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Trailblazers: Cute trans travelers Erick and Imogen on love on the road

Trailblazers: Cute trans travelers Erick and Imogen on love on the road

Erick and Imogen

Tell us more about you both!

Erick: I’m 19 years old. I was born in New York City, but I’ve grown up in London. I love learning, reading, traveling and tapas! I’m starting my studies at University College Maastricht in the Netherlands in a few weeks to study Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Imogen: I’m 20 years old and I’m a Londoner born and bred. I’m about to start university where I’ll study two of my favourite subjects: History and Literature.

How many countries have you been to?

Erick: Together we’ve been to 10 countries. The UK, France, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, The Netherlands, Spain and Ireland.

Imogen: Our travels have spanned only North America and Europe. I say only, but how many countries are in each continent?! We’ve also both been to Africa before we met each other.

Which country has the hottest people?

Imogen: England – it has Erick.

Erick: Haha! Can I steal that answer?

What’s your favourite destination you’ve visited and why?

Erick: I love Paris. I’ve been several times in my life, but never for long enough! It’s a beautiful city with wonderful museums, great food and so much to do. I can definitely see myself living there at some point in the future.

Imogen: I can only answer that with European cities. They have been the best trips I’ve been to – so much culture, history and art. Favourites include Dublin, Paris and Barcelona.

And your worst?

Imogen: Manchester, UK. It’s not that I think it’s terrible, but I had quite a difficult time during my trip. Not many people were friendly and overall, compared to most cities in the country, I didn’t feel there was much to do besides the raving nightlife, which is definitely not my style.

Erick: I went to Magaluf in Spain a few weeks ago with my family and I was quite disappointed. There was a lot of rubbish on the beach and in the sea and there wasn’t much to do in the area.

What has been your biggest vacation disaster?

Erick: I can’t think of any travel disaster that I’ve had. I’ve never lost any luggage, missed a flight, been mugged or been too lost. I hope it stays this way!

Imogen: During my first trip to Tunisia, I was in need of a haircut. The hairdresser clearly didn’t understand my efforts at trying to explain what I wanted and ended up literally shaving all my hair off!

Where was your most romantic trip and why?

Imogen: Paris, France. It was a complete surprise on my part as a Valentine’s Day present from Erick and it wasn’t until we arrived at the station at St. Pancras that I found out. There were roses everywhere we went.

Erick: I definitely have to agree with Imogen. Paris was a wonderful trip for us and I really enjoyed planning it and surprising her on the day. It was our first trip abroad, so it will always be special to us.

Where did you typically go on holiday as a kid?

Imogen: I usually headed down to Devon or Dorset on the English coast as my grandmother is from there, so we would always spend a few days in the summer by the sea.

Erick: I was lucky to travel a lot as a child. Our typical holidays were city breaks in Europe, scuba diving in the Caribbean and visiting family in California.

What do you think of the idea of tried-and-tested destinations for trans people? What are they?

Imogen: We’re both a bit unsure about this question, but we think that most big European cities have large LGBTI communities and would be safe and fun for trans people to travel too, but this is probably true of lots of large cities around the world as well.

Have you ever experienced discrimination abroad?

Erick: We are happy to say that neither of us have experienced any form of transphobia or discrimination abroad.

Imogen: Not abroad, no. Home in England, yes.

Would you avoid a certain country because of the laws there?

Erick: Unless we felt that we would be in real danger as trans people in a certain location, we wouldn’t avoid countries because of their laws, as these would not necessarily reflect the attitude of the people who live there and we want to travel to as much of the world as possible.

Do you ever hope to get married, and if so, would you consider a destination wedding?

Erick: Marriage is still quite far away for us, but when we’ve talked about it, we’ve both agreed we’d like to have our wedding in London because that’s where we grew up and where our families are. But remember, what may not be a ‘destination wedding’ to us will be for a lot of our international friends!

Imogen: As people who wish to travel often, it would actually be quite lovely for us to have a wedding at home. London is an amazing city and we have many special places for us here, so when we’ve spoken about it, we’ve agreed here.

Where would you go on your honeymoon?

Erick: When you travel as a couple, every holiday is like a honeymoon, so I guess wherever we fancy at the time. For us, it’s hard enough thinking about where we might want to go next summer, let alone many years down the line! I would like to go somewhere relaxing and romantic though, that much I know.

Imogen: Anywhere with an all inclusive luxury resort! Possibly Bali, Mauritius or the Maldives.

Where were you going the last time you stepped on a plane, apart from home?

Erick: A couple weeks ago we flew to Ireland to visit some of Imogen’s family and travel around the country. It was my first time there and I loved it. It’s funny how flying is seen a measure of travel because since our last flight, we traveled to Devon, England together, I’m now in Maastricht (Netherlands) and Imogen is in Lyme Regis in England, all in less than two weeks and none of those journeys were by plane!

What is your top tip for making it through a long haul flight?

Erick: I actually quite like long flights because I have a lot of time to read and watch movies and just relax. To me, they are much, much better than a long bus journey. If I have an overnight flight, I try to go to sleep in line with the time zone of the destination I’m flying to to help overcome jet lag quicker.

Imogen: As a nervous flyer, I like to keep myself distracted by watching movies and reading.

Where do you hope to visit this year and why?

Erick: As I’m moving to the Netherlands for university, I’ll be very close to Germany, so we’re hoping to go to a German Christmas market together. We both love getting into the Christmas spirit and looking at cutesy things so we’re both really looking forward to it.

What is the best thing about traveling with your partner?

Erick: The best thing about traveling with Imogen is sharing the wonder of amazing experiences and laughing when things go wrong. Imogen and I enjoy the same things both in life and travel, such as visiting museums, eating good and exotic food, reading before bed and walking around new cities, so traveling with her is easy, fun and such a joy.

Imogen: Sharing. In every sense of the word. Sharing a life means sharing everything. So when we travel, all our thoughts and experiences and opinions and ideas on whatever we witness and do, can be shared. We may speak about them, indulge them, complain about them, laugh about them. I never have to be alone because I have Erick. And that’s fantastic.

How did you both meet?

Erick: We met outside a tube station in London. Imogen looked lost so I approached her and we realised we were heading to the same event and we made our way there together.

We’ve been together for over two years now and we’re really happy. It’s a funny time because we’re both starting university, me in Maastricht and her in London, and it will be our first time living in different countries; however, we’re both very excited and we’re planning to travel in our holidays. We don’t want to ever stop!

Imogen: I’ll always remember for the first time in my life a very attractive and kind and friendly-looking guy approaching me. What luck!