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  • 27 references 21 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 76, Female
  • Member since 2014
  • varied - now retired
  • Retired - Primary School Teacher, Real Estate , Retailer,...
  • From Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION To enJOY life to the full, make new friends, go new places. Joy has been to over 80 countries. David and I like to host CouchSurfers and to form friendships around the world.
If requesting to stay, please try to be specific - e.g. your mode of transport, expected time of arrival (ETA) and departure. At present we have some 'projects' on the go e,g David is building us a new caravan to explore more of NZ and our spare bedroom has boxes with 1000's of photos being sorted etc. So accept us as we are!
Note: Sometime I feel Couchsurfers are just looking for a free place to stay, and to use the internet without mingling with their hosts.
This is not what CouchSurfing is about - it is an EXCHANGE of cultures, friendship, experiences - not a one-way situation but I needed to say that so you understand it is the sharing of experiences etc that we enjoy - use your devices when we have gone to bed!
I MUST change our Profile photo as it was a Dress Up event! How?
Since joining Couchsurfing, my personal situation has changed as I am living in the city of Christchurch with my 'new' husband David Wickham. We were planning a trip to USA in August/September 2020 and hoped to ' meet the locals' through CouchSurfing rather than stay in impersonal hotels etc. If you share my sentiments - keep coming - We would love to have you to stay!!! Sadly Covid stopped that plan but now we are going to Europe, UK etc December 2023-through to Feb 24.
We have meet some lovely people of all ages- and really enJOY having Couchsurfers to stay- from all around the world. Our experience of Couchsurfing in many countries was wonderful in 2019 .

ABOUT Joy - I have returned to live in Christchurch, happily by the sea/beach again, just one minute into the surf to swim! I love life and live it to the full! I have 3 grownup children, and 9 wonderful very active grandchildren. I have been to more than 80 countries and I am still wanting to explore the Big Wide Wonderful World .

PHILOSOPHY Live life to the full while I can without being selfish or self-centred. Give back to the community as much as possible . I love my grandchildren - and seeing them flourish. I have experienced life's ups and downs. I am thankful for an enriching childhood. I am number 5 out of 6 children.
David - is a real gentleman and an absolute darling, He is a very clever handyman, and a home brewer.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING . I am a young 75 year old with a wide variety of experiences, occupations (trained Teacher)- family and friends are very important to me. I enjoy hosting and have been hosted - in Canada, Germany, France and the UK and in 2019 with David in England, Belgium, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE willing to host and be hosted - I've hosted many lovely people from around the world and was hosted by wonderful people in 7 countries - We hope to host and be hosted in the future (especially in Ireland in December 2023 please!_)


Travel, camping, Photography, cycling, (David and I have Electric Bikes) swimming in the surf - ex Marathon Runner and Windsurfer but at my age I have to slow down a little bit!!?? I love cycling,, forest and bush walking, beaches and rivers but especially being with my family - I have 9 grandchildren.
David is a very clever man and is currently building us a new caravan from scratch - calling her Lady in Red - after our wedding dance song, and I was married in red.

  • photography
  • dining
  • marathon
  • walking
  • traveling
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • windsurfing
  • swimming
  • teaching
  • beaches
  • rivers

Music, Movies, and Books

Love reading, movies, sport- a wide variety
I mainly read non-fiction, travel brochures!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Far too many to list - wait and I will tell you! I am very adventurous/ I have paraglided from the top of Coronet Peak, Queenstown and LOVED IT, Tubed down the river in Laos etc etc , rode camels in Egypt and Morocco and rode elephants in Sri Lanka and Laos. I have run marathons and have lead a very active life - with many working experiences.

Teach, Learn, Share

I Love to hear other people's travel and life experiences and share my own, mainly through my photography

What I Can Share with Hosts

My love of life - my photography, our beachfront home and at times - just have friends and family to visit or stay.
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Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand

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