SAA cabin crew member Linda Claassens shares her love of travel around the world and her favourite destination.
I chose the career because…
I used to work for a company on the 18th floor of a building in the Johannesburg CBD and when I was stressed (especially during month-ends), I would go to the archives office which had a 180° view over the city and airport in the far distance.
I would look at all the aircraft lining up on final approach for landing at OR Tambo International Airport, wondering from what destinations would they be coming from.
One day I realised that I was missing out on life and needed to make a career change. I love to travel and explore, and therefore decided to join the aviation industry. I have never looked back or regretted my decision!
What I love most about this job
… is the flexibility. It’s not an office job day in and day out, every day is different. I meet new people and work with different colleagues on every flight. And on every flight I can make a difference.
Most memorable moments
… are when my family are traveling with me on my working trips.
Most memorable Business Class passenger
… was one who said: “If you don’t like to be out of your comfort zone … then don’t travel.” That pretty much sums up everything about traveling.
What I love about travel
I get to see beautiful places; not just in my own country but all over the world. I’m regularly meeting people from different nationalities and cultures, and I get to know how they experience live and tasting wonderful international cuisine.
When I’m not flying
I am involved at church as an Abba Care team member where we pray for people that are in need. I also love succulent plants and enjoy going to nurseries looking for new plants and creative containers.
Linda’s Top Travel Tips
- If you really want to get to know a destination, then walk the street.
- Never eat cut fruits, only eat the whole fruit!
- Eat where the locals eat and where the restaurants are very busy for the freshest food at reasonable prices.
- Travel with an expired driver’s license card when asked for identification and not with your passport that can easily be lost.
- Always pack an adapter plug.
- Always take an umbrella and something warm to wear.