With Just His Guitar and a Backpack, Kip Moore Plots His Next Adventure

As 2019 winds down, country hitmaker Kip Moore is plotting his next globetrotting adventure. Always one to seek thrills, whether…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 18, 2019


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As 2019 winds down, country hitmaker Kip Moore is plotting his next globetrotting adventure.

Always one to seek thrills, whether it be rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding or surfing, Moore has his sights set on a Christmas break that has him crisscrossing the map.

“I’m getting a van in Central America and I’m a do the whole coastline, try to do a lot of the coastline.” the Georgia native recently revealed to Country Now and other media. “I might make my way down in to South America. I don’t know yet.”

Moore’s tentative plans have him all over, from Central and South America to Whistler, British Columbia and maybe even Colorado and Hawaii.

The “She’s Mine” singer says he doesn’t roll with any kind of itinerary, he just wings it. He also does it all on his own with minimal supplies.

“You would be mind-blown to see what I bring with me. I have this mini, it’s a mini it’s not even like as big as a regular school backpack… It’s like a mini little ruka backpack,” he explained. “That’ll be all I take for the month and a half that I do Central America. That’s it.”

As for supplies, Moore brings only the essentials: his guitar and a backpack.

“I have a pair of Vans on when I leave the house. I’ll have board shorts and a t-shirt and I’ve got a couple more t-shirts and then a few fins for the change out on my boards. And that’s pretty much it. Then like a few books in the backpack and that’s it,” he said.

After playing more than 40 sold-out shows on his Room To Spare: Acoustic Tour, Moore is more than ready to go off the grid. And that’s exactly what he plans to do. The singer/songwriter said he usually doesn’t even take the time to check in with anyone back home and sometimes goes days without turning on his phone.

“Whenever I have Wi-Fi, I’ll cut it on and I’ll see what’s going on and then it goes back off. But sometimes I’ll go two or three days without it, and then I might have it two days in a row and then I won’t for four days. And just works like that,” he shared. “I love it. I read a lot. I catch up on a lot of reading when I’m down there for sure.”

Although Moore admits he has gotten into a few “sticky situations” on his journeys, he doesn’t let the fear of what could happen to him stand in his way.

“I think sometimes that’s in the back of your mind,” he admitted, “But I don’t think it controls my thoughts though.”

With no scheduled tour dates on his calendar until March 17, 2020 there’s no telling where Kip Moore might end up.

“I don’t have a plan on my phone. I purposely don’t ever get a plan when I go to other countries. I like that.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.