Pandemic Office Closures and Emergency Passports, Oh My!

We currently reside in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Alex is an American citizen, but for several reasons, I am still a USA green card holder who travels on my Australian passport. It’s a passport with privilege, so a passport upgrade isn’t a driving force for us. However, the pandemic led to some passport-related stress. Australian Government…

Alex and Bell atop the ruins of Durnstein Castle overlooking the Danube River in the Wachau Valley of Austria

Tips for Planning a Great Trip to Australia

For many, Australia is a far off destination filled with exotic animals and friendly locals. Recent surveys have shown that Australia ranks first on many Americans’ travel bucket lists. Bell is Australian and we return to the island continent every few years to visit family and check out new destinations. Most recently, we visited over…

Koala sleeping in a tree

Sydney Pubs and Restaurants You Should Visit

By Alex Kallimanis: Sydney is Australia’s largest city, often serving as the initial point of entry for many visitors. The Sydney Opera House, built in 1973, is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Set along Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour is one of the country’s most dramatically beautiful spots. Sydney is fashionable and offers many…

Alex giving a thumbs up to the Sydney harbor bridge

Melbourne: Great Things to Do From Sports to Arts

Melbourne is the sports, arts and coffee capital of Australia. While Sydney’s harbor is more dramatically beautiful, Melbourne is the place to go for the nation’s biggest sporting events, fantastic museums, a great culinary scene, and Australia’s finest coffee culture. Bell went to university in Melbourne and we lived there together for a year. We…

Street art of tram

The Benefits of Taking Time Off to Travel

By Alex Kallimanis: We originally met at the Bauhaus youth hostel in Brugge, Belgium in 2002, while backpacking solo after college. Bell had just finished a bachelor’s degree in Melbourne, Australia and I had just completed a bachelor’s in history in Orlando, Florida. Fast forward 16 years, and we’re about to celebrate our 13 year…