Jeff Jenkins (ChubbyDiaries) is an award-winning content material creator that helps chubby individuals journey the world. His infectious spirit and can-do perspective has landed him his personal journey present, “Never Say Never”, on Nat Geo and Disney+ airing on July ninth 2023 (mark your calendars).
Jeff’s central message is that everybody can journey as they’re proper now, regardless of their measurement, race or background.
We had the privilege to talk with Jeff about his upcoming present! However earlier than you learn on and be taught extra about this large & tall traveler, take a peek on the trailer of “By no means Say By no means.”
Inform me why you wished to make this present?
Jeff: I do know what my mission is and this was one other strategic strategy to implement my message.
Why the title “By no means Say By no means”?
Jeff: I take no credit score, that was Nat Geo. I gave them 3 titles that they examined and this title gained. It was really a humble second, as a result of this title examined higher than all the opposite ones. There wasn’t even a detailed second, so it made me be like.. okay….yeah.
How did you get into touring? When was your first journey?
Jeff: The primary journey that I can actually bear in mind the place I used to be like, “Hey man, I like this journey factor!” Like going from place to put, it’s really a bit robust story.
My mother was fleeing from Florida to Connecticut due to a home violence difficulty between her and her husband on the time. We took a Greyhound from Orlando, Florida all the best way to Connecticut, which was a day or two course of.
To be on that bus, to see all these bushes, and all these new issues, going by means of metropolis to metropolis, stopping at relaxation areas and all that stuff, I used to be like, “Oh I like this! I like this so much!”
To be trustworthy, I used to be enthusiastic about it. I used to be like 4 or 5 years previous, so it’s not like I knew so much. I didn’t know the magnitude of what was occurring in my mother’s life on the time, however that was very vital.
So, it was your first sense of journey?
Jeff: Yeah, my mother wrapped it up like that, prefer it was an journey.
Feels like your mother is a really courageous girl.
Jeff: She actually is. I owe her a lot.
45 international locations! What was your most plus measurement pleasant nation?
Jeff: South Africa. Doing the totally different experiences, there have been tons of plus measurement women and men. There have been much more lodging made for everybody. I’d go to a restaurant and so they’d don’t have any arm chairs and I assumed that was unbelievable. The totally different excursions I did, I used to be in a position to do them with none problems or something.
Least Plus measurement pleasant?
Jeff: About that.. It needs to be someplace in Europe.
Was it extra like an perspective, or such as you couldn’t match within the seats and stuff?
Jeff: Yeah, I’m going extra so in that sense. Europe has all these previous buildings. Like tiny doorways. The individuals in Europe have been nice within the sense of that means. However like arm chairs, plastic chairs, not plus-size pleasant.
Most of those South Asian international locations are on the identical boat, too. And I’d even say Vietnam may be, with including individuals to it, could also be my least plus measurement pleasant place. Principally the stares. It made me very uncomfortable. I don’t know if it’s as a result of I used to be black or fats. However I feel it was as a result of I used to be fats as a result of there have been another black individuals with us that weren’t getting stares.
Have you ever felt secure touring as a Black man? Do you do analysis earlier than touring to make sure your security?
Jeff: I really really feel extra secure touring outdoors of the nation than contained in the nation. I undoubtedly for essentially the most half really feel secure. I do my analysis. A number of instances, I do know those that have gone earlier than me and that helps out so much.
Exterior of the Caribbean, I by no means really feel discriminated in opposition to. I’ve gotten extra discrimination from the Carribeans. It comes from resort or service employees. I feel it’s a kind of issues, they suppose white patrons are higher, so it’s a bias.
I’ve discovered how to deal with it. There are occasions I’ve stood up for myself, too. And the second I introduced consciousness to it, they modified and gave me the expertise and the identical service that everybody else was getting.
Do you’ve a bucket checklist journey that you’d die to do?
Jeff: ANTARCTICA! I actually wish to do it on the ship. I wish to do the passage that looks like we’re about to tip over however we aren’t. Folks have informed me in regards to the absence of sound. You’ll be there and you may hear your heartbeat. Sure, that’s one thing I wish to expertise! And for me to have the ability to say I’ve been to all of the continents.
It appears to be like such as you go on fairly adventurous feats through the present… What had been you most afraid to strive?
