Vacation is your time to relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself; it is about your happiness. The last thing you need is to be stressed about your body and self perception when your goal is to have fun. Since I just wrapped up my most recent vacation I wanted to share some of my tips with you on how I had a body positive vacation.
I’m going to get the obvious one out of the way first. If you’re vacationing somewhere hot and sunny (because apparently people do vacation in cold places) the number one concern tends to be how to remain appropriately covered up, while still comfortable. Here’s the thing, STOP MAKING THAT A CONCERN. Vacation is about relaxing and it’s hard to relax in the heat if you’re constantly pulling at that short sleeve shrug to make sure it covers your arms in a tank top. If you want to wear a tank top, a crop top, a bikini top, wear it. If there was ever a time you weren’t feeling brave about these things before, than vacation is definitely the time to be daring. Don’t sacrifice your own comfort because someone else may not like to see some arm fat. You don’t have to see these people again, but your vacation memories will come home with you, embrace body positivity to make them good ones. Don’t be ashamed to be bold and do whatever puts you the most at ease and in vacation mode. To get these lovely bikini shots for this post I striped off my coverup and stood in the center of the beach in the water and posed for the camera while strangers looked on curiously. I didn’t care, it was my body, my vacation, and I was going to celebrate it because it’s the only one I’ve got.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry
Please do not diet while on vacation. Diets are never a great idea to begin with, lifestyle choices are the body positive way, but when away from home adopt a vacation friendly lifestyle choice. Eat what makes you happy, what appeals to you, eat what you want, just don’t overdo it so you don’t spend your vacation nursing the toilet bowl. The idea is not to feel ashamed of what you decide to eat. Don’t worry about how it might “look”, just worry about how good it tastes. Fat girls are not required to eat salads, skinny girls aren’t required to eat salads, please don’t vacation and eat only salads! Especially if you’re going somewhere with fun and new foods. Sometimes to stop myself from feeling guilty on a vacation, I drink two talk glasses of green juice in the morning and justify everything else with that. (Don’t judge me!)
Get On The Bus…Or The Roller Coaster
If you’re vacationing somewhere that has amusement parks or interactive attractions, don’t be afraid to try anything and everything. Do not be afraid of what people perceive as being an “acceptable” activity for you. Fat chicks can ski, zipline, snorkel, hop on a roller coaster or a water slide and enjoy their vacation just the same as anyone else. Do not let the voices in your head shame you into believing that you have to be the friend who watches everyone’s stuff while they’re off being adventurous.
The most important thing to remember is that 90% of the time, your biggest body positive enemy is you. Sometimes you’re projecting your own body concerns onto what you think others are seeing or saying. Stop thinking about what anyone else thinks about your body and focus on what you think. If you don’t think very highly of your body than use your vacation as an opportunity to explore why you should love you some more. Push some boundaries, run over some fears, and enjoy your life. Celebrate your body, it’s the only one you’ve got.