A new start after 60: ‘I trained to be a flight attendant – it’s the only way I could explore the world’

After too many years of commuting and poorly paid office work, Suzanne Watkins nearly died of sepsis. It was the push she needed to spread her wings

Sometimes, when she reaches the sanctuary of her hotel room after 24 hours on duty, Suzanne Watkins finds herself laughing uncontrollably. This has happened in South Korea, Guam, Japan and Ireland – all since last November when, on her 60th birthday, she passed her flight attendant training.

“I knew the only way I could explore the world economically was to get paid to fly,” she says. “And I knew I had to do it at 60, because I didn’t want to do it at 70.”

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