Dear Diary Monthly Roundup


We did it! One year ago today we hit publish on our very first blog post with no clue on where it was going to take us. There are a number of reasons for why we started Flying the Nest, but it all came down to our love for travel and needing a platform to share this passion with anyone who would like to read it. 

Hours upon hours have been poured into our little place on the internet and making it to one year has always been a goal we aspired to achieve. And here we are one year later sitting on a beach in Costa Rica celebrating Flying the Nest’s one year anniversary. 

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So much has happened over the past year and we would like to celebrate all the milestones we hit during our journey. 

Milestones After 1 Year of Travel Blogging…

344 posts written

207 daily videos uploaded to YouTube

1.4 million visitors

670,000 shares/likes/tweets

60,000 social media friends

200,000 YouTube views

Winners of Covermore’s Ultimate Traveller competition

Collaborated with over 30 travel companies/brands

Recognised by mainstream media including the Daily MailCondé Nast Travelers

Top Posts…


Most Useful

Visiting Antelope Canyon: Everything You Need To Know

10 Trialled & Tested Adventures For Your 2015 Bucket List

How To (Realistically) Quit Your Job & Travel The World

10 Most Useful Travel Websites

10 Ways To Travel For Free – And Even Get Paid For It

Most Adventurous

Climbing Glaciers & Northern Lights: Alaskan Adventure with Trek America Series

4 Days Exploring the Canadian Rockies

Falling From the Summit: Paragliding in Queenstown

The Underworld of Hawaii in a Submarine

Skydiving Over the Palm in Dubai

Climbing an Active Volcano: Mount Batur, Bali


Most Personal

Can Travel Strengthen a Relationship?

Happiness Comes From Experiences, Not Material Things

50 Lessons Learnt Whilst Travelling

What We Achieved in 6 Months of Travel Blogging

Get Up & Go! Why You Should Travel Today

Most Popular

10 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard Of

30 Festivals To Experience Before You’re 30

22 Spectacular & Bizarre Airbnb Rentals

12 of the Weirdest Hotel Rooms You Can Actually Stay At

10 Incredible Thrill Seeking Adventures To Do Around the World

Where we travelled…



Fiji // Vanuatu // New Caledonia // Sydney


Hawaii // Los Angeles // San Fransisco // Seattle // New York City // Washington D.C // Utah // Alaska // Arizona // Nevada


Vancouver // Desolation Sound // Tofino // Banff // Calgary


Costa Rica

1 year

We could never of achieved any of this if it wasn’t for all our loyal readers. We just want to say a HUGE thank you to all that have supported and believed in us from the beginning and we can not wait to share what the next year will bring!

Stephen and Jess signoff


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  • Massive congratulations you two 🙂 Ever since I discovered your blog, I’ve loved every minute of your journey from reading about your adventures to watching your vlogs from around the world. Here’s to the next year and the great things it may bring for you both 🙂

  • Congratulations! These are massive milestones! Few bloggers can say they have accomplished this in their first year!

  • Congratulations! You’ve achieved so much in a year, it’s really inspiring! I can’t wait to see where you head to next!

  • Camilla

    Congrats on your first year! It’s been a pleasure following y’all’s adventures, and I can’t wait to read and watch the videos from all the adventures to come (: