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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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  • G Hotel Kelawai, Penang: Room With A View

    G Hotel Kelawai, Penang: Room With A View

    Penang, Malaysia

    Choosing a hotel requires consideration of dozens of factors. Your suite will become your home away from home, and your base for a memorable vacation, so it pays to be picky. I checked out this 5-star hotel in the heart of Penang, Malaysia and discovered a few surprises.

  • 19 Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers in 2018

    19 Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers in 2018

    Travel Tips

    It’s every shopper’s favourite time of year. But finding travel friendly Christmas gift ideas is not easy. The gift needs to be functional, portable and not too heavy. So rather than racking your brain, I’ve helped you with a list of unique gift ideas that every millennial traveller wants.

  • How To See The Best Natural Attractions In Hua Hin

    How To See The Best Natural Attractions In Hua Hin

    Thailand

    Wow. That was the only word I could think of standing inside one of Hua Hin’s best natural attractions. Not only because of the jaw-dropping beauty but because until recently, I had never heard of this place. And I’m quite sure if I took a survey, the average traveller couldn’t pick out Hua Hin on a map either. I’m hoping to change that.

  • 9 Reasons To Visit Hua Hin, Thailand

    9 Reasons To Visit Hua Hin, Thailand

    Thailand

    Hua Hin has a special place in the hearts of the Thai because of its strong connection to their beloved royal family. Since the 1920’s, this coastal city has been the royal family’s summer retreat, a key driver in Hua Hin’s push towards modernity. Bangkok residents followed the royal lead, driving or catching the bus or train to spend their summers, or even just the weekend, escaping the capital’s fast-paced urban living. Find out what makes Hua Hin different to other cities in Thailand.

  • Where To Stay In Phuket, Thailand – Best Locations & Hotels

    Where To Stay In Phuket, Thailand – Best Locations & Hotels

    Thailand

    Phuket attracts over 6 million tourists from all corners of the world each year, and that’s expected to almost double in the next decade. Now I know why. I’ve done the hard (and enviable) work for you, and put together a first-hand comparison of the 6 most popular areas to stay in Phuket.

  • 7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Bangkok, Thailand

    7 Reasons Why You’ll Love Bangkok, Thailand

    Thailand

    Bangkok is a city defined by contrast. You’ll find extravagance and poverty, tradition and innovation, nightlife and relaxation, glamour and quirkiness, ancient and modern. Whether you’re a backpacker with a shoestring-tight budget, a retiree relishing your golden years, or just looking to unwind during your annual vacation, Bangkok is one urban destination you will want to visit.

  • 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.

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  • Pimsleur: My Secret Weapon to Quickly Learn a New Language

    Pimsleur: My Secret Weapon to Quickly Learn a New Language

    Product Reviews

    In most countries, the locals speak enough English to help us get around. But what happens if you come across someone that doesn’t speak English, or go to a country where English isn’t really spoken? Suddenly, simple things like getting directions, ordering a meal, or paying for shopping can get pretty difficult. With Pimsleur’s language learning method, speaking a new language (or two) just became super easy and affordable.

  • Xinja Review: Australian Prepaid Travel Card With Zero Fees?

    Xinja Review: Australian Prepaid Travel Card With Zero Fees?

    Product Reviews

    Up until recently, most Australian travel cards didn't impressed me. I’ve seen a couple Australian debit or credit cards offer zero foreign transaction fees, but with significant compromises in the features and other fees. But now I might just have found the silver bullet with Xinja

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  • Traveling and Watersports in Dubai – Unique Ways to Enjoy the Sea on Windy and Windless Days Alike

    Traveling and Watersports in Dubai – Unique Ways to Enjoy the Sea on Windy and Windless Days Alike

    Guest Blogs

    When it comes to enjoying your favorite watersport, Dubai is like no other place: the waters are crystal clear, the wind is not too strong, just perfect for leisurely sails as well as for more adrenaline-packed activities. The area might be more known as a desert destination, but the Arabian Gulf offers a plethora of opportunities to enjoy waters and optimally-sized waves as well.

  • What to Do When Your WiFi Isn’t Working – A Closer Look at WiFi Antenna Boosters

    What to Do When Your WiFi Isn’t Working – A Closer Look at WiFi Antenna Boosters

    Guest Blogs

    If you ever went on a long trip and had to stay at a cheap motel while you rested after an exhausting day of driving, you might already know this scenario all too well: you’re in your room, trying to message your friends on social media, and sure enough the WiFi is barely working. A WiFi booster is designed to operate by boosting your WiFi signal, so you can access the internet more easily even when you’re far away from your router

  • Paris Walking Tours from Localers – Explore the City Your Own Way, One Facet at a Time

    Paris Walking Tours from Localers – Explore the City Your Own Way, One Facet at a Time

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    Paris is a spectacular city to discover, whatever means of transport you choose, but the most spectacular way, the way that will let you really feel its atmosphere, see its beauty and explore its extraordinary, rich history and its million faces is on foot. Walking on the wide boulevards and avenues, with occasional detours on the little streets lined with cafes and pastry shops, following itineraries that include the iconic buildings and attractions that make Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world might be a bit tiring, but in a happy and thrilling way.

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