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Summer is still several months away, but it’s never too early to prepare for your upcoming trip. Whether it’s with your loved one or a group of friends, out-of-town trips are loads of fun and provide great snapshots of happy memories for everyone.

However, you must make the necessary preparations and talk about the trip in detail, so in case you encounter any problems, you’ll know what to do. Going on vacations can be stressful if you fail to plan, and you certainly wouldn’t want that considering all the time and money you’re putting into it.

Fortunately, there are always ways to find information and tips to plan your dream trip, even on a tight budget. Here are a few helpful guidelines that are proven to be effective when planning vacations.

Set the Budget

The very first thing you’d want to cross off your checklist is how much you can spend on this particular trip. The vacation budget is the rope that tells you where you can go, what you can buy, and so on. In fact, even if you fail to put this as your first consideration, you’ll probably end up here as you move along with your trip preparations.

Planning the budget for a trip goes way back a few months or even years. Why? You can’t expect to have an actual budget for a vacation sometime this year if you hadn’t set aside money in the last few months. You may need to sacrifice a few things so you can save up.

In this light, setting up a travel fund may help. You can put it in a separate bank account or a piggy bank if you like, but the point remains—you have to have a budget for this vacation.

Look for a Destination

Some travelers argue that this can also be number one, and yes, that can be true. However, this can only be true if they already have a destination in mind even before the actual planning process.

In that scenario, they only need to save up a particular amount that would fit the expenses for their chosen destination. On the other hand, if you want your list of possible summer destinations to be longer, then saving up money for a few months is the better path.

As you make a decision, you have to learn more about your possible choices. How much is the average roundtrip airfare? How’s the food? How about the weather? Does it fit the bill for a romantic getaway, or would it be better to visit with a group? What popular activities can you do during your stay? How much for the accommodation?

You also have to consider whether you’re visiting the target location during its peak season or not. Just by asking and answering these questions, you can save thousands on your vacation.

Wait for Airfare Sales and Promos

Airfare usually eats a large chunk off your travel budget, and that’s okay. But what if you can do something so that won’t happen? If you really want to get the cheapest flights to your chosen destination, then you have to always be on the lookout. Check airline websites several times a day, so you have better chances of booking seat promos. You can also do some of these seat sale hacks:

  • Follow the social media accounts of your favorite airlines. Most airlines announce their promotions through social media. Following their accounts will take you to the front seat whenever they make seat sale announcements.
  • Secure a fast Internet connection. When airline websites have ongoing seat sales, they usually receive high amounts of traffic, especially a few minutes after making the announcement. If you want to book your trip, then you will need a faster Internet connection.
  • Get the personal information of everyone joining the trip. Booking plane seats will require the personal data of the passengers. If you’re traveling with a group, make sure that you have their details ready in case a seat sale pops up.
  • Create an account with the airline. Airline websites often require account sign-ups before you can book. This takes several minutes to do, and if you’re competing with other people to book certain flights, that’s bad news for you. Create your account ahead of time in order to skip this step and get the available seats right away.
  • Be on the lookout even while everyone is sleeping. Some seat sale promos begin at midnight, so make sure you’re always on the lookout even during the wee hours of the day.

Plan Your Itinerary

Now that you’ve already booked a flight for your vacation, you can start making a schedule for your trip. Which tourist attractions are you planning to visit? When do you plan on going? What activities do you want your group to do? Where are you staying? How much is your budget for food? Will you eat out or cook your own food?

These are just some of the many things you need to plan. The last thing you want is to have absolutely no clue what to do next when you arrive there.

Do the Planning Now

Now that you know what to do about your dream trip, you have to start planning now. If you’re with a group, let them join the planning process, so you’re all on the same page. There are many ideal places to visit both in and out of the country, but you have to make that decision with your travel buddies.

Identify any possible problems you may encounter along the way. Bad weather? Bad food? Bad accommodation? You have to have a plan B for everything to prevent your vacation from getting ruined.“Failing to plan is planning to fail,” says a famous anecdote. That is definitely true in life, whether it’s for a business, starting a family, pursuing a goal, or enjoying your dream vacation. Not everything works out the way you want them to, but if you plan, you can easily adapt to almost every situation.

