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Published on: 07 Nov 2018 by missydiet
Fat girl travel anxiety: Have you ever walked through an airport or train station and had people openly pointing at you and laughing or gasping? Have you ever had to ask a stewardess for a seat belt extension in front of a bunch of total strangers? Have you ever rushed around a city to find a dress that would fit because you forgot one or realized too late that it had a stain?
These are all travel related embarrassments I’ve dealt with over the years and they all feed into my travel anxiety. While I know I’ve lost a lot of weight I’m still at the higher end of what’s acceptable in terms of size for the U.S. let alone other countries. Even without that knowledge of weight lost, my mind often times still perceives my body as huge so I can’t help but worry about all of these travel related issues.
Why am I bringing this up now? Well, I have some traveling I’m going to be doing for business and it entails traveling to foreign countries, in this instance it’s Brazil. This viewed by itself is exciting and I can’t wait to see what it’s like, meet some great people, etc. The problem is that this excitement is immediately followed with me freaking out about the pointing fingers and other past scars I’ve had inflicted on my travel ego.
The Switzerland Story
I thought I had told the Switzerland story before but I guess I hadn’t (search came up empty). Anyhow, I traveled to Switzerland for 8 weeks not long after I graduated from college back in 2001 for a work related graduate training program. While I was there I tried to take a few random weekend trips to other parts of the country to check it out. On each and every trip I was confronted with locals and foreigners visibly pointing and laughing at me in various train terminals and hotels.
How did I know they were talking about me if I didn’t speak the language? Well, since I was the biggest man there and their gestures included the “I’m fat” circle around torso gesture followed with the puffed out cheeks and then pointing at me, I kinda took the hint that they were referring to me.
Needless to say I don’t consider Switzerland to be very neutral when it comes to their view on personal health or manners.
So how am I dealing with traveling?
So, how do I deal with travel anxiety as an obese woman? I know it may seem odd but one of the ways I’m dealing with my travel anxiety is by traveling. I’m sure I could have found a way out of this trip but I didn’t even try. There’s really no point in putting my head in the sand and pretending there isn’t a world out there.
Yes, I’m still overweight but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop living life and experiencing new things. I love seeing new cultures, meeting new people, and seeing new places… it’s part of what makes life so fun. Without doing these things I feel like life would be boring and a bit too monotonous and repetitive.
So instead of doing nothing I’m taking the challenge head on and throwing myself into the situations again. Do you have travel anxiety or are you facing any challenging situations head on?