Renee Silverfield

Renee Silverfield

Renee has spent 15 years as a flight attendant and more than 20 years in the aviation industry. She earned her degree in Organizational Speech Communications from the Univ. of Texas at Arlington. She is the proud mom of an amazing teenage son. Fighting her second cancer battle, Renee is dedicated to helping other cancer patients live a positive life and keep fighting.
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  • Learn More About the London Eye
    Touted as one of the best landmarks in London, the London Eye is a huge tourist destination. Few make it through a London visit without taking a spin on the famous Ferris wheel.
  • Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!
    This year marks the 125th birthday for one of the world’s greatest landmark- the Eiffel Tower. Not only is this one of my favorite spots, but the Eiffel Tower is loved by people everywhere.
  • Liberal Laws of Amsterdam
    Before heading out to Amsterdam, you may want to review just what is legal and what is not. Known for its liberal laws, Amsterdam still has rules you will want to be aware of.
  • The “Glamorous” Life of a Flight Attendant
    A career as a flight attendant is full of glamour…beautiful hotels, exotic locals, movie star passengers, and more. Got your attention? Ready to apply for a job in the friendly skies?
  • Romance in the Air
    There is definitely a sort of romance attached to travel, and flying is part of that. I love traveling during this time of year and watching all the romance bloom at 35,000 feet.
  • Helpful Tips for Winter Travel
    For those of us in the travel industry, the recent winter weather has caused havoc on our schedules. For passengers, it has been just as challenging.
  • My Victory Over Cancer
    I was only 28 years old when I heard those words, “It’s cancer.” I had just given birth to my son, Matthew. How could I possibly have cancer? I was a brand new mom with my whole life ahead of me.
  • Soak Up Some Fun & Sun in St. Thomas
    With all the cold weather in the nation, you may be ready for some sunny fun. If so, take a trip to St. Thomas.
  • Staying Safe While Traveling Internationally
    Traveling abroad is a terrific way to experience other cultures. It’s exciting and fun. However, there is some risk involved in leaving the great United States.
  • Flight Attendants Don't Like Delays Either
    With winter weather in full swing, it's a good time to remind folks that flight attendants are no happier about delays than they are. While weather delays and cancellations are frustrating to passengers, flight attendants face additional challenges.
  • Sightseeing in Seattle
    In the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a great place to visit. There is a variety of things to do and see, and you will run out of time before you run out of options.
  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado: The Perfect Vacation
    After my family’s last vacation to the Durango, Colorado, area, we were hooked. Living in Texas, we fell in love with the cool summer temperatures, the majestic landscape, and all the outdoor activities.
  • Great Vacation Spots for Children
    Once you have children, your vacation destinations definitely change. Gone are the romantic strolls on the beach. They are replaced with loud, crazy adventures.
  • Tips for a Smooth Vacation
    You’ve put a lot of time and effort into planning the perfect vacation. While hiccups are bound to happen, there are a few things you can do to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
  • First Person: 'Daddy, Please': That's All it Took for This Daughter
    As the youngest of three children, I was definitely Daddy’s little girl. I learned early on that there wasn’t much a good, “Daddy, please” wouldn’t get me.
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  • Safe Travel Tips
    As we all get excited about summer vacations, the last thing we want to think about is getting injured while traveling. However, it does deserve some thought as many people find themselves getting hurt while on vacation.
  • Tips for Traveling with Children This Summer
    Family vacations can be wonderful times for making special memories. Smiling children, rested parents, stress-free adventures; just like in the movies, right? While that’s how we all envision our family vacations, somehow that’s not how they turn out.
  • Head to Savannah for Some Southern Charm
    There are not many places that can offer the southern charm of Savannah, Georgia. As a flight attendant, I had lots of layovers there and loved every one. If you’re considering a trip to Savannah, be sure and check out some of my favorite spots.
  • Make Zurich Your Summer Vacation Spot
    Looking for that perfect summer vacation destination? Try one of my favorites-Zurich, Switzerland. Not only is Zurich picture perfect, but there are tons of fun things to do.
