My Adventure A-Z

I am a dedicated dabbler and love to try new things. Mostly B.C (Before Canines), I had many adventures around the world and tried lots of different activities. Here is my Adventure A-Z, with links to blogs where appropriate.

Below that, you will find further details of,

  • Aerial Adventures in vintage aircraft
  • Backpacking – My Antipodean ‘Maternity Leave’
  • Road Trips A.D. (After Dog)
  • Whitewater Rafting & First Descents
  • Windsurfing Around the World
  • Other Adventures Aboard
  • Maps of Countries & U.S. States Visited
Championship Aerobatics

A.

  • Abseiling (incl. forwards)
  • Aerobatic Flying
  • Archery
  • Assault Course
111m, Vic Falls Bridge

B.

  • Bee Keeping
  • Beer Taster (it was my job!)
  • Bodyguard Training
  • Bungi Jumping (2 x highest in the world)
Circus Skills

C.

  • Camel Trekking
  • Canyoning
  • Catemeran Sailing
  • Circus Skills
  • Clay shooting
  • Curling
Dog Sledding, Sweden

D.

  • Didgeridoo playing
  • Dinghy Sailing
  • Dog Sledding
  • Dragon Boat Racing
  • Dune Buggy Racing
Fire Eating

F.

  • Fencing
  • Fire Eating (incl. on Japanese TV)
  • Flying
  • Formula Ford Track Day
Gliding

G.

  • Galapagos Cruise
  • Gliding
  • Go Kart Racing
  • Gold Panning
  • Gorge Walking
Rocky Mountain High

H.

  • Horse Riding
  • Helicopter Flying
  • High Ropes
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hydrospeeding
  • Hypnotism Workshop
Night in a minus 5* Hotel!

I.

  • Indoor Ice Climbing
  • Ice Hotel
  • Improvised & Stand-Up Comedy Workshops
On the Tilt

J.

  • Jet Boating
  • Jousting
Sea Kayaking

K.

  • Karate (blue belt Wado Ryu)
  • Kayaking, Sea Kayaking
  • Kite Surfing
Lion Around

L.

  • Lion & Tiger Cuddling
Vic Falls

M.

Off Piste in France

O.

  • Olympic Bobsleigh Run
  • Off Piste Skiing
  • Orienteering
Parapente, France

P.

  • Parapente (Paraglide)
  • Polo
  • Punting
Quad Bike, NZ

Q.

  • Quad Biking
Rally Driving

R.

  • Rally Driving
  • Rock Climbing
Pups on S.U.P.s

S.

  • Safari (Africa)
  • Scuba Diving (PADI)
  • Skid Pan Training
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Stock Car Racing
  • Stunt Workshop
  • S.U.P
  • Surfing
  • Swimming with Dolphins
  • Swimming with Sharks
Barging In!

T.

Via Ferrata Strobel, Italy

V.

Rapid 18 ‘Oblivion’, Zambezi

W. Y.

Ready to Roll!

Z.

  • Zip Lining
  • Zorbing

– Airborne Adventures –

I love aircraft and flight, especially vintage planes. I have completed around 24 hours of flight training, including flying solo, but setting up my own business thwarted my attempts to get my pilot’s licence! Below is a list of my airborne experiences.

Powered Flight

  • Solo Flight – I had flying lessons for a time and have flown a Cessna 150 solo
  • Flying with the British Aerobatics Champion
  • Helicopter Flying – I have had a helicopter lesson in a Robinson R-22 and have undertaken several helicopter flights, such as up to the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand and to ski the Marmolada Glacier in Italy
  • Microlight flight over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, known as The Flight of the Angels

Vintage Aircraft

  • Stampe SV4 – I camped under the wing of G-BWEF, a 1942 biplane after flying into the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome, where they let me hangar a Hurricane! (Singer Gary Numan flies a Stampe.)
  • Tiger Moth – I have flown G-ACDC the oldest Tiger Moth still flying
  • Spartan Arrow – I have flown G-ABWP, the only remaining Spartan Arrow, a 1932 biplane with folding wings, built on the Isle of Wight

Unpowered Flight

  • Gliding
  • Tandem Skydive – joining the two-mile-high club with a view of the Flying Scotsman
  • Tandem Parapente in the French Alps – Up Up and Hervé..!
  • Hot Air Balloon over the Cascade Mountains, U.S.A.

– Backpacking – My ‘Maternity Leave’ –

Fed up of living life in thin slices, I asked my boss for maternity leave. That surprised him, since I didn’t have a boyfriend at the time. I put it to him that I wanted,”time off to travel and have my job back at the end, without all that messy business of childbirth.”

He said, “Yes” so I used the time wisely to backpack around Fiji, New Zealand and around the East and centre of Australia for four months.

– Road Trip Adventures A.D. (After Dog)

My books follow our adventures A.D. with The Fab Four

Our road trip adventures After Dog are immortalised in print in my series of light-hearted travel memoirs, Adventure Caravanning with Dogs. They have all received five star reviews; Dog on the Rhine is an Amazon No. 1 Bestseller; and Dogs ‘n’ Dracula a finalist in the Romania Insider Awards.

– Adventures Afloat –

Whitewater Rafting & First Descents

Upper Moemba Falls, Zambezi – we had to avoid the waterfall & 15-foot crocodile at the end of the rapid

I have taken part in multi-day trips down some of the biggest white water rivers in the world, including a couple of first descents. The International River Classification System deems them Grade 5; Grade 6 is unrunnable. We cooked on wood fires and camped on the river bank under the stars. The landscapes we saw can only be reached by river and are as remote as the moon to most people.

