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      "title" => "#BACK2BEY: Lessons Learnt from Second Trip to Beirut, Lebanon"
      "date" => "2019-04-27"
      "body" => "<figure class="image"><img src="http://res.cloudinary.com/dksrmkftw/image/upload/v1579617283/honeywell_media_test/osu9moes2jiwyqs9dqxq.png"><figcaption>source:countryflags.com</figcaption></figure><p>Who would ever think going to Beirut, Lebanon, the second time in less than 12 months would not be boring? So many times, we have always said,</p><blockquote><p><i>“there are too many countries in the world so why should we repeat a country on our Nomad calendar? We just move on to another destination”</i></p></blockquote><p>But guess what? Exploring Lebanon the second time was worth it and we take back our words of not repeating destinations. We did the same for Rwanda (<a href="http://naijanomads.com/discover/Africa/article/the-good-bad-ugly-nomads-in-rwanda">2017</a> and 2018, back to back) anyways. When a destination is so amazing, you can’t help but revisit.</p><p>If you could remember, (or if you’re new here), our first trip to Beirut, Lebanon was last year and it was LITTTT.</p><p>To be very honest, we didn’t expect this trip o turn out as lit as our summer trip there last year. Maybe we should blame that on the last minute changes we made when our initial Easter trip failed (gist for another day).&nbsp;But guess what, the Easter holiday in Lebanon turned out to be ahhhmazing. It&nbsp;was not summer so we weren’t really expecting as much as we expected last year (night life especially). No disappointment!</p><p>But as you know, no ‘perfect’ trip comes without a little bit of issues. We had some little challenges (maybe not) which we learnt some lessons from and would prepare us better for other trips in the future.</p><p>Enjoy and learn from the lessons too!</p><p>ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B</p><p>We never thought of going to Lebanon this year. Our Easter trip was to Jordan but we had issues getting our visas out (like I said, this is a gust for another day…wait for it) so at the last minute we had to switch to Lebanon. Apart from the money lost to the Jordan trip, we still had to pay higher for the new destination.</p><p><strong>NOMAD TIP:&nbsp;</strong>ALWAYS HAVE IT IN MIND THAT VISAS ARE NOT GUARANTEED. When planing for trips, especially to countries that require visas, you should always consider other countries you can easily switch it in case your first plan fails. You should even go as far as booking for accommodation, tours, transportation ahead (free cancellation booking, payment on arrival) so when things go the wrong way you are assured. This will even save you the cost of booking and paying higher cost than usual. The only thing you may have to get at a higher price will be flight. That’s way better than paying more for all the aspect of the trip.</p><p><strong>$2,000 CASH IS A PREREQUISITE &nbsp;</strong></p><p>As part of the entry requirements, you are to have your $2,000 CASH with you alongside other documents (flight and hotel reservation). Of course traveling cashless is a good idea but they really do not want to hear that story (at the Nigerian airport especially). To save yourself the stress of giving them reasons why that amount in cash is a lot to travel with, just try as much as possible to have the money.</p><p>The funniest and maybe ANNOYING thing is that they only ask you for this money at the airline’s counter at the Nigerian airport. At the point of entry in Lebanon, no one asks for this requirement. Passing through at the immigration is a breeze. All they do is&nbsp;ask for your flight and hotel itinerary and a few simple questions. Some even go to the extent of cracking jokes with you before you get stamped with the $20 single entry visa.</p><p>But at the Nigerian side is where the problem is. Trust me they are ready to make you miss your flight if you don’t have this cash with you.</p><p><strong>NOMAD TIP:</strong>You can definitely wiggle your way around the $2,000 but to avoid being held up please have that in cash with you. They do not ask to see it; they just ask if you have it on the Nigerian side. On the Lebanese side, they might ask to see it but if you are good with words just let them know how amazing their country is, let them know you have booked and paid for your accommodation as well as tours (have evidence of payment with you) and you are likely to get in.</p><p><strong>DO NOT LET THE WEATHER STOP YOUR ACTIVITIES&nbsp;</strong></p><p>As at the time we were there, the weather wasn’t great. It rained almost every day and most of the time when it rained we had to change our plan for the day. We were supposed to spend a night in Zahle, visit Baatara gorge waterfall, visit Taanayel lake but the weather wouldn’t allow us do all those. At a point, according to our tour guide, it was snowing and the road the one of our destinations was blocked. This led to change of us changing location multiple times</p><p><strong>NOMAD TIP: </strong>No matter what the weather brings to you everyday, do not let it ruin your daily activities. If you can’t visit a place you have planned on your itinerary, find a way to do something else. We could have decided to stay back in our hotel rooms; sleeping and enjoying the cold weather but we went ahead to visit other attractions which turned out to be fun.