How To Deal With Jet Lag.

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I could remember my first trip by air; I experienced motion sickness guys, not jet lag cos it was a domestic flight.

I know about jet lag, but I’ve never experienced it, hopefully soon ☺️

Jet lag can occur when you travel across two or more time zones. It might be when you book that cheap flights to Dubai from Lagos.

The more time zones you cross, the more likely you’re to be sleepy and sluggish. It’s a temporary sleep disorder.

Since I’ve not travelled across two-time zones and I don’t know much about jet lag, I had a chat with a pilot friend who is more experienced in this topic. Here are the 8 tips Captain Ola shared with me on how to deal with jet lag.

8 Tips On How To Deal With Jet Lag

1. Adjust your sleeping time.

According to Captain Ola, you need to adjust your sleeping time to that of the country you’re travelling to.

2. Sun exposure.

Little exposure to sun always helps recover from jet lag.

Your body’s internal clock controls sleep and wake cycle, a set of structures in the brain called the Suprachiasmatic nuclei are the same structures that regulate your body temperature and some hormonal fluctuations immediately you’re exposed to sunlight. This suprachiasmatic nuclei senses when you are exposed to sunlight and resets your body clock. So, it is good to get a little bit of the sun.

Note that it’s just a little healthy amount of sun you need to be exposed to.

3. Avoid coffee

The caffeine in coffee will affect your sleep cycle. If you have started practising what we discussed first, with the adjustment of body rhythm, coffee can change everything because it will deprive you of sleep when you need it.

4. Avoid Alcohol

Avoid alcohol because of the effect of alcohol at altitude will increase tiredness and cause dehydration, making it even harder to overcome jetlag.

5. Exercise

Do some exercise to let your body adjust to the new time zone.

6. Get enough rest while flying

Get enough rest while flying and eliminate anything that can distract you during your short nap. Use earplug or an eye mask to remove distraction.

7. Eat

Start eating proper meals and ensure you eat healthily.

8. Be prepared fully for your trip.

Ensure you’re well prepared ahead of your trip. If you’re well prepared and you are not so worked up, your body would adjust to the new time zone without difficulty.

 

Thank you, Captain Olagbemi Olayinka of Isleepeatfly, for sharing how to deal with jetlag tips with us.

Have you ever experienced jetlag? How did you deal with it? Kindly comment below. If you have never experienced jet lag I hope the tips have been useful to you.

Till next post lovies!! Don’t forget sharing is caring!! Share this post on all your socials and follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

5 Things To Do While You Can’t Afford To Travel.

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Look at me guys!! I wrote about the ten places I will like to visit in 2018, the year is almost over and I’ve been to only one of this places.

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So sad! I’ve actually been broke and I can’t afford traveling at the moment. I know there are people in this with me ( haba I can’t be alone) and it’s just a season that will pass definitely.

While I’m still very restless without traveling for a while now, there are quite a number of things I’m doing to keep my restless side busy. I will be sharing 5 things to do while you can’t afford to travel. The tips I will be sharing has actually been working for me and I hope it will work for you too.

1.Read books:

Books are powerful and I believe to an extent what you read will determine who you might become later on. Read lots of book on politics, adventures, religion etc. those who read will keep learning and we can add books on how to be financially Bouyant so we can afford our travel dreams.

Note that; reading shouldn’t be something you only do while you can’t afford to travel. It should be a continuous thing.

2.Join an NGO:

Help your community, help someone with your time by joining an NGO to help people. You don’t have to donate money, your time is money enough. And as little as N1000 will go a long way in someone’s life.

One of my plans of 2018 apart from my travel plans is to join an NGO, not just an NGO I will be in without making impact.

I joined Lagos food bank early this year but I couldn’t really attend any of their outreach. And I had to pull out till I joined Hashtaghappybaglagos where I felt I’m more useful and the feeling of been part of a team that makes a difference by spreading happiness like confetti is priceless. Our next outreach is September 29th, you can send Hashtaghappybag_lagos message on instagram to volunteer or donate.

There are quite a number of NGO you can join like; Lagos food bank, socially Africa, slum to school, hashtaghappybaglagos (the highlighted blue text will take you to their Instagram pages if you will like to join them).

There are still other NGOs out there, google them, so far they are in your area of interest.

3.Visit a local tourist destination:

Hey! Don’t be scared, I know visiting some local tourist attractions at times attracts some entrance fee but there are places you can visit in your city without paying a dime. In my city, Lagos, you can visit Nike art gallery without paying a dime to go in.

4.Hangout with your friends:

You can plan a beach hangout or movie hangout with your friends within your city. I’m sure it wouldn’t really cost that much. I planned a beach hangout with my friends with just N4,000.

5 Things To Do While You Can't Afford To Travel.
With one of my friends at Atican beach.

5.Binge on travel blogs or travel bloggers instagram pages:

One of the things I like doing when not traveling is reading my favorite bloggers travel tales on their Instagram page or blogs. Since we can’t afford to travel at the moment, let’s travel through other people’s experience.

