On February 7, 2016 my husband Devin Featherstone and I welcomed our new addition to the world. Kai Austin Featherstone joined us shortly after Beyonce performed at the Super bowl. My entire world changed from that moment on, as all mothers (and fathers) worlds presumably do.
At the time I was working in the office as a manager for a group of flight attendants, for one of Canada’s largest airlines (WestJet). The job was wonderful, but time consuming and I didn’t want to be a parent that was constantly on their phone working while at home (we all find what works or doesn’t for our family). So I made the decision to return to where I started, and renew my flying career. The decision was a tough one for me to make. I started flying in 2008, and had worked my way into my most recent position, taking additional courses for leadership, shedding tears as I assumed the responsibility of both a corporate world and keeping friendships with people who would eventually report to me, it was a long but fulfilling process.
My family, including my mother, have appreciated travel for as long as I can remember. By the time I was 10 I had ventured to different countries with my parents that included the French Polynesia, Australia, The United States and so on. By the time I was 25 I had already completed more solo trips than I could count including a month long journey to India (inspired none the less by a google search), and a 6 month stint in Mexico working for Club Med.
The flight attendant life came quite naturally to me. When I first joined in 2008 my life could fit into a small moving box, my ties were limited in Calgary Alberta and I’ve always enjoyed people. It’s interesting though, my return to flying is because of almost the exact opposite. I have a house, a beautiful family and am grounded here in Calgary. My choice to go back was mainly because of the time off, the time I get to myself and the fact that I get to travel to interesting places (while getting paid to do so). It lessens the “mom guilt”.
When I signed my contract to become a Flight Attendant again, I promised myself that no matter the layover I had I would take the opportunity to get out and explore. There is something about fresh air and new cities that I find so intriguing. As a hiking and wandering enthusiast I’ve decided to share my journeys with anyone who’s interested. This page will be dedicated to sharing the time I’m in one city, the cost (from the airport to whatever destination) and where I’ve started my journey (i.e. uber landmarks) with a hope to inspire wanderers alike to get out there- no matter how short your time in a city is!