HI! I’M CHARLOTTE
First of all I would like to thank you for visiting my website!
If you would have told me 2 years ago that by now I would have my own blog and a successful Instagram page, I would have stared at you with the biggest confusion in my eyes.
Cause 2 years ago I didn’t know anything about photography, professional editing, let alone writing code or designing my own website.
I have always loved to travel and even more I LOVE sharing photos. I used to be the girl at a party who always carried a camera in her purse. Remember those turquoise CoolPix camera’s from 10 years ago? That was me, out and about, snapping away. By the next day all of these photos were online. When I look back at these photos now I do cringe from time to time but that doesn’t take away the fact that I still love looking at them and love reminiscing about those days.
When I was 22 I went on my first backpacking trip. And no I didn’t go for the safe option of simply backpacking through Europe. I immediately went hardcore and went to South East Asia and spent the night in a cave in the middle of Taman Negara in Malaysia. Go hard or go home, right?! It was during this trip that I realised that the world had so much more to offer and I wanted to see it all!
I would ask friends if they wanted to travel with me to a far off destination but every time I would get a big fat “no, I don’t have time or I am already traveling with my boyfriend”. So, I stayed home.
Not the smartest move when I look back on it.
Two years later I finally found friends that wanted to go exploring as well and I joined them on trip through Chile, Peru and Argentina. Until this day this is one of my best trips yet plus I got to spend my birthday on Machu Pichu!
As you can see I was already starting to coördinate my outfit to the site I was visiting :p. Not as professional as I am doing now but it was a start!
After that trip I went on several cruises with my parents and discovered pretty much the entire Caribbean and Mediterranean coastline. We would hop on one of the Star Clipper ships whenever we could and meet a lot of people along the way.
By now Instagram was growing more and more popular and I was starting to post photos from my travels in cute outfits. These were unedited photos simply taken with my phone. I used to be fascinated by women that had turned their blog into a career but never imagined this was something that I could do.
The next 3 years I spent pouring blood, sweat, tears and a lot of my hard earned money in a relationship that turned out in the end wasn’t worth all of that effort. Coming out of it I was so mad at myself for not putting myself first and always catering to someone else’s needs. By that time I was 29, a successful paediatric dentist but my life didn’t really feel like my own. And it was during those last heart breaking months in that relationship that I decided that enough was enough. I was gonna put myself first and travel to foreign countries. Needless to say the relationship ended pretty quickly when I decided to not put all of my energy in that basket anymore. He cheated, got married to another 4 months later and I was shattered on the floor into a million pieces.
Or was I?
I decided to use my pain in a positive way and focus on learning new things. I went on a Pangea Dreams retreat and learned all about photography, editing and branding. And slowly but steadily I started to believe in myself again.
Over the past 2 years I have designed my own website and written a ton of blog posts. I learned how to dive and rode a horse in Cappadocia. I taught myself how to use Lightroom and Photoshop and perfect my photography by watching as many tutorials as possible on Skillshare (you can even get 2 months for free on this amazing platform by clicking this link).
So, what’s the point of all of this?
I want to show you that it is NEVER too late to chase your dreams! And that I am here to help you reach your dreams. I love sharing the truth behind these perfectly curated photos and detailed guides that will show you the exact locations. I am sharing all of the tips and tricks that I learned along the way in my newsletters to help you true this maze that is Instagram, content creation and blogging.
Cause if I can do it, SO CAN YOU!
If you follow me on Social Media, you know by now that I put honesty first. I make it my mission to share the truth behind photos, share locations and give a peek behind the scenes.
I want to use my influence the right way and beside detailed travel guides I write about what’s close to my heart. Topics that are too often avoided or overlooked such as:
- Why Influencers should stop promoting unethical elephant sanctuaries.
- The responsibilities we have as travel bloggers.
- Why people love to hate on Influencers.
I hope this blog will inspire you to travel more and along the way I will give you as many tips as possible.
Dream away, and live the life you want!