Spring, Summer, and Fall are the perfect times to travel and take a much needed vacation before it gets too cold. Taking a break from the daily grind can be fun, but traveling when you’re plus size comes with different perspectives on your body. Sometimes people can be rude and mean just because of your size. Yes, it’s totally ridiculous and shameful. No one should feel uncomfortable traveling. There have been horror stories from numerous plus size women about how they were treated when flying or when they’ve traveled abroad.
Here are some body positive tips to help you have a better traveling experience on your next vacation.
1. Do Research
We might not think about it all the time, but its important to research which airlines are plus size friendly and which flights have roomier seating. Some airlines will charge a plus size person for two seats, so that’s something you may want to know ahead of time. Seatguru is a site you can checkout if you need to look at airline seat maps. You can also get seat comparisons for different airlines. Cool, right?
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Thoughts about plus-sized people are different in other countries. In some cultures, being extra curvy is widely accepted, while in others it’s not quite as positive. Doing research before taking off can ease your anxieties about going abroad and make your vacation much more enjoyable.
2. Choose An Aisle Seat
When booking your flight, try to get an aisle seat. Aisle seats can offer a little more arm and leg room where you don’t feel squashed. Some people prefer a window seat but it can be a pain crossing over people when you have to use the bathroom. An aisle seat is much more convenient.
3. Be prepared
If you’re flying and you’re anxious about needing to ask for a seat-belt extender, why not bring your own? Being prepared in advance reduces stress and allows for a more relaxing vacation. You can find a seat belt extender on Amazon for about $17.
4. Be confident
If you’re traveling to a place where you are going to be on a beach, don’t be afraid to wear a swimsuit. You’re on vacation and this is the time to be your most confident self. Who says you can’t wear a two-piece bikini? Or what about that one-piece swimsuit that you’ve been dying to wear? Try not to allow other people’s negativity affect how you feel about your body. What you wear on vacation is your choice. As long as you feel comfortable, what everyone else says does not matter. Strut around in that bathing suit with your head held high.
Just remember, a vacation is meant to reduce stress and escape from the struggles and stress of everyday life. Embrace your curves and your spring break could be one of the best vacations you’ve ever had!
What are some of your tips on traveling while plus size?