A Full Monte Life…

About

Our Full Monte Life

We blog about the trials & tribulations of developing & running Camp Full Monte, our off grid, sometimes clothing optional, always eco, campsite in Montenegro.

  • The challenges we face living as expats in Montenegro
  • The friends and volunteers helping us to evolve our eco project
  • Eco-friendly methods & products – we’re far from being experts but want to share all we are learning… education is the first step to awareness and change
  • Gardening organically – sharing the joys and woes of growing green
  • Food – we love it!  We’ll tell you about the meals we create from our organic produce and share recipes
  • Nature in all her forms – the beautiful (and sometimes ugly!) manifestations of Mother Nature inspire us
  • Random things that make us happy and sad – books we have read, situations & events we have experienced

Our Story

Your Camp Full Monte hosts

Us on a big night out!

We are Steve and Denise and we emigrated from the UK to Montenegro in May 2006.  The decision to change our lifestyle was driven by the value we place on happiness.  We traded property, working long hours for someone else and regular incomes,  for cash in the bank and time and space together.  This gave us the freedom to make different choices.

We are practical people – we have limited talents and funds – so we had to choose to do something that played to our strengths and gave us enough money to live on.  Our combined talents (cooking, gardening, entertaining) led us to aim for opening a resort of our own.  We have enjoyed naturist holidays for over a decade so we wanted to provide a space where folk could get their kit off in the sun if they felt like it.  That said, we didn’t want to deter those not comfortable with nudity so in recent years we have been operating a split season. Mid-June to Early September are our clothing optional months. The remaining months from the start of May to the end of September are not.

It took a year and a lot of adventures before we found the right piece of land and a further 6 months before we could buy all we needed to get started.  Our original plan to build a resort of wooden cabins was scuppered by the news that one day there may be a major highway on or near our plots.  Low impact, low cost camping seemed the way to go.

We weren’t eco warriors when we set out on this journey but having bought a beautiful piece of land that would be difficult and expensive to connect to mains water & electric we learnt more about alternative approaches and are now converts to off-grid living and the environmentally friendly approaches we are championing here.

Contact us at: holidays (at) full-monte (dot) com

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13 Comments

  1. Steve

    Not me Diana – Sorry. Good luck in your search.

  2. Diana

    Hi, I’m looking for Steve who grew up across the street from me, but that was in USA, any chance before UK there was Steve in USA?? Funny, I think my dad called him Stevie or Steve too, but I couldn’t find any last name here your Steve….sorry. This absolutely insane but I googled Steve bozic

  3. fullmonte (Post author)

    Hi Joe

    Apologies for the delay in replying. Only get on the blog once a month at the moment… I’ve forwarded your details to an estate agent friend of mine who may be able to help you. Ann will contact you direct.

  4. Joe Pinzone

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Montenegro and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

  5. Naturist

    Wow, you truly do live in a paradise. I am both jealous and happy for you. Can’t wait for your next update.

  6. fullmonte (Post author)

    Hi Rob
    Apologies for the tardy response. The blog has taken a bit of a back seat as we sort out getting ourselves back together again and resuming normality (I’ve been working in London for a bit & Steve’s been holding the fort in Montenegro). There’s a lot going on right now (not least hard disk failures!) but we will get stuff sorted & get blogging again soon. Thanks so much for your kind words – it’s always a boost to get a message like this. Thanks for taking the time to read all about us and I’m glad you enjoyed the story so far. Take it easy.

  7. Rob

    Hi Steve and Den

    Been enjoying the blog! I had come across your web site once or twice and would love to visit Full Monte one day. But I hadn’t discovered the blog before. I have been reading for hours. It’s a fantastic record of your epic project and shows just how far you have come. Not to mention, it’s a great read, and I love the book and music reviews you slip in each month. I’m subscribed to the blog now and will look forward to each monthly update. Have a great season in 2013!

    Rob

  8. Steve

    Hi Iain. Sorry for the delay in responding – Please feel free to use our pics (a mention of our website http://www.full-monte.com would be nice 😉 ) You might find more in our flickr stream here http://www.flickr.com/photos/full-monte/sets/72157626649488036/with/5688229893/ although I’m not sure how easy it will be to use them. A direct link to the flickr pictures might be the best way. If you want the originals to re-size/edit before use send us an e-mail holidays@full-monte.com telling me which ones you need and I’ll send them to you.

  9. iain

    Hi, I found your site while looking for a photo of a garden wall made of car tyres. We are currently undertaking a eco house building project here in Japan and plan to document progress on a wordpress blog http://ecohouse66.wordpress.com
    Love your site and what you guys are doing.
    Would you mind if I use one of your wall photos?
    Also you may be interested in my WVO project of running our car on waste oil – another step to getting off the grid http://ifd66.co.uk/Eco/bioproject.html
    With hope …..

  10. Jane

    Wow, what a great story! I am excited to read about how this change turned out for you – looks like it’s working great. I hope to be able to do something similar one day and escape the corporate rat race…

  11. fullmonte (Post author)

    Hey Tamar

    Great to chat to you today… Look forward to meeting you next week. Have a safe trip!

  12. tamar harris

    please call us, even collect so we pay

    to +972-54-3013612

    we are going to be around next week and your place looks like the closest alternative to paradise

    keep smiling

    tamar from israel

    not so holly land anymore

  13. Dragan Petrovic

    Hi, if you find the time, please contact us. We would like to ask you many questions about the move to Montenegro.

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