Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Your first post is always daunting. It’s meant to be this fantastic piece of art that will have your page views reach the millions. Well, at least that’s the pressure I felt since I’ve run the popular family travel blog, Travel With Bender, for the last 5 years.

I remember when I started Travel With Bender back in May 2012. I wrote a very diary based blog post from my balcony in Ubud and added some blurry photos I had taken on my phone. It was an online journal I wrote just for my friends and family. And that was enough.

My awesome 2012 photography skills

Within 6 months I had over 6,000 page views. And that wasn’t just my friends and family. I remember how excited I was, how ecstatic to realise that my writing was being read by real people. And although it added clarity to the goal and future of what turned out to be a very successful blog, in the end, it didn’t ultimately matter. Even if only one person continued to read what I wrote and took the time to tell me. It was enough.

So here I sit.

Attempting to start over.

This weekend I travelled to the very bottom of Australia (some would say the bottom of the world!) to gain inspiration. I never intended to take a break from blogging. It doesn’t feel like a job to me and the first few months were near unbearable. It was a decision violently thrust upon me, against my wishes. It really hurt and time felt like it stood still. Tick, tick, tick. The clock kept ticking. It seems impossible to me that I sit here now, with nearly six months’ absence under my belt.

Do I still know how to write even? When the person who wrote all those things seemingly no longer exists?

I stare at my keyboard and then out the window.

There’s no Wi-Fi in the majority of Airbnb’s in Australia, so distraction is minimal. I can’t browse Facebook. The TV has no Netflix or Amazon Fire (I seriously don’t know how they live without it!). It only plays remote local TV stations, which I can’t bring myself to even turn on.

Instead, I sit in silence and stare out the large, glass window. It has at least 4 panes and covers one whole wall. Outside I can see a road, a patch of grass, and then the beach. The waves are crashing against the shore, giving my heart a steady rhythm. The only competing sound is the humming of the heater and the tapping of my keyboard.

I fear writer’s block.

I procrastinate and message my blogging friend, Skye, “it’s too hard.” He doesn’t respond, he’s probably asleep somewhere in Europe. So I look at the blank white paper again.

Barely a second passes before my fingers start skipping over the keyboard.

Like most fears, mine are unfounded.

The words pour out and I can’t stop them.

There are a few tears, but there’s mostly giggles as I realise something very profound.

I’m back.

I look out the window at the ocean again. I can smell the sea salt through the small opening in the window and I feel the smallest chill from the cool breeze skimming across the tops of the waves. I adore the water. The sea always calms me and I perhaps find more self-awareness than I recognised previously.

That’s been happening a lot lately.

I am not back.

I never left.

I merely took a sabbatical, a break, a breather. A forced realignment to come back to the place I always knew was there.

Who I am did not disappear. Who I want to be has grown stronger. And what I write is still inside me. Busting to be let out and shared with you all.

Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I've ever been.

And whether one of you read this. Or ten of you devour it. Or all of my previous readers share it around excitedly (go on, you know you want to). I know only one of you will be enough.

So welcome, my friends, back to my blog. My passion. My love.

I’m excited to invite you back along for the ride.

There’s much to consider. A lot that isn’t known.

What happens when you stop nomadic travel? How does an abnormal family fit into a normal world? Where did all that weight go? Just what the hell have you been doing for six months? Are you staying in Melbourne? Do you ever want to travel again? And so on and so on.

Won’t you stick around to find out?

Whether you are planning on taking off like we did or perhaps just staying home like we are now, we’d love to help you find your feet. And maybe, just maybe, you could help us find ours.

I invite you to Explore with Erin.

Hello, it’s me you’re looking for.

Photos have improved, yes?

If you have a moment will you leave me a comment, please? I’d love to know perhaps when you first read my work. Or perhaps we’ve met, remind me where and how. Please fill this space with your encouragement as I strap on my armour and hop back on my horse.

Look how easy it is to pin this!

