Monday, April 30, 2018

The Flight Attendant Life Through My Eyes

Drum roll, please…

Ta-Da! My first blog post is about my job as a flight attendant! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to work aboard long-haul flights. These flights can last from six to twelve hours -or even longer- and are often non-stop. My dream came true last year as I started working as a flight attendant on the long-haul routes. Before this, I worked as a flight attendant on the short-haul routes.

Since I love travelling to new places, this job suits me perfectly. Meeting new people comes with this job, and visiting different places can be a luxury. Though this job also has some challenging points which I summed up for you below:

     Jet lag and sleeping problems;
     missing out on birthdays, weddings, holidays, etc.;
     working with different people all the time;
     working on different hours;
     not having a regular roster;
     dealing with various circumstances (for example: delays and difficult passengers!);
     it’s hard on your love life… If you have one.

So far I've seen a lot of places and have met some interesting people. You can learn so much from people and their culture. Every trip is different. You will work with a different crew, you will go to different destinations, and the length of the trips will vary. As I'm writing this post, I'm actually in Florida laying next to the pool. Do not get jealous though, it’s not all sun and fun! I do miss my family a lot, and everything about The Netherlands: my friends, the food, and so forth.

As soon as you sign up for this job, you'll have to be able to deal with everything that comes with it. You will have to sacrifice a lot, but you will get so much more in return! This is not a job that will make you rich - you’ll have to create your own airline for that! (Speaking of, what do you think of “Thalita Air”?) My main point is that you need to do this job because you love it.

People are always curious about whether flight attendants have time to go out and do some sightseeing while on their layovers and, luckily, we do have some time for sightseeing and other activities! It depends on how long the layover is and on your own personal plan. Some people will have already been to a certain destination a few times, so they prefer to not go out anymore in that specific destination. When you do decide to venture out, it all comes down to time management. Use your time in an efficient way! Sometimes I go out and other times I just stay in the hotel. I like to go out with my crew, but sometimes I will stay in the hotel and relax or I will do something by myself if no one wants to join me. Also, I like to relax before every flight and, if possible, take a nap. Thankfuly we also get some rest on the aircraft.

I know that my job can ask a lot from me, so here are a few helpful things that I try to do:

     I try to eat healthy always... NOT! Okay, at least I try but trust me, it can be a bit difficult on the aircraft or in certain places. Say YES to veggies and fruities. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
     Hit the gym! Let's face it, exercising is always good no matter what kind of a job you have. It's not only good for your body but also for your mind.
     Try to rest as much as possible. I always listen to my own body. It's better to stay awake and adjust your body straight away to the local time, but for me that doesn't always work. So, if I need a nap I will go for it. (Hello, DJ Pillow and MC blanket!).
     Drink a lot of water and use products to really hydrate and moisturize your skin. Natural coconut oil is always a good idea. (Just for your info, I love coconut: coconut water, coconut ice cream you name it! You can wake me up at 2 in the morning for some coco).

So that’s it for now folks! Let me know what you think about my first short blog and if there are any ideas or topics that you would like to read about.

Much love.



Photo credit: Marina Ramírez Bernal

Photo credit: Marina Ramírez Bernal

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