July Roster

This month I’ll be travelling to:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • New York, USA
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Manchester, UK
  • Oslo, Norway 
  • Cairo, Egypt (turnaround)
  • Manama, Bahrain (turnaround)

That means I’ll be visiting three new destinations; Johannesburg, Dusseldorf and Oslo!

I’m looking forward to visiting Norway the most, because from what I’ve heard, it’s very similar to Canada. It’s also been on my bucket list since I was twelve and visited the Norway pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Orlando, Florida. I thought the viking ships that were a part of the exhibit at the time were the coolest thing, as well as the trolls on display and the fairy tails that were being shared.

Needless to say, this next month is going to be an adventure and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Washington D.C.

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. again! Having already been once, I had an idea of where I wanted to go straight away.

As soon as we checked into the hotel, a group of us decided to get ready and head downtown straight away. It’s very rare to get crew like this out together because most of us like to rest right after a flight. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

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An American flag flies at half mast to honour the victims of the recent attack in Orlando, Florida.

The first place we visited downtown was the Lincoln Memorial. From there, we walked to the National World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and down to The White House. Thankfully, all of these places are relatively close to one another, so we were able to visit the entire area in just a few hours.

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The best crew wearing matching USA t-shirts in front of The White House. It’s what the cool people do, right?

After walking around all day, we decided to grab some food a local pub before catching the metro back to our hotel. There is a nice shopping mall where we stay, so you can guess where we ended up for the rest of the day!

If you go: It’s always busy in the summer. Try to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KL). It was my first time visiting the country and I have nothing but great things to say about it!

When the crew and I arrived at our hotel, some of us decided to venture to the night street food market for a quick dinner. I’ve never eaten in this type of setting before, so that in itself was a really cool experience. Restaurants were lined up along the street, with tables in chairs placed on the side of the road. This is apparently common in Asia, but it was my first time seeing anything like it!

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Night street food market in Kuala Lumpur

Following dinner, a few of us went out to explore the nightlife. We ended up at a bar called Beach Club Cafe. It’s a very popular place for airline crew to visit, and we had a great time.

Even after a long flight and late night out, some of us still managed to get up early the next day to do some sightseeing. We visited the Batu Caves, Templer Park and took a quick look at the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Batu Caves is a limestone hill composed of 18 caves, multiple temples and 272 steps. It contains the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India and has the world’s tallest statue of Hindu diety Murugan. The site is also known for its macaques (monkeys). As entertaining as it is to watch them, they can pose a biting hazard to tourists because of their territorial nature.

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A macaque on the steps of the Batu Caves

Templer Park is about a 15 minute taxi ride away from the Batu Caves. It is a forest reserve consisting of multiple waterfalls, jungle streams and trails. We only stayed for an hour because our driver was kind enough to wait for us, but it was enough time to see what we wanted to before heading back to the city.

Following our excursion, we stopped to take some pictures at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still the tallest twin towers across the globe. Although we didn’t have time to go inside, seeing them up close and in person was amazing.

The rest of my time in KL was spent by the pool, while some of my colleagues went to check out the local malls. There is a lot to do in this city, but I still wanted to save some stuff to do for next time. Hopefully that time comes sooner rather than later!

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One of the best parts of my job, relaxing at the hotel pool

If you go: The Batu Caves are always busy, but we avoided the crowds by going during the week, around 9:00AM. Templer Park wasn’t that busy either. We were there from 10:30AM-11:30AM and were some of the only people in the park.

Next stop: Washington, D.C.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Your Cabin Crew Questions Answered

This week I was going to write about my layover in Munich, Germany, but I got pulled off the flight and ended up operating a turnaround to Malé, Maldives. SO, instead of that, I thought it would be cool to answer some of the questions you guys have been asking me on social media about what it’s like to be Cabin Crew with Emirates. (Note: I will be adding questions like this once a month to my Q&A page here).

1. Why did you move to Dubai to become Cabin Crew with Emirates?

There are many reasons why I chose to move to Dubai and become Cabin Crew with Emirates. In short, I saw it as an opportunity to travel the world, experience different cultures, live abroad and meet new people from around the globe.

One of my favourite quotes in life is ‘in the end you only regret the chances you didn’t take,’ so when I received my golden call after having applied twice, I felt as though I had to accept the position. In my eyes, it was fate. You can read all about my experience with the Emirates application process here.