There is no better reason other than it’s just the best place to celebrate and enjoy Christmas with family and friends. Ask me why again and I will say the town is stress-free, secured and tranquil.
The most concrete reason I’ve got is that Badagry is a Home of tourism. Its people are hospitable, its attractions

TOLL+ GATE
SUNTAN BEACH, BADAGRY

are unique in nature. There’s more to say but let’s talk about the suntan beach for now.
The sight of the beautiful coconut trees and traditional African huts, the golden sand that decorates the environs, the swelling of the water body stylishly, the horse riders showcasing their skills and advertising for a ride, honey mooners holding hands and playing around, children and adults alike swimming.

funtime at the beach
funtime at the beach

Activities to engage in are quit inexhaustible. Fishing is highly permitted, football games are allowed, any kind of party at all is welcomed. breathtaking, hiking and watching the sunset are all inclusive.

sunset
sunset

Just book your ticket at the tool-gate with little money and get in for your fun. but in case you need help for flight booking, accomodation and tourguide just call 08167650848 or 08135146188
Location:
Suntan Beach is located at Km 67, Seme Border express way, Badagry., Lagos.
Accommodation :
Sycamore Hotels Ltd
Whispering Palms Resort
Zino Hotels International
La’Nova Continental Hotel
Paradise Guest House
De Julie Hotels
Crystal Guest Lodge
MB Hotel Porto-Novo
Attraction: other places you can visit are;
French Village
Agiya Tree monument
Mobee museum
Slave Trade Museum
Point of No Return
Vlekete Slave Market
First Primary School
First Storey Building.

The dream of some tourist is to travel to anywhere in the world, live lavish lifestyle yet spend less. Sometimes it does not have to be so because if you want to have a fabulous holiday, you have to dip your hand into your pocket and spend more. There are affordable and luxury destinations all over the world. Choosing either luxury or affordable destination is a thing of choice. If you want to enjoy a luxury vacation for less, stick around as your travel partner shares tips on how to have a lavish but affordable trip to anywhere in the world

Travel At The Right Time

There is time for everything [Ecclesiastes 3:1]. I am not trying to preach the word of God but I’m only trying to tell you that there is a right time to travel. Do you want to have a lavish but affordable vacation? Remove summer (July and August) and end of the year (December and January) from your When-to-Travel list. Summer and end of the year are peak seasons. This is a period when destinations around the world usually experience an influx of tourists.

Due to high demand for accommodation, transportation etc. during summer, destinations, transportation and accommodation owners tend to hike the price of their products and services. The best time to travel is off-season when the demand for transportation, accommodation etc. are less.

Check Where To Get The Real Deal

There are many useful websites on the internet where you can get a better deal on hotels and flights. Did you know that airlines give discounts to their members? If you subscribe to airline’s email newsletter, you can stand a chance of getting 30% or 50% discount. Some hotels on the other hand offer discounts and free upgrade upon request. Do a proper research before travelling to get a better deal on all the things you need to have a fabulous vacation.

How To Have A Lavish But Affordable Trip To Anywhere In The World
Patronize local goods and services – sharonang / Pixabay

Go Local In Everything

Staying in a luxury hotel or dining in a luxury restaurant is absolutely nothing. There are quality but memorable places you can stay at your destination that is far better than a luxury hotel. You can save huge cost by dining in a local restaurant, staying in a local hotel and using a public transportation.

Planning

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”― Benjamin Franklin. Planning is everything and everything we do in life involves planning. It’s unfortunate that many people tend to blame others for their failure not knowing that they have already planned to fail.

As a travel agent, I know that there are some people that will just wake up one morning and call an agent to book a flight for him/her for a vacation. There are also some people that plan three to four months in advance. I believe you know the class you belong to. You want to enjoy a luxury vacation for less because you have less to spend. All you need to do is to plan in advance to get the best deal.

How To Have A Lavish But Affordable Trip To Anywhere In The World
Hire a Local tourist guide – sharonang / Pixabay

Hire A Local Guide

There is nobody that knows the local or host community more than the locals. The locals are the best guide when you want to move around your destination. They know the attractions and the history. The best thing to do is to hire a cab driver that doubles as a guide. The advantage is you don’t need to pay for a cab and tour separately. You only have to pay once since it’s the same person.

A Nigerian songwriter says “Who no like better thing make I see am” meaning “he wants to see who does not like a good thing”. We all want good things but due to one thing or the other, we decided to opt for another thing.
Do you want to enjoy a luxury vacation for less? Apply the above tips before or during your vacation.

I just remembered how I was begging a bus driver to stop anywhere so that I can pee because I was seriously pressed. The funniest thing was I could not figure out what I ate that turned my stomach. I ate different kinds of food before the trip. After driving for few hours, the result started showing. You need to see how I was sweating under AC bus and I learnt my lessons in a hard way.

A world travel expert said she does not eat onboard the aeroplane because it is a major cause of jet lag. She can eat whatsoever thing she wants either before or after the trip. The truth of the matter is what you eat before a trip matters because it can play a huge role in determining how you feel throughout the journey.

As a first time traveller, it is important for you to mind the kind of things you eat before your trip to avoid ruining your travel experience. Below are the 6 different types of foods you should avoid if you are flying for the first time or frequent traveller.

Avoid Coffee

Coffee is a dehydrating food and it is advisable you avoid any food that contains dehydrating features. When you are aboard, take enough water to keep your body hydrated. When there is enough water in your body, it will reduce your chances of getting jet lag, especially on a long haul flight. When your body is dehydrated, it could lead to a headache and of course that will make you uncomfortable throughout the journey.

Avoid Beans

I don’t want to talk much here because you already know what I want to talk about. In the part of the world where I come from, the moment you see a friend cooking or buy beans we already know what follows next. Beans cause gas and it’s not just ordinary gas, the gas smell badly. Why don’t you save yourself such embarrassment? And also save the soul of the person sitting next to you. I am just imagining how I will feel if someone sitting close to me is releasing gas uncontrollably aboard. Definitely, I won’t endure it. I must speak up and my voice must be heard. lolz zzz

6 Different Types Of Foods You Should Avoid When Travelling
Alcoholic drinks (Pixabay)

Avoid Alcohol

I have seen a countless number of pictures of people on the internet embarrassed by alcoholic drink. The other day two beautiful ladies found themselves in the toilet after clubbing. Whatsoever you are drinking, drink responsibly. Alcohol is capable of ruining your travel experience.

Avoid food that can cause Bloating

Bloating is when there is an increase in the abdominal area. Bloating can cause abdominal pain and there are foods that are responsible for bloating. Avoid foods like Cabbage, kale, broccoli, legumes, dairy, apple and salty foods. All the foods responsible for bloating can save you a trip to doctor’s office but they can expand your stomach too. As a first time travel, you need to avoid these foods to have a pleasant flying experience.

Eat Balanced diet

Fast food is not the best food for you as a traveller because fast foods do not digest easily. Fast foods cause stomach upset. Take your time and eat a balanced diet food.

6 Different Types Of Foods You Should Avoid When Travelling
Red Meat (Pixabay)

Eat fish instead of red meat

There are 101 (One hundred and one) reasons why you should avoid red meats. Red meat can roughen your blood vessels, cause heart disease, increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes and it contains lots of irons that can cause Alzheimer’s disease. Red meats also take time to digest. The best and alternative to red meat is fish. Fish is good for you and easy to digest.

Watch what you eat before travelling because it can make or mar your travelling experience.

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When travelling on a long distance journey, no matter the mode of transportation you are using either by air, road or train, there are some certain things you need to do to avoid unforeseen contingencies. So today, sagetravels your travel partner will be sharing 5 tips that would be essential when you are planning a long distance journey.

Sleep before you start a long distance journey

Sleep

A pastor in my local church was telling us a story on what happened on his last trip. He entered a friend’s car not knowing that the friend was not prepared for that journey. After driving for like one hour, he parked the car. According to him, he thought his friend wanted to get something across the road but instead he recycling the car seat and started sleeping in the middle of nowhere.

Many people are guilty here. Some prefer to take caffeinated beverages to stay awake instead of taking a time to sleep. It is a very bad habit to drive when you are tired or feeling sleepy. Sleep is a nature call and can never be substituted with anything. Don’t drive when you are tired and sleepy even if you are almost late. It’s better to be late than never. It’s better for you to book a flight if you think where you are going is so urgent that you must be there. You can book a cheap flight with us.

