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The Most Important Tip for a Traveling Home Owner, Seriously Read This

 The Most Important Tip for a Traveling Home Owner, Seriously Read This

Hey Adventurers,

Today’s post is wildly off-topic, but it’s something I’m very passionate about AND in some ways, it is travel-related. Bear with me, I promise. And if you don’t care about a post about home ownership, read about drinking toe cocktails instead. For everyone else who owns a home – there is help for you and your financial frustrations. As a warning, I do use some salty language today as the topic deserves it.

Travel Tip: When Renting a Car Abroad – Buy the Extra Insurance

 Travel Tip: When Renting a Car Abroad   Buy the Extra Insurance

The Accident

I’ve had a pristine driving record (knock on wood), with few exceptions. And last week’s trip to England was one of those exceptions.

Now the damage you see in today’s post is not a result of driving on the left, lest you worry about doing that abroad. Besides, it’s really not a big deal and is much easier than you think. Instead, the accident I was involved in was really a result of my inability to negotiate the very narrow parking garages that are scattered throughout England.

How Airline Customer Service is @ss Backwards

 How Airline Customer Service is @ss Backwards

Yesterday’s post about my poor customer service experience with American Airlines is a perfect example of how airlines just don’t get it when it comes to customer service. Their philosophy and approach to customer service is like living in opposite-land. Here’s what I mean…

Airlines Are Reluctant to Fix ANYTHING

I’ve had my baggage lost, my zippers pulled off, my baggage clips gone missing and my bags damaged. If something could happen to a suitcase, it has happened to mine. That’s the reality of flying. The conditions of carriage are so lengthy, and filled with so many loopholes, that the average traveler won’t have much recourse when the airlines destroys your baggage.

How American Airlines Customer Service Failed Me 3 Times

 How American Airlines Customer Service Failed Me 3 Times

While I generally like to keep things positive here on adventureswithben.com, I need to provide context to tomorrow’s pos on How Airline Customer Service is @ss Backwards by telling you a tale of woe today. Thank you in advance for indulging me. Let’s take a look at how American Airline’s Baggage Policy, and follow-up Customer Service were great examples of failure…

Plan Your 2013 New Year’s Travel Resolutions Now!

 Plan Your 2013 New Years Travel Resolutions Now!

Happy New Year Adventurers!

The beginning of the new year is the traditional time to set goals and make plans for the upcoming year – in this case 2012. But today’s post is actually about 2013!

I know, we’re barely into 2012 and (Mayan Prediction withstanding), I’m already focusing on what’s going to happen in another 12 months (23 months to be exact).

Every since my first trip to South Africa in 2007 I’ve been wanting to take my family there and show them around. Well, it’s going to happen in 2013. The school calendar falls in such a way that we’ll be able to have a full two weeks of time off since my mom and brother are both teachers.

Donate to Passports With Purpose; Win Prizes & I’ll Match Your Donation!

 Donate to Passports With Purpose; Win Prizes & Ill Match Your Donation!
Zambian Passport Stamp

Last week’s post provided suggestions on gifts you could give the traveler in your family. But if you’re a traveler yourself, today I’m asking you to give back this holiday season.

Passports With Purpose

Passports With Purpose is a non-profit organization that gives back to the destinations travelers visit. Uniting travel bloggers from around the internet, last year they raised $64,128 to build houses in India. This year, they are partnering with Room to Read to build a library in Zambia, Africa – home to Victoria Falls, one of my favorite travel destinations.

Pick-Pocket Proof Pants: P^Cubed Travel Pants Travel Gear Review

 Pick Pocket Proof Pants: P^Cubed Travel Pants Travel Gear Review

Protecting yourself from pickpockets is one of the realities of travel, especially in Europe. I’ve heard countless stories from travelers of how their credit cards, cash, identification and other valuables were lifted from their pants without them even knowing. But the P^Cubed Travel Pants from Clothing Arts prevent just that. They provided me with a pair of their adventure pants to try out for the past few months. How’d they test out in the field? Let’s take a look (and I promise there will be no underwear shots today)!

Functionality

Underwear with Pockets Travel Gear Review: Protect Your Valuables (& Money too!)

 Underwear with Pockets Travel Gear Review: Protect Your Valuables (& Money too!)

Your most important travel document is your passport. Hands down. Without it, you’re going nowhere fast. And if you’re like me, you probably keep an ever-watchful, neurotic eye on it’s whereabouts at all times. I’m constantly patting my pockets, looking inside my bag and (gasp) sometimes checking inside my embarrassingly lame money belt to make sure it’s safe. But the days of strapping on this purely functional tacky-tourist travel tool are gone.

Enter The Clever Travel Companion

Panning for Gold: Can You Strike it Rich?

 Panning for Gold: Can You Strike it Rich?

Dawson City, Canada – the start of the Yukon Gold Rush. Throughout Alaska and Canada you’ll discover plenty of opportunities to pan for gold. Whether it’s at a campground, roadside stand or legitimate attraction they all beckon you to part with your hard earned dollars in discovery of the shiniest of currencies. Is it worth it?

 Panning for Gold: Can You Strike it Rich?

Like a drag queen to a disco ball, the rivers throughout the Yukon Territory entice you with shimmering flakes of (presumably) gold. Grab a rusty pan and start panning.

 Panning for Gold: Can You Strike it Rich?

Travel Tip: Spend Lots of Money Before You Go Traveling

 Travel Tip: Spend Lots of Money Before You Go Traveling

Many travelers tout the importance of living a thrifty lifestyle at home in order to travel like royalty abroad. And I would agree with them. In fact, I’ve written a whole series about how to save money in order to travel more. But sometimes, it’s also great advice to spend a lot of money before you travel, in order to ensure you’re well-prepared for the adventures that await you. Allow me to explain…