Fat (Plus-Size) Travel Review: Skala Eressos, Lesbos Greece


General Thoughts:

Skala Eressos is one of my favourite places on earth.  This review is going to skew heavily critical because I aim to give the most thorough examination that I can (from memory, at least) of the practicalities of traveling here in a larger body. That said,  I want to clarify that there’s no beach where I feel safer and more relaxed and there’s no town where holidays have felt easier and more truly restful.  I don’t feel like an outsider here.  Also, I feel like I’m making a concerted effort to contribute to a struggling local economy and community so ethically it feels collaborative and mutually beneficial rather then exploitative and uncomfortable.  Living in London means international travel is less expensive than it was from the States, and you’d think I’d be off seeing as many other places as I can (and certainly I have and will do more) rather than returning to the same place time and again – but Skala always pulls me back! It spoils you, really, for other holidays! So I highly recommend the experience if you can manage it.

My Stats for comparison: 
Height: 5’8″
Weight: Somewhere between 350 and 380
Distribution: I have a bigger belly and upper body with narrower hips.
Mobility: Currently compromised. I am healing from a leg injury and walking long distances is tough. 
Flight Route: London Gatwick to Mytilene, Lesvos Greece
Airline: Thomas Cook
Airplane Model: Airbus A321-200 (Seats 17.6 with 28-30 pitch)

The Airport:

Getting from Security to the gate is a minimum of a mile of walking and incorporates a few moving sidewalks. I didn’t see any inter-airport shuttles during our early morning flight but I’m sure they can be arranged if required.

The Flight:

Seatbelt Extender: I needed one. It was given without fuss or judgement.
Armrest: I could get it down easily and it didn’t hurt my thighs. That said, the recline button is on the inside and my leg pressed against it, making my seat go back. This is a problem because seats upright and armrests down is the required take-off and landing position. Managing both at the same time was problematic. I had to lean forward and/or raise the armrest just slightly.
Tray Tables: Fuggeddaboudit. 
Bathrooms: Didn’t try as it was a short flight.
Aisles: Quite narrow but manageable for boarding. Wouldn’t have liked to traverse them when the flight was full, however.
General Thoughts: Thomas Cook flights are a budget flights and while the seat width is better than some, the pitch is terrible, especially for those of us who are tall with big bums that push us forward in the seats. My knees pressed against the seatback and I had to take my shoes off to get my legs low enough to be able to straighten them under the seat in front of me. It was tight and if I were not next to my partner, I’d have been very uncomfortable.


Mytilene Airport is quite small and doesn’t have concourses. Planes land on an airfield and stairs are brought to fore and aft of the plane. For those with mobility impairments, this is something to make note of as there is no obvious accessible entry or exit from the airplane.   
From the airplane, passengers board a shuttle that drives them literally 30 seconds to the doorway of the airport.  The wait at passport control can be long and sweaty as there are only 2 windows. There is minimal walking as the airport is quite small.
NOTE: Do not flush your toilet paper anywhere on the island of Lesvos.  The sewage system can’t handle paper. Place your toilet paper in the bins next to the toilets. They are emptied regularly.

Transport between Mytilene and Skala Eressos:

The drive from Mytilene to Skala Eressos is 1hr and 45 minutes. It’s a gorgeous ride through the countryside and up/around mountains. It’s winding, so if you’re prone to motion sickness, take measures (I use dramamine). 
I travel with a large group of friends.  Because of this, we tend to arrange for a shuttle to pick us up rather than taking individual taxis. This is great for cost-effectiveness but bigger shuttles are less common and more prone to breakdowns. It’s never actually gone smoothly – either reservations have been forgotten or the shuttle has needed repair. This is part of the experience of traveling to an island. You have to adopt a go with the flow approach. The good news is the airport is right across the street from the sea so you can wander over and dip your toes in while you wait for repairs or replacements.
To arrange airport transfers, contact Sappho Travelhttp://www.sapphotravel.com/  (real-talk, you need to quadruple-check any reservations you make here. Call, call again, call a few days before and call again the day before. They’re your best option but they’re DISORGANISED. I am NOT kidding.)  Shuttles vary in costs but private transfer (taxi) is around €120. Not cheap.
Taxis/Shuttles will generally not take you directly to your hotel. They will drop you at the car park in the middle of town. Google Maps is not great for Skala Eressos but the good news is that the town is literally a mile across from tip to tail so wherever you wander, you won’t be far from where you need to be.

