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Did you know there’s a podcast for plus-size travelers?
The Plus Sized Globetrotter was started by travel buddies Adrienne Alwag and Lauren Suarez and is currently available on iTunes. Adrienne’s mother worked at an airline, so she grew up traveling, and Lauren works as an Expedia expert in Maui hotels. Together, these amazing ladies have started the first-ever dedicated plus-size travel podcast, and it’s well worth a listen!
Fortunately, I was able to interview these plus-size globetrotters as they were jet-setting to another destination together.
For all my talk about body positivity, I’m going to admit something to you: I hate having my picture taken. I’m not talking about those selfies you’ve mastered where you know how to take advantage of your face’s good angles, turning just the right way to get the most flattering shot in the best lighting.
I’m talking about having other people take my picture.
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.
[ 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!
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!