EWE is finally here London Arch

Showing 176 comments
  • Reply

    SOOOOOO excited to see you writing again!! The world needs to hear from Erin! You go, girl!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you so much. I adore you guys.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you. Thank you so much.

  • Skye Class
    Reply

    Love this article. You have such a wonderful way of writimg. Can’t wait to read more!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you for being unavailable and forcing me to write lol.

  • Shannon Entin
    Reply

    Happy you are back! You were one of the first travel blogs I started following, so it’s nice to hear your “voice” again.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      That is so nice to hear, thank you, Shannon.

  • Leah | KidBucketList
    Reply

    Congratulations Erin! I can’t wait to follow you on your new path. And yes, your photography has improved 🙂

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Haha, right? I’m a professional now lol.

  • Kim
    Reply

    Happy to see you writing again! I’ve been waiting for this blog to launch!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      That is so awesome to hear, haha, thank you.

  • Keryn
    Reply

    So proud of you lady! This is just the first step to so many amazing and incredible things! Can’t wait to see where the next year and years take you!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks for being there every step of the way.

  • Robin DeGracia
    Reply

    Beautifully written, and writing I’ve been missing since you left Travel with Bender. I know the time has been hard, but I have faith your strength and passion will make you stronger and better. I can’t wait to follow along with you and your families adventures!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Robin, what a beautiful comment. Thank you. I am so glad you noticed my absence, that’s what I want people to feel. Thank you for coming over.

  • Steph
    Reply

    Welcome back Erin!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Cheers, Steph.

  • Budget Jan
    Reply

    I am reading and liking a lot.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Oh that is so nice. Thanks Jan.

  • Susan
    Reply

    Happy to see you back. I have a feeling you will have more than 1 follower 😀

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Seems so haha.

  • Tara
    Reply

    Beautifully written. Have been through a similar journey myself. Can’t wait to meet you this week and share a drink.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      See you tonight Tara. I look forward to hearing your story.

  • Melinda
    Reply

    So glad you’re back! I love the new blog focus. Subscribing on Bloglovin’ right now.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Yay! Thanks Melinda.

  • Stacey-jean
    Reply

    Beautiful. Welcome back, my friend. You’ve been missed. I can’t wait to follow your journey.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      That’s so lovely to hear. I missed everyone as well.

  • pattie
    Reply

    so excited for you!!! Can’t wait to see your writing

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Cheers Pattie!

  • Debbie Ferm
    Reply

    Hi Erin,

    Congratulations on starting over with a bang! Best of luck as this new adventure begins.😊

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you Debbie.

  • Justine
    Reply

    Great to see your back

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Feels so good.

  • Sheralyn
    Reply

    Glad to see you back – been following your story for years via Travel with Bender and looking forward to more here! 🙂 Congrats on your new site!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks Sheralyn and thanks for your continual support.

  • Anna
    Reply

    Great first article! I’m excited to see everything to come in this new chapter of your life!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks Anna… I’m getting excited too.

  • Shobha
    Reply

    Can’t wait to read about your new adventures!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks so much Shobha.

  • Dawn
    Reply

    Hi Erin, so excited to see your new site. I had been following TWB for years and it was one of the first nomadic family blogs I came across. I am sure it helped us take our first 6 month break with the kids in 2015. We have met a few times at Travel Massive and Melbourne blogging events. Congrats on the new site!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Will I see you tonight, Dawn?

  • Aleney de Winter
    Reply

    Welcome back! YOu were missed.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      So sweet, thank you.

  • Kirsten
    Reply

    Welcome back! You’ve been missed and can’t wait to see your newest adventures!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks sweet stuff.

  • Fiona
    Reply

    Hi Erin, I’m in Perth and read a lot of TWB. I travel with kids too and hope to get out long term in the next few years so will be reading along with you! Interested to hear about becoming normal again because I know it was hard for me to fit back in when I returned from years overseas before I had kids.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Fiona, thanks for taking the time to write. I look forward to swapping stories with you next time I’m in Perth.

