Everyone thinks that flying is for young single adults. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Flying is for anyone that meets the qualifications and is willing to commit to the travel lifestyle, including moms.
The Pros of Being a Flight Attendant Mom
Traveling the Globe
Before flying my family and I would take a few trips a year. Now that traveling has become my profession, I get to do what I love and get paid for it. I mostly fly domestic but occasionally I’ll work a great international trip. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the US and surprisingly I enjoyed Moscow a lot.
A Flexible Schedule
I’ve never been a fan of 9 to 5 work hours with only two days off a week. As a flight attendant, I have more control and flexibility over my schedule. I can change trips to fit my busy lifestyle. If I don’t want to report for a trip in the early morning, I can change it to an afternoon trip. If I need time off for a vacation, I can put all my trips back to back to have more days off in the month. I typically work 15 days in a month.
Meeting Great People
To enjoy being a flight attendant you must love people. Interaction with passengers and crew is constant. I’m a people person and I get a lot out of meeting good people. Unfortunately, in the ever-changing world of travel, not everyone is happy and smiling when they come on board your flight. And you gotta just roll with it!
When I check in for my 3-day trips, I get to spend two quiet nights at a nice hotel. I workout, lounge, dine, explore the city, read a book and sleep with minimal disturbance. Of course I’m flying all day but instead of the endless pile of laundry and dirty dishes, my room is spotless and my plush hotel bed is made up and inviting.
World Class Flight Benefits
My family and I get to travel around the world and pay close to nothing. It is however standby travel, but well worth it. We save thousands of dollars using our flight priveledges. We travel for birthdays, holidays, weekends, or for no reason at all. There’s not a destination too far to too close to fly. We’re seeing the world and are becoming more aware of other cultures, people, places, and languages. This is the biggest benefit of being a Flight Attendant Mom.
The Cons of Being a Flight Attendant Mom
Getting Time Off on a Holiday
Holidays are the busiest time for flying and the hardest time to make plans to be with my family. Imagine all the other flight attendants that also want to be home for the holidays. Some of us have to be there to work or else our customers don’t make it to their families. I’ve learned to adjust and accept this by planning our time on an alternate day. If I can’t get Thanksgiving Day off then maybe I can get the day before or the day after and we enjoy it just the same.
Peak Season Flying
During the summer and Christmas Season, the operation increases and so does my schedule. This time of year I am constantly on the go, I hardly have time to unpack my bags. My home is a disaster with piles of laundry and my kids and husband miss me. I’ve made adjustments by hiring help and requesting vacation during this time.
Missing School Functions
I can’t be there for every important event that my children may have. I’ve missed honor roll dinners, award ceremonies, and many other special moments because I have to work. I do try and work around these days but sometimes there could be so many that it’s nearly impossible to be home. We recently decided to homeschool so thankfully, this is no longer a problem.
My work schedule changes monthly and is not available to me until the middle of the month. On the 19th to be precise. I can’t book doctors appointments, dentists visits, or anything to far in advance and if I do I usually have to change it. Sometimes I have to rely on someone else canceling their appointment to get in a specialist visit.
Missing Family and Friends
It’s so easy for me to get caught up with flying and planning my schedule and layovers that I forget to connect with family and friends. Thankfully I’ve learned how to balance my lifestyle a lot better. I don’t worry too much about the cities I fly or how long my layover is. I focus on the amount of hours I’m away from home and the days that I work. This lets me focus on my family and friends while I’m home.
Want to know more about being a Flight Attendant? Check out A Day in The Life of a Flight Attendant Mom.