Born and raised in the Bas-du-Fleuve (Lower St. Lawrence River) area of the province of Quebec, in Eastern Canada, Edith Bernier started dreaming of the Maya and Inca lands at the tender age of 6 after watching the cartoon The Mysterious Cities of Gold.
After a college (CEGEP) degree in Literature & Cinema (2000), she completed a Bachelor degree (B.A.) in Journalism (History minor – 2003) at the renowned faculty of Communications of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
After realizing how the travel and outdoor gear industries too often forget plus-size people, the author, Edith Bernier, decided to find her own alternatives and share them with her fellow plus-size travelers.
Since 2009, Edith Bernier visited numerous countries. In 2013, after facing numerous challenges caused by her body size while traveling the world, she created The Plus-Size Backpacker blog. Inspired by the motto “Travel light. Whatever your size”, she shares her tips and advice to all plus-size travelers tempted by adventure on her blog and in her first e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Plus-Size Backpacking, published in February 2016. (The Ultimate Guide is also available in French as Le Manuel des routards taille plus.)
Edith has also contributed to the book “Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have”, by Louise Green, launched on March 18, 2017.
Fascinated by cultural immersion and extreme landscapes, she already visited the USA (Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico & Arizona) Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, India, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Peru and Poland. Some of her upcoming destinations arem Senegal, Morocco, Spain, Nepal, the Tibet Autonomous Region, Bolivia, Chile, Southeast Asia and the Balkans region.