  • What it Means to Be a Mom
    I always knew having a child would change my life. At the time, I just had no idea how much. Right after my son, Matthew Jayson, was born, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
  • Spend Some Time in St. Croix
    When recently looking for a beach destination, I wanted something easy to reach form Dallas/Ft. Worth. St. Croix won out, so my family and I headed that way.
  • Making Travel Easy
    Most people agree that traveling these days can be somewhat stressful. Between remembering what you can pack, getting through security, and very full flights, it can be exhausting to go on that relaxing vacation.
  • Valentine’s Day in Paris
    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and there is nowhere better to spend the “love” holiday than Paris. Even on an ordinary day, Paris is full of romance, but on Valentine’s Day it really steals the show.
  • The Best Things About Being a Flight Attendant
    If you’ve ever thought about being a flight attendant, now is the time to act. More airlines are hiring than ever before. For those of you still on the fence, keep reading to learn about the best part of the flight attendant job.
  • Fun Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa Celebrations
    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start thinking about our other favorite winter holidays-Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Tons of festivals take place all over the United States.
  • New Year’s Eve Events in Dallas
    You don’t have to travel to Times Square in New York to have some New Years Eve fun. For those of us in the Dallas area, there are lots of exciting things planned right in our back yard.
  • Top New Year’s Celebrations in Europe
    I will head to Europe whenever I have the chance. It’s a remarkable place anytime of the year but especially at New Year’s. With so many exciting events, you’re sure to have a great time wherever you decide to ring in 2013.
  • Successful Holiday Flying
    We all know that air travel can be stressful these days. Add the crowds of holiday travel to the mix, and it can be a recipe for a full-blown meltdown. Your holiday travel can be an enjoyable experience. Just remember these helpful tips.
  • A Birthday Trip to Amsterdam
    Each year for my son’s birthday, we take an international trip. I think travel is a wonderful education and a great way to experience other cultures. This year, our destination was Amsterdam.
  • Great Holiday Events in Dallas
    With the holiday season in full force, it’s a great time to head out for some family fun. In the Dallas area, there are many things to get your group in the spirit.
  • What Not to Do on an Airplane
    Everyone has little pet peeves in their job, and flight attendants are no different. There are some things that tweak them as much as fingernails on a chalkboard.
  • Love in the Air
    I think most people will agree that there's a certain romance attached to travel. Okay, maybe not as much as years ago when people dressed their best and were on their best behavior. Nonetheless, there is an excitement about flying to a far off place.
  • Adventure Awaits in Athens
    If you are looking for a European destination this fall, Athens is the place for you. With so much to do and see, you will never run out of things to keep you occupied. The tough part may be narrowing down your activities to fit into your visit.
  • Calling the Hogs in Fayetteville, Arkansas
    While I hate to admit that my son is old enough to be looking at colleges, reality is starting to set in. This is sophomore year, and the college visits have begun. We recently took a trip to the University of Arkansas in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • Take Off to the National Air and Space Museum
    With a son who loves aviation, a weekend trip to the Air and Space Museum in Washington was a hit. We had two locations to choose from, and we selected the National Mall building at the famous Smithsonian.
  • Haunting Halloween Activities in Dallas
    If you’re looking for some Halloween fun in the Dallas area, you’re in luck. With lots of fun activities all around the city, you may have a tough time narrowing them down.
  • Halloween in London
    Want to do something totally different this Halloween? Jump on a plane, head to London, and take a Jack the Ripper tour! There are several tours to choose from, but all are sure to have you screaming your way through London.
  • Landing a Flight Attendant Job
    After years of furloughs and buyout packages, some airlines are finding themselves in need of flight attendants. Have you always wanted to fly the friendly skies? The near future may hold the best chance for you to get those prized wings.
  • Take Off for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
    Do hot air balloons fascinate you? Have you always wanted to learn more about them? The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta allows you to get up close and personal with these amazing flying creations.