Jeff: Climbing a 70 foot rock cliff. Sure, like actually base climbing. Arms and ft, that’s it! You’ll have to attend and discover out if I make it up the mountain, nevertheless it was undoubtedly a feat.
The extra you went up, you solely had a bit piece of rock, such as you wouldn’t even suppose you could possibly get a grip on it. It’s really making me a bit nervous now eager about it.
Are you afraid of heights?
Jeff: I’m afraid of falling. I like heights if I’m safe. It’s the worry of falling.
Completely get that! What was essentially the most enjoyable?!
Jeff: I bought to Sumo wrestle with a former world champion. I educated like a Sumo, the entire thing. The entire objective was to liberate the considered disgrace that may come from being a bigger individual.
I like the time period you employ, “Isolation fears.” How can your common chubby traveler guarantee they’ll be capable to partake in an exercise whereas touring?
Jeff: I all the time say, do your analysis. Search for the tour and discover out the scale, name forward, the web site would possibly even let you understand if they’ve one thing you need to use, or modifications.
I feel this present and my message have been that I used to be one of many first or largest individuals to do a few of these excursions, and these tour operators discovered they will simply make a modification. So, we’re hopefully having the ability to present different tour operators that they will do it, too.
Was there any journey that you just couldn’t do attributable to lack of lodging?
Jeff: TV is wonderful. And it performed to what I already knew what people had been able to doing. Lots of people say plus measurement individuals can’t do that tour due to security. However people are inventive.
I imply, there are airplanes, skyscrapers, it’s all about being modern. Disney does an ideal job with that, it’s extra plus measurement pleasant than some other theme park, you must be inventive and have plus measurement individuals in thoughts when constructing out an tour.
Was there any exercise you refused or would refuse to do?
Jeff: Bungee leaping is off the checklist.
What’s essentially the most distinctive meals you’ve eaten whereas touring?
Jeff: In Japan, they put all the hen on the stick, each piece. They’ll grill it and barbecue that unhealthy boy. It was actually unhealthy… not good. The center, liver and pores and skin weren’t good, however each different a part of the hen was nice. The hen ft really weren’t unhealthy, however the organs didn’t work for me.
I additionally ate a scorpion in Thailand. It tasted like a popcorn kernel. Those that get caught in your tooth, it’s that texture and crunch. It wasn’t meaty in any respect, so it was simply hole. I ate it as soon as and referred to as it a day.
Do you usually solo-travel? In that case, why?
Jeff: Majority of the time it’s solo or with a digicam individual. Typically my spouse will get to return with me. Though my job is amazingly enjoyable, it’s nonetheless my enterprise. It’s undoubtedly work.
What’s your favourite journey accent?
Jeff: It’s probably not a journey accent, however this cellphone is my life. I used to journey earlier than iPhones had been out. I needed to search for Rick Steves books and Lonely Planet simply to get my itinerary or to know the place to go.
So, to have the ability to achieve this a lot, from transportation, to instructions to rattling close to all the things, I’ll by no means depart dwelling with out it.
Additionally, a life straw is all the time a good suggestion. And I like my moveable speaker.
Will there be a season 2?
Jeff: We don’t know but. We’re virtually attending to a spot the place we’ll discover out quickly.
The place do you hope to go from right here?
Jeff: Make extra dope content material and I’d like to be in a spot to make my very own exhibits. Give different individuals alternatives that I’ve had.
I like your slogan, “Reside Life Now!” Do you’ve any encouraging phrases to go away with the readers?
Jeff: A number of instances it’s nearly committing. There are in all probability so many belongings you’ve considered doing, it’s been in your bucket checklist, now it’s time to decide to it and go for it!
Ensure that to take a look at Jeff Jenkin’s present, “By no means Say By no means” on July 9, 2023 on Nat Geo!
How cool is that this present going to be?! We will likely be tuned in… will you??
After we take into consideration plus measurement illustration on TV, “By no means Say By no means” is a cool new addition to what we could have entry to. We’ve highlighted varied plus measurement teams on FB centered round journey, and most not too long ago Climbing communities, too!
I hope that this present evokes a brand new wave of plus measurement individuals taking that journey they’ve all the time wished to, particularly after watching “By no means Say By no means!”
Sooooo, watch occasion anybody?