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One Story Ends, Another Begins: A Farewell Message to You

 One Story Ends, Another Begins: A Farewell Message to You

Hey Adventurers,

Today’s post on this blog will be one of my last for the foreseeable future. I’ll be taking an extended hiatus from travel blogging while I move on to the next step in this blogging journey. To many of you, this may come as a sudden surprise and opens up many questions. I’d like to spend the rest of this post answering them.

First, I’m not going away entirely. AdventuresWithBen.com will still remain online and you can continue to find me on my facebook and twitter accounts. I’ll still reply to comments, emails, tweets and however else you find me. I just won’t be publishing new content on a regular basis.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding with East Coast Paddle

 Stand Up Paddle Boarding with East Coast Paddle
Photo Used with Permission from East Coast Paddle

I have to admit, I was a bit jealous. My buddies Rori from RoriTravels and Mike and Catrell from Cooney World Adventures had both experienced Stand Up Paddle Boarding with East Coast Paddle and both reviews of their trip were awesome. They spotted manatees, dolphins and more on this eco-tour through the estuaries of the Canaveral National Seashore.

 Stand Up Paddle Boarding with East Coast Paddle

So last weekend (perhaps the last nice weekend before the cooler weather advances into Florida), Brian and I had the chance to travel to New Smyrna Beach, FL and try Stand Up Paddle Boarding with East Coast Paddle*.

A 20 Mile Bike Tour in the Palm Springs Desert: Crazy or Cool?

 A 20 Mile Bike Tour in the Palm Springs Desert: Crazy or Cool?

“If there’s one thing you have to do in Palm Springs, it’s Big Wheel Tours* Bike Tour,” my friend said.

There are a lot of reasons why people would pass on this adventure…

  • It’s 20 miles long
  • You have to bike it
  • It’s in the desert, and deserts are hot
  • You have to wake up early

Where Do Hot Air Balloons Land?

 Where Do Hot Air Balloons Land?

One of my favorite travel moments was traveling by hot air balloon in Thailand at the Pattaya International Balloon Festival. I always wondered where hot air balloons land.

It turns out, wherever there is space! Upon landing in a farmer’s field, these local children ran over to help us roll up the balloon. It was a cool moment – dropping from the sky, and having the kids greet us. We didn’t understand each other, but knew exactly what each other was thinking.

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon? What was it like? Share by commenting.

Finding #Strength at Gatorland Orlando: An #ExpediaFindYours Photo Essay

 Finding #Strength at Gatorland Orlando: An #ExpediaFindYours Photo Essay

If you’re from Orlando, you know Gatorland. For over 60 years this roadside attraction has entertained millions of visitors with over 1,400 gators and 300 crocodiles. It’s one of the few “Old Florida” attractions remaining since the theme parks moved into town forty years ago.

I’ve been meaning to visit this historic place since I’ve moved to Orlando. And on my month-long search for travel #Strength with the #ExpediaFindYours Twitter Photo Competition (details on how you can win a $250 coupon from Expedia are at the bottom of this post), this was the perfect opportunity.

Find Your Strength – Win A $250 Coupon from Expedia.com

 Find Your Strength   Win A $250 Coupon from Expedia.com

Hey Adventurers,

Today’s post includes some very exciting news, including a $250 coupon from Expedia.com*. Read on for details!

Where Do I Find My Strength?

There’s no doubt about it, I’ve had some out-of-this-world adventurers over the past few years (here’s 33 of them in fact). But it may surprise you to know, that with every adventure I’ve had, I’ve been scared out of my mind. Before I went bungee jumping beside Victoria Falls I filmed a video debating with myself… whether or not I should take the jump. I listed 14 reasons why you shouldn’t jump and only 1 reason why you should. The argument was pretty clear.

What Makes a Great Zip Line Tour?

 What Makes a Great Zip Line Tour?

When you think of adventure travel, Zip Lining is one of the most traditional of sports that comes to mind. And while exotic locales like Costa Rica and Thailand are often the first destination adventure travelers consider, you may be surprised to learn that Zip Orlando* in Kissimmee (of all places) rocks. Adrenaline-fueled zip line tours don’t need to be located in far-flung destinations. They could be right in your backyard. Let’s take a closer look at what makes a great zip line tour…

Glacier Trekking in Alaska

 Glacier Trekking in Alaska

It may be summer time here in Orlando, but in Alaska, now is the perfect time to go Glacier Trekking!

Alaska is synonymous with Glaciers. Cruise ships build entire itineraries around seeing these massive ice sheets break apart into the ocean. But you don’t have to be traveling by sea to marvel at one of these massive sheets of ice. In fact, inland Alaska offers adventurers the opportunity get up close and personal and go glacier exploring by foot.

Enter Mica Guides.

What To Expect On Your First Liveaboard Dive Trip

 What To Expect On Your First Liveaboard Dive Trip

As part of my Epic Trip to Australia I wanted to cross another item off my adventure list – SCUBA Diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I got SCUBA Certified especially for this trip, and booked a 3-day  liveaboard cruise with Pro Dive Cairns. If you’re considering doing something like this on your next trip, here’s what you can expect. As this was my first liveaboard cruise, I had no idea what it would be like, what to expect, how to prepare and how this novice diver with only 4 dives (post-training) under my belt would fare.

The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Accident: An Opinion About Extreme Sports

 The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Accident: An Opinion About Extreme Sports

[UPDATE 1/10/11 8:30 A.M. EST - There is a twitter account (possibly) established by Safari Par Excellence. Follow them at @SafParZambia Their name has been in the news, attached to the accident, but they book all kinds of African Tours, don't operate any of them. I think if they had a Facebook and Twitter account ahead of time, they could have minimized the press they are getting. A lesson to all companies out there - if you don't engage in social media, you'll regret it later when you need it.]