The Best Thing I Ever Did

Hello to you all,

I have been wondering what my first post should be for a while, since I don’t want to just go straight into it without some sort of background story, without it being an about me sort of page. The idea of this blog has been in motion for a while, and here it is.

My first flight to Chicago

I figured that since I have been flying for over 6 months that it would be a perfect place to start, and it has been the most incredible 6 months for me. So here goes…

Last year I had just returned home from a stint in Australia, and I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with myself. I had just come back to a life that I honestly thought I’d never see ever again, but there I was. Back in 2012 I had applied for a few major airlines to no avail, and I suppose that lead me to working in the French Alps, and then Australia. It was something that I had wanted for a long time, and could see myself doing, but I was very wary of being given the “try again next time” email. I recall being on my flight back to Manchester thinking “if these girls can do it there’s ABSOLUTELY no reason why I can’t.”  This was my final time in applying for an airline ever, and I promised myself that if it was another no, that it really wasn’t meant to be. It was meant to be. The best thing I ever did was to not give up on something that I had wanted so badly for a long time, and here I am 6 months into my career as cabin crew.

When I got my wings!

So, how have those 6 months been ? 

Magnificent. Don’t get me wrong it’s challenging at times, and it does take it’s toll on your body, but this is the happiest that I have been in my whole life. Training was tough, one minute you’re learning about the safety and security of the aircraft, to learning how to save a person’s life with the tools you have on board. The days were long, and you were constantly reading up on the material needed to pass well over 40 exams in order to get your wings.

My first flight was to Chicago, and it was the most thrilling experience to be able to sit in the flight deck. To see the procedures in taking off, and landing. All those buttons, the screens, the information given by the computer, listening to Air Traffic Control, and that feeling of sitting at the front and just gliding through the air. I am extremely lucky to be able to experience what that feels like, and I’ll never digress from that.

The most thrilling experience of being able to sit in the flight deck for take off!

In 6 months I have taken off and landed 113 times, I have been to over 35 airports in 25 countries spanning 5 continents, and I have a quarter of a million air miles under my belt in this short time. I have been to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, I have been to the Great Wall of China, I’ve had a girl’s night at Marina Bay Sands, I’ve had deep dish pizza in Chicago, I have watched the world go by at The Grand Canal of Venice, I have played with baby tigers in Johannesburg, and baby elephants in Nairobi, I have sat with a champagne at Sydney Opera House, I have walked along The Bund in Shanghai at night, I have partied in Vegas, I have chilled out in Miami, and I am sure I have many more amazing experiences coming my way. There are times when I have to pinch myself because it seems absolutely surreal to me even now. When I was a little girl, I never thought I’d make it to China in my life, to me it seems another world away, and verging on the impossible. To a small child the world seemed like to big of a place for these things to ever be a reality, and what this job has given me is the world in my hands. It’s given me freedom, peace in myself, and happiness. Something you can’t put a price on.

Aircraft conversions in the hi vis jacket and goggles!

Was it what I expected ?

For the most part, yes. I have/had friends who had worked as crew before who told me of the hardships of the job role. I knew that I would be constantly jetlagged and catching up on much coveted sleep, I knew that I would have early mornings, long days with multiple sectors, long flights to far places, missing special occasions, working weekends and Public Holidays, having strange meal times, and tiredness. The one thing I would have to say that I overlooked was how isolating it could be, especially for someone who isn’t from the area. Since we work with a different team each flight, it’s difficult to build a solid relationship with someone, and when you do really get on well with someone, they end up being a commuter from miles away. Another thing that makes it hard is our rosters are unusual, and sometimes finding the time to meet up for a drink and a chat can be quite hard to achieve. You really do have to make an effort to make time for those that you really do get along with, and some months if just not possible. Another thing I didn’t realise was now expensive tights were to keep replacing. However, I do wake up, go to work, and lay down at night genuinely a happy person. I love going to work, I love that I’ll be somewhere different, even on a there and back, I love how I’ll meet someone new, and I’m glad I took that final chance in  myself.

Receiving a much coveted Golden Ticket from a Gold Card Holder!

