July Roster (2017)

Hello July! This month, I’ll be visiting two new countries and three new destinations:

Perth, Australia  *
Toronto, Canada
Mauritius  *
Bangkok, Thailand
Dhaka, Bangladesh  *

* = New destinations

Canada will also be celebrating its 150th anniversary! Although I will be in Dubai for that, I’m still looking forward to it. 🙂

Next Stop: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Layover Life: Auckland, New Zealand

15 hours and 45 minutes. That was approximately how long it took us to fly directly to Auckland, New Zealand from Dubai, United Arab Emirates! It was the longest flight I’ve ever been on, but it was well worth the trip.

My first time visiting New Zealand was amazing. I promised myself that I’d stayed true to my adventurous spirit, so the first thing I decided to do upon arrival was jump at Skydive Auckland! I’ve NEVER done something this extreme before, but I was eager to try something new and exciting. It was such a great experience that I highly recommend you take the plunge from 13,000+ ft if you ever get the chance no matter where you are in the world!

On my second day in AKL, I joined some friends on a road trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set (from the Lord of the Rings series) in Matamata and nearby Blue Spring Te Waihou Walkway in South Waikato. Both places provided us with beautiful views of the countryside, all of which I was able to capture in a short YouTube video (coming soon).

My last day in the city was spent at the gym and a small coffee house called Esquires Coffee. With another long 16 hour flight ahead I wasn’t able to get up to much before my evening departure. Despite this, I did get to do a lot in the 56 hours I was granted, and I’m hoping to return again later this year to take on the SkyJump and Auckland Bridge Bungy!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada

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Layover Life: Jakarta, Indonesia

When it comes to Jakarta, Indonesia the crew tend to stay at the hotel and soak up the sun by the pool, hit the gym or go for a massage. You can’t blame them though! There isn’t much time for us to do much else because we arrive in the early evening and depart around noon the next day. Despite this, I promised myself that I would try to get out and explore the city; and boy, did I do just that!

My friends and I collect unused toiletries (slippers, shampoos, soap etc.) from the hotels we stay at and put together care packages for the less fortunate when we gather enough materials. This month, we were able to put together over 30 of them to send with me on my layover. When I arrived at the hotel in Jakarta, the concierge directed me to Rumah Yatim, a nonprofit organization that helps to improve the lives of the poor and orphaned in Indonesia.

The morning of our departure, I hopped into an Uber to try and find one of their locations to drop everything off at. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay long because our wake-up call was a few hours away, but when I went to hop back into my ride, my uber driver was no longer there!

There is a lot of traffic in Jakarta and the streets are full of people too. I had my crew suitcase with me, (to transport the donations) and was struggling to flag down a cab. A local saw that I was having trouble and tried his best to help me out with the little english that he spoke. He managed to flag down what looked like a mini-van and told me to jump in. I was afraid I was going to be late for our pick-up, so without thinking, I did just that!

It turns out that I had hitched a ride in what’s called an “angkot”- a local form of public transportation. They go around the city and stop when you wave them down (like a taxi). You tell the driver the area you want to go to, and hop off when you pass by it. On the way to your destination, the driver picks up and drops off other people en route (instead of taking you directly to where you need to be).

At the time, I didn’t know what it was or where he was taking me, but I made it back to the hotel on time and got to experience the city and its culture on my way there. Life is an adventure, and we need to learn to embrace it!

Next stop: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Personal Travel: New YouTube Video

A colleague and I recently travelled to Frankfurt, Germany to participate in an aviation conference. On our way there, we shot some video together! Check it out below:

Next stop: Auckland, New Zealand

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June Roster (2017)


June is going to be an exciting one! I’ll be visiting 4 new countries (*), bringing my total up to 38!

✈️ Colombo, Sri Lanka
✈️ Toronto, Canada
✈️ Amsterdam, Netherlands *
✈️ Conakry, Guinea *
✈️ Dakar, Senegal *
✈️ Budapest, Hungary *
✈️ Tehran, Iran (Turnaround)
✈️ Chennai, India (Turnaround)

There are still plenty more to go, so I hope you’ll continue to fly with me as I tick each and every one of them off the map! ☺️

Next stop: Auckland, New Zealand

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