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I'm Josh Bender, a world-leading travel blogger and photographer. I've travelled to 70+ countries and learned a lot along the way. Let me help make your next vacation amazing with first-hand guides and expert travel tips - from packing to hotels to sightseeing to travel gear. You'll find it on my award-winning travel blog. Read more...

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  • How To See Pattaya, Thailand In 48 Hours

    How To See Pattaya, Thailand In 48 Hours

    Thailand

    When you think about planning a vacation in Thailand, destinations like Bangkok, Phuket and Chang Mai jump to mind. But I discovered there’s plenty of reasons to include the coastal city of Pattaya in your itinerary.

  • 17 Tips To Plan The Ultimate UK Road Trip

    17 Tips To Plan The Ultimate UK Road Trip

    United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom is a road tripping paradise - windy roads, scenic vistas, rolling hills, majestic mountains, meandering rivers, quaint towns, castles and history galore. Every great travel adventure starts with an equally great plan. So, I’ve put together my best British driving and planning tips to help kick off your own epic UK road trip.

  • How To Save Money On Theme Park Tickets (Massive Travel Hack!)

    How To Save Money On Theme Park Tickets (Massive Travel Hack!)

    Travel Tips

    Everyone loves theme parks. So I’m not going to sell you on the idea of going to a theme park. What I will share with you is my favourite way to save money on theme park tickets. And the best part… it’s super duper easy to do. No complicated travel hacks that will have you in knots.

  • 19 Car Rental Pitfalls To Avoid

    19 Car Rental Pitfalls To Avoid

    Travel Tips

    I’ve hired dozens of cars all over the world, and learned a lot of these lessons the hard way. Benefit from my experience and don’t make these 19 nauseating car rental mistakes.

  • Top 60 Photos of 2017

    Top 60 Photos of 2017

    Highlights

    2017 was a transitional year for Travel With Bender and my travel pace slowed down. But I was still able to capture a range of amazing scenes and moments from the United States, Australia, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, France, and Indonesia. Take a look through my favourite photos of this year.

  • The Ultimate Arizona & Utah Road Trip Guide: 15 Days Of Scenic Byways, Canyons, Hiking And Exploring

    The Ultimate Arizona & Utah Road Trip Guide: 15 Days Of Scenic Byways, Canyons, Hiking And Exploring

    Southwest, USA

    Arizona and Utah are amongst my favourite places on Earth. The stunning natural beauty speaks for itself. Jaw-dropping canyons, snaking rivers, rusty red cliffs and scenic roads in every direction. It’s raw, majestic, inspiring and yet peaceful. And the best way to explore this magical land is by road trip. I’ve packed this massive article with everything you need for your next road trip adventure: maps, route planning, activities, hikes, food and accommodation. All you have to do is enjoy it!

  • Everything You Need To Know Before You Visit Uluru

    Everything You Need To Know Before You Visit Uluru

    Central Australia

    Uluru is known as the spiritual heart of Australia. I’d seen photographs of Uluru (formerly known as “Ayers Rock”) since I was young and neglected visiting it. Instead I roamed all corners of the world, while leaving Australia’s outback, my relative backyard, unexplored. I was determined to remedy this injustice in 2018.

  • Mulia Bali: The Best Beach Resort In The World?

    Mulia Bali: The Best Beach Resort In The World?

    Bali, Indonesia

    Mulia Resort in Bali opened its doors in 2012. Less than 1 year later it won the coveted Condé Nast Traveler USA - Readers' Choice Awards for #1 Beach Resort in the World. How does a brand new independent resort in an uber-competitive location like Bali instantly stand out as not only this island’s most prestigious beach resort, but the entire world?

  • 7 Things To Do In Gulf County, Florida

    7 Things To Do In Gulf County, Florida

    Southeast, USA

    I first discovered Gulf County in 2016. There's so much to love about this gorgeous coastal region on Florida's panhandle, located less than 2 hours drive southwest of the capital, Tallahassee. Apart from the vast natural beauty that abounds in Gulf County, there's a ton of fun things to do on your beach getaway. Whether your seeking adventure or relaxation, you'll find it here.

  • America's National Monuments Need Your Help

    America's National Monuments Need Your Help

    Reflections

    So much of the United States is blessed with an abundance of beautiful national monuments, parks, and forests. These really belong to all people, and should be shared in a sustainable way. Find out why America's National Monuments are under threat and what you can do to protect them.

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Along my journey I meet lots of fascinating folks. This section of the website features stories from other people that we think you'll find interesting. I love learning from their experiences and this is my chance to share those with you.

  • Experience Real Hawaii

    Experience Real Hawaii

    Guest Blogs

    The Hawaiian Islands are a thing of beauty. Serenely nestled among the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, the shifting volcanic landscapes contrast beautifully with their deep blue surroundings.

  • Top 5 Unforgettable Bali Experiences

    Top 5 Unforgettable Bali Experiences

    Guest Blogs

    Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural history and vibrant nightlife, Bali is a truly unique destination that is perfect for all kinds of travellers. Verdant rain forests meet volcanic mountains in this stunning cultural oasis. Whether you are seeking adventure or relaxation, your Bali holiday will provide an array of unforgettable experiences offering up the best of Balinese culture, attractions and cuisines. With so much to see and do, we have narrowed down our Top 5 Unforgettable Bali Experiences.

  • Five U.S States to See The Best of Fall

    Five U.S States to See The Best of Fall

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    Fall, or Autumn, is a season which immediately strikes you with beautiful images. Golden and red leaves, a quiet turn from the heat of summer to the cold of winter, mugs with hot drinks – it’s all something quite comfortable and lovely to think about. If anywhere does Fall properly, it’s the United States. With some of the most beautiful autumnal vistas available, you’d be mad not to book your next trip to the USA to coincide with this amazing time. Here are a few of the best places to check it out.

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