Hello everyone, my name is Yonela Chagi
I am a travel addict! Yes! I just thought I would get that out-of-the-way ha-ha. I am not a writer, I should probably get that out-of-the-way too, ha-ha. I am just a girl who is passionate about travel. I am from a village (eMbhobheni) in a small town called Bizana, in South Africa. I wouldn’t really say I grew up in Bizana though or should we blame that on my traitor of a memory? Well, I was born in Bizana, I did my early years of school in Bizana town (some say it is one road, well it is, sort of). Then when I was about 8 years old, I went to boarding school in a nearby town, iXopo, for 2 years, I then went to Durban and spent most of my life after, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (a tropical city in South Africa).
Most things seem a bit of a blur before the age of 8, the memories that are so vivid in my mind are those of my mother, who was selling fat cooks and polony, up and down working night duty in Johannesburg to give her kids a better life than she had. She wasn’t a single mother, not that but she was definitely the glue that held the family together. I also have memories of my dad coming home from work, having been away for a “while” (I told you my memory is a traitor) for work, coming home with boxes filled with chips, the way we ran down that passage in my family home with excitement on those weekends (my dad was a cop). I guess it was the extra jobs mom did in addition to her normal job, being a nurse, that made those memories stand out so much. My dad was a great man (‘was’ because he is no more, I know he’s resting in peace; he ran his race to the finish line on earth) who took good care of his family, I was also his favorite (shhh… don’t tell my siblings). I am the youngest, I have two brothers and two sisters- best of both worlds right?
Well I didn’t grow up poor, or at least I don’t think I did (the TV in the back ground of the below picture begs to differ but I won’t allow it!), my mother made sure I never felt that or thought of that, I have had all I needed in life and I was afforded the right opportunities. I guess it also played a role; being taught to always be grateful for what I have and that is how on any trip I go to; I make the best of whatever I encounter. This has become my motto in life; do the best you possibly can with what you have.
I studied accounting, also in KwaZulu-Natal. After I got my degree, I went on mission for two years, I guess this is where I developed/ realized my love for travel. Well I travelled on and for a mission but I travelled, okay? I actually lived in Namibia for 3 months, I didn’t explore it much then, as we were focused on the mission, I definitely need to go back. It is after these two years, that I started traveling to different cities in South Africa, then abroad, and I found my one true love- Travel. I feel most alive when I travel, there’s just something so exciting about being on an airplane to the unknown, the anticipation- it is the most beautiful thing, waking up somewhere foreign or new. I love to experience different people, the culture, the food, and I just love waking up somewhere different, new, or just the promising adventure that lies ahead. I am a water baby, so expect that everywhere I go I try to at least find one place with water views; be it the beach, lake, river, if we’re really reaching- a pool.
Amongst other things I love in addition to travel and my family, are food, wine, my friends and about anything else that brings me joy, I love a good laugh too.
On my blog I will be sharing the things I love with you, with emphasis on travel, I did say- that is my one true love. So welcome to my personal travel blog. I am so excited to have you here, and to actually be here, this is a dream come true, you reading my blog is a dream come true, so I hope you stay. I would love to know you too, so please share a bit about yourself on the comments’ section.
I am so excited to go on this journey with you!
YouTube introduction video: https://youtu.be/96UYUpq-jx8