Last month I swapped on to a flight to Cape Town. If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know that Cape Town, South Africa, is one of my all time favourite destinations!
As you can imagine, I was very much looking forward to the trip. After a nice and easy 9 hour flight (my penultimate in first class!) we arrived at the hotel and were greeted with fresh juices and fried chicken! Definitely a great start.
A few of us decided to meet for dinner, and instead of our usual Waterfront destination, decided to mix things up and head to The Butcher Shop & Grill, a lovely steakhouse.
We shared some tasty red South African red wine, and all enjoyed delicious steaks. Slightly pricier than some of the other restaurants in Cape Town, but still very affordable (and even more so compared to Dubai).
I have been to Bangkok so many times over the past 6 years with Emirates, and it’s a destination I’m always happy to return to. Delicious Thai food, amazing cheap massages, and a short-ish flight makes it a popular destination for almost everyone!
However, as with every destination that you’ve been to more times than you can count, you end up getting into your routine there. (See above – Thai food and a great massage!). So when I was there recently and one of our crew suggested visiting a small island in the city for a day out, I jumped at the chance!
Bang Kachao, known as “Bangkok’s Green Lung” is the perfect escape from the busy city – a forested island with cycling trails, cafés and a nature park just waiting to be explored.
We took a taxi from our hotel to the river and jumped on a tiny boat to take us across to the island. The boat cost about 10 Baht each!
It was my first time visiting Adelaide, and the only one of our Australian destinations on the Emirates network that I hadn’t visited yet.
After a long but quiet flight, we touched down in Adelaide, and agreed to meet in the hotel restaurant for dinner. Apparently they have some of the world’s best burgers! Of course, I couldn’t pass up a burger, so along with 12 of the other crew (including all 4 pilots!) we enjoyed our dinner before calling it a night.
The next morning I was up early for a workout class before getting ready to go out and explore.
After my top bid in October, I wasn’t too surprised when I didn’t get any of my bids for November. Next month I’ll be heading off to:
EBB – Entebbe, Uganda
KUL – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
BP – Business Promotions
DEL – Dehli, India (turnaround)
IAH – Houston, USA
DAR – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
First up a trip to Entebbe! I’ve been here once before, in fact it was my very first flight working in first class. Any tips for what to do would be much appreciated! Last time we took a little boat out on the lake and visited the local market to buy some fruits and veggies.
Straight after that is a flight to Kuala Lumpur. I seem to remember flying here all the time when I worked in economy, but I haven’t visited for ages, so it’ll be interesting to see what I get up to this time!
After that I have a 10 day business promotion event, I don’t know what it is yet so stay tuned to find out!
Following on from that is a turnaround to Dehli, but I’m hoping I might be able to swap that and extend my days off. Let’s see!
Next is a flight to Houston, which I’ll be honest, is not my favourite of all the US destinations we fly to. Maybe a few of the crew will be up for doing something fun though, as I don’t want to spend 48 hours shopping, which is what most of the crew tend to do! Maybe there’s a fun road trip I could take?!
The last flight of the month is Dar Es Salaam, which I’ve only visited once before, so it should be fun to go back.
As always, feel free to follow along on my Instagram, as I post much more frequent updates there!