Welcome! I’m Donna-Kay!

TRAVEL BLOGGER, PHOTOGRAPHER & WANNABE VLOOGER

DELAHAYE – PRONOUNCED AS DE-LA-HAYE

I’m a scientist who loves to travel, and this blog is about how I get to do what I love, despite working a regular 9 to 5.

I had always wanted to travel, to see all the fantastic, far-flung places I watched on national geographic when I was growing up in Jamaica.

I thought travel meant you had to have lots of money and a British/American passport, but now I know that all you need is to be smart with both your money and time.

This blog is for anyone interested in seeing how I plan my travels to exciting and vibrant places. Yes, even while working a 9 to 5 as a scientist.

On my blog, I’ll be sharing helpful tips like how to bag cheap flights to top European cities, the best times to book your holidays if you work a 9 to 5 and more.

I’ll also be sharing London travel tips that’ll have you exploring London like a PRO, plus some of the best UK Staycation ideas and day trips from London as it’s my home city ☺️.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is this scientist traveller I hear you ask, and how can I know more about her? Let me answer some questions I get asked frequently, so you can get to know me better.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN

I am Jamaican born and raised (island gal). I’ve lived in the UK for more than two decades! Which encompass my whole teenage and adult life.

Then the next question after this is usually.

BUT YOU DON’T LOOK JAMAICAN, YOU HAVE A FRENCH ACCENT, OR I THOUGHT YOU WERE FRENCH

Yes, I have an accent. I still have my Jamaican accent. Just talk to me long enough and, you’ll hear my lack of pronunciation of any ‘H’s or ‘T’s.

WHY DID YOU START THIS BLOG

This blog is a creative outlet, and me trying to start something different that’s outside my comfort zone.

I wanted to show that you don’t have to sell everything and go travelling.

That you can still have your 9 to 5 job and still fulfil your wanderlust. You just need to make travel a priority and be smart with your money.

WHEN DID YOU START TRAVELLING

I started travelling properly after finishing university and landing my first real job (making that baller student salary, not) in 2012. When hot pink flip phones were a thing (& yes, I had a hot pink flip phone and thought I was the shit!).

Not one for doing things small! I started my first trip by interrailing through Europe. Something I highly recommend that everyone at least once.

Ten countries in three weeks, filled with epic running to catch trains with only seconds to spree, sleeping in hostels with one eye open and praying that I didn’t get foot fungus from the bathrooms and drinking Italian wine by the Colosseum in Rome.

From then on I’ve been travelling every year, ever since.

I’ve been to 22 countries and counting. This might not be much to most, but I’m not a ‘hit it and quit it’ kind of traveller.

If I visit a country and fall in love with it, I tend to visit it again but maybe a different region or city. I love building a connection with the countries I visit.

HOW DO I SAVE TO UP FOR TRAVELLING

That 9-5 to pays the bills, honey!

Plus, as my travel blog has grown, I’ve gotten the opportunity to visit some epic countries, and I make a few coins from the ads you see on the blog.

But it’s no Floyd Mayweather kinda money girl – yet! But I am a Jamaican, and we are born hustlers, so I am always trying to get my money up😜.

WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE

I use Fujifilm X – T2 with an XF 18 -55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR lenses (a starter kit) and my iPhone 11 plus.

I use Fujifilm X – T2 (recently upgraded to the X-T4 camera body, but I still recommend the X-T2 fine you starting and just looking for a camera purely for stills) with an XF 18 -55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR lenses (a starter kit, now my Fuji lens line has grown and I write about this in my photography review) and my iPhone 11 plus.

I also use a Sony ZV-1 as my B-camera for vlogging and a GoPro for action and underwater stuff.

HOW DO YOU TAKE SUCH GREAT PHOTOS

Well, thanks I do my best. I’m a self taught photographer and everything I’ve learnt was a few photography course and from the university of YouTube!

My favorite:

Beaches

  • Beach One
  • Beach Two
  • Beach Three
  • Beach Four
  • Beach Five

Places to stay

  • Stay One
  • Stay Two
  • Stay Three
  • Stay Four
  • Stay Five

Destinations

  • Place One
  • Place Two
  • Place Three
  • Place Four
  • Place Five

Hiking Trails

  • Trail One
  • Trail Two
  • Trail Three
  • Trail Four
  • Trail Five
Journey through life on vacation