</p><p><strong>IT’S EASIER TO SPLIT BILL IN A SMALL GROUP&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Unlike last year when we spent 30 minutes to hours arguing and finding it difficult to split bills, it was different this year. Being a small group of 7, it was very fast and easy to split bills after every meal.</p><p><strong>NOMAD TIP: </strong>If you are traveling with a very large group, splitting bills might be very difficult to do. So it is better you pay individually to avoid any form of argument.</p><p>So those were the few lessons we learnt from our trip to Lebanon. You can read some of the lessons we learnt last year <a href="http://naijanomads.com/blog/nomadsinbey-nomads-are-allowed-to-opt-out-of-the-itinerary-at-any-point-in-time">here</a>. If you want to be caught up with our daily chronicles of Summer in Bey, you can read the article <a href="http://naijanomads.com/discover/Middle%20East/article/nomads-in-bey-daily-chronicles-of-our-unforgettable-experience-in-lebanon">here</a>.</p><p>Photos coming soon!</p>"
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      "title" => "Guest Nomad: Every Single Time, My Perception Is Corrected by My Experience – Gophari"
      "date" => "2019-04-08"
      "body" => "<p>Our guest nomad for today is Farirai, an Engineer who loves to explore. She runs a <a href="http://www.gophari.com/">blog </a>where she documents her travel experiences. For a long time, we have been following her page on instagram and we love the beautiful page. A few weeks ago, we asked if she could share some travel information with our readers in an interview and she agreed!</p><p>In this interview, Farirai shares some of her travel experiences, advice and tips with our readers and we enjoyed reading. We hope you enjoy and pick one or two things from her.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IMG_8616-e1554721043996.jpeg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>CAN YOU TELL US BRIEFLY ABOUT YOURSELF?</strong></p><p>My name is Farirai which means “be happy” in Shona. I was born in Zimbabwe raised in South Africa and currently work and live in South Africa. I studied chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town. When I graduated, I took a trip to Mauritius to celebrate. That was the start of my passion for travel and I have been traveling ever since. I then started my travel blog, <a href="http://www.gophari.com/">Gophari</a>, which I absolutely enjoy running. I love to travel, write, capture travel moments in photos and videos and connect with people on social media. In my free time after work, I manage my blog and on weekends as I have been working as a chemical engineer for almost 5 years now.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/thumbnail_IMG_5329-e1554721124506.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>WHEN TRAVELLING, WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU CANT’T DO WITHOUT?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>I can’t do without my phone because I love to capture photos and videos of experiences and I love to share them across my social media channels. I also use a lot of apps as references and guides when I travel and I need my phone to access them.</p><p><strong>WHAT DETERMINES YOUR DESTINATION OF CHOICE?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Affordability is a major factor! Some places are more expensive than others so I definitely choose the destinations that are easier on the pocket.</p><p>I am bias towards African countries. I really would love to travel more in Africa.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/thumbnail_Snapseed-e1554721194551.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>YOU ARE AN ENGINEER AND A TRAVELER. HOW DO YOU BALANCE THESE 2?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Since I am working full time as an engineer, I only travel on weekends and when I am on leave. I really have to be disciplined with my leave days in order to maximise my traveling. So I usually only take leave when I am traveling or if I really need to for any different reason. I also make the most of weekends. I travel a lot in South Africa over weekends and long weekends. For example, this year so far, I have only travelled over weekends and have been to Durban, Tsitsikamma, Mpumalanga and Pilanesberg.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/thumbnail_IMG_9038-e1554719388135.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>AS AN AFRICAN TRAVELLER, DO YOU EXPLORE JUST AFRICAN COUNTRIES?</strong></p><p>I call myself an African traveller because I am African and I explore countries across all of the continents though I haven’t been to every continent yet. Distinguishing that I am African to inspire other Africans with travel goals is what I love. I realised that there is power in seeing someone like you doing what you want to do.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/thumbnail_IMG_1370-e1554719164517.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>PLANNING A TRIP CAN BE VERY STRESSFUL. DO YOU EVER HAVE DIFFICULTY PLANNING A TRIP?</strong></p><p>I find it difficult to plan trips when I can’t find good information online. I usually use blogs and people I know to plan a trip to get the most reliable information. When I don’t know anyone in that country or anyone that has been to that country, then it becomes tricky.</p><p><strong>HOW MANY COUNTRIES HAVE YOU BEEN TO AND HOW MANY OF THEM ARE AFRICAN?