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Babcia and Yia Yia!, Study Hall: Essays On Travel

Plus Size Travelers 3.0

Plus size travelers are slowly but steadily settling into a great space in the travel world. We are learning to find unique solutions and we are also being represented better than ever. While we will always have to nudge things along, we have started making use of our travel opportunities in a more effective way. Reasons for this range from better representation in social media, celebrity headlines and stronger, more dependable resources. Let’s dig in fellow travel junkies!

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Plus size in the news

We are in love with Lizzo at the Met Gala and everything else she’s attending! Christian Serriano is styling her and while we might not be able to pull off some of those looks, we love her courage and we love her love for life.


Muriel’s Wedding with Toni Collette is a great throw back flick from down under that features a plus sized lead struggling with the mean girls. With music from Abba, it’s a can’t miss feel good movie.


Hallmark’s Romance In Style features the plus size fashion world. It’s got a lot of expected language and labels but it fits the Hallmark mold. Baby steps.


You’re in control

Being active while plus size is not inconceivable, we’ve done plenty over the past few months and we’re super happy about that. Give yourself the grace to at least try what’s out there and feel proud of your efforts.

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Public transportation can be a thing but it can also not be a huge deal just plan accordingly. Take the time to google what trains, busses, ferries and waiting areas look like at your destination. There are plenty of images to help you know whether or not you’ll be comfortable.

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There is a trend for plus size people to use cruises to experience travel. This can solve a lot of potential hiccups. With plenty of choices and plenty of accessibility, cruising can help anyone see the world with the right kind of support.


Sources for your travel needs

Use your Tripit app to note plus size stores at your destination just in case you need a little wardrobe help. We just bookmarked this one for Poland so we know which store is close to our stay. Ulla Popkin

Have you seen BloomChic on TikTok? The clothes are far from quality and it is a deal that’s too good to be true!! 0/10

We are still on the jumpsuit bandwagon and don’t see a time in the future when we won’t be. Be sure to double check the size and the way it drapes on you then enjoy the comfort!! Conversely, we are true fans of the two-piece bathing suit. You can still cover up but it’s much easier to get in and out!

Another clothing fail came from ASOS. Their plus size cargo pants at $40 plus SH were far too big and bulky!!! Instead, we highly recommend the leopard raincoat from Joules.

via GIPHY is an entire plus size travel website that’s starting to expand into group travel. Their first trip? Bali!!

We’ve learned over time that we can spare a few luggage pounds and some packing space by not bringing a regular handbag but, instead, buy something we love or something that will work in the meantime overseas. By no means will this ever mean a fanny pack. Ever.

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Babcia and Yia Yia!, Notes on Planning and Packing, Study Hall: Essays On Travel

Plus Size Travel 2.0

It’s us! We’re back! Yep! We are back for another look at how the plus size traveler can conquer any challenge that comes her way. Whether it’s trying to find the best spot to sit on a plane or the challenge of streamlining your suitcase, we are here to make plus size travel just a bit easier for anyone who carries just a little more with them than the clothes in their suitcase.

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Plus Size Travel Writers That Are Keeping It Real!

Mary Fran is a plus sized woman who keeps the humor in day to day life as well as travel. She’s become so popular on TicTok that Good Morning America featured her in one of their human interest segments. Meet Mary Fran by clicking here to the original GMA article.

In A Letter To My Thin Friend by Lacie-Jade Christie, the author takes some time to give her friend her perspective on how a plus sized traveler feels dealing with big moments like hiking and little moments like sitting in an airplane seat. Read A Letter To My Thin Friend and link to more stories in this series by clicking here.

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Looking at our clothes

What are you self conscious about when you travel? For us, we are constantly striving to fit in and not impose on others. For us, embracing our size not only means caring for ourselves but also blending into the group we are with or the place that we are spending time. This balance may start with our mindset but always, always, finds its way to our wardrobe.

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Taking our clothes on a test drive.

Recently, we’ve been working really hard to make sure every single thing we put into our bags has a good reason for being there. To test out our ideas, we’ve been giving our travel wardrobe a test drive. Here are some of the results! Note that some of the links below are affiliate links. I only recommend products & brands I love and that I think you would love, too!


