Day 2 of our trip to Borneo had us up at the crack of dawn, ready for the next adventure. This time it was back to Kota Kinabalu airport, ready for a 30-minute flight across the island to Sandakan, the former capital of British North Borneo.

Kirsty was lucky enough to be sitting on the left hand side of the aircraft, which is the best place to get a great view of Mount Kota Kinabalu.

Air Asia, who we flew with, doesn’t let you choose your seats and since the flight was full, we couldn’t sit together, so I’ve borrowed her pictures of the mountain!

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On a recent layover in Fort Lauderdale, having visited Miami the previous time, I decided to head out to the Everglades in the hope of spotting some alligators.

Once again we had a 50-something hour layover, which gave us plenty of time to do some exploring. After getting a few hours of sunshine in by the pool (which the hotel forgot to mention was empty and under construction …. at least I got a tan!) 6 of us met for dinner.

Our captain had hired a car big enough for everyone to fit in, so we drove down to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, which wasn’t too far.

We had a recommendation for a restaurant called Aruba Beach Cafe, and it was a great choice! We got a table out on the terrace, and ordered up a seafood feast.

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Sorry for the silence over here on the blog – I’ve been on leave for the past couple of weeks and am actually not going back to work till October, so I’ve been very much enjoying just having a bit of time off and relaxing!

If you follow me on Instagram you might have spotted that I flew down to Australia to spend some time with my grandparents and aunty and uncle in Canberra, and my cousin in Melbourne. I then flew on to Hong Kong to meet my friend Kirsty, and from there we jetted off for a week in Borneo! A new country for the both of us, and we made sure to squeeze in as much as we possibly could, despite having her 4-month old baby Theo in tow! 🙂

Now I’m back in Dubai with just enough time to unpack, do some washing, and repack my suitcase, as I’m still not done travelling and will shortly be heading off to Portugal! I’m taking Joe with me, and we’re meeting my parents and one of my brothers and his girlfriend for a week of cycling along the coast. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the last of the summer weather as I wouldn’t mind coming back with a bit of a tan!

Enough rambling for now and onto my roster for October. I’ll be flying to:

  • BEY – Beirut, Lebanon (turnaround)
  • MEL – AKL – Melbourne, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand
  • JNB – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • JED – Jeddah, KSA (turnaround)
  • MUC – Munich, Germany
  • ACC – ABJ – Accra, Ghana & Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Starting the month off with a not-so-lovely nighttime turnaround to Beirut, I’m still hoping some miracle will happen and someone will give me their days off for this, but let’s be real here…that’s never going to happen, haha!

Then I’m off to Australia and New Zealand for a 6-day multi sector trip, and I’ve already made sure my cousin Sarah is free in Melbourne. I’ve been to Auckland a few times now, so if anyone has any other fun ideas or suggestions of what to do there, do let me know!

In between my MEL-AKL and JNB I have 5 days off, so if flights are ok I will hopefully be flying to Manchester to stay with my best friend Lucy for a long weekend! We were meant to go away together in September but it didn’t work out, so this should be a long overdue catch-up!

Next up is a trip to Jo’burg, which I’ve only done once (and is actually the flight I met my boyfriend Joe on!) so I’ll be happy to head back for a delicious steak and some wine!

Of course there had to be a turnaround to Saudi Arabia in there, but let’s hope its nice and uneventful.

After that I’m off to Munich, and I’ll be visiting my brother Matt and his girlfriend Miriam and their new dog, which I’m very excited about! Matt likes so cook so I’m already hoping he’s going to be whipping up something nice for my visit! 😉

Lastly a new destination for me – Accra! Africa is my least-visited continent, so I thought it was about time I bid for some new African destinations, and for this trip we fly to Accra and stay there for 24 hours, then on to Abidjan and back (I believe it’s only around a 1 hour flight) and then stay another 24 hours in Ghana. So any tips or must-do’s are much appreciated!

Somewhere between Canberra and Melbourne – thanks Qantas for the ride!

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It’s time for another roster post and this one will be kept very short and sweet, as believe it or not I only have one flight next month!

I’ll be ending August with a trip to Phuket, and following that a turnaround to MAA – Chennai, India. And after that, I’ll be off work for 3 weeks!

View from the cockpit somewhere on the way to Fort Lauderdale!

I have 2 weeks of unpaid leave, followed by a week of normal leave. Emirates has been offering unpaid leave every month since January and despite applying every time, it’s only now that I’ve finally got it. Plans are still being made as to where I’ll go but the options are endless….and all suggestions are welcome! Of course I’ll be keeping you updated on here and via Instagram, so stay tuned.

The last week of September I’m heading on a family holiday with my boyfriend, parents, and one of my brothers and his girlfriend to Portugal. We’ll be spending time along the coast and I can’t wait!

Lots of love and thanks as always for reading and for all of your lovely comments!

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I recently asked you guys on Instagram if you had any questions related to Emirates, flying, or general life as cabin crew, and here are your questions and answers! If you have any more that I haven’t answered here, you can check out my previous Q&A, or leave a comment down below. 🙂

Which destinations are the most and least popular for crew?
Most of the destinations which are places that people would like to go on holiday are the popular ones, such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires (a combined 5 day trip), Mauritius, Phuket, Bali, etc. The least popular are usually the turnarounds (where you go there and back without a layover), especially the ones which leave in the middle of the night!

What are your highlights and lowlights of your time as an air hostess?
Highlights would of course have to be all of the amazing countries I’ve been to, including places I’d barely even heard of before going Emirates. Lowlights…probably dealing with rude, nasty passengers who think they own the plane (luckily you never have to see them again as soon as the flight lands!) as well as cleaning up all sorts of bodily fluids, vomit etc!

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