</strong></p><p>I have been to 14 countries so far and 8 of them are African countries.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/thumbnail_IMG_9038-e1554719388135.jpg" alt=""></figure><p>A FEW MONTHS AGO THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ON AFRICAN TRAVEL BEING&nbsp;EXPENSIVE. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THIS?</p><p>It is unfortunately true. It’s cheaper to travel to some countries in Asia than it is to travel in Africa. I still have a lot more traveling to do in Africa to be able to answer this question well.</p><p><strong>ANY HACKS FOR TRAVELING CHEAP IN AFRICA?</strong></p><p>The best way to travel cheap is to connect with a local – always! These days that is even easier because of social media. DM a travel blogger from that country and ask for advice. Be specific with your questions.</p><p><strong>HAVE YOU EVER BEEN T NIGERIA? IF YES, WHEN AND HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE? IF NO, DO YOU PLAN TO VISIT SOMEDAY AND WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO?</strong></p><p>I have never travelled to Nigeria before but I would absolutely LOVE to visit Nigeria one day. I am especially looking forward to eating in Nigeria – the food looks so enticing! Also I am looking forward to the beaches, I really enjoy.</p><p><strong>WHICH OF THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED IS YOUR FAVOURITE?</strong></p><p>Zanzibar is my favourite destination. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen and naturally beautiful. That’s my favourite type of destination.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/thumbnail_IMG_8966-e1554719945732.jpg" alt=""></figure><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING YOU HAVE DONE ON YOUR TRIP?</strong></p><p>I will never forget the first time I went snorkelling. It was during my first trip to Mauritius. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was under there. It was a moment of amazement and of appreciation of the beauty of the ocean.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>THERE ARE TIME THINGS JUST GO THE WRONG WAY. HAVE YOU EVER HAD ANY BAD EXPERIENCE&nbsp;WHEN TRAVELING?</p><p>That is so true. I organise group trips for women to African countries. On my first group trip to Mauritius, one of my client’s suitcase was taken from the airport when we landed. This was a horrible start to the trip especially because it was her first time traveling out of her country. Fortunately we were able to retrieve her bag within a few fours with the help of the airport staff. Things do go wrong so it’s just best to be calm and focus on resolving the problem.</p><p><strong>WE WATCHED YOUR SKYDIVING VIDEO AND IT REMINDED US OF OUR EXPERIENCE IN NAMIBIA. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE?</strong></p><p>Skydiving was unreal! I have always been terrified of falling and had always said that I would never sky dive so it was a proud moment overcoming that fear. It doesn’t feel like you are falling. It feels like you are floating. I think that’s because you are so far from the ground that you don’t feel like you are in danger. After doing it once, I would definitely do it again.</p><p>TOP 5 DESTINATIONS&nbsp;TO RECOMMEND FOR FEMALE TRAVELLERS?</p><ul><li>Mauritius</li><li>Zanzibar</li><li>Zimbabwe</li><li>Italy</li><li>Greece</li></ul><p><strong>SOLO OR GROUP TRIP?</strong></p><p>Group trip</p><p><strong>HOTELS OR HOSTELS?</strong></p><p>Hotels</p><p><strong>UBER OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT?</strong></p><p>Public transport</p><p><strong>FINE DINE OR STREET FOOD?</strong></p><p>Street food</p><p><strong>HEAVY TRAVELER OR LIGHT TRAVELLER?</strong></p><p>Heavy traveller</p><p><strong>AVID TRAVELLERS HAVE BUCKET LIST. WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOURS?</strong></p><ul><li>Gorilla trekking in Uganda</li><li>Surfing at Jefferys Bay, South Africa</li><li>Swimming to breakfast at Bora Bora</li><li>Walking the streets of New York.</li><li>Swimming in Devils Pool in Zambia.</li></ul><p><strong>WHERE IS THAT ONE DESTINATION YOU REALLY WANT TO VISIT?</strong></p><p>Bora Bora!</p><p><strong>WHATS’S YOUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL QUOTE?</strong></p><blockquote><p><i>“Just go”</i></p></blockquote><p><strong>WHAT IMPACT DOES RAVELING HAVE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE?</strong></p><p>De-stressing and bringing joy and excitement into your life.</p><p><strong>TRAVELLING IS ALL ABOUT LEARNING. WHAT IS THE GREATEST LESSON HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM TRAVELLING?</strong></p><p>The greatest lesson travel has taught me is that things aren’t as you think they are. Every time I travel somewhere I have an expectation and a perception of the place based on what I have seen or heard about it. Every single time, my perception is corrected by my experience. And it goes both ways, sometimes a tourist attraction looks quiet and spacious on Instagram only to find that it is crowded and cramped in reality. There are times when a destination gets a negative review only to find that that view was exaggerated or completely untrue.</p><p><strong>TRAVEL ADVICE, TIPS OR TRICKS FOR OUR READERS?</strong></p><p>For accommodation, use referral links to earn discounts. Airbnb and Booking.com both have referral programs that you can use to earn discounts. You create an account and send your unique link to others. When they book accommodation, they get a discount and you earn credit that you can use to book accommodation. It’s a win for everyone.</p><p>For flights, use flight comparison sites such as skyscanner to find the best rates. Skyscanner has an awesome feature that allows you to track the price of a specific flight. They email you when the price goes up or goes down.</p>"
