Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Who Are We?

Our Writing Team

In Travel With Bender's first 4 years, since launching in 2012, each article has been hand-crafted by us - Erin and Josh Bender. We love sharing our first-hand advice and expertise as we travel the world with our kids. But we'll be the first to admit, we don't know everything. We're always learning and growing.

As our audience has continued to grow, we've recognised the need to bring additional experienced family travel writers on board. We're very proud to now be sharing this platform we've built with a hand-selected team of dedicated, hard-working writers who share the vision for Travel With Bender.

Erin Bender

Co-Founder, Editor

Erin's passion for family, travel and food is evident throughout her award-winning travel blog, Travel With Bender. Having visited over 70+ countries so far, Erin's wanderlust shows no signs of abating. In addition to sharing family travel tips and insights on this blog, she also writes for a number of high profile publications including Travelocity. As an in-demand social media strategist, digital inlfuencer and keynote speaker, Erin has collaborated with hundreds of leading brands and destinations all over the globe.

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Josh Bender

Co-Founder, Editor

Josh brings a wealth of knowledge to Travel With Bender, including a strong focus on inspirational, immersive storytelling through travel photography. With over 14 years of copywriting and online marketing experience, Josh's distinctive business-orientated communication style compliments Erin's creative flair.

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Amanda Mouttaki

Travel Writer

Amanda is an experienced American food and travel writer and blogger. Her passion is uncovering the stories behind traditional cultures and food around the world. She lives in Marrakech, Morocco with her husband and 2 tween boys. 

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Sarah Pittard

Travel Writer

Sarah is a seasoned travel writer and mother of 2 from Toronto, Canada. Along with her two kids, she has travelled through Kenya on safari, hiked in Hawaii, galavanted through Europe, and journeyed across North America on epic road trips. She loves the organic education that travel gives her kids. And whenever she's not on the road, she's likely to be planning their next adventure.

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Amanda Keeley-Thurman

Travel Writer

Amanda is an Orange County native with a driving passion to see the world with her family. As a busy mama of 2 rambunctious kids, she and her crazy scientist husband are always looking for the next adventure... usually on a budget. Amanda is dedicated to helping families travel affordably, and more frequently, with practical, easy-to-follow tips. 

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Kelly O'Laughlin

Travel Writer

Kelly is a writer and editor of 15 years who is based in Southern California. An avid traveler, she's visited nearly 40 countries. She loves traveling slowly and throwing herself into new experiences.

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