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FLYING THE NEST: MONTH 2

We can not believe we are already 2 months into our year of travel. It is going by so quickly we want to make sure we remember to take moments to just stop, take it all in, and appreciate where we are and what we are doing at this exact moment.

Where We Went

Seven days in San Fransisco / California

Seven days in Seattle / Washington

Fourteen days in Vancouver / Canada

Highlights

Exploring the Steep Streets of San Fran. Wow, San Fransisco you really are steep!

– Bucket list moment. We finally saw the Golden Gate Bridge in real life. Unfortunately we did not see it during a foggy day (we love those Golden Gate foggy shots) but it it was still marvellous nonetheless.

– What-a-view! We took a day trip to Yosemite National Park. After having this stunning landmark as Stephens laptop background for the past year is was nice to finally change it to a photograph of Yosemite he can call his own.

– Bucket list moment #2. We saw snow fall for the very first time while exploring Mt. Rainier in Seattle.

– Why haven’t we trained it before? Going by train from Seattle to Vancouver was the best decision ever! Free wifi, sooo much leg room, no anxious Jess during take off and landing – it was amazing.

– Meetings, meetings, meetings. After a few days of exciting meetings we have got a lot planned and organised for the next month … but we shall keep those a surprise for now.

– ONE MILLION HITS. Flying The Nest has officially been viewed over 1,000,000 times! We are so grateful and appreciative of each and everyone of you reading this right now!!!

– 500 subscribers. Our daily vlog channel over on YouTube just hit 500 subscribers, if you have not yet subscribed we suggest you go check it out!

MONTH 2

Lowlights

– Now what? We arrived in Vancouver and after a month of non-stop action we found ourselves sitting in our new living room not sure what to do with ourselves. We thought “we have 92 days of this?” But we shook away those thoughts, got into action and now have some VERY exciting things booked in during our time in Vancouver and we can not wait until we can share them with you.

– Money, money, money. After a few team meetings, deciding what we wanted to do after Vancouver (your guess was as good as ours) we came up with a plan, but we should of looked at our funds first. We had a moment where we decided to cut back on travel plans, but we aren’t people that like to miss out. So Jess is sprucing up the resume and going out to look for a part-time job during our short time in Vancouver – we are going to make it, we are going to make it (if we just keep thinking it, it will all work out)

The Funds

After a horrendous first month of spending, we have lowed the number (but not by much). We have realised it is WAY cheaper to live in Canada then it is in America. The dollar is much nicer for us Australians and the accommodation is about half the price. This month we ended up spending 4982.76.

To break it down for you, we spent $419.24 on flights/buses/trains (to get to the different cities), $2781.50 for accommodation, $285.38 on transportation (uber/taxi/train), $753.78 on food, $103.93 on activities, $67.81 on winter clothing, $449.65 on essentials (sim cards, toilet paper, foundation etc) and $121.47 on coffee.

We have a good feeling about month 3’s spendings as we wont be moving around too much, have quite a few tours organised and no flights to catch (as of yet).

Work

As mentioned last month, because of the blog and our amazing readers we have had the opportunity to do some amazing activities throughout San Fransisco, Seattle and now Canada! We have also begun to make a small income from Adsense, again it is very small, but it’s something. Jess is now on the hunt for some paid work, while Stephen works on his freelance online marketing jobs.

Quick Numbers So Far…

Flights taken: 4

Kilometres travelled: 17,858

Photographs taken: 4196

Minutes of our lives uploaded to YouTube: 447

Coffee’s bought: 52

Where To Next:

For the next month we are basing ourselves in Vancouver, however we have cheeky trips here & there planned – so stay tuned!

Thank you so much for coming along on our journey of leaving home and travelling the world!

Stephen and Jess signoff

WANT MORE? READ MONTH 1

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  • It’s funny because I live in Toronto and I think the cost of living is lower in the USA. Vancouver is the most expensive city in Canada to live right now (the price of housing is ridiculous). SF is an expensive to live too (rent was absolutely crazy when I lived there before). But I find some of the others cities in the USA are much more affordable than Canada’s major cities (Toronto and Vancouver). All this aside…. congrats on hitting a million views! That is an accomplishment to be proud of. Love your blog and can’t wait to read more about your travels 🙂

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    • That is so interesting. We are purely basing our judgements off of how we have been travelling which is AirBnB. We are currently staying in a house for $1300 a month in Vancouver but paid that same amount for half the time in LA. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  • Very honest guys! Thanks for sharing. So jelly you’ve been to the Golden Gate!!

    • ah it was so beautiful! We had to see it a few times!

  • Guest

    I would have to agree with the comment below. I live in Vancouver (if you need any tips by the way, do let me know! Particularly for the summer months if you’re looking for Great Lakes and hikes… We keep our best secrets out of the guide books if we can 😉 ) and we are known for being the most expensive city in North America, or at the very least Canada. Id be curious to know what area your airbnb is in, you’ve likely picked up quite the steal!
    Love reading your posts, can’t wait to see what you get up to in my hometown 🙂

  • Kylie Mantei

    I would have to agree with the comment below. I live in Vancouver (if you need any tips by the way, do let me know! Particularly for the summer months if you’re looking for great bars, lakes and/or hikes… We keep our best secrets out of the guide books if we can help it 😉 ) and we are known for being the most expensive city in North America, or at the very least Canada. I’d be curious to know what area your airbnb is in, you’ve likely picked up quite the steal!
    Love reading your posts, can’t wait to see what you get up to in my hometown 🙂

  • Welcome to Canada! That’s my home country and I hope you have a wonderful time there. I haven’t visited the west coast yet so I can’t wait to see all the adventures you get up to. I’m sure I’ll be saving lots of them in my “ideas for future trips” file. 🙂

  • It is true when it’s said that Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in North America, a nickname for BC, the province that it’s in, is ‘bring cash’. It is also one of the most liveable cities in the world, I liked it there.

    One thing you might like to consider trying is renting an RV and taking a self guided road trip. If you plan it right, you will find all you need out there on the road, including internet, and you’ll save yourself quite some money if you take Walmart up on their offer of free overnight camping in their parking lots, often with free wi-fi. This is called ‘boon docking’, but it does require you to be completely self sufficient. You have to hold all you need in the way of water and power. You will also find lots of places out there in the bush and forests where you can camp for free, but again, you will have to find some place to take on fresh water and empty your holding tanks.

    Canada is huge, so it will take some time to see it. Couch surfing is another free option, to make your dollars go further and allow you to see this amazingly beautiful place.

  • PilotChick

    You’ve spent 12000 in two months? I’m dying to know how you can afford this year long trip. You two must have had great jobs!

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