Attending a World Cup Game in Russia

Attending a World Cup game was an unexpected benefit of our 2018 journey that we were blessed to be able to accomplish.

Hot Take: Going to the World Cup is bigger than sports and a must do for those that have the opportunity. (4.0 stars)

Pro Tip: Buying a cheaper ticket is fine (there are no bad seats in these stadiums) and the best fans are in the nose-bleed section.

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Summer Days in Saint Petersburg

As the playground for Russia’s gilded monarchy, Saint Petersburg was purpose built to demonstrate that Russia had arrived as a European power.

Hot Take: The only city in Russia we would want to visit again, Saint Petersburg’s charm is undeniable, and its history unfolds around every corner. (4.0 stars)

Pro Tip: Restaurants are cheap (by Western standards) and full of delightful foods (just make sure you leave 2+ hours to eat because service is SLOW).

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Paradise Found at Anantara Veli Resort Maldives

24 hours of bliss in an over the water bungalow on a private resort island in the Maldives, Anatara Veli Resort checked a major bucket list item for us.

Hot Take: Very spendy, but truly a paradise on earth…do it if you can! (5 stars)

Pro Tip: Make sure you understand the transportation logistics as seaplanes and speed boats can add many, many hundreds of dollars to your trip cost.

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Scenes from Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s top urban draw for good reason, blending culture, food, and history into a modern metropolis.

Hot Take: Visiting Sydney is a must-do in Australia…we even loved it so much that we would consider living there. (4.0 stars)

Pro Tip: Take a trip on one of the numerous ferries (they’re cheap and will take you to interesting places), since you haven’t quite experienced Sydney until you’ve done it from the water.

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Practical Advice for Sydney's Blue Mountains

A daytrip to the Blue Mountains is a great way to connect with nature and see an impressive collection of Australia’s native eucalyptus trees.

Hot Take: If you’ve already been to the beach and Hunter Valley but are still looking for a Sydney daytrip, then the Blue Mountains are a great way to see Australia’s natural beauty. (3.5 stars)

Pro Tip: Go on a weekday to avoid the crowds and don’t overlook seeing the charming town of Katoomba.

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The Naked Truth About Nudey Beach and the Great Barrier Reef

Every visitor to Australia should to see the Great Barrier Reef; however, the decision to visit the inner reef or outer reef depends on goals, budget, and swimming ability.

Hot Take: Maybe a bit overhyped as an experience, exploring the Great Barrier Reef was our reason to come to Australia and checked off a major bucket list item. (4.5 stars)

Pro Tip: Watch the weather for a calm day, the experience changes dramatically based on the conditions.

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