Here are few travel blogger pages I follow on the gram:

Naijanomad

5 Things To Do While You Can't Afford To Travel.
Naija nomads Instagram feed

Glory Osei

5 Things To Do While You Can't Afford To Travel.
Glory Instagram feed

Funmi Oyatogun

5 Things To Do While You Can't Afford To Travel.
Funmi Instagram Feed

Amarachi Ekekwe 

5 Things To Do While You Can't Afford To Travel.
Amarachi Instagram feed.

What are the things you do while you’re not traveling, doesn’t mean you can’t afford to though. Please comment below. 

The Traveler’s Tales Featuring Atabo David Of Comemakewego.

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The Traveler’s Tales Featuring Atabo David Of Comemakewego

Atabo David of Comemakewego, the man who is doing a wonderful job of marketing African’s only suspended lake ‘Ado Awaye’ to the world is our traveler’s tales guest for this week.

The Traveler’s Tales Featuring Atabo David Of Comemakewego.
The only suspended lake in African.
Photo credit: Comemakewego

David has been an helpful colleague in this industry and I really do appreciate his good work.

The Traveler’s Tales Featuring Atabo David Of Comemakewego is all about David telling us more about his brand, how he was able to get the local members of Ado Awaye to see the gem in their community, what motivates him, the biggest lesson he has learned, his advise to intending travelers and other things.

The Traveler’s Tales Featuring Atabo David Of Comemakewego.
David Atabo

1. Can you kindly tell us about you and your brand?

I am Atabo David, a brand strategist; particularly leveraging on digital platforms – I help brands tell stories that sells. Currently bootstrapping a destination marketing startup ( Comemakewego) – with the mission to shed light on local communities in Africa with tourism and other investment opportunities. I believe in sustainable development, hence, we make it as a core benchmark at Comemakewego, ensuring there is a balance in economical and socio-cultural benefit between a travel and the locals, as well keeping the environment safe for living.

2. You are a destination marketer of Africa’s only suspended lake; how did you discover this gem?

The Traveler’s Tales Featuring Atabo David Of Comemakewego.

I came across Ado-Awaye while exploring local communities in Oyo state, I saw the potential of the destination this led me to meet the local chiefs and King, and luckily for me, they received me with warm arms, and since then, it’s been quite a journey. Lol

3. I want to commend you for all the good work you have been doing with Ado Awaye. You are one of the people I tap inspiration from. You have marketed Ado Awaye in such a way the community members have been able to see the potential in their land? How did you achieve this? 

Hahaha, you also inspire me much! – It hasn’t been easy getting the locals to put hands together. At first, I was trying to involve the government, after weeks and months of meeting with their officials, I got to realise I was just wasting my money on transport LOL. I needed to change plans but still had the goal in mind. Then I got back to the local chiefs and king to discuss. First, I stayed with them for 2 months or more (This showed my commitment to them -I became one of them, I slept where they did, eat what they ate, and breath same air with them. lol) – I was called the king’s son. It became easy for them to understand.

4. What is the biggest lesson you have learnt  ever since you started working as a destination marketer?

Being a destination marketer in a country like Nigeria…mehn! I have learned a lot of lessons. First, if a plan doesn’t work, change your plans and not the goal. Secondly, be patient and persistent. Then, let every step you take lead you to achieving your goal.

5. What motivates you?

In terms of motivation – I would classify what motivates me into “internal and external factors” – constantly reminding myself where I want to be (vision) triggers me to not give up, knowing that the current issues will definitely pass with time; does the magic. Also, I get to receive some “touchy” messages from random people that have heard about Ado Awaye because of me, these messages gets my head swelling and I definitely won’t want to stop receiving them, so I have to do even more. Hahaha

6. How many places have you been to and which of this places will you like to live forever? And why?

Where I would like to live forever would be anywhere in Africa. If Africa was a lady with flesh, she would have been the standard of beauty for all ladies.

7. What was your worst travel experience? And what could you have done to make it better?

Yet to have any bad travel experience, as I am in that class of people that barely plan travels. I just teach myself to anything I see. (Never expecting anything, avoids disappointment).

8. How do you combine your 9-5 with marketing Ado Awaye plus the good job you’re doing with it?

My time has been flexible up until I finally established myself at AdoAwaye. Currently, my 9-5 has to do with digital marketing; which of course is in line with destination marketing.

9. How rewarding is traveling to you?

“Consciously traveling” opens your mind up. You become a citizen of the world. I have met lot of business partners through travels, I have made life changing decisions through travel, I have touched lives in my little way, and locals have touched my life as well.

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10. What advise will you give to intending travelers?

It’s one thing to travel, it’s another thing to consciously travel. If your reason for travel is just to see, then you better stay in your house, save your money and “travel through Google images/Youtube” . Consciously traveling is seeing and engaging with locals; asking locals for direction instead of Google maps, eating the local food instead of bringing yours from your house, enjoying the potholes and mosquitoes instead of complaining. Hahaha

This is such an enlightening interview, I enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you David for taking out time to answer my questions. You can read more about his good works on his website : miztaatabo.com.ng . Get social with him on Instagram @iamatabo and Twitter @iamatabo. 

Travelstart Nigeria And Uber Nigeria Announce Flight Partnership With ‘UberEscape’.

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Travelstart, Africa’s leading Online Travel Agency has announced the launch of ‘UberEscape,’ a collaboration between Travelstart and Uber to allow customers book flights through the Uber app.

