THE life of a flight attendant might not be as glamorous as it used to be – budget airlines, drunk passengers and rubbish pay have taken some of the shine off the job.
But a quick glance and some cabin crew Instagram accounts shows that it’s not time to break out the violins just yet.
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In fact, the life of a flight attendant – according to social media – is still super glamorous.
Staff who work for an airline that flies long distance, like British Airways and Emirates, usually get decent-sized layover in exotic locations.
On top of this, they also get massive discounts on fares and even free standby seats.
This means that they probably travel to more glamorous holiday spots in one year than the average Brit will in a lifetime.
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Some of them are happy to take you with them too (on their Instagram, not in their suitcase).
No Blue Mondays for these glamorous women and men – instead, you’ll find them sipping a cocktail on a Caribbean beach or swimming off the coast of Dubai.
One of the most envy-inducing accounts is that of Georgia Nielsen, who works for Emirates.
There are no Netflix and Dominos Sundays for Georgia – instead, she spent hers recently cycling with a US Navy Seal in San Francisco.
@chevrolet asked me how I plan on spending my #first2018 Km. This picture pretty much sums it all up: be more in touch with nature and – maybe – become a monkey sailor 🐒 ⛵️😂 How do you plan to spend your #first2018 Km achieving your goals? Let me know on the comments ❤️ / A @chevrolet me perguntou como eu quero passar meu #first2018 Km do ano! A resposta tá na foto, migos: tendo um maior contato com a natureza e – quem sabe – virar um macaco velejador🐒⛵️😂E vc? Como pretende passar seu #first2018 Km em alcançar as suas metas? Me conte nos comentários ❤️ #first2018 #first2018km #chevrolet #chevroletarabia #nature #sponsored #partnership
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2018 chegou comigo nos ares! Se eu pudesse ter escolhido, talvez essa não teria sido minha decisão. Mas quando a virada – seja lá em qual horário do mundo – rolou, bateu uma gratidão fudida por eu poder fazer o que eu amo, por estar empregado e mais ainda por perceber que dou combustível pro sonho de tanta gente! Que em 2018 agt continue caminhando juntos e que nos encontremos em algum lugar do mundo ❤️ #meencontreemalgumlugardomundo #2018 #happynewyear #airbus #a380 #emiratescrew #emiratesairlines #cabincrew #crewlife #gratidao #gratitude #flightattendant #aviation #aviacao #comissariodevoo #emiratescabincrew #reveillon
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Meanwhile, another flight attendant called Elisa Rodriguez who goes by the name @elisavalentiina works for Lufthansa and in the last few months she has been to everywhere form Rio and Dallas to Madrid and South Africa.
It's not only the women who get to have fun though – Emirates flight attendant Lucas, who goes by the handle @manentelucas travels to paces like Bali, Sydney and Seattle – and more than 75,000 people follow his Instagram account.
Then there's the Emirates flight attendant Brigita, who spends her down time travelling to cities like Rio and Moscow.
Just landed from Bali this morning and off to Bali again tomorrow night! 🙌🏼✈️ So grateful to have ticked off this destination on my list. 😍❤ But what I really wonder is, will that list ever get smaller? 🙈 My wanderlust is incurable and I'm not even angry about it. 😂 #takingplaneslikebuses
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Some of the fanciest jobs are those of flight attendants on private jets though – like Kara, who runs the Instagram account @thefalife.
It's not all glamour though, In a recent blog post on Flyertalk, flight attendant and aviation blogger Amanda Pleva stripped the glamour off the job to show wannabe crew members what the job is really like.
I LOVED being a commercial #flightattendant, BUT… I can’t say I miss it at all😬 . Moral of the story: Try something new, AND Give yourself time, and a chance, to adjust. You may discover a dream you never believed could captivate you so completely❤️🛩😊 . . . #flightattendantlife #digitalnomad #privatejetlife #corporateflightattendant #falife #dassaultfalcon #layoverlife #cabincrew #pilotlife #pilotjob #corporatepilot #avgeek #travelbloggerlife
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She said: "At work, we tend to hide in the corner of the galley and shovel food in our faces out of passenger view and in between services."
She continued: "You will start doing the same at home, facing the kitchen wall eating your dinner in ten seconds flat."
Many flight attendants also have to out up with cramped living quarters on the ground too – sharing a bedroom with up to ten people.
Amanda said: "This only applies to those who don’t live in their base city.
"Crashpads, the apartments shared by flight attendants and pilots when they’re away from home and in between trips, are a weird world.
"If you have to fly to work, you’ll need to rent a bed in one. They can be beautifully maintained or flophouses, constant drama or a group of great new friends.
"With so many people under one roof, tensions can flare from something as simple as a dirty spoon left in the sink."