The Essence of Traveling: From Natives of South Africa


By: Brittany Thompson

CAPE TOWN, South Africa. – The smell of the ocean, the view of a new destination and the anticipation of a new beginning is what most travel seekers may dream about. Charne Eyssell, 23, wakes up every day to a new change, a new sunrise and a new outlook on life. “I love to wake up and embrace the sunset while out on my cabin balcony every morning, sipping my cup of Jo and relaxing to the noise of the waves crashing,” Eyssell said. “In all reality, we love adventure, we love new, and we love the thrill of the excitement.”


            Eyssell and Dominic Jade Van Vuuren, 25, are from Cape Town, South Africa. Both are full-time travel workers representing a large jewelry manufacturer and designer in the USA called Effy Jewelry on the Carnival Splendor.

What happens when you miss out on a one-chance opportunity to travel the world?

Change and fear are tightly correlated in most cases. The fear of the unknown, the change that continues to take place and the unpredictable future that lays ahead can either blow up in your face or could lead to a great success. “It’s the new things in life we all fear, the future, the sphere of the unknown, it’s all unpredictable and uncontrollable,” Eyssell said. “I travel because I want to learn and as I learn, I find a new meaning of life while letting go of my past problems.

            Eyssell has been working for Effy since July 2015. She left South Africa at the age of 20 to travel the world as an employee of Carnival Cruise Lines. “Travel is what has worked for me and has changed my perspective of the world, and is the common factor allowing me to embrace change,” Eyssell said.

Vuuren has worked on Carnival as a Sales Executive for Effy going on a year now. “When we travel, we grow,” Vuuren said. Excitement and pure joy flushed upon here face when explaining her love of travel while keeping home close to heart. “Although I love to travel and venture out, I still miss my home and will return back in three months.”

Both Eyssell and Vuuren work on a six-month contract with Carnival and receive a 60-day leave holiday vacation. In addition to receiving a salary, they receive commission while working for Effy. According to Carnival’s website, when working for Carnival one will receive benefits such as a retirement plan, a medical and dental care and recognition for a life-long career commitment.

The key to traveling is to never let doubt get in the way. “With anything in life, don’t let the notion of success keep you from starting something you’ve been thinking about,” Eyssell said. Travel is far and wide. “May many seek wanderlust in different areas.”

Cindy Wegner, 28, has been traveling the US since 2010. After living in Cape Town for more than 21 years, she decided that traveling the world was her life’s calling.

She travels by serving at a golf course called Metropolis Country Club. “I currently work seasonally at golf clubs between Florida and New York,” Wegner said.

At her job, Wegner hosts different events such as weddings and birthdays to regular dinner services. “I work with different country clubs that cater to the higher income social group, which is more formal and fine dining,” Wegner said. “I always enjoy meeting new faces and hearing new job titles.”

Wegner currently works through an agency called Petrinagroup. The agency recruits people from Ireland, Romania, and South Africa to work seasonally at the country clubs. “Social media and word of mouth are how the agencies generally advertise and pull people,” Wegner said.

The agency constantly switches up locations and organizes workers accommodations. “I never stay in one spot longer than six or seven months, which makes the transition from season to season a lot easier,” Wegner said.

Adventure Seeking

Wegner enjoys the adventures of new places and experiencing the different ways of life in each city. “When having the niche to travel, be ready for a roller coaster ride,” Wegner said. “It’s an amazing experience and I wouldn’t want to have not traveled.

Although Wegner has been home numerous of times throughout her seven years of traveling, it’s still hard to accommodate the bond between friends and family being on the other side of the world. “It’s not easy being so far from home,” Wegner said.

Culture Shock

With an English household and a second language in Afrikaans, coming to America was no problem for Wegner. “American English is not that different except for the slang words that I was not familiar with at first but it’s not difficult for most of us with English as our first language,” Wegner said.

Likewise, for Eyssell, the language barrier was second-hand nature. “Upon arriving in America, I was already fluently speaking English with a twist of an accent,” she said. Like Wegner, who speaks Afrikaans as a second language, Eyssell also speaks fluent Italian.

“The culture shock did not take too long to get used to, although South Africa is considered a developing nation country it’s much more built up than the first town I stayed in Florida, which was Vero Beach,” Wegner said.

“Many people harp on one’s country and in that case, they ask ‘How is it different from America?’ Simple, ‘It’s the same as if you were questioned about your own hometown.’ Although we are norm to different cultures and practices, we still live in the same world,” Vuuren said.

“As far as the people go, the people here in the States can be challenging but then people all over the world can be too,” Wegner said. Everything in life is a challenge, it’s how we react to the challenge that is at hand and use it for our ability.

Travel is meaningful; it’s meant to change us. Take advantage of a new opportunity, a new destination, and a new beginning. “The world is a classroom. Learn a new definition to the meaning of life and enjoy every risk that a comfort zone does not offer,” Eyssell said.


References: (n.d.). Retrieved June 04, 2017, from http://carnivalentertainment.com/life-onboard





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