“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell _ Sometimes when I tell people that I meet that I travel full-time they ask if I’ve won the lotto. _ Well, on Friday I did. _ The lottery for a permit to hike The Wave in Arizona. _ 54 people turned up in Kanab, Utah and only 10 permits were handed out. The 3+ mile hike out to The Wave is tough, over challenging terrain, especially when carrying cameras, lenses and tripods in a backpack. Even though it’s the middle of winter with near freezing temperatures🌡️❄️, you can see how sweaty my back was. This trail is dangerous and hikers have died on it. _ Fortunately I returned to tell the tale. It was a dream come true. And the photos are out of this world. _ On this road trip I’ve used my @tepwireless hotspot for unlimited internet access (recommended). 🚗🌟

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“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell _ Sometimes when I tell people that I meet that I travel full-time they ask if I’ve won the lotto. _ Well, on Friday I did. _ The lottery for a permit to hike The Wave in Arizona. _ 54 people turned up in Kanab, Utah and only 10 permits were handed out. The 3+ mile hike out to The Wave is tough, over challenging terrain, especially when carrying cameras, lenses and tripods in a backpack. Even though it’s the middle of winter with near freezing temperatures🌡️❄️, you can see how sweaty my back was. This trail is dangerous and hikers have died on it. _ Fortunately I returned to tell the tale. It was a dream come true. And the photos are out of this world. _ On this road trip I’ve used my @tepwireless hotspot for unlimited internet access (recommended). 🚗🌟

“There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche _ Sunset over Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, Utah. One of the most beautiful places in the world. _ Trying out my new @spivostick – the selfie stick for adventurers. It can shoot images and video in 2 directions by pressing a button. Very clever! _ Check out a full review on travelwithbender.com or follow the link in my bio @travelwithbender

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“There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche _ Sunset over Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, Utah. One of the most beautiful places in the world. _ Trying out my new @spivostick – the selfie stick for adventurers. It can shoot images and video in 2 directions by pressing a button. Very clever! _ Check out a full review on travelwithbender.com or follow the link in my bio @travelwithbender

“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.” _ Monument Valley on the horizon, looking down the iconic highway 163, just north of one of my favourite places on earth. _ While at Monument Valley I stayed at the The View Hotel. Every room provides stunning views of the famous Mittens & Merrick Butte. _ #monumentvalley

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“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.” _ Monument Valley on the horizon, looking down the iconic highway 163, just north of one of my favourite places on earth. _ While at Monument Valley I stayed at the The View Hotel. Every room provides stunning views of the famous Mittens & Merrick Butte. _ #monumentvalley

“One of the most important principles of success is developing the habit of going the extra mile.” – Napoleon Hill _ Sunrise over Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. _ I braved sub-freezing temperatures before the winter sun rose to capture this shot. Even with gloves, my fingers were freezing. But I think you’ll agree the view was worth it. _ While in Page, Arizona I stayed at Lake Powell Resort @visitlakepowell Highly recommended year round. The views of Lake Powell are unparalleled and it has comfortable, clean rooms, pools, a restaurant, and shop within close proximity. Check them out.

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“One of the most important principles of success is developing the habit of going the extra mile.” – Napoleon Hill _ Sunrise over Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. _ I braved sub-freezing temperatures before the winter sun rose to capture this shot. Even with gloves, my fingers were freezing. But I think you’ll agree the view was worth it. _ While in Page, Arizona I stayed at Lake Powell Resort @visitlakepowell Highly recommended year round. The views of Lake Powell are unparalleled and it has comfortable, clean rooms, pools, a restaurant, and shop within close proximity. Check them out.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha _ Checking out the scenic harbour in St Peter Port, Guernsey. _ There’s not many photos of me on my Instagram feed since I’m behind the camera most of the time. 📷 But I wanted to pop out to say thank you for following along my journey and writing your lovely comments. It’s not everyday that one passes the 100,000 followers milestone on Instagram🏆and I’m grateful for you. _ Sorry for anyone who left a comment in recent weeks as my dog accidentally ate those comments. 🐕 He’s playing nicely again so that’s all sorted and won’t happen again. 🙈🙊 please keep commenting! 😁

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha _ Checking out the scenic harbour in St Peter Port, Guernsey. _ There’s not many photos of me on my Instagram feed since I’m behind the camera most of the time. 📷 But I wanted to pop out to say thank you for following along my journey and writing your lovely comments. It’s not everyday that one passes the 100,000 followers milestone on Instagram🏆and I’m grateful for you. _ Sorry for anyone who left a comment in recent weeks as my dog accidentally ate those comments. 🐕 He’s playing nicely again so that’s all sorted and won’t happen again. 🙈🙊 please keep commenting! 😁

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash _ Darkened skies over Château de Chenonceau. One of the most beautiful castles in France. _ While in France I used my very handy @tepwireless wifi hotspot. It’s available on a rental basis or the device can be purchased outright. _ ** Win ** I’m giving away a Fitbit Blaze on travelwithbender.com right now. Last chance to enter! _ NEWS: This Friday I’ll be giving away 3 very cool prizes to Instagram followers to celebrate Black Friday and my milestone of 100,000 followers. So stay tuned to IG stories.

