🇨🇦 15 days at home 🇨🇦

Hello from 41,000 ft! In just a few hours I will be returning to Dubai after 15 days at home, and thus my whirlwind of an adventure will continue. When I get back, I’m moving from one apartment to another (from the Dubai/Sharjah border, closer to Dubai’s downtown core), and then off I’ll go again! This time to Zagreb, Croatia! 🇭🇷

While I’m stoked to be checking two new countries and three new destinations off of my list this month, every time I have leave home it gets harder and harder to say goodbye. I just keep reminding myself of how fortunate I am to be travelling the world and that I will be back in late April, if not sooner. Let the countdown begin!

I’ve tried to stay off social media a bit this week so that I could focus my time on friends and family. While 15 days is a significant amount of time, it’s never enough to see everyone.

My first few days at home were spent speaking to journalists on behalf of Emirates in Toronto, Ontario. When I wasn’t in the downtown core, I travelled between London, Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario.

Some highlights- I finally got to see my favourite band, Avenged Sevenfold, live! The inner 13 year old in me couldn’t pass up the opportunity and I got to reunite with some old friends in the process. I got to take in an OHL game with my dad (something my family used to do together a lot) and spend some quality time with my mom for her birthday.

My aunt and uncle (my second set of parents) also took me to my cousins house where I was introduced to the newest addition to the family; baby Elliott. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, I got to reunite with some old friends too and checked out one of Canada’s premier “eats and entertainment” hot spots, The Rec Room. If you’re a fan of air hockey, old school arcade games, and classic Canadian food, this is the place for you! I’ve been meaning to visit for ages now and I couldn’t have asked for better company.

Overall, my time at home was filled with smiles and endless laughter. The distance between my friends and family may be great, but the love and support they’ve shown me throughout this entire journey warms my heart. It is what keeps me going even when things get rough.

Next Stop: Zagreb, Croatia 🇭🇷

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2017 Year in Review

This year has been an exciting one! There were many ups and downs, but all of these moments have allowed me to make many great memories which I have been fortunate enough to share with you. Here are my top 5 favourite memories from 2017. Please share yours with me in the comments below!

5. Aviation-Event in Frankfurt, Germany

In April 2017, I was a part of Aviation-Event in Frankfurt, Germany where I had the pleasure of discussing air transport and social media on a panel of aviation influencers. Although I will not be participating this year (by choice) it was an amazing networking opportunity. I got to meet many industry professionals from around the world and also got to do my first television interview too!

4. Simply Stylist Dubai

This past October, I was also invited to speak at Simply Stylist Dubai; an international fashion and beauty conference. I sat on a bloggers panel where I got to chat about my crazy lifestyle, how I began blogging and offer my own personal advice to up-and-comers on how to develop their own personal brand for their digital platforms.

3. Rugby Match in Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 also presented me with my first Business Promotions event! I had the honour of attending the Lions Rugby match on behalf of Emirates in Johannesburg, South Africa. My colleague Andrea and I were flown in business class to and from the event, where I got to experience the A380 onboard lounge as a passenger! At the match, we were tasked with promoting the airline on the field for the run-in, as well as the halftime show. It was an unforgettable experience to say the least!

2. The 2017 Dubai Airshow

The opportunity to participate in the Dubai Airshow this year was granted to me and three other Cabin Crew (Elizabethe, Doyle and Jarad) by the Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Digital Marketing and Business Promotions teams. As difficult as our tasks were, we managed to accomplish all of them by working together. Doyle and I did a live Facebook Broadcast that reached nearly 2 million views and our entire team worked tirelessly to generate several other videos to promote our brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. We also created several Instagram stories for the Emirates account to keep airline fans in the loop about what was happening throughout the Airshow.

1. Returning Home to Toronto, Canada

When you’re constantly flying around the world, the time you get to spend with your friends and family paramount. I’ve been very lucky to have operated the Toronto flight 9 times in the past 2 years which more than most of my colleagues. I never take this for granted as tiring as the Toronto flights can be. A lot of what I’ve accomplished this year wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of my friends and family, especially that of my parents. They have always cheered me on and have never hesitated to pick up the phone, no matter what time or day of the week I call them. Home is where the heart is, and returning to Canada every once in a while helps me to stay focused on my goals and aspirations.

Other Memorable Moments

There were many more memorable moments this year that didn’t make my top 5, but were definitely up there! Skydiving in Auckland, New Zealand, touching down in South America for the first time, taking in an NHL game with my Italian family in Chicago, United States, participating in the Airbus A380 Inaugural flight to Johannesburg, South Africa and having a full page article published in Arab News (even though that one was a bit of an accident) are just a few of them that I will cherish forever.

