Jo Charnock was born in the UK in 1968 and spent most of her childhood growing up in Cornwall. She studied fine art for 2 years at Edinburgh College of Art before the call to travel became too strong. In November 1994 she went to South Africa, supposedly for a 6 months back-packing trip, from which she never returned. She fell in love with Cape Town which then became her home.
After running a successful yacht brokerage company, she joined forces with her partner, Jan Wouters, to run Indigo Yacht Management. Together, Jo and Jan deliver yachts all over the world, which they continue to do to this day.
In 2007/2008, Jo and Jan took time out from their busy sailing schedule to travel the length of Africa with folding bicycles. Her first book, 'A Hitch-biker's Guide Through Africa' is the story of this incredible journey.