Working for the airlines means staying mobile. We might not work in the highest paying industry, but fun and travel become completely redefined for you when you do join. Industry benefits, namely discounted standby travel is one of the biggest perks of the business. So I thought I’d take today to talk about a few of the places I’ve managed to visit as a result of working for Lufthansa – it has introduced me to a completely different kind of world, and I’d like to take you “behind the scenes” to experience a little bit of it with me!
My biggest adventure was definitely Hong Kong. A friend from college moved there after he graduated. It had been three and half years, so a visit was definitely overdue. As soon as I got my flight benefits I hopped a plane ride over to Hong Kong and spent the week with him. I got to see Victoria Peak, experience a ship ride across the harbor, learn how to say Starbucks and “okay” in feeble Cantonese, see the evening light show from Kowloon side, visit Big Buddha at Ngong Ping 360 as well as several temples and many, many delicious local restaurants. It was the trip of a lifetime!
Lisbon was a great trip. I had just finished the end of a seminar in Germany and a friend of mine was at a conference in Heidelberg. So after work was done, I hopped a bus down to Heidelberg, stayed the night amongst the beautiful scenery, and then the next morning we caught a Lufthansa flight to Lisbon, Portugal, where we spent 5 days seeing the sites, going to museums, drinking wine, eating chicken piri piri, and listening to fado, traditional Portuguese music. Probably the most unforgettable part of the trip was exploring the castle Sintra in the afternoon, and exploring the back alleys of Lisbon in the evening.
Aberdeen was somewhat of a surprise. On a Friday night at 11pm, my colleague Emily, whose blogposts you may have seen on this site, and I were pondering what to do for the weekend. We were at a course in Frankfurt. Most everybody had left for the weekend, and we were stuck wondering what to do. We looked online for our options, but everything was too expensive or not really what we wanted to do. So we looked up Lufthansa’s 99 EUR offers, and sure enough, Aberdeen popped up. There was a flight on Saturday morning at 7am. So we booked it, and for 20 hours explored the lovely Scottish highland city. I’ve never in my life had such a spontaneous trip. Haggis is kinda gross, though.
Istanbul was definitely a highlight, and pretty much a summation of what the IAP program is about: fostering international connections within the airline industry. Two colleagues from my program and I flew to Istanbul for a long weekend vacation. We stayed with another IAP, who showed us around the city. We got to see one of the coolest metropolises in the world through the eyes of a local. It was the kind of trip you always dream you can have with the best kind of people you can imagine spending it with. Over the weekend, we took a whirlwind tour of the city, and visited some of the lesser seen parts of the city, discovering some real hidden gems along the way.
These trips are not even everything I was able to do, but it highlights how working for the airline has created a passion for travel and has let me make memories that will last a lifetime!