Most people associate being a cabin crew member with awesome travel privileges and idealize these individuals with a glamorous life of jetting off to stunning places for less than a few hours pay. What people don’t always think about is that when you have these discounts.. you’re always flying standby. And sometimes that means having days like the day (or night) I’m about to tell you about. Working in this industry means a lot of things: it means that you fly standby, and that you absolutely cannot miss work because you’re using those standby privileges.
We were originally catching the red eye from Vegas to Toronto and then Toronto to Thunder Bay the next morning but the closer to the flight it got, the more and more full the flight got. Until finally it didn’t look like we would be able to get on that flight at all, and the flight after that was looking quite full as well. We sat outside in Utah sipping on some cider debating our options – we could try flying standby with another partner airline and just fly through a connecting city (or a few connecting cities) or we could catch the flight leaving Vegas at 12… noon.
Neither of us were willing to cut the hot springs in Colorado out of our travel plans. Instead, we decided to drive through the night – we went to bed at 7 pm and woke up 4 hours later at 11 pm to start the 9 hour drive back to Vegas. F. Our. Lives.
I slept (ish) for the first few hours and then we switched and he did the same. Luckily the sun started to come up a few hours after I took the wheel and our bodies started to feel a little bit better. Surprisingly, the time went by quite quickly. By 6 am we were fulling craving chicken nuggets and were on a mission to find some. Unfortunately, not many places have chicken nuggets that early so we opted for coffee instead.
We were almost in Vegas, so close we could almost see it. And then the traffic started to slow… and slow… and slow.. and then completely stop. For ten minutes.. then twenty.. then thirty… you get the picture. We had just driven 9.5 hours – through the night – our bodies feel like complete trash – have a flight thats leaving in 2 hours — and we still have to go get gas, drop off our car, take the bus to the airport and make it through security and you can see traffic for miles ahead… staying completely still 🙂
After the worlds longest and worst traffic jam, it started finally flowing again. As traffic started to move we saw a transport truck on fire in the ditch. That would definitely stop traffic for a while. I don’t think anyone was badly injured and it was like an episode of road warriors on the side of the highway trying to get the transport out of the way so that traffic can keep moving through. We were driving through the city to find the car rental place when I noticed another traffic jam up ahead. Our GPS was telling us to keep going, and we were so stressed not to mess up at this point but in a last minute and quick decision I turned to avoid the area – and luckily I did because the cars were stuck there for at least another 30 minutes. We had a mission and it had to be done speedy quick: gas – car – shuttle – airport – security – gate – GO!
We. Freaking. Made. It. And we got some chicken nuggets before our fligh to top it off. I dont know what’s wrong with us because we didn’t even sleep on this flight. I guess the sun and food kept us up some more. Once we got to Toronto we had to wait an hour or so for our flight to Thunder Bay. By this point we were delirious as we had been awake some 23.5 hours. Again on this flight however, we didn’t sleep. We both got sad that it was ending and we wanted to enjoy the last few minutes of it. So instead we had some wine and played some crib.
My lovely sister picked us up to the airport and we were asleep by 1 pm.. some 26 hours after our 4 hour nap in a wagon in colorado.
Ah, the glamorous life of a flight attendant.
We headed to Canyonlands National Park first, which was only about 30 minutes from Moab. This Park was a bit different from the rest we had visited. The reason for this may have been its size – this place was freaking HUGE.
After Canyonlands we drove to Colorado to hit up some hot springs for our last night. The States truly have a beautiful land. One minute we’re driving in the desert, past deserted canyons and the next we’re weaving in and out of the rocky mountains.
We hung out in the pools for a little while before trying to go to sleep early so that we could get a few hours in before our insane day (or night… depending how you look at it). But I’ll get to that on my next blog post…..
LA might be the most fun place to pack for. All I need is some cute bikinis, sundresses and sunglasses and I am good to go. 24 hours till I’m lounging on Venice Beach! The only slight catch for me is that I’m heading to work the day after for 4 days and I have to make it all fit in my carry on!
- workout shorts X1
- Workout tank X1
- Sports bra x1
- Uniform for work after (heels, dress, tights, scarf, raic)
- Bikini x3
- Shorts x2
- Shirts x4
- White pants
- Dress x2
- Jean jacket
- Face and body cream
- Makeup remover
- Water bottle
- Big and small black purses
- Keys to crash pad
- Beach bag
- Car keys
Where has the time gone? How it is ALREADY june 9th!!! It’s been so nice out lately that I’ve been slacking really hard with my blog posts. So here is the quite delayed post for May. Enjoy!
1. For starters, and maybe the most exciting part of this month – end of runway construction at Pearson!!!!! HALLELUJAH! Let flights finally be on time (or closer to at least). I know it’ll be back in the fall but it has been a world of a difference since the construction ended.