Let’s dive into a little history about TRAVELSTART and UBER before going into the full details of the partnership between them.

About Travelstart:

Travelstart is Africa’s largest online travel agency, with headquarters in Cape Town and a local office in Lagos. Founded in Sweden, Travelstart opened its doors in 1999, as the brainchild of travel visionary Stephan Ekbergh. Nearly two decades, plenty of learning, growth and one African immigration later, today Travelstart proudly employs a team of more than 200 staff with offices in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey and other countries. Nigeria opened in 2012 and has grown to close to 50 staff. The company provides access to more than 500 airlines flying to more than 11,000 destinations. Travelstart Nigeria is the 2017 winner of the Best Blog at the Nigerian Tourism and Travel Awards. Book affordable flights now on www.travelstart.com.ng .

About UBER:

Uber’s mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button – everywhere and for everyone. We started in 2009 to solve a simple problem – how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Eight years and over five billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

Uber is available in thirteen cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lagos, Abuja, Kampala, Accra, Kumasi and Dar es Salaam). Overall, the Uber network is available in over 600 cities in over 75 countries including spanning 6 continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at www.uber.com/go. For questions visit www.uber.com

 The Partnership Details:

From September 10 – September 12, 2018, customers will be able to book their flights by simply opening their Uber app and clicking on ’UberEscape.’ Customers will then be directed to the secure ’UberEscape‘ website where they can access exclusive flight deals to some of their favourite destinations. These flight deals are powered by Travelstart. The company is known for their cheap flights to Dubai, London, New York, Johannesburg and more.

The journey to ’UberEscape‘ will kick off on August 27 with an exciting competition on social media titled “Snap & Share.” During the competition, Uber riders will be asked “Where To?” Participants can pick from any flight route, snap a selfie and share it with Travelstart, UBER and their social media followers to win a trip to their dream travel destination. One lucky Uber rider will win two FREE Economy return flights tickets! The competition will end September 2, 2018. Here is how it works:

UberEscape

How it works:

1. From August 27, select Uber cars will contain fill-in-the-blank “Where To?” signs.

2. Use the wipeable marker to fill in your dream destination in the “Where to?” section of the board.

3. Snap a selfie with it and post on twitter or instagram using the hashtags #UberEscape #PoweredbyTravelstart

4. Make sure you tag @travelstartng, @ubernigeria and the person you will fly with.

5. At the end of the week, 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive TWO return flight tickets to their destination.

 ‘UberEscape’.
A sample of the ‘whereto’ sign you will see in your uber.

Read what top managements of both companies said about this collaboration:

Speaking about the partnership, Commercial Manager, Travelstart Nigeria, Bukky Akomolafe said “We are excited to partner with Uber to make flight bookings even more accessible. With this partnership, customers will be able to book their flights as seamlessly as ordering their next ride via the Uber app.” This reinforces Travelstart’s promise of making flight bookings even simpler for Nigerians.

Margaret Banasko, Uber Country Marketing Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, said;

“We are constantly looking for new ways to excite and create value for our burgeoning customers, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Travelstart through the launch of ‘UberEscape‘. ‘UberEscape’ allows Uber riders to book a flight to their next destination with just a click of a button.  “We are happy to be enabling even more options for their urban mobility needs” she added.

To make this competition a fair one, we have few terms and conditions that must be followed.

Terms and Conditions

• Travelstart is responsible for the cost of the return flight tickets up to a value of ₦700,000. All other expenses (hotel, visa, transportation) are not included in the prize.

• Travelstart reserves the right to select the airline to the winner’s selected destination.

• This competition is promoted by Travelstart & Uber and is open to Nigerian residents, aged 18 and above that live in Lagos.

• Employees or agencies of Travelstart Web Logistics Ltd (“Travelstart”, “We”), Uber or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter.

• The winner will be contacted via social media handle, mobile and/or email used to enter the Competition.

• The winner must respond to the email within 24 hours to claim the prize.

• Winner agrees to supply a photograph for publicity purposes.

• Travelstart will attempt to contact the winners at least 3 (three) times, but if Travelstart is unable to contact the winners within 2 (two) days, such winner will forfeit his/her prize and Travelstart reserve the right to re-draw the prize.

• The winner agrees to share photos/stories of their travel experience with Travelstart & Uber.

• Failure to comply will disqualify the entrant from winning, and a new winner will be picked. Entries close on 7 September 2018. The winner will be announced by 14 September 2018.

• The winner may be announced in Travelstart & Uber’s newsletter, social media, print media etc.

• By participating in this competition, you agree to all the Competition Rules set out above, without exception. Entry into the Competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

• In the event of unforeseen circumstances or causes beyond our reasonable control, Travelstart & Uber reserves the right to cancel this Competition, or to change the rules at our discretion, or to change the number or nature of any of the prizes at any time without notice to you.

The Competition Prize Includes:

• Two free Economy class return tickets to the destination of the winner.

• Booking dates are from 15 September – 20 November 2018 and 01 February – 15 June 2019.

• Booking must be made 3 months from the date of announcement.

• Once selected the destination and airline cannot be changed.

• Tickets are issued by Travelstart Office in Lagos, Nigeria.

