As someone who has dated flight attendants both before and after becoming one myself, I can tell you that it is exhausting. We are always tired, we can be hard to reach, weâ€™re constantly switching time zones, and weâ€™re distant â€“ in every sense of the word. But on the flip side â€“ our patience level is high, we are incredibly attentive to the needs of others, our sense of adventure is unmatched, and we always know where to find the best food in just about any city. Weâ€™re not easy to love, but weâ€™re most definitely worth it.
One of the most common questions we get as a couple of married flight attendants is, â€œHow do you make it all work?â€ Between hectic schedules and working for different airlines, no one seems to understand how we keep our relationship going strong. We admit, being away from home as often as we are can make it difficult to maintain any sense of normalcy, but who wants to be normal anyway?
We keep our lives intertwined and yet separate. It keeps things from getting stale and monotonous. We have plenty of things in common, but we also celebrate the fact that each other has different interests outside of our relationship and our careers. If one of us wants to explore a new hobby or activity, then the other will cheer proudly from the sidelines. If one of us needs a night out with a friend, we donâ€™t feel left out or bothered by it. These experiences only make our time together that much more full of life, laughter, and conversation.
We absolutely love traveling together but traveling separately for work has its advantages, too. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and theyâ€™re not wrong. As in any relationship, â€œme timeâ€ is so important so that you donâ€™t lose yourself. You never want to wake up one day and realize youâ€™ve lost sight of who you are. With overnights in hotels in cities across the globe, â€œme timeâ€ is basically built into our schedules as flight crew. You can put on a robe, pour yourself a glass of wine, and watch all sorts of trashy TV or movies that your significant other may not want to indulge in with you. By the time you get home, youâ€™re missing your significant other and are ready for a romantic evening â€“ that is, of course, right after you donâ€™t talk to anyone for a couple of hours. Everybody needs to decompress after a trip.
If you canâ€™t celebrate a holiday on the actual holiday, choose a different date and commit to it to make it just as special â€“ except for New Yearâ€™s Eve because yelling â€œHappy New Yearâ€ on January 2nd is very anticlimacticâ€¦ trust us, weâ€™ve tried it. Plus, your neighbors will think that youâ€™re insane anyway.
When â€˜Two Guys On A Planeâ€™ first met â€“ we were living in two different cities, so we had to deal with long-distance and you know that doesnâ€™t always work out. We had two options: put in a ton of effort to spend time together or simply not see each other at all. We both quickly realized that going the extra mile was far more worthwhile than not being a part of each otherâ€™s lives. Putting in that much effort and planning into every single date made things challenging but helped us see that what we were doing was worth it. While I admit having flight benefits made things easier for us than most couples, long distance can work if the two parties are willing to meet halfway â€“ literally and figuratively. There were times when I was trying harder to see him, and times when he was trying harder to see me, but the important part is that we were both trying. Neither of us had felt like we were risking it all just to be together. We were both being vulnerable and putting ourselves out there. There were never expectations that one of us would be forced to give anything up; we embraced who the other person was, respected what their life looked like already, and either we fit into each otherâ€™s worlds or we didnâ€™t. It was that simple. When it came time for our relationship to take the next step, things began to fall into place and our decision became quite clear: do we want to be together or not? It was far less complex than youâ€™d think dating would typically be, and itâ€™s continued to be that way ever since.
Communication in any relationship is paramount, and even more so when youâ€™re apart from each other so often. Relationships arenâ€™t easy, but as humans we love to complicate things when we donâ€™t have to. We talk to each other about what works for us and what doesnâ€™t, we find ways to keep life exciting, and we make sure that neither one of us ever wakes up and thinks, â€œWhere did I go?â€
It doesnâ€™t matter how crazy, ridiculous, or off the wall your thoughts may be, if you canâ€™t be honest and open with your partner about whatâ€™s on your mind, you ainâ€™t gonna make it. Schedule date nights, schedule time apart, talk on the phone, FaceTime, text, sext, do whatever works for you to keep the magic alive. Throw out any ideas of â€œnormalâ€ relationships that you may have in your head and spice it up a little. Take some time for yourself and live your own life, it honestly could be exactly what your relationship needsâ€¦ and our best piece of advice: never, ever stop â€œdatingâ€ each other.