  • Plan a Trip to Prague
    Looking for a new European city to visit? Head to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague. The sixth most visited city in Europe, Prague has many museums, galleries, and other historical exhibits.
  • The Language of Pilots and Flight Attendants
    Have you ever noticed that crew members seem to have a language all their own? Do you ever hear their conversations in the galley and wonder what exactly they are talking about? Read on to learn some of the most common phrases in crew lingo.
  • Head to Dallas for the State Fair of Texas
    Fall in Dallas means cooler weather, football, and the State Fair of Texas. If you’re thinking about a trip to Dallas, you have to plan to hit the fair.
  • The Excitement of Eilat, Israel
    When planning a trip to Israel, most people think of the major cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. However, make sure and include Eilat in your itinerary. With lots of exciting things to do and see, it is a must for any visit to Israel.
  • What to Do at the ATL Airport
    With Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) being the world’s busiest airport, chances are that you will someday find yourself there.
  • Some Must-See Attractions at the Louvre
    No trip to Paris is complete without a stop at the Musee du Louvre. While you can spend several days viewing the more than 35,000 masterpieces, you must visit this museum even if you only have a short time to spend there.
  • Why Are You Flying Today?
    Do you ever wonder why the people next to you are flying to your same destination? Typically when flying, you are on a plane with 100-plus new friends. Just where are these folks going and why?
  • Virgin Air Australia: Less Sexy?
    The Virgin brand is known worldwide as an edgy, sexy, non-typical airline. Why is the company now asking its crew members to tone it down a bit? That's right: Virgin Australia is bringing their flight attendants to etiquette class.
  • San Diego in September
    September is a great time to travel. Kids are back in school, and the flights aren’t as full. You may even be able to find some great fare sales as the airlines try to boost travel before the holidays. If you’re looking for a getaway, try San Diego.
  • Great Events in London During August
    With the crowds of London thinning out after the Olympics, it’s a great time to visit this exciting city. Instead of just hitting all the typical tourist attractions, try adding a festival or two to your plans.
  • A Quick Getaway to Naples, Florida
    My family decided to take one last trip before getting back into school mode. We checked flights and saw that Florida looked pretty good (as airline employees, we travel standby). With a friend who had a home in Naples, our plans were set.
  • Head to Ireland for August Fun
    If you’re thinking of going to Ireland this summer, you may consider visiting in August. With summer winding down and various festivals taking place, it’s a great time to experience the wonder of Ireland.
  • Virgin America: Glamour in the Sky
    Virgin America has always been a little different from the other carriers. Their planes have a unique look and feel, their onboard offerings are yummy, and their crewmembers are runway model types.
  • The Majesty of Madrid, Spain
    Madrid, Spain, is a city full of history and culture. With so many wonderful things to do and see, it can be tough to narrow down your choices. Unless you have an unlimited amount of time, you’ll need to decide which things top your list.
  • Have a Blast at the Space Center Houston
    If you’re looking for a fun and educational place to take your family this summer, head to the Space Center in Houston, Texas. Touted as the official visitors center for the Johnson Space Center, this facility is fun for everyone.
  • 5 Things to Give Friend with Cancer
    Upon hearing that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, most of us jump into “helper” mode. Since we can’t actually fight the battle for our friend, we want to do the next best thing, which is to make his/her fight easier.
  • Head to Paris for Bastille Day 2012
    Each year on July 14, the people of France celebrate Bastille Day, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison.
  • The USS Intrepid: A Great Place for Family Fun
    If you have a family member with a love of aviation or the military, the USS Intrepid is a great place to visit. The focal point of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, this decommissioned aircraft carrier is sure to amaze everyone.
  • Lonestar: A Concert Worth Traveling For
    For many country music fans, it was a great day in 2011 when Lonestar announced they were reuniting. As soon as their tour schedule came out, I started picking dates I could attend.
  • Flight Attendant Training 101
    Many people think flight attendants are glorified waitresses, but nothing is further than the truth. Cabin crew members are highly trained individuals who go through a rigorous training program before they ever take to the skies.
