Everyone wants to travel and explore different places, especially Nigerians, who you will find in almost every country of this world. But, we are often taken aback by the thought of expenses, how much we are going to spend on the entire journey, and so on… The good news is that, traveling doesn’t really have to be expensive and if you plan wisely, you will be able to go for and enjoy your trip without breaking the bank.
Do a proper research
One of the biggest mistakes a money-conscious Nigerian can make is to rush into plans. It might be tempting, and sometimes taking your time can be a hassle, but take a moment to read some inspiring and helpful blog posts, shop around and talk with other travelers. Before going to a destination (like Port-Harcourt city), its important that one has to do extensive research on activities and basic prices, such as transport fares, exchange rate, accommodation prices, entry fees, etc. This is so as to not get any surprise expenses along the way. Not only that, build an extensive itinerary as well.
Traveling spontaneously is great, if you have the luxury of time and money to spare. But if you’re traveling on a budget, the first thing to do is come up with a plan. You don’t have to need a tight, hour-by-hour itinerary, but you should at least have an idea of how long you’ll be spending in each city or country, and know the route that your epic adventure will take. Leaving less to chance means less unexpected expenses; last-minute flights and accommodation are often far more expensive especially in Nigeria.
Travel out of season
Everything gets more expensive during the holidays, so, avoid such trips because, this is when the travel industry hikes up prices to take advantage of people and families who can only travel during these weeks. Ensure to book early for airplane tickets, hotel reservations, not to mention all the early bird deals you would get for cruises and other travel packages. So plot out your destinations early and start scouting the deals now!
Go in a group
After doing a proper research and making plans, you may realize that prices at your choice destination are a little bit higher than your budget. Not to worry. One of the best and mostly tried ways to go around such a challenge is to go with a group of people. Splitting the bills amongst a group is a great way to cut costs on a trip. However, you can plan the trip with just one person to split the bills with you, if you don’t want a crowd.
Save more money while flying by taking carry-on luggage only, and avoid checked luggage fees. Some airlines (in Port-Harcourt) charge extra when you check a bag, so either stick to the ones that allow passengers their first checked bag free, or leave the bulky suitcase at home and be sure to carry only what you “need” . If you’re planning on visiting a few different locations, this will be easier in the long run, as large luggage can be cumbersome.
Skip the souvenirs
Shot glasses and t-shirts are cute and fun, but they add tons of unnecessary costs (not to mention weight to your suitcase/bag). If you want to remember a location, snap a picture with your phone. And if you want to bring something back for friends and family, try something simple and quirky, like a coaster from a bar or a shell off a beach (only at the places that allow you to take, of course).
Walk as much as possible
Traveling will turn you into a walker (especially in Nigeria). It’s amazing to explore a city while you’re on a bus, but whenever you can, stretch those legs and stroll! You’ll burn those pesky calories, save some money, and definitely get to know the nooks and crannies of your chosen city in far more detail.
Sign up for a travel newsletter
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