2. I moved into a new crash pad in YYZ this month. This one is SO much better than the last. It’s in the same “questionable” neighbourhood but so far the building that I’m in seems much more safe. The apartment itself is also wonderfully clean and organized and everyone who lives there seems to be really respectful of one another. Not to mention it apparently has a pool which I will definitely be hitting up on my reserve in YYZ – just in time for the heat wave!
3. This month I got to reunite with an old friend I met while living in France!! She is also Canadian but from Southern Ontario and had come up to Thunder Bay to do a placement. Although my hectic schedule didn’t allow much time to be spent together I did get to take her up Mount McKay.
4. I only had a few pairings in May, but I worked with some awesome people. When you’re stuck with the same people for a few days it’s a real blessing when you all get along. This month I made some new friends and got to reunite with some flight attendants I hadn’t seen in a while.
5. I’ve been getting a little spoiled with time off lately it feels like.. but last month I had my vacation and had almost 2 weeks off. I spent the first few days just catching up on sleep that I’ve missed out on these last few months. Then, my boyfriend and I headed to the States to do a road trip through Utah and check out some national parks. I’ve also been really slow to blog about our trip.. but maybe I will finally finish on my reserve this weekend in Toronto.. by the pool of course.
Cheers, xx S
This morning we really slept in and it was aaaaammaaaazing. I’m not sure I was tired from all the driving and hiking or if I was tired because Tony was yelling at me in his sleep to “SLOW DOWN!!! STEPH, SLOW. DOWN.” I guess he thinks I drive too fast. Today we headed to arches national park and to our very happy surprise that was only a 10 minute drive away. It was a super freaking hot day outside, and there is very little to no shade at arches national park. At one point on our hike I literally tried to hide under a cactus. But it was worth it when we saw one of its most famous arches “the delicate arch.”
After our hike we hung out on our little patio and here I am writing this post and here tony is staring over my shoulder watching me write it (everyone say hi tony).
Later we grabbed a few drinks and some dinner then passed out nice and early (because we didn’t get enough sleep the night before.. right?)
This morning we packed up, said goodbye to our airbnb, and left for Bryce Canyon National Park. The drive to Bryce from Kanab was a quick 1.5 hours. Bryce Canyon was unlike anything I have ever seen before. It’s composed of what are called “hoodoos.” These hoodoos are created from over 200 freeze/thaw cycles that continuously work to erode the edges of the rock formation.
Some of these hoodoos at Bryce Canyon soar up to 150 feet high. They are absolutely stunning and one of the most phenomenal natural things I have ever seen. You truly felt like you were on another planet looking out over these things.
The National Park starts at the top of these hoodoos – which is amazing because it allows everyone of every age and ability to enjoy the view. There is a paved path along the top with benches and view points.
Then if you wish you can chose which way down into the hoodoos you’d like to hike!
After exploring this national park for a few hours we started our drive to Moab, UT. From Bryce Canyon it’s a 4.5 hour drive. Moab is a small but thriving little town with a wide variety of restaurants, fast food places, coffee shops, grocery stores, and shops. For dinner we stopped at Zax restaurant and I devoured a delicious gluten free burger. nom nom nom. nom. nom.
This mornings wake up was a million and one times better than the night before. Sleeping in a clean, comfy bed really does wonders. We took it easy in the morning knowing that the only thing on our to-do list was Zion National Park.
It took us about 1.5 hours to get to Zion. Zion was much more than I anticipated. There was an adorable town right by the national park with lots of restaurants, ice cream parlours and little shops. Continue reading
Okay, technically Day 2 – but day 1 was just full of flights and wine so I’m not counting that (although it was fun).
We spent our first night at a sketchy hotel within walking distance of the Vegas strip. I’ve stayed in some weird places but this may have taken the spot of the weirdest place I’ve ever stayed. At the very least it gave me a whole new perspective of vegas white trash. I was really skeptical of getting bed bugs or our car broken into but I’m happy to report that we lived through the night accident free!!! Speaking of cars, we arrived to enterprise late and they gave us a free upgrade. We’re currently roaming around Utah in an adorable little fiat!! Continue reading
Rapid changes in weather + Vegas + Hiking + Driving + Flying + Hot springs = a difficult packing challenge for carry ons only. But if there’s one thing I’m good at (literally the only thing I’m good at) it’s packing.
- shorts x 3
- half leggings x 2
- regular leggings x 1
- jeans x1
- sports bra x3
- 1 regular bra
- tank top x4
- tshirt x2
- blouse x1
- rain jacket
- jean jacket
- sweater x1
- cardigan x1
- baseball cap x2
- underwear x9
- socks x9
- party dress x1
- Runners x 2
- Little black booties
- Pearl earrings
- Face cream
- Lip balm
- Crib + cards
- Camera charger
- Selfie stick
- Laptop charger
- Portable charger
- Cell phone charger
- all confirmations
- aux cord
Et c’est tout!