“Hello! My name is Dianne Escalona and I immigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. when I was a little girl. That was my first time being on a plane even though I grew up in a family of travelers. We went back to the Philippines when I was in elementary school and after I graduated from high school, our family went on a big trip traveling all over Europe. Every summer we traveled to other states and my parents even drove five days to California from the east coast when we moved to California in 1999. Needless to say, the travel bug has been with me from an early age.
Fast forward to 2015, I was working at a hotel and I always saw flight attendants and pilots checking in. I was mesmerized by their stories when they would talk about where they were flying to next and where they just came from. Then I saw my old friend from college post on Facebook that he just became a flight attendant with United Airlines. I reached out to him and was convinced to apply. It was such a fast process that I canceled my apartment lease, put my things in storage, and went to the 6-week training in Houston all within a couple of months! I feel so blessed and grateful to have this amazing traveling career. My only regret is not applying sooner!
Besides planning my next destination to explore, I love to be in the water. I enjoy snorkeling, swimming, waterfall hunting, and exploring all the beaches I can get to. I’m also a big foodie and I love trying all the local food wherever I am in the world. Animals are my biggest weakness and my dream would be to live with 2 dogs and 2 cats.
I love being a flight attendant for United Airlines! I first thought about being a flight attendant when I saw the movie View From the Top with Gwyneth Paltrow and Christina Applegate. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest it! Then seeing all the flight crew come into our hotel really got me thinking about what I have to lose. Nothing! If I didn’t ever apply, I’d never know how amazing this lifestyle and career is. Ever since I earned my wings, I constantly plan my next bucket list item. My fiance bought me a scratch-off world map and I love planning my next trip. For fun, I even look up hostels and things to do in random countries and see how I can get there using ID90 Travel.
Rapid Fire Questions
What are you most excited for as an ID90 Travel Brand Ambassador?
For my ID90 Travel Brand Ambassador experience, I’m most excited to connect with other like-minded travelers, and chat with them about their hobbies and hopefully get some tips on where I can travel to next!
What’s your go-to traveling hack/tip?
My go-to traveling hack/tip is buying laundry dryer sheets and those Monday through Friday pill cases! I use the laundry sheets to keep my clothes smelling fresh in my travel pack/suitcase and the pill case for my jewelry!
What’s on your travel list?
My top travel destinations I would love to travel to next is Egypt and Africa! I just can’t imagine standing face to face with the Sphinx and the pyramids and it would honestly be a dream come true! Also, Africa because who doesn’t want to see all those majestic creatures up close and personal in the wild and not behind bars in a zoo?
What’s been your favorite work experience?
My favorite work experience is on one of my flights, an elderly lady came to the back galley and asked me for more wine. I gave her a glass and she stood there teary-eyed and told me that being on this plane is like a spa getaway for her. She said she was dealing with some things in the city we just left from and she’s not ready to face a situation she has to deal with at our final destination, so being on the plane is like heaven for her. I poured her some more wine and asked her if she was okay, she didn’t tell me what her situation was, but instead thanked me for such a wonderful flight. I still to this day wonder if she’s okay, but what she said really hit me emotionally. You never know what a customer is going through when they step onto the plane.
What’s been your favorite trip?
My favorite trip was my first solo trip to Tokyo. It was a spontaneous decision that came when a girls trip that I had planned fell through and both friends canceled on me. I decided to not let it get me down and immediately thought of where I could go solo this last minute. I decided on Tokyo since the loads were great, and I am so blessed to be able to use our employee discounts to my advantage.
What advice do you hope to share with your fellow Interliners?
My advice to other airline employees is don’t make such concrete itineraries. I find that when I plan a couple things a day and leave the rest of the day up for whatever spontaneous activity pops up at the moment, I enjoy my trip so much more. Yes, it’s great to see that monument or that building, but nothing will excite you more than that spontaneous picnic you had with cheese and meat you picked up at a random grocery store and ate on a balcony with friends in front of the Eiffel tower.
What’s your life or travel philosophy?
My life/travel philosophy is to manifest and envision the life you want. You won’t get anywhere in life without thinking positive thoughts. Believe what you envision and it will eventually come true.
What’s been your favorite trip?
My favorite travel story is when I flew for work to Sydney, Australia for the first time. I decided to do the infamous Bondi to Coogee beach walk. Since none of my crew wanted to do it, I headed out on my own. As I was taking pictures at Bondi beach at an overlook, my portable charger fell out of my hands and tumbled off the cliff. Needless to say, I freaked out knowing that my phone was about to die and I wouldn’t have a way to get an Uber back to the hotel. So I decided to continue my walk to see if I could find someone to let me borrow their phone or find a pay phone. As it started to get dark, I ended up getting lost and found my way into a neighborhood. A nice local saw me wandering around and asked if I was lost. He let me borrow his phone and I logged into uber and was finally able to order my ride. He waited outside with me for my ride and I finally made it back to the hotel safe. That one moment alone made me realize that not everyone in this world is bad and not everywhere you go is unsafe. Of course you have to be vigilant and bad things can happen, but for the most part, most people are usually willing to help.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is hearing a customer’s story about where they’re heading to, what they’re gonna do, and why they’re traveling. It reminds me that we’re all so much more alike than we think. I honestly believe that we are all just curious about the world around us. Some might be scared of the unknown and not willing to travel, but deep down we are all still just as curious.
What’s the biggest lesson travel has taught you?
My number one tip about traveling is to at least do some research about the country’s customs and values. What to do and what not to do. Even though you may not speak the same language or follow the same customs and values, it is always appreciated that you as a foreigner respect their way of life.
If you believe and you envision your goals coming true, they will manifest. Life is too short to be unhappy and to settle for less, so go out there and take the first step. As someone who has had people judging and telling me left and right what I should do with my life, I’m so grateful I didn’t listen to them and I realized, in the end, this is my life to live, and I will do whatever it takes to make me happy. I promise putting your happiness first will all be worth it in the end.
If you want to follow me on my adventures, add me on Instagram! @dianne_escalona“
– 💙 Dianne
Author: The Interliner A-Team
The #InterlinerATeam is a group of incredibly talented Airline Employees from all over the world. As ID90 Travel Brand Ambassadors they seek to inspire their community to live their best #NonRevLife.