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Isn’t It Time You Stepped Out Of Your Travel Comfort Zone?

August 9, 2018

Isn’t It Time You Stepped Out Of Your Travel Comfort Zone?

August 9, 2018

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Some of us are born for adventure. We don’t think twice before jumping on a plane and heading out to some of the most glamorous and exciting places around the world. And let’s face it; there are some absolutely amazing experiences awaiting those with a thirst for travel.

As examples, you could…

  • Dive into the Great Barrier Reef and don a snorkel mask, submerging yourself into one of the greatest bodies of water in the world. Or you could…
  • Get in touch with your spiritual side in India, visiting the country’s most sacred cities, or climbing to the top of the Himalayas for some real alone time. Or even…
  • Get your motor running on a road trip in the USA, driving through some of America’s greatest highways and byways, taking part in some epic road trip highlights, from Route 66 to the incredible Monument Valley. And you could…
  • Go to any of the incredible places in the world, those far-flung travel locations that will change your life forever. The world is your oyster, and cost-permitting, there are so many places available to you!

Unless, of course, you are afraid or unwilling to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You see, while there is a whole world of adventure out there, with beautiful locations and incredibly diverse cultures, some of us are hesitant about stepping out beyond what we are used to.

Some of us…

  • Don’t travel at all, being content to see the world through the movies we see on the television. And besides, considering some of those movies include Jaws and Volcano, they might even put us off travelling anywhere remotely exotic anyway! But then again, we may be happy to stay put, preferring to…
  • Have a summer staycation, preferring to visit the places that are closest to us, rather than jumping on a plane. And to be honest, that’s okay. There are some great places to visit in the UK, and at least you are travelling somewhere, rather than nowhere. But some of us…
  • Visit these places, or even the occasional country abroad, because we are familiar with them. We stay in the same hotels, eat at the same places, visit the same locations, and do what we did last year and the year before that. There is nothing wrong with this, but considering there is a wealth of places to add to any travel bucket list, it is still worth venturing elsewhere occasionally. There are good reasons why you should step out of your comfort zone.

By stepping out of your travel comfort zone, you will…

  • Meet new people, be they other tourists or local residents. You can build new friendships, learn more about local cultures and the way other people live, and have the opportunity to extend your social circle far beyond the people you know in your hometown.
  • Discover new things about yourself. By stepping away from your home comforts and everything that is familiar to you, you will discover previously untapped hidden resources, as you learn more about yourself and the things you can do. You will experience personal growth as you visit new places, and while stepping out of your comfort zone is a challenge, you will gain the ability to deal with it.
  • Overcome your travel phobia, which may be the reason why you struggle to step out of your comfort zone in the first place. Many people are scared about other cultures, and stepping on to unfamiliar terrain. Getting on a plane is difficult enough for some of us. But the best way to overcome any phobia is to confront it, as you should discover reality isn’t as bad as your fears dictated.
  • Do things and see things that are hard to find in your own country. The experiences you have will be many, from tasting exotic new foods to engaging in travel adventures that most definitely will push you out of your comfort zone, but you may never regret pushing yourself into doing them.

So, after considering everything we have said thus far, what do you think? For all we know, you regularly step out of your comfort zone. From the peaks of Macchu Picchu to the depths of the best diving spots in the world, there is nowhere you haven’t been. On the other hand, you may be a nervous traveller, or you may be unsure how to venture out of your comforting bubble. What to do, where should you go, how to get started…

 

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For inexperienced travellers, our advice is this:

  • If you are afraid to travel somewhere new alone, then buddy up with others. If you have friends or family members looking for an adventure away from the norm, then share the experience with them. You will have somebody to watch your back, and you can all support each other. On the other hand, join a travel group. While you will, in all likelihood, be travelling with complete strangers, you may meet somebody as nervous as you, or somebody experienced to show you the ropes. You might also make some new friends, or even a romantic partner, especially if you take a singles holiday!
  • Unsure where to go? Then explore this website, as we have covered many travel locations, from the best of Europe to the far locales of Asia, as well as giving you handy travel tips. And if you really have to click away from what we have to offer, there are loads of other travel websites, with tips on where to visit depending on your interests, as well as advice on how to save money, what to pack, and what routes you should take. There is so much advice online, that you will never be short for inspiration.
  • Download some travel apps. Again, for those of you afraid to venture out of your comfort zone, you can take comfort knowing that there are apps you can download onto your smartphone to help you with your travels. From road maps to eating locations, you can get all you need at the touch of your fingertips. Perfect for the nervous traveller, and perfect for anybody wanting to make the most of the place they are visiting.

 

 

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If you really want to step out of your comfort zone…

  • Scrap your travel itinerary! Take the roads less travelled, be spontaneous, and provided you haven’t decided to visit a particularly dangerous country, lose yourself to an incredible adventure that would only be limited by hours and hours of careful planning.
  • Rather than travelling with others as a safety net, consider going solo. With less people to rely on, you will be forced to depend on yourself, but that can be a good thing. To truly grow and discover more about what you are capable of, deciding to go it alone will be one experience that will change your life forever.
  • Get rid of all of your home comforts! Truly getting out of your comfort zone means forgoing a night in a hotel and roughing it in a tent or a youth hostel. You won’t have the luxury of a hot shower or room service, but do you really need them anyway? Going out of your comfort zone is your opportunity to experience a lifestyle you are unaccustomed to. Rather than relying on materialistic things, you will come to rely on yourself and the natural world around you! And yes, that might mean peeing in a bush rather than an ensuite toilet!
  • Have an adventurous mindset. You could do all the usual touristy things, and you could still opt for things you have experienced before, even when you do visit somewhere new.  But instead, opt for those things that are unique to you. Try new foods when eating out, talk to people that aren’t part of your group, do activities that you have never tried before, and choose to do anything that will take you beyond your limits.

Listen, you will never know what you are capable of until you push yourself further. If you have found yourself bored with doing the same old thing, year in and year out, then you are never going to grow. Life is too short to always stay within your comfort zone. There will come a time when you are older, when you are no longer in a position to travel far, and you may regret not stepping out of your comfort zone earlier. You will listen to friends who will regale you with their many travels in life. You will switch on the television and see places you never explored. And you will take a deep sigh, wishing you had done something earlier. Or, you could…

Get to that place in later years where you feel your life has been enriched. You dared to do something different, you saw places you that blew your mind, you experienced something that was life-changing, and your life has no regrets. So, think about it. Where do you want to be?

Isn’t it time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

 

I'M KIRSTY LEANNE

My mission is simple. I want to help change the way travel looks, showing both brands and society that plus size people really do travel too. In a community where plus size travellers are made to feel unwelcome, I want to inspire and advise people like me on how they can make the most out of their own incredible travel experiences.Join me as I share my own personal experiences, my best tips and tricks and all of the challenges I face along the way. It won’t always be an easy ride, but it sure as hell will be a fun one.