• Tickets cannot be reimbursed, exchanged for monetary gains, transferred, renewed or extended.

• Blackout dates, change fee, no-show fee, cancellation charges apply.

• Tickets are subject to the selected airline’s terms and conditions.

Let the best man win!

Don’t forget you can book cheap flights on Travelstart website and download the UBER app to make the competition more easier for you.

An evening of good music, good food and great company at the backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.

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An evening of good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.
On the swing

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

~Plato

Sometimes, I get too comfortable in my comfort zone and don’t want to go anywhere. I’m really glad Monday was not one of those days I get dressed and change my mind (Ahhh surprised right!) I do that a lot.

How could I miss good music, good food and great company? No way!

Many of you might know Mr Niyi David of Morecreamthancoffee from my travelers tales series and when he invited me for an evening of good music, good food and great company at the backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang the sensational singer, I’m glad I could attend. It was an opportunity to also meet him, he has been my online buddy for so long.

good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.
Mr Niyi David and my new friend, Successa

The show was organized by Ruby Gyang and friends at backyardyard of Lagos. Apart from traveling and reading another thing I enjoy most is good music; good music is like a food to the soul that’s needed most times to fuel the energy within you. 

Ngohide Ruby Ann GyangGyang, better known by her stage name Ruby Gyang, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She is currently signed to Chocolate City.

Different sensational singers came to sing and it’s amazing how many great musical talents we have in Nigeria that are yet to be well known.

good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.
With Ruby Gyang

The night was definitely a great one with the ambience and setting at the Backyard of Lagos. It was also my first time going to the restaurant.

good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.
On the swing

An evening of good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.

The Backyard of Lagos is a restaurant located at Musa Yar’Aduua St, 4B, VI Lagos. We had different varieties of meat, prawn, groundnut meat, fish, etc (I don’t know the general name of the dish, if you know please tell me in the comment section) during the show.

good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.
Varieties

Also had my first taste of beer; Budweiser. Budweiser beer was one of the official sponsors of the Ruby Gyang with friends show. And every beer lover I asked love the drink.

An evening of good music, good food and great company at backyard of Lagos with Ruby Gyang.
Artistic Budweiser beer keke

Ps: I don’t like the taste of the beer, sorry to the beer lovers here.

The incredible MI Agbaga came to close the show with the host and it’s definitely a night to remember for a very long time.

Do you agree we have amazing talents that are yet to be well known in the country and what do you think can make them be well known staying true to their own song, not the normal shouting songs we glorify?

And have you been to backyard of Lagos before and will you like to go if you’ve never been there?

The Travelers’ Tales Featuring Nnennaya Fakoya Smith of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd

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For some reasons; I’m super doper excited about this week travelers tales guest. She’s one of the people I’ve been admiring from afar in this industry. She’s doing a great job and I’m so glad I finally get to ask her all the questions on my mind.

Don’t worry guys! I’m not selfish; I asked the questions for all of us.

I’ve also written about our brief encounter at Nigeria travel week. (Click the highlighted blue words to read).

Nnennaya Fakoya-Smith also known as Ajala Nene of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd is a tourism enthusiast, tourism promoter, tour broker, travel blogger and tourism business coach. She’s a mumpreneur and post card collector.

She has travelled to 15 countries within and outside Africa and will like to live in Seychelles because it’s peaceful and nature centric.

The travelers’ tales featuring Nnennaya Fakoya Smith of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd shows Ajala Nene talking about her brand; her biggest lesson ever since she started; what inspired her to choose the unsaturated part of the tourism business; her upcoming tourism boost camp workshop; how she handles been a mumpreneur and so many other things.

I had a great time putting this together, I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Kindly tell us about your brand

Nnoo! Ekabo! Sannu! My name is Nnennaya Fakoya-Smith also known as Ajala Nene.

My brand, Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd is an indigenous Tourism Brokerage Firm that creates ‘Life Changing Travel Experiences’ through promoting tourism events and package. We also encourage practicing Sustainable Tourism as a tool to maximize impact on the environment, society, economy and the local communities. Our goal is to make an impact, no matter how small, in the lives of people and communities of tourist destinations in Nigeria, Africa and the World.

Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd provides the following services:

(1) Organizing tourism events such as volunteer activities, workshops, seminars, fairs, e.t.c. This is to educate travel and tourism enthusiasts and the general public on the benefits of practicing Sustainable Tourism and being a Responsible Traveller;

(2) Marketing and selling both local and international tours that promote local-content and sustainability;

(3) Collaborating and building partnerships with both public and private organizations, government agencies and individuals who have similar objectives in creating awareness into the possible and lasting benefits of tourism.

How many places have you traveled to and which of this places will you like to live forever. And why?

I have traveled to over 15 countries within and outside Africa. I will like to live in Seychelles because it very “nature-centric”  and peaceful.

The travelers’ tales featuring Nnennaya Fakoya Smith of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd

 You’re a tour promoter and that’s really unique because it’s a market that is unsaturated and untapped in the Nigeria tourism. What inspired this?

