Traveler of the Month: Mackenzie Ballek

Traveler Name: Mackenzie Ballek

Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Occupation: Barista at Jeffery’s Cafe Co. 

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Trips I’ve taken with FnEZ: Four, all back to back, 25-day LTC, 20-day Southern Thailand, 20-day Cloud 9 Philippines, and 20-day Off the Beaten Path Philippines 

Countries I’ve traveled to otherwise: United States, Cuba 

Why I travel: I’ve learned I travel to live in the moment. Things back home are always happening and our minds are constantly moving. However, while travelling all you’re worried about is what is happening then and now. And to just be happy right where you are is fulfilling bliss! 


My favourite travel memory with FnEZ: There was moment during my LTC trip where I was playing beersbee in a bikini, next to a river, in the middle of Thailand, with elephants in the background and it being +35° where I just stopped and said to myself, “this is my life, this is what I’m choosing to do with my life.” And it was just such an invigorating and blissful feeling. 

My most hilarious travel story: A couple of the girls and I went for a nice oil massage after a day in the sun. After getting rubbed down for a nice hour it was time for the famous Thai ending of cracking your back with both arms in the air, since it was oil we were all completely naked… my friend’s sheet decided to fall down as her arms were in the air and oh man did the Thai people think that was funny.

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Top 3 items I can’t travel without: Bug spray, cards, and body wipes. 

What I love about traveling with FnEZ: Travelling with FnEZ is easy. I know I’m going to be doing amazing things while not having to lift a finger. It’s honestly the lazy person’s (me) way to travel! Not having to plan out where you’re going to stay, or the cool activities you want to do. You just get to do it. I think you get to have more experiences travelling with FnEZ because there’s things you might do that you wouldn’t have even thought of.  

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Next bucket list item I NEED to check off: Cage diving with great whites 

My future travel plans: I would love to do South America, I love culture and I’m very interested in Argentina!

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