And my makeup starts sliding down my face on a crash-course for my neck. Call it human nature: there’s rudeness errwhere. Fat is a subjective term, but let’s just get this out of the way: I’m fat. Then there’s me. I always wear bike shorts under dresses and skirts. I can’t wait to read more from you, even a few years later! Anyhoo, I was doing some research tonight on “traveling while plus-sized” to see if I could get ideas and ran across this blog post. A tip for places that use plastic chairs, especially the little stool ones they use in a lot of street food places in Asia, pile two on top of one another for added strength. I thought I would share my experiences of travelling through parts of SE as a fat person. to wear under your cutest dresses and skirts! We are in a world where one of our biggest responsibilities is to build people up! But let’s not get into that just now. I learnt from my experiences and realised that no one really deserves the license to judge you!! They happily took my money. I have been fat since puberty and in New Zealand and Australia you get the negativity for being larger than you are supposed to be, I’m a double wrong being 5 foot tall and fat. Even more so. Those airline miles are half mine. And EXACTLY how I’d describe my own athletic endeavors Keep crushin’ it and representing for us all! Here are a few awesome things I found while writing this post: Hey, did this post make you laugh or smile? But you know what? Thank you. So that way not only am I protected from the chub rub, but I’m also ready in the event that someone wants to film an impromptu 80’s music video on the street and needs extras. A law in Japan makes it illegal for citizens of that country to be fat. 14. Some adventure activities actually have weight restrictions. Hey Adam, there’s no right or wrong way for you to feel about yourself. Carry a body-glide stick at all times, and get yourself a pair of comfy bike shorts like these (they even have pockets!) I can’t separate the word fat from negativity. '&l='+l:'';j.async=true;j.src= Any d***kface who can’t see your heart must be blind. And when I wanted to go kayaking the young guys thought Nana as they called me wouldn’t manage. Granma Pam, you are my hero. While travel is on pause because of the pandemic, I'm thinking about my flight experiences and considering everything I’ve learned about navigating air travel as a fat … Fatness and poor health are not necessarily things that are connected, and I’m in the best shape of my life – much better than when I was thin and dying. Well being strangled by seat belt and therefore unable to help in an emergency probably wouldn’t have been the best idea either. So I left, and made my husband go buy it for me. They do take a bit of time to strengthen up your calf and foot muscles and get used to them – I could only walk for like 30 minutes in them at first and then my calves would be exhausted, like that feeling you get from walking up a hill or jogging. I’m so appreciative for your valuable insight on the frustrations many of us face when trying to simply be comfortable and relax in our own skin! That’s amazing! We'll only send you content that doesn't suck. Many people tell those who struggle with anxiety/depression to just get over it or ” fix” it. (Also just noticing that your comment is 2 years old!). Chances are that Japanese Customs and Manners are very different from those in your native country. While traveling throughout Japan you’re going to want to bring the bottle with you wherever you go. However, I totally know the struggle of shopping in other countries and not finding your size. I LOOOOVE my barefoot shoes! 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It’s a common factor that when people travel, they’re just not sure if they can keep up with a high-fat ketogenic lifestyle. I had to get a medical screening once there to apply for my resident card. =). God!!!!! He once broke a chair in a restaurant, he feels uncomfortable when seated on a flight with a European or Asian airline and we once couldn’t take the elevator together because there wasn’t enough room for the two of us in that tiny space. Step 1: put a swimsuit on your body. and you have to walk across the entire hostel trying not to flash every single person. Thanks for the interesting blog and I know that I’m not alone in my insecurities but we have to overcome it to meet our love for travelling. Most fruits are low in fat, calories, and sodium. 