could have made a long flight feel even longer… but they were super comfortable. I pretty much did not take them off throughout the entire trip. (I even climbed up this tall hill called Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh in them.)
Bottom line: I recommend these 100%. I always worry about what to pack and wear on trips, especially this one. I knew it would be rainy and that there would be lots of walking involved. When touring new cities, I think it’s so important to be comfortable so you can enjoy your time and not have to stop to rest or be in pain the whole time. The simplest thing (like having happy feet) can make your trip so much better.