Hi, I'm Delainha.
 I was born and raised south of Toronto. 
I spent a year living in London, England
and currently live in QLD Australia.
Thank you for visiting my page 
and remember, always choose happiness, whatever it may be xx


Hi, my name is Delainha Mariya
(dee-lane-ah mar-eye-ya)

I was born and raised south of Toronto. My mother is from Portugal and my Dad is from Romania. For the better half of 4 years, I have been travelling the world. To be exact, I have lived in three different continents and have visited 37 countries. I spent one year travelling across Europe and for the past two years I have been living in QLD, Australia.

"I really want to travel the world like you do or maybe even move to another country. But I don't really know where to start, do you have any advice for me?" You've clicked on this page because you want to know how I did it. Well, you've come to the right place!

First off - you should know that I spent five years working in a salon right out of highschool and became a self employed business owner at the age of 21. I worked extremeley hard for those five years, saved everything I had and was financially stable. After I realised I pretty much had everything I needed at a young age, I was determined to do something better for myself than the normal 9-5 grind.

In 2015, at the age of 22 I put my Cosmetology career on hold. I purchased a one way ticket to England, a country I had never even been to before but I wanted to explore my European roots but remain based in a English speaking country.​ I spent 13 months back-packing all over Europe.​​ During my travels - I met my partner, who is Australian.

Following my one year Europe adventure, I decided to move to Australia, a country I had actually fallen in love with when I had travelled there before I moved to the UK. It was crazy coinsidence that I wanted to move to Australia after my year and Europe and fell for a guy in Europe who happened to be Australian. 


Why do I love to travel? I have grown as a person. I have learned that it is okay to be selfish and do things for myself. Not let anything or anyone hold me back from what I want. As long as you're kind to others along the way and truthful to yourself .. just go out there, take a risk and the universe will give back to you everything that you deserve. 




"So what did you do for work while you were travelling? How could you afford to visit that many places?" Since I decided to move to London, where I didn't know a single soul - I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do for work or where I was going to live. Like I mentioned, I was financially stable from working for  years, but I was determined to live in the hustle and bustle of London - but wasn't quite sure if it was going to be in the budget if I wanted to travel as well. I didn't want to spend all of my money on rent.

My mother ran a daycare in our home until I was 15 years old. I had loved growing up around children, so I looked into becoming an Au Pair (Live-In-Nanny). This way, I would have a job and somewhere to live right off the bat. I went through an agency called The Global Work & Travel Co. (You can read all about my experience with this company by clicking on REVIEWS > THE GLOBAL WORK & TRAVEL CO.) They assisted me with finding a family to work for - and after the long exhausting process, off I went. I was pretty nervous, but I was so excited for the adventure. You can read all about the pros and cons of this temporary career choice by clicking on BLOGS > "THE NANNY DIARY".

The biggest pro of being an Au Pair was the flexibility I had of taking time off work to travel. In just 13 months in Europe I visited over 25 countries. Moving overseas on your own isn't always as glamerous as it sounds, I defintely stuggled, missed my family, but made amazing friends and visited some insanely beautiful cities around the continent.

After 13 months in Europe, I went back home to Canada for a few weeks, re-packed my bags and moved to Australia. I was keen to work in a bar or a hotel since I never had before and lucky for me that's exactly where I ended up. On a tropical island off the coast of Townsville with wild Koalas and incredible clear blue beaches. When first moving to Aus, I didn't want to move in directly with a guy that I had fallen for and had formed a long distance relationship with over 9 months. I wanted to sort myself out first, and then see where things went between us (even though we spoke every single day over a 9 month time frame while I was in England and he was back in Australia with a 14 hour time difference, I guess you could say we really fancied eachother). After I got settled on the island, I travelled to and from the island to the mainland (only 25 minutes by ferry) to spend my days off with my partner. During my second year in Australia, we moved into a perfect little apartment along the ocean on the mainland and I was able to get a trasnfer through work to a hotel on the mainland.

With my past salon and recpetion experience, I really excelled in my career at the hotel, and after just a few months I made my way up to supervisor. I was on a full time wage with 4 weeks paid holiday. Which I used to my discretion might I add. In my first year of living in Australia I travelled to 10 countries. Not nearly as many as what I achieved in Europe - but keep in mind Australia is extremeley far away from other countries unlike the accessability Europe has to offer. A huge benefit of working in a hotel chain the past two years has been the fact that I have been able to recieve discounted or even free hotel rooms across all of Australia and even in a few locations such as Canada and the U.S. A massive perk to the job obviously.

So that really sums it all up. The entire time I have been travelling, I've been working full time. Which is how I've been able to afford everything. And I've just been travelling during my time off work. Just know - moving overseas isn't a cheap or easy process. It can be really exhausting applying for entry visas, looking for work, finding an apartment, making friends, etc. I 100% think it's worth it and would't trade any of my experiences for the world, but none of it was handed to me. I have worked really hard for everything I have.

I've been asked in the past "how can I find the perfect job for me while overseas?" Honestly, I'll be 26 and I still don't know what I want to do for the rest of my life. You can love your job but hate where you've wound up, or love the area you're living but hate your job. No matter what country you are in! Obviously the ideal out come is to love both - but that's not always easy to come by. Trust me, I'm still looking for a happy balance! If you don't like something then atleast you know it's not for you. My entire life has been trial and error. All you can do is try.