As a person who feels invigorated by seeing new places, interacting with strangers and immersing myself to various cultures, I always wonder what it would feel like to get paid while travelling and exploring the world. It’s fun for certain but the question is, are there any trade offs for opting to have such career? What is these people’s life like off-duty?
To feed my curiosity, I’ve spent one afternoon with Coup, a flight attendant in one of the most prestigious 5-star airlines in the Middle East, as she takes her time off duty in Souq Waqif after a 22-hour flight duty from Sydney. She must still be tired and experiencing jetlag but I’m grateful that she finds time to squeeze me in to her schedule and answer my random questions.
1. What’s your most favorite destination?
– Tokyo, Japan! (aside from Manila of course!)
2. What’s the best part of your job?
– Getting paid to travel the world and being able to eat breakfast in Paris, the next day lunch in Manila, after a week dinner in Johannesburg, SA and go to the beach in Maldives- all while getting paid!
3. What’s your typical day like as a flight attendant?
There’s never a typical day when it comes to flying, but there are things to be expected.
– Every month you get a roster that marks possible layovers (flights with 24-hour stay, it could be less or more).
– Expect your colleagues to be of different nationalities and cultures (especially if you’re working in an international airline)
– Expect Delays. There are. They happen. You just need to get used to them.
– Too many people in too small spaces. Sometimes I just want to hide under a rock after seeing, interacting and supervising 200-500 people in one day.
– Patience is a virtue. Patience is one of the most important attributes a flight attendant can carry on the aircraft.
– You will meet a lot of awesome and yeah some terrible passengers.
4. What’s in your travel kit?
– Passport, BDJ planner, Avène Thermal Spring water spray, IPAD/Iphone/IPOD, sunglasses, vanity kit and snacks
5. How do you keep yourself alert during long flights?
– COFFEE! COFFEE! COFFEE!
6. Where’s the farthest place you’ve been?
– Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7. Any destinations you fancy to visit this year?
– Coron, Palawan Philippines
– Petra, Jordan
– Siem Reap, Cambodia
8. One product you cannot live without.
– Majolica Majorca Brows Kit
9. Have you always wanted to be a flight attendant?
10. Do you have any particular interest/hobby aside from travelling?
– I love singing, watching movies, playing badminton, hanging out with my girlfriends and shopping!
11. If you weren’t a flight attendant, what would you be?
12. Who is your favorite leisure travel companion?
– Mon Amour, my boyfriend
After speaking to her, I was reminded that being a flight attendant is more than just going to different places but above all else, taking the responsibility of bringing passengers safely to their destinations while providing the utmost comfort available during the flight. Being able to explore new places are perks from dealing with various passengers’ demands, having irregular sleeping hours and jet lag from crossing multiple time zones. Nevertheless, it seems like being able to travel whenever their schedule permits outruns all of their inflight duties.
WHAT SHE’S WEARING:
MANGO, trench coat
BEBE, black handbag
PRIMADONNA, silver espadrilles
SHOP THE LOOK
Photographed by: Eds Dela Cruz