Fifteen days. That’s the longest I’ve gone without stepping foot on an aircraft since I became Cabin Crew. And let me tell you, for any aircrew that admires their job, that’s a long time!
When I mentioned this to my friends earlier this week, they laughed. “You’re in the air all the time, you deserve a break” they said. They’re not wrong! The long days, hectic schedules, different flight routes and sometimes strenuous services onboard can make for an exhausting lifestyle, but the truth is most aircrew wouldn’t change it for the world.
Being in the sky is exhilarating. It’s hard to explain, but once you’ve had the opportunity to taste flight you see the world a little differently.
I’m currently on leave and visiting my loved ones in Canada. As I write this post, I’m watching the planes take off from the waterfront near the Toronto Island Airport. I guess that’s when you know you really love your job; even on your days off, you’re still looking upward!
I’ve been flying for just under a year now, and I’m still fascinated by the idea of how such large vehicles can make their way into the skies. While I sit here and watch them, I can’t help but wonder, where in the world are they headed? And each month I ask myself a similar question; where in the world will my wings take me next?
When I became Cabin Crew, I told myself that no matter what, I would make the most of it, because I knew that this was an incredible opportunity to travel the world. One chance that many people do not often receive.
Yes, in aviation, there can be such things as ‘bad flights’. As aircrew, we often look to our colleagues and our customers for that inspiration to overcome them. Seat 44A may press the call bell an awful lot and kids may run up and down the aisles more than we’d like, but I always try to put myself in their shoes and remind my colleagues that most of our customers don’t get to fly almost everyday like we do.
Like many jobs, flying has its pros and cons, but I believe it is what you make of it. You can choose to have a positive attitude or a negative one when you wake up and go to work each morning. When aircrew do get up, it’s usually in a different country, in a place some people will only ever dream of.
Travel isn’t one of the only perks of our job. Others include discounted tickets, paid vacation days, medical/insurance benefits… the list goes on and it varies from airline to airline. For the most part though, we don’t do it for this. I myself live for the experience, and this opportunity is one that has given me many.
I love my job and I love flying. With that I say, if you are thinking of joining an airline, I have only two words for you: do it!
Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.