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Flight Attendants & Pilots Can’t Avoid “The Long Distance Relationship” (But Date Them Anyway)

“You do realize that— as long as you work for this company— any relationship you choose to be in will be long distance, right? Or, at least, the relationship will always have an element of that.” The space between us lay quiet for a minute while the weight of my words settled into his consciousness. This...

Flying Solo: Living single as a flight attendant and [finally] loving it

I saunter up to the host at one of the restaurants at this beachside, all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. My bright green teal skirt is offset by the dark leather purse hanging loosely over both shoulders. A canvas satchel—that holds my ‘never-go-anywhere without’ laptop— weights down my right side, while my hands find entertainment […]

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Jet Life: What you need to get a flight attendant job

This is Jet Life— Confessions of a flight attendant. Note: I wrote this months ago, but added some in at time of publishing. Hope you enjoy! I’m tired. In a good way. Crudité and cheese platters. Mint, half-and-half, orange juice. “Whaaaaaaaaat?!? I exclaim with overabundant enthusiasm. “You have giiiiiinger soda?!? Like, for REAL???” The blonde […]

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That Curious Thing Called ‘Flight Attendant Life’

There is so much that I can’t really tell you about my job anymore and sometimes, what I can tell you is hard to explain. There are no schedules, I have no benefits— health or flight— and I never know how much I will make. The unknowns are just as unnerving as they are addicting. […]

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A Flight Attendant’s Top 5 Travel Tips To Stay Sane, Serene, & Stylish When Traveling The World

(A sponsored post in partnership with The Container Store) Organization on all fronts— home and hotel— for peak travel happiness. To take off and land with your sanity, serenity and sweet style, it’s REALLY important that you stay as organized. In your bag. In your home. On the airplane. Keep your closet organized. Keep your […]

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Just a reminder: “You DO love your flight attendant job”

It’s over ten years in— or maybe it’s your first year— but either way, every bright and shiny element of flight attendant life is faded; dull and tarnished by your jetlag, the worst of travelers and those god-damn sassy stews who overshare everything from the Union drama to last night’s “laid-over life.” You try to smile […]

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Stretch: Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ flying?

I curl up in my bed at my parent’s farmhouse and wrap my arms tightly around my body; ducking my head between my shoulders as if shielding an incoming attack. “Going back to bed?” my dad asks in a tone of slight amusement as he walks into the space to tell me goodbye. I’m leaving […]

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5 Things You Don’t Expect Out Of ‘Flight Attendant Life’

Many flight attendant hopefuls, or long-time cabin crew, prepare themselves for certain aspects of the aviation lifestyle. We expect the jetlag. We understand relationships will maintain an element of unconventional. We prepare ourselves for missing holidays, weddings, and birthdays (although, even though we prepare, missing important milestones never gets easier). We set expectations for our […]

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Love Built An Airline

I find myself asking the same question that a confused reader wrote ‘Dear Sugar.’ ‘Dear Sugar,’ backed by the devotion of Cheryl Strayed, anonymously bares her heart and soul— vulnerably and authentically— to answer inquiries on life, love, loss, and whatever topic the submitted email asks to discuss. With grace and wisdom, ‘Dear Sugar’ handles the […]

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Staying sane when a flight attendant schedule means ‘no schedule.’

It was 6am, in whatever mid-western city I happened to wake up in that morning. My phone brightly blinked awake as an incoming text vibrated an announcement. “Do you have an India Visa?” The words strung together on the screen as the most exciting and unexpected interruption I could have NEVER imagined to happen that […]

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5 significant differences between a corporate and commercial flight attendant job

Many don’t even know that corporate flight attendants exist— let alone understand what these gypsy jet-setters actually must do at work. A little more recognized is the job and lifestyle of a commercial flight attendant, and yet, it seems that the perceived glamour of the career outshines the reality. I am not the overall expert […]

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