October Roster

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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  1. Kwame
    October 5, 2017 / 2:06 am

    So glad you are flying to Accra, GhanaThere are so many fun and interesting yet historical places to see in Ghana such as the Kakum rainforest and the various slave castles(christianborg castle in osu and cape coast and elmina castles too!) You must try the oxford street at night to experience a typical ghanaian night life. I am Ghanaian and available should you need any info or guide and dont forget to try some local foods too hey!
    For us here in Ghana ,we say AKWAABA! which means welcome!

    • thedubaidiaries
      October 9, 2017 / 2:11 am

      Hi Kwame! Thanks so much for your comment, I’m really looking forward to checking out all of the things you’ve mentioned 🙂 Any recommendations for local food – what should I try?!

      • Kwame
        October 9, 2017 / 2:52 am

        Hi there!
        You should try the ghanaian jollof rice and waakye, you would love them. Grilled tilapia and banku is nice and palatable so try them really!.
        Dont forget to visit atleast one of the places i mentioned,they carry histoy!
        As i said earlier,Akwaaba!

        Flown emirates to nine destinattions and still counting!, in love with emirates

        • thedubaidiaries
          October 18, 2017 / 12:32 am

          Oh great, thanks for the food tips, I’ll be sure to give them a try! 🙂

  2. September 23, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m ex-BA crew, loved our Accra trip! Was always one of my favourite routes, the Ghanains are lovely people with a great sense of humour! Depending on where you are staying the Noyaa Foundation orphanage and school is amazing to visit and spend some time at. Alternatively depending on where you stay the Shia Hills wildlife and nature reserve is amazing too, it’s about 40 mins north of Accra, lots of wildlife etc to see. Let me know if you want anymore details!

    • thedubaidiaries
      October 1, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Ooh amazing, thanks so much for the tips! Really looking forward to the trip, we get 2 days there so should hopefully be able to squeeze quite a bit in! 🙂

  3. Yvonne
    September 22, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Hi, amazing blog! I’m cabin crew based in JNB. If you arrive between a Friday and Sunday try Maboneng Precinct. It’s a long street/ neighborhood of amazing and very affordable cuisine and fashion. Otherwise Sandton and Rosebank are quite nice. There’s a tube at the airport directly to sandton. Do email if you need more advice

    • thedubaidiaries
      October 1, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Ooh sounds great, thanks so much for the tips! Will definitely let you know if I need any more info, thank you! 🙂

  4. rohirrim rahman
    September 21, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    hi there, which part of Borneo you went? share your travel story around Borneo in next post.

    • thedubaidiaries
      September 22, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Hi! I stayed in Kota Kinabalu, and also went to Sandakan and visited Turtle Island and Sepilok. Will be doing a few blog posts for sure 🙂

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