When I wanted to start my tourism business, becoming a Tour Operator was my plan. But two things held me…I am not really good at packaging tours (I keep saying it’s not my calling!) and I also noticed that there were already a lot of local tour operators springing up. So I thought about how I could add value in my own way in the industry. I decided that since I love what my fellow tour operators are doing, why not have a platform to help market them? That’s how it all started. From there, I also started partnering with my fellow tourism enthusiasts to organize events that promote tourism in Nigeria and Africa.

 Ever since you started; what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

That patience is a virtue! Lol! Unless you have passion for the tourism industry, you might not last if you are in it for the money. Consistency is what pays off. Another thing I have learned is “valuing your relationships”. Collaboration is the new competition! People are your greatest asset in this industry or in any industry you find yourself. So value each and every one of them.

 I have watched videos of events you talked about postcards. Can you kindly share your knowledge on postcards with us and how important it is to the travel industry? 

The travelers’ tales featuring Nnennaya Fakoya Smith of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd

My dad inspired my love for postcards. His job required that he traveled a lot, and most times he would send us postcards when he was in any of these countries. I was always excited to receive and read them. I loved the fact that these postcards were handwritten by my dad and that they were from “far away countries” that I had never been to then.

One of the nostalgic experiences postcards gives is the act of sending and receiving postcards from friends and families from far and near. Postcards connect people in a special way because its a ‘hardcopy’ memory one can refer to time without number especially in this digital era. It also helps to tell stories of other’s culture which in turn encourages cultural exchange. In 2014, I joined an online community called Postcrossing.com where postcard lovers from all over  the world send each other postcards. I just love the fact that I can share my country and culture with others through handwritten postcards. So for me, postcard is a Tourism Destination marketing tool that can be used to promote a country’s cultural heritage.

Whenever I hear your name; I picture innovative thinker almost all the time lol. And obviously you’re one. You have an upcoming tourism boost camp workshop to  teach people the business of tourism. The idea behind the workshop is great and I have really been looking forward to workshops like this.  What prompted this great idea? And why must people attend workshops on the business of tourism.

@ innovative thinker – Lol! Aren’t we all are? *wink*

Well, to answer your question, I noticed that anytime I am invited for speaking engagement, people would ask me if I did training for people who wanted to start their own Tourism Business. So I got to work and decided to host our first ever Tourism Boost Workshop. The workshop is for ‘serious minded people’ who genuinely want to start their own Tourism Business. I say serious because like I previously said, if you are coming into this industry for the money only you would get frustrated. So the workshop is for people who have passion for the Tourism industry and want to add their own quota and of course eventually make money. The workshop includes experts in the Nigerian Tourism industry, Branding/Marketing and Vision Building field. It holds on September 1st, 2018 at ATTWON Creative Hub in Yaba, Lagos. Anyone that is interested can click on this link to register:  http://bit.ly/TourismBoostWorkshop

The travelers’ tales featuring Nnennaya Fakoya Smith of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd

 You’re a mumpreneur; or should I say super mom?
How do you handle being a mum and the stress that comes with been an entrepreneur especially the industry you’re working in? 

Ah! I love this question! @ super mom – Oh how I wish!!! LOL!

The truth is it hasn’t been easy balancing a young family and working from home. But I am grateful for the awesome support system I have around me. I find joy working from home because it allows me to have more time with my children and at the same time do what I love. For me, its important my children see what mummy is doing so that they can be inspired to start their own business when they are ready. At the end of the day, being a Mumpreneur is about finding what works for you and how you decided to balance being a mother and and wife too! *smiles*

The travelers’ tales featuring Nnennaya Fakoya Smith of Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd

 No doubt; the Nigeria travel industry has come far; but change is a constant and necessary thing. What do you think the industry should be improved on? 

So many things need improvement. Social Infrastructures such as good roads, constant electricity and basic amenities need to be looked into by the government. Without them, Tourism cannot thrive to the capacity we need it to. Security and proper rules and regulations guiding the industry are also crucial. Then, we in the industry need to do less talking and more actions in our own little way. We don’t need to wait for the government to promote Nigeria. Let’s continue to share and sell the positive side of our nation and make our own little impact to improve the industry.

What advise will you give to intending travelers? 

Explore every corner of the world as much as you can! Life is only lived once. As Helen Keller said “Life is a daring adventure or nothing”. So explore it! And as you do so, be a Responsible Traveller. Leave footprints of positive impact in every land you go, no matter how small.

 How rewarding is traveling?

Very very rewarding! Travelling opens your mind! It enables you to understand others who are not like you. And the beautiful thing about traveling is that you don’t have to go far to explore. You can explore within your city, town, village and community and still learn a lot! Just explore with an open mind and you would see the reward of traveling.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you. Sail, Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain 

Thank you Ajala Nene for such an enlightening interview. You can get social with her on Instagram Ajalanene and her business page Neneuwa.

The Travelers’ Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

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The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

The Travelers’ tales featuring Jadesola Ojudole of BourgieTravel is the second part of the travelers’ tales series which I  started on the blog last week (you can read the first interview HERE). Jadesola is not new on the blog, you might have read my trip with her travel company; Thebourgielife to Lufasi park.

My relationship with Jadesola started from been on the same group (The bloggers advocate and Travelhollic) to going on her group tour. I can see how well she’s doing within the time she started her trips.  As a matter of fact, she was the first person to indicate interest in answering my questions and I was really glad for the support.

