‘Reside life now’: Travel blogger Jeff Jenkins’ Chubby Diaries encourages individuals to take the journey – Leisure & Life – Austin American-Statesman

Jeff Jenkins aspired to be a travel blogger.

But as he researched the media, magazines and pages to promote himself, Jenkins realized that there were very few bloggers who looked like him.

So two years ago, he decided to pave his way by building a name that would provide a sense of belonging and a voice to other people who would not believe walking because of their weight.

“My goal is to define what it looks like to walk, and the implication is that oppressed groups are represented in the movement. My part or region is a continuous movement. In America alone, there are 128 million overweight and obese people,” says Jenkins, now is 34 years old. “I did not come to promote obesity, but I want people to survive now. Since there is a huge market and manufacturing that does not make things available, I feel there is a difference between the industries.”

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Jenkins from Austin founded the website ChubbyDiaries.com and quickly attracted people across the country who want to be free and independent. He now has over 20,000 followers on his Instagram account, @chubbydiaries__, and was featured in an article from the New York Times to Travel + Leisure.

We recently chatted with him about everything from his life as a boost to his love for Austin on his post-epidemic travel experience.

How did you get started blogging?

I wanted to make ends meet and go into business. I worked for a well with friends in Rwanda and I am not an engineer. I didn’t know how the water came out, but learning to do this is also living in Rwanda and that’s when I thought I wanted to go around the world, help people and get paid. That is where the original idea came from.

What are the first steps you took?

First I had to commit to it, that was the main thing. I started looking at everything through blogging. I started taking classes to learn. Even after two years, I have been able to figure out how to make a lot of money from what I do.

You grew up in Orlando and your father was a cook at DisneyWorld. Did you walk as a child?

I did a lot of other trips, but when I turned 20 I got out of the house and boarded my first plane.

What is your favorite place?

Japan sells my favorite country in the world. The first flight was to Japan. Living there, culture and traditions as well as food is amazing. My favorite city is New York City around the world. There is something about New York power and the bright lights and people. And I love Spain, I love Italy and Indonesia.

Where would you like to go?

Antarctica. They are at the top of the list right now. I hear that there is no noise there and the silence is too loud you can feel your heartbeat.

How often do you travel before this plague?

It had been three weeks since I had left. My wife was able to accompany me on some trips, but not all. But he doesn’t interfere too much, so getting out of the house is sometimes a good thing (for him).

How has the plague affected your work?

At first I thought it was about to end, but fortunately I ran a DivInc business for small businesses with women. Living there and learning more about the business, the benefits, which really helped me a lot. Even in this epidemic I have grown in the audience and am known to be a thoughtful leader, but it is because I have to travel and I love food blogs more than ever before. But international travel is over for now.

Have you ever made house or community trips during the plague?

My first trip came back in July. We traveled this far – North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming to Montana. We have to go to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Tetons. This has brought everything to life and I have been on the move ever since. I went to DisneyWorld in Orlando to visit families and see what DisneyWorld is doing and how it keeps people safe. And I’ve been to Louisville and Memphis.

You moved to Austin from Orlando eight years ago. What have you brought here?

It was between Nashville and Chicago and I couldn’t think of my own. I ended up talking to one of my friends who wanted to help me make a choice and he was like, “You just have to move to Austin.” I said, “You know what? I have to move to Austin.” It was so simple. I completed a teaching job at Manor at Manor High School.

How do you like to be a Winner?

I like it. This is my city. I think I have come at a good time. In 2012, it was one of the most explosive years, and I have seen it grow even stronger over the past eight years. I feel like an old hand, like I’m a native of Austin almost because of the sheer number of people moving here now. I love culture, I love food, various events. It’s their home.

What is your favorite place in Austin?

I love Al Pastor Rosita on Riverside. I feel like they have some of the best tacos in Austin. And Stiles Edit. That’s my barbecue place. It’s Kokoma the smash hit.

How have you been accepted as a black blogger?

When people see me often, they don’t just see my size. He also sees Black. I think I can do what I do in the field where I contribute in full representation. I encourage black producers and I am one of the founders of the Black Travel Alliance. Our goal is to expand and accountability within the travel industry.

What is it like to see the success of ChubbyDiaries.com?

It becomes destructive and destructive at the same time. I was a teacher at the school before this and I lived in these places, “You can’t have this, this is someone else’s life.” To realize that I have made goals, I started dreaming big and seeing those dreams come true, it is all a blessing. And it is happening faster than I think.

What are your favorite travel tips?

Google is your friend. I always like to look at people’s blogs and look at their movements and make my own moves there. For more people, the West Bank is one of the most popular transportation routes for overtime travelers. Also, because I’m on a budget, I don’t let days get in the way of my travels. I’m going to discount. I allow discounts and orders when I go elsewhere.

How did you decide to focus on the larger journey?

It happened while my wife and I were on a plane. I mentioned something in the chair. We were talking about window seats or a walkway and then a belt extension and I was like, “Don’t you think about this? You don’t think about weight loss, growth restrictions? Yo, it’s crazy.” In the back of my mind, I was just thinking about this. Even when you are on a plane, the worries that many people, including those who have heard, come as a result of making other people unhappy. They don’t want to be unhappy and they don’t want other people to feel uncomfortable.

Have you met people who feel that they cannot walk or that they should not walk until they are rich?

I just wrote the other day and found people through my DMs like, “This is how I feel!” I didn’t know how many people felt the same way until I started posting about these things that I feel like a travel blogger and advertiser. I was clearly in my mind. I was foolish to think that I was the only one who thought this way. There are thousands of people who think like this.

Have you ever been ostracized because of a larger trip?

I watch it sometimes. And I’ve had people come to touch me, as if to try to touch my stomach. This happened in Thailand and it hurts a lot; I had three or four elders come to handle my love affairs. Sometimes I feel shy and lonely because everyone can ride (me) and I can’t. I work with Chubby Diaries to help deal with the feeling of isolation and shame by simply teaching people the tools and habits they need to know in advance to know if they can do something or not.

Do you think there is a misconception that adults cannot be zealous?

There are so many misconceptions when it comes to my age that I can’t climb mountains, I can’t swim with these fish. I know I can swim around people. I swim well. I don’t care about climbing. I want people to come out and experience it. He removes people from their beds when they see excessive people in the media and on Instagram as well as in magazines and newspapers.

If you are safe traveling, how would you tell a person who has traveled a long way because of his or her size?

Live now. Do not wait until you have reached your full potential. Do your research, follow me, and let’s live here. I usually tell people. Don’t be taken for granted. Do it today. Make a decision today.

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