Showing posts with label Fuel Scarcity. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

5 tips on how to travel on a budget

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Yay!!!First of all, compliments of the season. It is the festive season; a good time to go holidaying. In spite of recession and the present fuel scarcity, you can still make the best of this season.

While many would choose to spend their money on items, others prefer to spend theirs on experiences. Come to think of it, experiences do not fade away, they are evergreen memories that can be cherished forever.

  A good way of having wonderful experience is through travelling. We do know that these days travelling does not come cheap(especially now)  so most people would opt to travel on a budget.

Here are 5 tips on how to travel on a budget without breaking the bank:

1. Do your research
 Adequate planning is necessary for you to make that trip. Most times it is tempting to rush into planning and you might end up going off your budget. The best thing to do is to do a thorough research on your travel destination. Check travel blog posts on the destination, discuss with other travellers that have been to the place to learn from their experiences, spend time reading reviews e.t.c. If a particular mode of transportation is quite expensive, you might want to consider other alternatives that are cheaper but make sure they are credible/ laudable.

2. Sort out your accommodation
The next thing to sort out would be your accommodation. This is not the time to lodge in a five-star hotel.  As you consider your comfort, what is more important is having a place to sleep. So think of cheaper accommodation services in your travel destination. Another thing to consider is your safety.  The surest bet is to contact friends that you can stay with when you travel. That way you save yourself some money. Remember to play a good guest when you are hosted by keeping your space clean, helping with chores and others.

3. Don’t overspend during your stay
Take time to visit tourist attractions that comes with little or no costs.  You could ask the tourist’s guide on how you can maximize your stay without overspending. Hiring a cab driver may incur more costs. This is the time to take shuttle buses or cheap public transport. Try as much to limit your eating out because that might be more expensive. If you are going to staying in your travel destination for more than a day, buy groceries. This would save more cash than eating out at a restaurant.

4. Make money while you travel
 Put on your thinking cap and take hold of this your travelling opportunity to generate other streams of income by running a website, go job hunting in the places you would be visiting, being a freelancer/ virtual assistant, sell products, house-sitting, earning passive income, working remotely and so on.

5. Staying in touch
Make sure your cell phones are handy to communicate with people back home. These days cell phones are quite affordable and easy to buy even for the shortest trip. More so, talk is cheap. You can make phone calls via the internet. This would also be a good time to source for free wifi connections so that you can enjoy a facetime connection without borders. Skype is another option that is good and quite inexpensive.

Friday, 22 April 2016

This is why I love Naija

  I think the post came at the wrong time because  Nigerians are not smiling presently. However, I am a proud Nigerian to the core. Would never deny my nationality for anything. Nigeria may be facing issues from corruption to greed to poor leadership and the likes but there are many goods in the midst of the ills.  Do you know we have best brains in this part of the world?  The likes of Philip Emegwali, Chike Obi, Prof. Alele Williams to mention a few need no introduction.

Here are my reasons for rocking my green passport and green white green flag any day anytime:
 Nigeria is strategically positioned in Africa. More so, it is the most populous black nation and the giant of Africa.  This makes it very attractive for business investments.

Nigerians can adapt easily to any situation. Even in the phase of fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply, Nigerians are still keep up and going about their various activities normally. Somehow, we still device strategy on how to charge our phones and laptops, watch T.V and listen to radio. There is always fuel station that we are lucky to get fuel or one neighbour whose inverter can be used for this activity. Someone actually said that he goes to the bank to charge his phone while pretending to be a customer. Others have one way of managing the fuel crisis.

Nigerians make good use of opportunities. Everything and anything is a business venture. Have you been traffic and someone appears and  starts cleaning your windscreen? That's a business for him. What of construction of bridges in flooded areas? Someone literally turns this pseudo bridge to his means of livelihood, collecting toll fee. One day when it rained continuously, someone turned the use of umbrella as a money making venture. He would walk you to the bus-stop with his umbrella for a token?

Nigerians have good sense of humor. These days comedy is making waves. More and more people are going into comedy. After a stressful day, listening to Nigerian comedians using everyday occurrences and happenings as jokes is comic relief to a stressed mind.

Nigerians are industrious. We love doing many things. Jack of all trades, master of all. You would see a banker that is also into shoe trading and makeup business. A man who is the principal of a school has his wife managing the school bookshop. His daughters are in charge of the school cafeteria. Then his sons are the account officers. This same man is also into consulting and import and exports. Sometimes, it is difficult to say what one does because one does many things.

Nigerians are creative. If you doubt google the likes Chinua Achebe( Of blessed memory), Chimamanda Adichie, Cobhams Asuquo, Clarence Peters, Kaffy, and many more. Nollywood is one of our greatest import. It has opened doors. Listened to Tonye Cole speak at a seminar of how he was granted preferential treatment because of Nollywood and his nationality in Mozambique even without a visa.

Do you remember " My Oga at the top" era? Someone turned it into a money making venture and started making shirts with the inscription. Do you also remember "Na only you waka come?" popularised by the former first lady. Heard a song on radio by an artiste who used those words to make a hit song.

Nigerians have rich culture. With over 300 languages, Nigerians are very peculiar. Their native dialects, lifestyle, ceremonies, festivals, dress sense all add up to make Nigeria one of the best lands. The native food would always stand out. Chinese and American cuisine might be very tasty but can not be substituted for local delicacies. Banga and starch, amala and gbegiri , poundo yam and egusi, tuwoshikafa always have their way in my stomach.

Nigerian tourist attractions are well placed globally. No wonder we have tourists from far and wide visiting from time to time to behold their beauty and gift of mother nature. Some of music videos of Nigerian artistes are shot there. Olamide's "abule sowo" video was shot in Olumo rock.  Others too have done so.The likes of Olumo rock in Abeokuta, Zuma rock in Niger state, Erin Ijesha waterfall in Osun state, great walls of Kano, Oban hills in Cross Rivers state to mention a few.....all add up to create a wonderful scenario of  the Nigerian landscape.

Nigerian women are tenacious and prove to be good home managers, mothers and entrepreneurs. The likes of Ibukun Awosika, Prof. Alele Williams,Tara Fela Durotoye, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Olajumoke Adenowo, Joe Okei-Odumakin to mention a few show that you can be a woman and still have and maintain it all- family, career, education, religion, business and looks.  Their stories inspire me. Nigerian women are A-list dressers and this goes for the men too.

This post would have been better on independence day but nevertheless I have the burning desire to stay true to being a proud Nigeria. I just want to let it out! Indeed,Nigeria is the best land....Awooo!