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kelly hu 引言：
josh 一家来自澳大利亚 只有结婚和新年的时候他们才回过家，其余时间带着两个孩子一家人都在世界各地旅行，他们没有中彩票也并不富裕，他们是怎样在世界各地旅行的呢？资金来源于哪里？这是一种新的旅游形式，在房奴成风的中国比较少见。josh一家在旅行过程中积累了很多经验和小贴士都分享在网站内。他们的网站拥有10万的读者，他们的旅行节目在黄金强档播出，选择家庭式周游世界的模式就会感受不到社会的模式。而他们说做就做了，我们来听一下他们的自我介绍，或许能带给你一些生活上的灵感。
Get to know our blog
Awesome! You found us! You are now travelling with the Bender family.
We left our home in Perth, Australia many moons ago in May 2012 and, other than a brief stint back in Perth for Christmas and a wedding in early 2014, we have been travelling the world nomadically ever since.
Open-ended travel sounds like a dream come true. So why do we do it? We love new experiences and seeing more of this wonderful world. It’s heaps of fun, but it’s also a rich learning experience for all four of us. We loved travelling before kids, and frankly, they weren’t going to stop us.
Contrary to the most common question we get asked – no, we have not won lotto. We are just an ordinary Australian couple who use our laptops, internet connection and a bit of creativity to keep working on the road wherever we go.
We have been to dozens of countries and stayed in over 100 hotels and apartments. So we’ve learned a thing or two along the way and enjoy sharing these tips with others who are looking to venture out to an exotic distant getaway or perhaps a local jewel just around the corner. Sometimes it may seem a little overwhelming travelling, especially for parents with young kids, so we are hoping to inspire you to take that first step out the front door on a marvellous, life-changing journey, and show you that if we can do it, so can you.
We’ve connected with fascinating people during our travels, and have experienced dizzying highs and the occasional lows. This blog is our way of documenting and sharing our experiences in a transparent, fun and entertaining way. It’s a form of therapy for us - a constant anchor to focus on when every day is different. And it’s a neat way you can get to know our family and join our journey without paying for a plane ticket.
我们开始我们的博客是不想和许多相类似的家庭和朋友一样。但是有越来越多的人开始跟着我们旅行让我们开始把注意力转向父母，夫妻和喜欢单独旅行者。现在我们的博客每个月拥有将近10万来自世界各地的读者。我们出现在黄金时段的电视节目中，全国性的报纸和杂志还有一些网站像是《HuffPost》。这一切来的很迅速，但是我们仍然很努力的工作想让你们获得更好的。所以谢谢你发现我们。我们也很想听听你们的想法。所以可以评论我们的博客。在facebook 、Twitter,、Pinterest and Instagram上联系我们。加入我们的邮件订阅。然后来我们这里，这会很有趣。
We initially started the blog so we didn’t have to repeat the same stories to numerous family and friends. But as more and more people started following our journey we shifted our focus on becoming a unique and invaluable travel resource to parents, couples and singles alike. Now our blog reaches tens of thousands of readers from all over the world each month and has been featured in national prime time TV programs, national newspapers, magazines and major websites like HuffPost. It’s been a whirlwind ride and we always working hard to make it even better for you.
So thank you for checking us out. We’d love to hear from you so, please write a comment on a blog post or two, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, join our email newsletter, and come along for the ride. We promise it will be fun.
Get to know each of us
Now you know a bit about our blog, get to know a bit more about each of us – yes, we’re real people just like you and we won’t bite… well, Caius might, but the rest of us won’t :-)
近距离的接触我，你会感受到我乐观的个性，大大咧咧的和豪爽。（ and the first to organise a party. I’ll be first in line at the theme park roller coaster but can’t stomach the spinning teacups anymore不懂这句话的意思）。
在这之前我从来没有想过会有一个这样的游牧般的生活方式。我可以很确定的怪 Josh 点燃了这一切。但是这发展成了奇妙的旅行，这让我花费了更多的时间在和我可爱的孩子们待在一起。
I am the founder and senior writer of this blog, and this is my little baby. Well, not so little any more.
I’ve enjoyed writing as long as I can remember. I just never knew my passion would find its expression and fulfilment in travel, since I enjoyed dabbling in fiction writing when I was younger.
With a Degree in Marketing, I am a seasoned specialist in social media so you can always catch me on Facebook chatting away. You’ll find I’m transparent, accessible and always available for a laugh or a meal.
Up close I’m a Sanguine personality, which is loud and proud, and the first to organise a party. I’ll be first in line at the theme park roller coaster but can’t stomach the spinning teacups anymore.
I never considered a nomadic travel lifestyle before all this; I can firmly blame Josh for igniting that spark. But it’s blossomed into a wondrous journey and I’m now able to spend much more quality time with my adorable kids.
The last few years have moulded me in unexpected ways. I’m now more spontaneous and far easier going. I had precise life plan expectations - go to university, get a job, get married, get a mortgage, have kids and finally retire. I no longer feel the pull of that social pattern. There is no longer a predetermined path; it’s open to my choosing. The plans have been messed up, but in a good way. Life’s winding route is exciting, unplanned, scary, stimulating and more rewarding. It’s built brick by brick with small choices every day.
The world is so much smaller to me now. Places that seemed so distant are really much closer. Friends are found on every corner of this planet. Home is no longer a fixed address, no longer a room, or a house or an apartment. It’s a feeling.
As an avid reader, I devour every kind of fiction. I cannot go to sleep without reading. I am because I read.
They say that the world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page. I’d never leave a book that I’m reading unfinished, so I guess I’ll be travelling and writing for quite a while longer.