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      "title" => "Guest Nomad: Traveling Is an Exposure That Reading Can’t Help You Accomplish – Kola"
      "date" => "2019-04-02"
      "body" => "<p>A tour of Asia is one of the things we’ve been thinking of doing for a long time. So many interesting stories about the continent and beautiful tourist attractions and activities. When we see our Nigerian brothers and sisters touring the continent (probably on a different passport), we usually envy them (we won’t even lie) and wonder when getting visas to some of these countries will get easier for Nigerians.</p><p><a href="https://instagram.com/shawler01?utm_source=ig_profile_share&amp;igshid=1c75686ocvix5">Kola</a> is our guest nomad for today. He’s a multitasker (studies, write and travel) who has a way of balancing his tasks. On today’s edition of Guest feature, he share some information we need to know about Asian travel, his view on Africa Travel and many other things. We hope you enjoy the interview with him.</p><p><strong>COULD TELL US BRIEFLY ABOUT YOURSELF?</strong></p><p>I’m your regular Lagos guy who has decided to take things a step further in every aspect of his life. To my cap that’s already feathered with being a Toastmaster, Author, Poet, Travel Junkie and lover of cars, I’m trying to add another feather of being a Finance guy by currently pursuing my MBA.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_0008-e1553873549519.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>WHAT IS THAT ONE THING YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT WHEN TRAVELLING?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Power bank to power my phone to take pictures. I love to capture every moment.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3675-e1553874273348.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>WHAT DETERMINES YOUR DESTINATION WHEN PLANNING A TRIP?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>The main thing is the ease of getting a visa (green passport syndrome) and having access to a local in the destination, as I prefer someone showing me around. Also, there must be a lot of sights and activities.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_6565-e1553873965676.jpg" alt=""></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3811-e1553873790915.png" alt=""></figure><p><strong>YOU ARE A WRITER, POET, STUDENT AND A TRAVELER. WOW! HOW DO YOU BALANCE EVERYTHING?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>I have my motivation stem from the urge and zeal to not allow life to pass me by. So, I get ideas to write while ‘wakabouting’, take break from school and work to travel and rejuvenate. All the adventures happen during vacations and breaks and sometimes even weekends!</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_0513-e1553873629288.jpg" alt=""></figure><p>TRAVELING WITHIN AFRICA FOR AFRICANS IS QUITE EXPENSIVE. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THIS?&nbsp;</p><p>After understanding finance and how cost of flights are done, I’ve realized they aren’t expensive. Flight fares do not solely depend on distance. Asides that, I think it’s a case of under-appreciating what we have. The truth is that, until you visit those places, you won’t know there is value for money.</p><p>I’ll advice Africans to start exploring a lot in the backyard (other African countries). One reason being that it will boost your travel history, morale for your continent and open your mind more. It also helps that when you want to visit other countries like the USA and China, you already have quite a robust travel history.</p><p><strong>WHICH OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE YOU VISITED AND WOULD YOU LOVE TO VISIT AGAIN?</strong></p><p>Without thinking twice, I’ll visit Kenya again.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3544-e1553873756843.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>WE SEE YOU VISITED JAPAN. OBTAINING THE VISA IN NIGERIA IS LIKE TRYING TO FIND A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK. DID THE FACT THAT YOU STAY IN THE USA MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO GET?</strong></p><p>YESS!!! I have access to visas more easily now. I don’t think I ever have to fear being rejected by a consulate. If you plan with enough time in advance, you’ll be good.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3847-e1553902131375.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3847-e1553902131375.jpg 450w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3847-e1553902131375-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3847-e1553902131375-440x587.jpg 440w" sizes="100vw" width="450"></figure><p><strong>PEOPLE WHO HAVE VISITED JAPAN SAY IT’S EXTREMELY FUTURISTIC! WHAT 5 THINGS DID YOU SEE IN JAPAN THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ELSEWHERE?</strong></p><p>Numerous magnificent and well-preserved temples and monk praying grounds.</p><p>Geishas.</p><p>The bullet train that moves as fast as 320km/hr. I passed Mt. Fuji while on the bullet train.