  • Renee D'Antoni
    Reply

    Wonderful, Erin. A new chapter begins. Onward and upward! xo

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Feels like a whole new book – bigger and better 😀

  • Claire
    Reply

    Welcome back! I hoped you’d spread your wings and fly again! Looking forward to following your new journey. 💗

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Oh, thank you so much for believing in me.

  • Margarita Ibbott
    Reply

    Great to see you back again. I’d read your blog before I met you IRL we sat together on a bus going to see The Blueman Group in NYC. I was with my LinkedMoms business partner Paula.

    I have followed you loyaly since.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      I remember that. And what a great show that was too! Thanks for staying with me Margarita.

  • Colleen Lanin
    Reply

    Good luck with your new venture! What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Live strong!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      I hope so!

  • Emily Kydd
    Reply

    Best of Luck Erin! Love new beginnings, and you are embracing this one like a truly fierce woman!

    A well located AirBnB can be the inspiration for so much!

    Cheers,
    Emily

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      New beginnings can be hard, but my fierceness is harder lol. Thanks Emily.

  • Emily
    Reply

    So excited for you, Erin. This is beautiful.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you Emily.

  • Crystal
    Reply

    Welcome back! TWB inspired me to start planning our fulltime travels. We plan to launch April 2018. Our son will be 5 and daughter will be 2 years old by then.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      So excited to hear that and to have been able to help in your decision. Which direction?

  • Tamara
    Reply

    I know there are exciting things ahead because nothing can quiet your voice. And I mean that in the best possible way! Wishing you much love and success.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Hahaha literally and figuratively. Thanks, Tam.

  • Tracy Iseminger
    Reply

    So excited to see your new journey. Sometimes life takes a different path than planned and you are handling it with grace. Best of luck to you and your kids!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Grace and integrity and my mantra. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Melissa Conn
    Reply

    Congrats! Your writing is still just as awesome and you’ll have a whole new set of adventures with which to inspire us. Thanks for sharing the journey!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Oh, thank you so much.

  • Hilarye Fuller
    Reply

    Yay!!!!!! Cheering you on Erin! I know you will rise above and accomplish even greater things!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      I am holding you to that. Thanks, Hilarye.

  • Tikva
    Reply

    Looking forward to reading your stories again

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Yay, you came. Thanks, Tikva.

  • Marie
    Reply

    So excited to keep up with your new page!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks for joining me Marie.

  • Sharon Gourlay
    Reply

    Yay so happy and excited to follow your newest adventure. I remember when I first found Travel with Bender (and even more glad I took the time to write and tell you at the time after reading what that meant 🙂 ). Your kids were slightly older than mine and it really inspired me to change how I viewed travel with kids from impossible to lots of fun! Now look at us!!

    Looking forward to celebrating your new venture with a glass of wine tomorrow 🙂

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Girl, you know I admire you so much. I am so glad we met that day in Melbourne years ago. See you tonight!

  • Sarah
    Reply

    Erin, I have never read Travel with Bender, but found this after it was shared by Alyson Long of Living Differently. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as we’re just about to finish a 14 month trip around Europe and I’m nervous about returning to ‘normal’ life. Like you at the beginning, I have been writing a blog mostly for family and friends and as a record of our trip. I recently asked on a couple of Facebook groups I’m in if anyone else out there has been through the same process and could share any tips or advice, but nobody had much to share. And most ‘travel’ blogs are about getting you started and keeping you going, not how to cope when it all comes to an end. So I look forward to any insights you might have and just to knowing someone else is going through that same readjustment.
    Thanks.

    • Sarah
      Reply

      Hi Sarah – we are at the end of 13 months in Europe in our Campervan and returning ‘home’.

      Apprehensive and excited.

      Would love to hook up for some mutual support!! You can find me on FB my blog page is Veedubadventures

      • Erin Bender
        Reply

        Yay people reaching people. Love it!

