It’s that time again! Time to introduce another traveling, adventurous couple. Once or twice a month, we bring you inspiration from other duos who have prioritized making memories together. Today, let’s meet Tim & Imogen of Imogen Goes Imogen Goes and Boilermaker Travel Boilermaker Travel.
Meet Imogen & Tim!
Hello! Please introduce yourselves!
Hi there, we’re Imogen and Tim! We’re a travel couple, both from Sheffield, UK. Imogen quit her banking job to travel in July 2015 and started her adventure with a working holiday in Australia. Tim did the same thing, except his job was in hospitality and he started travelling in March 2015!
We run separate blogs that reflect our passions: Imogen runs imogengoes, a travel and personal development blog. Tim writes about travel and working in hospitality (read: booze!) over at Boilermaker Travel.
When did you first start traveling together?
Despite both of us being from Sheffield (and living literally round the corner from each other there) we had never met each other before our paths crossed in Australia. We were completing our 88 days of regional work in the same hostel in Mildura, VIC. One night Imogen introduced herself to Tim (fuelled by plenty of goon) and we bonded over our love of Sheffield.
By the time Tim had completed his farm work at the hostel, he’d made the decision to stay until Imogen finished her 88 days so we could travel together. We planned an epic trip to Western Australia via Melbourne and Adelaide. After a few months living and saving money in Perth and Margaret River, we decided to explore South East Asia together and continue on to New Zealand!
How would you describe your travel style?
Slow and steady! We both love slow travel and spending quite a lot of time in a place to really get to know it. While we’ve been travelling Australia, we’ve both worked for the majority of the time. We’ve naturally spent more time where the work is, like Perth and Margaret River during the busy tourist season. We’ve found that this style of travel is not only cheaper but has allow us to get to know the locals and form some great friendships.
We’re currently in Indonesia and decided as soon as we started planning our three month South East Asia itinerary that we’d rather spend more time in fewer countries to avoid the stressed out, rushed travel feeling that eventually wears you down! We’re going to save a few countries, such as Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar, for future trips.
What has been the most rewarding part of traveling as a couple?
Probably the fact that we started travelling together the moment we met and we’ve had to learn everything about each other while doing so- and it’s been great! We had no idea when we decided to travel together if the relationship would work out but something told us it would. There was this instant connection between us so we both decided to take the risk and dive in head first. Luckily, we’re both on the exact same page in terms of where we want to go, how fast we want to travel and how tidy we want to be so it’s been surprisingly easy.
What has been the most challenging part of traveling as a couple?
If we’d met back in the UK, we’d have been dating normally but we met in a grimy working hostel and worked on the same farm. We barely knew each other but we ended up being together 24/7. We saw each other every single day and had to try and find time to date in between 14-hour shifts on the vineyard- all while sleeping in rooms with six other people!
Since we left that hostel, the main challenges have been financial. Neither of us saved as much as we’d hoped to from the farm work. We handled it by being really open with each other about money and never ‘kept score’ on who paid for what. We share everything so our view on it is that eventually, it’ll all even out!
Have you ever had a fight on the road/while traveling, and how did you handle it?
We experienced some financial challenges while travelling. When we settled down in Perth, we both managed to find jobs but with drastically different hours. Imogen was working crazy hours and our days off never lined up. We were like ships passing in the night, which meant we both ended up feeling a bit neglected. Things were pretty rocky for a bit but we needed to save money. Eventually, we decided it wasn’t worth it and we moved south to Margaret River where we’ve been able to find a much better work/life balance. That move was the very best thing we could have done for the relationship.
Can you share your funniest, most humorous experience traveling together?
Since we both work in hospitality in Margaret River and there are deserted cycle trails from our house to our work, there have been a few nights where one of us has insisted we’re perfectly capable to cycle while being too drunk to manage it. Imogen’s favourite moment was when Tim got on his bike then immediately fell off again THREE TIMES before giving up and laying down on the forest floor. Tim’s favourite is when Imogen acted like he was insane for suggesting she should walk her bike home, got on the bike then cycled in the wrong direction up a near vertical incline before falling sideways and sliding sadly down the slope.
Another one that didn’t seem so funny at the time was when we took the Indian Pacific railway from Adelaide to Perth and ended up sitting in front of a guy who would sing a song about every kangaroo he saw out the window. Especially at 5am!
Where have you been that you would recommend as the top destination for couples travel?
Margaret River, definitely! We originally visited Margs for a long weekend but fell in love with the laidback lifestyle and the amazing wineries and restaurants. There’s just so much to do in this region, especially if you’re a couple who loves to hike, cycle and surf.
How long have you two been together?
Since January 2016, so a little over a year now.
Do you think your relationship would be different if you didn’t travel?
It would be completely different! It’s hard to say exactly how though, since we’ve travelled together from the moment we met. We’ve thought about the fact that we both lived in Sheffield for so long and wondered if we’d be together if we’d met back then rather than thousands of miles away in Australia… it’s impossible to say really!
How do you define love?
For us, love is the feeling of another person being ‘home’. Love is being committed to building your lives together and working towards common goals.
What do you think is the glue that keeps relationships together?
Being able to laugh at each other through thick and thin. Also, never letting life get too stale. Granted that’s a lot easier when you’re travelling and you’re in a new place together every few days or weeks!
What advice do you have for couples considering traveling together?
Be considerate of your partner’s wishes and need for a little space. It’s close contact with each other in a way you might never have had before. There’s no eight-hour separation because of work or couple of hours with your own friends: it’s just you and them 24 hours a day!