This week we are talking to the super awesome Crystal Egan from Castaway with Crystal. I connected with Crystal on Facebook and instantly loved her adventurous spirit, as well as her great blog (seriously, read it). As a lesbian traveller myself, I am always interested in how others in the LGBTQ+ community experience the world. In this interview, Crystal gives us the details about how she travels and her feelings about exploring the world in a lesbian relationship.
How do you think coming out as LGBTQ+ will affect your travels? Are there destinations you think you will avoid?
I am hoping that it won’t be too much different than when I was travelling solo but I’m definitely worried. I like to do a lot of Couchsurfing so it’s definitely been something I’ve thought about, you know, when I’ll be relying on the kindness of strangers during my travels. How will I be received by these strangers now that I’m travelling with my girlfriend. But I just intend to be straight up with people and they can take it or leave it.
Destinations are something else I’ve had to think about now that I’ll be travelling with the girl. I’ve never had to google the LGBT rights of a country before going there and it’s something that saddens me but is necessary. I know that even though it was on my bucket list, I will now not be heading to Russia, nor Saudi Arabia or many of the Middle Eastern countries, unfortunately.
Does your partner like to travel?
She does, but isn’t as experienced as me! The last 10 years she spent building up her career while I couldn’t sit still. But now she’s ready to ditch it all and take a chance with me!
What are your fears and expectations with LGBTQ+ travel?
I hope that it will be just as great as solo travel. I think the world has really grown up and because I’m a friendly and open person I think people will find it easy to learn from me. Loads of people don’t have many (or any) LGBTI friends and I’ll be more than happy to be friends with anyone! Ask me any question you want and I’ll answer it!
What is your best travel tip you would like to share?
Always assume the best in people – but keep your wits about you.
What music do you like to listen to when you travel?
I have a pretty extensive Spotify playlist but I mainly like chillout acoustic stuff while I’m in transit. Something I can sing along to. I’ve really been getting into Tash Saltana lately. OMG her voice is like velvet.
What is one unnecessary item that you always pack?
I always end up carring about 3 novels at any one time. I have no idea how I acquire them or why I can’t let them go, but that’s just how it’s been…
What is your biggest travel pet-peeve?
The fact that my backpack is still 26 kg and I have to carry it.
Who plays you in the movie about your life?
Hopefully Zooey Deschanel. We kinda look alike and I think she is just the coolest!
What inspires you to keep travelling?
I don’t think I know how else to be. I moved around a lot as a kid so it’s just ingrained into my DNA. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop. I dream to own property but I think even then I’d still be off for 6 months a year!
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