Interview With Travel Bloggers Stephen And Jess Of Flying The Nest @FlyingTheNest

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Are you inspired by the locations used for TV and cinema? Today I interview Travel Bloggers Stephen and Jess from Flying The Nest. The big appeal of American film making has been an influence on their travels to date.

Stephen and Jess of Flying The Nest travel blog

What are your names?

We are Stephen & Jess, an Australian couple who make up the travel blog Flying The Nest.

Which country do you come from/call home?

Stephen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jess is from Sydney, Australia – however we both grew up in Perth Australia since we were 10 years old. Even though Stephen is an expat – he still calls Australia home.

Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?

We both recently completed our University studies and spent the majority of 2014 working like crazy and saving all our money so we can spend 2015 travelling full time. In February we started our long term travelling by moving away from the sandy shores of Australia to the ice cold mountains of Canada.

Scuba diving The Great Barrier Reef with Stephen and Jess Travel Bloggers from Flying The Nest

Scuba diving The Great Barrier Reef

How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?

Since our first trip together back in 2009 we have saved for all our travels, every time raising the bar and needing to save more and more. We have both done our dues in retail and hospitality clocking in between 8-10 years – so funding our travels has primarily come from serving coffee and selling phones.

Planning to travel full time next year we have organised working visas in Canada just incase we need to top up our bank accounts during our time abroad. We may just have to serve one more coffee in 2015.

What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?

Stephen’s first trip was back when he was 7 years old while he was still living in South Africa. He went to Mozambique, Mombassa and Tanzania by cruise ship with his family. He clearly remembers walking through the townships, seeing poverty and wanting to learn more about why they lived a different life to him.

Jess’s first trip was when her family decided to move from Sydney to Perth. Her family packed up their home, filled a trailer and drove from one side of Australia to the other across the Nullarbor Plain to a new life.

Climbing a volcano in Bali with Stephen and Jess Travel Bloggers from Flying The Nest

Climbing a volcano in Bali

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

Miami has been highly glamorized on tv shows and movies, so when we decided to head down and experience it for ourselves, we were quite disappointed. We felt that we were sold a lie and so we didn’t enjoy our time as much as some others places we saw in the US.

Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why?

It would have to be Miami but to keep this interesting we will share another place – the “Low Cost Carrier Terminal” of Malaysia. If you enjoy disgusting toilets, food poisoning and being screamed at through the intercom for 4 hours, be our guest and fly cheap through Malaysia. It’s so sad as it can almost put you off going into Malaysia.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

I know it sounds overplayed, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time in New York City. The city felt new to explore yet oddly familiar from all the times we have seen it in movies. There is nothing like New York and it can be quite hard to put into words to describe this unique city.

Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?

Our bucket list is very extensive but one gaping black hole is our lacking of having anything ticked off from Europe. Being big movie fans we always had a bigger fascination with America and living in Australia you really have to pick between the two when saving up to go on holiday.

Can you imagine life without travel?

No. We are so thankful that we live in an age where travel is so easily accessible and possible. I couldn’t imagine being my parents or grandparents where travel was not as prominent as it is today.

Walking through The Rocks in Sydney with Stephen and Jess Travel Bloggers from Flying The Nest

Walking through The Rocks in Sydney

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?

Saving to travel (ha-ha). I suppose the honest answer would be working at our full time jobs saving up for a house.

What is the name of your travel blog and the url?

Our travel blog is called Flying the Nest and you can find us as

When did you begin your website?

Not that long ago to be honest, September 13th, 2014 – we are still very new to this whole blogging scene.

Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?

We write so that one day we have an online journal of photographs, stories and videos of our time travelling the world to use to reminisce and share with our children.

What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?

It is so hard to be unique in an oversaturated market but we will try our best to sell you. We always have fond memories of the adventures we do when abroad, so the time we skydived over Dubai, zip lined in the Caribbean or trying Kava in Fiji. Alongside writing about our time and experience of our travels, we try to focus on what we do rather than where we are. We are also a very visual blog which can be seen through our photography and (coming soon) videos.

