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Does Your Fear Of Being Fat Stop You From Having Fun Filled Activities While Travelling?

It's summer and high season for travelling. You might already have booked a holiday or maybe you're doing it right now. The excitement of booking a new holiday or travel is one of the best feelings ever, but as a plus size traveller, it might be some things that are worrying you before you set off on your dream journey.
I have been plus size most of my grown up life and up through the years I've travelled a lot and never let my weight stop me. I could have stayed at home and never had to worry about anything, but I don't even want to start thinking about all the fantastic experiences I would have missed out on if I hadn't dared to follow my wanderlust. I think it's so important for everyone to do the things you want to no matter what.

Quad biking in Kos. So much fun!!! 

I've been gold washing in Finland, I've been riding a quad bike for hours on dirt tracks of Greek Islands, it's so much fun sledging down a steep slope in Norway, I love snorkelling in the azure blue waters of the Caribbean, I've been climbing all the steps to the top of the leaning tower of Pisa, scuba diving in the Red Sea and so much more, and it has never been an issue.

Of course, there are some activities that have size and weight restrictions. Like I can't go to most theme parks as to my chest measurement will make it impossible for me to take most of the rides. But there are far more things that you can do, than things you can't do!  So if you want to do something, the chance is big that you can do it. Very often I think that it's our minds that limit us from doing what we want to do rather than the physical aspect of it.
Snorkelling in unbelievebly beautiful Yal-Ku, Yucutan, Mexico. Amazing place. Never been anywhere like it. Stunning. 

Sharing my thoughts on how to become a more confident to do more activities when you're out travelling, I have gathered some tips and hints I hope can be helpful and useful for you in your travels.

1. Wear comfortable clothes.  I mean.  This goes without saying and is something that applies for everyone regardless of size.  But as a bigger person by wearing something comfortable and something YOU feel at ease in it's one less thing to worry about.

2. Wear something that you feel comfortable in, but still is activity appropriate. Let's say you're going off the beaten trek in a buggy and it can get really muddy. If you hate getting mud all over your skin, then wear something covering, if not wear shorts and a tank top as you will be able to wash it off. A thing to remember with an activity like this is a scarf or bandana to protect your face and mouth. And if you're going snorkelling, and like me, you burn really easily. I would highly recommend wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt as when you get into the water and you start having fun, you lose track of time and before you know it, you have got a nasty burn even if you put on some solid sun factor 50 before you jumped in the water.

3. Don't worry about being the only fat person on the tour. If you are, so what? Aren't you allowed to have fun? Aren't you allowed to enjoy your travels? Haven't you paid just as much to be on this activity as everyone else? Chances are that no one will think anything of it and if you're friendly and smiley everyone will be the same back. I have never once come across any fatshaming or trouble because of my size. The people working on the tours have been so lovely as well and don't know what they can do to assist you and help. If I have been nervous ahead of the trip and wanted to call it off, I've always been so glad I didn't as I have loved it and sat back with the best memories of a great day.

On a speed boat in the Dominican Republic. I loved this. It was such a thrill. It went so fast and the driver made the boat go from side to side to make it more exciting. Amazing experience and scenery. And I sat in the front where it was most bumpy!!! :D 

4. Bring as little as possible. The less you bring the better it is. Again, this makes it less to worry about. And if you have your essentials like suncream, camera, sunglasses, water, protective gear and not much more. If you have a money belt to wear around your waist or near your body(you can find waterproof ones for snorkelling or other water activities as well on Amazon) then bring this. Leave your backpack behind in the bus/car that has taken you to your starting point.

5. Participate in everything. If there are something on offer in the excursion and you feel a bit hesitant towards it because of your size. Don't let that stop you. Try it! It might surprise you. You might love it and you might be really good at it. If you have a fear of something, I'm not saying that you should go out do something for any price, but it's good to challenge yourself sometimes and it gives you a great boost if you can do it. I bet that not everyone else can do it either regardless of size!!!

Mudbaths in Spain and jumping from boat into a crystal clear Mediterranean in Greece. 

6. Shoes!! Wear comfortable shoes!! Sandals or trainers depending on what kind of activity you're doing. If you're doing a water activity wear water shoes or flippers. Otherwise, wear good footwear. It's essential. If you're doing something action filled I would suggest wearing something with a closed toe as it protects your feet better.

A little bonus tip is to make sure you breathe properly.  It can be stressful being a plus size traveller so make sure you relax as much as you can. Take some really good deep breaths as it helps massively. If you do this I can almost assure you that you will enjoy your excursion a lot more and it will help you relax.

Snorkelling on Paradise Island, The Dominican Republic on the Left and when I had got on land on the right. 

I hope that next time you fly off somewhere, you have it mind that you should do what you want to do when you're away. If you are happy spending the whole week inside the resort just relaxing by the pool reading books and drinking cocktails then you should. But if you want to do more adventurous things like I love to do when I'm away then you shouldn't let your weight stop you.

What do you like doing when you're out travelling?

Wearing Short Dresses After 40?

Are you too old to wear short skirts or dresses when you're over 40? And on top of that are plus size? Of course not!!! If you want to wear a short skirt or dress then you should. I'm 42 this summer and I'm wearing short dresses, skirts and shorts all the time both in the summer and winter. 

