Jay Abdullahi is a globe-trotting woman who continues travelling despite living with polio.
Born in Nigeria, she contracted the virus before her first birthday. Now 28 years old, she travels as much as she can. Her lifestyle focuses around making her trips work for her and doing what she can with a disability.
Jay has travelled around Asia, Africa, North, Central and South America, as well as Europe. She’s inspiring others with physical disabilities through her journey and blog, Jay on Life, where she details the highs and lows of travelling with a disability. Keep up with more of Jay's adventures by checking out her IQPlanner profile page.
Why did you start travel blogging?
I started my blog in February 2014 as I was going on a trip to Paris, and my friends had been asking me about all my different adventures.
So, I decided to start writing it down and began documenting my journeys.
How long have you been doing it?
Officially for over 3 years, but it’s always been a side thing and never a main venture.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
Salvador, Brasil, Kruger National Park, South Africa and Agra in India.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
Having a constant documentation of all the amazing places I've been to. It's so easy for trips to start blurring, especially for those that travel for extended periods of time.
However, being able to look back and saying, ‘I did that’ or ‘I've been there’, is still pretty damn cool!
And the worst?! (if there is one)
The writing! Which I know, as a travel blogger is a bit ridiculous.
But I get so caught up in the wonder of actually being in these awesome places that I forget to actually write anything down. Shame on me.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
Write from your perspective. Many people out there do want to hear your voice and it may help them if they're planning a trip and are similar to you.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
Always take 'em’, free is the best price in the world! Now if it comes with strings attached, that's a whole different question....
What’s at the top of your list for destinations this year?
I would love to visit Cuba, but I don’t know when. From what I've seen and heard from people that have been there, it seems like somewhere I would love to go.
Especially as a lot of Afro-Cubanos can trace their heritage back to the Yoruba people in Nigeria, which is where I’m from. And they have a Yoruba Museum in Havana that I’d also love to see.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
Because I'm awesome! But seriously though, I discuss the amazing places that I’ve been to, and also how accessible they are.
I also provide hints and tips to help others with mobility issues (or those travelling with less mobile companions), and how to have the best trip possible.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
A bit of an odd combination, but I had lobster pizza in Iceland, simply because I could.
I love lobster, I love pizza, why not combine the two? It was delicious, but I'd have them separately next time!
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
Salvador, Brasil. As with Cuba, many Brazilians of African descent can trace their heritage back to my people.
When I was in Salvador, it felt like a homecoming of sorts, there were so many pieces of Nigeria that I experienced in the city, from the food to the culture. It’s definitely somewhere I’d love to revisit.
Where’s your next adventure?
As with most things in my life, I’ve absolutely no clue. If I see a good deal going somewhere, and I have the time and money, I'll usually go.
However, I’ve had my eyes on Thailand for quite a while. I want to see the sights, and eat my body weight in yummy Thai food.
Find out where Jay's off to next by clicking on any of the links below: