Long before I became a Flight Attendant I’d already travelled a lot for work. The first time I ever stepped onto a plane it was for an interstate work trip. And the first time I flew internationally it was also for work.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a career that has taken me places. And it is was these first few trips that sparked my inner sense of wanderlust!
When I first started travelling the world, I had no idea that it would inspire me to change my career path. Little did I know that I would fall in love with flying and want to become a Flight Attendant.
I was a Marketing Manager at the time and I was ambitious, career-focused, confident and extremely driven. With the world at my feet, I felt like I had it all. I’d achieved good marks at school. I was school captain and dated one of the best players on the high school football team. I then survived two years at boarding school, moved to the city and completed higher education.
I’d landed the job of my dreams (or so I thought at the time!). I had a long-term boyfriend at the time and spent my savings on homewares, clothing and concert tickets. My life revolved around my job during the week and nightclubs on the weekend. But apart from the odd weekend away, I’d never really travelled. In fact, despite relocating to the city, I’d never lived anywhere outside of my home state of Queensland.
At the end of my first trip abroad, I was literally crying in front of my boss and a colleague on the way back to LAX airport. (That’s kind of embarrassing now that I think about it!) But at the time I was just so overwhelmed.
It was the first time that I realised that the world is such a vast and diverse place! Yet for twenty-something years, I had spent my entire lifetime viewing it from such a small perspective.
Looking back, this moment changed everything for me. Suddenly I realised that I was not only driven by my career. I also had a desire to get out and explore the world!
America is quite similar to Australia in many ways, so at this point, I had not experienced any major culture shock. But stepping foot onto another continent made me appreciate that I could just as easily lead my life on the other side of the globe!
I’m not quite sure how I survived five days in Las Vegas during my first trip abroad, to be honest! I dined with my colleagues at expensive restaurants and had the chance to take in the sights on the strip. But as it was a work trip, I also attended a trade show and made a presentation at a global conference. So it wasn’t a wild party trip and I was jet-lagged for the first few days. After a few days of shopping Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles, it was time to return to home.
The trip had changed something inside me and within a matter of a week, I learnt a lot about myself. So on my way back to the airport, I guess it all hit me… I had discovered a whole new perspective and I didn’t want to let go of it!
Several years later, I returned to America and also visited Italy for work. I then returned to Europe on my first overseas holiday. But it wasn’t until I travelling throughout the USA and Mexico on vacation that the travel bug really set in!
At the time I was fast approaching 30 and feeling very restless in my career. I’d set my alarm to wake up at the same time each morning, work late each night and each week seemed to be the same thing over and over…. My life was beginning to feel like Groundhog Day.
I was happy within myself, but at the same time I was bored of living the same daily routine. Travelling to Europe had opened my mind to the idea that the corporate structure I had become accustomed to was not the same everywhere in the world. Taking a siesta seemed like a foreign concept to me, but I loved the principle of taking a break to revive your energy levels in the middle of the day.
Meanwhile, I’d see Flight Attendants posting photographs on Instagram, at the beach on a Tuesday. And somehow, the idea of not having to be stuck in an office all day absolutely blew my mind!
Realising I needed a holiday, I booked a trip with my bestie.
Unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well… (That’s a whole other story which you can read here). But when I was finally sitting on the plane by myself about to fly to LA, I glanced over at the Flight Attendant. I recalled a comment that my boss had made on a previous flight, “You’d make a great Flight Attendant!” Suddenly, the suggestion did not seem quite so absurd.
Throughout the trip I travelled on several more flights throughout the USA and Mexico. I began to get a feel for what a flying career would be like.
The Flight Attendant role itself didn’t look all that challenging, but it was the magic of flying that attracted me to it! More importantly, though, came the realisation that it was a career path that could undertake anywhere in the world. A career as Flight Attendant would, of course, allow me to do just that- get out of the office and actually see the world! Arriving home after a month abroad, I couldn’t help but look at the airport in a different way. I knew then that the terminal could become my new office.
Returning to my desk I was restless and that’s when the travel bug bit me! Knowing in my heart that it was time to make a change, I applied for the Flight Attendant role and rest, as they say, is history. I’ve honestly never looked back. Flying has its challenges and it’s not something I’ll do forever. But, for now, flying at 38,000ft feels better than having my feet planted firmly on the ground!
Are you considering a career change too? For more inspiration, follow the DSS Pinterest Board, travel. SKY HIGH | THE LIFE OF A STEWARDESS.