This website has a new editor! After 11 years at the helm, Carolyn V. Hamilton has handed the wheel over to fellow Adventuress Mogsy Ford - that's me!
I am originally from the U.K., but now live in New Zealand having recently moved here from Mojacar on the Costa Almeria in Southern Spain. I first left the U.K. to work in France, and then later in Northern Spain for several years.
I am now getting settled in my new adventure in Blenheim, South Island - the sunniest part of New Zealand and in the wine country - perfect!!!
When 50, I rented out my UK house and headed off in a campervan, named 'Vannie!', around Europe for a year - my Vannie tales will be added to the Magazine along with other adventures from the last 7 years in many places around the world.
Being a keen runner, swimmer and now involved in the sport of Swimrun (read more about this new, upcoming sport on my other website www.swimrun-advice.com) my travels often involve a race of some sort and always involve interaction with the locals and exploring 'off the beaten track' areas. All you adventuresses out there will totally understand that!
Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Mauritius, Barbados, Barcelona, Stockholm, Vienna, Sevilla to name a few of the places I've visited since hitting the big 5 0 !!!
You'll find out about my adventures in Hawaii, ocean swimming with the Maui Masters, getting soaked while on a hike through the rain forest in Mauritius when the Monsoon arrived a month early!
While in Australia, cyclone Brian and cyclone Iris arrived - I seem to attract the dodgy weather! I had many interesting and varied times while 'down under' - taking shelter in 'Sam Smith's Hut', an old gold miners hut in Queenstown, NZ. Interaction with the locals in a bar in Cairns which ended up with some very strange conversations after too much of the local wine :)
Fun times in Barbados traveling round the island in the local 'reggae bus' - the best mode of transport in Barbados. Here's a little taster video from the bus:
I have also recently taken part in a Workaway project in rural France for over 3 months - working on a gite complex and making new, now to be lifelong friends. I was in the Charente, near the Dordogne border, a beautiful part of France. www.workaway.info is a great website to look at if you fancy a working adventure. You usually have free accommodation and sometimes meals included for working a certain number of hours a day - it varies from project to project.
Here are a few links to some of my adventures that I've written about so far!
A trip starting at LAX goes via Monterey for the Big Sur marathon to San Francisco to see some lesser-known sights as well as a couple of famous ones.
Read about my 4 week road trip with my 2 teenage daughters in this amazing country!
My visit to the beautiful coastal resort of Byron Bay, and a run up the path to the lighthouse at the most easterly point of Australia.
Follow my Mauritius Misadventures as a few things don't go quite according to plan on a Birthday trip to the Indian Ocean!
Read about my experiences deep in the Italian countryside at Castiglione dei Pepoli, to take part in a sporting event know as SwimRun!
So don't forget to bookmark the Magazine in your favorites and pop back to join us and find out more about my past adventures and plans for future ones!!