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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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  • 6 Best Walking Tours in London

    6 Best Walking Tours in London

    United Kingdom

    Most international tourists choose to book a London walking tour to discover the city through the eyes of a savvy local. But choosing the right walking tour is harder than it sounds. I’ve narrowed down hundreds of potentials to 6 of the best walking tours in London, covering history, pop culture, street art and food.

  • 3 Days in Dubrovnik: City Walls, Mount Srd, Lokrum Island & The Best Tours

    3 Days in Dubrovnik: City Walls, Mount Srd, Lokrum Island & The Best Tours

    Croatia

    I recently spent 3 days in Dubrovnik and left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired by the city’s seaside vibe. I put together this itinerary to help you explore this walled city’s seducing history, taste Michelin-recommended dishes, find Game of Thrones filming locations, and swim at nearby islands. Yep, all in 3 days.

  • 3 Days In York: Long Weekend Itinerary For English History, Culture & Ghost Stories

    3 Days In York: Long Weekend Itinerary For English History, Culture & Ghost Stories

    United Kingdom

    York’s backstory had no shortage of drama, and the modern city celebrates its past, warts and all, creating a charming fusion of classical and quirky that’s ripe for exploring. My itinerary for 3 days in York feels like a living history book filled with tall Roman walls, Norman castles, quaint medieval buildings, Victorian railways, and narrow cobblestone streets... and even a ghost story or three.

  • ANZAC Tours in Greece: The Real History Behind WWII Battle of Crete

    ANZAC Tours in Greece: The Real History Behind WWII Battle of Crete

    Greece

    The Greek Islands are a dream destination on every bucket list. When I recently visited Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, I was utterly dazzled - it doesn’t just have charming towns, immaculate beaches, and some of the best food in Greece, Crete also has an extraordinary World War II history. I took an ANZAC tour with Specialty Tours Greece to witness firsthand what life would have been like for soldiers defending the island during the climactic WWII Battle of Crete.

  • 4 Days In Florence: Renaissance Art, Italian Charm & World’s Best Gelato

    4 Days In Florence: Renaissance Art, Italian Charm & World’s Best Gelato

    Italy

    Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was the centre of the Italian Renaissance where renowned artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli mastered their trade. But art isn’t the only beautiful thing about Florence. Follow my itinerary for an amazing 4 days in Florence - I promise you'll love every minute... especially the gelato!

  • Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations

    Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations

    Italy

    I recently travelled for 3 weeks around Italy by train and have put all my first-hand experience and research into this epic 3-week rail itinerary just for you. Start in Milan and travel to La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and Venice before wrapping up back in Milan. There are more highlights than you can count... this was my best rail journey so far!

  • 1 Day In Milan: Da Vinci’s Last Supper, The Duomo & The Golden Triangle

    1 Day In Milan: Da Vinci’s Last Supper, The Duomo & The Golden Triangle

    Italy

    We spent 1 day in Milan at the end of a whirlwind rail tour around Italy, and crammed as much site-seeing as we could into 24 hours. This 1-day itinerary visits Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, climbs the Duomo, and even squeezes a little time for shopping in The Golden Triangle. Be warned, this plan isn’t for the faint of heart. But then again, neither is Milan.

  • 2 Days In Venice: A Survivor’s Guide To Canals, Islands & Crowds

    2 Days In Venice: A Survivor’s Guide To Canals, Islands & Crowds

    Italy

    I visited Venice to see if it lives up to the hype and to explore the epicentre of the Venetian Empire that thrived during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Here’s my handy 2 day itinerary that covers Venetian museums, icons like Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace, and then spends a day away from the maddening crowds touring nearby islands Murano and Burano.

  • 2 Days In Rome: The Essential Itinerary For First Time Visitors

    2 Days In Rome: The Essential Itinerary For First Time Visitors

    Italy

    Rome is called “the Eternal City” for very good reason. It’s impact on the world has been, well, pretty eternal. Visiting Rome in any short timeframe is destined to be a challenge. I recently had only 2 days in Rome to explore the essential big-ticket attractions like the Colosseum, Vatican City, and Trevi Fountain. Here’s how to do Rome like a pro.

  • How To Spend 4 Days In Athens: Best Historical Sites, Discount Tickets, Museums & Restaurants

    How To Spend 4 Days In Athens: Best Historical Sites, Discount Tickets, Museums & Restaurants

    Greece

    There’s something about Athens that is simply timeless. The famous Classical period ended over 2,300 years ago, yet when we think of Athens, we still imagine Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato teaching philosophy, the invention of democracy, and massive advancements in medicine, science, and the arts. These things shaped the very foundation of our modern western society, and they all happened in Greece. With this first-hand, expertly crafted itinerary, your 4 days in Athens will cover the most significant historic sites and get maximum value out of your Athens City Pass.

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  • Travelan - The Travel Insurance That Could Save Your Vacation

    Travelan - The Travel Insurance That Could Save Your Vacation

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    Right off the bat, I’ll say this will be an awkward article. I’m talking about poop. This is something that affects most people in one way or another. Yep, you’re not alone. Up to 50-70% of travellers are affected by travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) at one time or another. I've tried a new medication called Travelan that helps prevent TD in 90% of cases.

  • Scratch Off World Map Review: The Surprisingly Satisfying Travel Tracker

    Scratch Off World Map Review: The Surprisingly Satisfying Travel Tracker

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    Recording your journeys is as old as time. Prehistoric Paleolithic dudes did it. Ancient Greek conquerors did it. This scratch off world map is blissfully simple and you get the same buzz as an instant-win scratchy game, but there’s no gambling involved… everyone’s a winner! Simply scratch off the foil from countries you’ve been to, and you’re rewarded with a gratifying burst of colour and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.

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  • Top Travel Mobile Apps in 2019

    Top Travel Mobile Apps in 2019

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    A feature-rich mobile application is a necessary companion during any journey today. Some of them are designed to simplify the process of booking tickets, finding a hostel for an overnight stay, selecting sightseeing tours, etc.

  • How to Learn German in Germany in 3 Easy Steps

    How to Learn German in Germany in 3 Easy Steps

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    Germany is the most powerful economy in Europe. And the German people are the largest nation in European Union, making their language the most frequently spoken in this large economic territory. Thus, many people want to learn German in Germany in order to create new career opportunities.

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