I saw this cute animal print dress from Pink Clove in Asos' sale section and I have a weakness for shift dresses as I think they are so easy to wear as everyday dresses. And animal print is one of my favourite prints that I can use with so much else so I know that this dress can be worn on its own like I do here on a warm day or with tights and a denim jacket if it's a cooler day. 

Bad Rhino Blogger Search- Calling All British Plus Size Male Bloggers!

I've been a plus size blogger for four years now and it's been so much fun. There were quite a lot of plus size bloggers in the UK already when I started. And since I started it has been an explosion in the number of plus size bloggers there is around. Something that truly is fantastic as it's amazing seeing all these women embracing their bodies and pushing their boundaries when it comes to fashion.

Sweet As Sugar Pink

This spring I have had a huge colour crush on pink and I've worn it so much that I've completely left out all other colours in my wardrobe! I was going to a friends birthday party and wanted a new dress, but had a very limited budget but I came across this beauty at Asos from Paper Doll Plus at a bargain price of £16!!! As you all know I love colours and I'm not scared of wearing bold colours so the colour just made me love it even more!  Since there is just a little give in the dress I was a bit sceptical to the sizing as I have a big difference between my bust and my waist, but I sized up and chose size 28. And when I got the dress I was so pleasantly surprised as it was as made for me!! It was a perfect fit all over. Normally dresses that fit me perfectly over my bust are too baggy over my tummy, but this is perfect.

Dressed Liked Like A Fairy

Mike bought me a cheering up present when we got back from our holiday to the Dominican Republic as I was doing worse again after we came back. And this is the dress he bought me.

Spring And Summer Looks For Plus Size Men With Jacamo

Isn't it amazing with spring and warmer weather? And this year it's been such a lovely spring. I was contacted by Jacamo*(gifted items) the other week if I wanted to take part in a campaign they had to style up a male friend or partner so I jumped the opportunity as I always love to use Mike as a model on my blog. So I will let him take over and leave you guys with him.

Hello everyone. I'm Mike. Some of you might know me. I'm Mookie's husband. I'm usually behind the camera, but I think some of you might have seen me around?

I was very happy to be asked to take part in this campaign and I chose some clothes that I think reflects my normal style which is quite laid back and relaxed. Although I also chose something I usually wouldn't have gone for and ended up really liking.

Who Has Inspired You The Most?

I'm asking this question as I think it is important to reflect back on life and what has shaped you into becoming who you are today. This week was the international women's day and therefore I want to share with you photos and a story of one woman who has meant more to me growing up than anyone else. My grandmother. She was such a strong character who had a tough life but still kept fighting for what she believed in and stayed such a level headed and caring persona until the very end.

I grew up with my grandmother far up north in Norway. She was always there. I have vivid memories of coming home from school and she was always sitting on her chair in front of the window looking for me. It never failed! Waiting for me with a warm hug or a pair of newly knitted woollen socks I could wear the next day so I stayed warm and cosy. She was the rock in the household consisting of me, my mum, my dad and her. We were a little family, but we shared a lot of love and we were a very caring family.

Me and my grandma when I was about 2. <3 And yes, I prefered to play with cars than dolls!!! 

Playful Cuteness From Hell Bunny.

I had never tried a dress from Hell Bunny before Yours Clothing asked me to try one of their Hell Bunny dresses on my blog. I've always been a fan of Hell Bunny as plus size vintage dress designers as they have a lot of dresses with a bit of an edgy touch to it, but still,  I chose to go for something more classic when I saw this beauty. It's the Hell Bunny Black and White Mono Spotted Dress* I'm wearing. I love polka dots and black and white ones are so classic and elegant so I didn't have to think twice about another style as this was so up my street as you can get it. 

How Did A See Through Top Give Me The Boost I Needed?

I've always been very impulsive as a person and sometimes you can see that in what I'm wearing. Since starting this blog I've also wanted to push my barriers and force myself to wear something I want without thinking about what people might think or say about it. It also gives me an instant confidence boost if I'm the right mindset for it so it's a win-win situation.

So the other night when Mike and I went food shopping I was as very often pondering what to wear when I came up with this outfit.

Little Baby Everything In My New Manic Street Preacheresque Coat

I gave myself a promise this year that I would radically buy less clothes this year as I've got tonnes of it and not very much space since Mike and I live in a small studio flat. So instead I'm going to re-discover my wardrobe and also do a lot of alternation to clothes I already own instead of wasting money on something I think I might like and that never end up being worn.

But right before the new year Mike bought me a couple of things from New Look that I loved and knew would become firm favourites of mine. He called it a getting better present since I was in hospital and needed a little cheering up. He is so sweet to me and he has been the best support while I've been in hospital.

Picture from Pintrest

I've been a huge fan of Manic Street Preachers since I was 17. Their glamorous style always was something I loved, but never dared to adopt living in Norway. So now at the age of 41 and a half(it's important with the half!!!:D) I'm finally the proud owner of a Manics coat!!!! And I love it! It's so warm and nice for these very cold days we have in England at the moment. Since I got it, I've been living in it.