The Town of Skala Eressos:

As mentioned, the town is literally a little over a mile across, from the furthest tip of the boat pier to the end of the public beach. The streets are cobbled so be advised for those with balance or mobility concerns – bring sensible shoes to help compensate. Nearer to the boat pier, the town is hillier and hotels tend to be up several flights of stairs, so if you want to avoid inclines and stairs, stay on the opposite end of town.
Near the car park are all the grocers and bakeries as well as places to procure beach items like snorkels and beach mats and sarongs.  Walk towards the sea and you’ll find yourself on the boardwalk entrance where seafront restaurants and bars stretch to the left and right.  There are stairs and a narrow boardwalk in the sand that separate the two sides of the boardwalk. If you want to avoid the stairs,  just walk back towards the shops and then take the street that runs parallel. There are entrances back to the boardwalk between the buildings.
There are feral cats everywhere but they’re generally well-behaved. They’ll circle your ankles at restaurants and say hello to you on the streets. It’s great if you’re a cat lover! Do be mindful when feeding them as some have better table manners than others.
Restaurant Seating:  Most restaurants have the same typically greek restaurant chairs. The good news is, no arms! The bad news is, they’re still really uncomfortable. They’re wooden squares with a woven seat and the legs tend to poke up above the seatback, which means they poke into your bum and upper thighs. It’s great for restaurant turnover, I’d imagine, but not so great for a relaxed meal. I actually bring a little inflatable pillow with me ‘cuz ow!  
Bar Seating: Most bars have a mix of short couches/benches and narrow director’s chairs.  The benches are nice but tend to be wet from swimmer’s butts, so check the cushions before you sit. The director’s chairs are hit and miss for me. Sometimes I fit, sometimes I don’t. There’s no method to it, it seems. Just luck.

Restaurant/Shop Reviews: 

Toilets: There’s no ‘downstairs’ in the seafront restaurants (‘cuz downstairs is the actual sea), so you needn’t worry about stairs down to the loos. However most of the toilets are tiny and wedged into the storage areas near the kitchens so do bear that in mind and plan ahead. Restrooms at the bars are often better than those at the restaurants.
Local specialty: Saganaki – it’s a pan-seared greek cheese starter and my group writes actual songs about it. Also the tomatoes in Greece are something else entirely. Eat all the greek salad you can!
The local bakery is gorgeous and stuffed full of traditional Greek delights as well as fresh bread daily. They also have a little freezer cabinet of 50p ice creams in various flavours that people can’t stop going on about.
There’s a little Frozen Yogurt shop next to the bakery that’s a delight on hot evenings. The Pistachio syrup is weird and amazing. For the lactose intolerant, they have blended ice drinks as well.
For quick, cheap meals – there are two Gyros shops very near the seafront and down a little side street from the boardwalk. Delicious, fast, and affordable if you’re watching your budget.
The best fresh seafood is the Blue Sardine where Kostas takes special care to attend to every table and will sit down at the end with you to figure out the bill. 
The slow-cooked Lamb at Adonis nextdoor is also wonderful.
The Flamingo Bar is lesbian-owned and tends to cater to the 50+ crowd. Their blended margaritas are amazing on a hot night but their mixed drinks are a bit clumsy.
The Belleville Bar is lesbian-owned and has a nice bar with comfortable seating but the food service is SLOWWWWWWW (over an hour’s wait) and disorganised.
The Parasol Bar wins for ambiance and cocktail quality but is difficult to get into in the evenings. Their brunch is lovely as well.
Margaritari has lovely cakes and nice toasties when you want a light lunch or snack by the sea.
Buddha Bar is lesbian-owned and home to the famous daily women’s rock swim and has a lot of healthier food options and nice cocktails.
On the interior of the island, there are a few smaller bars and restaurants – a jazz bar whose name I can’t recall, a lovely place called The Garden that does gorgeous slow-cooked meals (it’s a long night but a lovely setting — though bugs do tend to drop from the overhanging foliage!) and it’s perfect for a date night, and a gorgeous open air cinema showing feature films. (Get there early to secure a bench if you’re wider in the hips.)


