November Roster + Sightseeing

For crew, roster night is sort of reminiscent of Christmas Eve, where you know that in a few hours you’ll be opening up something with sheer excitement and not having a clue what you’re going to get, even if you have asked. In our cases, that something is opening up our intranet page, logging in, clicking on roster, and refreshing the page for about 2 hours until it finally reveals what the month ahead has in store. It can either be the happiness day of your life, or you wonder why you bother. Needless to say, I have got one cracking roster coming up.

So, where am I heading in November? (* =  New Destination )

  • Prague, Czech Republic*
  • Luxemburg ( Turnaround )
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tel Aviv, Israel*
  • Stuttgart, Germany ( Turnaround )
  • Las Vegas, USA
  • Chicago, USA
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Manchester, UK ( Turnaround )

I will be ticking off two more countries this month, as well as covering 40,000 miles over 4 regions.

I was asked by a lovely follower of mine about how much sightseeing I can realistically do on a layover, and what I do. First of all, I tend to base my plans on whether or not I’ve been there before, and is it a requested flight. If so, I will make plans for that particular destination, and I try to stick to a plan since I want to make every minute count where possible I know in November that I will be ensuring that I make the time and effort to explore Tel Aviv, or in this case Bethlehem. I also gauge it on the day based on my tiredness levels. It can be quite difficult at times to not get carried away with feeling like you have to see everything, and do everything when you’re exhausted. It’s something that has taken me a few months to get my head around, but I have to get myself into this mentality that I am not on holiday, even though I am somewhere wonderful, and have so much to discover. I am there for work. I need to be well rested for my duty, and sometimes you have to make a call whether or not to relax, or to head out and explore. Let’s take my flight to Prague as an example. I haven’t been to Prague yet, and I am dying to go, however I land at 22:20, and will probably be at my hotel and in bed for around midnight. I have to be ready for my flight back to London at 9:45. In reality, even though I am somewhere new, I don’t have sufficient time to really head out and explore, not without comprising my rest time. In this case, I would rather make sure that I have had enough sleep, hit the gym, and ate properly, rather than feeling like I have to rush around a city that I am likely to fly back to, all for the sake of saying that I’ve been. I could have a quick gander in the morning , and grab a coffee and cake, but as far as sightseeing goes, not today!

I have a lot that I want to answer, and rather than doing one big post on it, and being vague. I want to answer your questions with some detail, rather than brushing over a topic quickly. I have so much that I want to share, and it really does make my day when I get messages to say how much my content is appreciated, and how I’ve encouraged someone in some way to apply for Cabin Crew, or to book a trip to somewhere that I love. It really does amaze me, and thank you so much. Make sure you follow me on social media to keep track of my travels and what I am doing.

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Victoria Louise

9 Comments

  1. It must be fantastic to be able to see so much of the world, but so busy too. Enjoy the moments!! Loved you answered your followers question. 🙂

  2. You are a true professional Victoria, in your work with British Airways. As you say and, in particular on the short haul routes, the turnaround times are not long enough, to be able to explore a particular destination, in depth. On long haul routes, the opportunity to explore a destination, is much easier, I presume, given the fact that the stay over at long haul destinations are longer.

    • Thank you! We can get what we call a standover where you take the last flight out, and take the first flight back with an entire day in between. You get these if you go out on a A321 but return on a smaller aircraft in most cases. I’ve had one for Venice and it was one of my most memorable trips. As for long haul, it depends. Since I’ve already visited Cape Town, I don’t feel the needs to really do anything particular other than to sit by the pool, go for a jog by the beach and take it easy. Thank you again for such an amazing compliment, it means the world to me 🙂

  3. You seem to visit Chicago a lot where it all started. Amazing, how you are able to squeeze in 9 trips in one month. I know, usually the crew fly aout 90 hrs/month. Still, it might be a little taxing with all the heavy schedule. Have a fabulous November month

    • Hi, I am in chicago this weekend, and obviously next month unless they change my roster. It will be my 5th time there at the end of November. A portion of those trips are minimum rest and turnarounds, although they do equate to a lengthy shift. It is a lot of flying but I’m not away that much either 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great month. Love your blog very informative and very professional.

  5. Your November roster sounds so exciting! Love hearing about the new places you’ll be visiting. It must be tough to make those decisions – to stay in or to explore – after a long haul flight. I know we’d be exhausted and probably just hit the sack!!

    Xo, Carla & Guil

    • Carla! Sometimes that’s exactly what I do. I may visit the Grand Canyon when I am in Las Vegas, but other than that I will lounge around the pool, and res whilst getting some colour. Tel Avivis my top priority, and I will be documenting this trip! Can’t wait to see where the winds takes you both! Love you x

  6. Congratulations. You really are also very intelligent and sensible. Even if you want to know a place that is still unknown, you take care of your sleep, your rest, your food to be fit to fly the next morning. That is admirable. I met your blog yesterday and believe me, it’s impossible not to admire your posts. I hope that we, poor mortals, may have the pleasure and honor to receive your posts, of course, whenever possible for you to post without prejudice to your work, your rest and your laser. Brazil embraces you with great affection.

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