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Reclaiming My Own Power Through Travel

Growing up, my family wasn’t exactly the travel type of family. In fact, my first experience on a plane wasn't until I was 22. At that time, my job required me to fly to Dallas. This trip wasn't a vacation, but I would have a chance to see a new city.

It was my first taste of the travel life, and I had dreamed about this day forever!

As the trip approached, doubt and fear began to creep into my mind. Most of the stories I had heard about heavier people flying were terrifying. We’ve all heard them. . . the stories of heavier people having to purchase two seats just so they can fit, or of average-sized people getting angry because they feel too crowded sitting next to a heavier person. 

Review of Barry House Bed & Breakfast (or “A Plus Size Traveler's Experience with Historic London's Notoriously Small Toilets")

When planning a trip to London for three people (my brother, my husband Ty, and me), it was important to find a budget-friendly accommodation with a great location. A family room that could accommodate three adults and a full English breakfast were also at the top of my must-have list. This meant scouring the internet for weeks researching budget B&Bs and comparing reviews to see which one would be the best value.

The first thing I discovered was that there are a lot of budget B&Bs near King's Cross Station, and although that seemed like a convenient location, it wasn’t convenient for hauling our luggage from Heathrow on the Tube, especially considering this was going to be our first experience on a metro system of any kind. Don’t get me wrong, the Tube is the cheapest way to travel, but if you haven’t traveled much and it’s your first time in London, a more direct connection to your hotel is in order.

Traveling with PCOS

[ This guest post was submitted by the lovely Selena Marinello, a talented photographer and world traveler who, like me, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS and its tendency to slash your self-esteem with symptoms like excessive weight gain and hirsutism can hold you back from experiencing life to its fullest. But cysters like Selena have found ways to manage these symptoms and insecurities, even while living a nomadic lifestyle. All images are hers. - Jen ]

So . . . What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)? 

It’s like having a tiny poltergeist in your body that knows all of your fears and can ruin your day at the drop of a hat, just to make your life a little more challenging.

In basic terms, PCOS is a hormonal disease that has been nicknamed “the Silent Killer” because it increases a woman’s risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure. Fun times!

Bath, Stonehenge, and a Secret Place - Part 3

It was hard to leave Bath and its stunning Georgian architecture behind, but our tour group had places to go and big rocks to see. Yep, that’s right, our final stop was Stonehenge!  

Lucky for us, the rain that had dampened our entry into Bath had let up completely by the time we found ourselves in Wiltshire.

The sun was shining and the day had warmed up beautifully, but let me just stop you right there – this is Stonehenge we’re talking about, a very exposed Neolithic structure. Prior to our tour, The English Bus had sent out an email with specifics about our trip, and it emphasized just how exposed the monument is and how unpredictable the weather can be, so we were to come prepared. Although the day was gorgeous, I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the sheer amount of wind at Stonehenge!