  • Rafting the Zambezi – The River of the Gods, Zimbabwe & Zambia, Africa
    • 60 km / 6 Day white water rafting trip the Zambezi’s Grade 5 rapids are also infested with crocodiles, hippos and tropical diseases.
    • The Highest Bungi Jump in the World – 111m off the Victoria Falls Bridge, Zambia.
    • The Flight of the Angels – Microlight flight over Victoria Falls.
    • Safari – on-foot safaris in the bush, where I realised to my horror that I was no longer at the top of the food chain
  • Rafting the ‘Gnarly’ Karnali, Nepal
    • 2-Day Trek with Sherpas through mountains and forest to reach the ‘The Peacock River’, also known as ‘The Gnarly Karnali’ in the far west of Nepal
    • 6-Days of Grade 5 white water in pristine remote wilderness
  • Exploratory Rafting, Ecuador
    • First Descents of two remote rivers that had never before been rafted
    • Galapagos Cruise – a 5-Day trip aboard a tiny boat around the Galapagos Islands, where I swam with sea lions, watched whales, spotted giant tortoises, iguanas and Darwin’s tits. (Finches!)
  • Tully River, Australia – just a day trip
  • First Commercial Descent of Rockwood Canyon, Upper Animas River, Colorado, U.S.A.
    • Rockwood Canyon is known to film-lovers as where Butch and Sundance jumped in the film
    • After a few days rafting and camping in bear country, we rowed past a sign proclaiming ‘Danger of Death’ to shoot some Grade 5 rapids, including one called Mandatory Thrashing
    • We returned to base aboard the historic Durango-Silverton steam train, flower-pot funnel and all!

Read About My Trip Down The Zambezi

The travel anthology Itchy Feet was released to a string of five-star reviews.

Alongside contributions from award-winning travel writers, it features the full lowdown on my terrifying 60 km descent of the Zambezi river, from Victoria Falls to Kariba – and how it changed my life!

Follow this link for the free photo album that accompanies Itchy Feet. My contribution, Rafting the Zambezi, The River of the Gods, appears on Page 14.

The Travel Stories Box Set – With 17 Bonus Chapters!

Itchy Feet is part of the Travel Stories series. The trilogy is available as a box set, with 17 bonus chapters! That’s nearly a whole extra book!

My bonus contribution is A Honeymoon Horror Story set in Costa Rica- don’t miss it!

To view the photo album for the bonus chapters, follow this link. My Honeymoon Horror is on page 20.

Windsurfing Adventures Around the World

Ripping it Up on Prasonisi, Rhodes, coutesy of Nick Jones Photography
  • With Pro Coach Simon Bornhoft
    • Venezuela – El Yaque, Margarita
    • Egypt – Ras Sudr & Moon Beach
    • Turkey – Alaçatı
    • British Virgin Islands – windsurfing from aboard a catamaran
  • With Pro Windsurfer Ant Baker
    • Maui, Hawai’i, introduction to wave sailing & spectating Aloha Classic World Championships
  • With Pro Coach Jem Hall
    • Greece – Lefkada & Rhodes
  • With Windsurfing Legend Peter Hart
    • Eire – Wave Sailing Masterclass in Brandon Bay, Kerry
  • Mr & Mrs Windsurfing – Mark and I were featured as ‘Mr & Mrs Windsurfing’ in Boards magazine
  • National Watersports Festival – I was Team Rider and blogger for the N.W.F., during which time I met and interviewed some of the big names in windsurfing, past and present. This included Karin Jaggi, 29 x World Champion & counting, Zara Davies, the fastest woman on a windsurfer in the world and Julian Anderson, 3x World Champion and 14 x British Champion.
With Nick Dempsey, Team GB RS-X (Windsurfing) Olympic Silver Medallist, & Peter Hart, Windsurfing Legend

Other Adventures Aboard

  • Catemeran Sailing
  • Dinghy Sailing
  • Hydrospeeding
  • Jet Boating
  • Kayaking & Sea Kayaking
  • Kite Surfing
  • Punting
  • S.U.P (Stand Up Paddleboarding)
  • Surfing
  • Tall Ship Sailing
  • Thames Barge Racing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Windsurfing
  • Yacht Racing

Countries We’ve Visited

We haven’t yet been everywhere, but it’s on our list!

Between us, Mark & I have visited 57 countries & counting

Europe

  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bosnia and Herzogovina
  5. Croatia
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Eire
  8. England
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Guernsey
  12. Greece
  13. Hungary
  14. Italy
  15. Kosovo
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Monaco
  18. Montenegro
  19. Netherlands
  20. North Macedonia
  21. Northern Ireland
  22. Poland
  23. Portugal
  24. Romania
  25. Scotland
  26. Slovenia
  27. Spain
  28. Sweden
  29. Switzerland
  30. Wales

Americas

  1. Antigua
  2. Bermuda
  3. Brazil
  4. British Virgin Islands
  5. Canada
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Cuba
  8. Dominican Republic
  9. Ecuador & Galapagos
  10. Peru
  11. St Lucia
  12. Tobago
  13. Venezuela
  14. United States & Hawai’i

Oceana

  1. Australia & Tasmania
  2. Fiji
  3. New Zealand

Asia

  1. India
  2. Nepal
  3. Philippines
  4. Turkey

Africa

  1. Egypt
  2. Kenya
  3. South Africa
  4. Swaziland
  5. Zambia
  6. Zimbabwe
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Hawai’i
  • Idaho
  • Maryland
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wyoming
And The Fab Four have visited 20 countries & counting…
  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzogovina
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Wales

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