I decided that I should take an epic international trip to celebrate turning the big 30. Although I was never interested in traveling to Asia, my interest piqued because I kept hearing about Thailand. People said Thailand was a wonderful vacation destination due to its night life, inexpensive flights, beaches, animals and great places to eat. Therefore it was decided that I would be celebrating my 30th Birthday in Thailand.#Tiffanygoestothailand
While walking through the Fresh Food Market in Bangkok, a young lady tapped me on my arm. I immediately turned around to see who had touched me. The lady then pointed to her older mother who stated “She thinks your cute”. I smiled thinking wow, she thinks that of me. I was surprised that she was complimenting me because it appears as if Thailand beauty of standard of does not include larger frames. Many of the Thai people have a small frames. As a result, I was especially surprised when I met the sea Gyspy people who had a much larger frame (they are a very small population in Thailand). One of the ladies told me we could be relatives. I laughed and was very excited to see people who looked like me. I wish we were related as these people are known to be some of the happiest people in Thailand due to living by the sea and their modest life style.
I decided to wear a two piece swim suit while in Maya Bay in the city of Phuket. After changing into my bikini I felt a little self conscious because I was plus size women in a city where majority of the women are small in size. My thoughts of self doubt went away when I looked at the beautiful scenery around me. I was on a beach with pretty blue water. The water was so clear, I could see fishes swimming around me.
After returning from Thailand, I posted the photo of my bikini picture on my personal Facebook page with the caption “I may not beach body ready according to most, but who cares what other thinks” book and received 280 likes and then in the Nomadness Tribe FB page I received 740 likes with about a 50-80 comments. Some people mistook the quote and thought I didn’t think I was beach body ready but I was trying to state that I KNOW I’m beach body ready but others in SOCIETY may not think so. I was overwhelmed with the positive response. But I must wonder how I would be received on a social media site that was not my own. The internet can be a cruel place, especially when it comes to body shaming. Well I guess I won’t know, I’ll just relish in the positive comments I received.
“I may not be beach body ready, but who cares what others think”
Plus size women (not all but some) often limit themselves when it comes to achieving goals. Goals may be related to careers, relationships, and traveling among many other things. Despite my size, I have not allowed anything to stop from accomplishing my dreams, especially traveling. I believe traveling exposes you to other cultures, food and people in a way that a book, movie or the internet can explain or begin or describe.
Pick a destination and go! Be Adventurous, Be Bold, Be you!