</p><p>Green tea ice cream. In short, green tea everything.</p><p>Interactive robots to keep you company, make you coffee and open a bank account for you.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_4533-e1553873910459.jpg" alt=""></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_6841-e1553874025403.jpg" alt=""></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_9785-1-e1553874833959.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>SOUTH KOREA AND FOOD IS LIKE 5 &amp; 6! WHAT 3 WEIRD THINGS DID YOU TRY WHILE YOU WERE THERE?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Add 5G to that list because South Korea is in year 2049.</p><p>But the 3 weird meals were:</p><ul><li>Octopus</li><li>Some local vodka called Soju, it’s much stronger than Vodka.</li><li>Kimchi (fermented vegetables)</li></ul><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_4283-e1553902547353.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>TOP EATS IN SOUTH KOREA</strong></p><p>Sadly I do not have top 3 eats. Koreans and Japanese eat too many raw foods. Raw fish, raw steak, raw eggs. I literally suffered food wise in those countries but as a sharp Naija boy, I took Golden morn, peak milk, corn flakes and tetracycline along on the trip. I am picky with food, sorry! But one thing I’d say is that you must eat is Ramen!</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3513-e1553873735590.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>THE ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FESTIVAL HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS “MAGIC IN THE AIR”! BRIEFLY DESCRIBE HOW YOU FELT ATTENDING THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED EVENT IN THE WORLD.</strong></p><p>I attended the balloon festival in St. Louis, and it was breathtaking. Thinking about it, it is the most photographed event I have ever been. I got to watch the race with the balloons also!</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_9341-e1553875071571.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>WHAT IS THE MOST AUDACIOUS THING YOU’VE EVER DONE ON A TRIP AND HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Fed a lion to its mouth. How did it feel? I kid you not, but I had a brain freeze so I wasn’t thinking.</p><p>Got to drive actual F1 race cars with professionals in a controlled environment. Came last though, as expected.</p><p><strong>SOLO OR GROUP TRAVEL?</strong></p><p>Solo. Helps me explore further and not have to deal with collective planning and decisions.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_6573-e1553873994826.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>HOTEL OR AIRBNB?</strong></p><p>Hotels. But like I said earlier, I prefer to know a local in the country, so most of the time, I’ve had to stay in a house. I’m not so sure of how I’ll feel in an Airbnb outside the USA.</p><p><strong>UBER OR PUBLIC TRANSPORT?</strong></p><p>Do I look like I have money? Public transportation! It helps you see the city better and understand/ explore a culture. Ubers are only better in highly developed cities with only skyscrapers to look at when driving around.</p><p><strong>FINE DINE OR STREET FOOD?</strong></p><p>I have an ultra-delicate tummy so fine dine. When I eat street food, I eat together with an antacid like flagyl.</p><p><strong>HEAVY OR LIGHT TRAVELER?</strong></p><p>Somewhat closer to heavy. New kicks for a new day (winks)</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_0089-e1553873583163.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>AVID TRAVELERS HAVE BUCKET LIST. WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOURS?</strong></p><ul><li>Attend the opening of a major sporting event e.g. the Olympics.</li><li>Take photos of my book at all 7 wonders of the world.</li><li>Swim with dolphins.</li><li>Bali, Indonesia.</li><li>Take pictures with all those fancy vintage cars in Cuba.</li></ul><p><strong>WHERE IS THAT ONE DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO VISIT?</strong></p><p>The northern lights. And I want to see them in Iceland</p><p><strong>WHAT IMPACT DOES TRAVELING HAVE IN ONE’S LIFE?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>As a child, someone told me his family had a runway in their compound in Lagos and I believed. SMH. When you travel, you see things and experience them first hand. It will be hard to be brainwashed by anyone or anything, including CNN. It’s some exposure that reading can’t fully help you accomplish.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_3239-e1553873702384.jpg" alt=""></figure><p><strong>TRAVELLING IS ALL ABOUT LEARNING. WHAT’S THE GREATEST LESSON TRAVEL HAS TAUGHT YOU?</strong></p><p>The almighty USA may pass as a developing country beside Asian countries. Those folks have gone far.</p><p><strong>ANY TRAVEL ADVICE, TIPS OR TRICK TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Divide the cost of a trip by 10 and start keeping 1/10 monthly in a kolo (piggy bank). I’m 30 and I’ve kept a kolo for the past 5 years. That money is so handy when you open it.</p><p>Secondly, to get motivated to travel, stay glued to travel blogs, pages and google flights.</p><p><strong>Did you enjoy the interview with Kola? If you would like to feature on our blog as a guest and share your interesting travel story, kindly send us an email.&nbsp;</strong></p>"
