Not too long ago I was rostered a flight to JFK. It’s actually been quite a while since I visited New York – the last time was Christmas 2017!

As always, I was so happy to be heading back to one of my favourite cities, and looking forward to catching up with my friends there.

We touched down in JFK early afternoon, but by the time we got through immigration and hit the New York traffic, it was nearly 5pm when I reached my room.

I showered and changed and headed straight back down to the lobby to meet my friend Stephen, who was there waiting for me.

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Last month I was lucky enough to have a 2 day layover in Brussels, Belgium. Although it wasn’t my first time visiting, I was happy to be going back and doing some more exploring. 

I had already decided that on the full day I would go to Bruges, and luckily 5 of the other crew were also up for the trip!

It’s an easy train journey from Brussels main station, and after an hour we arrived in Bruges (or Brugge, depending on whether you speak French or Dutch!).


From the train station we wandered into town, strolling through pretty tree-lined streets admiring the buildings.

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My first time visiting Washington, and I was ready to explore! After a 14 hour night flight from Dubai we touched down and made our way to the hotel.

By this time it was already 11am, so I wanted to get out and have as much of the day as possible, as the wake up call was early the next morning.

Our hotel is by the airport, so it was around a 30 minute drive into the city, where we split up to explore. One of the guys and I from the flight decided to check out the main monuments of Washington D.C.

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I was finally rostered 2 trips back to one of my favourite cities in the world – Hong Kong! My friend Kirsty has just given birth to her second baby, a beautiful daughter named Imogen, and I was so excited to meet her and catch up with Kirsty.

On my first trip out we were still staying in Causeway Bay, so I got the ferry over to Discovery Bay for some drinks and nibbles at her flat, before dinner in a nice restaurant and a good catch up there.

The second time around, our hotel had sadly closed down which meant a new location…the airport. I am so disappointed by this as we really had the most amazing location right in the heart of Hong Kong, but I guess it just means I’ll have to explore new areas!

I met Kirsty around lunchtime at the airport, as she was dropping her parents off to fly back to England after they’d been out to visit for a while. We got straight into a taxi to take us to Mui Wo, where we would start our hike.

First things first, cuddles with baby Imogen!

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It’s been many years since I’ve visited Scotland. Although Emirates has been flying to Glasgow since before I joined, I have never been rostered the flight, so the last time I went must have been as a child on a family holiday!

So you can imagine how pleased I was when I managed to swap my London Heathrow flight for a trip to Edinburgh! It was also a slightly longer layover than usual which was great.

Unfortunately the weather forecast for our arrival was not looking great, and we were greeted with dark, cloudy skies and pouring rain.

Nevertheless, since it was my first time here, I wanted to make the most of my layover and see as much of the city as I could.

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