      • Sarah
        Reply

        Hi Sarah
        Thanks for your message. Would love to hook up – I feel support might well be needed over the coming months! I’ll messsge you via your blog. You can find me at ownyourdays.co.uk.
        Sarah

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Hi Sarah and welcome. Thanks so much to Alyson for sending you over. You are right. My last blog was all about Living the Dream, but what happens when you stop? All I know is most of it is mental and if you got back to your life ready and excited, your life will continue to be awesome and exciting. I look forward to writing more about my journey, just for you.

      • Sarah
        Reply

        Thanks so much Erin! Look forward to reading your insights and explorations! X

        • Erin Bender
          Reply

          Thanks for writing, Sarah.

  • Mama Munchkin
    Reply

    Yay!!! I have been waiting. So excited your back!!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you for waiting so patiently and eagerly. And welcome!

  • Mike
    Reply

    Welcome back kid (even though you never left)…..and your photos have definitely improved, probably cause you let your kids take them these days :)…i kid i kid.

    So much love for you,
    Mike

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Mike, you know my 8-year-old is the best photographer in the world. So I have no doubt about my photos being so awesome lol. Love to you and Anne. Thanks for the support.

  • Lynn
    Reply

    When one door closes, another opens. You’re back with a bang. Well done. Looking forward to following your new journey.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks, Lynn. This is a very pretty door, right?

  • Linn
    Reply

    Hi Erin, I’ve been following your travels for a few years I think, I don’t quite remember when, perhaps 2014 some time? Our family left Australia to travel nomadically in May. I notice you aren’t listed on the Travel With Bender website anymore. Much love to you as you navigate your new path <3

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Hi Linn, so glad to hear you started your own journey. Where are you? Wow, long time follower, so good to hear. It’s very unfortunate about TWB, but good to have you here.

  • Johanna
    Reply

    Well done Erin! I’m reading, and loving your words 🙂

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you Johanna and thanks for commenting.

  • Jo
    Reply

    This is great Erin. I feel once a writer, always a writer. If you did it ONCE you can surely do it again and I am sure EWE will only be bigger and better than TWB as it grows. Good luck hun!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      I should have known that before, but I believe it now. It’s in my blood. Thank you so much for your support and yay for Explore With Erin!

  • Jenna
    Reply

    So excited to see where this next chapter in blogging will take you. 🙂

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Me too. Thanks Jenna.

  • Talitha
    Reply

    Well, for someone who thought having but one reader, this post exceeded all expectations! We don’t know each other: I am a follower of Alyson and her Worldtravelfamily, and as such have read the occasional post. I am Belgian, living in France ( God’s country?!), happily married for 25 years, 3 young adult kids, and doing a PhD …. AND we loooove travel. That sums it up I think…. or no it doesn’t! Anyhow: keep writing, I’ll be back for more!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      It did exceed expectations. Like an insane amount. I am in awe of all the support. And I love Alyson. Met her in London one year with Gwen Stefani. I’m so glad she sent you over. Thanks for following and stay in touch!

  • Harold van Outvorst
    Reply

    So glad you found youre ‘new’ you keep on writing and growing in (to) youre new live! Love Harold

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks Harold so much.

  • Kris
    Reply

    Thanksgiving 2012 in Chiangmai! I met you and your fam about 6 months into your travels. Well done on the new blog. Congrats!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      WOW! That was 5 years ago. I tasted pumpkin pie for the very first time haha. Thanks for still following Kris. I hope you are your family are well.

  • Marta
    Reply

    I have been looking forward to your new site Erin! To new starts!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      It’s exciting, isn’t it? Thanks for waiting so patiently.

  • Sarah
    Reply

    Brilliant blog. I didn’t follow TWB but I’ll be following Erin without doubt!!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      A new reader – I love to hear that! Thanks for coming over Sarah!