      "tags" => "ADVENTURE, AFRICAN, ASIAN TOUR, EXPLORE, JAPAN, NAIJA, NAIJA NOMADS, NIGERIA, NIGERIAN, NIGERIAN TRAVELLERS, NOMADS, SOUTH KOREA, TRAVEL AFRICA, TRAVELER, TRAVELING, TRAVELING NOMAD, TRAVELNIGERIA, TRIPS, VACATION"
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      "title_slug" => "guest-nomad-traveling-is-an-exposure-that-reading-cant-help-you-accomplish-kola"
      "created_at" => "2019-12-18 04:19:24"
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    3 => array:12 [
      "id" => 399
      "title" => "January Edition: Our Top 20 Photos from Nigerian Travellers"
      "date" => "2019-01-31"
      "body" => "<p>Happy new year Nomads! lol!</p><p>Welcome back to OUR TOP 20 PHOTOS *drum rolls* Hope you enjoyed every bit of the amazing photos of our fellow Nigerian travellers we shared last year?</p><p>It is the first edition of our top 20 photos in 2019 and we are back with another compilation of our favourite travel photos of Nigerians on social media. We just started the year and a lot of people are already blessing us with beautiful vacation photos. On this edition, we are sure some, if not all of the photos we have compiled will make you want to book your flight the next day, haha!</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtShHCunvZ9/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq0Drh3gumw/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtNf5EwjwM7/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtBhvw4g4Aa/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs8RLo6nKgl/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs_aGfMD0Q6/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtGgxQuFmi8/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs8z2-DnIkK/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsr8ix1ApLX/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bss3t6yl-uh/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsbFPSPlIXD/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtMrqCMFM0y/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtEyrIJAuj1/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4kOAFFKkq/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs_EUjjFhz2/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtHBhDWAXNQ/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsgRiGmnU6z/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsyoIFEnVXc/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><p><strong>Would you like to feature in our next edition of Top 20 faves? Don’t hesitate to tag us in your lovely vacation photos.&nbsp;</strong></p>"
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      "title_slug" => "january-edition-our-top-20-photos-from-nigerian-travellers"
      "created_at" => "2020-01-21 01:10:29"
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    4 => array:12 [
      "id" => 90
      "title" => "The Long Awaited African Union Passport to Be Released in February"
      "date" => "2019-01-11"
      "body" => "<p>It is so sad to be an African and still struggle to travel freely withing the continent. No wonder many African prefer to travel to other continents. Not because there are no beautiful places to explore in Africa but because it’s STRESSFUL and EXPENSIVE to travel Africa.</p><p>For a long time, travelers have been and are still laying the same complaint as to why they don’t like traveling the African continent. There was a discussion raised on social media, sometimes last year, on how expensive it is to travel in Africa.</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://twitter.com/ElJefe__/status/1080165553199824901"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://twitter.com/VanGelder_/status/993847343148683266"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://twitter.com/justrioba/status/1047388352939479040"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://twitter.com/ezinne_joca/status/1041679730536263681"></oembed></figure><p>Not only is traveling within the continent expensive, most African countries are not accessible. Despite the fact that these countries share the same continent, it’s quite difficult to go freely to another African country.</p><p>Luckily for Africans, after 3 years, the African Union Commission plans to launch the African Union Passport in February. With the AU passport, traveling within African continent will become a lot easier.</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://twitter.com/IOMKenya/status/1082611888486318080"></oembed></figure><p>Earlier this year the&nbsp;Chairperson of the African Union Commission,&nbsp;Moussa Faki Mahamat, shared the good news.</p><blockquote><p><i>“I am pleased to stress that, in February 2019, in Addis Ababa, at the 32nd Summit of our Union, the Commission will present, for adoption, guidelines on the design, production and issuance of the African passport.”</i></p></blockquote><p>While noting the various challenges involved in moving freely within the continent, Mahamat applauded the few African countries that have adopted and implemented the visa-free policy.</p><blockquote><p><i>“I congratulate those Member States that have taken measures to ease the procedures for the entry of African nationals into their territories, and urge those that have not yet done so to join this growing momentum,”&nbsp;he said.</i></p><p><i>“In this context, the Commission will continue to pay particular attention to the free movement of persons, as the persisting obstacles to our citizens’ movement within their own continent are simply unacceptable.“</i></p></blockquote><p>Once this is finalised, it will take Africans one step closer to achieving their goal of exploring and moving freely within the African continent.</p><p>As a today, only Benin and Seychelles offer visa free to all countries in the African continent. Hopefully other countries will follow lead.</p><p><strong>With the release of the African Union Passport, it will become super easy to visit other African countries. What do you think about this?</strong></p>"