5 Ways To Survive Long Distance Journey
Road Sign

Know your routes and The Rules

Just imagine you are in a car and after driving for like 4 hours, you see your driver turning the car and when you asked why he said: “Sorry I missed the route”. Just picture yourself and tell me in the comment box how you would feel. Before going on a long trip, make sure you know your routes, road signs and the laws guiding the routes. If you don’t know your route very well, ask questions.

Protect your luggage

Just make sure you pack wisely whenever you are travelling on a long distance. Make sure all your valuable items are in a secured bag. If you are travelling by air or road you may be been hearing some passengers complaining that they bag is missing. Some luggage handlers are the specialist in stealing so, don’t be a victim. The best way to protect your valuable is to put it in your carry-on.

Inform your friends and family before travelling

Before you travel, let your family or friends know about your itinerary. Inform them when you will be travelling, the route and the mode of transportation. As the journey progresses, keep them updated via text, call, and chat. When you get to your destination, also inform them you arrived safely.

5 Ways To Survive Long Distance Journey
Be Vigilant – Photo Credit pixabay

Be vigilant

This is very important especially if you are traveling. Be vigilant don’t let anything distract you. Let your mind be at rest. Don’t lose focus. If you are driving alone, let not your heart trouble you. Don’t conceive any negative thoughts to avoid distractions. If you are not driving, you can start reading or listening to good music or playing a game with your phone.

Long distance journey is not for the fainted heart. It requires adequate preparation before departure. Before you depart, give yourself adequate rest. Don’t be like me that after attending an all-night vigil, I packed my bag and started travelling. Of course, you don’t need to be told that I slept all through the journey. That was a bad experience. Don’t try it because it is dangerous.

In my few years of working with a travel agency, I have come to realize that traveller are always looking for impartial, candid advice, honest and any other travel tips that can help them save cost and make their journey less stressful.

In the quest of find answers to some of the unanswered travel questions, many travellers visit many blogs and websites. Sagetravels has rounded up some of the shocking travel secrets exclusive only to airlines workers – Some passengers don’t know.

The Headphone Is Not New

That headset airlines provide is not new. Don’t be deceived by the way it is shining and packaged. A formal staff of a company that used to supply a particular airline items reviewed to Sagetravels that the headphone was removed from the flight, clean and repackage for another passenger to use. What they are actually doing is repackaging old headset. You see why you need your own headphone.

Couple with their pet

Label Your Pet With Their Name

If an ordinary human being is terrified even before boarding a plane how much more about animals. There is approximately 30% chance that pets get terrified even before that approach the airplane. One of the airline’s crews reviews that the agents at the bag room try they possible best to comfort some of the pets frightened by talking to them. And to make the work easier, they try to console the pet with their name. So, when next you are travelling with a pet, try as much as you can to write their name because it’s going to go a long way to save a soul in the bag room. Wink

There Is Something About Tuesday

The issue of the best day to buy cheap fare has been over flogged on the internet. Different people have a different claim. A Revenue Management department worker in one of the airlines Drama Liama said, “On average, the cheapest time to buy a ticket is Tuesday afternoon. The cheapest time to fly is Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. This applies to US flights in my experience.” You can try it in your own country and report your findings.

The Old Luggage Tags Have Negative Impacts.

This is just a reminder because it is no longer a secret. One might just be wondering how airlines misplace passenger’s luggage despite the presence of security personnel and the advanced technology used in luggage handle. A baggage handler at the airport explains to Sagetravels that, old luggage tags usually confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners.

When passengers forgot to remove old tags, the bags may miss their flight or get misrouted.

There Is No Tracking System

As you are flying on 30,000 feet above sea level, you may go off the grid completely. Some experts review that, there are no systems anywhere that track the movement of the aircraft. You might go thousands mile missing. Well, this is not to make you fear but to let you know what is real.

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Tourists are always regarded as the pioneer of negative demonstrative effect. The aim of every tourist is to explore the world while trying to leave negative impacts on the locals, destinations, and attractions they encounter when traveling

Last week I publish and articles on 36 facts about travels and destination that is capable of triggering travellers to deer for more. In the article, I discussed on how travel can improve one’s problem-solving skills and much more. One of the aims of running this blog is to educate travellers on how to have a less impact especially the negative impacts on the destination, people, and attractions.

