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.
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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.
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!
There’s no shortage of villas in Bali. And there’s no shortage of luxury accommodation either. So when the Bali Tourism Awards recognised this particular property as Bali’s leading luxury villa in 2016, it cemented the stellar reputation of Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali.
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 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?
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.
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.
There are some resorts that have to be seen to be believed. The Ritz-Carlton Bali is one of those places. I've tried describing my experience discovering this Indonesian paradise in written form, but now I'll step aside and let the pictures do the talking.
There are vacations, and then there are dreams that come true. Staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is one such dream. Combine a grand tropical vision of castles in the sky, world-class cuisine that's almost too good to eat, VIP treatment at every step, warm gentle coconut-scented breezes and a zippy golf cart on call… and now you're getting close to what it feels like to unwind at one of Bali's top resorts.
There are certain things the Swiss are known for. Chocolate, ski resorts, and pocket knives, for instance, have all been revolutionised after Switzerland put its stamp on them. And hospitality, of course. Find out why I choose Swissotel when I travel around the world.
Take the hassle out of packing your suitcase with this practical free guide. As a travel expert, I’ve learned each of these luggage lessons the hard way so I can teach you the easy way. I'm confident this guide will transform you from a packing pansy into black-belt travel ninja.
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I have truly given the Peak Design Everyday Backpack a thorough workout. It’s been on cross-continental flights, desert hikes, in crowded cities, on bustling buses, at the beach, and everywhere in between. Get all the info you need about this popular travel & photography backpack in my hands-on review, and find out if it's right for you.
This little thumb sized travel gadget could save your life. The goTenna Mesh is one of the most impressive new travel products I’ve come across recently. It will fundamentally change the way you communicate with people that you travel with, in the best way possible.
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The capitals of Austria and the Czech Republic are rightfully among the top places to discover the rich historical legacy of real authentic Europe. The centuries-old well-preserved architecture, lush royal palaces and delicious cuisine make these two cities a great choice for a European getaway.
If anyone asks you to close your eyes and picture Italy, what’s the first image that pops into your mind? Venetian gondolas swaying down the many narrow canals? A vespo riding past the Colosseum in Rome? Maybe a glass of wine with pasta somewhere on the sunny coast of Sicily?
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