I’m sure many of you are still wondering – why I quit my corporate job to become a flight attendant, specifically? And for me it’s quite simple – it affords me the opportunity to travel. I became a flight attendant because I could:
Get Paid to Travel
If I was forced to work, then I might as well get paid to do something I love, right?
Travel for Free
When I’m not on the clock, I can still travel for free with the benefits my airline provides
Yeah, sure there are other perks, advantages, reasons, or explanations I gave during the very drawn-out interview process, but when it all boils down to it – I wanted to travel! Point. Blank. And the period.
It’s no secret that I love to travel. For those who have been following my journey since my first blog in Spain (Voyage Avec Antoinette) or even those who know me personally, you know that it’s like second nature to me. If I wanted to be corny, then I’d say, “it’s the air that I breathe,” but I think you get the point. I quit my boring corporate America job because it did not allow me the freedom to do that. I felt like my life no longer had that adventurous, feel to it. Working in corporate America, I was only afforded two weeks of PTO per year and even then, I was limited to workload availability. In part one to this blog post, I’ve expressed the many reasons why the office job no longer fits the lifestyle that I wanted to create for myself. I would highly recommend reading that post to get a better understanding of how and why this career change came about.
Now, let me shine a little light on the situation. As a flight attendant, I fly wherever my airline needs me to go. If they need me to fly to Boston one night and Vegas the very next, then that’s where I’ll be. I’ll be gone on an average of three days each trip. That is roughly 12 days a month depending on if I want to work or not. I like that aspect because it allows me to see another city or state that I have not visited yet, for a short period of time. I get excited to know that I’m crossing more destinations off my list. It gives me a preview of what I can go back and see the next time I visit in my spare time. But what excites me more is the international opportunities. I can be assigned layovers from Barcelona to Moscow and everywhere in between. This means I am getting paid to work a Johannesburg flight, layover there where my accommodations are paid for, explore the city for 24-hour or more hours, then work the flight back home. Not bad, eh?
Now, the main reason why I became a flight attendant (or airline employee) is: the flight benefits. Yep! I have the privilege to fly FREE! Gratis! “How bout dat?” On my days off, I can travel anywhere in the word – well, anywhere my airline flies. And even beyond that due to the flying agreement airlines have with other airlines. So, yeah – I can fly anywhere in the world – FREE! When I weight the pros and cons before taking on this new career, that alone was the selling point. And to add icing on the cake – my parents are benefited the same. My mother can fly on a trip that I’m working all while staying in the hotel with me – for free, she can fly with me while I’m on vacation – for free, OR fly on her own spare time – for free. She doesn’t mind the fact that I’ve moved to an entirely new state as much because she gets to fly – for free!
Coming back to corporate America after living abroad and having that freedom, helped me realize one thing for sure – and that is, I never want to work in corporate America again. EVER! In addition to the reasons I’ve mentioned in part one, I found that my every-day life was too planned. Does that make sense? I was tired of the routine of coming and leaving work at the same hour, doing the same duties in the office, and seeing the same people. As a flight attendant, that is the exact opposite. No day will ever be the same as I have the leisure to preference my work times, layovers, and even which flight crew I “don’t” want to fly with. I don’t have to fly with the same crew nor do I have to see the same passengers. I like that aspect because I truly love meeting new people and making new acquaintances.
Working as a flight attendant is not your typical 9 to 5 job. I work anywhere from 4 hours a day to 15 hours a day, and sometimes more depending on if there are delays, cancellations, etc. It depends on how many flights I have for that day or where I’m flying to. As I mentioned before, I have the leisure to preference my work times, etc., which means I can create my own schedule. My airline offers me the option to work a minimum of 45 hours a month to however many hours I can handle. I like the fact that my schedule is my own. If I want to work two weeks straight and then take two weeks “vacation” following that, I can. If I want to pick up more trips to have added income, then I can. This career change gives me that freedom to live my life and wherever I want to live it. I moved to the “Big Apple” to take on this change and I plan on living here for a year or two. But another reason I took on this lifestyle is that I can live WHEREVER I want. I am blessed to work for an airline that doesn’t require me to be on “reserve” or “on-call” all month. This is great for me because I’ll know my schedule ahead of time so that I have the option to commute to work.
I guess, all my reasons for why I quit my job to become a flight attendant scream– ADVENTURE! When it all comes down to it – I needed adventure in my life. I’m an adventuresome woman and this career change gives me just that. I also look forward to the challenges and novel situations because those are experiences in disguise. Six months or maybe a year from now when I write my update, I hope my story stays the same or even gets better. I’m excited to see how and where this new career takes my mind, body, and soul. Until then, I will enjoy each day as if it were the last. Allowing God to shine His light through me while He takes me to new heights and reveals things about myself that I never knew. That is what life is to me.
Thank you guys, for the read. As always keep dreaming, stay inspired, and be blessed.