It’s been a while since I’ve had a new destination pop up on my roster, so you can imagine how excited I was to visit the wonderful city of St Petersburg, Russia. Not only that, I was rostered to fly with my lovely friend Sebastian!

As you can imagine, we had a great flight – working with friends makes the time fly.

We touched down in St Petersburg in the afternoon, and despite having high hopes for good weather to do as much sightseeing as possible, unfortunately luck was not on our side and it was pouring with rain.

After a quick freshen up in our rooms we met again to make a plan for the afternoon. It was already starting to get late and with the rain lashing down we knew we wouldn’t be able to do as much strolling around the city as previously hoped, so having spotted a sign for the ballet in the reception, we decided to go ahead and book that.

We’d need to be back at the hotel just after 7pm for the ride to the theatre, so had a couple of hours to do a bit of sightseeing and get some dinner. Armed with a map and umbrella, we were on our way!

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If you follow me on Instagram you may well have seen that somehow I was lucky enough to swap two of my not-so-lovely night turnarounds to Mashhad and Hyderabad (both leaving at atrocious times of the night and coming back around lunchtime-ish!) for a flight to Rio de Janeiro!

Now, for anyone that is crew, you’ll know that this is a practically impossible trip to swap on to! Rio is one of our most highly desired trips, and even after bidding for it for years I’ve only been lucky enough to get it once, way back when I was still working in economy. You can read all about it here. This time around, instead of heading onwards to Buenos Aires (and then back to Rio for another day) I would be spending 30 hours in Rio and then flying back to Dubai.

I can’t lie, working in first class does have it’s perks. Whilst economy and business class were completely chockablock, we were lucky enough to just have one passenger in first! So in-between looking after him and the flight deck and helping out in economy to keep ourselves busy, the 14-hour flight went by fairly smoothly.

We touched down in Rio in the afternoon, and were welcomed by beautiful sunshine and palm trees.

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Next month it’s finally my “top bid” – the month where I should get the flights that I ask for!

I’ll be starting the month off with a couple of days off, before heading to:

  • FLL – Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • ZRH – Zurich, Switzerland
  • FLL – Fort Lauderdale, USA
  • KWI – Kuwait (turnaround)
  • RUH – Riyadh, KSA (turnaround)
  • HKT – Phuket, Thailand
  • HKT – Phuket, Thailand

So as you can guess, I did get a couple of flights that I asked for!

Fort Lauderdale is somewhere that we haven’t been flying to for very long, and new trips are always popular ones. Despite having been bidding for it for months, it’s taken me a while to finally get it! I’m happy to hear any tips you have, especially as I have two 50-hour layovers there, so will have plenty of time to explore.

I’ll hopefully head to Miami to go and do some sightseeing there, as well as whatever other recommendations you guys have for me.

Another trip to Zurich, which I can’t complain about as it’s a nice easy flight.

After that it’s back to Fort Lauderdale for some more sightseeing, and hopefully eating some super tasty Cuban food!

I have 2 turnarounds next month, KWI and RUH, but both of them are short and should hopefully be nice and quick and easy.

To finish off the month, I have two flights to Phuket! I haven’t been to Phuket in a while, and I can’t remember if it’s rainy season in August, so I’m planning to top up my tan a bit if it’s sunny. If possible I’m going to try and swap one of these for a flight to HKG to visit my friends Kirsty and Dan, and their new baby Theo.

So there we go, a new destination for me to visit (twice!) and some old favourites! 🙂

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Not long ago I was rostered a flight to New York, the city that never sleeps.

After a long 14 hour flight, we landed into JFK airport and were soon on our way to our hotel in the city. Since it was a nice evening, a group of us decided to walk to Central Park to have a drink and watch the sunset.

The view from my room – skyscrapers galore!

Our hotel is right by Times Square, so it’s not a long walk towards Central Park. However it was very busy, but then again that’s New York for you, always busy and full of people!

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Barcelona…one of my favourite cities in the world! I lived nearby in a small seaside town for 3 months one summer doing an internship as a hotel receptionist, and most weekends or days off we would jump on the train and head into the city.

So every time I see Barcelona on my roster, I’m always happy!

We arrived fairly late in the evening and a few of the crew were heading down for tapas. Normally I would have joined them as I love tapas, but it was already late and considering I wasn’t actually even hungry, I decided to give it a miss this time.

The next morning I was up fairly early and popped down to the breakfast buffet, where I bumped into a few of the other crew. We decided to head into the city for a stroll around, as the weather was gorgeous.

Our first stop was the Boqueria Market, a huge covered market selling all sorts of tasty treats.

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