For those who require wheelchair access, I would recommend the Aeolian Village. While it’s largely separate from the town of Skala Eressos, it’s definitely more clean, accessible and well-maintained. I’ve not stayed there so I can’t speak to its level of accessibility but a cursory google sounds much more promising than the town itself.
As an aside: the Aeolian Village is an all-inclusive resort with its own pool and private beach and it’s much more heterosexual and family-orientated. It’s very closed-off from the local community and a source of contention within the struggling local economy so if you’re looking for an ethical holiday and you don’t require it for accessibility purposes, I’d avoid it.
In town, I’m not going to review any particular place because we’ve stayed at various spots and they’re all similar enough to generalise. Wherever you go, there are likely to be some stairs – either up to the entrance from street level, or a full flight to a second story. Request ground level if you want to minimize stair usage, but expect there still might be at least a few stairs to your doorway. 
Shower situations can be tight but most hotel bathrooms are wetrooms so if you pack up the toilet roll and use water sparingly, you can get away with leaving the shower curtain partially open for extra space. Maybe ask for extra towels if this seems like something you’ll need to do.  I’ve not yet seen a hotel in town with a truly accessible bathroom or entrance. 
Most places have some kind of balcony where you can sit out and hang laundry to dry. These will have some variation of table and chair, most likely plastic. True sea view hotels are rare as the town is rather flat and the hotels are all behind the boardwalk so don’t be too fussed about this. You’re never more than a few feet from the beach in any case and there are plenty of opportunities to sit and watch the sea.
The beds are generally double beds or two singles pushed together. Americans will be surprised by the size as we’re used to queen beds. Doubles are a fair bit smaller.  The mattresses are thin and a bit hard going. Definitely not a luxury sleeping experience. I bring my own pillow ‘cuz I’m fussy.

The Beach

The beach is a mix of sand and small pebbles. Sometimes there are bigger rocks. It’s not firm ground so it’s a workout to walk on  and if you have sensitive feet, I’d recommend you not take the sand barefoot and have water shoes to help getting in and out of the sea.
There are a couple of beach snack stands. The one nearest the nude queer beach is the Turtle Bar and it has a mixture of bench and director’s chair seating. You can purchase drinks and snacks there and there is a public toilet, utilised by the camping grounds just behind the Turtle Bar, whose keys you can ask for at the counter. (though the last time I went in, it was literally just a massive hole in the ground inside a building. I’m not sure what it is now as I’ve never been brave enough to go in again)
From the street to the Turtle Bar, on the left-hand side, is a small wooden boardwalk that can minimize beach walking if you need it.  There is another wooden boardwalk from the street to nearly the water near the kayak rental nearer to town, and you can also rent daybeds there.
Sea entrance is a mild slope — deeper in some places, shallower in others. There are rocks on the sea bottom that vary in size from baseballs to footballs (though, you know, not actually ball-shaped) and they can be a tad slippery so watch your step in and out.  
The water itself is super salty so you’ll be very buoyant and it’s a good temperature – bit chilly on entrance and then amazing in the hot sun. It’s beautiful clear water and generally quite calm. Honestly, my favourite place in the world to be!
The nude queer beach resides in the space between the terrapin pond and the volleyball net. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.


There is definitely some fat-related staring that happens amongst the locals but I expect it’s as much that I am tall and have a high undercut and I wear a lot of black and am generally in a gaggle of queer oddballs as it is that I’m fat. No one’s ever been outright rude to me and I feel safe on the beach in various states of undress. So really, no greater or lesser frequency of fat-hating jerks in Skala Eressos as anywhere else.
The Sappho Women’s Festival happens in September every year. In the weeks leading up to it, the town is more populated with greek families and less so with lesbian/queer folks, though there is always a small presence, especially amongst those that spend months in Skala over the summer.  For those who make a cultural distinction between Lesbian and Queer, this place leading up to and during the festival is more heavily Lesbian than it is Queer, and the organisers of the women’s festival are about 15-20 years behind the times in terms of queer politics. I witnessed some tone-deaf racist and fatphobic ‘banter’ at the fashion show in 2016 and did not attend the festival this year (2018 – this was due to timing and not necessarily a specific avoidance of the festival period as it’s easy enough to choose not to go to events even while the festival is happening).  I travel with a large group of Queer/Trans/NB folks and we’re our own insulation but I do wonder if it could be uncomfortable for Trans and NB folks traveling on their own or in smaller groups, though I have never witnessed outright TERFy behaviour. I mention it only to be mindful but not to discourage travel.
There is a large population of 50+ locals in Skala Eressos and I actually don’t see many young children around. I expect tourist families with young children stay at the Aeolian Village as they have a creche. Also, we tend to eat late and the nude beach isn’t often attended by families, so we might just not be running into many. So if you’re looking for a more ‘adult’ holiday, this is a pretty good bet.  Attendees of the Women’s Festival run the gamut but I do think the age range skews slightly older – 30+ at least.

