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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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  • 17 Best Things To Do in Valencia, Spain: Museums, Beaches, Food & Wine, Culture, City of Arts and Sciences, and Discount Tickets

    17 Best Things To Do in Valencia, Spain: Museums, Beaches, Food & Wine, Culture, City of Arts and Sciences, and Discount Tickets

    Spain

    Few aged cities manage to balance their ancient history with the 21st century, but Valencia, Spain’s 3rd largest city, pulls it off. Squeezing Valencia’s broad range of modern, cultural, and historic attractions into one visit is no easy task. My list of the 17 best things to do in Valencia will have you gorging on paella and sipping wine in the sunshine to contemplating an elusive sip from the Holy Grail.

  • Celebrity Reflection Review: Does This Cruise Ship Live Up To The Hype?

    Celebrity Reflection Review: Does This Cruise Ship Live Up To The Hype?

    Travel Tips

    Deciding on a cruise line isn’t easy. You also have to choose a ship and itinerary. I’ll share my recent experience on the Celebrity Reflection during an 8-night Iberian Peninsula cruise which departed from Lisbon, Portugal and toured Gibraltar, Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia, and Ibiza, and ended in Barcelona.

  • 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.

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  • TrustedHousesitters Review - Is It For You?

    TrustedHousesitters Review - Is It For You?

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    House sitting is the best way I've found to explore wonderful places like a local, while spending quality time with adorable pets. My favourite service is TrustedHousesitters – the world’s largest community of pet owners and house sitters. I’ll give you all the tips you need to find and score the best house sits so you can share puppy cuddles or cat kisses and travel on a shoestring budget.

  • Matt's Flights Review: Discount Flights Made Easy

    Matt's Flights Review: Discount Flights Made Easy

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    Cold hard fact. Mental barriers aside, the only thing between you and your next dream destination is one flight, and a pocket full of cash. Another cold hard fact. Finding a cheap flight is damn hard work. I came across a convenient service that takes the pain out of finding mistake fares and super cheap deals from airlines.

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  • Where Should You Travel for Your Next Bank Holiday in Europe?

    Where Should You Travel for Your Next Bank Holiday in Europe?

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    Bank holidays in the UK are often regarded as a time of relaxation, when people take a much-needed day off from work to celebrate a special event. Whether you’re planning to leave the country for a few days to go on vacation abroad during Easter, or you want to just organize a quick getaway on the next Early May bank holiday, planning a quick trip to Europe can be a grand idea!

  • Which Travel Guide Should You Choose for France?

    Which Travel Guide Should You Choose for France?

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    When you’re thinking of choosing a new travel guide, there are many possible considerations you have to keep in mind. You might want to take more leisure trips or shopping vacations, or you might be interested in practical details regarding places you visit while you’re traveling for business.

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