is a 30 year old flight attendant and blogger from Regensburg. She has been working as cabin crew for 7 years and is currently working on her yoga teacher license. In her spare time she loves to be active and to travel. Right now On her blog www.flyingevi.com and Instagram Evi shares her stories about traveling, fitness and lifestyle. Today she’s talking to us about her travel experience, both privately and as a flight attendant.
Thank you so much for being with us today, Evi! So let’s get started: Why did you decide to pursue a career in the travel industry?
I used to work as an au pair in the US. My host mom had been working as a flight attendant for a long time – so I saw how amazing that kind of life could be. It was the best decision of my life!
What do you enjoy most about your job as a flight attendant?
I am addicted to traveling – I can‘t just stay in the same place for a long time. This job gives me the chance to live my dream and on the other hand appreciate my home even more.
I‘m thankful for being able to see different cultures and meet many inspiring people.
Do you actually get to spend time at the destinations you travel to for work? How do you usually spend your time there?
That depends on how far away the destination is: the standard layover (stay) on US east coast destinations is 24 h, US west coast, Asia, etc. 48 h. But we also have longer layovers like 6 days in Mexico or Singapore – always depending on the frequency of the flights.
I always make the most of my stay: like surfing in LA or hiking up a mountain in Capetown.
How do you travel as a private person? What’s important to you and how is it different from traveling for your job?
I actually hate flying as a passenger. Sitting for many hours is torture. People always wonder how I survive 2 long distance flights a week – but it‘s so different when you are working. We are moving most of the time – the time goes by so fast.
What are your top tips for surviving a long-haul flight?
To make it as comfortable as possible I suggest comfy clothes, earplugs, a sleeping mask and drinking a lot of water as it helps you to stay fit. When flying economy I pretty much don‘t eat anything. I don‘t like the food and not being able to stretch my belly while sitting hurts – so fasting makes you feel so much better after the flight!
What are three things that are always in your hand luggage?
A hot water bottle , water and a tooth brush!
What’s the craziest story that happened to you as a flight attendant?
Unfortunately due to data protection there are many stories I can’t tell you 🙁 There is one that is probably safe to tell though: One night on the plane I walked through the cabin with business class food (porcelain) on a tray, stumbled and spilled all the food on a sleeping passenger. He screamed in shock but took it in good humor afterwards, even though he was completely covered in pasta.
Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us, Evi! We wish you all the best for your future travels!