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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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  • Top 99 Photos of 2019

    Top 99 Photos of 2019

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    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

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    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 foreverbreak.com.

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

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

    Spain

    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

    Thailand

    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.

  • 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.

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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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  • 5 Important Reasons to Have Your Honeymoon in Jamaica

    5 Important Reasons to Have Your Honeymoon in Jamaica

    Guest Blogs

    Planning a honeymoon can become somewhat difficult in most places, as you might not find enough "wow-factor" places to visit or see. In Jamaica's case that never happens, and you'll find the beautiful island country to hold many impressive – as well as romantic – surprises for those who decide to enjoy a truly memorable time here.

  • Top 5 Destinations for Solo Travel Photographers

    Top 5 Destinations for Solo Travel Photographers

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    Different places evoke different feelings. There are snow-clad peaks that make us sigh, windswept beaches that make us smile, and poignantly beautiful scenes that make us want to snap pictures with sheer abandon. Whether you are a professional, a newbie, or a selfie-stick-yielding work-in-progress, here are five destinations where you can go on a snapshotting spree.

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