I have my roster for August and it’s rather exciting as I will be ticking off two new countries, and heading back to the city where it all began. Chicago.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for following this amazing journey! It means a lot to me! I have added a few of my best moments down below for you to look at. For more pictures, go and follow my Instagram @thatjetsetgirl!

Victoria x

Taking the fun route down The Great Wall of China

Feeding Fiona the Giraffe

Tho is one of my ALL time favourite photos. Playing with the baby tigers!

Shopping in Chicago! There’s a running joke that the Sephora bag is part of our uniform since we LOVE it there!

Venezia! Italy is my favourite place on Earth!

My beloved Australia! It was a pleasure to be back there!

 

Victoria Louise

42 Comments

  1. Hi lovely!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Glad you had the first Chicago flight that inspired you and I’m sure there will lots more amazing experiences to come! 😊✈️💫

    • I LOVE Chicago! Absolutely can’t wait to do in to a deep dish pizza ❤️

  2. Wow this is a great insight into your fab work. Hope you continue to have many years of happiness. One day CSM…hope to see you on one of my flights as a passenger.

    • That’s the goal! I’m still newish though so I gotta get past a year before I even think about heading in that direction, but watch this space! I’ll be running the show on a flight at some point hopefully ❤️👸🏼

  3. Amazing post. I have a friend who also is a flight attendant 👩‍✈️ and she also says it is a great job that enables one travel the World 🌎! Have great time at work and we are looking forward to your following posts.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! It’s so rewarding, exhausting but rewarding. I really do think I have found my calling! Thank you again and I look forward to writing more 🙂

  4. Excellent read, the passion for flying/travelling really comes through. We both have a yearning for Sydney, I have spent a lot of time there.
    Hope there will be more posts.

    • Australia will always have a special place in my heart. I love the lifestyle out there and asmashed Avo on sourdough 👌🏽

  5. A lovely blog.. I love travelling but working short haul don’t get the chance to see all the magical places you do. well done on a great blog! Dan

    • I do lots of short haul too! They’re some of my favourite since I get to tick off all these awesome European cities off over a few days. I’ll certainly be writing about Venice. I’d happily live there 👌🏽🇮🇹

  6. Well written and informative.
    But don’t undersell yourself!!!
    You went through some extremely tough training, regarded as the gold standard in the industry…..
    BA cabin crew are the best-in-the-world at what they do, you’ve joined an elite crew of personnel that 99.9% of people don’t make it through initial selection.
    Superb achievement. Make sure you remind yourself of that every day at BA.
    Well done…..

    • Oh, I definitely think our training is one of the toughest, hence why I mentioned all of the tests and exams collectively. It’s pretty full on to say the least. Thank you for your kind words!

  7. Ahhh I am so excited for you! I love your story and you should already know I find ou inspiring and beautiful and funny! Haha. I can’t wait to read more!

    • YOU crack me up with your “badly taken” photograph! Thank you for having a read my lovely! X

  8. What an awesome story. We moved to Chicago from Slough with my partner’s job in January 2014 and we can agree what a magical city the Windy City is. We’ve also visited many other US and Canadian places since we’ve been this side of the Pond. When I go back to London in February I hope you are on one of my flights! I will keep following your adventures on Twitter, Instagram etc. Thank you!

    • I honestly do love Chicago. It has this old, classic vibe to that I can only assume stems from the old times. It really does have that feel to it. Any recommendations for somewhere to eat ? Doesn’t have to be pizza even though it’s my go to haha!

  9. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 I just love too watch yours content and stories…I wish to meet you once

  10. Was a great read, but one thing really stood out. I never appreciated how difficult it could be on your free time, and that you have to give up a lot of your life at home, only not to be able to build lasting friendships at work too!

    However your enthusiasm and passion really shine through!

    • Hey, don’t get me wrong. I do try to see people outside of work, but you’re literally scanning your rosters to find time. Fortunately, this month works well, and downroute is the best! Seeing a new place with people you get along with is amazing! It’s more difficult since everyone I know is back up North.
      Victoria 🙂

  11. Can I suggest you write a ‘day in the life of’ log. From waking up to going to sleep. Would be very interesting to read all the minute details that make up a working day as cabin crew.

    • I will certainly bear that in mind! I am brain storming so many ideas, some of which I’ll need permission to do. I look forward to writing no matter what though!