G’day! I’m the brains behind the operation. No, not really! But with over 15 years experience in web development and a decade in Internet Marketing, I do know a thing or two about websites. So that has certainly helped make the TravelWithBender.com website stand out from the array of other travel blogs you may have read.
Standing at 6’9” (205cm), I’m slightly taller than the average bloke, but people who know me would say I’m a gentle giant (except when I’m on the basketball court).
I love my wife and kids more than anything else. Family is my first priority. And it’s because of this that I am giving the gift of travel to my kids while they’re young. It will shape and mould them to become more well-rounded individuals and develop more compassion and understanding for their fellow man. It will also give them a deeper appreciation for this planet we call home and provide them with unique learning experiences that they won’t find within the four walls of a classroom.
A nerd at heart, I’ve always been fascinated with technology. From gadgets to software and even communications, it captures my imagination. Chances are you’ll probably find photos of me on this blog wearing a technology-inspired t-shirt.
With a strong entrepreneurial bent, I’m always thinking creatively and analytically. You won’t find me wasting time. I have very little patience for TV or games. I love to learn about everything, in particular understanding what makes people tick and the factors that mould them - culture, religion, philosophy, politics, economics, genetics, and environment. It helps me to better understand myself as well as make meaningful connections. And secondly, what makes this world tick. From geology to history to astronomy to biology, I find it all captivating.
I thoroughly enjoy photography and in particular, landscapes. I’d like to think my photography has been getting better the longer we travel, and it also helps that I upgraded my camera a couple times. I’m always pushing myself forward trying new techniques, finding new inspirations, honing post-production skills, and developing my artistic eye.
In line with my passion for photography, I find inspiration from all forms of design: graphic design, industrial design, architecture, interior design, and fine crafts.
That dovetails with my keen delight of the culinary arts, and probably explains why a healthy slice of my Instagram photos are dedicated to perfection on a plate. We are what we eat. So there’s something deeply meaningful about understanding the produce, preparation, techniques and inspiration that goes into each dish we enjoy. The combination of flavours, history and culture merge into a moment of dining delight. There are few things better than that.
So hopefully you now know me a little better, let me introduce you to my daughter Mia…
在家里我喜欢煮东西，帮助爸爸打扫厨房，SpongeBob SquarePants 是我最喜欢的节目之一。
Hi, I’m Mia and my mummy and daddy asked me to say a few words.
I like going to the pool, drawing with daddy, dancing like a fairy and eating yummy food.
I don’t really like big people museums, but as long as mum and dad take me to a playground afterwards I’m happy.
At home I love to cook and help daddy clean the kitchen. SpongeBob SquarePants is one of my favourite shows.
In new places we visit I like meeting new friends and playing with toys together.
I’m a bit rusty now, but I’ve learned to count to 10 in four different languages. Learning about numbers is also fun.
I’m happy most of the time.
And most of all, I really like to eat ice cream – especially SpongeBob SquarePants ice cream. Yummy!
Now from Mum & Dad:
Mia is our vivacious, sociable 6 year old. Mia is also our little miracle child. She took over a year and a half to conceive and is now the apple of our eye.
She is funny and sweet, and an absolute angel. She loves gadgets and mastered the iPad/iPhone when she was just 12 months old. Toilet trained by 2 years, she proved to be super motivated and ultra determined.
Her love for all things creative has blossomed over the last few years, taking the form of drawing, painting, dancing and now cooking.
A water baby from before she could walk, she took to water like a fish – donning floaties as a baby and jumping in the pool or ocean at any chance she got.
She was fiercely independent from birth. She always wanted to be left alone, put in her cot with no one talking to her or touching her. I will never forget the day we were in the car and my mum and sister were in the back with her trying to get her to go to sleep. She was not even 1 and I said don’t look at her. They both looked out the window and she very happily nodded off to sleep.
She takes after her father in a quiet, sensitive way. She doesn’t like movies that are too scary.
Mia has grown into a beautiful young girl and as parents we are absolutely proud of her – her kind personality, caring nature and sweet spirit.
She loves making friends all over the world and will often ask to be excused from the dining table at a restaurant to go chat with other diners.
But she is genuinely caring and supportive, and her little brother’s biggest cheerleader. The world is not right if he is not with us.
这就是为什么他喜欢（Dora the Explorer）
I asked Caius to say a few words about himself, but he wasn’t that interested.
Now from Mum & Dad:
And so this is Caius (pronounced Kay-Us). Caius was 2 years old when we left Australia and is now 5. He has spent half his life travelling the world, having visited over 50 countries along the way. It probably explains why he loves Dora the Explorer.
Caius was a welcome surprise after the long wait for his sister. They are only 16 months apart, which brought its fair share of interesting moments when they were younger. Now as they get older, Caius and Mia are best friends and they love every moment together.
He has his own way, which is the right way. He is determined, confident and focused like a laser. If he says the sky is green, then the sky is green.
He, too, loves gadgets mastering the iPhone and iPad at an early age. It is definitely his favourite pastime. In fact he was given iTunes vouchers for his 2nd birthday, as friends were aware we were leaving the country and needed small travel-friendly gifts. He uses many educational apps and could confidently spell words and count numbers from as early as 2 years old. He’s probably going to be smarter than his Dad.
Caius can sleep anywhere. When he is well rested he is smiley, cheery and friendly. When he hasn’t slept enough he can be down right grumpy.
He loves to be in the water and learned to swim independently by the time he was 2 years old. He doesn’t mind what country he’s in this week as long as a playground is nearby.
His favourite food is rockmelon (cantaloupe), milkshakes and chips (hopefully not all at the same time).
He is our favourite little boy in all the world and takes after Erin a lot. He makes our lives complete.
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