Peek into the life of a flight attendant

Ever wonder what flight attendants do when they're not asking you to return your seat to its full and upright position? Or, at least, when there aren't any passengers around to give them a hard time for asking.

If Instagram's #crewlife is any indication, it looks like they're leading fascinating lives full of fab layovers and jetset fun. And taking tons of selfies in the cockpit, too.

They get to take stunning pics that're sure to get a ton of likes.

They get to goof around #whileyoursleeping [sic] or dying for a glass of water.

They get to be the first ones on the plane and always find an overhead bin for their carry-on.

They get to go to awesome places and do awesome things.

Their selfies are better than yours.

They have access to unlimited snacks.

Their job basically demands they look impeccable, always.

They get perks.

But they also have to deal with a lot of crap. And the weather. And turbulence.

Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and way too impatient to make a good flight attendant. Follow her @Sohostyle