May Roster

May Roster

Hello Everyone!

I cannot believe we are in the 5th month of the year already! May is my favourite month of the year for one reason – it’s my birthday month woo! (Yes I celebrate for a whole month like a Birthday Princess ha!)

Anyway, another busy but good month for me, once again, I’m quite pleased with my roster – the roster gods must be looking down on me!

So where am I off to….

I kick off the month tonight with my first of 2 x Johannesburg trips (surprise, surprise!) I haven’t been since I took Guy in the middle of March and that was quite a busy trip, so I am actually looking forward to these trips. My friend Ria from training and a lovely girl who messaged me on Instagram are both on this first trip tonight – it’s nice to fly with people you already know so I’m looking forward to this one! The second trip is at the end of the month and it is a Team Trip! I’m looking forward to flying and spending time bonding with my team and finally putting more faces to names!

I then have 6 days off, woohoo! This means I have the whole of the first Bank Holiday off, which just so happens to fall on Guy’s birthday, so I am taking him away to Budapest for the weekend as I completely fell in love with the city when I got to visit on my eurotour last month! I am actually really looking forward to being a passenger for once – even if it’s only for a couple of hours!

I then have a couple of days of Annual Leave for my lovely friend from university’s Hen Do! (This summer is full of hen do’s and weddings but I’m not complaining!)

Once I get back from the Hen Do I then head off on one of my 2 x Tel Aviv trips – I seem to get at least 1 every month a the minute but I don’t mind as the flights are short and the beach is nice! The other Tel Aviv trip comes at the end of the month just before my Jo’burg Team Trip.

Once I get back from Tel Aviv, I head straight off to Bologna for 2 nights! I fell in love with Italy when I lived there for a few months at the beginning of 2016 and taught kids drama and English (and ate all the carbs!) I can’t wait for an Italian pizza/pasta/probably both!

My final destination for the month is San Diego which is a new destination for me and I am so excited! I have bid for San Diego for a couple of months now and I am so excited that I have finally been given one! We get almost 2 full days in the city and I can’t wait to exploring! Please send me all of your recommendations for things to do/see/eat in San Diego!

Oh, I also have my Birthday off too which falls on the second bank holiday weekend – so let’s hope Guy has a lovely surprise planned for me! (I know you will have read this so take this as a hint! HA!)

Have a lovely month and enjoy both Bank Holiday weekends!

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April Roster

April Roster

Hello everyone!

I hope your all had a lovely Easter, wherever you are/were in the world!

Work/life has been so busy recently that I’ve been a bit rubbish with my posts – I have so much to write that I just need a couple of days to sit down and get it all written up! But I promise I will get back to the weekly posts from now on!

So we’re already into April but I haven’t had my first trip yet – it’s a busy month for me with 4 new destinations so here’s where I’m jetting off to!

This month I bid for weekends off (and I have two whole weekends off!) long haul trips and a buddy bid to fly with my friend, which unfortunately didn’t happen but I’m pretty happy with the roster I do have!

So, this evening I’m off to my first new destination, Boston! The timings of the flights mean that I get a whole day and 2 local nights in Boston and I can’t wait to go and explore, even if the weather is not much better than the UK!

I’m then heading back to Bangkok which I can’t wait for! Last time I was there I packed in as much as I could because I wasn’t sure when I would next get to visit so I think I’ll take this trip a bit slower! I definitely will go for a Thai massage and I’m also looking into perhaps doing a half day Thai cooking class too! Let me know if you have any other recommendations for cool and quirky things to do in Bangkok!

My second and third destinations are part of a Eurotour in which I have afternoons in Prague and Budapest – I have a good amount of time in both of these cities, arriving around midday/1pm and not leaving until the next morning on both days! I have been to Prague before about 10 years ago so I can’t really remember too much but I’m looking forward to exploring both European cities on this tour!

My fourth and final new destination this month is Atlanta! My boyfriend spent a weekend here when he lived in America and loved the city (he’s very jealous that I’m going) so I can’t wait to explore! The only thing I have planned is visiting Coca-Cola World but apart from that I think I’ll just wander round and explore the city on foot!

I finish the month with 2 Available Days (which could change to anything!) and a Team Day at the company head quarters – I haven’t met any of my team yet apart from my manager so it will be nice to finally meet everyone!

April also sees me (hopefully) complete my Charity Abseil for Flying Start! There’s still time to sponsor me and you can find the link to do so in one of my previous blogs! If not, feel free to drop me a message and I can send you the link to the sponsorship page.

Have a lovely month everyone, let’s hope we see some sunshine soon!

March Roster

March Roster

I’m coming to the end of my 2 week annual leave block and I actually cannot wait to get back to the skies! I was lucky enough to be off work when the awful ‘Beast from the East’ hit the UK but it did keep me indoors more than I would have liked to be – but I suppose it’s been good to let my body catch up on sleep and have a bit of normality for a while. I am SO ready for some sun though, which is good because March looks like it will be full of it!

This month I bid for Doha (again) and Venice nightstops – I wasn’t too fussed on where I went this, I just fancied somewhere new!