Sky-diving over the Palm in Dubai with Stephen and Jess Travel Bloggers from Flying The Nest

Sky-diving over the Palm in Dubai

Do you have any products or services to offer?

Not at this point – no.

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

As we are still very much in the discovery stage of our blog (being just over 4 months old), our most popular posts are either wanderlust or inspiration posts. Last year we wrote a post called ‘10 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard Of’ and it seemed to grab traction and bring our site to new eyes.

What has been your favourite article to write either for your blog or another publication?

Our favourite blog posts are always the personal ones as we get to really dig into an issue that has been sitting on our mind. That’s what is so great about blogging and having a platform to share these thoughts.

We wrote a post called “Happiness comes from experiences, not material things” and it discusses  a quote that has really changed the way we look at life this last year and that is “collect moments, not things”.

Seeing snow in New Zealand with Stephen and Jess Travel Bloggers from Flying The Nest

Seeing snow in New Zealand

What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)

Living in Australia the act of physically travelling is always daunting and never looked forward to. Flights are a must if you want to get anywhere and still have vacation time left over. However, we do prefer travelling by car as you get to roadtrip, see the sites and control whether you want to stop to take pictures.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Just get out there and do it – book a holiday whether it is next month or a year away. Having something to look forward to at the end of the year can make working at your job that much easier. Also travel does not have to be expensive, we have written several posts about money saving tips and even why travelling in your own backyard (home country) is also a very viable option.

Natures Window in Australia with Stephen and Jess Travel Bloggers from Flying The Nest

Natures Window in Australia

What has travel taught you?

So much. Appreciating what you have. Appreciating where you are from. How cultures operate and the differences between ours. We could almost write a whole post about this one question.

Quick fire questions:-

Favourite airline? Qantas

Favourite country? Australia

Favourite city? New York City

Favourite beach? Our local beach called Mullaloo beach in Perth, Western Australia.

Favourite Drink? Coffee

Favourite language? French – sounds so beautiful to listen to.

Favourite Experience? Skydiving in Dubai

Travelling with Family or Travelling alone? With family

Must have app when travelling? Instagram – we are a little bit addicted.

Please provide the following:-

Website url?

Twitter handle?

Facebook page?

Google+ profile/page?

Instagram? Stephen – Jess –




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  1. Hi Guys,

    Cool interview 😉 As for Malaysia, I loved it. NYC is like no spot on earth but it gets boring sometimes. Or, been there, done that hundreds of times. Oh yes, I grew up in New Jersey 😉 So key though not to let one experience ruin a country. I did it with India – got giardia – and it wasn’t a true representation of an entire nation, of course. Sorry you had to have that rough experience though; just remember, Malaysia’s really big ;)….and wait till you see other sections of NYC, that would make Malaysia look like Utopia LOL!

    Thanks guys, keep on traveling and keep on inspiring!


    • Hey Ryan, thanks for your kind words. To be honest with the Malaysia comment I should add some context. As a kid (about 7 or 8) I went to Malaysia with my family (we stayed in KL and Penang). We did go through the main airport which I had such fond memories of, I kept reminding Jess of this and maybe the ‘extra’ disappointment came from the downfall of not being able to share that experience with her.

      I still have fond memories of Malaysia and would like to return some day, but I do have a strong belief that countries should kick their airport game up, in some cases it can be the only interaction someone has with a country.

      Hope you have a great 2015!

  2. I can’t believe they only started blogging less than a year ago! I must have read all their posts on Stumble Upon then, just assumed Flying the Nest was around for longer.

  3. Thanks for the interview, we really appreciate it. We hope you have a fantastic 2015 and get to see some amazing new places!

    • My pleasure guys. You have a great site, fun videos and some exciting adventures.

      Thanks for agreeing to the interview and enjoy the US.

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