Below are the 7 things travellers shouldn’t do while traveling

Lion – Credit: Pixabay

1. Be careful with wildlife (Don’t feed them)

It is now like a norm, almost all the tourist like feeding all kinds of animal they see in the park or zoo even the one they met on the road. There are two main reasons why you should not feed wildlife. First, the more humans feed animals, the more they get used to human and depend on the human for food.
Secondly, some of the foods consumed by human are not compactable or good for wildlife. So from today henceforth, if you see any tourist or tourist guide that is feeding animal speak up and frown against it. Thank you.

2. Ask for permission before taking photograph

Now put yourself in the shoes of your targets. Just imagine someone taking your picture, how would you feel? The same way you will feel bad, is the same way the people you’re taking their picture will feel. Just because you see little children playing or market women doing their normal business you think you can just bring out your camera and snap them.
The first thing to do before taking pictures of anyone is to take permission. Talk to them politely and in a respectful manner. If they decline, don’t pick offense. In some countries, it is a taboo to take pictures. For example, in Morocco and other Islamic countries, it is a taboo or considered rude to take pictures of mosques and other religious artifacts. Before you position your lens, take permission.

Don’t Litter the environment – Credit Pixabay

3. Keep the environment clean. Don’t mess the environment.

Like my friend will always say, everyone does it that does not make it right. Just because you see locals or other tourist littering the environment does not mean that is the right thing to do. There is a particular state in Nigeria that it is a punishable offense to litter the environment. There are trash bins or recycling centres everywhere in the city. One of the major problems of developing countries is the lack of recycling bin. That’s why you see tourists and locals littering the cities. Don’t join them.

4. Consider other means of transportation

I will not tell you to stop flying but have a rethink on the number of time you will fly. Flight is the fastest means of transportation but air transportation is a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions which is causing the earth warm and a fastest and dangerous rate. Save the earth by using other means of transportation like the car, train, and boat. Though it may take the longer time it is also less expensive.

Tourists in the Local Market – Credit Pixabay

5. Not patronizing local goods

Help grow the economy of your destination country by patronizing locally made goods and services. This entails eating the local cousin, hotel and purchasing local souvenirs. Your small amount of money will go a long way to help grow the economy of the host community.

6. Don’t take selfie with wildlife

I know you must have seen pictures of tourists with wild animals like leopard, lion etc. on Instagram. One of the Afrotourist called Niyi last month posted pictures he took with a lion on Facebook. He also went as far as listing rules and regulations of lion walk. While the pictures look cool, it is also wrong. An animal is animal and wildlife remains wildlife. They are dangerous. Some of the dangerous wildlife to avoid is lion, tiger, leopard, elephant, dolphins and much more.

7. Avoid scam

The beauty of every travel is to explore your destination, learn a new culture and leave a less negative impact. And to achieve this, a tourist must be respectful. It has been reported over and over again in the national dailies on how supposed tourists turn out to be a torn in the flesh of the host. Be a Good Tourist.

 

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There are etiquettes in virtually everything. Travel is no exception when we talk about etiquettes, rules and regulations or rules of agreement. Whether it is a small or large getaway, excursion or field trip there is always etiquettes but the problem now is many travellers are unaware of these etiquettes.

Sagetravels your best travel partner will be sharing a Top 6 Travel Etiquettes Every Traveller Must Know whether onboard the plane, train or cab.

  • Don’t Make Noise

Don’t disturb other guests with noise. If you are staying in a hotel, in an airplane or in a public transport, courtesy demands that you should minimize the noise emanating from your corner.

Join the Queue – Credit Pixabay

  • Follow the line (Join the queue)

A certain man visited a foreign country for the first time. One day he went to the nearest bus stop to board a taxi, when he was going, he saw a long queue and he looked at the bus and looked at the passengers on the queue, he said to himself if I continue to wait for my turn I may not enter this bus. So he decided to jump the queue. Immediately he entered the bus, everyone in the bus started coming down and when he looked around, he found out that he was the only person on the bus. He politely asked the driver why everyone in the bus was going down; the driver told him all the passengers thought he is a mad man. That means only mad people jump queue the way he did.

Jumping queue is so common nowadays. One thing is clear everyone cannot get in or out of the airplane, bus or train at once. Where ever you find yourself, on the plane, bus or train, always allow those in front of you to alight first before you. It pays to be patient.

