My dad is St Lucian, he was born there and came over to the UK when he was 10 years old. My mum is second generation St Lucian, both her parents were born and raised there. I am St Lucian, born and raised in London and for some reason I have never ever been there.
Most of the members of my family, immediate and extended have been to St Lucia at least once. My sisters and my dad go regularly. Whenever I go abroad I always seem to go to the States. There is a lot more of America that I want to see so I definitely won’t stop visiting there but I definitely think it’s time I consider taking a trip to St Lucia. Going to America seems a lot more like being home in the UK. The language is the same and a lot of it is great to do the things I want to do when I’m away like shop and and spend time in the sun. I’ve always struggled to understand what a Caribbean holiday would have for me.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to see the appeal of a laid back, sun yourself on the beach, see the sights type of holiday over my usual cocktails and hitting all the malls I can find type.
Besides a ton of family I have that live there, St Lucia has some amazing things to see and from what I have seen looks like a super romantic getaway.
I’m currently in a relationship with someone who has a completely different cultural history to me and I lover learning about where he is from and I think as the relationship progresses we will definitely want to visit each others country of origin I love watching travel shows and reading about places people have been on travel blogs but none of that would be the same as seeing where my family originates from and where some of them still are.
I’ve been looking on the website Destination2: Holidays that have been made easy to save people time and money, to try and figure out what a holiday to St Lucia would cost me and how I could swing it. I would definitely speak with my dad or my sisters as they’ve been before and would be able to advise me on places to stay and all the romantic places to visit.
I’d really like to do some touristy things there too, like seeing the pitons and bathing in mud at the sulphur springs.
St Lucia boasts some of the most beautiful views in the world so even if you’re not interested in actually seeking out romantic activities the whole island is a romantic paradise. There is definitely a reason that St Lucia is listed as one of the top three romantic honeymoon destinations!
These tips are all based on my personal experience travelling and are things I cannot holiday without. You can find a bog standard packing list anywhere on the net if that is what you are looking for but nothing beats the experiences of a fellow plus size holiday maker.
So for me the number one thing I cannot travel without is a plan. As a plus sized traveler I need to consider things that straight size people may not think about like seat dimensions. Being a UK size 32 I have concerns about plane seat sizes and bathrooms so I like to know who I’m travelling with (airline) and if I haven’t flown with them before I call ahead to ask any questions or air my concerns to get reassurance before I travel.
I like to make a very loose itinerary just so I know what I want to see, places I want to go and places I wanna shop while I’m away. It saves me having any wasted days sitting around on holiday not knowing what to do with my time. I by no means stick to the itinerary, it’s just nice to know what things are in the local area that have peaked my interest while research them. I like to have a stress-free experience when I’m travelling therefore planning is the first thing I do when I decide I want to go away it eases my mind and gives my trip more of a focus.
Once I have a plan I move on to the more exciting things…
When I’m on holiday one of the most important things for me is having good swimwear. Having a large bust means support in swimwear is crucial the last holiday I went on to Vegas, I took 11 pieces of swimwear with me and only two of those had the right amount of support and I found myself reaching for those the most.
I think investing in good swimwear is the way to go as they will last you many many years and they are something we are all like to feel comfortable in whether that be good boob support or firm tummy support or just a really well structured swimsuit/bikini. Paying that little bit extra for support or design really has is good investment as once you feel good in it you’ll definitely wear it year after year after year. Shopping for good swimwear online can be difficult especially if you don’t know your exact size. I always suggest buying swimwear and underwear in store where you can try them on and get the best fit, but if that is not an option there are many places online where you can get fantastic fitting, well made designer swimwear in plus sizes.
Finally, something I will always have with me well when I’m away on holiday now is good supportive footwear. I cannot stress enough how important footwear is, whenever I’m on holiday I always walk so much more than I do at home. There’s so much to see and do and you don’t want to waste any time so you’re constantly on your feet and the biggest mistake is not having the right shoes. When I’m on holiday I thought I having a pair of trainers it was good enough but having a right kind of trainers is so important I find that trainers that have good arch support and are made for walking or running are the best bet. Last time I was away I chose shows for fashion and not practicality and that was a mistake. Not taking the right shoes affected my entire holiday even once I bought the right type of shoes my feet still hurt and I was feeling the effects of the first few days wearing the wrong shoes. Even now back in the UK I still wear supportive trainers for when I’m going on long walks and I will never make that mistake again when I’m going on holiday.
So everyone has a few things that are personal must haves for their travels and these are mine, what are yours?