NOMAD OF THE WEEK: DENYE AYAH

September 6, 2015

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LOU_2305Denye Ayah – Unlike Drake, our nomad of the week isn’t afraid to say YES to new friends.  The lack of a travel buddy is never a hindrance to his exploits. His open mindedness and big heart has fostered long lasting friendships during his solo travels. Instagram: @den_ye

When planning a vacation, what determines your destination of choice?

You mean “destinations” right? lol. Well I’ve never visited just one city when I’m on holiday; it’s always at least 3 cities. The first thing is the urge to see some place new and different; I have a long list of places so that’s never a problem. The nightlife, beaches, tourist attractions, fun activities, (not to forget- the different food choices) is usually a major determinant for my interest in wanting to visit a new place. It’s always hard to fit all this in one city, that’s why I visit at least three. I try to avoid shopping too much and when get tired of trying foreign cuisine, there’s always a Chinese restaurant to remind me of Jollof rice 🙂 .

20140910_183150What is the one thing you cannot do without when you travel?

Definitely my phone. This really isn’t because of my need to take pictures (although pictures are really important to remind you of captured moments/memories), but because I need Google Maps for directions! Because I’m a solo traveler, i love to make new friends as soon as I get in to a city. Fellow travelers are super friendly, so it’s easy to start a conversation- and these new friendships come in handy when I get lost and need to find my way again. Lol.

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Most memorable thing you have done during a holiday.

SKYDIVING!!!!!

And I’d describe how it felt in four simple words- Adrenaline rush of a lifetime….make that five words 🙂 . To leap through the sky is the most liberating thing you can ever do. It feels like you’re completely free… and nothing compares to that exhilarating feeling of sitting on the edge of… the unknown, then charging from 13,000 feet through the air feeling the air all over your body while trying to ascertain “How do I feel???… I feel bloody great!!” and taking in your visual surroundings. Suddenly, it’s quiet and calm and you’re floating so peacefully down, where you really take in the scenery and absorb what you’re actually doing and feel really blessed to be alive and able to do something so special, and then finally to descend so elegantly on earth with so much calm and grace. It’s a fun and incomparable activity from start to finish and despite my description, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.

IMG_4481Every avid traveler has a travel bucket list. What’s on yours?

Skydiving, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Flyboarding, Para-sailing and food tasting (lol)

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Where is that one place you HAVE to see in your lifetime?

My dream destination is the Maldives and with more than 1000 islands to choose from, there’s plenty of territory to explore. From staying in the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island which has the first all glass under –the–sea restaurant and on special occasions, the underwater dining room is transformed into a private bedroom suite for two, then partying at the SUBSIX which is an underwater club where you can dance, chill out, and have cocktails while looking into the depths of the Indian Ocean. It’s an experience I would love to share with my future partner and I think this would be a perfect honeymoon destination.

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Alright enough of the dreaming- lets snap back to reality. Lol

Favorite travel quote.

‘We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us’ -Anonymous

Travel tips you would like to share.

Do not be afraid to travel solo! I travel solo because it can be hard finding a travel buddy in Nigeria. I make friends when I travel, you’ll be shocked by what a single hello can lead to.

Yes new friends :)
Yes new friends :)

 

By Nomad Supreme

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15 Comments

  1. Reply

    TenTen

    oh wow! I love Denye already. 🙂 adrenaline junkie, ready to travel alone..hmm that is one thing I doubt i can do. Nice piece!

    1. Reply

      Denye

      Haha I love you too. Risky to go solo but life is an adventure right? 😁

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    Bunmi

    I also do solo outings. I was planning on a solo travel but was advised against it cos am female. Having second thoughts now. Denye wow!!! thanks for sharing. I have seen someone worse than me (Adrenaline junkie)

    1. Reply

      Denye

      Haha Muchos Gracias miss Bunmi

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      Jayla

      Please don’t let anyone talk you out of it, there are so many female solo travellers. As long as you apply same level of safety consciousness as you will back home, you should be fine.

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    itoro michael

    Denys the travel lover….I am indeed inspired guess I should start doing the solo travel

    1. Reply

      naijanomads

      I agree!! I have never done solo travel and this post has SPARKED me up. I need to try it some day.

    2. Reply

      Denye

      I wasn’t sure when I wanted to go solo but I took the risk and I’ve learnt a lot. I’ll be here for all the tips you need if you decide to travel solo

  4. Reply

    Miriam

    Awesome pictures. This piece is great.

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    Nigerianyounglady

    I envy your wife already! Lol! I definitely want to go to Maldives with this description! Great piece NaijaNomad

    1. Reply

      naijanomads

      Thank you :). kindly send us your stories too!!

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    Daisy Ekekwe (@DaisyEkekwe)

    I know how hard it is to find a travel buddy, finally have the time and chance to start travelling and to get people to with is an issue. The Maldives/Mauritius are on my next year list. Can’t wait…

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      naijanomads

      Thats awesome! get ready to share your stories with us 🙂

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    Berry Dakara

    AWESOME feature!!!! Under-the-sea has never looked this intriguing to me.

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    Moyo

    Love love love it. I so agree with you. It can be very difficult to find friends to travel with. I am beginning to embarrass this travel solo idea. Hopefully it turns out to be fun for me. Florence, Rome and Greece loading. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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