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

Instagram: @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.

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: 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

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.

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

Instagram: @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.

Layover Life: Harare, Zimbabwe

This month I finally got to go to Africa! I’ve never been, so you can imagine how excited I was. Emirates flies to Harare, Zimbabwe on the Boeing 377, and we stop at Lusaka, Zambia on the way (two flights in one day). It’s a long shift, but the destination is beautiful and totally worth the hours in the sky.

I had a really great crew, and after we settled into our hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe, some of us went to dinner together. I really like it when we are able to do this, but it doesn’t always happen for a number of reasons. Usually Cabin Crew like to use their layover to rest, and I really don’t blame them! But, being young and adventurous, I always try to get out and about when I can on layovers.

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We were able to get within metres of the animals, but they’re still wild so touching them is prohibited.

This time around, I was able to convince some of Cabin Crew to join me on the Mukuvisi Woodland Horse Riding safari tour. I always do my research first when it comes to reserves and animals living in captivity- and the wildlife here is well taken care of. The animals roam free on a huge plot of land and tourists are prohibited from touching them.

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Lesson from a giraffe: Aim high, stand tall, keep your feet on the ground with your head above it all.

Giraffes are my favourite animals, and I can’t describe to you how happy I was when I got to sit on horseback within metres of them. They are the most gentle of all creatures and walk with such beauty and grace. I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there!

This was one of my favourite layovers by far. There was one point on the tour where all of us went quiet, and all you could hear was silence and tranquility. It’s moments like this that make me realize how fortunate I am. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to travel the world!

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Africa wasn’t as hot as Dubai, believe it or not! Leggings and a poncho were the perfect combo for this adventure.

If you go: The safari tour was a lot of fun. It was $33 USD and lasted for about two hours.

Next stop: Mahé, Seychelles

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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. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Hong Kong, China

I’ve only been to Asia twice, so when I saw Hong Kong on my roster this month I was thrilled! The city is known for its skyline and natural harbour, and is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises.

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My flight arrived in Hong Kong fairly late in the evening on a Friday night, so the first thing the crew decided to do was head to the hotel bar. Our Captain was celebrating his birthday, which gave us the perfect excuse to go out for a night on the town.

There are plenty of clubs in Hong Kong, but we decided to head to Central Soho to a place called Drop. It was recommended to us by other crew, and ended up being a lot of fun. The venue was classy and had a cool, laid back vibe. The music ranged from nu-jazz, garage and classic house, and the crowd was fairly young. Needless to say, we had a good night!

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The next morning, we hopped on the tram and ventured to one of the cities most renown tourist locations- The Peak. It is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Although it was foggy and we couldn’t see the city in it’s entirety, the view we did get was still gorgeous. On a good day, you would normally be able to see skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour and the green hills of the New Territories. Unfortunately, the only view we got was some rolling hills. Oh well!

Following this, we ventured to the Man Mo Temple– a Taoist temple in downtown Hong Kong. Built in 1847, it is said to be the oldest temple in the city. Visitors are able to purchase incense, light them and place them where they’d like in the temple. It was a cool experience.

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If you go: The Peak is always busy, but I don’t recommend going on a Saturday like we did. Fortunately we went early enough that we missed the massive line-up (around 9:30AM), but I’m pretty sure we got lucky. I also wouldn’t recommend going on a foggy day like we did!

With regards to the temple, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who do not like smoke. There are a lot of incense burning throughout it, and it sticks to your clothing.

Next Stop: Amman, Jordan (turnaround) then back to New York!

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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. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.