I’m Chené – a South African travel and hospitality photographer based in the United Kingdom.
It all began in 2015 when I took my first trip overseas; a summer adventure through Europe. It consisted of picnics along the canals of Amsterdam, discovering German cities, walking along the Alpstein mountains in Switzerland, drinking as many fresh lemonades as possible on Lake Como, and visiting family in Austria.
It was safe to say that the travel bug had bitten me.
In the years that followed, I saw New Zealand‘s longest glacier, slept on the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe, rode Camels in Dubai‘s desert, went snorkeling in Indonesia, watched the sunrise from the ancient temples of Bagan, road-tripped through America‘s diverse National Parks, ate in one of the worlds cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in Hong Kong, and slept in a big treehouse on a beach in the Philippines.
It hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows though. I also had what felt like a near-death experience on a ferry near Bali, flew a drone into the ocean around the island of Palawan (on its first flight), was attacked by territorial fish while swimming in Indonesia, ran out of battery on our electric scooter during a monsoon downpour in Myanmar, and climbed on a train that broke down a few KM’s into a journey in Cambodia. Let’s not forget that time we almost arrived at our remote campsite in Botswana, after driving for many hours, only to find that we would not have enough petrol to complete the journey and return to where we came from.
Amidst all of this, I graduated University with a degree in Marketing Management
and when I was not exploring other countries, I spent most weekends adventuring in and around the city of Cape Town.
At the end of 2019, my partner and I decided to move to the United Kingdom on a whim, without ever having visited, as we thought it would be a great base from where we could discover more of Europe. So, we packed our lives into 4 (very overweight) suitcases and settled in the busy city of London.
I started this blog at the end of 2016 as a place to store my travel memories and although it might not be updated as frequently as what I would’ve hoped, there are still tons of destination tips, hotel reviews, and stories of adventure to inspire you to go out and explore our big planet.
Thanks for stopping by.