Facebook Ads Finally Show Something of Value: Travel Gear and Merino Wool

by | Feb 24, 2020 | Gear | 0 comments

I’m fifty-one years old, so Facebook is still my social media platform of choice. Twitter is scary at times, LinkedIn is boring, I feel old on Instagram, and YouTube is where I go to learn.

I used to hate Facebook. I closed it completely a few years ago, along with the rest of my social media accounts, because I couldn’t stand the constant flow of negativity.

Yeah, Zuck is a tool, and they eavesdrop on your phone conversations, but I like being connected there. Even with the toxic politics, Facebook is still where I go when I want to relax.

But the ads! Wish.com? Really?

I was fed up with the ads until the other day I saw some travel shoes advertised on Kickstarter:

senja shoes
Senja

The ad was for Senja shoes, which were almost impossibly killer.

“Fit for the trail, the beach, the climb, and the city, Senja is a waterproof shoe that keeps you cool, dry, and comfortable no matter the season or the terrain. You’ll feel amazing in Senja, and not only for its FlexForm slip-on comfort. Senja is made from eco-friendly materials so you can wander far, free, and sustainably into the future.”

If I had the money, I would pledge and get my pair. But alas, I don’t and I am sure they aren’t giving away free trial pairs to wannabe travel bloggers at this point. But, their marketing is very effective, because more than anything I want Senja shoes.

But, until I start making more money writing, I am stuck with my Pumas and my dream of ever being able to carelessly drop hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes.

Lo and Behold! Travel Gear!

After I finished drooling, I refreshed my feed, and wonder of wonders, the ads started showing things I liked: backpacks, travel clothing, and other travel gear of all different types!

I became obsessed, like I do with most things, and started searching the internet for better gear than I was being shown on Facebook.

My birthday is not until October, but in case anyone was wondering, this is the stuff I want.

Merino Wool

I’ve become fascinated with Merino wool and I’ve been nerding out trying to find Merino clothing in the style and sizes I like to wear. What I like most about it is that it is soft, and most clothing made of this wool can be worn a long time without getting an odor.

I’m not a model, and even though I am losing weight on my diet, I still have a large frame. What I find most when I look at the shops online that sell the clothes I like is that they either don’t offer the size I need, or the size is out of stock.

It’s a common problem for big and tall people like me, either going to stores or shopping online and finding nothing that fits.

My other issue is that I live in the Philippines and some of these companies don’t ship here. They say they ship internationally, but not here. We are a dead zone.

I saw clothes I loved, like the Son of a Tailor Merino Wool T-shirts, made to my specifications and taste. Or the Wooly Clothing Merino Longhaul Shorts. I loved these things but they either won’t ship to me or they don’t have my size.

But, all wasn’t lost, because I found another great clothing company online called Unbound Merino. I really want a few Merino wool T-shirts, and they have a great crew-neck T-shirt ($65.00 USD). They even offer a 3-pack of the Merino T-shirts for $180.00 USD. If you want to go all-in on Unbound, they have the 2-pack bundle with two shirts, two underwear, and two pairs of socks, all Merino wool for $200.00 USD.

an Unbound Merino Wool T-shirt
Unbound Merino

Yes, it’s a little pricey, but if you consider that this could be your entire wardrobe for traveling because they pack small and you can wear them for days without odor. Throw in some shorts for warm destinations and pants for your bottom layer on colder areas, and you are all set.

Speaking of pants, I still hadn’t found any that would fit me until I stumbled on the Evolution Pant by Western Rise ($149.00 USD) and the Commuter Pant by Rhone ($128.00 USD). Neither are Merino wool, which would be nice, but they are stretchy, soft, and stylish. A big guy like me often has to settle for whatever is left, so it’s nice to be able to find something made for your perfect fit. My pants often pinch and bunch up because I have a weird-shaped body, and my clothes fight me for dominance.

Evolution Pants from Western Rise
Evolution Pants from Western Rise

There are other things I saw that I wanted, like a lightweight Merino wool Buff ($23.05 USD) on Amazon, and the Men’s Wool Runners on Allbirds ($95.00), but I know I need to pace myself because all this stuff cost money, which is not something I have a lot of right now. But I know if I pick and choose slowly and add to travel gear over time, I will eventually get to a point where I have everything I want.

What kind of gear are you looking at right now? Tell me in the comments!

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