Just two weeks ago, I was able to work a trip that had me spend 20 hours in Hawaii. What a terrible job I have, right? Most flight attendants based out of San Francisco do work to all of the Hawaiian islands. Unfortunately, I haven’t had such luck until recently.
There are trips that consist of working to an island, let’s say Maui, and then work back. We don’t spend the night, we don’t sit in the airport for a couple hours, we don’t even get off the plane. We head straight back to San Francisco and we’re done with that trip. Now, it sounds terrible (and trust me, it is!) but this trip, what we call a “turn”, is worth a lot of money and allows you to be back at home the same day. Since I started flying, I’ve only worked these turns to Hawaii, I haven’t gotten to spend the night.
A couple months ago, I was given a 9 hour layover in Honolulu. NINE HOURS. I didn’t even get to see the sun while I was there. So I’ve been dying for a trip where I could actually spend some time on the beach, and it finally happened!
I woke up at 4:30 in the morning just to walk down the beach and watch the sunrise. Now let me tell you, it was so worth it! I can’t wait to share the pictures, here’s a sneak peek!
I’ve been flying for almost two years, and I’ve started to notice a trend when it comes to what passengers wear when traveling.
- Your body DOES expand in the air- so wear clothes that will expand with you. Your body bloats when you travel. It’s not pretty, not fun, and the last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination feeling like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka. Trust me: I’ve gotten to my hotel, changed into a bikini, and had those indents from my skinny jeans running down my legs for HOURS! I recommend wearing leggings for the stretchy waistband, a flowy/loose top, and a cute sweater to keep you warm. Don’t forget a super practical and adorable cross body purse, it’s small enough to put into your carryon bag (if you’re bringing more than one) but functional enough to hold your phone, passport, headphones, and lipgloss.
- The plane gets cold, and I’m not just talking like a little chilly. Just because you’re flying to the warm weather, doesn’t mean the plane is going to be warm. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen flying to Los Angeles or Miami wearing a pair of shorts and a tank top. But that same person asks me not 15 minutes into the flight for a blanket because they’re too cold. Honey, do you not realize that we are traveling 35,000 feet in the air going 500+ mph? It is -30 degrees outside! Seriously. So if you’re naturally cold, wear layers like a scarf and a jacket. If you’re naturally warm, still wear pants and a long sleeve.
- High heels? Really, ladies? I have to wear high heels for my job, but even I change into flat shoes when I’m in the air. High heels may look cute, and trust me- they ARE cute! But they’re just such a hassle. Having to take them off and put them back on through security is annoying. And having to run through the airport to make it to your flight on time in 4 inch heels? No thank you! I know packing the heels will make your suitcase a little bit heavier, but it’ll be so much easier to travel in flats or your workout shoes. And more comfortable! Remember, the bloating thing? It applies to your feet too. Sorry!
- Don’t roll out of bed and jump on the plane. I know that flights can leave incredibly early and your first instinct is to just throw your hair up, put on a hoodie, and splash some water on your face. Resist that temptation. You will thank yourself later for getting up 30 minutes earlier when you land and you’re ready to start your vacation. You never know who you’re going to see in the airport or who’s going to sit next to you on the plane. I’m not saying you should look like you’re going the Grammys, but brushing your hair is a good start. If I have an early flight, I have a quick 15 minute routine to get ready: tinted BB cream, eyeliner, either a slicked back bun or a cute hat, and a quick spritz of perfume. Enough to make you look (and feel!) presentable to meet anyone, but casual enough for you to still get some sleep before your early flight.
- Wear your heaviest clothes to avoid overweight baggage fees. If you’re traveling for more than a week, or you know that your bag is borderline too heavy, consider wearing your heaviest clothes aka those knee high boots. When I travel, I always wear my heaviest jacket, scarf, sweater, bulkiest shoes, etc. on the plane so I can fit more into my bag and not worry about the weight. If you get too hot on the plane, you can always throw your jacket on top of your bag. Your wallet will thank you, some airlines charge up to $50 to check a bag and an additional $50 if it’s overweight. And if you think you can just bring your heavy bag as a carry on and avoid the fees, remember you have to lift it and put it in the overhead compartment. Not to mention, drag it around the airport with you.
These are just a couple tips for traveling, hope this helps you all on your next adventure!
Is it bad that I want to be protected? That I want to have someone care for me, worry about me, willing to be there through the good and bad? Does that make me weak? Does that make me seem like I’m not independent? That I can’t take care of myself?
I know how to be strong when times get tough and I feel like I can’t afford to be vulnerable. I’ve pushed away from my emotions and the thought of asking for help because I felt like it would make me look weak. Or that I couldn’t do it on my own. There were times where I would save my tears until I was laying in my bed, and I would cry myself to sleep. To be completely honest, I still do that. I’ve taken care of myself for years now, just staying quiet and suffering on the inside so no one would see just how tired I am.
Am I admitting I’m weak? Heck no. I just want someone in my corner. Someone that is loyal, kind, supportive, and protective of my well being.
Is that too much to ask?
“But still, like dust, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou