Welcome to Flying the Nest! We are Stephen & Jess Parry-Valentine, an Australian couple with a passion for travel & adventure!
Our story starts back in 2015 when the desire to drop everything to fly the nest overwhelmed us. Before we knew it we were boarding a one way flight across the globe … and we have never looked back.
Since then we have travelled to over 60 countries. Hiked to Machu Picchu in Peru. Explored the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Floated in a hot air balloon over Turkey. Slept in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives. All whilst bringing over 500,000 fellow travel addicts along for the journey.
Not only can you read about our travel adventures on this blog, you can also watch our travel video series over on our Flying the Nest YouTube channel – which has grown to become one of Australia’s most subscribed travel channels on YouTube.
Hey, I’m Stephen – South African born & Australian raised.
Since I was little my parents have been taking me on adventures around the world, so I completely blame them for infecting me with the travel bug.
Ever since my school days where I picked up my first camera I’ve had a passion for capturing our beautiful world. This love for film and photography carried through my studies at film school before heading to University where I gained a Bachelor in Marketing, Advertising & PR and a further Honours in Business.
There’s nothing I love more in life (besides you, Jess) than completing a travel video I’ve spent hours editing and hitting that upload button. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support we receive from each and every one of you. So thank you!
My role in Flying the Nest is filming and editing all our YouTube videos, as well as main videography & photographer.
FOLLOW STEPHEN ON INSTAGRAM: @SPARRYSTAKE
Hi, I’m Jess – pure Aussie & proud.
This may come as a surprise, but my first international trip (and first time flying) wasn’t until I was 19. Stephen & his family took me on a family holiday to Bali in Indonesia and I have been hooked ever since!
They say to “choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life” and I think I have found just that.
My role in Flying the Nest is secondary photographer, editing all our images, running this blog, managing all our social media accounts and working on business collaborations and sponsors (so I basically make sure everything else is running smoothly so Stephen can focus on editing our YouTube videos).
FOLLOW JESS ON INSTAGRAM: @HEYITSJESSVALENTINE
How did you two meet?
We met in high school, started dating at 17, engaged at 23 & married at 27. Yep, we have known each other for a very long time! Here is a little wedding video from our special day.
How old are you?
We are both 1990 babies.
What camera gear do you use?
We capture everything on our Sony A7Sii. Our favourite lens is the Sony 16-35 f/2.8. Favourite drone is the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Favourite action/underwater camera is the GoPro Hero 6. Click here for a full list of all our favourite gear.
How can you afford to travel so much?
YouTube & blogging is our full time jobs, our friends and family refer to us as travel journalists. We work alongside international brands and companies to help promote destinations, hotels, tours and products to help you travel the world. It has taken many, many years of blood, sweat, tears and a general lack of sleep to break into this forever changing digital industry and we still pinch ourselves that we have been able to build our own company in a field we are obsessed with – travel!
Where is your favourite destination?
This is probably the hardest question we get asked, it is ever changing! Each country is so unique and special in it’s own way, however a few that have really captured our hearts are Greece, Japan, Turkey, Egypt and Canada.
How many countries have you visited?
Together we have travelled to over 60+ countries. Find a full list of places we have travelled to here.