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Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Southeast, USA

January 2014

Our first time in the Southeast was on a road trip from New York to Florida.

January-March 2016

2 years later we've returned to explore the Southeast (and escape from the cold winter further north).

  • The Ultimate Florida Road Trip Guide: North To South In 2 Weeks

    The Ultimate Florida Road Trip Guide: North To South In 2 Weeks

    Southeast, USA

    We’ve included everything you need to know to follow our amazing 2-week Florida road trip, from attractions to restaurants to hotels. It doesn’t matter if you choose the north-to-south route (like we did) or the other way around, one thing is certain… you won’t be disappointed in The Sunshine State!

  • Beyond Orlando: Florida’s 5 Hidden Holiday Gems

    Beyond Orlando: Florida’s 5 Hidden Holiday Gems

    Southeast, USA

    I ventured beyond Orlando to discover the amazing attractions and destinations on offer in Florida. This helpful overview includes recommended attractions, restaurants and hotels. Everything to kickstart your own family adventure in Florida.

  • Sneaky Secrets Of Beach Sand Sculpture Pros

    Sneaky Secrets Of Beach Sand Sculpture Pros

    Southeast, USA

    When I heard about Florida’s award-winning beaches in South Walton, I was curious what all the fuss was about. But one simple activity during this trip stole the show... we discovered the ins and outs of beach sand sculpture from one of the best in the business.

  • The Lazy Mom’s Guide To Dominating Universal Studios Orlando

    The Lazy Mom’s Guide To Dominating Universal Studios Orlando

    Southeast, USA

    Does the idea of taking your family to Universal Studios Orlando sound too hard? There's flights, transport, a hotel, theme park tickets, research restaurants, plus other activities in the area. Don’t get stressed, just use my ultimate guide for Universal Studios Orlando that is perfect for any mom… even if you’re super duper lazy. It includes all the essential info you need to know to make smart decisions without wasting half a day of research. Your family will think you’re a rock star. Take my word for it.

  • Cape San Blas, Florida: My New Secret Beach

    Cape San Blas, Florida: My New Secret Beach

    Southeast, USA

    Florida is a vacation mix-a-lot. Some people go to Florida to spend every day at a theme park. Others look forward to a glamorous tropical cruise. And last, but not least, it’s hard to resist the lure of Florida’s sandy white beaches. And that is why we came back to Florida… beach, sun, rest, and relaxation. And we found all of that on Cape San Blas in Gulf County.

  • 23 Sanity-Saving Hacks For 1 Day At Disney World

    23 Sanity-Saving Hacks For 1 Day At Disney World

    Southeast, USA

    Disney World is expensive. And it takes time. With a 5 & 7-year-old in tow I just could not comprehend 5 days visiting 4 different parks. Was I doing them a disservice by not taking them? Was I spoiling their childhood? Turns out one day at Disney still made me the best mum in the world.

  • Unveiling The New LEGO Movie At LEGOLAND Florida

    Unveiling The New LEGO Movie At LEGOLAND Florida

    Southeast, USA

    Not only did we attend the recent launch of "The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” at LEGOLAND Florida, but spent 2 days discovering how awesome everything really is. Find out our top tips to make the most of your visit to one of Florida’s best theme parks.

  • 5 Reasons Why I’m Going To Gulf County, Florida

    5 Reasons Why I’m Going To Gulf County, Florida

    Southeast, USA

    Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve seen the sea? Too long. Growing up and by the ocean most of my life, makes that 2 months too many. I miss its salty siren call. My hands are already shaking from withdrawals. So that is why I knew I had to get back to Florida. But not just any part of Florida. The warm waters and sandy beaches of Gulf County. Why?...

  • 5 Things To Do In Atlanta With Kids

    5 Things To Do In Atlanta With Kids

    Southeast, USA

    The city of Coca Cola. And CNN. Which came first? Which is better to visit? And which is better for your health? These pressing questions will be answered and more in tonight’s episode of Travel With Bender.

  • Where To Eat In Tallahassee?

    Where To Eat In Tallahassee?

    Southeast, USA

    We love to uncover hidden gems as we travel, and Tallahassee’s food scene is one of those gems. Florida’s capital city pleasantly surprised us with its wide range of tasty cuisine – from cheap and cheerful, to fine dining. Free your tastebuds and find out where to get the best feed in Tallahassee.

  • 10 Things To Do in Tallahassee With Kids

    10 Things To Do in Tallahassee With Kids

    Southeast, USA

    Tallahassee is much more than just the political capital of Florida… we discovered plenty of things to do with kids, from kayaking with alligators to seeing the world’s largest magnet. Hmmm… maybe that’s why we were so attracted to this city? ;-)

  • Where To Eat In Nashville – 9 Steps To Foodie Nirvana

    Where To Eat In Nashville – 9 Steps To Foodie Nirvana

    Southeast, USA

    Time and time again we found bliss on a plate in Nashville, from spicy fried chicken to classic southern ribs to fluffy pancakes. Before you visit Music City, get a rundown of our 9 favourite places to eat and you’ll be in a smile-inducing comfort food coma in no time.

  • 20 Things To Do In Nashville With Kids

    20 Things To Do In Nashville With Kids

    Southeast, USA

    What comes to your mind when you think of Nashville? Bars, honky tonks, and country music? Well Nashville blew us away with so many fun things to do for families. The state capital of Tennessee really struck a chord with me (no pun intended) and I fell in love with Music City. Find out why...

  • Phase 6 #motherofallroadtrips: Northeast to Southeast USA

    Phase 6 #motherofallroadtrips: Northeast to Southeast USA

    Southeast, USA

    We spent 3 weeks road tripping the east coast from New York to Orlando. But unlike our 2012 route, we opted for the inland route to take advantage of the magnetic Southern hospitality in Tennessee and Georgia. This leg of our epic road trip covered America’s chocolate capital, Coca Cola World, CNN headquarters, and roller coasters. Quite the combination!

  • Everglades Safari Park – Eat, Sleep, Reproduce – The American Dream

    Everglades Safari Park – Eat, Sleep, Reproduce – The American Dream

    Southeast, USA

    We’ve seen a number of TV shows about red neck hicks wrestling alligators and we thought it would be fun to see some up close in their natural habit. So while we were in Miami we chose the Everglades Safari Park as the place to visit. Situated about 45 minutes west of Miami, the park is in the heart of the swampy, marshy lowlands in the Everglades National Park.

  • I Saw A Liger At Jungle Island, Miami

    I Saw A Liger At Jungle Island, Miami

    Southeast, USA

    Tucked away on an island deep inside the steamy depths of Miami is a lush tropical jungle. It holds some very rare types of animals. One in particular, I had never seen before! The Liger.