Interview a Travel Expert: The Cabin Crew

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This is the first post of my Travel Expert series and I am so happy to introduce to you, Justyna who is going to be telling us all about her life as a member of cabin crew! She writes the blog Sparkles of Creativity and has a really beautiful Instagram account. All links are at the end of the post, but first, read about what it takes to be a member of a Cabin Crew and her top tips and tricks on travel! Every other week, I’m interviewing a new travel expert to hear about their career, their travels and more!

interview a travel expert with justyna, www.travelwithgabriella.com

How did you know you wanted to work as cabin crew?

To be honest, it has never been an obvious choice for me. 5 years ago if you would ask me who I wanted to be I would tell you – a doctor. It wasn’t meant to be, so I started focusing on something that till this day is bringing me so much joy, travelling. I have studied Travel and Tourism, and heard so many times about this job, but never occurred to me I could actually do it. It was painted to us as highly competitive industry, and whilst studying I additionally I thought it won’t be a good idea. But after submitting my dissertation, I finally had a time, possibility, and lived close to the airport, so I decided to give it a go! And as I wasn’t sure if I will get it, life showed me it was just meant to be. I passed online pre-exam, received assessment date same day, and passed it with flying colours! Week later I received an email congratulating. It was unbelievably smooth, and I got so excited, because finally that dream about travelling for job was looking more and more real for me.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

The best thing? Oh my God! Literally everything! I love my job. I love flying, I love travelling. Waking up in the most beautiful places in the world.. Trying new cuisines around the world… Best thing probably it would be long haul trips when you have time to actually see the place, like recently, I had almost 4 full days in Singapore! Worst thing hmm, I wouldn’t call it worst, because it’s part of the job I love but yes. Unpredictability. Sometimes I get ‘Available days’ which tend to change only at 6 pm the day before, so I have no idea where I am going the day before! Not mentioning the packing. I am quite bad at that. I prefer unpacking.

Working in travel, what is the one lesson you’ve learnt that has changed the way you travel?

I know it sounds hypocrite, as for person who works in aviation – but I am really environmentally aware what kind of pollution aviation causes. Whilst I can’t change by myself bigger picture, I can make conscious choices about where I am staying and what I am eating. For example, in majority of cases, I prefer going to local restaurant rather than to globally known chains. I recycle a lot, and to be fair, now it’s an obvious move for me. In countries where the drought is a massive problem, I save as much water as I can.

interview a travel expert with justyna, www.travelwithgabriella.com

Do you have a favourite country or travel destination?

It’s hard to choose even 3! My list is so long! But definitely high on my list is Spain. I left my heart in Tarragona, and if you haven’t been there yet I highly, highly recommend you visit this beautiful city. Second on my list would be Cape Town. I fell in love in this South African capital straight away. It is quite far (almost 12 hours by flight), however the views..Table Mountains..beaches.. so beautiful. Next time I would love to see Penguins there!

Travel destination that recently jumped on that list is Singapore. I didn’t expect it to be so heart stealing but wow. I just love everything there. Temperature (I am always cold, so having 35 degrees is something that I strangely love), Gardens, parks, islands, food…

If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be?

Home. I know it might sound weird, but I miss Poland. Last time I have been there was in January.  I have been travelling around the world so intensely for the past 2 months that I need a break in the country with my family even for couple days.

(But my wanderlust soul says Easter Island as well)


interview a travel expert with justyna, www.travelwithgabriella.com

What is your hand luggage essential?

Antibacterial gel. I have quite a collection of those from every country I have been in.

Do you have a favourite travel memory?

Actually I do. Trekking Spanish coast. There was something beautiful in rocks, and forest nearby the sea… All you could hear was waves hitting the high coast. Nobody around and that silence.. Loved that serenity. I think that moment was one of the most happy moments of my life.

interview a travel expert with justyna, www.travelwithgabriella.com

Any advice for somebody who wants to work in a cabin crew role?

Just go for it! Don’t think you are too tall, too short, too old… It’s all about personality and how much you want it. As well, if you are looking for predictable lifestyle with 9-5 pm you’re knocking to wrong doors. Moreover, don’t give up! I know so many people who got rejected for the first time. They kept on applying and got it at second or even third time! So if you won’t get it at first – don’t think this job is not for you. Just the timing wasn’t right.

Is there such a thing as a typical day and what does it roughly look like?

There is never a typical day at this job! Every day, every trip differs. Even people that you are flying with.

But let’s say short haul flight on flying somewhere and coming back same day:

Reporting 1.5 h earlier before flight to Cabin Crew Centre to have a meeting with crew and talk about safety, and who is doing what. Then we are going through cabin crew security straight onto plane and prepare it for passengers. Then of course boarding, take off, service, landing and disembarking. And when it is short haul flight, we usually come back home in the same plane, with the same crew. But it all differs depending where you going!

If you weren’t working as cabin crew, what would you be doing?

I enjoy photography very much, so maybe doing pictures? But as well I love marketing, social media and engaging with people. I am sure I would find my own way of combining those!

Favourite way to pass the time when travelling? (i.e reading, listening to podcasts etc)

Beside sleeping you mean? 😀

Reading, reading and reading! I can’t imagine travelling without a book. And that accounts for every trip, even bus or underground trip. I happen to have a book almost all the time with me.

Quickfire round!

Roadtrip or cruise? Roadtrip

Ski or beach? Beach

Citybreak or weekend in the country? Weekend in the country

Planner or spontaneous traveller? Planner (that should be my second name!)

Backpacker or luxury hotels? I would love to say backpacker, however for most of my travels I have chosen nice hotels

Kindle or paperbacks? Paperbacks!

Sunrise hike or sunset cocktails? Sunrise hike

Suitcase or backpack? Suitcase

Ocean or beach swim? Beach swim

Thanks to Justyna for answering my questions, I loved hearing about what it takes to work as Cabin Crew as well as the amazing places Justyna is going to get to visit!

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I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.

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