Erin Bender

Travel With Bender

Erin is the driving force behind the world's leading family travel blog, Travel With Bender. Her extensive entrepreneurial experience combined with a passion for communication has been recognized with many industry awards along with features in Forbes, Bloomberg, Lonely Planet, Yahoo, Matador, national TV news, Australian Associated Press, and numerous other prominent publications and magazines.

She shares relatable first-hand stories and expert travel insights on her blog, reaching hundreds of thousands of avid readers every month. Her expertise in social media, coupled with a Marketing and Public Relations degree, has positioned her perfectly as a highly sought after trainer, mentor, speaker and social media strategist. Most recently she's presented at Problogger, New York Times Travel Show and Women In Travel Summit.

With her husband and two young children, she's been on a nomadic journey since 2012 across 64 countries and counting. Most recently she is touring the US on the #motherofallroadtrips.

3 Northern Texas Vacations In 1: Grapevine, Frisco & Irving
October 26, 2016
You know I love Texas. Everything is bigger and better. But sometimes you don't just want bigger. Sometimes you want better. Here are 3 of my favourite Texas cities close enough to Dallas to make a short family road trip, but far enough away to make you feel like you are in another world.
The World's Tallest Water Coaster: Do You Dare?
October 25, 2016
Looking down, the fellow waterpark guests looked like tiny ants. I gulped as I stood on top of the world waiting for that moment. Waiting for the all clear. Why is anticipation always the hardest part? If you know anything about this blog you should know that I am a bit of an adrenalin junkie. So when Galveston asked if I would be interested in taking a ride on the world's tallest water coaster, who was I to refuse? In fact, I was first in the queue... Until I reached the top.
#BenderGoRVing: Our Very First RV Trip
June 24, 2016
We thought our epic 1-year road trip had finished when we returned our car (Big Red) to his owners. But no, there was so much more of the US waiting to be explored. Last year I attended an industry event, the Travel Media Showcase (TMS), and met a wonderful lady, Joanne. Some months later I was working away on my laptop when I received an email out of the blue that said, "Call me." Intrigued, I called. Joanne's spirited New Jersey accent captivated me, and as soon as she asked if the Benders had ever considered an RV trip, I knew the answer. And the rest, my friends, is history.
19 Things You Should Know Before Your First RV Trip
June 23, 2016
Most people dream about RVing around the United States or Australia at some time in their lives. The idea of unbridled freedom to go wherever the wind leads. Being comfortable in your own home in unfamiliar territory. Never needing to pack or unpack, working as you travel, and sleeping wherever and whenever. It's like cruising, but on land, and we love cruising.
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