Ben Pastore is a freelance travel writer and world traveler extraordinaire, having visited 65 countries across all seven continents. Author of the travel guide You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper and his growing Trip Accomplice blog, Ben's 16 years of experience in the travel industry have granted him extensive insight into all aspects of international travel.
Ben has spent the past 16 years affiliated with the travel industry, first as an agent selling luxury travel in Long Island's posh Hamptons, and later by opening his own business, Trip Accomplice, specializing in destination consultation and expertise.
Bringing together his knowledge accumulated while traveling abroad, his 2015 book You Can Keep Your Adventure, Just Leave Me the Toilet Paper is a witty guide for armchair travelers and aspiring globetrotters, combining his firsthand travel experience with a keen sense of humor. Touching on some 40 destinations in over 30 countries, Ben showcases his prolific knowledge of geography and cultures in a manner that will have readers grinning their way across the planet.
Ben's travels have taken him to every landscape imaginable - from the iceberg-filled waterways of Antarctica, to the dry bush of Southern Africa, to the steamy jungles of Thailand and Brazil. He has gone scuba diving with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef and walked with cheetahs in Zambia. Though he might seem adventurous, he is not above enjoying less-exotic locales and activities within his home continent of North America.
When it comes to cruising, Ben is no stranger to many ports of call. With cruising experience in Alaska, the Panama Canal, Caribbean, South Pacific and more, Ben's adventures on the briny span the globe. That expertise extends to river cruising as well. The mighty Yangtze, Zambezi and Nile have all at one time experienced his wake.
Ben's words are splashed across the web both on travel sites and general interest sites featuring international travel. While he has been a freelance travel writer for the past 8 years, his earlier work was in fiction. His young adult novel The Gardens of Sir Verity was published back in 1998, and though no longer in print, it was revised in 2012 in eBook form.
Ben has over two decades of experience as a public speaker throughout the northeastern U.S.A. In recent times he has expanded his repertoire to include presenting his original travel-themed programs showcasing his photos and unique firsthand perspective in schools and libraries.
For over 20 years Ben has served as a volunteer minister among the Italian-speaking communities of Long Island, New York and Houston, Texas, where he now resides with his wife Susie and his dog Stella. Between his travels, Ben's hobbies include reading, amateur photography and spending time with friends. But most of all, his favorite pastime is planning his next trip.