The Plus-Size Backpacker’s Mission
To find and share alternatives and solutions
to the challenges plus-size travelers may face,
through product reviews, fat acceptance and body positivity, and occasional activism.
Edith Bernier’s Bio
Born and raised in the Bas-du-Fleuve (Lower St. Lawrence River) area of the province of Quebec, in Eastern Canada, I started dreaming of the Maya and Inca lands at the tender age of 6 after watching the cartoon The Mysterious Cities of Gold (the adventures of kids and sailors who crossed the Atlantic in the 16th century, in search of a mythical gold-covered city in the heart of Latin America).
After a college (CEGEP) degree in Literature & Cinema (2000), I completed a Bachelor degree (B.A.) in Journalism (History minor – 2003) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
I created the blog The Plus-Size Backpacker in April 2013, after struggling to find equipment adapted to my body size as I was preparing a trip to India.
In 2015, I started writing The Ultimate Guide to Plus-Size Backpacking (in French: Le Manuel des routards taille plus), which was released as an e-book at the beginning of 2016.
Also in 2016, I was a guest speaker at the first Montreal + Fashion Week and was chosen to be a spokesperson for the #NousPouvonsÊtre campaign by plus-size activewear retailer Sportive Plus, a campaign meant as a reminder that plus-size women can be and do whatever they desire.
I also contributed to the book Big Fit Girl (by Canadian trainer & author Louise Green – published in March 2017), which includes my testimony on how hiking can contribute to unleash plus-size women’s inner athletes.
>> For a complete list of my publications, CLICK HERE. <<
In 2017, I wrote posts for the Belles et rondes blog and for Économies et cie as a travel contributor.
Fascinated by cultural immersion, new acquaintances and extreme landscapes, I have visited the following countries (more than 2/3 solo):
- Canada (Quebec, Prince Edward Island)
- USA (Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, California & Alaska)
- El Salvador
- Mexico (Yucatan)
- Northern Ireland
- Palestine (West Bank)
- Czech Republic
Some of my upcoming destinations are Senegal, Morocco, Nepal, the Tibet Autonomous Region, Bolivia, Chile, Central & Southeast Asia, Kenya, Uganda… pretty much everywhere, after all.