      "tags" => "AFRICA, AFRICA UNION PASSPORT, AFRICAN, AFRICAN UNION, BLACK TRAVELER, EXPLORE, TRAVEL AFRICA"
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      "title_slug" => "the-long-awaited-african-union-passport-to-be-released-in-february"
      "created_at" => "2019-12-22 08:32:40"
      "updated_at" => "2019-12-22 08:32:40"
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    5 => array:12 [
      "id" => 122
      "title" => "10 Most Powerful Passports in Africa (2018)"
      "date" => "2018-11-19"
      "body" => "<p>Ever wondered what country has the most powerful passport in Africa? We did a bit of research because we were curious to know after listening to an Instagram live session from Fisayo.</p><p>Generally, African passports have a pretty low ranking compared to other passports in the world. The highest amount of visa free/visa on arrival countries we expected to see on African passport access was 70/80. Surprisingly the number one country has a whooping 138 Visa Free/On Arrival countries! That’s about 70% of the world with an African passport. Amazing. Here are the top 10 African countries with the strongest passports.</p><p>10. NAMIBIA</p><p>With a Namibian passport, you can visit 41 countries visa free and 30 visa on arrival. Total = 71 countries.</p><p>9. TANZANIA</p><p>A Tanzanian passport offers its citizens access to 42 countries visa free and 29 visa on arrival. Total = 71 countries.</p><p>8. GAMBIA</p><p>The only west African country that made the cut. Gambian citizens can visit 45 countries visa free and 26 on arrival. Total = 71 countries.</p><p>7. KENYA</p><p>Yet another East African country. With a Kenyan passport you can visit 39 countries visa free and 33 countries visa on arrival. Total = 72 countries.</p><p>6. MALAWI</p><p>43 Visa free and 31 Visa on arrival for Malawian citizens. Total = 74 countries.</p><p>5. LESOTHO</p><p>This small southern African country made it to the top 5 and its citizens have access to 46 countries visa free and 31 on arrival. Total= 77 countries.</p><p>4. BOTSWANA</p><p>Botswana is one of the three southern African countries that made the cut. The home of the Okavango delta gives its citizens access to 49 visa free and 29 visa on arrival. Total = 78</p><p>3. SOUTHAFRICA</p><p>Rainbow nation made it to the top three! Its no surprise that South African nationals can access 63 countries visa free and 35 visa on arrival. Total = 98 countries</p><p>2. MAURITIUS</p><p>Mauritius is Visa free/Visa on Arrival to all countries in the world so we expected them to make the cut. We actually expected Mauritius to be number one but they came pretty close with access to 99 countries visa free and 33 countries visa on arrival. Total = 132 countries.</p><p>1. SEYCHELLES</p><p>Seychelles has proved to us that size doesn’t matter. It’s the tiniest African country by area has the strongest African passport and Seychellois nationals can visit a whooping 138 countries with zero hassles!</p><p>There you have it! The top 10 African countries with the most powerful passports.</p><p><strong>What country/countries were you expecting to see on the list but didn’t make it to the top 10?&nbsp;</strong></p>"
      "tags" => "AFRICA, AFRICA TRAVEL, AFRICAN, AFRICAN COUNTRIES, AFRICAN TRAVELER, EXPLORE, NAIJA NOMADS, NOMAD, POWERFUL PASSPORT, TOP 10, TRAVEL, TRAVEL AFRICA, TRAVELING"
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      "title_slug" => "10-most-powerful-passports-in-africa-2018"
      "created_at" => "2020-01-14 15:20:34"
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    6 => array:12 [
      "id" => 136
      "title" => "Ethiopia to Start Issuing Visa on Arrival to All African Countries"
      "date" => "2018-10-28"
      "body" => "<p>Earlier this year, while receiving the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, disclosed that the country will follow the example set by Rwanda in making visitors from other African countries get their visa on arrival.</p><p>On Friday, 26th October, the&nbsp;Chief of Staff, in the Prime Minister’s Office, Fitsum Arega made a confirmation and announced that the visa on arrival to other African nations will take effect starting 9th of November.</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://twitter.com/fitsumaregaa/status/1055858379359432705"></oembed></figure><p>The new development in Ethiopia will give the East African country the opportunity to receive more visitors. It will also allow for easy movement by other African citizens to Ethiopia.</p><p>Currently, Ethiopia offers e-Visa to visitors entering the country through Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. The online processing started in June and travelers have been able to get their visas by applying via their <a href="https://www.evisa.gov.et/">website.