I’m super excited to start sharing my adventures as a plus size traveler with you all.
I’ll start with a little back story.
I’m 26 years old, from Norwich in the UK.
I’d always dreamed of travel and seeing the world beyond my small, but a fine city.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my home. My heart will always be there because it’s where I was born, where my family and friends live, where I became who I am today.
Having said all that, I was trapped there and I needed to get out.
My childhood was in part okay, in others not so much.
Most of my family were loving and kind and did all the right things they could to do for me.
But, my father mentally abused me from a young age, and I developed an eating disorder, depression and anxiety because of it.
It wasn’t until January 2016, when I attended a therapy group for eating disorders, that I uncovered that fact. As a child, I had buried this deep inside myself, and when it came to light in adulthood, it was soul crushing.
I have since been working on coming to terms with this, and a massive part of that was travel.
We, my boyfriend Will and I, set off for our travels on 27th September 2016.
We have since been to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia and I can tell you now, that I would not change a minute of it.
So, traveling is my thing now.
Millions of people travel all over the world, right? but PLUS size travel is a whole other kettle of fish. I think I could count on my right hand how many plus size travelers I have met since we started.
That’s because it can be tough.
The heat, the constant walking, carrying a backpack everywhere, the ENDLESS amount of stairs.
In all honesty, I struggled to begin with, I mean really struggled, but every step has been worth it.
Traveling has changed my life in so many ways.
I have done things I never thought I would.
I have done things I thought I could only do if I lose some weight.
Would it have been easier If I have started my journey after few years? Sure, it would have but I didn’t want to sit around while my life slipped away so I chose to go and start living my life.
Here I am a year later, still traveling, still living.
For those of you who are bigger than the average, who suffer from anxiety and other mental health problems, for those of you who don’t know your worth, I can only recommend traveling because it has been my remedy.
I rarely have panic attacks anymore and I’ve learned in a big way not to care what others think of me. You can also do you, and be you. There is no point wishing you were someone else because it won’t happen and you will never be happy.
I’m not suggesting that travel will fix everything, it hasn’t for me, but it has made me view the world in a different way and it’s allowed me to mold the world in such a way where I see my self fitting into it.
I want to reach out and speak to every person who feels that they aren’t enough, they aren’t beautiful, they are too fat, too thin, too short, this, that and say that you are worth more than any jewel, gold or other valuable things. You are beautiful and you are enough.
Traveling saved my life, in so many ways.
I just hope I can inspire at least one person to get out there and see this beautiful world before these world leaders of ours destroy it bit by bit. If not this then I hope I can help someone to love themselves a little more, because If I can do it, so can you!
I hope you enjoyed this post, comment what you think about traveling and where is the one place you want to go for sure.
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