  • BE mindful of what you do

There are different people from different works of life in the same hotel, restaurant, aboard and on the train with you so be mindful of what you do. Whatsoever thing you are doing, always remember that you are in the public place.

  • Recline only when appropriate

On several occasions, I have encountered some passengers that recline their seat without minding or taking permission from the person behind them. Reclining a seat is not wrong but it is wrong when you do it in an inappropriate manner.

  • Tip when necessary

Tipping is good but must be done in such a way that it will not be considered indiscriminate. There is nothing wrong with tipping but don’t spend all your travel money on tips. Be guarded! Mind how you spend.

  • Be patient with the elevator

When boarding the elevator, don’t rush, don’t stand on the door, don’t squeeze yourself onto an already filled elevator, respect the lines, move to the back when you enter and exit as quick as possible.

The above are Top 6 Travel Etiquettes Every Traveller Must Know. Though, the list is endless. As a traveller, don’t hesitate to apply the 6 etiquettes listed above in your next trip.

 

Anyone going on a vacation has one thing in mind and that is relaxation. Going on a vacation is a time to relax, stay away from the day-to-day distractions and disturbances of work, school, and family. But you see, sometimes the concept does not work as planned. There’s this one thing called “Worry” that will always come around to interrupt your vacation.

There is a point for instance when we leave home for a vacation and you will begin to worry if you forgot to turn this off or on some things at home before leaving. There is always different between leaving home for a work and leaving home for a vacation.

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When you leave home for a vacation, for instance, the process is a bit more difficult especially if you have not learned the art of parking right and light. Sometimes, one might even forget to recall whether he/she closed the door, much less locking the door. So, you will spend your whole day worrying about your door or maybe you accidentally left the television or other home appliances on even when you did not use any of them.

There’s always a solution to any problem. There is only one reliable way of answering the question of “Did I actually turn it off or on”. I am not talking about the popular home automation apps like SmartThings, Ninja Blocks, WeMo, Savant TrueControl, Nest, Control4 MyHome, Alarm etc that are like a check list reminding you to off you fridge, lock your door and other things.  No, though there are recommended.

Kitchen Interior – Credit Pixabay

The only solution or answer to “Did I actually turn it off or on” is by taking pictures of virtually everything in your home before going for a vacation. Before you step out for the much-anticipated vacation, first take like Ten Minutes and snap pictures of your oven, air conditioner, fridge, fireplace, stove and burners, windows, doors and lock, and much more.

The reason behind all this is to have a proof and a reference point whenever the “Did I actually turn it off or on” question pops up to interrupt your vacation. So whenever the state of things at home start bothering you in the midst of relaxation and jollification, you can turn to your phone or camera and flip through to see how things are.

This simple trick works great. Snap everything not just only the aforementioned appliances. You can snap the garage, kitchen, windows, doors, generator etc. keep the picture safe because it will really help you.

 

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One of the major aims of any tourist visiting a destination is to have fun and at the same time spend less. In order to get the best rates for both hotel and airfare, you have to plan your trip in advance, for at least 3 months.
Sagetravels.com your travel partner has compiles 14 simple ways to save money when travelling.

Research on Hotels

Before booking your hotel, what you need to do is to search for the hotels at your destination. There are many cheap accommodations everywhere around the world. All you need to do is to search very well.

Use Public Transport

Using public transportation at your destination will help reduce expenses. If you are visiting Nigeria, for instance, there are so many public transportations that are very convenient and comfortable to move around with.

Use Vacation rental condominium

Vacation rental condominium is less expensive compare to hotel rooms and there are a lot of spaces that can accommodate you.

Plan in advance

Planning in advance can help you secure a good deal for both hotel and airfare. There are some hotels that offer a discount for early birds (early bookings). The same is applicable to airlines. When you book in advance the price tends to be lower than when you book few days to your travel date.

Mind The Dates You Chose

The dates you choose can influence the amount you will spend on your trip. For instance, if you’re travelling during peak season, you will spend higher than when you are travelling during off peak seasons and you will save more money during the off-peak period.

Cost of Living

One of the things you should not joke with when choosing a destination is the cost of living in the country. Cost of living varies from one country to another.

