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Maggie Garvin of Mags On the Move Travel Blog

Ever since I came to New Zealand in 2011, I have entered countless numbers of contests and won prizes. This urge to enter as many online competitions as I can stemmed from a strong desire to win. I thought, if I can enter contests and win various items, I can also do a similar thing by putting all of my efforts into making my goals into reality, no matter what.The first prize I won was a steam iron worth about NZ$500 I think, from a Television New Zealand (TVNZ) show called Good Morning. I have also won free movie tickets/vouchers, DVDs, beauty and skin care products. Now I am aiming for different, this time major, prizes this time.Anyway, I chanced upon this website Mags On The Move while Google searching for international contests where I can enter to win more prizes. I was so impressed with the list on this link that I have to interview the owner Maggie or more known as Mags (hence the title).

An awesome pic of Maggie on one of her travels, courtesy of Maggie

 What sparked your interest in traveling?
I’ve always been interested in seeing new places. My family traveled quite a bit with me as a child and my dad travels abroad fairly often for work. Sometimes he would take me with him, which I guess could have sparked my interest. I know it makes me really jealous when he gets to go abroad now!

When did you start writing your blog
I started at the end of September of last year, 2013, so it’s still a baby.

Which countries and cities have you visited so far?
Well, in the last 10 months of having the blog I’ve traveled to Tanzania, Denmark, Norway, as well as many cities here in the States. Before starting the blog I traveled to many other countries that I’ve written about. I also have a job, so that’s made it a little difficult. Hopefully, I can find more time and money to travel as the blog grows.

I love entering contests of any kind, and somehow I managed to find one of your posts about it. How did you manage to research for all the travel contests around the world?
It’s funny that you mention that, I used to scour the  internet every month to collect travel contest, because I like to enter them too. It seemed like a good idea to have them all accessable in one place, but it was a lot of work and I didn’t get much feedback on it. I’m glad you liked it. I think it was just that my blog was new and didn’t have many viewers at the time.  I may start it back up now that the blog has grown a bit.

What have you learned from your travels so far?
I think traveling has made me appreciate how good I have it at home. I know that sounds cliche, but when I was younger I traveled primarily to very developed areas in Europe and always thought they had things so much better than us in America. I still largely feel that way, but especially after visiting Tanzania I see how good we really have it. Not so just seeing poverty or lack of opportunity, but things as simple as being able to go to the grocery store to buy things to make dinner can be an undertaking. The political corruption there was pretty eye opening also. We take our justice system for granted.

How do you maintain your blog? Are you doing everything by yourself (writing, promoting, etc.) or do you have someone to handle the technical aspects of your blog?
I am doing it all myself.  I could probably benefit from someone handling the technical aspect of it.  I will be the first to admit that I have no idea what I’m doing.  It’s been a lot of trial and error.

Are you blogging full time or do you have a full-time or part-time job at the moment?
I would love to be blogging full time at some point, but right now I have a few part time jobs.  My main job is teaching ballet, but I also work for a kennel at Disney World very part time, mainly for free Disney tickets and puppy cuddle time. I also bartend on occasion. So, I’m all over the place.

Where would you like your blog to go within a few years’ time. I mean, what’s your vision for your blog? What do you hope to achieve within the next few years?
I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I started it.  It was just for fun.  I love it way more than I ever thought I would and I would love for it to become a viable career.  Right now I’m struggling with my love of teaching and how much I want to pull up stakes and travel the world.  I’m still trying to find a way to incorporate both in my life.

For more info about Maggie, visit

Mags on the Move Official Website

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