FLYING THE NEST EXPEDITIONS

 

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One of our favourite things is being able to share travel with others. Whether it’s hiking to Machu Picchu with a group of newly made friends or bringing those with a thirst for adventure along through our camera lens – for us it’s all about sharing those moments that only travel can bring!

Alongside travel, we also have a great passion for videography & content creation. We love capturing moments and sharing stories from our adventures and feel so grateful that a platform like YouTube is available to give us a space to inspire others to go out & see the world.

We have been tossing & turning for a while now about ways where we can get to know you all more, travel alongside you and share everything we have learnt over these past four years of full time travel.

This is where Flying the Nest Expeditions comes in.

In 2019 we are teaming up with On The Go Tours to run our very first expedition where you can come and explore Vietnam with us and a small group of other amazing people, whilst learning videography/photography skills & tips to becoming a travel influencer along the way!

After four years on the road, learning the ins & outs of travel influencing and successfully becoming one of Australia’s most subscribed travel YouTube channels, we want to share our love for exploring & capturing the world with other like-minded travellers like yourself – and also help you reach your dreams of travelling full time too!

Come and spend 8 days and 7 nights with Flying the Nest! Exploring between two of Vietnam’s most stunning destinations – Hanoi to Hoi An – all while learning videography & travel influencer skills along the way!

Dates

 14th to 21st April, 2019

Group size

Small and intimate, we want to keep it to less than 14 people

(16 max group size when including the two of us)

Price

$2499 USD per person

**Please note this price is for twin share pp. Single supplement is an additional $480 USD**

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What’s included:

  • Travel with Stephen & Jess! We can not wait to travel alongside you and explore this beautiful country
  • Escorted also by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide
  • 5 nights hotel (twin share), 1 night deluxe junk boat (private cabin) and 1 overnight sleeper train (basic, 4 berth cabin)
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise – included options to swim, kayak and explore caves
  • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village
  • Vespa street food tour in Hoi An
  • Sunset cruise in traditional longboat in Hue
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 8
  • Photography skills: We will be sharing with you the ins & outs of basic photography skills. From how to use your camera to learning the difference between framing a shot for your blog and how you should frame a shot for Instagram. Looking to grow your Instagram? Let’s work out a content strategy together
  • Videography knowledge from us: How we film our travel YouTube videos including planning a shoot, getting over your fear of talking to the camera and how to start filming in manual
  • YouTube & Content Creator 101: Learn the ins and outs of YouTube, how to create your own brand, learn how SEO works & how to grow an online audience
  • How To Get Paid to Travel the World: Learn how we make money while travelling full time, how we pitch and work with brands, how you can start travelling for free, how we went from making coffee to travelling the world full time whilst getting paid to do it
  • Throughout the tour as well we will be available for questions and advice
  • Access to an exclusive and new private Facebook Expeditions group with all attendees + Stephen & Jess

What’s not included:

  • Airfares to/from Vietnam & any airfares within Vietnam
  • Passports and visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional/suggested activities
  • We have included 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners – but all other meals are not included
  • Alcoholic drinks & soft drinks
  • Extra personal expenses
  • Entrance fees USD$30-40, paid in USD
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 – 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$25-35, paid is USD

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrival & Orientation

On arrival in Hanoi you will be met at the airport by a local representative and transferred to the hotel where the remainder of the day can be spent relaxing or heading out to explore. At 5pm we will all meet in the hotel lobby for an orientation meeting before going out to dinner together.

Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2: Halong Bay Junk Boat Cruise

After breakfast we will leave Hanoi and transfer to the breathtaking Halong Bay. We’ll explore the jade waters and stunning islands aboard a traditional wooden junk boat. In the afternoon we will visit the spectacular Tien Ong Cave, which was only recently opened to the public in 2010. In the evening back on board, we will watch a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before having a seafood dinner together.

Overnight: Deluxe Junk Boat | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visiting Floating Villages & Overnight Train Ride

For any early risers the day will start with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck – the perfect way to start the day if you ask us! Before heading back to port we will explore the Floating Village of Cua Van by kayak, which is home to generations of fishing families.

We will arrive back in Hanoi mid-afternoon and from there we’ll explore the city by cyclo (rickshaw), the quintessential mode of transport in Hanoi. We will see traditional narrow-front tube houses and have a chance to sample some local delicacies sold on street stalls from delicious fruits to steaming noodle dishes.

Later this evening we will freshen up before boarding the train (4 berth sleeper cabin, basic standard) on the ‘Reunification Express’ railway line to Hue.

Overnight: Sleeper train | Breakfast

Day 4: Imperial Citadel of Hue

After arriving into the imperial city of Hue this morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the 19th-century capital, visiting the city’s oldest monastery, the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda, as well as the Imperial Purple Palace. Later we will head out to the countryside and visit the mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc, one of the stunning Royal Tombs of the Nguyen kings, which lies in a narrow valley surrounded by pine forest.

This evening we will enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise on the Perfume River. Travelling by longboat is the perfect way to enjoy the city skyline.

Overnight: Hue | Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Road of the Ocean Clouds to Hoi An

We will be departing Hue this morning for our scenic drive via the Hai Van Pass (Road of the Ocean Clouds) taking us to Hoi An. The road follows the coast so there’ll be wonderful views of beach to the east and vibrant green hills to the west.

