About Me

Greetings everyone! My name is Ben Pastore. I am a traveler, author, artist and professional speaker. To date I have visited 76 countries across all seven continents, but am always on the lookout for the opportunity to add to that list. In this blog I do more than just share my destination expertise and firsthand insights. I try to share my humor, lessons learned, and the mark each place I’ve left my footprints has had on me. I encourage you to comment and share your thoughts with my readers as well, since the best thing about traveling is sharing the experience with others. Thanks for visiting.

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28 Comments

  1. Word Wabbit says:

    I would like to learn more about the Alaskan bush. I have seen some ESL teaching jobs that I’m interested in, but am wondering about what it looks like, etc. I am also interested in the different native Americans and their languages in these places, and how to find out more information, especially about the different languages that are spoken by the different Native American communities.

    Please travel there for me and find out. 🙂

    Nice blog!

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thanks for the compliment. Sounds like you have some interesting plans. As for what it looks like, figure spruce trees, wide open vistas and mountain backdrops. The vast majority of the state is inaccessible by road, so reaching the indigenous communities is not the easiest thing, and Alaskans in general are a bit odd, though generally very friendly.

      If I travel back there I’ll be sure to let you know. 🙂

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  2. Hi Ben,

    Sorry, I have not forgotten to give you feedback. I just didn’t think it would be fair to judge on one post. My parents are also coming to visit for Easter and I have a few articles to finish off. Do you have an email and I’ll get back to you in a few days?

    Thanks!
    Olivia

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      No worries & no pressure. I appreciate your efforts but don’t feel the least bit obligated.

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      1. :o) Thank you. You gave me some feedback on my blog, so I would would like to do the same.

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  3. londryfairy says:

    I am now following and I like your blog. You read some of my blog, so you know I currently travel on this continent (US bound). I would like to do more world travel when the opportunity comes around. I think your blog is a great resource. Plus, anyone with an appreciation of Orson Scott Card, can’t be all bad. I’m marking down your other favorite author to put on the to be read list. 🙂

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thanks so much. I’ve begun following you as well, since anyone who can appreciate someone who can appreciate Orson Scott Card can’t be all bad either 🙂

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  4. Donna G says:

    Ben – Thanks so much for the Liebster Award nomination. Here’s my post about it…http://www.traveltalesandstuff.com/liebster-award-nominee/

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Enjoyed reading your responses. Thanks for the heads up

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  5. londryfairy says:

    Want a Liebster Award? I’m posting it in about 5 minutes here:http://londryfairy.wordpress.com

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thanks but I’ve already received two nominations and posted my replies a few weeks ago. Thanks for thinking of me though

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  6. you really have an interesting blog there ben, lovely and also i love travelling so even more better !!! btw i also wanted to tell you that you seem to be a very nice person , very patient ,helping everyone out . i really appreciate that… well done !!!

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I know the struggles of blogging, so I just try to treat people the way I like to be treated. It is much more enjoyable when people help each other

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      1. I know , thats really nice of you ben !!!

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  7. TidBitShouts says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog – thought it only fair to come and have a nosey at yours. Love the whole take you have on travel, it’s something I wish I could do a lot more of after visiting India a few years ago but you know how it is…time…money etc.

    Really like the blog though, very interesting and the pictures totally help drive it 🙂

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  8. Heigh Hetta! says:

    Hi Ben, while I’m only dreaming to travel, you’ve done it all! I’ll definitely follow your blog to keep updated to all these wonderful places. Next time you’re in Africa, be sure to include South Africa 🙂

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  9. Heigh Hetta! says:

    After going through your gallery, I see that you have been to South Africa. I’d like to hear your views on this country.

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thanks Hetta for the feedback. Honestly, I thought South Africa was wonderful! Love the panorama route and Kruger area. Haven’t yet had the chance to go to the Cape. Where are you located?

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      1. Heigh Hetta! says:

        I live in Gauteng, Pretoria.

        The Cape Province is a must! Do the wine route. Go to the Knysna Forest. Too much to mention.

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      2. Ben Pastore says:

        Challenge accepted 😉

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  10. blogodia says:

    Hi Ben,
    During your trip to India, could you go to Gir Lion Sanctuary in Gujarat? I see you love the wild and the native animals. Gir is a pleasure for people like you.
    Regards,
    Manas

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      If I ever get the chance to go back to India, sounds like a great place to put on my list. Thank you

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  11. Pearl says:

    hey..your blog layout and theme is just superawesome…its a journey in itself, honestly..

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thanks so much. It’s a labor of love & the seeds for my upcoming eBook. I appreciate your talking a look

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  12. married2arod says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking it out. You look like you have a pretty cool job. I also like the graphics on your blog 🙂

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    1. Ben Pastore says:

      Thanks. Trying to make it work but as you can see the upside is pretty cool. Thanks for stopping in

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