We live in a beautiful and exciting world, full of sights to see, people to meet, lessons to learn, and horizons to explore. However, the cold harsh reality is many of us don’t leave our little corner of familiarity to discover all this wonderful world has to offer.
We're Josh and Jacinta Bender, the friendly faces behind Forever Break®. We escaped the high-stress, to-do-list-dominated lifestyles western culture tells us we're supposed to want.
Now we spend our lives traveling the world, learning as much as we can from how other cultures live, laugh, and love and sharing our experiences along the way.
Why? To equip you to escape the mundane and pursue your dreams.
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, we each climbed the career ladder in our chosen fields to find ourselves feeling empty and unfulfilled.
Although on separate paths at that time, we reached the same conclusion: our minds are designed to learn, grow, and help others. And our bodies are designed to move, be nourished, and rest.
We are not designed to cope with the high levels of stress and deskbound routines all too common in a typical corporate career.
Thanks to technology, we are able to work from anywhere in the world, as long as there’s a decent internet connection. We still work, of course, but we’ve chosen to focus our lives on soaking up new experiences, meeting new people and broadening our minds as we travel the world.
We hope the adventures and down-to-earth advice shared on Forever Break inspire you to reach your own lofty dreams and delight in life’s journey.
A nerd at heart, I am fascinated with technology from gadgets to software. I'll admit, most of my graphic t-shirts are tech-inspired.
After completing a university degree in Software Engineering, I ran a successful web design business in Australia. I have 22 years' experience in web development, 18 years' in Internet marketing, and 8 years in travel blogging.
I'm thirsty for new knowledge and prioritize self-improvement. My worldview has been shaped by unique influences, and I don't buy into mainstream politics. However, I care deeply about our connected world and advocate collective unity.
Photography and food are my passions. So, don't get in between me and a bowl of pasta. Or a magnificent landscape.
Q: Favorite country / region
Q: Favorite food
Homemade eggplant lasagna with vegan cheese
Q: Favorite thing about travel?
Learning what makes people tick so I can deeply understand them. The more I understand others, the more I understand myself. I'm fascinated by factors that mold humanity: culture, religion, philosophy, politics, economics, and the environment.
Q: Best thing about traveling with Jacinta?
Seeing the world through fresh eyes. I'll save the sappy poetry for another time.
Q: Most people don't know…
It's hard for me to find clothes that fit my 6'9" frame. Oh, and I haven't played competitive basketball in over a decade. That means I'm open to discussing a contract if you're interested.
Q: The most embarrassing thing I've done is…
Engaged in a heated debate about Chrome vs Safari with a 10-year-old American tourist named Jackson. I made him cry.
I’ve always been a creator, enjoying art, sewing, knitting, dance choreography, and cooking.
An academic at heart, I have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and planned to study a PhD in business ethics before the travel dream tapped me on the shoulder. My professional background is in graphic design, marketing, and commercial tender management.
I believe the best way to find happiness is by helping others. I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to make a difference.
Languages are a passion. At 3 years old I started learning Spanish. Now I love trying to talk to locals in their native language, making hilarious mistakes along the way.
Q: Favorite country
Q: Favorite food
Q: Favorite thing about travel
Meeting new people and learning how they approach life’s challenges.
Q: Best thing about traveling with Josh?
We share the same sense of humor and are always laughing together.
Q: Most people don’t know…
I’m a closet comic book nerd. I love all things Superman and enjoy reading comics on flights.
Q: The most embarrassing thing I’ve done is…
Try to submit a finished tender after the deadline because I didn’t understand the time zone abbreviation. This is why Josh books all of our flights!
Every month we write an article summing up what's been going on at Forever Break HQ in a series called "TL;DR" (too long, didn't read). This way you won't feel like you miss out on all the juicy additions in between your visits.