al-opalchukFor many years I have been traveling to various destinations around the world and like most others have always done most of my research for each trip online. What I repeatedly found was that information on various locations was always lacking and I would spend countless hours trying to plan the perfect itinerary to match my desires. Of course the big travel forums were useful but opinions were always contradictory.

Not one to simply go on an “all-inclusive” vacation and sit on a beach or by a pool and pound back unlimited alcohol I always look at each trip as a “once in a lifetime” adventure and a chance to see and experience the sights and sounds of cultures I had previously only seen on TV. As a professional photographer traveling also gives me a chance to capture images of some of the world’s most impressive sights.

My itineraries are always intense and involve trying to cram in as much as possible and after returning home from most trips and sharing my photos with family and friends most can’t believe that I could see and visit so many places in such a short time span.

My love of history and photography definitely drives me and I always attempt to not just take a simple vacation but to undertake a journey whose memories will last a lifetime.

After years of planning to start a travel and photography blog Backpack Photographer was officially born on September 1, 2015 and it is through this site that I intend to share my journeys with the world.

I intend to share my thought process from the initial planning stages through to creating the final itinerary. During my trips I will capture some amazing images and will give a technical breakdown of exactly how they were captured. This blog should thus be of interest to both travelers and photographers alike.

While I will share my present and future travel adventures with my readers I also intend to revisit my past trips and share some of my incredible memories.

I welcome all visitors to this site to come along and share my adventures and become a Backpack Photographer yourself.


Al Opalchuk

“The Backpack Photographer”