Don’t travel on weekends

Some group of researchers claimed that travelling during the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is more expensive than travelling midweek by air. What this simple mean is that travelling within the week is less expensive than weekends.

Travel with valuable Items

There are some things you should not ignore when travelling. Things like jacket/coat this well help you and save you from spending money to buy a new one. Even if there is no rainfall in your destination, it is better to go prepared.

14 Simple ways to Save Money When Travelling
Travel food

Travel With Your Own Food

I remember when I was travelling with my friends and we cooked our own food, it was really fun and we didn’t spend much on food for the journey. You can try it. The price of foods varies from one country to another. You can travel with snacks and drinks. It will help you save a lot of money you would have spent on food.

Go For Free Entertainment

Instead of spending a huge amount of money on entertainment, you can look around for free shows to attend. For instance in Lagos, there are bars and clubs that you can access free of charge. You can enjoy the music, comedy show etc. there are also museums, art gallery and other attractions/activities you can enjoy for free or pay a token just to encourage them.

Ask Questions

When you get to your hotel, the first thing I would advise you to do is to contact the hotel concierge and ask them questions like rules and regulation of your destination, where to go and places to avoid, the nearest bus stop, the prices of local commodities etc.

14 Simple ways to Save Money When Travelling
Wanderer on foot

Move on foot

In order to reduce cost, you can move to your destination on foot or maybe hire a bike which will be lesser instead of hiring a cab which will be more expensive. When you move around on foot you can interact with the locals and also see some good tourist spots.

Free Browsing

If you’re the type that loves staying online, you can look for recreational spots with free internet facilities. In some cities, their recreational spots are usually equipped with modern facilities and internet facilities. You can just go to the spots and enjoy free internet. You can also download some materials like the city guide that can help you. Apart from the spots, there are some other cool spots within a city that you can have access to free internet.

Free Call

Nowadays, you don’t need to spend much money buying call card because most of the chatting apps like Whatsapp, Facebook etc. has a feature that allows users to make free calls as long as the mobile phone is connected to the internet.

Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa with lots of untapped tourist attractions. Nigeria is a country rich in cultural diversity, delicious local cousin, romantic beaches, beautiful landscape and much more. From the sacred grooves to the northern ancient cities, from the wildlife reserved in Yankari to the natural landscape in Obudu.

The best time to visit and experience Nigeria has been a major question many travelers especially foreigners keep asking. Sagetravels.com your travel partner will try to explain and advise you on the best time to visit.

The best time to visit and experience Nigeria depends on the state you want to visit. I will try to group the states according to their geographical zones.

23 Fascinating Pictures Of Nigeria that will Make You Love Nigeria The More
Aso Rock – Abuja, Nigeria

North Central: (Also known as the Middle Belt): Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and Federal Capital Territory.

From July – December is the best time to visit the north central. Then, the rain would have reduced and No much scorching sun. There are so many tourist attractions you can visit in this Zone. Example Aso Rock in Abuja, confluence beach in Kogi, Zuma rock in Niger etc.

July – November is off season so the cost of accommodation and transportation is usually cheap.

Obudu Mountain Range, Cross River State

South-South: Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Edo.

All the states in the South-South region are part of Niger Delta. Between December and January is the best time to visit Port Harcourt and Calabar. These zones record high amount of rainfall, that is why December – January is the best time to visit because the rain would have subsided.

During this period, there are lots of activities and things to do in the south-south. In Calabar, the Calabar Carnival holds from the first day of December till the end of the month. The carnival attracts tourist from both local and international. Apart from the carnival, Calabar is certainly the home of tourism in Nigeria. Tinapa, Marina resorts and Obudu is waiting for you.

Port Harcourt also known as the garden city is a bubbling city. The nightlife is unmatchable. There are lots of tourist attraction in Port Harcourt and other states in the south-south zone like the Ibeno Beach in Akwa Ibom.

23 Fascinating Pictures Of Nigeria that will Make You Love Nigeria The More
Okposi Salt Lake, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

South East: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo

Okposi Salt Lake, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

The best time to visit this zone is from August – January. During this period, the rain would have reduced and there are lots of things to do and see in the zone. The new yam festival also takes place during this period. The attractions in this zone include Ogbunike cave in Anambra, The blue river in Abia, the Golden sand beach in Unwana, Ebonyi and Awhum waterfall in Enugu.

