The 2022 FIFA World Cup was a spectacle to behold, with 32 teams competing in 64 matches across 5 cities in Qatar from November 20th to December 18th. In the end, it was Argentina who came out on top, defeating France with a score of 4-2 to claim the championship.
Attending the World Cup is a dream for many sports fans, and Lloyd Fobi has been lucky enough to make that dream a reality every 4 years since 2010. It has become a tradition for his group of friends and brothers to attend the event together, immersing themselves in new cultures, trying new foods, and meeting people from all over the world.
In an interview with Lloyd, he told us about his experiences traveling to the World Cup, the games he attended, and how his Knack Pack made his journey easier.
"I have been fortunate enough to attend the World Cup multiple times, with my first experience taking place in 2010. Our group of 8-11 people makes it a tradition to come together and support our team every four years," Lloyd said of how he came to attend the World Cup.
"These are huge melting pots of culture, people, and events. It is the only event in the world that brings passion across the globe and drive and dedication around your country," Lloyd said of the World Cup. "From experiencing new foods, being exposed to new cultural norms and meeting new people that shift your perspective on life and cultures in other countries."
During his trip, Lloyd attended two games: USA vs Netherlands at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, and England vs Senegal at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. "The energy was amazing!" Lloyd said of the games. "Football (or soccer, as it's known in some parts of the world) is such an authentic and passionate sport, and the World Cup is the pinnacle of that passion. Fans know that this is the ultimate opportunity to show their support for their team, and they come together in a display of dance, food, and drink to celebrate. It's a truly special atmosphere, and one that I always look forward to experiencing."
When asked about his favorite memory from the World Cup, Lloyd said: "It's hard to choose one favorite part of the entire experience, but I would have to say the games themselves were definitely at the top of my list. This particular World Cup produced some of the best quality soccer I’ve ever seen. I think it’s because it was held mid-season, so the players were all fit and in top form."
Lloyd shared his thoughts on traveling and navigating different cities: "We mainly relied on Uber and taxis to get around. The size of the country made it easy to move from place to place. On longer trips, it's always helpful to find ways to streamline the journey and make things easier. That's where my Knack came in handy - it allowed me to travel light and quickly, while still having enough space for souvenirs."
In all, the 2022 FIFA World Cup was an unforgettable experience for Lloyd. When asked if he would attend again in the future, he simply stated: “Till I die - 2026 is coming home to the USA!”
What Makes Knack the Best Carry-on Backpack for International Travel
Lloyd traveled with the Series 2 Medium Knack Pack. Featuring our patent-pending expandable travel compartment, he was easily able to transition it from a carry-on travel bag to an everyday carry with plenty of room to spare for souvenirs.
Meeting the size requirements of most major airlines, Knack saves you time and money at the airport. Not to mention, it gives you peace of mind that your belongings can be with you at all times, reducing the risk of lost or damaged luggage.
When choosing the best carry-on backpack for international travel, security is of the utmost importance. Knack’s lockable zippers will keep your belongings safe while the anti-RFID lining protects your credit cards from skimming.
Weighing in at just 3 pounds, making it the best lightweight backpack for international travel, the Series 2 Medium Knack Pack’s padded shoulder straps and comfortable back panel make it easy to carry for long periods of time. This is especially useful if you'll be doing a lot of sightseeing during your travels.
Constructed of high-quality, water-resistant materials, reinforced seams, and sturdy zippers ensure it can withstand the rigors of international travel while being transported on planes, trains, and taxis.
Finally, what stands out above the rest are Knack’s numerous organizational pockets. With tons of separate pockets to organize and carry your travel essentials, you won’t have to dig to the bottom of a big black hole to find that one item you need.
Check out this blog for more information on what makes Knack the best carry-on backpack for international travel.
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