This Lakehouse was love at first sight and I just knew I had to visit upon seeing pictures of it. After calculating the cost of a road trip from Lagos to Ouidah, cost of the Lakehouse and adding other miscellaneous expenses including tours, tips and souvenirs, I knew the only way a weekend vacation here wouldn’t leave me in penury was if I went with other people. If you’re living on a budget like I am but still like to travel, you’ll understand. I put the word out on Twitter that I needed travel buddies, selected a few people from the replies I got, created a Whatsapp group and we were on our way three months later! Continue reading “Budget-friendly Lakehouse Vacation in Ouidah, Benin Republic”
Last December, I went on a group trip organized by Jadesola of The Bourgie Life to visit the renowned Olumo Rock. Now if you had your primary and/or secondary/high school education in Nigeria, chances are you’ve been to Olumo Rock on one of those organized school excursions. I went while in Secondary School too and honestly, both experiences are incomparable.
The journey to Olumo Rock was a three-hour drive from Lagos and we played games to keep us occupied throughout the ride. A large overhead sign welcomes visitors at the entrance where there’s a fee of One Thousand Naira. It was sad but not surprising to note that what is supposed to be a top tourist attraction is in not-so-top condition anymore, the lifts do not work so everyone has to use the man-made steps, hike and use ladders at different points.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I’ve decided to be intentional about traveling within my budget while maintaining the financial goals I mentioned in this post and so far, I’ve been able to meet my monthly saving goals with the help of Cowry Wise. At the beginning of the year, I did a rough estimate of the total amount I would need for travel this year and every month, I set aside small amounts using Cowry Wise. Right now, I have saved just enough for my next trip in June.
Fun Facts About Olumo Rock
- It was used as a fortress by the Egba people during wars and communal clashes.
- It stands at 137 meters above sea level.
- There are shrines and priestesses who live on the rock.
- There have been no falls or injuries recorded on the rock.
- On a part of the rock, there is flowing water that is believed to have medicinal properties that cure many illnesses.
- Traditional worshippers pray to the trees on the rock for protection.
Luckily, I was able to make a vlog of the entire experience including our stop at The Alake of Egbaland’s Palace. You can watch the vlog by clicking on the play button below
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It’s funny how I’ve lived in Lagos all twenty-something years of my life and there is so much I’m yet to discover about this state. A trip to Epe Mangroves with Cassie opened my eyes to the divide between living in Urban and Rural Lagos, it’s almost like you’re transported to a different state entirely. We planned this trip at different times with different groups of people but eventually ended up going on our own.
During the October Independence long weekend holiday, I dragged my friend along on a road trip from Lagos to Ekiti State. The journey was unexpectedly long and tiring, we even considered going back to Lagos halfway through the journey. At a point, I got scared and had to call fellow blogger Tosinto find out if she had the same experience on her frequent trips to the area. I’ve tried to do a brief breakdown in case you ever want to visit the area, I also listed all the places we visited and put the info of our helpful cab driver; Mr Deji who took us round the town. Continue reading “48 Hours In Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria”
I’m always on the lookout for new places to eat in Lagos and my friend J has become my accomplice/
partner-in-crime on these hunts. I came across Peppercorn Avenue on LostInLagos, they are the plug for discovering new places to hang out in Lagos. We went at night and got lost because I’m totally clueless when it comes to directions and we forgot to use Google Map but we found our way back there in no time.
I’ve always wanted to travel to Accra, Ghana via road for the longest time. I’ve tried planning a trip with my mum (who was adamant about using flight, so cancelled) and different group of friends but it always got cancelled due to one reason or the other. When I saw that Cassie was planning a trip to Ghana, I decided to jump on it, after going back and forth and nearly cancelling, we did it! Continue reading “Road Trip from Lagos, Nigeria to Accra, Ghana”
When Cassie and I were in Ghana, we tried to do as many tourist-y things as possible and visit as many places in Accra as we could in 2 full days. Now, you’re not going to find anything about Ghana jollof or food in this post because either the one place we tried it were having a bad day on that particular day or it’s just not worth talking about, you choose. These places were my absolute favorites, we visited other places you might not find on this list but must have seen if you follow me on Instagram