I caught up with travel blogger Josh Rimer to talk about romance, boyfriends, and travel wish-lists.
Where did you usually go on vacation when you were growing up?
I grew up in Red Deer, Alberta and my family didn’t have a lot of disposable income, so most of our trips were just around there — Calgary, Sylvan Lake, and Edmonton.
The big vacation though was when my Dad and his friend took me and his friend’s daughter to Disneyland. We drove all the way there from Canada so that was quite the journey — especially as a kid in the backseat with no technology to distract me! But totally worth it to go to meet Mickey.
What was your first grown-up vacation?
When I finished college, I went on a group camping tour of Europe. It was one of those trips where you get to visit a dozen or so countries over the course of about a month, along with about a dozen other people in their 20s.
We had a bus to take us around everywhere and then set up tents at each city we slept in. It was a great way to get a taste for a bunch of different places in that part of the world, and to do it on a budget.
When did you realise that you had a passion for travel and start to explore that?
In high school I had the opportunity to go to France on a school trip, which led to me wanting to go back to see more of Europe after college, which a couple years later led me to go to Australia for a year on a working holiday visa. It can be pretty addictive once you get going, to want to explore more and more places in the world, since there are so many interesting spots to visit.
Are there any destinations that you enjoy returning to, or are you always looking for new destinations and experiences?
I’ve gone to New York and LA many times — often for conferences or events, but I really like visiting both of them so any excuse will do. Otherwise, most of the time I like to visit new destinations and have new experiences because there are just so many places to go and so many things see, whether it be driving distance from our home in Vancouver or flying to another province or country.
What’s been your most romantic vacation so far?
Since I travel with my boyfriend almost all the time, we have romantic moments at pretty much every place we go to, but the ones that feel extra romantic are the smaller getaways. Places in BC like Kelowna and Harrison Hot Springs for example, because they were quieter spots with less hustle and bustle that made them feel a bit more intimate. All the natural beauty in those areas also helps with feeling romantic.
What’s been your worst travel disaster?
It wasn’t really terrible, but I went to Malaysia on my way to Australia with a relatively new friend who also wanted to go to Asia. We found out quite quickly into that trip that we really weren’t compatible travel companions. He ended up leaving back to Canada early, and then I was stuck by myself in a country with a very different culture and language. This was before social media and smart phones, so I really felt like I was on my own in a strange place.
After a day on my own in Kuala Lumpur, I was determined to move on to Australia sooner than later, so I signed up for standby for an earlier flight and ended up sleeping in a chair at the airport while waiting overnight. There ended up being an open seat the next day and overall I’m glad I got to experience a bit of that part of the world — I just wasn’t really ready to be doing it on my own at that point.
What are some of the destinations that you’ll be visiting in the coming months?
We’ve got some really cool spots coming up, both in Canada and abroad. We’re going to the Yukon soon, which should make for some really interesting content to share in my videos and photos, and then later we’ll be going to Stockholm for EuroPride so that will be our first European destination as a couple. We also have other spots planned within North America and beyond — we go somewhere new every week or two, so there are a lot of places we’ll be covering in the months to come.
Which destinations are currently at the top of your wish-list?
I’ve been to a number of European countries, but never to Spain, so that’s definitely on the bucket list. I also didn’t make it over to New Zealand when I was in Australia so it would be great to visit that area too. I’ve also come to realise with all of the travels we’ve been doing around Canada and the US that many less obvious destinations still have their own unique and interesting things to see and do, so honestly, as long as it’s a place where my boyfriend and I can feel comfortable visiting as a gay couple then it’s probably somewhere I’d like to check out.
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Kan Rojas is on the hunt
I caught up with Kan Rojas to talk Pride, parties, and Pup-play.
When did you start to discover and explore your love of fetish and kink?
When I was 23 years old. I was having a lot of sex, but I started to feel that the simple or vanilla sex didn’t really satisfying me — I needed something more, I needed something different. One day, a boy opened my eyes to a totally different world. Since then, I haven’t stopped discovering and learning, and every time I like it more!
What led you to start exploring Pup-play?
About one year ago, I was at Gay Pride in Maspalomas. I was with my friends in the parade, having fun, dancing, and enjoying the music. Just ahead of us passed a group of six boys — four of them had ‘puppy’ masks on. There was something about it, it seemed so different and exciting — literally, I was instantly hard.
One of the Pups approached me and said that he’d see me afterwards. We met up, went back to his apartment, and we fucked like animals.
I’m a sexually dominant person, but at the same time I’m very affectionate and playful. Pup-play mixes all of that together at the same time — the control and submission is with respect and affection. There’s something about it that drives me crazy.
Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?
Honestly yes — I love it. I love it when people watch me, and it excites me a lot to know that people feel pleasure when they’re watching me, that they’re fantasising about doing things with me.
Do you have any hints or tips on how to navigate a sex club?
When I’m in the club I just go with my friends to enjoy and see what happens. I think the best advice is to just enjoy the company — when others see that you’re having a good time, they’ll want to have a good time with you.
What are some of the upcoming parties that you’re looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to being with my friends again at Manchester Pride. Then in October it’s Fetish Week in Maspalomas — Hard On will be the best party of the entire week, and I’ll be there with all my friends.
Can we talk underwear?
In my day-to-day I wear slips or jockstraps. When I go to the gym I prefer to wear jockstraps or just go commando — I like the guys to see me showing off my cock while I’m working out. On other guys, I’m very excited by jockstraps. I always like a good ass with a good jockstrap — if you’re down the street and you feel like playing a bit, it’s easier with a jockstrap.
What are some of your goals and ambitions for the remainder of 2018?
I have many ambitions, but everything has its moment and everything has to be step-by-step. I want to travel, to film more movies, to be more recognised, and to do more photo-shoots. I’d like to finish 2018 and let people know who I am, what I do, and how I really feel.
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