Flight Attendant Mom

Travel Stories : Bouncing East to West

Flight Attendant Layovers: Days go by and by and by. Since Seoul I have travelled to Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. I have also just returned from New York City. The six day Auzzie trip, including three energy – testing layovers, is long and always fueled with excitement; plans are made and us flight attendants are off experiencing all we can in the limited hours we have. Endurance is stretched and I am quite in awe, at times, as to how we perform so professionally, elegantly and with such patience on the flights. Like speed – dating, we are speed travelling, and then we put on our uniforms and act the part with sincerity and care for complete strangers. Once I return to my apartment in Dubai, I used to be torn between catching up with my friends, should they be in the city, and retreating to my pajamas or to the beach. One involves eventful escapades and the other a blissful near- coma experience. One entails make-up and fuss and the other, acceptable neglect! My friends usually win the “fight” and I thank them for their always exuberant energy and impossible- to- decline invitations! Have I mentioned how these friends are my family?

Picture Dubai the Palm

Tonight, however, I decline. I am a Mom! Exhausted from a Saudi Arabia, five hour “turn- around” that turned into a fourteen hour day as we experienced delays on ground, and in the air, the latter due to trials and practices in Dubai airspace by aviators around the world preparing for “The Most Expensive Show in the World”: The Dubai Airshow. Today’s operational flight drafted me to find allowances in myself that I did not know existed. The Islamic peoples are currently conducting their pilgrimage to the Mecca, and full, demanding flights kept crew on their toes. Adhering to their culture and protecting their zam zam water onboard that they collected from the fountain located in the Mecca, careful not to touch men in passing after they have vowed to Miqat and are in their Ihram dressing after a long procedure of washing in the lavatories – picture men of all ages and shapes in nearly nothing, draped in white cloth and as one looks down the aircraft cabins there is a sea of white clothed passengers. I have spoken Arabic I didn’t even know I knew! Dutifully, I informed passengers of the direction of the Qibla and gave space for prayer on the aircraft.

Home Sweet Home! I miss my husband and son!
Presently, I am at a restless – rest now, rewarded with work well done, but beaten. Fatigued, but gladly in a comfortable and familiar room. My bedroom. Not another hotel room with strange sounds and smells, where I worry to wake up in alarming wonder, initially, as to where I am. My family is near me sleeping and I cannot wait to wake to them!



  1. Kimberley Hungar says:

    Hi there,
    I wanted to let you know I enjoyed your post! You have a very interesting career and living circumstances! I don’t know how you do it all and be a mommy at the same time! Kudos to you! Being a mom is hard in any circumstances, let alone with a travelling career! I look forward to reading more about your travel adventures and balancing being a mom too! I will live vicariously!
    All the best!

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  2. Debra says:

    Wow, what an incredible article. Its so interesting that we live worlds away from each other, yet I could’ve written a lot of these very same sentences myself! I love the “acceptable neglect” comment – I did that just yesterday – spent an entire Sunday on the couch with a blankie watching TV and snoozing. It was a much needed break! I love how you describe the different aspects of your life and how they differ. Well said. And very inspiring!

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    • Kimberley says:

      Debra, thanks so much for your comments, and for taking time to drop in. I am just beginning this journey and have a little ways to go – but look forward to filling this website with helpful and insightful writings. Learning and sharing as I go!

      All the best to you and yours!

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  3. Summerly says:

    I am jealous of your job, I love to travel and being a flight attendant would be the best way to go about seeing the world. But, in actually doing what you do, you probably don’t look at it so much that way anymore, it’s just a job with alot of perks. Everyone thinks other jobs would be great, but then when you hear the real stories of the job and not just what you think in your head, then you realize that it may not be that great all the time. You would miss your family, and familiar surroundings, and it does seem that your time being a ‘tourist’ would be rushed. Nice to get a sense of what a flight attendant may not enjoy from a job that seems awesome.

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    • Kimberley says:

      Life is what you make it in the end! No matter what – you have to enjoy what you do. For the first time in my life, I do enjoy my work and travel is pretty amazing. Now that I am a Mom, there are challenges and perhaps I’ll move onto the next adventure that is more fitting. Just like everything, we change with the times…. It’s all up to us! Yay!

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  4. Lauren Kinghorn says:

    Aw Kimberley, I feel for you! Under any circumstances you have a really exhausting job, but as a Mom… phew! I take my hat off to you! I have a friend who runs a recruitment company for flight attendants. I’ll send her a link to your blog, I’m sure she will enjoy it thoroughly, and share with her friends and colleagues. She is a Mom too, with an almost 3 year old son and 1 year old twins!

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    • Kimberley says:

      Hi Lauren! Such a lovely comment and I thank you for taking some time to read and share your thoughts! I have taken some time to rest as my work schedule – office the sky – got a little demanding! My family comes first, though!

      That being said, I cannot wait to return to this adventure of blogging – as I enjoy sharing my experiences and learning and connecting with others along the way!

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  5. Lacey says:

    Wow! What an awesome mommy you are! I am also a working mommy and know the struggle. My daughter will be 2 years old in December and we are already going through the terrible 2’s. I don’t know how you do it all, I once traveled with my daughter when she was 7mos old and I was a disaster. Keep up the awesome work, I think the idea behind your site is very neat and entertaining to read!

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