  • Eulanda
    Reply

    You handle transition with such grace and fortitude! This is exactly why you have such a community surrounding you that is constantly inspired by everything you are. Looking forward to following your journey!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Eulanda, that is such a beautiful thing to say. Mind you, you missed Dec to March where there was not so much grace and fortitude lol. But I’m back and I’m so thankful to everyone who has surrounded me. The support is incredible.

  • Hannah canavan
    Reply

    Go you! So happy to see this and can’t wait to follow your adventures <3

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks so much Hannah.

  • Lindsay Nieminen
    Reply

    Erin! You were one of my first inspirations to quit the normal and travel! I’m so proud of you for persevering and will continue to follow along!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      That is great to hear Lindsay and thank you for following me over here. Keep going with your journey.

  • Brittany
    Reply

    So glad we connected on Insta and bonded over a love of sweet stuff at Donut Fest! Can’t wait to explore again in November!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Best decision ever was to reach out to your sweet tooth. See you in November <3

  • Bron
    Reply

    Great to see you back sharing your adventures! Well done x love your logo too!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you Bron and welcome back.

  • Julie Cohn
    Reply

    I am so freaking excited for you! Back and better than ever!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Much better. Thanks for being so supportive, Julie, I adore you.

  • Jessica
    Reply

    So glad to see you back! Can’t wait to see what is next from you! Go get ’em!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      It’s good to be back. Hope I see you in Melbourne soon!

  • Julie
    Reply

    Congrats on the fresh start. I’ll read with interest.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      So great to have you here Julie. Thanks for commenting.

  • Kathryn Burrington
    Reply

    It’s so good to see you back again. I’m really looking forward to following your travels and this next exciting stage in your blogging journey.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      You have been an amazing help, thank you Kathryn.

  • Jenn
    Reply

    Erin – first time reading your stuff, now I want to read the travel blog to catch up!! Did you turn off its life support?

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Hi Jenn, welcome and how exciting it’s your first time reading. The other blog is still alive, you can visit it for sure. All my articles are still sitting there, I just have not been contributing to it for the last 6 months.

  • Inma
    Reply

    So happy to see you back! Great things are ahead of you 😀 I am 100% sure!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      I will completely believe you 😀

  • Melanie
    Reply

    Lovely to read your writing again. I first started following your blog when you were in Penang.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      WOW! That was many years ago – over 5. So awesome you are still here and thank you Melanie.

  • Kate Spiller
    Reply

    Welcome back, Erin! Feeling such great energy after reading this, and very excited for you!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you Kate. I do believe I found my mojo back 😀

  • Sofie
    Reply

    First killer post: CHECK! 😉

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Girl! Thank you so much. See you somewhere soon.

  • Brittany
    Reply

    I love the new site! I don’t think we’ve ever met in person, but I’d love to! I’m so happy to read your words again. I forget when I first did. Kid brain, I’m sure. Welcome back!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Okay, so when can we make this happen, Brittany? And thanks for coming over.

  • Carol
    Reply

    Welcome back Erin. And welcome to your new adventure.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      More of a welcome home, then welcome back, but I so appreciate it. Thanks Carol!

  • Paige Conner Totaro
    Reply

    Boy, I had to scroll past a lot of love and support to add mine! I’m so happy for your new (ad)venture! You’ve got this.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Yes… Turned out I didn’t have 1 reader or 10. But I love each and every comment so thanks for scrolling so far Paige 🙂

  • Raquel
    Reply

    Congrats Erin! Look forward to “traveling” with you!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you, Raquel. Glad you are exploring with me.

  • Diana Edelman
    Reply

    YASSSSSS. GO GET IT. <3 <3 <3

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Girl, you know it. Thanks for commenting 😀

  • Mara
    Reply

    Welcome back!! I loved your blog before and I’m going to like this one even more!! I can’t wait to follow this new journey you’re on. Congrats!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Mara, what a wonderful thing to say. Thank you so much.

