Updated on June 9, 2020
Dating 101 for Cabin Crew: How to Make Relationships Work With Your Partner
Let’s be honest, relationships are hard. In most circumstances where we have 9 to 5 jobs, juggling our responsibilities and our relationships is hard enough, what more when the job requires you to travel for work?
Being part of the cabin crew means spending less time with your loved ones, and missing out on special occasions together with them, like birthdays, anniversaries, as well as festive holidays. Putting it mildly, there’s a lot of hard work!
Here are some tips that would help you to build and maintain a good healthy relationship with your partner
Tip 1: Help your partner to understand the nature of your job
Often times, others may only see that being part of the aircrew is an enjoyable job filled with opportunities to explore the world and exotic new places. However, they lack a complete understanding of what the job really entails. People often miss the part where the job is not only challenging (ensuring the safety of the passengers) but also very exhausting!
The more they understand, the more empathetic they can be with you and the struggles you face. And so, telling stories and explaining in detail, openly and candidly about your work experience, trials, tribulation, and adventures can give your partner a window into your world.
Tip 2: Communication is key!
Communication is one of the most important elements in creating long-lasting relationships, especially long-distance ones. Thankfully, with the advancement of technology, aircrews are able to stay connected with their loved ones even when they are on the other side of the world.
Try to keep each other up-to-date with your schedules and make an effort to set a suitable time to chat or talk through Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp or whatever app that works for the both of you!
A simple “I miss you” or “I’m thinking of you” or a picture of yourself shows that you really care about your relationship with your partner and that it gives your partner the security as well.
Tip 3: It’s time to get organized!
Once your flying schedule is out, it will be great to plan something ahead of time with your loved one!
For example, if you know that you are going to be away on long trips, you can maybe buy an air ticket to fly your loved ones so that they can spend some time with you. This gesture shows that they matter in your life and that you want to make the most of the time with them.
Tip 4: Trust!
What does trust even mean?
Mutual trust, in this case, refers to how you and your partner think and feel about each other, i.e. whether your partner is reliable, are you confident in what he/she does, do you feel physically and emotionally safe with him/ her and vice versa. If you and your partner are on the same page in terms of staying committed, you need to learn to trust each other and not behave in ways that may break that trust, which means avoiding behaviours that cause suspicion.
Hence, it is recommended for both, to be honest, and open with one another, as well as keeping each up to date with their daily lives.
Tip 5: Keep the relationship interesting and alive!
Although you and your loved one are many miles away from each other, you can still do something to keep the relationship going. For example, you can set simple and achievable goals together with your special one, and when goals are achieved, reward each other the next time you two meet.
You can also find things to do together, e.g. watch a movie or read a book at the same time. And even though you cannot be there on special occasions, you can still send them something to show that he/she is in your mind.
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