I enjoyed her replies to the questions I asked and I hope you do too.

Can you kindly tell us about your brand?

My name is Jadesola Odujole and I am a Travel and Lifestyle blogger. I run two blogs – MusingsofaJadedGirl and TheBourgieLife. The Bourgie Life is also divided into two – there is the group tours and exploration part – @Bourgietravel and the lifestyle (family part) – @TheBourgieLife

I had to separate it at some point because I studied my audience and I had to give them what they liked 😁

Why did you start?

I have always loved to travel and experience beautiful places and things, this even influenced my decision to stay back in Cross River for my NYSC and I think that’s where my love affair with travel began. It was during that time that I visited the Obudu cattle ranch and Tinapa resort. I also did some Rural Rugged Evangelism with the Nigeria Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF) so I went to some really remote villages in Cross River to preach. In fact, for most of my service year, I was on the road – Abuja, went up North to Zamfara, Kebbi, and then Markudi.

Fast forward to 2016, I organized a group to Whispering Palms with someone, we had an amazing time at Whispering Palms. It was beautiful and I loved the feedback I got.

Then, I took a quiet break in 2017 and I kept stalling and refusing to organize another group trip. This may be related to the fact that I was scared of failing but in the end, I did it anyway and “The Bourgie Tour Experience” was born.

Since then, we have been to Olumo rock, Lufasi Park, Ile-Ife, Osogbo and Ilesha (#BeWET), Badagry and we have gone Kayaking on the Lagos Lagoon. Yaay #ImBourgie

The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

What motivates you?

The fear of failing and the will to fulfill my God-given purpose. Travel and Tourism is one way we get to see the wonders of God’s creation and if I can help one person see God in a different way, nothing more will give me joy. Then I love seeing people happy and having a good time.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve life learned since you started?

Always hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. My worst case scenario is played out in my mind so even if something bad happens I know it’s not the worst and it can be fixed. You just need to be positioned for the lessons from that scenario.

Your worst travel nightmare?

Forgetting the food at home. Lol, I thought of this recently and was wondering what I will do.

Which travel experience was your best one?

Ah! This has to be between #BeWET and Abeokuta. Abeokuta tour because it was my first and it was so surreal. I couldn’t sleep for like two days before the trip, I was so pumped up.

The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

The #BeWET experience was also beautiful – two nights away from Lagos stress – I felt in my lungs and I was so glad that my tourists felt the same.

The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

Your worst trip?

Lufasi park! So I wasn’t able to fill a bus and was about to cancel the trip but my friend had already paid and was refusing a refund. We ended up taking Taxify cabs and it was really stressful. In the end, it was beautiful and I have made new friends (and repeat tourists) from that tour. Thank God I didn’t cancel.

The Travelers' Tales Featuring Jadesola Odujole of BourgieTravel.

What could you have done to make it better?

I took my lessons to heart from that trip. Major lesson – have a realistic and attainable scale so you can base the budget on that.

What advice will you give to intending travelers?

Just do it guys! If you keep waiting for the perfect time, you’ll just discover that time has passed and you haven’t done anything significant with your travel life. Start small, start big, go to a museum or a chop bar. Just do it already!

Thank you Jadesola for taking out time to answer my questions. You can get social with her on Instagram; Bourgietravel and also join some of her upcoming trips.

If you will like to be part of this series to share your travel experience and also life experience, please send a mail to Busayoblog@gmail.com.

The Travelers’ Tales Featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee

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The Travelers' Tales Featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee

The travelers’ tales featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee is the first interview of the Travelers’ Tales series. Seeing the need to give travelers a platform to share their experience while traveling, the good and the bad. I started an interview series called The Travelers’ Tales: which will feature various adventurers sharing their travel experience here.

I met Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee on LinkedIn at a point I needed help with my blog and was feeling unmotivated. He was kind enough to check my blog and gave me some advice. He has been really supportive since then and was kind enough to answer all my questions when I told him about the series.

Here are the questions, I hope you learn one or two things from here like I did.

The Traveler's Tales Featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee

  1. Kindly tell us about your brand?

More Cream Than Coffee® is pretty new, it is just a couple of months old. My travel and travel writing experience predates my company. I worked with Afro Tourism WA Ltd for four years and two months, and I have been privileged to travel several places on the African continent. I guess the only region I have not been to is North Africa.

  1. Why did you start?

I wanted to do something more with travel media.

  1. What motivates you?

The urge to excel in what I do.

  1. The biggest lesson you’ve learned?

People are more friendly to strangers than what is usually reported.

  1. Your worst travel nightmare?

Traveling without a socket adaptor.

  1. Your best trip?

Hard to say. I loved my first trip. It was to Senegal and I arrived Dakar around 2am! Good thing, I made a friend on the plane who was Senegalese. So he helped me get to my hotel easily. Uganda was fun and I got a pleasant surprise on my birthday from the Uganda Tourism Board. My first trip to Zimbabwe was so much fun and I made lots of friends in the industry. Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Benin, The Gambia, Ghana, etc were all fun.

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  1. Your worst trip?

I cannot think of any.