  12. Wow great read, both from the positive places visited and the challenges faced!

    Really looking forward to reading more and following your journey on instagram!

    Your turning into a one woman PR machine for the industry and proving to be a role model for everyone!

    Thanks again

  13. Great read. It is exactly how I felt when I started with BA. On the ground at first, then from LGW to E/F LHR. A dream come true. Best company in the world to work for. I hope to return after a break and try for CSD sorry, CSM! Keep enjoying it and I look forward to next installment!

    • I really do love my job, and I hope that’s reflected through my writing and how I apply myself on social media as a whole. I’d love to have a stint at LGW, those routes do appeal to me a little bit! I’m hoping to go for CSM once the time is right, but for now, I am happy with where I am at! If you see me in CRC when you’re back, give me a wave 🙂

  14. I follow you on Instagram and I am definitely looking forward to you sharing more post, more pics and more experiences. I’m happy that you were able to find a satisfying career. I am pursuing the same.

  15. Great read, thanks

    I have a question, what made you pick wordpress for your blog, did you consider any other platforms. Is it easy to use and would you recommend it for a first timer

    • Thank you!
      You can self host and build your website using WordPress like I do, or you can sign straight up to WordPress. However since I wanted my own domain, I chose to self host. If you go through WordPress, your blog would be thatjetsetgirl.wordpress.com for example!
      Hope that helps!

  16. I fly almost weekly for work and have greatest admiration for the crew that take such good care of me. Haven’t flown BA in about ten years but 8/1 I have IST – LHR. Looking forward to it.

    Great read.

    • Oh! Well we shall see you up there. IST isn’t operated by the fleet that I work with within the company, but you’ll be looked after our ‘elite of the elite’ of cabin crew.
      I am extremely keen on visiting Istanbul sometime in the future. It looks so beautiful!

  17. Great read and great trips, I could not imagine that cabin crew had the time to go out and about into town after work !
    Are you able to have time for personal life ? You are hours on the plane , I guess 8 hours per day sleeping and you spend loads of time on line to manage twitter , instagram and blogs ..I imagine you with the phone all the time in your hands not living life out there, to keep your audience busy on the social media
    Cheers

    • Hey,
      I make time for each thing I do. If I’m with someone I won’t use my phone, and I tend to use in the mornings and evenings. There’s also times where I’m Ina le tonise my phone unless I have wifi, but I’m too busy exploring. I definitely try to find a healthy balance between posting things and enjoying the moment. I do end up with at least 9 days off per month as well, so that helps me keep on top things 🙂

  18. A great insight to your first 6 months. I fly a lot for business (1.25m Miles on BA to date) and unfortunately not all cabin crew care enough about their career, it is just a job and not something they all seem to enjoy. Pleased to see you have been the recipient of a Golden Ticket, I had three in my wallet for ages and found no-one deserving of them until recently, so now there is only one to hand out.
    Keep,it up!
    Simon

  19. Finally had the chance to read your blog. What a beautiful story on how; “this is my last chance”. Great motivation and hard work pays off and you’ve proved this.

    Yes, Australia is a beautiful Country. I was born in England but was brought up in Adelaide, then lived in Brisbane and my sister lives in Perth and so, I hope backwards and forwards every now and then. I’m going back for Christmas, where it will be their summer. Need get my “milk-bottle-white” legs brown hahaha.

    Looking forward to you next blog and I’ll send choklate to Waterside (BA ops) soon 😉 xx

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  21. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience with us all. Looks like the determination and that never give up way about you really paid off. It will be a great career with so many adventures around the world. It was something I wanted to do but never got through the right time or point in my life that would allowed me to make it happen. It didn’t turn out so bad for but only fly as a passenger these days 😉

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  23. Ha ha… I was just browsing around and took a glance at these responses. I can’t believe there’s still this much attention. Thanks for posting about this.

  24. Good evening,
    Great posts, pictures and stories. It really makes a good advertisement for the cabincrewlife. For someone enjoys to travel and to see different cultures it’s just perfect. Hope you will continue enjoy your journey. Which layovers will still come in this year?

    Do you have suggestions for stay and what to do at the place you travelled?

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