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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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  • 12 Essential Things To Do in Shaanxi, China

    12 Essential Things To Do in Shaanxi, China


    You might not be familiar with Shaanxi, a province in northern China, an ancient land steeped in history and legend. Any visit to China is not complete without spending at least a week or more exploring Shaanxi province. Find out why.

  • Top 21 Photos of 2021

    Top 21 Photos of 2021


    2021 was a year that none of us will forget any time soon. It brought a wide range of new experiences for me, although most of them didn't involve travelling (thanks to a series of COVID-related lockdowns). Here are my favourite images of the year.

  • 4 Ways To Save Money on Travel During Black Friday

    4 Ways To Save Money on Travel During Black Friday

    Travel Tips

    During the days leading up to Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving in the US) and a few days after, you can grab deep discounts on hotels, attractions, dining, transport, and shopping. Find out easy steps how you can make the most of these time-sensitive sales.

  • How to Choose an International eSIM for Travel

    How to Choose an International eSIM for Travel

    Travel Tips

    eSIM technology promises to do away with the headaches of using your smartphone for international travel, amongst other things. I'm going to cover everything you need to know about eSIMs so you can decide if it’s a good fit for you.

  • 11 Travel Gift Ideas for Men Under $200 in 2021

    11 Travel Gift Ideas for Men Under $200 in 2021

    Travel Hacks

    Whether you want to buy something awesome that your boyfriend or husband will fall in love with at once, or you’re looking to impress your dad and get him that cool travel backpack he always wanted, you have a lot of options at your disposal.

  • Top 99 Photos of 2019

    Top 99 Photos of 2019


    There’s fashionably late… and then there’s this! 2019 was a big travel year for me, and after the last 12 months that feels like a lifetime ago. Now seemed like a good time for reflection, so I filtered through 30,000 images from across 11 countries to bring you my favourites. While easy travel might still be a little while away, I hope you find some inspiration from these images.

  • Top 88 Photos of 2020

    Top 88 Photos of 2020


    Whew, that was a doozy! 2020 wasn’t easy for most of us - especially in the travel industry. We started this turbulent 12 months in Bali, followed by a trip to Malaysia that got drawn out due to travel restrictions. After March all the plans were thrown out the window. So we made lemonade from the lemons and extensively explored the tropical island of Langkawi, which produced dozens of pages of content on

  • 6 Best Regions of Spain to Visit - Activities, Hotels & Food

    6 Best Regions of Spain to Visit - Activities, Hotels & Food


    There’s so much to see and do in Spain, and so little time. When we planned our trip in 2019, we didn’t know where to start. We wanted it all… beaches, food, sunshine, culture, and history. But with 17 regions to choose from, Spain seemed just too big to fit into 1 trip.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Timeshares

    The Ultimate Guide to Timeshares

    Travel Tips

    Timeshares have a bit of a stigma to them. But the question remains: are all timeshares bad? Can you actually rent a vacation property without being ripped off? I’ve decided to provide you with a comprehensive, and easy-to-understand guide to timeshares.

  • 15 Things To Do In Bangkok With Teens

    15 Things To Do In Bangkok With Teens


    Bangkok may not be the obvious choice for a vacation with teenagers, but don't rule it off your list. When I visited Thailand's capital with my teenage niece and nephew, we spent hours in multi-level shopping malls without breaking the bank, explored historic Buddhist temples, watched a Muay Thai match, and stuffed our faces with more street food than you can imagine!... all out of the goodness of our hearts, so we could bring you this list of 15 top things to do in Bangkok with teens.

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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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Along my journey I meet lots of fascinating folks. This section of the website features stories from other people that we think you'll find interesting. I love learning from their experiences and this is my chance to share those with you.

  • How To Have The Perfect Staycation

    How To Have The Perfect Staycation

    Guest Blogs

    Staycations have increasingly gained in popularity over the years. These are great alternatives to traditional vacations because they are safe, hassle-free, and cost you less. From planning to enjoying your staycation, here are some tips to make your staycation the best experience ever.

  • What Is the Best Month To Travel to Spain?

    What Is the Best Month To Travel to Spain?

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    Spain is a beautiful destination year-round, so deciding when to visit really comes down to your preferences and budget. Whether you’re looking for beach holidays or city breaks, you’ll find something to enjoy at any time of year.

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