Do you ever go back to watch shows that you’ve seen before and you genuinely enjoy them, almost as if it was your first time? That’s me every time, especially for shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother, and of course Game of Thrones (before it fell off its throne, or before they lost the last two words. Just stop reading if you didn’t get that).
That said, I’ve been binging G.O.T these past few days and was reminded of one of the things that captivated me the most about the show: the dialogues! Those guys are (/used to be) wordsmiths, stringing genius into letters and molding wit into words. One of my favorite people, Robb Stark of Winterfell: the young wolf, the king in the North, addressing House Frey said: “All men should keep their word, kings most of all”. He said this while trying to apologize for not doing what he promised he’d do. I hereby employ those same words as I chastise myself. Last month I had quite a number of people reach out to me, asking for my “secret” and I said I’d share. I’m sorry it took a while, but I’m ready now.
Take me back to Rwanda!
So, a few weeks ago, I planned and made a trip to Rwanda -through Ethiopia- and it was epic, to say the least (pauses to keep tears from slipping out). It was during the fall break (perks of working in an American school) that I made the trip. My DM’s were popping, people wondering, people asking, people suspecting, I mean, how much do I make that I could afford such a trip? And here lies the problem, people don’t know what it takes to do a lot of things, half of what most people use to make decisions are assumptions or other people’s (shallow) opinions, for instance, I met this dude on my way to Rwanda, we both had the same layover at Addis Ababa. He shared with me how he got his visa online for something close to $90, and this was before he realized that Rwanda was “visa on arrival” for Nigerians and for a paltry sum of $30 too. Imagine that was you, how would you feel (foolish), played, annoyed, greatly pained? Yes, I reckon he felt a lot of that, all because he acted on assumptions and with insufficient information. Please don’t be one of those people, ignorance is not cute, in fact, it costs you.
Here is the deal, you don’t have to break the bank to afford such a trip, all you need is the right information and the right plugs, thankfully you’ve come to the right place. Let’s look at five things you should do to successfully travel on a budget or to at least reduce cost:
- Unless your father is Otedola or my good friend Bill, you can’t just wake up and decide to travel. You have to plan. Decide where you want to go ON TIME (like weeks or preferably months before your desired travel period).
- Research. You want to know all you can about where you’re going, google, youtube, blogs, the whole lot will hook you up.
- Your flight ticket could be a lot cheaper if you know what to do. I for one, found some really nice deals because I knew where to look. If you already had something in mind or you’re beginning to, then you’re in luck, as this is the month of great deals. There are crazy flight deals coming your way between November 25 and December 2. Don’t sleep on it ooo, Travelstart Nigeria be wrecking Black Friday history here. If you miss this one, otitọ o, I can’t help you.
- After getting to your destination, I know you won’t sleep on the streets, so once again, research! Airbnb, Google, review sites and many really great flight deals come with accommodation options as well.
- Don’t let your village people deceive you that you don’t need to travel, “What is there kwanu?”, “Why spend your money going somewhere else?”, “What’s the point?”. I pray this is not you, but just in case it is, let me gently tell you that traveling is one of the best investments you can ever make. It’s one of the most efficient ways to spend your money, it is (like) education, you will never be able to buy experience or exposure, but traveling is like a magic wand that gives you that.
- Plan ahead
- Find crazy affordable flight deals!
- Don’t forget to find where you’ll sleep too o.
- And have fun learning and exploring!
Till our next voyage, stay touring!
Grace & Peace!