  • The jumpsuit solution: jumpsuits are in style right now and plus size women can seize upon this great wardrobe choice to make going out comfortable whether its day or night! Jumpsuits can look sporty or give just the right glam vibe no matter where you travel.
  • Raincoat regrets: There’s always one item that makes its way to the top of the should or shouldn’t I list and that’s our raincoat. It can be a waste of space or the best thing in our bag. I went to Victoria Falls and never pulled it out even though it was recommended and was in the sunniest part of Germany wishing I had one! Take it or leave it, it’s awfully hard to find one in a plus size when you are out and about.
  • Leggings: Whether you use them to work out or to keep warm or comfy, leggings pack small and find so many ways to be part of any capsule wardrobe. We confess! We fell into the rabbit hole of LuLaRoe and we apologize for even thinking this was a good idea. These days, you can find leggings in our wardrobe that don’t include tacos or palm trees. Some of our favorite leggings include great finds from LuLuLemon and Lane Bryant.     


The classic V-neck: Plus size tops can be so very difficult. They stretch across our boobs, hang too low or act like an unsightly crop top or simply make us look far larger than we are! We are always on the search for V-necks that compliments our neck line so we don’t look like we are strangling ourselves and are just the right length to cover without shortening our legs so we look like oompaloompas. Call us when you find them.   

Bra Basics: The girls always need a lot of attention when you are plus size. Traveling brings a whole new set of challenges to lift, separate, and flatter. Bras need to be super supportive as well as washing and drying easily. It’s not an easy task! We love these super cheap strapless bras (with no clasp to break) as well as our Third Love bras. TL does a great job of fitting you correctly. Not always something that is done well.  We are hoping that plus size bras become more readily available but we don’t expect this to be something that  to be any time soon.    


  • Scarves or pashminas: One way that we can save room in our luggage is to forego a jacket during fair weather travels. I mean, in the end, we barely use it especially when we’re ducking in and out of shops and museums. And when we do commit to the whole jacket thing we wind up in a sweat juggling a jacket with packages while my mother looks on in disdain. Can we say overheated?! Lately, our jacket alternative is a pashmina and a light scarf that both have a multitude of uses. It’s a blanket on the plane and a jacket that easily wraps around the handle of our handbag. A lighter scarf is a great accessory and a great way to add a little variety to a capsule wardrobe. Both pack small and both do a better job than a jacket.
  • Plus size swimsuits: Ugh. Can we just say this is one of our least favorite topics? We have, however, over the years picked up a few ideas that help. First, no matter what size you are, there is a two piece swimsuit for you. Two piece swimsuits offer plenty of coverage while being far easier to get on and get off whether you are dry or wet. Trust us! We’ve both been dealing with the swimsuit wriggle for far too long, we know what we’re talking about! The next thing that we highly suggest is to have a dedicated packing cube just for your suit. It will always be ready to go and it will take up hardly any space at all! Our cube is small enough to even fit in our bag.
  • Compression socks: This may be our favorite trip saver! Compression socks are known to help with swelling but did you know it also helps with fatigue which could aid in jet lag!? We’ll take it! Unfortunately, not all socks fit plus sized legs! Check out some of our picks below.

How Do You Streamline Your Luggage?

Pop quiz! If you raise your hand if your suitcase is always bigger than everyone else’s even though you have the same amount of stuff. We’ve come up with a few ways to help streamline the amount of stuff we pack up and here are just a few of those thoughts.

  • Staying Make up free is a great choice we’ve made to keep our skin fresh and our bags just a little lighter. Between both of us, we carry one gloss, a brow pencil and mascara. We are done.
  • Compression cubes shrink things down and can be a life saver when trying to stay organized. We use them for everything especially the “just in case” items like swim suits and rain jackets.  
  • Laundry options including where the laundromats are where you are going and Tide sticks is a huge piece of the puzzle for the “my boobs catch a little of everything I eat” crowd. A few dryer sheets in our shoes are not such a bad idea either.
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What technology do you truly use when you travel?

Let’s face it: travelers need their technology to do double duty. We need items that earn their keep in our bags. In fact, even though we podcast and we have definitely committed to leaving the big camera and computer at home. Instead we focus on making our iPhone earn its keep!           

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