This pilot couldn't find a job with an airline, so she became a travel blogger and Instagram star instead

Pilot madeleine cockpitpilotmadeleine/Instagram‘Pilot Madeleine’ in her element.

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach is a licensed pilot, but couldn’t find a good job in the industry.
  • The German native decided to become a travel blogger instead.
  • She’s enjoying travelling the world with her boyfriend, but still hopes to work as a pilot someday.

Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach has spent a good chunk of her life in the air.

After earning her pilot’s licence, she had trouble finding a job with an airline, so she channeled her love of flying and travel into a different career path. These days, she’s a passenger more often than a pilot as she shares her adventures on her blog, Pilot Madeleine, and on Instagram, where she has 760,000 followers.

She keeps her licence current just in case, though.

INSIDER spoke to “Pilot Madeleine” about her enviable travels.

Growing up in Munich, Germany, Madeleine Schneider-Weiffenbach always dreamed of being a pilot.

Pilot Madeleine.

After she got her pilot's licence, though, she couldn't find a good job with an airline.

It's a tough field.

'Being a blonde woman, you're always underestimated,' she told INSIDER. 'People always think that you're not as good as the guys, so of course in flight school I had a lot of issues sometimes where flight instructors or peers didn't think that I was good enough.'

'I always think it's better to underestimated than overestimated,' she said.

So she channeled her love of travel into a new career path: travel blogger.

Not a bad day job.

She got an MBA and started posting about her life and travels on Instagram as @pilotmadeleine.

In Santorini, Greece.

'At the beginning I only had an aviation account, and then I started to post a bit more about my personal life, about fitness and food, and lots of travelling, and it became so popular that after one year I did my MBA, and I could live off it,' she said.

People began to notice.

She's lost count of how many places she's been to so far, but ranks Hawaii as her favourite destination.

She wants to live there someday.

Seeing the world with her boyfriend, model Iqbal Gran, has also made the experience memorable.

Serious #couplegoals.

'It works really well,' she said of travelling together. 'You get to know each other much more than if you just see each other not so often. I always tell people if you want to get to know someone, travel with them.'

Schneider-Weiffenbach and Gran at a wedding.

While she loves to blog about her time flying around the world, she eventually hopes to return to her other dream job: being in command of the cockpit.

She's leaving her options open.

'I would still love to do it,' she said. 'For me, I was just so lucky to have another option which is also super amazing.'

It's a win-win.

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