Published: June 14th 2012June 14th 2012
Its 1987, I am four years old. My mom is six months pregnant with my sister and I am sitting beside a stranger on a plane bound to Hawaii. I am scared because I am not sitting beside my dad or my mom. I look for my dad who happens to be sitting across the aisle and he confirmes to me that everything is alright with his big smile underneath a big bushy moustache. The DC10's engines turn on and we start slowly moving toward the run way as my dad informes me that we are taking off on V1, the point of no return.Then he begins his countdown. I count with him as far as I could go...the aircrafts nose rises and its wheels lift off the tarmack and "we are off", as my dad always says. I am anxious yet excited as I am experiencing everything for the first time and not knowing our where I am going. When we finally reach a safe altitude, the flight attendant informs me that she is ready to take me to the cockpit. I struggle getting out of the seatbelt and follow the stewardess to the front of the aircraft as my dad follows. I greet the first officer and the pilot as they show me all the controls and the cool flashing buttons. Its a really small space but they let me sit on a seat behind the pilots for a few minutes until I make my way back to my seat next to a stranger who has become I little less scary. After a few hours we make our descent, the flight attendants give out candies and I take as many as my little hand can hold. Once on the ground, we are greeted with Hawaiian Leis and Alohas to the islands of love and beauty. This is how my love for travelling began..
At the age of four, I had no idea where that first experience would lead me in my life. With the influences of my dad and the excitement of travelling, I knew by the age of seventeen that travelling was my passion. I travelled to Hawaii again at the age of eleven with my family only to reinforce that passion within me, despite my air sickness. After my first trip to the Mayan Riveria in Mexico with a friend at the age of twenty and another trip to Puerto Vallarta with my mom and sister a few years later. I signed up for a Travel Counselling program at Camosun College. This course taught me the ins and out of the travel industry. Once I graduated, I moved to Vancouver to start my career at a regional airline as a customer service agent. This job openend my eyes to the airline industry. The advantages of working for an airline definately has its perks yet it is a very stressful industry. After another trip to Mexico, this time Cozumel for my best friends wedding. I moved home, unsure if I wanted to continue working in the industry. Despite my hesitations, I ended up getting a job at another regional airline which I worked there for three years. During those three years, I excelled at my position and became a flight attendant. I flew fourteen hour days, worked during the 2010 Olympics and did charter flights. In the three years working for the airline, I went to Australia, Mexico (again) and flew to San Fransisco for holidays. I realized that travelling was a part of me and I wanted another type of experience. I decided to move to Australia for a year and really get to see what it was like living away from home, in another country for a whole year.
Australia was such a great adventure and during that experience, I learned a lot about myself. My year long trip was more about self discovery than anything.
Travelling puts you in situations where you have to figure out how to deal with it. Whether its being stuck in an airport waiting for flight availability, getting lost, not having proper identification at customs, language barriers, being sick, jetlegged/exhausted, running out of money/credit cards not working etc... its all an adventure which always leads to usually funny stories to look back on.
I have been back home for a year now and in that time, I have taken a travel writing course and a photography course. Using the skills I have developed, I hope to share my travel stories and photos with everyone. I hope I can take you to the places I have travelled and share the experiences with you as if you were right there beside me.