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Home » INTRODUCTION: the person behind ‘why so travelous’

INTRODUCTION: the person behind ‘why so travelous’

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!

With love.

Yonela Chagi

YouTube introduction video: https://youtu.be/96UYUpq-jx8



  1. Thabisa Wili
    September 13, 2020 / 2:18 pm

    This is beautiful. Congrats doll, wishing you all the very best!

    • September 13, 2020 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much, I am glad you found it beautiful as well. Excited! Thank you sthandwa.

      • Sarah Muzenda
        September 20, 2020 / 9:06 am

        Me: Can I travel
        My bank balance: honey whattt😂😂

        • September 24, 2020 / 8:34 am

          Hahahahaha the bank balance is shocked at the audacity hun. No man, you just have to plan for it and save for it as with any other thing, start close by.

  2. Zuki chagi
    September 13, 2020 / 2:19 pm


  3. Snikiwe Qwabe
    September 13, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    Lalela!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 I’m so proud of you wifey.

    • September 13, 2020 / 3:00 pm

      Friend!!!!! Thank you do much… retsene retsene!!!

  4. Kgothatso
    September 13, 2020 / 2:43 pm

    Congratulations sweerrryyy 🖤absolutely loved reading this. Enjoyed learning more about y so travel and your humble beginnings. Cant wait for more

    • September 13, 2020 / 2:59 pm

      thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed it. Also so excited for the journey ahead.

  5. Sane Ndwalane
    September 13, 2020 / 3:30 pm

    Congratulations.. This is a beautiful read 👌💕

    • September 13, 2020 / 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much Sane. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Lwando
    September 13, 2020 / 3:38 pm


  7. Loyd
    September 13, 2020 / 4:31 pm

    Wow, interesting story right here! Can’t for more…

    • September 13, 2020 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you, haha I’m glad you enjoyed it. Stay tuned 🙂

  8. TK
    September 13, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    Wow Zola I am super excited about this. I loved you the first day I saw you on the mission. Wishing you all the best. Can’t wait to see your next blog…. Love Tk

    • September 13, 2020 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad you came and read. Enkosi. I’m so excited nam

  9. Phumla
    September 13, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    👏🏽 Congratulations on launching this baby ✨🍾 I am so proud of you 💕💕 When you spoke about the water? Me in a nutshell 😂 there just has to be water or else it’s cancelled. I really enjoyed getting to know more about you and your love for traveling. Looking forward to so much more content ❤️

    • September 15, 2020 / 7:29 pm

      aw thank you so much. There’s just something so calming about water. I am glad you enjoyed the read, I am excited for what is to come 🙂

  10. Queenpree
    September 13, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    This was such a fun light read. I relate to your motto. Do the best you can with the little you have 🖤 Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read more of this 👏💐

    • September 15, 2020 / 7:24 pm

      This makes me so happy, thank you. I live by that motto, honestly makes everything so worthwhile, doesn’t it? I am so excited for what is to come 🙂

  11. Nosipho Nombela
    September 14, 2020 / 6:56 am

    Yay! I’m here for this !

    • September 15, 2020 / 7:03 pm

      Aah thank you so much. So glad to have you here!

  12. Nwabisa Bhayi
    September 14, 2020 / 9:21 am

    Love this!! Also your writing style honey? You are a writer now!! Congrats boo 🥳

    • September 15, 2020 / 7:02 pm

      hahahah you reckon? thank you so much. I am smiling ear to ear on the other side of the screen ha-ha

  13. Melissa Kalika
    September 16, 2020 / 1:28 pm

    This is absolutely amazing…well done sis ;)….THE CONTENT I SIGNED UP FOR !!!!. love it 🙂

    • September 16, 2020 / 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much Sistuur. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thank you 🙂

  14. Mzaza
    September 17, 2020 / 5:20 pm

    Am I the only one curious about the mission and imagining you as queen Sono🤣. Let’s blog on🥂

    • September 19, 2020 / 9:11 am

      Hahahahaha. Soon it will all be revealed 😂😂😂

  15. Nosipho
    September 23, 2020 / 10:00 pm

    Gurl I love your content, this is so authentic 🥺❤️

    • September 24, 2020 / 8:35 am

      Aww thank you so much, I am so glad to hear it. Welcome welcome!

  16. October 1, 2020 / 8:17 am

    Oh a travel blog? I love to see it❤️❤️

  17. Philile
    October 9, 2020 / 7:04 am

    This content is everything❤️

  18. Zizipho Momoza
    October 11, 2020 / 3:38 pm

    What an amazing introduction ❤️❤️🥺

  19. Ntlahla S Jali
    October 26, 2020 / 9:04 pm

    🥰🥰😍😍😍 soo lovely a cute short story of intombi yaseMbhobheni thanks mntase marn it’s beautiful and your attitude is amazing with your gratitude to your mom… travel loading… keep it coming

    • October 26, 2020 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much, I am glad you enjoyed my intro.

  20. Vanessa Seleka
    November 6, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    Hey, are you sure that you are not a writer? Wow, what a lovely Intro.
    I am passionate about writing so yes, your intro had me smiling. It reminded me of one of my stories. It’s really amazing.

    Thank you for sharing such great things about yourself. You are truly a wonderful person.

    All the best with everything.❤️

    • November 15, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Wow this is so beautiful to see, thank you so much. I am glad you got a feel of my personality and who I am while reading that

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