9. Every country has a different body image ideal (almost like they’re completely made-up and constantly changing!). Make sure the foods you eat are not drying. In January 2008, Japan passed the “Metabo Law” in an effort to curb obesity in that country. Did McDonald’s ‘Permanently Ban’ the ‘McFish’ Sandwich? Trash cans are few and far between. You won’t find many public trash cans in Japan, so it’s handy to keep a plastic bag with you just in case. Hey, I'm Lia! Chafing is also an inevitable fact of traveling while fat. There also may be discrimination against overweight … Did Rep. Greene Say ‘If English Was Good Enough for Jesus, It’s Good Enough for Us’? Now if you did this in the United States, there would be benefits, since there are many Americans who weigh more than 100 kilograms [220 pounds]. Some of us are just hardwired that way . I love this! My fat lady (good) friend from work and i had arranged to spend our last night of training (in Reston) in Arlington so i could see jfk’s grave (my childhood dream) . Just, thank you so much for tips! Why are the roads so tiny? Loved this post! Having said that, I admit that being curvy myself, sometimes I have felt so uncomfortable wearing my swimsuit in public that Ii gave up the idea altogether. My love for Japan is hard to put into words. Had not heard of bike pants, will pack a pair and have a tube of stuff for chub rub. To make sure our emails are delivered safely to your inbox, we suggest adding [email protected] to your address book. It’s such an unpleasant feeling! Traveling while fat comes with its own set of big ol’ challenges. Boom, problem solved. Great post! Hey Lainey, that sounds awesome! Japan is actually quite an easy country for travelers. But also like … damn y’all, can you not construct benches & chairs that can safely seat people? I LOVE your posts in general, but this one rocked. Although I cannot get over the portion sizes. Hi, I came across your blog while looking for backpacking tips & I found this article and I just had to say thank you! In fact, when I asked a waiter in my hotel lobby bar if I could leave my bags while I went to the restroom he laughed and said, "Of course! I refer to myself as fat (and also, like, all of the above). With 150+ adventure activities covered and 24/7 emergency assistance. I’m preparing to go for a two-month holiday which involves hiking in Iceland, Ireland, and Ecuador. Some people seem to glow while hiking or running. © 1995 - 2021 by Snopes Media Group Inc. Keep up the good work, love your writing! While I can laugh at myself I must admit that my hard earned money should come with comfort while I travel. They bound across the ground like gazelles, shaking their glossy hair out as they go, like real-life commercials for bladder control pills or erectile disfunction or whatever. 1. Be true to you. hahahah! 8. This genuinely helps feel a bit more comfortable travelling as a “larger than life” woman! Own the curves, get stuck into every activity and bodyglide is a saviour!!!! I was very insecure about my weight growing up and only until recently that I finally accepted the way I am. Glad to hear that perhaps being fat is losing a little bit of stigma. Every time I go out in a bikini I feel good about the message I’m sending to the world: look at me, I’m confident and brave and happy with myself and IDGAF about dumb body expectations and ideals. My fat-girl tip is for when those feelings of body hate or self-loathing come creeping back in, you use your adventures to combat that. 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BTW, when I followed the link to their website and checked out that policy, I did notice that Southwest says “only seatbelt extensions provided by Southwest Airlines are approved for use onboard our aircraft”, so I guess we shouldn’t try to bring our own extenders if flying Southwest. Or, if handy isn’t exactly your middle name, just buy a package of iron-on denim patches! I was celebrated for it in Spain and Italy. Yes…I remember the Vietnamese women who would laugh and comment on my size, and run their hands over me. Japan is a beautiful, welcoming, friendly country. Great post! Weight is just a number. Therapy can provide the tools to cope with the conflicting and overwhelming emotions that come with this territory: fear, sadness, shame that you’re feeling those things at all, anger and impatience, etc. It’s not going to happen. I’ve spent 37 years, lived through gastric bypass, and subsequent drug addiction, trying to get away from my body. People will volunteer suggestions for places to eat without you having to ask. With nearly 3 years clean, and 2 years in trauma therapy, baby, tiny plane seats will not dictate or determine my value. Whether it’s from a wet bathing suit, a pair of shorts that keeps riding up, or that f**king bike tour, be prepared. })(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-P6R8DKB'); 30 Things Nobody Tells You About Quitting Your Job to Travel, 25 Things We Never Asked for from Traveling the World for a Year, Cascadas de Juan Curi: My Waterfall Rappelling Catastrophe in San Gil, Colombia, Our Year-Long Honeymoon: What Happened ... & How Much It Cost. No, An FBI Agent Killed in Florida Wasn’t Investigating Hunter Biden’s Laptop. And then got our car stuck in a castle). Others have discussed what it is like to fly while fat, and some have put together resources for fat people who are interested in travelling. In West Africa, it is so refreshing that people aren’t afraid to refer to you as fat. