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TravelWise 3-Piece Packing Cube System Review

 TravelWise 3 Piece Packing Cube System Review

The travel packing mantra is always “less is more”.  Adding anything to my suitcase is a critical decision on balancing weight, space and necessity. Very few non-apparel items make it on the necessary list. So needless to say, I was skeptical when the TravelWise Packing Cube System came to my door. Was this another bogus SkyMall-type item? Or a valuable addition to my travel collection. Good news… it’s the latter.

I received (complimentary) 1 small, medium and large cube from the 3-piece set to try out. I’m a firm believer that packing is an art and a science. And the TravelWise Packing Cubes helped me on this test to pack to near perfection.

How Delta Airlines Missed the Most Obvious of Service Recovery Solutions

 How Delta Airlines Missed the Most Obvious of Service Recovery Solutions

Airlines get a bad reputation. But for me, it’s not the absurd fees and inflexible policies that upset me the most, it’s the complete lack of compassion, personalization and acknowledgement and ownership of their mistakes that makes them, deservedly, one of the most loathed industries in the public’s eye. Here’s a perfect example from a recent Delta Airlines trip (and don’t forget to read about my American Airlines experience too).

Titanic The Experience: A Review of the Orlando Attraction

 Titanic The Experience: A Review of the Orlando Attraction

Don’t mistake it’s placement on International Drive as yet another tourist trap attraction. Titanic the Experience* just may surprise you. That’s the discovery I had this past weekend as I explored this fascinating exhibit nestled between a Chinese buffet and Indian Restaurant.

Your experience begins with a tour from a “passenger” aboard the Titanic. At first I was a bit skeptical at this approach. I mean, I want to explore the artifacts at my own pace. But after five minutes, I was convinced that this was the best way to explore the Titanic.

Hidden Gems of Orlando

Orlando is most commonly known for it’s theme parks and tourist attractions illuminated in neon lights, but the City of Orlando offers a lot more than roller coasters, characters, water rides and discount buffets. If you’re looking for something beyond what’s published in the Florida guidebooks, try some of these hidden, Orlando gems that are favorites of the locals.

One of Orlando’s signature events is their food trucks. You can get everything from Barbeque to cupcakes, dog treats to vegan specialties and even breakfast. Always arrive early to minimize your wait in line and bring a few chairs to eat in. And if you go with friends, you can split up to the different trucks and sample everyone’s food.

My Favorite Travel Blogs

 My Favorite Travel Blogs

As I announced recently, I’ll be pausing my regular publishing on this site (though not going away) while I work on some local, Orlando projects. So I thought it fitting to share some of the travel blogs I enjoy reading the most. Yes, I have shared many travel blogs over the years, but these are the one I look forward to reading everyday (and you can find more here). In no particular order…

  • Too Many Adapters – Everything travel tech. Love their gadget reviews, travel hacking and overall take on technology for the traveler.

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.

Online Trainers Spanish Language Training Review

 Online Trainers Spanish Language Training Review

It’s funny how a decision I made in 6th grade impacted the rest of my life. You see, when I was in 6th grade we had the opportunity to learn both French and Spanish for half of the year. And just before summer break, we had to pick which language we would spend 7th and 8th grade learning. As a 6th grader, I based my decision on the 8th grade language field trip; Each class went to a restaurant of the country of origin of the language being learned. And since I didn’t like Spanish food, I chose French.

Red Envelope Gadget Charger for the Car: Travel Gear Review

 Red Envelope Gadget Charger for the Car: Travel Gear Review

My cell phone has become my de facto camera for everything travel. I rarely use my point and shoot and DSLR cameras anymore. And when you combine that usage with twitter, facebook pinterest, email and Jurassic Park (my guilty pleasure), my cell phone battery drains pretty quickly. When it hits 30% I start to get nervous! All of this to say, I’m always in need of a charger of some sort.

Enter the Red Envelope Gadget Charger for the Car*.

The Red Envelope Car Charger ($49.99) is a coffee cup-sized charger with one USB and two AC outlets on it. It plugs into your car cigarette lighter and chargers your technology while you are driving.

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*.