We will arrive in the charming, old-world trading port of Hoi An later this afternoon. A short walking tour will introduce us to the highlights of this enchanting and historical town with highlights including the Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Hall, 200-year-old Tam Ky house, former merchants’ homes and the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge.

End the day looking over photos and video footage captured over the past few days. We will be there to assist you with any editing techniques and questions you may have – and will be available like this most nights on the tour.

Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast

Day 6: Workshop Day

We will start off the morning with breakfast before diving into a day of workshops. We will ensure throughout this day that we will have one on one time with each person to help them along their path of travel videography and/or photography & influencing.

Morning workshop – YouTube & Content Creator 101 – learn the ins and outs of YouTube, how to create your own brand, learn how SEO works & how to grow an online audience.

Afternoon workshop – How To Get Paid to Travel the World – learn how we make money while travelling full time, how we pitch and work with brands, how we went from making coffee to travelling the world full time whilst getting paid to do it.

End the day with a street food vespa tour of Hoi An. This is a very unique food experience as we drive through Hoi An on the back of vespa scooters, stopping off at local cafes and restaurants to sample a mix of local food and drink.

Overnight: Hoi An | Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Experience Rural Life in Vietnam

Today will be spent out in the countryside learning all about the rural way of life in Vietnam. We’ll reach Tra Que village by bicycle, a leisurely ride on flat roads that take us through rice paddies and farmland. The option of a taxi is available locally for those not keen on bike riding (payable locally). Once at the village we’ll get our hands dirty learning about age-old farming practices and putting our knowledge to use by tending the fields and gardens. Lunch will be a home-cooked meal with everyone pitching in to help.

Later this afternoon return back to Hoi An on your bikes for a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Hoi An  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Final Farewells

Today marks the end of your time in Vietnam. A departure transfer will be provided to take you to Danang airport in time for your onward departure flight.

Breakfast

We are SO excited to meet you all!

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Why learn from Flying the Nest?

We started YouTube back in 2015 when travel influencing was so new that we don’t even think the term had been coined yet. You could count on one hand a few large vloggers and bloggers pioneering the industry but for the rest of us, you couldn’t just go down to your local bookstore and buy “Travel Vlogging for Dummies” and have all the answers there for you….we had to learn it all ourselves through 4 years of trial and error.

We have gone from being flat broke and making coffee whilst trying to travel as much as we could, to working our butts off to becoming one of Australia’s most subscribed travel channels on YouTube, with a social media audience of over 500,000 people. We now get paid to travel the world through brands and sponsors. We have worked with some of the world’s largest brands including The Coca-Cola Foundation, numerous airlines, tourism boards, luxury hotels along with over 100 internationally recognized brands.

We want to teach you important things that we have learnt over the 4 years, on this 8 day expedition together.

Please note this expedition isn’t for those looking for a quick answer to instantly becoming a travel influencer. We can help guide you as much as possible but what you learn here will still need to be applied, worked on and improved on. It took us 4 years of hard work and little sleep to get to where we are today, this expedition does not guarantee a one trick answer to success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this expedition only for aspiring YouTubers & photographers?

No, this expedition is for anyone who has a passion for travel. We have designed this expedition to cater for everyone. If you love photography, have an interest in videography or even just want to experience your very first group tour – this expedition is for you!

Are flights included in the price?

No. The responsibility of getting to the starting city of Hanoi is up to you. Also please note that the tour ends in a different city, so you may need to organise domestic transportation to get back to Hanoi if you have booked return flights from there. However, don’t worry, our partner On the Go Tours are more than happy to assist with flights and travel insurance during the booking process.

How do I reserve my spot?

As this trip has very limited spots, we are asking all participants who sign up make sure they are 100% ready to go on the expedition. To reserve your spot a $400USD non-refundable deposit will be taken when signing up to ensure everyone who wants to go has the opportunity. You can read about our partners booking terms and conditions here.

I am a solo traveller, is this tour for me?

Yes it is! We encourage solo travellers, or if you want to bring a friend even better! Twin/Double prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling and sharing a room. If you are a solo traveller and you are happy to meet another single traveller of the same sex as you, we will try our best to pair you up.

I would like my own room, is this possible?

Of course, you don’t even have to explain to us why, so for whatever reason we can organise a single supplement. There is a ‘single supplement’ fee that applies for single travellers who require their own room and this will be added on top of the ‘Twin/Double’ price.

Is there an age limit?

No, we do not have a maximum age limit, however unfortunately you must be over 18 years to book.

Do I need a visa?

It’s crucial that you check with your embassy to confirm if you need to apply for a visa ahead of time. Just a heads up, many countries do require a visa for Vietnam.

What will the weather be like?

The best time to travel to Vietnam is during their spring time (which is April – yay)! The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter. March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool at night.

What should I wear?

  • Loose, breathable clothing.

  • Swim shorts or bathing suit

  • Light jacket

  • A few warm layers are recommended for the evening

  • A raincoat (just in case)

  • A hat
  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Flip flops (or thongs for any Aussies coming along)

Do I need scooter experience for the Vespa Food Tour?

No, you will be sharing your scooter with your very own local driver so sit back and enjoy the ride.

Have some more questions?

If you have any further questions on the itinerary or just want to check on something, or you want to let us know you are booking!

Send us an email

Jump on our Facebook Community Group and ask a question

DM Jess on Instagram or DM Stephen on Instagram

You know we are always available to chat, just come say hi 🙂

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