Travel is a cornerstone of your modelling career! It's one of the biggest perks. Both seeing the world, and organising your schedule into an on-the-go lifestyle, will shape the person you become, and the way you approach things! Get organised using the links below.
Once the ball’s rolling, and you’re working, you’ll almost certainly start travelling a fair amount (and by that I mean all the time). Mostly, this is an awesome perk of the job, and you’ll see parts of the world you could never imagine, meet loads of really fun people, and see more sunrises than you perhaps cared to.
Constant travel can be overwhelming and/or exhausting at times so you gotta get organised! First thing’s first, make sure you sign up for the frequent flier programmes of the airlines you’re travelling with. Sign up to all of them, and make sure you attach your number to every flight. If you forget, just call the airline with your ticket number and you can add them retrospectively. Your accrued miles are obviously great to spend on rewards, or get discounts on future travel, but achieving status with an airline will significantly improve your travel experiences; you’ll get priority through security, upgrades during flight, and generally life is a little easier throughout the whole airport/plane part of your life. If your agent books your travel, it might be a good idea to communicate to them you’d like to organise your travel so that it is mostly with one carrier, where possible, so you can collect your points in one place. Other ways to collect points are with an airline affiliated credit card, and it’s also worth giving the airline a call and asking for points in compensation of a delay or problem during a flight.
Don’t forget to collect points from partner airlines too:
Delta, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern & Southern, KLM.
American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Qantas, Japan Air.
Flying can make you feel like sh*t! On long haul flights, in particular, do what you can to combat that by packing a little pouch of self care goodies including:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Lip balm
- Rose water or face spritz
- Eye mask and ear plugs
- Your own headphones
- Sheet mask (no shame here, as soon as the lights go down, I stick one on and leave it until its gone dry)
Planes are always blasting cold air at you, so take warm socks, and a big scarf that can double as a blanket so you don’t have to put the gross airline blanket near your face. Also try to avoid the food served during the flight - its packed full of preservatives that can leave you feeling bloated, so take some snacks to keep your hanger at bay. I usually make a salad at home, and pack some nuts and fruit for a long journey. And the best advice anyone’s ever received in any situation; drink plenty of water!
While you're away
There’s lots and lots of advice out there for dealing with jet lag; try to stay up, adjust your watch as soon as you get on the plane, eat your meals in accordance to your new time zone. In the case of travelling for work, you’re usually on quick turn around, so I would say just sleep when you can and when you want to; your prime reason for being there is for a job, so you need to be as fresh as you can be. Getting some sleep on the plane, drinking lots of water, exercising, eating well, and melatonin (a natural sleep aid) will all help you feel a little fresher.
And when you're well rested, its easier to make the most of your time away! Google a fun sight to see, get a recommendation on where to eat something delicious and local (social media is your best friend here), and learn a few basic words of the language especially hello, and thank you so you can have some interaction with your crew, or people you meet on your adventures!
Some places you’ll travel may feel less safe than others. Utilise the concierge at your hotel and ask for advice on where to go, and when it is safe to do so. They’re a wealth of knowledge on the local area! They can facilitate your adventures, for example, by booking you a reputable taxi to a place you'd like to go. Go girl! Get out there!
If you're keen to make the most out of the trip, ask your agent if they can book your travel home a couple of days after the end of the job. Some clients are happy to oblige here as long as the cost of your desired flight is the same. You would be responsible for accommodation and expenses after the job has finished. For cheap stays consider Airbnb or an app called HotelTonight (available in select cities).
When you don't speak the same language as the rest of your crew, jobs abroad can feel quite isolating! Be sure to take a book or something to keep you entertained during the hours of solitude, but be sure to say hi, and be polite. Make an effort to exchange a few words, and sit with the crew at lunch even if just to avoid feeling lonely. Use it as an opportunity to learn a few words of a new language! Its also important to be present and pleasant for the sake of your career. Try to find a friend who speaks your language - you'd be amazed at how many people are sitting in the same situation as you.