Flying While Fat – A Web Comic about Using the Airplane Toilet



Down that narrow aisle is the bane of my existence as a fat airline passenger.

THE AIRPLANE TOILET! For a long time, I wouldn’t fly at all because I wasn’t sure I’d fit. Somehow hurtling through the air at 536mph with a dangerously full bladder seemed the wrong moment to find out.

But then my best friend and I fell in love. After she’d just moved away to LONDON! I was gonna have to fly and I was gonna have to pee. There was no way around it. So, I tried. 

I fit but only just. I couldn’t get my legs apart once I’d peed. I had to do some acrobatics to engage in proper hygiene.

I ultimately made it to London with my dignity intact — & have since moved there permanently. I fly back to Portland, Oregon every year & I’m grateful each time that I fit well enough to make that possible. Not everyone has that privilege. I’m also keenly aware that I’m only one injury away from becoming too inflexible to do the required acrobatics — or one capitalist space-saving decision away from no longer fitting.

Tips & Tools for Using Airplane Toilets While Fat:

The “Bottom Buddy” is a handy tool to extend your reach in tight situations & It’s available on Amazon.

There are also “Heavy Duty” liners in case of leakage when you’re trying to hold on for landing on shorter flights.


Whatever you choose to do about using the toilet while fat – please remember to stay hydrated! Dehydration is a primary risk factor for DVT. STAY SAFE! And remember: You deserve to fly just like everyone else!

Flying While Fat Animation Roundup

Flying While Fat Animation Roundup

For those who haven’t seen the Flying While Fat documentary animation yet, you can watch it below or find it on YouTube. If you’re interested in animation for your own project, you can also hire me!

If you’d like to support this and future work, please join my Patreon!

For those who’ve been with me through the journey to launch, I wanted to write a little project wrap-up that details the process and the outcome.

What it is:

Flying While Fat is a 6 minute documentary animation that centers the voices of fat travellers as they explain their experiences of flying while fat. It is unscripted with all audio recorded from live interviews or read from transcripts of chat interviews. The ambient airport noises were recorded from my own travels.

The participants in the animation are deeply intelligent, eloquent, radically vulnerable and compassionate. I honestly can’t thank them enough for their honesty and their willingness to tell their stories.

How was it funded?:

Dr. Bethan Evans, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool successfully funded a small grant based on our collaboration. This grant covered both the writing of a few academic journal articles (still in process) and partially funded the creation of the animation. I donated the majority of my time.

How long did it take?:

Research & Preliminary Analysis: 795 surveys, 28+ in-depth interviews. 6 months.
Finding the Narrative & Sound Editing: 80 hours.
Design and Animation: 420 hours (6 weeks, 7 days a week, 10 hours a day!)

Where did it launch?:

The animation premiered at the DADA Fest (Deaf and Disability Arts Festival) in Liverpool, also thanks to the collaboration with Dr. Bethan Evans and the University of Liverpool. Through this collaboration, the animation also exhibited at the Bluecoat Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Tate Gallery, Liverpool from November 19th through December 3rd, 2016. After its exhibitions, it launched online December 5th, 2016.

How was it received?:

The press coverage for the Flying While Fat animation was unprecedented in my experience. It featured in People, Today.Com, Cosmopolitan, AJ+, Buzzfeed, Mashable, Upworthy, ATTN:, the Daily Mail, BBC Radio and on the Matador Network. It was even shared by George Takei! (Be still my nerdy queer heart!) The overall coverage placed the topic in front of an estimated two million readers within the first two weeks with 230,000 direct views on my YouTube and a further 550,000 views via AJ+’s summary video before the end of December. It also generated over 50,000 social shares on Facebook alone.

