Staying Connected…

How do you stay connected on the go?

After becoming a flight attendant one of the biggest changes that I noticed was how hard it is to keep in contact with family and friends!

Between our unconventional schedules, differing time zones, and not always having service it can be challenging to let those you love know that you are safe, alive and that you miss them.

The easiest and most efficient way to keep in contact is definitely picking up the phone and calling. Nowadays it is so overrated, but sometimes just hearing someone’s voice for a couple of minutes makes a world of difference. I know my family doesn’t always pick up the phone for one reason or another, so leaving a cute voicemail also does the trick. They can save the voicemail and play it over and over.

Another quick and easy method to keep in contact is texting. I know we get in the rut of meaning to text and then letting the day get away from us. So next time someone or anyone crosses your mind, send that text ASAP. You may not get another chance later!

When it comes to the conventional methods of communicating I realized that sticking to a schedule helped me. I put a reminder in my phone to remember to update friends and family on where I am, how I am doing, and when I may see them next. I know it sounds crazy, but trust me without the reminder I could potentially go days with reaching out because I get so busy.

Now onto more creative way to keep in contact with loved ones!

I absolutely love grabbing postcards from the different cities I am visiting. Write a quick note about something I did, or something I want to do there and send it out. It is a relatively inexpensive, fun way to keep in contact and also keep the recipient in the loop of where your journey is taking you.

Make sure your loved ones are in the know about where and what you are up too, it means so much to them!

So tell me how do you stay connected?

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Yes, You Can Go to Cuba…

So it has been about a year since I traveled to Cuba for my 30th birthday.

And it blows me away that I still get questions on how I did it.

So here it goes…

Yes, you can go to Cuba.

We decided to travel with JetBlue Airways.

We had points with the airline, they organize your visa with the purchase of the ticket, and they fly nonstop from JFK to Havana.

My family and I traveled under the visa, The Support of the Cuban People.

They are currently 12 categories in which Americans can travel to Cuba under.

The only one that my family and I qualified for was The Support of Cuban People.

12 CATEGORIES OF AUTHORIZED TRAVEL TO CUBA FOR AMERICANS

  • Family visits
  • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Journalistic activity
  • Professional research and professional meetings
  • Educational activities
  • Religious activities
  • Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
  • Support for the Cuban people
  • Humanitarian projects
  • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  • Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
  • Certain export transactions that may be considered for authorization under existing regulations and guidelines.

Here is a rough draft of our itinerary.

Havana, Cuba 2018

Shoshanna’s 30th Birthday Trip

April 25th,2018 – May 2nd, 2018

Residence:

Graciela Hernandez

+53 52811897

Calle 21, No 802, ESQ. A 2

Apto 25, 6to Piso

Vedado, Habana

Cuba

Daily Itinerary

Thursday April 26th,2018

9:15 am – Shoshanna and Yessenia arrive (Need a Taxi Pickup $25)

1:05 am – Shellanna and Darion arrive (Need a Taxi Pickup $25)

6:30 pm Dinner at 5 Sentidos (Need a Taxi)

Friday April 27th, 2018

Breakfast ($20)

7:00 pm – Dinner at La Gaurida (Need a Taxi)

Saturday April 28th, 2018

Breakfast ($20)

7:30pm – Dinner at Otra Manera La Habana (Need a Taxi)

Sunday April 29th, 2018

Breakfast ($20)

7:30pm – Dinner at Riomar (Need a Taxi)

Monday April 30th, 2018

Breakfast ($20)

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

Breakfast ($10)

Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

Breakfast ($10)

Activities

Drinks at Hotel National

Tropicana

Playas de Este

Central Park

Santa Maria del Mar

Sea Cliffs Varadero Cuba

Cayo Coco and Guillermo

Playa Ancon

Guardalavaca

Cayo Largo

Day Trip to Vinales

Old Havana

El Malecon

Gran Teatro de La Habana

Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Fusterlandia

Old Square

Plaza de la Catedral

 

It is really hard for Americans to book hotel rooms, so I recommend using Airbnb!

Also Cuba is limited on credit card and ATM usage so make sure to travel appropriately.

Obviously if you have any questions, feel free to tweet me @shoshmeetsworld

I Won?!?!

I know its cliche to say that ” I never win anything”

But guess what? I won!

What did I win you ask?

My company had a contest to win plane tickets for another airline!

So my partner and I are going with Qantas on a two week vacay!!!

Where should we go and what should we do?

The world has endless possibilities!

Mother Daughter Birthday Trip

Growing up my mother and I haven’t always been the closest.

I was always a little envious of the other mother daughter relationships including the one my sister had with our mom. They were always closer.

In the last couple of years I was determined to work on that.

So this year with my newly acquired flight benefits, I am taking my mother on a mother daughter birthday trip

I honestly don’t have a location in mind yet. My only requirement is that it is somewhere we haven’t been yet.

Do you guys have any recommendations?!?!

Louis Vuitton 6 Key Holder

I saw Stella from Fly with Stella post this cutie a couple of times, and rave about about how much she loves it. So when I had a layover in Portland (no sales tax) I decided to grab it!

Thanks so much to Effy (Sales Associate at LV) for all your help. Also her mom is also a flight attendant!

So I have had this baby about a week, and I love it!

It keeps all my keys neat and orderly, and just helps to keep my purse/bag/backpack organized. I also appreciate that my keys aren’t scratching anything else because they are nicely tucked away.

Here is my unboxing of the little beauty.

Obsessed is an understatement!

Am I Afraid?

Yesterday when most people heard about the engine failure on the Southwest flight, I received some calls and messages asking “Am I afraid?”.

Simple response “No”.

My love and passion for aviation will always transcend any fear that may creep up.

I also reminded friends and family when I worked in the rental car business, that every time they saw a car crash they didn’t ask whether or not I was afraid then… so why now?

No matter what field you are in there is always a risk you take.
No field is 100% safe.

I commend the amazing pilot and her crew for their bravery and professionalism, throughout that ordeal.

Extra love for Pilot Tammie Jo Shults (She is an American Hero).

I cant wait to be 35,000 feet up in the air among these talented, trained, selfless individuals!!!

Catch me at take off…