Cathay Pacific staffers offer eight travel tips

  • Go for a run!

Evan, Pilot: “I ask the hotel concierge to suggest a running route. It’s on runs that I’ve seen the embassy district of Delhi, Moscow’s Red Square, and Rome’s ancient ruins.”

  • Try out the local cuisine
    Try local food. Image: Caroline Hurry

    Eat local 

Aby, Flight Attendant: “I go straight to the local markets in a new city and try something unusual – I’ve eaten insects, scorpions, and kangaroo!”

  • Surprise a loved one

Becky, Flight Attendant: “I booked my Mum onto one of my flights to New Zealand, and learnt that the best gifts are the ones that make memories.”

  • Be a kid again

Poey, Flight Attendant: “I see destinations through my child’s eyes. When I show him photos from my trips, he sees spaceships, castles and ocean monsters. He reminds me to rediscover my own sense of wonder.”

  • Skip the crowd

Gong, Flight Attendant: “I always get up at dawn to explore a busy layover destination. It’s a great way to see a city with no crowds to interfere with the views of historic landmarks and attractions.”

  • Get out and about

Grace, Flight Attendant: “When I went to South Africa, I escaped the city and went on a horseback safari. It made me realise how beautiful the world can be.”

  • Revisit your favourite city at different times

Indit, Flight Attendant: “New York looks so different depending on the time of year – from the skyscrapers sparkling in the summer sun, to the autumn browns of Central Park and the bright Christmas trees surrounded by winter snow.”

  • Explore local history and culture

Ben, Pilot: “The way places change over time fascinates me. I like to buy an old travel guide of a destination as I walk around it. I enjoy seeing the old buildings still standing tall amid contemporary skyscrapers in London and Singapore.”

  • Cathay Pacific flies from Johannesburg to Hong Kong seven days a week, connecting to hundreds of destinations across the globe. Better still, passengers can now book all international travel on one portal, without having to search local airline sites, or make multiple bookings to travel via Johannesburg and Hong Kong.
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