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Name: Ryan
Hometown: Dawsonville, Georgia, USA
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Join Date: April 2, 2009
Contributions: bensonryan has written about 165 places, shared 11,682 photos, left 663 comments, and smiled 18,237 times.
Interested in: meeting new people, meeting other people to travel with, sharing travel tips and blogs
Travel Plans
Hawaii, USA
Mar 16, 2018 – Mar 23, 2018
To spread a family member's ashes.
Tbilisi, Georgia
Sep 20, 2018 – Oct 10, 2018
dream destination
» see all 8 future travel and dream destinations
Countries I've Traveled To
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Japanese
Books you might find in my backpack
Music you might find me listening to while waiting for my plane
Most Memorable Travel Experience
Transiting the Panama canal 4 times when I was in the Navy. I remember all the times it was muggy and extremely hot as I was the one driving the frigate in the middle of the night. I felt mosquitoes biting my exposed neck and hands. It was memorable watching the locks fill up with the water and watch the water level rise looking at the process from the inside. I had to stay up all night in transit (duty is duty). I wish I was able to take pics.

Volunteering for the Elephant Show in Thailand. I was the subject under elephant stunts. Looking at the elephants walk over my body was a rather interesting, as they were under the call of their trainers. I was also tied to a target in a blindfold as elephants shot balloons between my legs and under my arms with darts. Thank goodness they were trained well.

Traveling through the Mongolian Steppe with a personal tour guide into the vast emptiness. Got to try fermented horse milk and hang out in a yurt. Visited the largest horse statue in the world and got to pick up some majestic birds of prey.

Predjama Castle in Slovenia had pretty interesting architecture and history. Stuff movies could be made out of.

My friends getting into a drunken brawl in Aruba while I helplessly watched.

Closing on a rental property in the States while I am staying at a hotel in a Brazilian Favela.
I am a big kid who still wants to be a rock star!

Right brained. Disorganized Genius. Recovering workaholic.

Prior Military. Fell in love with traveling once I hit my first port visit in Nassau, Bahamas. I kick myself for not taking photos from 2003-2009 but the only things I take with me are the memories and I learned that now. My new job is teaching English in Japan also while being a full time MBA student.
jendara says:
Congrats on your featured review:)
Well done my friend!!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2018
cotton_foam says:
Congrats, Ryan on the featured review!
Will check on it sometime this werk. :)
Posted on: Jan 20, 2018
Ils1976 says:
thanks so much for the smiles, much appreciated! I hope you had a great start of the new year!
Posted on: Jan 03, 2018
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bensonryan's Travel Blogs

2018 (Japan....)
Jan 01, 2018 – Jan 13, 2018
This year will bring more uncertainty. I do anticipate a downward trend in mobility as I wrap up post-graduate education. I am …
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Jan 13, 2017 – Dec 09, 2017
Heading south and then east. I decided to unconventionally go east to Japan instead of westward from Brazil. It made for a pret…
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This blog was featured on Tuesday July 4th, 2017
Jan 28, 2016 – Dec 11, 2016
Tour de Persian Gulf and heading back west!
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This blog was featured on Saturday October 22nd, 2016
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bensonryan's Travel Reviews

Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in Izu, Japan
Marukyu Ryokan is a very tranquil and relaxing 4 Star hotel located in rural Izu, Japan. It has …
This review was featured on Saturday January 20th, 2018
Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Sagamihara, Japan
Ichiran is a surprisingly compact ramen establishment located in Sagamihara, a city southwest of…
This review was featured on Friday October 27th, 2017
Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Yokosuka, Japan
Battleship Mikasa is moored pier-side in Mikasa Park, located in Yokosuka, Japan. It is listed a…
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