So, where am I going??

I start and end March in the same place – Tel Aviv. This was my bid for February, so I guess they thought I must have liked it – which I did! Some people hate this trip as the flights can be very full and challenging, but I must have been lucky as my last trip there wasn’t too bad! I’m looking forward to a lovely long walk down the beach again, some more amazing food and hopefully a trip to Jerusalem on the second trip at the end of the month!

After my first Tel Aviv trip, I head straight over to Abuja – a new destination for me to tick off. We aren’t allowed out of the hotel here so I will be sampling the gym and hotel room service here! I may try a little sunbathing – however, I already know that my poor English skin doesn’t cope well in the African sun and we have to wear strong mosquito repellent due to the bugs there, so I might just look at the sun through my window!

I wouldn’t be an A380 crew member without a trip to Johannesburg would I?! I am really looking forward to being back in South Africa this time – with a month of no trips here, it’s made me re-appreciate (is that a word!?) just how lucky we are to have this destination! Another reason I am so looking forward to this trip is because I can finally run my first international parkrun! I have been waiting for a trip with Saturday morning of in Jo’burg so I can go and run the Lone Hill course and now I finally can! Not holding out for any PB’s as I think my body will be in shock running in 30 degree heat after the freezing cold UK runs I have been doing recently!

I then have a block of 3 x Available Days, which usually change at 7pm the night before the first day. I’m hoping to get a trip across the pond to the US as I could do with stocking up on some American skincare, culture and food of course! Keep an eye on my instagram to find out where I end up.

My final trip of the month should have been my top bid – Doha! However, in the news, it looks like the airline has cancelled all it’s flights to Qatar from the 25th March – my trip was the 27th, boo! It is still on my roster  and I haven’t heard any official word yet, but I’m not holding my breath and won’t be surprised if it gets changed closer to the time. The good news is that it looks like the flights could be reinstated from July so fingers crossed that I can bid for it again in the Summer months! Again – keep an eye on my instagram page to find out where I end up.

All in all, a sun filled March and a few surprises! If you have anything you think I must do in any of these destinations then please do let me know! As always, roster questions will always be answered the best I can! Have a wonderful March wherever you are in the world!

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Annual Leave – Challenge Charlotte

Annual Leave – Challenge Charlotte

I have 15 days off flying. What do most people do when they have Annual Leave? Go on holiday right?! Well not me – I run!

So if you were following me on Instagram last summer then you will see that I set myself my first ever Challenge Charlotte whilst I was waiting to start my Cabin Crew training. The challenge was that I had 7 days to complete 5 runs of 5km or more! I managed to complete it by running four 5kms and one 10km.

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This year the time scale is a bit longer so I have decided to make the minimum distance a bit shorter and vary it a little bit. So here it is..

15 days of Annual Leave
Run 2 miles minimum for 10 day
At least five 3.1 mile (5km) runs
At least two 6.2 mile (10km) runs

Easy right?! For some yes, but my running has taken a bit of a back seat from where it was this time last year, so I am hoping that this will bring me back up to speed and by writing it here makes me accountable to actually get up and do it!

Have you ever challenged yourself to anything? Let me know in the comments.

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A Bird’s Eye View – But not from a Plane!

A Bird’s Eye View – But not from a Plane!

I have always been involved in charity work from a young age – from performing for charities to organising fundraising events, it’s something I have always enjoyed doing and knowing that it is helping those less fortunate than us is such a rewarding feeling!

It is because of this that I signed up to be a Flying Start Champion at BA as soon as I could! Flying Start Champion’s are the ambassadors for the charity, we spread the word and help to raise as much money for the charity as we can. From something simple such as reading out a special Flying Start PA and taking a charity donation bag round the plane, to taking part in various events and challenges, we can choose the ways that we want to get involved in fundraising.

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Flying Start is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. British Airways wants to help give children in the communities which we fly to the chance to have a brighter future. That is why 100% of money raised by Flying Start goes directly to Comic Relief.

So far, I have only taken part in one event – the BA Christmas Fair, where I sold my handmade button prints (see picture below) and gave a percentage of the sales to the charity. Now it’s time for my second event.

On Friday April 20th 2018, I will be abseiling down the side of the UK’s Tallest Sculpture – The ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in London. This will be a free-falling abseil – I won’t touch anything after I step off the platform at the top of the Orbit until I reach the bottom – a scary 262 feet later!

The Abseil – I will be attached to the safety lines secured above the abseil platform via safety equipment. Once past the abseil platform, I will dangle in the air, suspended by the abseil line, which is backed-up by a safety line. I will then make my way down the 80 metre descent – hopefully taking in the views across London if I dare to keep my eyes open!

My aim is to raise £100 minimum for Flying Start and I would love your help to do so, any amount of donations will be greatly appreciated! If you want to come and watch my attempt, please message me and I can tell you what time I will be descending! Please click here to donate!

Thank you for your support!

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February Roster

February Roster

So this week we got our rosters for February. We always get them 12 days before the end of the month at 10pm – although the system tends to crash at 10pm when thousands of Mixed Fleet crew try to log in at the same time, so it’s usually 11pm before you can really see any hint of a roster!