  • Summer Music Festivals in Germany
    If you want to combine your love of music and your love of international travel, June is the time to plan a trip to Germany. That’s when you can catch some of the best music festivals and events in Germany.
  • Family Day Trips in the Dallas Area
    Dallas has lots to offer in the way of family fun, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the city. If you’re looking for some great adventures for your family but don’t want to venture too far, I have some great options for you.
  • Enjoy Paris on a Budget
    Anyone who likes to travel has Paris on his or her list. As one of the most expensive cities in the world, it may take a while to save up enough money to make the trip. Contrary to popular belief, you can explore Paris on a budget.
  • Want a First-Class Upgrade? Here's How to Get It
    As you’re heading to your middle seat in row 35 of the plane, do you ever wonder how those lucky people end up in first class?
  • Legoland: A Great Family Vacation
    Having been to Disneyworld, Disneyland, Six Flags, and other amusement parks, I was looking for somewhere new and different to take my son. We decided on Legoland California, and what a great decision that was!
  • The Allure of Amsterdam
    As the largest city and capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam has something for everyone. The architecture is beautiful, the culture is exciting, and the shopping is fantastic. Need I say more?
  • Experience the Beauty and Fun of Asheville, North Carolina
    For a nice getaway that won’t break the bank, try heading to Ashville, North Carolina. This beautiful Southern city has so much to offer.
  • Tips to Keep You Healthy While Traveling
    Traveling by airplane is the easiest way to see the world. However, an airplane is a haven for germs. People are frequently coughing, sneezing, and sniffling.
  • Durango, Colorado: A Great Place for Family Fun
    Looking for a good place to take an outdoor vacation? Check out Durango, Colorado. My family and I took a week’s vacation in this picturesque town and had an amazing time.
  • Eyewitness to Dallas Tornado: Cars Overturned, Trees Knocked Down
    Take cover! That's what came across my computer screen shortly after lunch. While sitting at my desk across from Love Field Airport, I suddenly got a pop up message from my company that severe weather was headed our way.
  • So You Want to Be a Flight Attendant?
    Are you one of those folks who always looks at planes and wants to be on one? Do you dream of wearing polyester, working all night, cleaning up vomit, etc.? OK, maybe I’m not painting a very pretty picture, but you know who you are.
  • Visiting the Spectacular Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt
    Having heard about the Great Pyramids of Egypt, I had them on my list of places to visit. Finally, I got my chance while working as a flight attendant on a trip there.
  • How to Stay Safe While Traveling Internationally
    There's nothing like exploring other countries, and we're lucky to have that ability as Americans. We can explore the world. The following tips are great for keeping you and your family safe while outside the United States.
  • Three Reasons to Be Nice to Your Flight Attendant
    Twenty years ago, I was a brand new flight attendant. I was so excited to see the world and use all the knowledge I had gained from my six weeks of training. One thing that was continuously stressed during training was customer service.
  • Spending a Weekend in Belgium
    Growing up, I had always heard stories about how my mom was born in Belgium. My grandparents were both from there and had returned for a visit. My grandmother was not able to leave and ended up delivering my mother there.
  • The Best Things to Do in Dallas
    We’ve all heard the saying that things are bigger and better in Texas, and that’s definitely true in Dallas. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in here.
  • Best Things to Do in Little Rock, Arkansas
    While some may think of Little Rock as small-town Arkansas, it’s a great place for a quick getaway. The capital of Arkansas, Little Rock has a lot to offer. You’re sure to find several activities to keep you entertained.
  • A Solo Trip to Memphis
    You’re itching to take a weekend trip, but can’t find anyone to join you. Don’t despair. There are plenty of places you can enjoy without a traveling companion. One of my favorites is Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Exciting Day Trips from Paris, France
    You’ve enjoyed the spectacular view from atop the Eiffel Tower. You’ve strolled along the banks of the Seine. You’ve spent hours viewing the masterpieces at the Louvre. What’s next? How about leaving the hustle and bustle of Paris behind for a day?
