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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Personal Travel: From DXB to the YYZ

I’ve been modelling off and on for over 6 years now, so when I returned to Toronto I just had to get in front of the camera again! Special thanks to photographer Stephen M Loban and hair/makeup artist KJ James for the amazing shoot. I can’t share all of the images just yet as there is a slight chance some of our work will be published, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek!

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.