  1. What you could have done to make it better?

Well, the truth is every trip can be made better, because you always learn something. For instance, my first trip to Zimbabwe in 2016 was in June, and that is winter in Southern Africa. I was not adequately prepared with temperature dropping to as low as 8 degrees in the evenings, but that did not make my trip bad. I survived with my jeans jacket. Now, if I have to travel there again in winter, I will be better prepared.

  1. What advice would you give to intending travelers?

Go out there and explore! Of course do your basic due diligence. Have your proper travel documents and all.

  1. How rewarding is traveling?

Traveling is an education.

I hope you enjoyed reading the travelers’ tales featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee as much as I do. Thank you Mr Niyi for taking out time to answer my questions. You can get social with him on Instagram Morecreamthancoffee.

Did you enjoy this series? Please let me know below. Considering this is my first time interview, what do you think about the questions? And if you have any questions you want me to ask the next adventurer that will be featured here, please drop your questions below. Thank you!

 

10 Top Events In Nigeria.

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10 TOP EVENTS IN NIGERIA

Ain’t no party like a Lagos party cause a Lagos party we don’t bother anybody. Scratch that and put ain’t any events like an event in Nigeria.

All year long, there are usually lots of events in Nigeria to promote art, culture, and generally the Nigerians lifestyles.

Here are 10 top events you must attend in Nigeria:

  1. Art X Lagos

Art X Lagos is a West Africa’s premier yearly international art fair, designed to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent  and it’s Diaspora.

Since it’s debut in 2016, ART X Lagos has welcomed over  15,000 visitors to see the works of 120 leading and emerging African Artists, drawn from more than 15 countries around Africa and Diaspora. Now in it’s third year, ART X Lagos has become a cornerstone of the Lagos Art calendar, drawing local patrons and a host of international collectors, curators and critics, thus contributing to Lagos’ position as a fast-emerging and exciting cultural hub.

The 2018 edition of ART X Lagos will take place from Friday 2nd November at the Civic Center in Victoria Island, Lagos.

  1. Calabar Carnival

Calabar carnival is the largest street carnival in Africa. It is an annual popular cultural festival that displays African culture and heritage by means of music, drama and other cultural displays.  The carnival displays the cultural heritage of the people in their various costumes. The carnival attracts over two million spectators from various part of the world.

Calabar carnival is not meant for only Calabar indigenes, it is meant for everyone who loves cultural carnival. The carnival is organized by the Cross River State Carnival Commission and is scheduled to  hold from  Decemeber 1st – 31st 2018.

I have never spend December far from home but I intend to this year. I’ve been looking forward to attending Calarbar carnival for so many years now.

  1. Musical concerts

What’s an event in Nigeria if you did not watch the like of Davido, Wizkid, Olamide, Falz, Tiwa Savage etc perform live on stage? A Nigerian event is not complete without a yearly concert from our favorite music icons. The concerts are usually between 1st of December to 31st yearly.

  1. Felabration

Felabration is an annual one-week-long  music festival started in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo Kuti in memory of her father Fela Kuti. Fela Kuti is a musician known for pioneering Afrobeat genre of music and a human rights activist. The festival usually attracts visitors from all over the world and has been considered as an official tourist destination by the Lagos State Government.

This year Felabration will begin on the 15th of October and ends on 21st October.

  1. Lagos Fashion Week

I know at this point, you’re thinking everything happens in Lagos lol. This is not far from the truth. Lagos is the heartbeat of Nigeria.

Lagos fashion week is an annual multi-day fashion event held in Lagos Nigeria and founded in 2011 by Omoyemi Akerele. LFW provides a platform for buyers, medias, and fashion enthusiasts to view collections from leading designers from Nigeria and across Africa.

As a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar, LFW leads the way with initiatives that supports, strengthens and develops the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a platform that’s gradually re-positioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

The 2018 edition of LFW will take place from October 24-27, 2018.

 

  1. The Experience

I was at the Experience last year and there’s no way this yearly gospel musical concert wouldn’t make the list as part of the top ten events in Nigeria. The crowd was so much; I was scared I will get lost. I couldn’t meet up with two of my friends because we couldn’t find each other. That’s how crazy the concert was.

Convened and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin. The Experience is an Interdominational gospel concert that features some of the best-known musical talents of our time. The event, which debuted in December 2006 with over 70,000 persons in attendance rapidly gained momentum at it’s second outing with a quantum leap in attendance of well over 700,000 people. The Experience has now become known as the largest musical concert in Africa.

The Experience usually takes place at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS lagos, every December

  1. Ojude Oba

Ojuede Oba means ‘’Festival in the King’s Court’’. It’s  a yearly festival which aims to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Ijebu-Ode { a town in Ogun State}  people. Ojude oba festival holds annually, typically three days after the start of Eid-el-Kabir. Usually, two days before the Ojude-Oba festival is for Muslims to mark the Eid with their families, friends and well wishers. Then on the third day, Christians, dignitaries, tourists and visitors join them at the Awujales’s palace.

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  1. Afropolitan Vibes

Afropolitan vibes is a monthly live music concert which exists as a platform for alternative music: a place where music lovers congregate to watch contemporary singer-songwriters and musicians perform mostly original works that are firmly rooted in African musical origins of Afro-beat, Afro-funk, Afro-hip-hop, Afro-pop and Highlife music.  The show is held every third Friday of each month.

