May’s Roster

Here is where I will be jetting off to in May, no new destinations (hopefully that will change if a swap goes though though!) but I am happy to be going back to JNB for some relaxing in the sun 🙂

  • JNB x 2
  • AUH
  • BLL

I am really looking forward to my JNB trips, I have worked with quite a lot of the crew before so I will hopefully have 2 great trips to look forward too.

I’m not too bothered if I go back to AUH, although I would like to swap it for somewhere else.

I will be putting in for unpaid leave for the BLL, the report is super early which means I have to stay in a hotel the night before and the duty isn’t long, so financially I am losing rather than gaining. I really hope I can get it off!!

I also have some annual leave, but I don’t have any plans yet.

I just did the most amazing SIN/SYD trip, so I will post about it ASAP 🙂


Long Time No Blog!

Well hello there, it’s been a while hasn’t it!? I’ve not really felt the urge to write any posts due to a variety of reasons: high hours so no trips, loooot’s of time off so no trips and a general lack of inspiration. If I’m being honest I found myself getting bored, it felt like I was just going to the same places over and over 😦 Thankfully I am now trained on the B787 😀 I think all crew want to get trained on it, but it is especially true for those of us on the A380 as going to the same 2 destinations can get ever so slightly boring no matter how nice the JNB hotel is!

I think if I’m being completely honest, another reason I haven’t been posting is because I have never 100% felt comfortable about the fact that I name my employer on my blog. I am anonymous and I’ve never posted anything ‘bad’, but there is always a part of me that feels super paranoid lol! Like I’m going to get called into a meeting to discuss a post I wrote about  Vancouver or something! I think for that reason, I am going to remove all reference to my employer, it will no doubt affect my views and stats but so be it 🙂

I got given a great roster for April, I am very fortunate to be going on another SIN/SYD trip I am so excited and can’t wait! I also have 2 new destinations in Baltimore and Toronto, I am super excited about Toronto and while I’m not as excited by Baltimore I’m sure I’ll find something to do. I feel like I have finally perfected my bids these past 3/4 months, I’ve found that not bidding for specific destinations has really worked for me.

I’ve got quite a few pics on my phone from places I’ve been since I last posted, so when I have a chance I’ll look through them and see if I can get a few posts up 🙂

Bye for now

One Year As Cabin Crew

Well I’ve actually technically been crew for 10 1/2 months, but it has been a year since I started training and became cabin crew. I still can’t quite believe that I have been working for as crew for a year now, it’s been a crazy year full of emotion and adventure, I’ve had my ups and downs but I wouldn’t change a thing! – Actually that is a lie there are a few things that I would like to change, but I want to keep this a positive place so I won’t go into it here 🙂 – In one short year I have made new friends, travelled to more places than I could have ever dreamt of, tasted weird and wonderful food, experienced different cultures and I’ve also learnt more about myself as a person.

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Almost There!

I thought I would pop a quick post up while I’m sat in the airport waiting for my flight to Heathrow. I am so glad that I decided to go down today instead of tomorrow, I think I would have felt pretty stressed out going down the night before, worrying about getting there etc. Going today means that tomorrow I can take the day to get settled into my accommodation, get some groceries and read over my notes for training. Continue reading

Fit to Fly & An Update

I set off at 6:30am yesterday to go for my uniform fitting and medical, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get them on the same day so I had to stay overnight in a hotel. I stayed at the Travelodge Terminal 5, it was my first time in a Travelodge and it honestly makes Holiday Inn look like the Ritz in comparison! I don’t know how people can spend the 6 weeks training in one, I would crack up.

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The ‘Golden Email’ AKA – I Got My Start Date!

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To say that I am relieved to finally have my start date is an understatement, that was the overwhelming emotion I felt when I read the email telling me my start date. I got the provisional job offer almost 12 weeks ago, I had started to lose hope that I would ever get a date! It didn’t help when I would read on about people who had their AD in July and August and they had received their start date, it just didn’t seem fair! I know I shouldn’t have compared my progress to other people’s, but it was hard not to! Continue reading

Referencing and Background Checks

Almost two weeks after getting the provisional offer of employment I have finally gotten the email to say that they are going to start doing my background checks. Yay! It is finally starting to feel real now! The airline themselves don’t do the background checks, mine will be done by SterlingBackcheck, but I think there is another company that do the checks too.

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