Together, we can change the way that travel looks today

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Also, the hill you can see in the background of this photo is called the Wrekin, somewhere I *used* to love walking up. Earlier this week my Mum told me that there’s a famous saying based on the Wrekin, does anyone know what it is? 🙊👇🏻
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❤️ Co-ord gifted by @boohoo @boohooplus #boohoo #boohooplus #boohoocurve #boohoouk #boohooplussize
  • AD | Gifted 💫 Although I love writing my travel content I have found lately the posts I enjoy writing the most are my guides to plus size travel. Whether it’s plus size travel essentials or surviving hot countries and warm weather whilst plus size, I LOVE sharing my tips and tricks with the world 🙌🏻❤️
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With over 100 posts on my *to write* list, I still have LOADS more plus size travel advice to come your way! What would you like to see next? 👇🏻
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When we visited Bosnia, we were on a day trip from Dubrovnik. We spent a lot of time spent in the tour bus but I definitely think it was worth it to 1) cross another country off my list and 2) get the chance to experience Bosnia for the first time 👏🏻❤️
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Do you like long day trips when you’re travelling? Or do you prefer to stay in one place? 👇🏻 #Bosnia #bosniaandherzegovina #bosniatravel #visitbosnia #mostar #mostarbridge #mostarbosnia #starimost
  • AD | Gifted 💫 The irony of this photo is that although I am wearing a tee that says ‘Hello Sunshine’ - it was absolutely chucking it down when I took this photo ☔️
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With lots of things to shoot and no content, me and @unwrittenchloee thought it would be a great idea to shoot during nonstop rain. We packed umbrellas, hid in the car when the rain got worse and as expected, only managed to shoot one outfit each 🤷🏼‍♀️
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As excited as I am for autumn, I hope the rain isn’t here to stay 🤭🌧 •
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  • AD | Gifted 💫 This weekend has been a super busy one so I’ve decided I’m taking the rest of the night off to relax with a Netflix Original and some Milkway Magic Stars ✨
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What are your favourite Netflix Original movies? I need some inspiration 🍿🎬
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  • AD | Gifted ☀️ Yesterday I posted on Twitter that I had spent the morning pitching brands and PR agencies and had managed to score myself three high-paying campaigns, one gifting campaign and two potential collaborations for next month. After a couple more responses this morning, I’ve now turned August into my best month ever when it comes to blogging! 🙌🏻👏🏻
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I think it just goes to show that most of the time, people’s success is what they make it. If I hadn’t taken the time out to pitch the people that I have, I’d probably be having a very very quiet summer ☀️
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Although I have my ‘Guide To Pitching Products, Payments and Press Trips eBook’ that you can buy, I wanted to share some pitching tips with you on here. Whether you’ve been pitching for years or you’re about to send your first one, these could definitely come in handy.... 👇🏻
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1️⃣ Always find the right contacts, rather than pitching blindly. Whether you meet them at an event, find them on LinkedIn or see their details online - you need to be sure you’re talking to the right person.
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2️⃣ Pitch an idea. If you can’t see a way in which you and the brand could be working together, you probably shouldn’t be pitching them in the first place.
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3️⃣ Be specific about what you want and what you’re going to do in return.
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4️⃣ Whilst we’re on the topic, don’t promise the world. If you’re promising too much, you’re going to find that you under deliver each and every time.
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5️⃣ Finally, make sure you have a detailed media kit to send to brands. This should detail your key stats, what makes you unique and case studies of previous campaigns you have worked on.
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Do you pitch brands? What has been your biggest success so far? 👇🏻❤️
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This is a little different to what I’d normally be posting but it is DEFINITELY worth breaking the Instagram theme for one photo. After sending what is probably one of the scariest proposals I have ever sent, I can finally say that I’m going to be hosting a panel on ‘Pitching Brands For Products, Payments and Press Trips’ at the Women In Travel Summit in Riga, Latvia. Not only will I be spend spending the weekend with some incredibly inspiring women, but I’m going to have the chance to explore a city that’s been on my list for years. Who will I be seeing there? 🙋🏼‍♀️
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If you are planning on buying your ticket, there’s going to be a flash sale on Friday! #WITSRiga
  • Happy Friday! 🙌🏻 A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had to cancel my upcoming trip to Thailand due to the fact things had been a little slow when it came to freelance work and blogging opportunities. As gutted as I am, I also decided it would be best to put all travel on hold for at least six months - excluding the odd press trip, if I was to be invited on one ✈️💙
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Although the rest of my 2019 looks quiet in terms of travel, little trips and opportunities are starting to crop up. From speaking at Social Travel Summit in Italy to being on a panel at Borderless Live in London, at least I know I’m not going to be stuck at home the *entire* time. I’m also going to try and explore places that are a little closer to home, as honestly, I don’t think I’ve seen half as much of England as I should have 🏡 •
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What do you do when you don’t have the opportunity to travel as often as you normally would? 👇🏻 #travel #travelblogger #tbloggers #travelblogging #travelblog #tblogger
  • AD | This is the happy face of someone who has realised she can wear playsuits, short skirts and dresses all summer long thanks to Ivyverdure. As much as I stand by my trusty anti-chafing shorts, sometimes it’s just too hot to wear them with everything, right? 🤷🏼‍♀️☀️
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I’d honestly written off being able to wear playsuits and short dress for fear of chub rub, especially when walking around extremely hot countries all day. That was, until I used @ivyverdure irelief for the first time ever, of course 🙌🏻
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This magical (yes magical) anti-friction stick is designed to stop chafing and rashes. All you need to do is rub the formula where you’d normally experience chafing and then go about the rest of your day. I find I have to top up every now and again for the best results, but I know lots of people can go the whole day without having to reapply. It smells delicious, it’s easy to apply and it’s small enough to pop in your bag when you’re on the go. At just 60ml per stick, you can even pack it in your hand luggage for a flight! ✈️ •
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If you want to try Ivyverdure for yourself, they have kindly given me a discount code for you to use for 15% off - all you need to do is enter KIRSTY15 at the checkout ❤️🙌🏻 #Ivyverdure #Irelief #antichafe #chubrub #travelessentials #blisters #organic #vegan

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Although I talk a lot about the problems plus size people face when they travel, I wanted to go that one step further and show it in a way that would make EVERYONE want to listen. With such a long list of images I wanted to create, a couple of months ago I hired an incredible designer (@creatiffi) to help create them for me. She has done an INCREDIBLE job, as I feel they really get across how we may feel when we're travelling  even if we don't say it outloud. Whether it's being worried you won't fit on a ride or awkwardly laughing off that a tray table doesn't fit, deep down we're thinking something completely different to what we may be saying or doing.
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So, whether you're plus size and you can relate to these images or you're straight size and you want to help bring attention to the #plussizetraveltoo campaign, I would LOVE it if you could share this post far and wide. Tag your friends, post on your stories or even send them over direct message. Thank you so so much ❤
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