Here’s My Go-To Travel Hack for 2017!

My first travel hack for 2017 is here, yaaaay! But first, Happy New Year folks! It’s not too late for that now, right? I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year celebration. What did you get up to? Did you find ways to show love to other people outside your immediate circle of friends and family? Did you write your thanksgiving list or letter? Did you remember to be mindful of all the amazing things that happened for you in 2016? Did you remember to say ‘thank you’ to the people that rocked your year and came through for you? Did you remember to reflect and (try to) plan for 2017?

Snippet of 2016 thanksgiving letter

 

I switched things up this time and had a truly green Christmas. I eventually decided to go with the staycation option and it was great! How come nobody told me that being a couch potato was so much fun? Hahahaha. I won’t lie – I had a little travel envy, especially when I was stalking folks on social media, but I had a truly refreshing holiday. I spent a lot of with time with my family – even went to see The Wedding Party movie with my mum (risky move? I know!!) , visited family and friends, tried working out frequently to burn off all that Christmas indulgence and managed to finish reading a book. I also attended weddings (and used them as photo opportunities, lol), connected with my IJGBs (I Just Got Backs – this is the Nigerian slang used to refer to Nigerians who live abroad and visit home only for holidays), attended a vision board/goal setting party/event (not every time play, sometimes serious), and finally, attended the Bez Live concert which was phenomenal – Bez is an amazing performer. Bez Live will be in Abuja on 18th of February, so make sure you attend if you are in that corner of Nigeria.

Wedding guests that slay – behold Tim-Tim and Kem-Kem!

My best part of the concert was when Bez’s big sister, Lydia Idakula-Sobogun, mounted the stage and led an impromptu worship session as a way of inviting God to come and handle all the technical glitches that were threatening the greatness and success of the concert.  Would you believe that after that, the sounds and lights remained stable till the end of the show??!!?? See God o! Wow! He is interested in EVERY single detail of our lives, and would never watch us being disgraced or put to shame. Ask Bez!

At the Bez concert with my home-girl, Aramide

 

Okay, moving on to 2017. I know a lot of us are already busy living out the great plans and dreams we have outlined for the year. Did you remember to include your travel/recreation goals? You did not?? Really? After all this time we have spent together? Really? Anyway, if you are not sure if you want travel goals or how to achieve the travel goals you have set, this post is for you.

No goals? Really?

 

Now, to my go-to travel hack for 2017 – last week, 2 of my friends (yes, I am ‘famzing’) who are leading Nigeria-based travel entrepreneurs & tour guides– Social Prefect and Naija Nomads decided to make travel life easier for all of us by releasing their 2017 travel calendars – whooooop!!!! These awesome people have simplified the travel process for us, and all you have to do is pay up and show up. You don’t have to think too much, or do extensive research (try to find hotels and tour guides in these strange places) or wonder how to even get there in the first place. You don’t have to do anything, well apart from pay and show up!

Social Prefect Tours 2017 calendar

I was beyond excited when I saw their Instagram posts and I have already started plotting which one of the trips I would love to join. Rwanda is definitely calling my name and I plan to answer it well.

Naija Nomads – June 2017 trip

I absolutely love these calendars because it gives me enough time to plan – aka save money and get time off work – ahead of the trips. There is something for singles, something for couples (hello Valentine) and something for the ‘it’s complicated’ folks too, lol. There is something for the South-West Nigeria lovers, something for the Eastern Nigeria lovers and something for the Northern Nigeria lovers. There are day trips and full weekend trips. There is even something for the Africa lovers too! There is something for everyone! Can you see/read how excited I am?

Naija Nomads – February 2017 trip

 

Naija Nomads – March 2017 trip
Naija Nomads – April 2017 trip
Naija Nomads – September 2017 trip

 

Naija Nomads – December 2017 trip

 

If you need more information, kindly follow Social Prefect Tours and Naija Nomads on Instagram, or contact them through their respective websites. There are also other awesome travel entrepreneurs and tour guides that have amazing adventures up their sleeves this year. Check out Unravelling Nigeria, Abuja-based Globe JauntersEat Tech Travel, – these are some of my many travel crushes on Instagram 🙂 

So, what about you? Which of these trips do you plan to attend? What are your other travel goals for the year? Please share in the comments section below, and maybe we might all end up on the same trip soon. Now that would be super cool!!!

Here’s to achieving ALL our goals (travel and otherwise) this year!

Cheers,

Kemi

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Kemi O

Explorer. Happy Woman.

18 thoughts on “Here’s My Go-To Travel Hack for 2017!”

  1. Epe resort and Rwanda appear to call my name ooo.. theres that special something about African hospitality. But shey Rwanda has jollof rice too?

    And thanks for being an inspiration in 2016. Bless.

    1. Oya, go and sign-up/follow the folks organizing. We can always import jollof for you, lol..

      Thank you for being such an encourager! Bless you too 🙂

  2. Lovely Piece! We definitely included family [with our plus one] travels in our plans for the year. Seeing as we made a trip last year.

    So looking forward to where it might be.

    Also looking for trips to travelling with a toddler [future]. Have you been on any trips with someone who had a toddler?

    Would be nice to read from their ‘angu’ too.

    Thanks Kemi.

    Loved your ‘really’ face.

    And that letter!!!!! Gosh!!!

    1. hahahaha! That ‘really’ came from my soul. Wow! look at you! Giving me new mom goals!

      I am sure I have stumbled on some toddler travel tips – will dig around and send some stuff across to you. I like the planning for the future already.

      Thanks Ope and safe delivery in advance 🙂

  3. I would love to go to Marakecch in Morocco and Kenya too…let’s see how the year goes. Goal for the year is to get MBA admission in Europe. God help me.

  4. Rwanda!!! So you have rearranged or rather “Added” to my travel plans for 2017. Pretty excellent and inspiring Kemi. Keep the fire.

  5. Lol! Been waiting for this, Kemi 🙂 Please never call your self a “baby blogger” ever again…you hear? *raises eyebrow*

    I’m def going with Social Prefect’s March trip to explore Abeokuta, by God’s grace.
    Would also try Naija Nomad’s Adire Making at Mangrove….I believe tie-dye/adire is calling unto me this year…LOL!

    Oh, thanks for sharing “Peridot Lady” *wink*

    1. Yes Ma – I will NEVER call myself a baby blogger again 🙂

      Yaay! Glad to hear you are going to do some of these trips – I have no doubt you will have a great time. We will be waiting for the Peridot Lady’s perspective on them 🙂

  6. Already saved the schedule! looking forward to going on at least three this year!
    Love your writing!
    & Happy Nu Yearrrr!
    Wish you a Blessed and Favored 2017

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