  • Life After Cancer
    Most people will tell you that once you’ve had cancer, you’re never really quite the same. Hearing a diagnosis that could possibly end your life has a way of putting things into prospective. You learn to value what is truly important…life.
  • Flying with Children 101
    Whether you’re a passenger sitting next to them or a parent traveling with them, flying with children can be quite a challenge.
  • Teenage Beauty—Inside & Out
    I was recently speaking with one of my son’s friends. She is a beautiful teenager who has everything going for her. The longer we spoke, the more she complained about herself.
  • From Hot Wheels to Real Wheels
    I have just experienced another “ah ha” moment with my teenage son. As if starting high school and having his first date wasn’t enough, Matthew is now driving!
  • St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland
    Looking for a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further than Ireland! The luck of the Irish will surely be with you in Dublin, one of my favorite spots.
  • Disaster on the Sea
    Having never been on a cruise but looking forward to trying one, I’m cringing as I learn more about what happened on the ill-fated Costa Concordia.
  • The Importance of Baby Journals
    Remember before you were a parent how shocking it was to ask a mom when her child had a “first” and she couldn’t remember? I used to say I would never be like that. Now that my son is 15 years old, I have turned into one of those moms.
  • Bundle Up and Head to Anchorage
    Whoever said it was too cold to go to Alaska has never been there! Sure, it’s a cold vacation destination, but it’s worth grabbing a coat and scarf to experience the beauty only Alaska can offer.
  • 2012 - The Year of Appreciation
    With the start of a new year, most of us reflect on what we did well in 2011 and what we’d like to change in 2012. Of course, there are the usual goals of “I’m going to lose weight” and “I’m going to get a better job.”
  • Stay Healthy While Flying
    Traveling by plane is the easiest way to see the world. However, an airplane is a haven for germs.
  • International Travel—Tips to Keep You Safe
    There’s nothing like exploring other countries, and we’re lucky to have that ability as Americans. That said, it’s important to take a few extra precautions when heading out of the country.
  • Holiday Time in Europe
    There’s no better time to visit Europe than during the holidays. Festivals galore can be found in the most popular European cities. Of course, Christmas markets are the best in Europe. Check out my favorites, and start planning your trip today.
  • Honoring Our Soldiers
    I love flying around the country and seeing the respect flight crews and passengers give our servicemen and women.
  • I Survived the First Date
    It looks like I have survived my son’s first date. Matthew and his friend, Tara, attended their high school homecoming last week. I don’t know who was more nervous, him or me!
  • Taking to the Sky
    I just watched a new class of flight attendants receive their wings. They were so excited and looked nothing like the timid, nervous folks who arrived at training a month ago. Boy, did that take me back - 20 years back to be exact.
  • Saying Goodbye
    I recently had to say goodbye to the best man I’ve ever known—my dad. I’ve been fortunate that in 42 years I’ve never lost anyone close to me.
  • Aloha from Hawaii
    My family recently decided to take a last-minute trip to Honolulu. We left on Friday morning and returned Monday. What can you do in Hawaii with only a couple of days? Plenty!
  • Make it to Memphis
    If you’re looking for a spot in the south with lots of charm, look no further than Memphis. Located on the Mississippi River, Memphis is a great place for an inexpensive getaway. From bar-b-que to grand hotels to museums, you can find it all in Memphis.
  • Cancer, Go Away
    The ugly face of cancer has reared its head again. This time, it’s my dear, sweet Daddy. Six months after I received my second cancer diagnosis, my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
  • Remembering the Day the Towers Fell
    I have always heard my parents say they will never forget the day Kennedy was assassinated. They remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I did not understand the significance of that until September 11, 2001.
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  • My Son’s First Date
    I was just getting over the shock of my son becoming a freshman when reality hit me again. At dinner the other night, Matthew informed me he wanted to invite a date to homecoming.
  • Tales from the Sky
    The funniest things happen on an airplane. In my years of flying, there was rarely a time I returned from a trip without at least one outrageous story. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tales below.
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