I am a huge believer in everything happens for a reason. If you believe in yourself and work hard, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Who would have thought that this year I’d touch down in over 50 countries?!

Remember- the sky is only the limit for those who are afraid to fly. I hope you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way in 2018, spread your wings without fear and soar.

Next Stop: Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

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Passenger Stories: DXB to YYZ

“We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet”

I love getting to know our customers! Each and everyone of them have a story to tell. They are all coming and going from somewhere and I’m always eager to hear about where exactly that is.

On a recent flight from Dubai United Arab Emirates to Toronto, Canada, I had the pleasure of getting to know a few of our younger flyers.

The little one pictured with me above loved coming to the galley to say hello. His father shared with us the story of his birth; how he came into the world a little earlier than planned and was delivered unexpectedly at at their family home.

This beautiful girl has travelled quite a bit for 7 months old! Her father works all over the world and sometimes she gets to travel too. Her mother keeps a passenger logbook with all her flight details in them (shown below) and I got to add a sticker from my personal Emirates collection to it as a small keepsake for her. How exciting will that be when she grows up and gets to see a list of all the places she’s been!?

Have an interesting story from one of your flights? Please share it with me in the comments below!

Next stop: Trivandrum, India 🇮🇳

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Layover Life: Toronto, Canada

People tell me I think to much. Whether that’s meant to be an insult or not, I don’t disagree with them. I’ve had a lot on my mind these days, and having the opportunity to operate a flight home to Toronto, Canada last week gave me the chance I needed to clear my head.

Dubai is an exciting place to live, but with so much going on in the city all the time it’s nice to get away. I’ve spent nearly a month here on ground, so you can imagine how good it felt to get back into the air and of course, to operate a flight home.

My layovers in Toronto, Canada usually consist of a visit to Burlington, Ontario to see my family. My parents don’t live in the city, so I tend meet them halfway at my aunt’s place for dinner. When I’m not with my loved ones, you can find me catching up with friends at local hot-spots, running around the downtown core trying to get my errands done, or roaming up and down Queens Quay taking in the picturesque views of the Waterfront. It’s hard though. With less than 52 hours to spare, I can’t see everyone I’d like to see and do everything I’d like to do.

Lately, I’ve found myself wondering what things would be like if I didn’t make the move overseas. I think it’s because I’m starting to realize that being a flight attendant isn’t necessarily a career for me, but more of a temporary position that has allowed me to escape the confines of the concrete jungle for a while.

That’s not to say that I’m not happy with where I am right now. I’ve accomplished a lot since I’ve made the life-changing decision to join Emirates. I’ve been to 32 countries, done things I’ve never thought I’d do and made friends that come from places I didn’t even know existed.

My social media presence has also increased dramatically, and I am constantly receiving messages from people all over the world who are inspired by my writing and love of travel. This, of course, was not planned, but welcomed. I’m glad that I’ve been able to share my experience with others. To be honest, this has been one of the most rewarding parts of the job so far, and I am content in knowing that when or “if” I resign, that this attention will fade. I welcome that too.

The hardest part about leaving home is not knowing when I’ll be coming back. Each time I visit, returning to Dubai becomes a lot harder. I read a quote online recently that said:

“Once you experience travel, you will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere”

No matter where this journey takes me, I feel as though this will always be the case. My body will be in one place, but my mind, heart and soul will always be in another. <3

Next Stop: Johannessburg, South Africa

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Where I’ve Been: Toronto, Canada

Maybe it’s the roar of the engines, or the breathtaking views of the vast, endless skyline. Maybe it’s the feeling of freedom, the idea that when we fly, we are resting on a blanket of air; breezes that tear us away from the bonds restraining us to the ground. The concept of flight is truly remarkable. Although I can’t quite decide what I like most about it, I enjoy every minute I get to spend above the clouds.

I’m currently on leave in Toronto, Canada visiting friends and family. This photo was snapped on my flight to YYZ, somewhere over Turkey! I will be returning to Dubai at the end of the month to operate a flight to Chicago, U.S.A and to participate in the Royal Aeronautical Society-UAE`s Young Persons Lecture Competition. I will be speaking on the topic of aviation and the impact social media has had on the industry.

My roster for the month of March should be sent to me by early next week, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you what new adventures are in store for me!

Next Stop: Chicago, U.S.A

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