  • Steph
    Reply

    Hello…i’ve found you. I stumbled across you first as Travel with Bender when I was looking for good travel snapchat stories to follow. I’ve stuck with you on the new page and looking forward to the adventures to come.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Do you still follow me on Snapchat? I took a few months break, but I’m back! So glad you found me on the web.

  • Kristie Wilson
    Reply

    So glad to see you back and writing again! Your new site looks awesome!

    We met on Snapchat and you had Jennie Garth do a shout out to me in a snap when you met her at a blog conference last year. One of the coolest things anyone has ever done for me!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      So glad you like it. OMG yes I remember that. It was such a pleasure and I’m so glad I was able to do that for you. Did you keep the video?

  • paula schuck
    Reply

    Many of us have been waiting for your return. Happy to see you writing and sharing again. Also super sorry you had to take that time but I suspect this will translate into even more amazing content moving forward. LOVE he new logo so much!!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      That is such a nice thing to say and thank you for your kind words. I am so excited about Explore with Erin and absolutely adore the new logo too 😀

  • Irene
    Reply

    I enjoy reading your blogs glad to are back

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      I am so glad you found me again Irene. Welcome.

  • LeratoLB
    Reply

    Onwards and upwards. Congratulations on the new blog!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you so much Lerato.

  • Valerie Wilson
    Reply

    Congratulations on your new blog! Looking forward to following your new adventures, Erin!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks Valerie.

  • Michelle
    Reply

    I enjoy your writing and love your sense of adventure! Looking forward to many more posts. Maybe one day we’ll meet on our travels.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thanks Michelle. I so hope we meet somewhere around the world.

  • Terri Weeks
    Reply

    Congrats, Erin!!! I am so excited for you as well as inspired by you. I have no doubt Explore with Erin will be a success!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Terri, you know I love you. Thank you for your support.

  • Carmen Edelson
    Reply

    Congrats on your new blog! Life is full of hurtles and I’m glad to see you overcame yours.

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Biggest hurdle of my entire life. Thanks for the support, Carmen.

  • Jordyn
    Reply

    Welcome back Erin! We’ve missed you ❤❤❤

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Awwww love this, thank you!

  • Heidi Wagoner
    Reply

    Love the new site and you are going to rock the house with anything you do. Congrats and keep it going!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Heidi, love you girl.

  • Lindz @ I've Been Bit!
    Reply

    I only recently heard about what happened, and wondered where you had been! You may not remember me, but we met at WITS16 – my very first travel blogging conference, and where I suddenly had the realization that my blog could be more than just a hobby.

    I attended your panel and was immediately blown away. You were such a fountain of information! I scribbled and scratched as quick as I could to take away as much as I could.

    The kicker though? I talked to you after the panel and you were so kind, so humble. Here you were this amazing blogger – a force to be reckoned with, and you took the time to just chat with me, this newbie who was just dipping her toe in the water.

    I just wanted to say thank you for that. It really meant a lot to me, and I can’t wait to follow your adventures here. You’ve got a fan for life!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      This is such a beautiful comment and I am almost in tears. I love this story and I love that you shared it with me. Thank you for finding my new home and sticking with this Aussie chick.

  • Anita
    Reply

    Wondered where you had been! I enjoy reading your blog posts! I don’t travel with kids and don’t travel nearly enough but love reading travel blogs. Welcome back!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      This blog will certainly be focusing less on family travel, so I welcome you. Thanks for coming back.

  • Kyla
    Reply

    So happy you’re ‘back’!! I’ve been waiting for the launch since I stumbled upon your Facebook page awhile back, and I can’t wait to see where your super-fantastic new journey will take you cuz I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

    • Erin Bender
      Reply

      Thank you so much for being so patient and for your encouragement <3

  • Vicki Winters
    Reply

    Nothing for nothing. You look FREAKING amazing. Best of everything to you, Erin.

  • Katie
    Reply

    So glad you are back blogging again!! Can’t wait to see what you get up to next!

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