Hi my name is Charel
I am glad you want to learn more about me and my travel blog, it all started as a method of communicating with my friends and family and grew into a platform that has inspired people to start traveling.
I used to be a soldier in the South African Military, but left to start travelling as a Dive Master. That’s the guy that takes you deep in the ocean to look at fish, something like extreme bird watching.
I’m normally a man of a few words, but when it comes to writing I really enjoy sharing my adventures with those who like a good story.
My philosophy in life has always been to live in such a way that I can look back in a few years from now, knowing that my day’s have been worth more than the gold in my pocket.
If your interested in traveling or just want to read more about a traveling lifestyle, then give my travel blogs a read as they include good photo’s and video’s with some advise on the destinations I have seen.
My stories involve life on a Kibbutz in Israel, living in the French Alps in Europe, being a scuba diving guide in Phi Phi islands Thailand, riding dirt bikes on the Red dunes of Namibia, rediscovering my roots in The Netherlands and a Road tripping guide for Africa.
There’s still many more to come and I hope you keep following our story as me and my girlfriend are preparing to buy our own sailing boat and set of an a three year round the world sailing journey. We both are scuba divers/ sailors and have been preparing for the last two years for this journey.
My story starts in a small army barracks after joining the MSDS program for the South African Military. I used my spare time to keep a dairy of my daily routine and the philosophy I used to get me through my training, I was put through one of the most gruelling bush and fieldcraft training, where I was trained in the art of long term survival and rules of warfare.
I love shooting, pushups and camping so even though it was the hardest thing Ive ever done, it was still my passion.
After my Infantry training I was selected for the Sapper core which is combat engineering training, it’s one of the most honoured units in the defence force and that’s about all I can say. After reaching my goal in the Military I set my eyes on the next adventure and it was to travel as far and wide as I could go, I wasn’t running away but more like searching for something.
I started scuba diving in a small town called Sodwana bay, still some of the best diving I have ever seen. I learned how to be a normal human being again without all the military structure. I learned about marine life from marine biologists and how to navigate in the turbulent waters of South Africa.
About 6 months into my diving training I had my first encounter with a great white shark, I always thought it would be the coolest experience while never thinking if I would feel any fear of a shark attack, but when facing a 6m Great white with only 4 divers in the water while on a safety stop, it would be un humanly to say I didn’t breach onto the boat like a whale.
After spending my fair share of time in paradise, I relocated to a small island in Thailand called the Phi Phi islands and worked there for almost a year, it turned out to be the best time of my life. Who would have evert thought you could get payed to take people from all over the world on diving trips around an island. I had to start writing about my experiences to let my friends know you could also be doing this.
After leaving the island I found myself on a motocross track somewhere in Asia with way to much freedom for one man to handle. I had a big crash and one mistake cut my travels short. I had a big crash over a double jump and gave myself a grade 5 break on my collarbone (that’s a break and a dislocation), after getting to the hospital in a small town I was met by a very nice doctor who could not speak a word of English, His hand signals were pretty good and me being a diver I understood him. I was probably the first white person in that area because the doctor was showing everyone my bruises as if they have never seen it before.
It’s around this time I started my blog, I have traveled Israel, Madagascar, a big part of southern Africa and Europe since. I have done enough traveling as a backpacker and have been working in South Africa for the last two years were I met my girlfriend Tamzin who is also a diver. We now share a dream and that is to buy our own sailing boat and start a three year around the world sailing journey.
My blog will become active again and we will start creating videos of our travels to keep family,friends and followers up to date. Hope you join our mailing list for future updates.
Thanks for reading.