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The most surprising bit about the coverage for me (aside from the sheer amount of it) was the fact that all of it was positive. Every single story that came out was rooted in compassion for fat travellers.

The response from fat folks and feminist allies has been overwhelmingly positive and I’ve received lovely emails full of stories about how folks felt seen and heard while listening my participants tell their stories. For this reason alone, I consider the animation a resounding success and would just as soon leave it there. But there’s another side, of course.

The response from folks outside fat positivity has been as mixed as one might expect. Anytime you deal with the topic of fatness in the public eye, the trolls come out in force. That said, I’ve had surprisingly few hate mails considering the breadth of the coverage (although admitting that might doom me to more) and I’ve had more than double the number of sweet responses. And while I’ve largely avoided comment threads for my own wellbeing, I’ve had a little skim and there are certainly no surprises in the criticisms. There’s the persistent, juvenile hatred of all fat people that wilfully refuses empathy. There’s idea that fatness is always elective and changeable and therefore exempt from compassion. And there’s the resistance to the idea that fairness doesn’t always look like equality.

We’ve not really started a new conversation here but we’ve contributed to it in a meaningful way and I hope made some ripples that will continue to challenge fat stigma in the realm of travel. As one participant in the animation says “That’s a long far off goal. That’s a deep psychological cultural change goal. That takes time. That takes generations.” In the meantime, we keep telling our stories and we keep hoping folks will listen with open minds and hearts!

This animation has been a massive undertaking and a true joy, albeit overwhelming at times! I love doing this work and I am so deeply honoured to have been entrusted with these stories. I look forward to more work like this in the future!

12 Good Fatty Archetypes now available as a zine!


Screenshot of Adobe Indesign software with two pages visible. At the top of the first is stylized text saying “FAT-LEBRITY” with a fat Oscar statue. At the top of the 2nd page is a fat operatic diva singing.

This has been my life today! A long-overdue (41 years, to be exact!) foray into zine making andå a very frustrating lesson in Adobe Indesign! But, after 8 solid hours I am successful in both endeavors! I’ve got several personal zine projects in the works but the 12 Good Fatty Archetypes comic has been requested in this form several times so I thought I’d start there.

I will be making paper copies available at some point for a very small fee + shipping, but you can feel free to print your own for free. It’s 31 pages (standard paper size, folded in half) and it’s best to print it in Booklet form.

And of course, if you feel like donating something for the pleasure, I certainly won’t stop you! ;)

Fats Against Humanity Expansion Pack

I played Cards Against Humanity the other day with some friends and — whew. If y’all have played it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, well — let’s just say it makes your inner feminist killjoy REEEEEAAAALLLY uncomfortable. So I thought I’d whip up a little expansion pack to throw into the game for some momentary relief. Download, print and enjoy!

Keeping My Promises Sticker Chart Pack – Now Launched!

Keeping My Promises Sticker Chart Pack – Now Launched!
A collection of illustrated animals including a: pig, sloth, bear, octopus, t-rex, deer, donkey, rabbit, and giraffe. Title says: "Keeping My Promises Sticker Chart Pack"

A collection of illustrated animals including a: pig, sloth, bear, octopus, t-rex, deer, donkey, rabbit, and giraffe. Title says: “Keeping My Promises Sticker Chart Pack”

Hi Folks! I have a new project that I’ve just completed this evening! It’s called the “Keeping Your Promises Sticker Chart Pack” and I’ve detailed its purpose in both short and long form below.

If you can afford to pay, I’d appreciate it if you purchased an instant download for $12 at Etsy by clicking here. If you need to save your pennies, please download the full pack by clicking here.

Short Description:

The idea is this: a sweet tool full of cute animals and terrible puns to help folks who (like me) are learning or re-learning how to establish trust with themselves (especially around lovingly correcting obsolete coping mechanisms developed to cope with trauma).

Best Use: set a reasonable and attainable goal and promise yourself to stick with it to the best of your ability every single day for a month. Then celebrate and affirm every single victory with a little sticker or smiley face! It’s OK to not be perfect — the goal isn’t perfection, it’s active and positive engagement with the parts of us that want to take the best kind of care of ourselves we can.

