Planning a trip can be stressful. Trying to balance budgets, time, transportation, weather, etc. can leave you frazzled when you want to just be excited for your adventure. I get you. Every time I plan a trip it’s the same thing – I end up stressed the week before rushing to finalize plans or change plans or buying things that I forgot or making packing lists and itineraries and it’s a whole lot of organizing and planning and replanning and changing my mind over and over again. Continue reading “How to Plan the Perfect Trip”
Working as a Flight Attendant, especially living in a city different than the one I work in, I spend a stupid amount of time waiting around in airports. When I commute home I fly standby, so sometimes that means I finish work and still have to wait 10+ hours till I’m able to make it on a flight home. I’ve basically earned expert status at occupying time in airports so I thought I’d share some of the things that keep me busy. Continue reading “What to do when you’re stuck in an airport all day”
Learn some Spanish
don’t drink the water
Stay away from uncooked foods, ice cream, and cheese
Try to organize collective taxis to save money (or take the bus – but then your schedule will be limited)
Stay at casa’s – you can book them through airbnb or just find them when you get there. Everyone knows everyone so just ask someone or look for the signs on the doors.
Wifi is elusive and hard to come by, when you do find it – it isn’t very good
You need to buy wifi cards for the wifi zones – 1 hour = 1 CUC. You can buy them from Telephone stores or banks ( I thiiiink haha) or you can find someone selling them on the street. Usually the cell them for 2 CUC for 1 hour on the streets and at the airport.
You can also buy wifi at fancy hotels in Havana and then use it in their lobby. I did this while I was there, it was perfect because it was so clean and they had great AC so it was a nice break when I went to check my emails and book things.
Want a break from the heat? You can pay to use one of the pools at some of the hotels. Hotel Nacional is 25 CUC with 20 CUC giving you a credit at the pool restaurant/bar.
download maps.me to have a map of havana before you go… or you will get lost again and again and again
1. Use the hanger to close the curtains together so the sun doesn’t wake you up in the morning Continue reading “10 Hacks to Have a Better Sleep in a Hotel”
1. It builds confidence
You don’t have anyone to rely on, take care of you or help you find your way. It’s just you. That can be scary, but it’s also rewarding. Being able to navigate your way through foreign countries and solve problems as they come builds confidence and gives you independence.
Air crew often lead unhealthy lifestyles; we sleep at irregular hours and in different time zones, work extremely long days, are exposed to high levels of radiation, eat a lot of processed and packaged foods, struggle with maintaining relationships of all kinds and in my aircraft, don’t have access to running water to wash my hands for sometimes 14 hours at a time. As you can imagine we build resilient immune systems but this lifestyle wears on us mentally and physically. So these are my top tips on how to stay healthy living this lifestyle:
1. Step one is staying busy where ever you are! I’m always loneliest when I’m bored. Just get out, go for a walk, go out to eat, workout, see friends, DO SOMETHING. Force yourself out of your house, away from your screens and go do something.
2. Keep something from home with you. I always print some pictures and tape them to my wall. Now working as a flight attendant, I don’t really have a wall to post them on hahaha so I keep two with me in my journal.
3. Have a date set for when you’ll visit home. It’s a lot more comforting knowing when you’ll get to see your loved ones again. If you can’t set a specific date just try to keep an approximate time you’ll try to get home.
4. Call, facetime and text when you can. Sometimes this makes you miss home a little more – but it’ll be helpful in the long run to stay connected to those who mean the most to you.
5. Always remember that the grass might look greener on the other side.. but that doens’t meant that it is. I find that whenever I leave a place, my mind makes it up to be this incredible haven where I’m missing out on all these fun times and memories with my friends and family. But sometimes we make it seem better in our heads than it really is.. so don’t be too hard on yourself.
6. Have things to look forward to! Make plans where ever you are – go to a concert, or a movie, or do something that you like so that you have something to look forward to and get you through the week.
7. Try to make friends! Make where ever you are as much as home as possible. If you can find a few people you get a long with, this can be a lot easier.
8. Remember that nothing lasts forever, and that you chose how to feel in situations so make the most of it and know that it will change. Even if you’re in a crappy situation.. it will change and it will get better!
9. Exercise! Those endorphins really help you stay positive, and it gives you something heathy to do. Go for a walk, run, do some yoga, find a gym, do whatever you gotta do to get that sweat on. It’ll make you feel much better, plus you never know maybe you’ll meet some people while you’re out!
10. Focus on the present and take it day by day. Weeks and months go by faster than you’d think, so just enjoy each day and try not to get too overwhelmed by it all. If you can find things you like about where you are, and appreciate them for when you have them, it will make your time away so much easier.
This advice has gotten me through many different experiences away from my family, friends and loved ones. No matter if I was overseas or just a quick 2 hour flight away, these tips have always rung true and have always helped. It’s important to always remember that things don’t stay the same and to be grateful for what you have when you have it. Keep your head up and it will pass. x