I had intended this to be a more informative post, but it then turned into a fun list. It will have it’s counterpart blog soon: “25 Reasons Why Being An International Flight Attendant Is The Worst Thing Ever.” Until then, enjoy the good life. 

Why be a flight attendant

  • Thank the good old Lord for CREW REST
  • SLEEP TILL NOON, even on a work day
  • Those moments of roster brilliance that show FIVE DAY LAYOVERS
  • Ok, so who am I kidding: FOREIGNERS
  • My UNIFORM is cuter than yours
  • equals more POTENTIAL IFBs
  • One word: Copenhagen
  • Work takes me to MY BESTIES
  • Work gives me NEW BESTIES
  • Automatically included ADVENTURE BUDDIES
  • No Podunk, Middle-of-nowhere USA layovers where the hotels serve stale coffee and the air tastes of cheap cigarettes
  • It doesn’t matter what time of day it is; CAPPUCCINOS ARE ALWAYS IN-STYLE (there’s always a positive twist to being “always Jet-lagged” right?)
  • NO STRESS over bidding or forgetting to bid, because we don’t (another positive twist to this European international cabin crew life).
  • Hate the schedule? Don’t worry- IT CAN CHANGE (and probably will) less than 2hrs before departure.
  • You sound so sophisticated when you pull out your wallet to pay for lunch and say, “Oh-wait. That’s not USD. Nope. Neither is that. Nope. Wait. What’s that? Hold-on…I have British Pounds, Euros, Krones, Kroner, Yen, Thai Bhat…hmmm. Do you take cards?”
  • DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE AIRPORT once every 15-20 days (yes ma’am I fly really long trips).
  • Guys think YOU’RE SO COOL when you drop, “I’m an international flight attendant.” NBD
  • …Or at least YOU THINK YOU’RE COOL…
  • Which matters more than the fact YOU QUALIFY FOR FOODSTAMPS
  • Your life is EXCITING, even if not to you it is to everyone else
  • Your life is FUELED BY HOTEL BREAKFASTS all over the world

About the Author

Hello, I’m K. J. Watts, but my friends call me Kara. I fell into the sky and have worked as International cabin crew, on private jets as a corporate flight attendant, and earned an FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Over a decade ago, I started this blog, which developed into a love for writing and a debut memoir based on Flight Attendant Life. A California native, I now live in Sydney, Australia, where I enjoy spending time with my husband, writing, and surfing.

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