What do you save on?
,,I like to rent a car on holiday, but take the cheapest one there is. Nor do I spend my money on expensive excursions: I would rather rent a boat myself than sail with thirty people. And the beach beds: in Greece you can rent beds for a whole day for 10 euros, in the Netherlands it sometimes costs 40 euros per day. Then I’ll just lie in the sand with my towel.
,,My job as a flight attendant allows me to save on flights. Due to the IPB scheme, I am allowed – if there is room – for a lower rate. For example, I went to Bali for ten days for 800 euros, including flight. I am also active on Instagram as content creator and that’s why I sometimes get free nights or other trips. That saves on costs.”
What do you never save on?
,,Food! At breakfast I think about where we are going to have lunch, at lunch I think about dinner. I don’t like cooking on vacation. In addition, food is so intertwined with the culture of a country: you can literally taste the country.”
Have you ever had a very expensive vacation?
,,Yes. And that was such a shame. I was on Mykonos in Greece and we spent 5000 euros the two of us in six days. It was just bizarre how expensive it was there. I would never do that again.”
So you travel a lot for your work as a flight attendant, what’s different about taking a holiday yourself?
,,I fly all over the world, but mainly see cities. When I travel for work, I have little time. For example, I was in Mexico City and then you cram everything into two days. Normally you take a week for that. Sometimes it really feels like a vacation, sometimes I’m just recovering from the flight. Another difference is that traveling as a flight attendant costs me nothing, because we get daily money to live on.
,, I continued to work during corona time, but then traveling was very different. In some places we had to stay in our hotel room. I sat on my balcony in Curaçao just looking at the sea.”