23 Fascinating Pictures Of Nigeria that will Make You Love Nigeria The More
Osun Grove, Osun State, Nigeria

South West: Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo

This is the same with South – East. Lagos is the most happening city among the states in the zone. I would advise you avoid Lagos during raining season. The traffic is usually heavy during festive periods like December. Lagos state is a tourist friendly state. The vibes in Lagos is unexplainable and incredible. Ekiti house the famous cold and warm spring called Ikogosi stream, Osun Oshogbo groove in Osun state, Olumo rock etc.

Agodi Gardens, Ibadan Nigeria

North West: Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara

You can visit this zone anytime except May – September because that is the raining season. The North West States is usually hot, so when visiting bring your sunglass.

Wikki Warm Spring, Bauchi State

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Gate to the palace of the emir of Zazzau

North East: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe 

This zone is the same with North West. Bauchi is the home of one of the best national park in Nigeria (Yankari game reserve). Apart from Bauchi and Taraba, I would advise you avoid other states (Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa) in the zone because of terrorism.
Welcome to Nigeria. Nigeria is a place to visit.

Nigeria is the most popular black nation in the world and a trip to this amazing destination really worth it. The numerous tourist attractions spread across the country is incredible. Nigerians are lovely and hospitable people. The cultural and festivals will gladness you and will also form part of your travel experience.

Below are Reasons why Nigeria should be the perfect choice for your first international travel experience:

1. Planning trip to Nigeria is very easy.

Nigeria is a suitable overseas destination for Africans, as its visa-free and visa on arrival policy makes trip planning stress-free. Recently the United Kingdom Embassy in Nigeria launched 24 hours visa services and this is another bold step in right directions to attract tourists to Nigeria. You can get more information on visa processing and procedures at the Nigeria immigration website. Once you get the visa, exchange your currency and don’t forget to come with your travel insurance in case of any emergency. Arrange your travel documents and get ready to explore Nigeria.

2. A travel checklist for Nigeria is easier than you think

Nigeria has two seasons and each offers a unique activities but the best time to visit Nigeria is between November – February (peak season). Nov – Feb is dry season and there is a whole lot of activities going during this period. If you want to enjoy a trip to Nigeria, travel light. Make sure you pack wisely. Arrange all your travel documents, footwear, first Aid kit, travel insurance etc.

What makes Nigeria the perfect choice for your first international travel experience
Murtala Muhammed international airport, Lagos | Lagosairport.net

3. Landing in Lagos is just the beginning of the exciting adventure

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos is the busiest airport in Nigeria. Flying in and out of Lagos is not for the faint-hearted. You need to get prepared for the whatsoever thing that comes your way. As soon as you touch down at Lagos, be vigilant and watch all your belongings.

4. Touring with public transport is the funniest thing to do

There are various travel and tour companies in Nigeria that organize tours for tourists. You can contact any of the tour companies to plan something good for you. If you really want to have crazy fun, tour with Nigerian public transport and see Nigeria in full.

What makes Nigeria the perfect choice for your first international travel experience
Nigerians and a white lady

5. Nigeria hospitality will leave you overwhelmed.

Nigerians value strangers. Nigerians cherish and adore strangers a lot. They are ready to welcome any traveler to their home anytime and any day. They have the same attitude of treating strangers either in the hotels in the cities or local’s house.

6. You will be astounded by the Nigerians unique way of life

Nigeria is certainly different from every other African country. Despite the fact that Nigeria has different ethnic groups, they still see themselves as one and love one another. Nigerians have a unique way of celebrating every occasion.

What makes Nigeria the perfect choice for your first international travel experience
Nigerians Celebrating

Things to note:

Travel insurance: If you don’t have travel insurance, get one before coming to Nigeria. An unexpected event can occur at anytime and anywhere. You need to be proactive against any emergency.

Language barrier: Nigeria has 3 major ethnic groups and each ethnic group has its own unique language. Because of this difference in language, Nigeria official language is English. Try to learn some local slang or phrases.

Example

Question HausaIgboYoruba
How are you?Yaya dai/Kana Lafiya?Kedu Ka diSe daadaa ni/Salaafia ni?
Response
I’m FineLafiya lauOdi mmaAdupe

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