I’ve attended the show once at Freedom Park and it was really fun and great that’s if you enjoy good music. You should attend at least once in a year.

  1.  AY Live

Ay live is a comedy and music concert by comedian Ayo Makun. It’s an event that takes place every Easter and it’s usually sold out.

  1. AMVCA

The African Magic Viewers Choice Award {AMCVA} is a yearly award that recognizes outstanding achievements in television and films. This is like a MET Gala in Nigeria. Celebrities come out with their stylish and beautiful outfits to collect awardsand support their collegues for their recognized work in the movie industry.

The 2018 edition has been scheduled to hold September 1st.

Note that some of this events, you will pay to be part of it, while some are free and the award show is strictly by invitation.

I definitely look forward to Calabar carnival, which event do you look forward to attending?

If it’s your first time in Nigeria and you want someone to take you around or you’re in Nigeria and will love to attend one of this events, you can book a private tour with me via this email: Busayoblog@gmail.com.

Get social with me via my social media platforms. And share this article if it’s useful to you. Thank you!

 

 

The Resort Experience At Omu Resort.

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The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

Omu resort is a place of endless fun especially for kids and family day hangout. I was part of hangout buddy the resort experience at Omu Resort on the 16th of June. I didn’t want to write about it because I was not able to complete all the activities at the resort. But I kept getting questions on my trip there and I decided to answer the questions in this blog post.

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

 

I took over Wilsonsjuiceco Instagram story (you can view the story at the takeover highlight on Wilson’s page) during the tour as a representative of hangout buddy team and that got me really busy but I was still able to have fun because issa awa work oo lol.

The Resort Experience At Omu Resort

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Omu resort is located at Bogije Town, Almost opposite Lakowe Lakes Golf Course, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. Omu Resort is set in a rainforest environment. It allows quests experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. The resort is open Monday to Saturday: 9.00a.m to 6.00pm and Sunday: 12noon to 6.00pm. There are quite a lot of things one can do at Omu resort for fun such as:

Things you can do at Omu Resort

  • Amusement Park: there are different rides for fun at Omu Resort such as hully gully dip, tilt a twirl, chair swing, space ship, pirate ship and many more. I was only able to go on the pirate ship and chair swing. The chair swing was such a thrilling ride I didn’t want it to stop. Have you ever been scared and excited at the same time? That’s exactly the way the pirate ship ride was to me.
The Resort Experience: Omu Resort
The thrilling and scary pirate ship ride.
  • Sea world: As seen on Omu Resort’s website “The seaworld is the first of its kind in Nigeria showcasing Nigeria’s rich possession of fish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. And that is a fact. Some of the exhibits on display are Abadin, Longnose, Shortnose, Roundnose, Dolphin, Marble Knife, Whalenose, Electric fish, Africa lung fish, Feather back, Butterfly fish, African pike, Seven pointer, Blue diamond and more”.

 

  • Wax museum: According to Wikipedia, “Wax museum usually consists of a collection of wax sculptures representing famous people from history and contemporary personalities exhibited in life like poses, wearing real clothes”. I was not able to see the wax museum but I know there is one at Omu resort.
The Resort Experience: Omu Resort
Wax Sculpture:
Photocredit: Omu Resort
  • Archery: involves shooting arrows at a target for accuracy from a distance. I was part of the cheer leading parties for the buddies playing archery.

 

  • Mini golf: I didn’t go near the golf because I can’t  play golf, only good at cheering people on.

 

  • Wave pool:is a swimming pool with artificially generated large waves like that of an ocean. It was so painful I didn’t go with a swimming suite but it was a joy to see the kids playing and happy in water.

 

  • Paint balling: I was really looking forward to paintballing; it’s been on my bucketlist for long but Omu Resort didn’t open the arena for paintballing the day we went there. I don’t know about now.

 

  • Zoo: The resort has a big zoo with different animals like monkeys, snake, lion etc. We were opportuned to see a lion fed live. It was a scary experience for me the way the lion killed it’s prey.

 

  • Quad bike: I only took pictures, couldn’t quad bike because my ticket didn’t cover it.

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

 

  • Kayaking:It’s been on my list for so long to go kayaking and I was so happy to pay N500 to go on this thrilling experience at the resort. It was my first time kayaking and I was lost on what to do for the first few minutes but I got help from the boat guys and some of the buddies with me.

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

There are still more activities you can do at Omu Resort. These are the few ones I noticed.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OMU RESORT:

  • Foods and drinks are allowed but corkage will be charged (Corkage is the fee restaurants charge customers for bringing their own wine).
  • There are shops that sell drinks and food.
  • The resort is children friendly; with many fun activities for them to engage in.
  • Wear what you will be comfortable in; no heels please; unless you’re not going to play the thrilling games.
  • The access fee into the resort varies.
The Price list at Omu Resort.

 

The Resort Experience At Omu Resort
Don’t forget to grab some buddies on your adventures.
The Resort Experience At Omu Resort
Till next time lovies!

Thanks to Hangout Buddy for such a fun day and Streetshots for all the banging pictures.

Have you been to Omu Resort before? Which of the activities did you enjoy? If you’ve never been there, which of the activities do you look forward to? Please comment below. I will like to hear from you lovies.

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