2. How much time do you get to spend in other countries when you are flying?

The length of a layover depends on multiple factors such as aviation regulations, the scheduled departure time/arrival time of an aircraft, the destination itself and sometimes even the weather! Cabin Crew usually get around 24 hours, but again it depends on the above. The longest layover I’ve had was 32 hours and the shortest one was 16 hours.

3. Did you go to school to become a flight attendant?

No. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have any experience in aviation to become Cabin Crew with Emirates. The airline teaches you everything you need to know at the Aviation College in Dubai.

For example, I have a BA Hons. degree in Political Science and Health Studies from McMaster University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. -No aviation experience at all! 🙂

Got a question for me? You can leave a comment below or send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I can’t respond to everyone individually but please know that I do read everything you send to me and appreciate your support!

Next Stop: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Happy International Flight Attendant Day!

Working as a flight attendant for a major airline can be a glamorous and exciting job, but it is also one that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

The safety and comfort of our passengers is always paramount. In fact, we undergo months of training to ensure we can handle any situation that arises onboard. From security to first aid, we do more than serve food and beverages on our flights!

Today we recognize this.

To my fellow crew, thank you for all that you do! 🙂

#‎UnitedByWings‬

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

June Roster

My roster for the month of June is out! I’ll be flying to:

  • Munich, Germany
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Washington, United States
  • Rome, Italy
  • Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround)
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom

I have never been to Malaysia or Italy, so I’m really looking forward to these destinations the most!

Continue to fly with me on social media:

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Month of May

My apologies for the lack of updates in May! I applied for my annual leave this month, and had the opportunity to visit my friends and family back in Canada for two weeks.

All full-time Emirates employees are entitled to paid annual leave. The number of working hours of this time provided per calendar year is related to our job grade. As Cabin Crew, we get about 30 days a year and a round trip ticket home courtesy of the airline.

Over the course of the two weeks I spent a lot of my time between cities in Southern Ontario. This included London where I was born and raised, Hamilton where I attended University and Toronto where I was working before moving to Dubai.

One of my favourite memories from my journey home was celebrating the Victoria Day May 2-4 long weekend with some of my old classmates at a friend’s cottage in Fenelon Falls. I love the city life, but nothing beats Ontario cottage country this time of year!

Despite all of this excitement, I’m looking forward to returning to the skies! My roster for the month of June will be out in the next couple of days and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Mahé, Seychelles

This hidden paradise was one of the best layovers I’ve had so far! Although it was only 14 hours in length, I still had the opportunity to explore the place.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seychelles, it is composed of 115 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. I refer to it as a hidden paradise because I find not a lot of people know about it. At least, I didn’t until I was rostered to operate this flight!

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Your typical ‘Cabin Crew tourist’ photo from the resort.

There are many beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves to enjoy in Seychelles, but most of the crew decided that the best way to spend our time here would be on the resort. From the plane, we went directly to brunch before tanning, swimming and playing games together on the beach.

My favourite part of the entire trip was when I went for a walk along the shoreline with another Canadian crew that I met on the flight. The views we took in together were breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them before!

Following this little adventure, I went back to hotel to catch a quick nap before the flight back to Dubai. I really wish I could’ve spent more time here, so I’m adding it to my list of places that I need to go back and visit!

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Views from Seychelles!

If you go: Spend more then 14 hours there! lol

Next stop: Beirut, Lebanon (turnaround)

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: London, England

This week, I had the pleasure of operating a flight to London, England! There is so much to do in this city, but I decided to use my time visiting an old friend from university.

We met for a quick brunch a Early Bird, a cafe located steps away from Chalk Farm Underground station (on the Northern Line Edgware Branch). They serve fresh sandwiches, salads and really nice breakfast foods. I opted for the ham and cheese panini, which was beautifully presented, freshly made and very tasty. The environment was nice too- laid back and comfortable. These are my favourite types of places to eat!

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Brunch at Early Bird in London, England.

Afterwards, we ventured to both Primrose Park and Regent’s Park. Primrose Park offers a clear view of central London (visible from Primrose Hill located inside of it) and was full of residents out and about enjoying the warm weather.

Regent’s Park is significantly larger. It is 166 hectares in size, with a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds.

We spent the majority of our time in the Avenue Gardens admiring the flowers and  Victorian-style planting.

I didn’t do much more than this, because our layover was only 24 hours and I had to take a nap prior to my flight back to Dubai. I have a feeling that I’ll be back soon though!

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Your typical “I’m in London, England” photo.

If you go: The parks are beautiful but tend to be busy on the weekends. Try to go during the week to avoid the crowds!

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles!

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.