When it comes to travel, flight attendants have seen it all. From luxurious vacation destinations to famous metropolitan cities, their job takes them to some of the best — and worst — places in the world. As everyday jet-setters, their expertise, travel tips and insight are the most coveted.
Each year, an estimated 64 percent of Americans plan to take a summer vacation. So, since summer travel season is still here, take a look at the best travel destinations as defined by flight attendants.
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For multiple flight attendants, this Bay Area city is a must-visit travel destination. In a piece for the online platform Odyssey, flight attendant Natalie Turner wrote about how San Francisco is the ultimate vacation trip to book if you want to experience the “‘melting pot’ of American culture at its finest.”
“San Francisco offers you a unique opportunity to explore some integral parts of American history including: the Japanese/Korean/Mexican/Hispanic immigration, and all of their fight for equality, the birth of the Gay Pride movement and their fight for equality … and even the growth of American technology with the influence from Silicon Valley,” Turner wrote.
But keep in mind that San Francisco ranks in the top 10 most expensive cities in the U.S. Booking a hotel or hostel can set you back $104 per night, according to Budget Your Trip.
Hong Kong is a city full of sights and sounds that is guaranteed to be an unforgettable travel experience, according to flight attendants for Air New Zealand. There are a lot of things that make Hong Kong special, but the city’s skyline from the famous Victoria Harbour is a sight to behold. Be prepared to spend an average of $137 daily.
Although Los Angeles is an expensive city, nothing compares to getting a taste of Hollywood life and the beautiful weather. Whether you want to chill out in Malibu or Venice Beach, take a stroll down Rodeo Drive or explore the nightlife, there is always something to do.
“When you are in Los Angeles, be sure to check out the iconic Hollywood Sign, Griffiths [sic] Observatory, Manhattan Beach, and The Grove Mall [sic] where you may be able to spot some celebrities,” Turner wrote.
But like in many big cities, the price to get around is higher. You’re looking at spending an average of nearly $200 a day in Los Angeles.
The beauty of this Spanish city also made it a favorite for flight attendants with Air New Zealand. The average daily price for traveling in Barcelona is $136, and the average price of a hotel for two people is $172. While traveling in the city, you can make authentic Spanish cuisine in a cooking class for $73 or behold Barcelona’s medieval buildings in the Gothic Quarter for $103, among many other price-friendly activities.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Although Puerto Rico might be recovering from the devastation of 2017’s hurricane season, the city of San Juan is a must-see travel destination, according to Turner.
“Puerto Rico is a fantastic place to relax and unload the stress of daily life,” Turner wrote. “Its pristine warm-water beaches, majestic rainforests, and unique culture make it a terrific vacation destination.”
You’ll need an average of $140 per day to get around in the city.
Another beautiful beach destination, the South Asian country of the Maldives is one of the best tropical vacation places to visit and a frequent destination among Qatar Airways flight attendants, according to The Best Travel Places. The blue lagoons and clear beaches are what continue to attract travelers year-round.
The best part of visiting this country might not just be the scenery, but also the prices. The average daily price for traveling in the Maldives is $59, and a hotel room for a couple will set you back only $82.
Hawaii might be considered the ideal getaway for most people already, but it’s also a must-see place for flight attendants as well. Flight attendants with Air New Zealand put Honolulu among 10 of the world’s best places to see. In addition to being the birthplace of former President Barack Obama, Honolulu has some of the best beaches around. The best time to visit is from mid-April to early June or between September and mid-December, when there are more festivals and hotel room rates are at their lowest.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
For people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan city or a fast-paced lifestyle, book your next summer trip to the Southeastern city of Fort Lauderdale. Not only is the city great for enjoying a good time at the beach, but its airport is also ranked 13th in domestic origin and destination passengers.
“This destination is one of the frequently visited places by Americans looking to unwind from their busy lives, as well as those looking to escape the Northern U.S. winter,” Turner wrote. “Shopping on Las Olas Blvd., and relaxing at the beach are just two of my favorite things to do in this city.”
Although it’s a big city, at an average of $118 a day, Fort Lauderdale is not as expensive as other destinations on this list. Also, the average price of a hotel for a couple is $136.
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