If there is one airline that has had a very rough few years, it is Arik Air Nigeria. I’m not one for kicking a dog while its down but a friend sent me a message inquiring about flights to Jos from Lagos. And that was how the conversation on Arik air and their mishaps came up. We shared personal experiences and I couldn’t believe some of the things he said so I thought I’d share mine with you.
Just to be clear, This is not one of those “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” kind of posts. I don’t want you to think i stopped being cool and didn’t have any fun in Vegas so I thought I’d tell you about the few cool things I did. (In my mind, I’m cool! So go with me on this one please)
Speaking of how to spend a weekend in Cancun, I have something special for you guys today! I literally just got back (IJGB… if you don’t know) from one of the best vacations ever! I was in the US for 2 weeks between October and November and in between this trip I had planned a trip to Vegas for my friends 30th Birthday (Coming in another post btw) for 4 days and that was supposed to be it… End of Vacation! SO, I thought to myself, what am I to do in Houston for 2 weeks? Suddenly, I remembered this list I made a couple of years ago “List of Countries you can visit with a US visa”. And I’m sure you can already guess Mexico was the first on the list.
Every trip out of Lagos begins with an infuriating experience at Murtala Mohammed airport. From having to duck from punches being thrown at airport officials by visa rejects to these same airport officials rummaging through ones underwear/bikini bag, it’s simply not fun. After both ordeals, still, I was optimistic. After all, my sister and I were headed to what The Telegraph had described as the ‘The Island of Magic’ for 4 days. However, this trip is a sturdy reminder that nothing good comes easy friends.
I wish i could explain how much i hate applying for visas before any trip. But i can’t… I can’t explain it!! How do you explain the most thought provoking procedure that can be easily simplified but is deliberately made to be gruelling and tasking so as to discourage potential migrants? Let me stop here before i make this post about my lack of enthusiasm for embassies and their tourist visa procedures. If you are interested in touring South Africa and you require a visa, check here on their Visa procedures and submission.
Anyway, I visited South Africa in January 2016 for the first time and I was in no way disappointed i made that trip. I have made a list of the top 5 Things i did in SA between the top 2 cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town. If you are ever in South Africa, I hope this helps make your trip as wonderful as it did mine.
I’ve always been fascinated by Asia. It’s probably the one continent that perfectly blends deep-rooted culture with unbelievable modern technology. So, I naturally always knew my honeymoon would be somewhere there. Tokyo was my preferred destination but as I was starting to learn, in marriage, the couple (read as the wife) decides these things.Thankfully, my wife also loves Asia and is also a fan of big cities like me. So while we both agreed that we wanted a big city in Asia we had different places in mind. I wanted Tokyo, while she wanted Singapore. So Singapore it was.
The moment he asked me “what is your fitness level?”, “how many times a week do you work out?” I knew I was in trouble! Don’t get me wrong, I had just recently picked up on my fitness and I was starting to work out at least 4 times a week including 3 spinning classes a week but I was still skeptical/afraid and didn’t know what to expect… mainly because I did NOT want to die.
“Your shoes are too nice” he said. They will definitely get ruined!
“Can I wear flip flops?” I asked nervously looking down at my new pink Nike 4.0s and wondering if I could run back up to my hotel room to change.
Our tour guide and driver shook his head and said no.
I said Very well then. These are the only sneakers I have. i’ll just walk really carefully and try not to mess them up.
I got in the van and we started making our way from the hotel in Condado to the eastern part of Puerto Rico, towards the muddy and tropical El Yunque Rain Forest.
You hear Mauritius and you think long sand beaches and clear waters…. spot on!!!. Without a doubt Mauritius one of the most beautiful islands on the indian ocean. I will recommend this to the honeymooners out there… this is where you want to be but take note, the luxury resorts are not exactly “budget friendly”. But i’ve never believed the words “budget” and “luxury” go hand in hand. Mauritius is pure Luxury.
You see, the moment i found out Mauritius was visa free, my every sentence started and ended with Mauritius. Dude… you don’t know the joys of not having to apply for visas before a trip. Anyway, your passport will be stamped allowing you entryÂ but make sure you have a confirmed return ticket, hotel reservation and personal travel allowance $$$. Â My friends birthday was coming up and we finally found our reason to head to Mauritius.
Sometime in late 2014 or early 2015, i’m not exactly sure which, I was on my own when a friend of mine sent me a link. It was a youtube video of people partying on a boat. Several boats more like. And they looked like they were having the time of their lives. It was a curated holiday experience called the yacht week.
It was a kind of holiday package where you and a group of friends would pay for a boat that you would spend a week on alongside other boats with other people and pretty much party through the week along different routes in different countries such as Croatia, Greece,Turkey, Italy, Thailand amongst others. So of course my not so inner party girl was definitely interested. Together we pitched the idea to another friend of ours and soon we were planning a girls trip for summer 2015 to Greece.