We also have a bidding system in which we can state our preferences of places we would like/not like to fly to, days we would prefer off and times of the day we would prefer to start/finish. We can then put these preferences in order to show which we would prefer to have the most. Not everything is granted and we are always told not to try and write our own rosters otherwise we would be disappointed.

This month I decided to bid for Doha – as I’ve never been to the Middle East and would love to check it out! My next bid was a 3 or 4 day Tel Aviv trip – again, I fancied something different and want to check out the city and the culture. I also nearly always bid for a nightstop in a European city, usually changing the destination each month – this month I chose Venice!

After doing 6 Johannesburg trips on the A380 since the beginning of December, I was praying for a break from them! Not because I don’t like the place – don’t get me wrong the hotel is stunning, the weather is gorgeous and the steak is to die for – but I just wanted a bit more variety and, like most people who want to/do become cabin crew, I want to see the world!

So, this is where I am heading in February…

Miami x2 – On the A380 again ha! Miami can be a difficult trip with the packed flights, time difference and only 24 hours in the city before leaving again, but I actually really like it there! I flew to Miami quite a lot when I first started so have made a couple of friends there that I am looking forward to seeing 🙂

For my first trip, I actually fly out on 31st Jan but I guess it counts for Feb! And I also have a team trip to Miami which I’m looking forward to as I haven’t met any of my team yet – apart from my manager!

A Eurotour – this is where we are technically away for 3 or 4 days but keep flying in and out of Heathrow to different European cities – in this case, I have 8 flights over 3 days and it can often be more exhausting than a long haul trip!

On this Eurotour I will fly to Manchester, Vienna, Belfast and Warsaw – with the nightstop being in Vienna and Belfast. I have visited Belfast before but was so tired I just went for a nap, swim and Nando’s! So this time I might actually venture out. I only have about 12 hours in Vienna but I’m determined to at least have a little walk around and find somewhere for dinner as it will be my first time there – hopefully my crew will want to do the same!

I also am back in the training centre for 2 days this month as I am Training to deliver the service in Club World (Business Class). I’m looking forward to this although I have to admit that I have already worked in business class a number of times already due to there being a lack of people trained in it on various trips! But this training will give me a bit more variety of where I work on the plane which will be nice.

My final trip of the month is the 3 day Tel Aviv that I bid for (yay!) – a lot of people don’t like this trip but I’m looking forward to exploring somewhere new!

I then start my second lot of Annual Leave this year – I know it’s only February ha! – I will have 2 weeks off in total, 1 and a bit in Feb and just under a week in March. I looked into going away but right now I can’t really afford it (I need to pay my credit cards/bank of Parents back!) so I’m just going to have some chill time, lots of gym time and running and hopefully see catch up with friends! It can be pretty hard to have a proper social life in this job but I’ve always worked all the hours and not ever had a conventional job/life/social life so not that much has changed haha!

Anyway I’ve rambled on – thanks for reading if you have managed to read this far without getting bored and feel free to ask any questions about rosters/flying etc in the comments. I’d also love to hear any tips or recommendations you have for any of these destinations!

On-The-Go Breakfast Muffins

On-The-Go Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast is on the menu for my first meal recipe!

It is the most important meal of the day and whopping 25% of people NEVER eat breakfast! As well as kick starting your metabolism, eating breakfast increases your productivity and concentration throughout the morning. If you eat a good breakfast you are less likely to snack throughout the morning or eat rubbish for lunch because you are so hungry.

The way I see it, is your body is like a car – you wouldn’t try and drive your car without fuel, so why would you work your body with no fuel?

So this is my absolute FAVOURITE breakfast to make! It is so easy and you can even take it on the go if you are in a rush! I make these when I have morning flight or short haul because the breakfast that we eat on the plane is full of unwanted salts, fats and extras that I don’t even want to think about! This is a low carb breakfast that will keep you going all morning and will hopefully curb the mid-morning snacking!

EGG MUFFINS 🍳

You will need –
Coconut Oil
2 small/medium eggs
A couple of finely chopped mushrooms
1 rasher of good quality bacon
A pinch of feta or cheddar cheese
A muffin/cupcake tray

  1. Pop your rasher of bacon under the grill until it is cooked to your liking (I personally like it crispy) and then chop it into small pieces
  2. Fry your mushrooms in Coconut Oil
  3. Coat the inside of 3 cups in the muffin tray with a small amount of Coconut Oil so the muffins don’t stick
  4. Whisk your eggs and then pour evenly into muffin tray to fill 3 cups about 3/4 full
  5. Add your chopped and cooked mushrooms and bacon and sprinkle a little cheese in each cup
  6. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes at 200 degrees
  7. Remove from oven and stand to cool for 2 minutes – you can then eat them straight away or leave them to cool and take them with you.

These are just my fillings of choice – of course you can choose different fillings if you wish – a few ideas could be peppers, spinach, chicken or even salmon!

Have a go at making these and let me know how you get on – feel free to post pictures of your attempts below and if you find a filling that you love – I would love to hear about it!

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