A Globetrotting Romance

By Michelle Talsma Everson, May 2019 Issue.

Photos Courtesy of Calvin Goetz and Jeremy Kraut-Ordover

If you want to ask what Calvin Goetz and Jeremy

Kraut-Ordover’s upcoming travel schedule is, you need to be willing to sit down

a minute to take it all in.

At the time of our interview (early April),

they were talking about Iceland to celebrate a birthday then a visit to Fort

Lauderdale, Florida in May. In June, they’re headed to New York for the 50th

anniversary of Stonewall, where they’re excited to join millions of other LGBTQ+

folk and allies in memory and celebration. “There’s going to be something like

three million people there!” says Calvin. Then, in July, they will globetrot to

Prague and Amsterdam with a work stop for Jeremy in Slovakia. In October, it’s

off to Nashville for a work trip (the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project

for Habitat for Humanity).

“And I think that’s all we have planned

right now but we might be missing or adding something,” Jeremy says, taking a


While the couple has only been together for

a little over a year, during that time they have been to six countries, three

continents and two island nations. Busy and career-focused, these aren’t last

minute trips; their travels are planned out well in advance and are often part

vacation, sometimes for work, and all of the time to have quality time

together. Calvin, the founder and financial adviser for Strategy Financial

Group, is based in Phoenix; and Jeremy, the vice president of individual giving

at Habitat for Humanity International, is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We both work our butts off so we want to

take time to see the world,” Calvin says. “With Jeremy being in Atlanta, these

trips are often planned out months or a year in advance.”

“Traveling together is actual focused,

connected time … if you want to work on your relationship, stay in a hotel room

together,” Jeremy adds with a laugh.

The two met while traveling in Puerto

Vallarta, Mexico, where they connected over shared interests and a zest for

embracing life at its fullest. The resort town will always be a favorite spot

for them because that’s where they found love, Calvin says. Jeremy was already

used to traveling for work quite a lot, so embracing travel to them just made


When asked if they’ve done any LGBTQ+

focused travel, the two mention their time on cruises hosted by Atlantis

Events, known as the world’s largest producer of gay and lesbian cruises and

resort vacations. Both saw the cruises as chances to make other friends from

across the globe and joked that they planned matching outfits.

“He had to talk me into that [the matching

outfits] but we had an incredible time,” Jeremy says. “If you go on an Atlantis

cruise or trip, leave your pre-conceived notions at the door.”

“Told you so,” Calvin says with a laugh.

When traveling as a gay couple, especially

overseas, Jeremy says that “the best thing to pack is a sense of humor.”

“It’s important to be aware of the home

country’s customs, traditions and laws,” Calvin shares. “We don’t ever want to

hide who we are but at the same time, in some places, we are aware of our

behavior in some places more than others.”

Jeremy shares how, on one international

trip, when the front desk clerk realized it was two men sharing a room, they

tried to change the room from one bed to two. “We told them one king bed would

work fine,” he says. It was a small moment, but one that encouraged them both

to learn to “embrace the reality of the country you’re in,” Jeremy explains.

What about work and life back at home when

they travel? Calvin has a 12-year-old French bulldog named Madeline who is very

particular and set in her ways who he arranges housesitting for so her schedule

isn’t interrupted. And, since they both plan out their travels well in advance,

they are able to plan work accordingly. With Jeremy working for Habitat for

Humanity International, often travel will also coincide with a work event.

“There’s something inspiring about when you

travel,” says Jeremy. “It makes you want to continue to see more of the world,

but not necessarily on the typical tourist route.”

When it comes to their travels, what are

some items they can’t live without? Jeremy says pre-workout supplements help

him adjust to multiple time zones while a multiport USB charger is a must-have

for his electronics. Calvin won’t travel without his earplugs, a sound machine

app, and an eye mask.

“Traveling helps to provide a greater

perspective of how fortunately and privileged we really are here in America and

how many opportunities we really do have,” Calvin shares.

“It helps me to remember that people are people are people; it breaks down stereotypes,” Jeremy says.

Travel Tips for LGBTQ+ Couples &


Tips Courtesy of the U.S. Department of

State, Bureau of Consumer Affairs

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and

intersex (LGBTI) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad,”

according to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consumer Affairs. “Laws

and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal

protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally

recognize same-sex marriage. More than seventy countries consider consensual

same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.”

Some tips for safe travel include:

• Before you

travel: Research your destination, update your passport, consider buying travel

insurance and consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (see

the website below for more details on the program).

• While you are

there: Remember the laws of the country you are in, be cautious of potentially

risky situations, watch out for entrapment campaigns, and be wary of newfound

“friends” who may be criminals.

• If you need help,

contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. “The nearest U.S. embassy or

consulate may be able to help if you run into problems overseas, especially if

you feel you cannot approach local police or have had difficulties already,”

according to the state department.

To learn more travel safety tips for LBGTQ+

travelers, visit


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