I’m currently on a paid holiday tour around part of the world.  It’s eight days long…I think.  I forget how many days it is actually, because I actually really never know the day, the date, the time, or the zone.  This tour comes with free flights, free hotel stays, and friends.


What more could a girl want? Well, actually a lot, but we won’t get into that right now…

This tour includes…


Los Angeles

Ft. Lauderdale


New York City

San Francisco


Turks & Caicos Christmas

These are the places that have and will be spreading their holiday cheer into my world.  When I used to travel in my spare time, I never traveled to cold destinations around the holidays.  I would go to places like Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Vietnam, Thailand, and others.  All warm and wonderful.  Why would I ever want to pay money to be freeeeeezing cold, wandering through streets blanketed by overcast skies?  I am a California girl that has been bouncing between an eternal summer.


But, this new gig, makes me go to these cities that are cold, where there is winter, and where bundling up like it is winter is required.  I have found a new appreciation for these places, and with the festive feel, it makes the cities alive and welcoming.  I want to be here.  I want to be in these places.

Nutcracker in Copenhagen

I have had two of the best trips within the last two weeks, one that I currently am on now. My colleagues have been great, I have been able to meet up with old friends, and also had the chance to meet someone that I really admire.  And as thanksgiving is tomorrow, I just can’t help but come back to the fact that I have A LOT to be thankful for.

So, let me get to these holidays around the world-

  • If you are in LONDON, wander around Harrods, look at the decorations in the windows, take in all the bustle of holiday shopping.
  • If you are in LOS ANGELES, go down to the Manhattan Beach Pier, at dusk, grab a hot chocolate or a drink, and appreciate the Christmas lights illuminating the Pacific Blue.
  • If you are in FT LAUDERDALE, catch the Holiday Boat Parade, the warm weather making a light sweater and sandals a comfortable choice of attire.
  • If you are in COPENHAGEN, look for the Holiday Hearts.  Go to Tivoli.  It’s so Christmas there!
  • I could write an entire book on NEW YORK CITY at Christmas.  There is so much to appreciate, but I love BRYANT PARK during the Holidays.
  • SAN FRANCISCO, a Blue Bottle Coffee, and Union Square.  Enough said.
  • OSLO– Go when it’s Christmassy, because the weather is a tough one to handle without the added joy of Holiday Cheer.

Turks & Caicos Christmas Time

Flight Attendant Life Kara Mulder

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.

  1. Hey I had a few questions if you wouldn’t mind answering! I recently applied to a bunch of major carriers because I want to travel internationally. But after reading your posts, I’m starting to wonder if a smaller airline is better for me.
    I do looooove providing customer service and working with people but ONE of the big reasons I want to become a flight attendant is so that I can see my boyfriend who lives in the UK (I’m in the US) more than ONCE a year. It would be nice to see him during holiday season ONCE without having to wait like 10+ YEARS. I know for major carriers, new FAs will NEVER get holidays off for YEARSSSSS.
    If I am not mistaken, you work for a regional? And yet I see on your blog that you are still able to travel internationally during your off days and you already are able to holidays off?
    So now I’m trying to weigh my options… you mentioned in your other post, I believe, that regionals take less time to move up in seniority. Do you think that’s worth it since you still do get to travel internationally during your off days?
    Last question. I also read your standby-flight post, and was wondering is that the only way flight attendants get their free travel? Basically, in order to travel anywhere with your employee discount/free travel, it has to be stand by? So you’re practically never guaranteed a trip? because if that were true, how would a flight attendant be able to see family for a holiday even if they had that holiday off?
    I’m sorry for all the questions. I have a billion reasons why I would LOVE to be a flight attendant and I’m just a little confused on how the benefits work and whether I should go for a major airline or a regional.
    Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for taking the time out of your day to read my post!!!

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