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I still haven’t reached your zen-level when it comes to my body and I feel out of place more often than not. That’s it Rock what you got girl! It took us a lot of getting used to (and uh, we may have accidentally definitely busted a headlight on our rental car trying to navigate one of the ridiculously skinny roads. you are definitely one of m new favourite bloggers. Buses, trains as well. But don’t play, y’all! The woman refused to sell it to me and insisted I buy a woman’s sweater, even though they obviously didn’t fit. Here’s the thing: to me, fat is just a neutral descriptor. The young women were cruel as they watched me huff and puff my way around their beautiful country. Oh my GOSH you are such a vibrant and sparkling personality, I sooooo loved reading this article. I’ll be sharing this immedatiely to make sure every girl reads this fat or not! Thank you for sharing! 1. A woman in the group asked me if I’d been afraid traveling alone in Japan. 7. It made me laugh out loud many times, particularly about the clothes shopping in asian markets, I don’t think any of us manage to fit in anything there! Everything I booked was UP a hill and the whole country is filled with skinny women who smoke. I have little spandex shorts I wear under all of my skirts and dresses. This is amazing! 18. This is especially helpful if you plan on eating street food! I have yet to find this! And men there certainly prefer larger ladies curves but what took me by surprise, in a good way, was women shouting out as I walk by ” I want your hips!” Sorry ladies, they’re all mine!! Spent a few hours ironing a patch on them to get me through another 2 weeks. Number 14 definitely applies to the majority of the human race I think!! I would like to add to the advice about the wheelchair/ scooter for those with situations where walking/ standing is physically possible but challenging. Noooo I haven’t, but that sounds awesome! Societal beauty standards are arbitrary AF. Now, I want to to get a patch made for my pack that says “Like a buffalo on a mission”, because that line made me feel so good. If I didn’t have a friend who was handy with sewing kit, I don’t know what I would have done!! They think they are great because of how they look and if they ever lose their figure they would crumble and never leave home. Mind you, I also have a long think head of hair and wonder – how do people wear their hair down without melting?! Does Andrew Yang Want To Rename NYC Because ‘There Isn’t an Old York’? Did AOC Exaggerate the Danger She Was in During Capitol Riot? Anyway thank you for being so authentic, raw and real with this topic. Thanks so much, Bridget! Like I said, scaredy cat. I simply cannot subscribe to being happy with the extra poundage. Crys, These are the shorts I like best: You get the idea. It takes some conscious thought work, but once you wrap your head around the idea that FAT/FATNESS is NOT BAD, it’s just a totally neutral thing and does not come attached with negative connotations, then removing your gut-instinct to attach it to that negativity will eventually become second nature. What a refreshingly honest post, big thumbs up. She says it was inspired by her decision to move from the US to London, and her concerns about frequent air travel at her size. Japanese citizens can be fined or imprisoned for being overweight. Important footnote: you can sometimes circumvent this by buying men’s clothing, which is also how my husband and I ended up with matching Peruvian Alpaca sweaters. Whether it’s airplanes, buses, collectivos, or moto-taxis, there is an inverse ratio between your size and how much you’re going to hate getting from point A to point B on a budget. So many things rang true for me. Keep on eating, Frenchies. Because I can tell you from experience that there are plenty of other fat people in America. Thanks for such an honest post and giving me a real giggle. Body inclusivity and positivity is possible and wonderful at any size! Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your story, and keep f***ing traveling!! In spite of all this, I’m glad I had the experience and overall enjoyed my time there. It’s also why I side-eye these kinds of activities hard (that, and I’m a huge f***king scaredy cat). Individuals are not punished or fined in any way, although overweight people may be subject to increased pressure to lose weight by by employers and fellow workers. hahaha…After re-stocking my travel wardrobe in a Bangkok market, I had serious crotch-ripping drama every time I squat or bent down to do anything for the rest of my trip. People being shocked that you appreciate what figure you have metabolic syndrome everything looked like it had shrunk the fat. 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