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“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash _ Darkened skies over Château de Chenonceau. One of the most beautiful castles in France. _ While in France I used my very handy @tepwireless wifi hotspot. It’s available on a rental basis or the device can be purchased outright. _ ** Win ** I’m giving away a Fitbit Blaze on travelwithbender.com right now. Last chance to enter! _ NEWS: This Friday I’ll be giving away 3 very cool prizes to Instagram followers to celebrate Black Friday and my milestone of 100,000 followers. So stay tuned to IG stories.

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” – Earl Nightingale _ Driving through Timna Park in Israel. _ Timna Park is located about 25 km (about 17 miles) north of Eilat in Israel’s Negev Desert. _ This is the location of the world’s first copper mine, dating back to ancient Egypt. This area played a critical role in the rise of Egypt’s regional influence. _ In addition, the breathtaking geological features are on par with more famous locations like Utah, USA. Hiking trails range from easy to advanced. It’s really worth exploring this park for at least a few hours, if not a whole day. _ This week is Thanksgiving in the US. So I wish all my American followers a wonderful week 😊🦃 If you need a little Black Friday inspiration, check out the link in my bio @travelwithbender. 👈👍

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“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” – Earl Nightingale _ Driving through Timna Park in Israel. _ Timna Park is located about 25 km (about 17 miles) north of Eilat in Israel’s Negev Desert. _ This is the location of the world’s first copper mine, dating back to ancient Egypt. This area played a critical role in the rise of Egypt’s regional influence. _ In addition, the breathtaking geological features are on par with more famous locations like Utah, USA. Hiking trails range from easy to advanced. It’s really worth exploring this park for at least a few hours, if not a whole day. _ This week is Thanksgiving in the US. So I wish all my American followers a wonderful week 😊🦃 If you need a little Black Friday inspiration, check out the link in my bio @travelwithbender. 👈👍

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging your back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming” _ “The Gallery”, located within Château de Chenonceau in France, is 60 meters (197 feet) long, 6 meters (19.7 feet) wide, and lit by 18 windows. Its sandly chalk tiled and slate floor and exposed joist ceiling make it a magnificent ballroom. Beneath this floor runs the River Cher. _ The current Château de Chenonceau was built during the 15th century after the original castle was destroyed. _ Château de Chenonceau, or the “Women’s Castle,” is the only castle built, decorated, inhabited and saved by women.

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“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging your back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming” _ “The Gallery”, located within Château de Chenonceau in France, is 60 meters (197 feet) long, 6 meters (19.7 feet) wide, and lit by 18 windows. Its sandly chalk tiled and slate floor and exposed joist ceiling make it a magnificent ballroom. Beneath this floor runs the River Cher. _ The current Château de Chenonceau was built during the 15th century after the original castle was destroyed. _ Château de Chenonceau, or the “Women’s Castle,” is the only castle built, decorated, inhabited and saved by women.

“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.” – Robert Louis Stevenson _ This quote reminds me that happiness is a habit that is cultivated, and I try to apply that every day. _ This reflection was captured at Lorne Caravan Park in Victoria, Australia. _ I’ve just got my hands on the new @vanguardworld VEO 235CB carbon fiber tripod which is ultra light and super travel friendly. I can’t wait to put it to use on an upcoming road trip next month. _ Check out my latest article on travelwithbender.com or follow the link in my bio @travelwithbender… 🎄27 Christmas gift ideas for travellers. 👈

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“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.” – Robert Louis Stevenson _ This quote reminds me that happiness is a habit that is cultivated, and I try to apply that every day. _ This reflection was captured at Lorne Caravan Park in Victoria, Australia. _ I’ve just got my hands on the new @vanguardworld VEO 235CB carbon fiber tripod which is ultra light and super travel friendly. I can’t wait to put it to use on an upcoming road trip next month. _ Check out my latest article on travelwithbender.com or follow the link in my bio @travelwithbender… 🎄27 Christmas gift ideas for travellers. 👈