Introduction to Zack Backpacking Around the World & Travel History!
Welcome to my blog!! Yes, I finally decided to create a blog after traveling internationally semi-frequently over the past 3 years.. and here I present to you… Zack Backpacking Around The World! I’ll be blogging regarding my international travels as well as domestic. Also over the years, I’ve discovered cheaper ways where that big Eurotrip or trip to Paris you thought would probably cost you a fortune actually can be done for surprisingly cheap. I’m still finding out budget-friendly ways to travel and probably will find out more as I continue to globe-trot. I’m ecstatic to be able to share my travel lifestyle with you all. I can’t wait till my first real post other than a little introduction.. because I’m starting a little late while my previous travels are in the books, I’ll be blogging about those when I’m home and when I’m away I’ll do my best to blog while I’m out and about in the world.
I’ve had a passion for traveling every since I could remember. I am located in Memphis, Tennessee in the United States of America. I was always game when I was a kid and my grandparents wanted to take month long vacations out west. I loved going out to California, Colorado, and all those other western states we went to, and I still do.
When I went to Epcot in August 2013, I went to the Canadian pavilion after walking through all the little country pavilions they have. There was this one attraction they had in the Canadian pavilion. I believe the only one at the time and still is. Martin Short’s O Canada! A Circlevision 360 film showing well… Canada of course.. and I guess that in some way it lit a flame under me to want to go to Canada. So in some way, I have to credit Disney for inspiring me to go visit Canada and later on the rest of the world. They get the Canada credit. I’ll credit the rest on other things.
(At Epcot in August 2013, and that’s my grandfather)
During 2013 I was going to a shitload of concerts in Nashville.. prior and after my trip to Disney and then I started to think to myself if I can go to all these concerts in Nashville constantly I can definitely afford to go to Canada.. so after that I was determined to get a passport and explore Canada! In February 2014 I got that passport and begin planning to travel up to Canada for months (now I plan Canadian trips on a whim)! Then June 2014 I drove up to Toronto for my birthday (June 4th) with my girlfriend at the time Erica (now just a friend). What better international city to call your first than Toronto!
During the time the initial dive into wanderlust hit I had a job at a hospital so I couldn’t take off like crazy like I’m currently able to do. So that was pretty much the only major trip like that I got to take while working there. It was a blessing in disguise when I decided to quit that job. It was a good job don’t get me wrong, just wasn’t benefiting me the way I would’ve liked. Then I started delivering pizza and I heard some bands doing it and such because they need a job that offers very flexible scheduling or so I thought to myself and so that’s why I chose to do that and I wouldn’t have thought pizza delivery could pay more than a hospital job, but I was wrong. I also work a lot more hours than a normal pizza delivery driver as well… (tip your delivery drivers, we aren’t all doing as well as myself…)
During July/August 2015, I decided to do my own version of a month-long road trip that I did when I was a kid with my grandparents and went all over Northeast USA and Eastern Canada (everything east of Toronto except for Newfoundland & Labrador) Basically just went to North Carolina then made my way up north from there going to New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and I didn’t stop in Vermont, but I did drive through it. Then in Canada I went to Quebec, Ontario, back to Quebec, then to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Then I dropped down from New Brunswick to Maine and also did Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky in that trip as well.. Very successful road trip.. of course I saw a bunch of concerts in quite a bit of those stops..
(The Welcome to Nova Scotia sign, in August 2015)
In 2015 I was (and still am) really into this band Bring me the Horizon and after seeing them in St. Louis I was hooked and around summer 2016 I was looking at their tour dates and I saw they had a slew of the United Kingdom and European dates during October and November 2016. Two of the stops on the tour stuck out for me to really go to… The one on Halloween in London, England because it was at the o2 Arena and that place had been on my bucket list of places to see a concert.. and Sheffield because that’s where Bring me the Horizon is from. I not only said fuck it to go see them on those two stops. I also decided to go see them in Birmingham and over in Oslo, Norway. I made a two-month Eurotrip revolving around that tour… so I credit Bring me the Horizon for attracting me to hop over the pond. I also had Glasgow on my bucket list as well so being I was already going to be in the United Kingdom, why not go to Glasgow… And before I knew there are much cheaper places to fly internationally than Memphis… Cardiff, Wales was the cheapest place at the time to fly into from Memphis (with a layover in Minneapolis and Amsterdam) so I was like let’s see three of the four countries within the United Kingdom. I bought a multi-city ticket… Memphis to Cardiff.. and Paris to Memphis.. (about $750 US dollars) I also went to Berlin, Germany on this trip as well… I saw twenty-one concerts during this two-month trip. Music & concerts are a big part of my travels… I used to specifically revolve my trips around concerts (I still kind of do, but some places like Bangkok and Singapore aren’t exactly hotspots for bands to come and play… but they had other things that made them special to make up for lack of concerts..)
(Bring me the Horizon at o2 Arena in London, England; October 31st, 2016)
In March of 2017 I decided about two years prior I did a road trip that covered Northeastern USA and Eastern Canada, it was time to do the Western USA and Canada (from Calgary to Vancouver) Again, a trip that was planned beginning and ending with Bring me the Horizon.. as well as going to several other gigs around both my country and Canada..
(at the Alberta welcome sign in March 2017)
I just recently got back from an intercontinental trip to a few countries and cities around Europe, then two places in Asia, and then Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand. All of which I’m sure I’ll get to speaking about on some of my future blog postings.. I’ll save that portion of my travel history for then.. and there we have it…. welcome to Zack Backpacking Around the World!
To catch you all up to speed where all I’ve been prior to beginning this blog here’s a list I’ve compiled. For the most part, I’m only listing destination cities I have been to… For example, I have driven by and through and even eaten in Kingston, Ontario, but I’m not including those kinds of cities due to it not being the destination.
- Toronto, Ontario.
- Niagara Falls, Ontario
- Ottawa, Ontario.
- Montreal, Québec
- Québec City, Québec
- Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Sydney, Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
- Calgary, Alberta
- Salmon Arm, British Columbia
- Vancouver, British Columbia
(In Cardiff, Wales in front of the Pierhead building in October 2016)
(in front of the Louvre in Paris, France in October 2017)
The Netherlands :
(at the Nijmegen Central Train Station in Nijmegen, Netherlands in October 2017)
(at Wat Ratchanaddaram in Bangkok, Thailand in October 2017)
- Melbourne, Victoria
- Great Ocean Road, Victoria (feel like I spent too much time there not to include it)
(sitting on the steps of the Australian flag beach house on Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia in November 2017)
New Zealand :
- Mexico City
United States of America :
(quick recap, states only) : 40 states
- Florida (as pictured, in August 2017)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- Tennessee (GO PREDATORS!)