Long Description:

If, like me, you’ve come up into the world through trauma, the most difficult person to trust may ultimately end up being yourself. The reasons for this are complex and, strangely, ultimately rooted in self-love — as children without a full set of tools in our emotional toolbelt, we develop flawed coping mechanisms that are meant to keep us safe and sane but that, in adulthood, become fixed and habitual and ultimately harmful. Experimenting with ways to correct these behaviors over time may lead to a lot of try and fail, and may feel like we are constantly making and breaking promises to ourselves. Eventually, we may feel we cannot truly rely on our own word. This is a difficult relationship to repair. I speak from experience.

In a world where grandiose resolutions are the first thing we tend to do in a new year, where self-flagellation and all-or-nothing mantras can keep us locked in problematic cycles — I wondered what I could do to start small, to slowly but surely repair my faith in myself and my ability to have my own back.

So I drew up this sticker sheet as a silly and joyful way to encourage myself to focus on keeping one small promise to myself, every single day, for a month. It doesn’t really matter what it is. A 10 minute walk. A glass of water every morning. A single expression of gratitude. What matters is that, for every single day for a month, I keep my word to myself. And for every day that I do, I get to have a moment with myself that celebrates that fact. I peel off a star, and I stick it to the calendar, and I tell myself that today I kept my word. Today I was a good friend to myself.

The trick for me is to set a reasonable and sustainable goal. A specific goal. Nothing vague or airy. Make a promise. Endeavor to keep it. And reward yourself. I hope you’ll join me!

If you can afford to pay, I’d appreciate it if you purchased an instant download for $12 at Etsy by clicking here. If you need to save your pennies, please download the full pack by clicking here.

Rad Fatty Merit Badge Sticker Packs Now Available!

Rad Fatty Merit Badge Sticker Packs Now Available!

The morning after that terrible woman’s “Dear Fat People” video launched on YouTube, I woke up thinking “I deserve a @(#&(* Merit Badge for not flying over to Canada to sit on her”. So, I designed one (and a few others) and posted them on Facebook. Much hilarity ensued and folks started asking for stickers, buttons, and patches. SO! I’m fundraising the start-up costs for a print run of 300 sticker sheets. If we meet that goal and all 300 sheets sell, then we’ll move on to pins and patches. Join in the fun here: http://igg.me/at/rad-fatty-merit-badges/x/322389



Self Acceptance vs. Self Esteem – Comic Blog Post


I used to think that self esteem was something one was only allowed once the self was TRULY esteemable or worthy. And of course I believed in society’s idea of what an esteemable person was — namely THIN, BEAUTIFUL, WHITE, HETEROSEXUAL, FIT, HEALTHY, and most of all, NEVER WRONG ABOUT ANYTHING. Then, one day, I met someone I could tell the truth about myself to. All the things I felt ashamed about, the things I felt made me unlovable, unworthy, disposable — and it turns out they felt that way, too. Reflected in the struggle of the person in front of me, I saw our shared strength, resilience, and beauty. And it changed my life. So now I think SELF-ACCEPTANCE is a better term. Defined as a FEARLESSNESS in the face of one’s own imperfections; a willingness to TELL OUR TRUTHS with lesser apology. And the COMPASSION to extend that courtesy to others.

Yoga for Larger Bodies – Documentary Animation

Yoga for Larger Bodies – Documentary Animation

Yoga for Larger Bodies is an animated documentary of one woman’s experience of being a plus-sized yoga instructor. It is the origin story of London’s first yoga class specifically for larger bodied individuals. Uniquely, and in keeping with the themes of union, meditation, and connection, the animation and all of the images it contains is formed of a single, continuous line. It’s a beautiful story with all *kinds* of health (mental, physical, social) equally valued. Please share!

The animation is a collaboration between myself as animator and its narrator, yoga instructor and proprietress of London’s Light Yoga Space, Janice Kate Fisher.

The animation is part of an ongoing series I’m creating for the Fat Experience Project. If you have a story to tell, please contact me there!

12 Good Fatty Archetypes

– a comic blog post by Stacy Bias.
This is now available as a zine!
















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