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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I caught up with my LinkedIn buddy Peter to talk about his first date.
Can you remember your first date with a guy?
My fist date was with a soldier I was 17 he was 27.
I’d gone to a gay bar. You had to be 18 to get in, but I’d convinced the doorman that I was 18.
I met the soldier in the bar. He took me back to the barracks. He stripped me off, got me to stand up against his bedroom wall, then forced his big cock into my tight ass. He then pumped away until he shot all his spunk into me.
When you’re dating, how do you typically meet guys?
Generally at pubs, or the gym.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
A lovely day out with a stranger, ending up in hot sex.
For a young guy who was just starting to explore dating in the gay world, what advice or guidance would you give them?
Take it slowly. Go with a friend. Only do what you feel happy with.
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