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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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Recent Travel Blog Articles

  • 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.

  • 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?

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  • ETIAS Visas – What They Are and Who Needs Them

    ETIAS Visas – What They Are and Who Needs Them

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    In response to recent issues, such as the increased risk of terrorist attacks, the increased number of tourists visiting Europe and increasing migration, the European Union is about to launch the ETIAS system for visas, the travel authorizations emitted by the European Travel Information and Authorization System. The aim of introducing the system is to strengthen the external borders of the continent as well as to protect internal security while also promoting one of the basic principles of the European Union, the freedom of movement. Here are some more details about you will be able to obtain your ETIAS visa.

  • Obtaining and Using Tourist Visas to Egypt – Detailed Information

    Obtaining and Using Tourist Visas to Egypt – Detailed Information

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    Egypt is among the world’s most exciting tourist destinations – the country’s exceptional natural beauty, its uniquely rich historic past and culture, the numerous world-renowned sites, such as the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings attract lots of visitors eager to explore the marvels of this magical land. However, if you are planning to visit Egypt, you must know that you will need a tourist visa to be allowed to enter the country – here are some details about how to you can get your Egypt tourist visa.

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