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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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  • 6 Best Tours in Valencia: Paella, Wine, Silk, and the REAL Holy Grail

    6 Best Tours in Valencia: Paella, Wine, Silk, and the REAL Holy Grail

    Spain

    With the help of a few knowledgeable tour guides, I sampled Valencia’s best wine and paella; shopped for authentic, locally made souvenirs; and delved into the city’s motley history, uncovering the real stories behind the Holy Grail and the role of silk in Valencia’s glorious golden century. Try these 6 best tours in Valencia on your next trip to Spain.

  • The Ultimate Scotland Road Trip Itinerary: 9 Days in Isle of Skye, Edinburgh, Loch Ness & More.

    The Ultimate Scotland Road Trip Itinerary: 9 Days in Isle of Skye, Edinburgh, Loch Ness & More.

    United Kingdom

    Scotland has long lingered on my travel bucket list. Its grassy carpet-like fields, uncounted cascading waterfalls, stirring mountains, and craggy coastlines are pure fantasy for the landscape lover. My circular 9-day Scotland road trip itinerary involves hiring a car in the capital, Edinburgh, and driving north to Inverness, then delving deep into rugged highlands before climaxing with the fanciful Isle of Skye.

  • How To Find The Best Travel Rewards Credit Card

    How To Find The Best Travel Rewards Credit Card

    Travel Tips

    It can be really complicated for a newbie to wrap their mind around earning points with credit cards. I thought it was all too hard and gave up until I learned about a new service that helps you not only find the best travel rewards credit card for you, but also maximise the points and benefits. Did I mention it's completely free?

  • 5 Days in London: Best Museums, City Icons & Discount Attractions Pass

    5 Days in London: Best Museums, City Icons & Discount Attractions Pass

    United Kingdom

    Planning a short vacation to the UK’s mega metropolis, London, will inflict decision anxiety even on the most ruthless traveller. How do you trim down a mammoth wish list of attractions into a mere 5-day itinerary? I’ve expertly crafted these 5 days in London to combine a discount pass with a generous sprinkling of free museums, galleries and city icons.

  • 6 Best Walking Tours in London

    6 Best Walking Tours in London

    United Kingdom

    Most international tourists choose to book a London walking tour to discover the city through the eyes of a savvy local. But choosing the right walking tour is harder than it sounds. I’ve narrowed down hundreds of potentials to 6 of the best walking tours in London, covering history, pop culture, street art and food.

  • 3 Days in Dubrovnik: City Walls, Mount Srd, Lokrum Island & The Best Tours

    3 Days in Dubrovnik: City Walls, Mount Srd, Lokrum Island & The Best Tours

    Croatia

    I recently spent 3 days in Dubrovnik and left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired by the city’s seaside vibe. I put together this itinerary to help you explore this walled city’s seducing history, taste Michelin-recommended dishes, find Game of Thrones filming locations, and swim at nearby islands. Yep, all in 3 days.

  • 3 Days In York: Long Weekend Itinerary For English History, Culture & Ghost Stories

    3 Days In York: Long Weekend Itinerary For English History, Culture & Ghost Stories

    United Kingdom

    York’s backstory had no shortage of drama, and the modern city celebrates its past, warts and all, creating a charming fusion of classical and quirky that’s ripe for exploring. My itinerary for 3 days in York feels like a living history book filled with tall Roman walls, Norman castles, quaint medieval buildings, Victorian railways, and narrow cobblestone streets... and even a ghost story or three.

  • ANZAC Tours in Greece: The Real History Behind WWII Battle of Crete

    ANZAC Tours in Greece: The Real History Behind WWII Battle of Crete

    Greece

    The Greek Islands are a dream destination on every bucket list. When I recently visited Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, I was utterly dazzled - it doesn’t just have charming towns, immaculate beaches, and some of the best food in Greece, Crete also has an extraordinary World War II history. I took an ANZAC tour with Specialty Tours Greece to witness firsthand what life would have been like for soldiers defending the island during the climactic WWII Battle of Crete.

  • 4 Days In Florence: Renaissance Art, Italian Charm & World’s Best Gelato

    4 Days In Florence: Renaissance Art, Italian Charm & World’s Best Gelato

    Italy

    Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was the centre of the Italian Renaissance where renowned artists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli mastered their trade. But art isn’t the only beautiful thing about Florence. Follow my itinerary for an amazing 4 days in Florence - I promise you'll love every minute... especially the gelato!

  • Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations

    Italy By Train: Easy 21 Day Rail Itinerary For 6 Destinations

    Italy

    I recently travelled for 3 weeks around Italy by train and have put all my first-hand experience and research into this epic 3-week rail itinerary just for you. Start in Milan and travel to La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and Venice before wrapping up back in Milan. There are more highlights than you can count... this was my best rail journey so far!

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    Travelan - The Travel Insurance That Could Save Your Vacation

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    Right off the bat, I’ll say this will be an awkward article. I’m talking about poop. This is something that affects most people in one way or another. Yep, you’re not alone. Up to 50-70% of travellers are affected by travellers’ diarrhoea (TD) at one time or another. I've tried a new medication called Travelan that helps prevent TD in 90% of cases.

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    Scratch Off World Map Review: The Surprisingly Satisfying Travel Tracker

    Product Reviews

    Recording your journeys is as old as time. Prehistoric Paleolithic dudes did it. Ancient Greek conquerors did it. This scratch off world map is blissfully simple and you get the same buzz as an instant-win scratchy game, but there’s no gambling involved… everyone’s a winner! Simply scratch off the foil from countries you’ve been to, and you’re rewarded with a gratifying burst of colour and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.

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    Budget Travel Advice for Students

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    Traveling is a really hot trend today, as visiting other countries and cultures has never been easier. Students who are passionate about seeing various parts of the world are constantly fighting with one problem, and that is money.

  • What is a Crab Island Excursion in Destin, Florida

    What is a Crab Island Excursion in Destin, Florida

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    Nestled in the heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin provides tons of year-round fun and entertainment for families, tourists, and locals alike - but one of the BEST spots requires a little bit of work to get to. Of course, we’re talking about Crab Island - but what makes Crab Island such a special place to visit? We dug into this local hotspot to get the details!

  • How to Prepare for Safari Travel

    How to Prepare for Safari Travel

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    Traveling to Africa on a safari is something that everyone can afford these days. It is no longer the privilege of the rich and titled, and more and more people take advantage of packages prepared by travel agencies. However, before you start packing your luggage, you should make sure that you know what kind of adventure you embark on.

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