Airline Crew

Despite not having enough sleep or missing some important events like your dad's birthday, a friend's wedding or new year's celebrations, these airline crew members enjoy the perks of working in the Aviation industry. Meeting new people everyday, staying in 5 star hotels and enjoying discounted tickets (and did I mention seeing the world for free?) are a few of the many reasons their jobs are just awesome! They've traveled the world and now they share with us their top 3 favorite destinations and what they want to do next after flying.

(Jamee along Rue de l'Abreuvoir in Montmartre, Paris)

Jamee, 32

Philippines

Qatar Airways

3 1/2 years

Top 3 Destinations:

Paris, France for shopping

Barcelona, Spain for culture

Miami, USA for the arts

One more please! Japan for food

Next career after flying:

Professional Artist/Designer. Produce an exhibit, launch a clothing or home label and have my own studio.

Aline, 33

Brazil

Emirates Airline

7 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

Sydney, Australia

Tokyo, Japan

Rome, Italy

Next career after flying:

Hotel or anything related to hospitality.

(Art in Vineyard Oval Market, Cape Town, South Africa)

Art, 29

Singapore

Qatar Airways

6 1/2 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

Cape Town, South Africa

Berlin, Germany

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Next career after flying:

Café Owner

(Stephanie by Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic)

Steph, 30

Philippines

Emirates Airlines

10 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

Paris, France

Prague, Czech Republic

New York, USA

Next career after flying:

Make up Artist

(Jeev in Con Dao, Southeast region of Vietnam)

Jeevan, 35

India

Emirates Airlines

11 Years - Purser

Top 3 Destinations:

New York, USA

Bali, Indonesia

Lisbon, Portugal

Next career after flying:

Training and developing people in the aviation industry.

(Erica in Sand Dunes of Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Erica, 29

Philippines

Philippine Airlines

9 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

Honolulu, Hawaii

London, UK

New York, USA

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Next career after flying:

Still very happy with flying!

(Danne in Sydney, Australia)

Danne, 31

Philippines

Norwegian Air

12 Years (Flew with different airlines- Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, Cathay Pacific and currently with Norwegian Air)

Top 3 Destinations:

This is a very hard question to answer since I really have so many top favorite destinations. I'm going to answer the first 3 that comes to mind:

Male, Maldives

New Zealand

Switzerland

Next career after flying:

I would love to work as a flight instructor someday.

Krizka, 31

Philippines

Qatar Airways

5 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

London, UK - because it was love at first sight. Old world-meets-modern-day city. I've been in love with anything British since.

Zanzibar, Tanzania - If you're from the Philippines, you have the bar set high for beaches, right? This place is super underrated, ang ganda! (so pretty!)

Osaka, Japan - Who wouldn't love Japan? Disciplined people, FOOD, and heated toilet seats.

Next career after flying:

Most probably business, but I would also love to be a full-time mom. haha!

(Rico in Mt. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar)

Rico, 29

Philippines

Qatar Airways

5 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

Yangon, Myanmar - This place is so majestic. It has so much history and it's really different just being able to see it and touch it!

Cairo, Egypt - The scientific and structural birth of ancient engineering.

Venice, Italy - It's a marvellous city along with the religion that revolves around it.

Next career after flying:

I am going to develop our farm and open a micro business which is related to agriculture.

Bianca, 31

Philippines

Etihad Airways

8 Years - Cabin Manager and Safety Trainer

Top 3 Destinations:

Paris, France

Firenze, Italy

Palawan, Philippines

Next career after flying:

That hasn't crossed my mind at the moment, but it would either be within the aviation/training or completely out of it. Definitely, concentrate on family life.

(Breezeley in Male, Maldives)

Breezely, 29

Philippines

Qatar Airways

5 1/2 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

Paris, France

Maldives, Male

New York, USA

Next career after flying:

Airline ground staff probably in Frankfurt or wherever my hopefully husband will be.

(Celeste in Zurich, Switzerland)

Celeste, 29

Philippines

Qatar Airways

3 1/2 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

I found I am always surprised by most of each destination I visit because of the experience I take away from it, and more often than not, the best times I have are from the unlikeliest places! Coming up with just 3 favorites is near to impossible, I mean, where do I even start? There's just no fair criteria for this but here are the ones that stand out at best:

Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich is one of those that possess layers of almost everything nice. You have this city with amazing food and shopping, a lake with a view of its surrounding mountains, and then you have the slopes for skiing! Zurich is really glorious all year round. To walk in the labyrinth streets of this city, go out for Swiss raclette and wine, do a bit of shopping before finally sitting by the lake with a warm churro in hand is really all I need in life.

Italy, Rome - Honestly the most beautiful city I've ever been to. It's surreal to go to a place where you know significant history was made, and to be able to stand within it and touch it is an experience that just washes over you like nothing else. Also, gelato.

Capetown, South Africa - Again, the layers. The landscape in itself is so diverse and so astonishing that looking out at it takes a full minute before it can even begin to sink in. And then there's the city's history and the people who live in it. The contrast is just undeniable. It's almost kind of unfair that there's a place that has practically everything, even the weather.

Next career after flying:

I'm a bit of a Jack-of-all-trade since I was little — always curious and wanting to try and do everything. Entrepreneurship, property investments, and market trading are a few things that I consider and would like to do eventually down the road. As for my next career though, I don't really have a definite plan... yet! Perhaps I'd like to stick to aviation for a bit longer. It may sound like a very nonchalant approach but I realize winging the very present and riding the current to where it leads you just kind of always worked in my favour. So, I think I'll let the future surprise me.

(Abby in One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai)

Abigail, 31

Philippines

Fly Dubai Airlines

7 Years

Top 3 Destinations:

New York, USA - I like New York because I get to see my family and I just have a good time with them. Whether it's a family gathering, shopping, people watching, plain walking and hunting the Halal guys it's all an adventure!

Seoul, Korea and anywhere in Japan - It's all about the FOOD! - Everything is inviting, full of flavor and their place is amazingly clean and organized!

Next career after flying:

To have my own retail clothing shop or Café with lots of books, art and music that shows or reflects the places I've been.

(Macy in Port Launay Beach, Seychelles, Africa)

Macy, 29

Philippines

Saudia Airlines

4 Years (Used to fly for Royal Brunei and Qatar Airways)

Top 3 Destinations:

Seychelles, Africa - because I love the beach!

Rome, Italy - Its rich culture.

Tokyo, Japan - I'm an avid fan of Japanese food!