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Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Travel Tips

Benefit from our first-hand experience living on the road and learn some handy tips for your next trip.

  • 26 Travellers Spill Their Carry-on Luggage Secrets

    26 Travellers Spill Their Carry-on Luggage Secrets

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    In the last 3 years of nomadic travel we have travelled on over 50 flights across several different airlines through 50+ countries. Find out what items in our carry-on luggage caused problems with airport security. And we share the unlikely carry-on dramas of 26 other travellers.

  • Erin Chats With Lonely Planet Kids On Twitter @LPKids #LPTakes5

    Erin Chats With Lonely Planet Kids On Twitter @LPKids #LPTakes5

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    Recently I completed a Twitter Chat with Lonely Planet Kids. It was a fun interview that some of you may have missed because of the time differences in Australia and the rest of the world. So I compiled all the information I shared in the interview and expanded on the simple 140-character answers. Enjoy!

  • 9 Travel Hacks For Flying Budget Airlines

    9 Travel Hacks For Flying Budget Airlines

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    So you are planning a trip and you want to know whether you should be loyal to that airline whose frequent flyer miles never seem to get you very far, or to try a budget airline. Here’s 9 vital tips to help you get the most of your next flight on a budget airline.

  • Eurail Pass For Families: Is It Worth It?

    Eurail Pass For Families: Is It Worth It?

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    At first glance a Eurail pass seems like a daunting contraption. Finding what you need to get, and deciding where you want to go on your European train journey, may feel like a complicated process. But once you figure it out the rest is easy. We have laid out a comprehensive guide so you know what to expect and how to tell if a Eurail pass is your best option.

  • Top 15 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Adults

    Top 15 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Adults

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    Here is a list for my Mum, Dad, family and friends or perhaps your family and friends, that will help them give you the right gifts this Christmas. One that will be helpful in your suitcase or, at the very least, fit!

  • Top 11 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Kids

    Top 11 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Kids

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    With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to start buying presents. It’s the hardest time of year for us as our families seek to spoil our children with wonderful, fabulous, giant gifts that… don’t fit in our suitcase.

  • Mum, You Deserve A Break

    Mum, You Deserve A Break

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    When was the last time you went on holiday? The last time you walked a beach bare foot, lay in the sun and let the waves heal your soul? When was the last time you didn’t ask your kids to hurry up or had a relaxing lunch with your husband?

  • Stuck At The Airport With Kids: Layover Solutions

    Stuck At The Airport With Kids: Layover Solutions

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    We’ve had our share of layovers and I like to think we’ve become good at them. Gone are the days where we sit for 6 hours in an airport seat staring at the gate, waiting for the airline staff to announce boarding. Here's our 5 tips on being stuck in the airport with kids on your family holiday...

  • “No, I don’t want your nuggets.” A Guide For Holiday Eating With Kids

    “No, I don’t want your nuggets.” A Guide For Holiday Eating With Kids

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    Going on holiday can be a pretty exciting time for kids and often means the end of a diet (periodically) for adults. In the last 2 years of travel we’ve had to learn to say, “No, we don’t want nuggets.” Again. The prevalent kids menu tortures our travels. I am no health expert and I guarantee there are many more healthy alternatives than what I provide here, but here is our cheat list for trying to maintain a more balanced diet for kids who eat out at restaurants more times a year than a travelling businessman.