</a></p><p>In Africa, Ethiopia has one of the largest National Carriers, Ethiopian Airlines which makes the airport a hub for Aviation; not just regionally by globally. Ethiopia seems to be leading many African countries.</p><blockquote><p><i>“Ethiopia seems to have cracked this giant of Africa thing gaskiya. Gender equality, regional peace, airport hub for the continent and now visa on arrival for all Africans.” – Eremo Egbejule on Twitter</i></p></blockquote><p>As at this year, many African countries do not give other African countries ease of movement to their countries. According to African Development Bank, just 25% of African countries offer visa on arrival.</p><blockquote><p><i>”on average Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in only 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa to travel to just 20% of other countries in the continent”&nbsp;</i></p></blockquote><p><strong>Hopefully many more African countries will follow lead and allow citizens travel freely within the continent.&nbsp;</strong></p>"
      "tags" => "AFRICA, AFRICAN, AFRICAN UNION, EASY MOVEMENT, ETHIOPIA, TOURISM, TOURISTS, TRAVELERS, VISA ON ARRIVAL, VOA"
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    7 => array:12 [
      "id" => 439
      "title" => "Review of a Beautiful African-themed Spa – Hamamat African Village"
      "date" => "2020-02-02"
      "body" => "<p>Did you know there are many places to visit in Ghana when you go on vacation? One of the places is the <a href="https://instagram.com/hamamatafricanvillage?utm_source=ig_profile_share&amp;igshid=1jc5tq03hyi83">Hamamat African Village</a>. One of our friends, Rita, travelled to Ghana, visited the spa village and shared the review about the place. If not for <a href="http://instagram.com/msbibi7">Rita</a>, maybe we would not have known about the place anytime soon. We went further to check out the place on Instagram and we were wowed!</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3LfZyAEQD/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvd_7IzAE7_/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><p>Hamamat Village is such a beautiful place located in the central area of Accra Ghana at 31 Kofi Annan Street, pretty much at the upper east side. It is at a residential area not too far from the airport which makes it easy to locate for tourists/explorers.</p><p><strong>HOW I FOUND HAMAMAT VILLAGE</strong></p><p>I was drawn to visit the place because I follow Hamamat on Instagram. I pretty much saw the birthing of the whole village on Instagram. While she was constructing and putting the place together, it&nbsp;was a such beautiful process to watch seeing that someone could create something so magnificent just from mud/clay. She was also always portraying positivity about her homeland and how rich she believed in her culture. So, it was something I was looking forward to in sharing with her some of her cultural values and heritage as well. What will a Ghana trip be if I didn’t go the visit a spa house made in a mud house, that is gangster!</p><p><strong>SERVICES OFFERED</strong></p><p>First of all, the customer service is dope! On my way to the village the cab I entered was not familiar with the address. I had to call the customer service representative to navigate us through the process. He was so warm and nice on the phone so much that I was looking forward to meeting the person on the end of the phone upon my arrival. That for me gave me a positive vibe that the village was full of amazing people. At the village, they provide different services. From pedicure to body massage and spa treatments, to selling of natural skin care products (shea butter, coconut oil, body scrub, black soap…etc). They also have a restaurant, where they cater to a fine private dining.</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtI9X_rgM4h/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtthK2Mg3EF/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><p>When I visited, I couldn’t gain access to the whole village itself as Hamamat was hosting some guests. I waited for her to finish with the guest before seeing her to speak about the village. The Village is made from everything African you can think of, from the chairs, tables, interior decor, there were hanging Lamps (Atupkas), animal dry skins used to embellish the wall. When I got there, they were even playing FELA’s music (that one just busted my brain).</p><p><strong>ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF THE VILLAGE</strong></p><p>Hamamat, however, is an awesome human being. She is full of life and you can see that when you visit the village. She relates with you like you are friends from way back, and that alone made me feel at home.</p><figure class="media"><oembed url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwEzpGNBPbh/?utm_source=ig_embed"></oembed></figure><p>When you receive such reception, you are such to want to visit again and again, I didn’t book for that massage session so I can’t tell what products are used but when I asked, I was told very products used are all natural and are made raw from the village itself {that is one of the things I am looking forward to on my next trip to Ghana}</p><p><strong>MY THOUGHT ABOUT THE SPA</strong></p><p>The Hamamat village is a place I feel one should visit whenever you find yourself in Ghana and you will be inspired and wowed at the same time. Hamamat Village showcases Africa in its true and real form that needs to be celebrated.</p><p><strong>Have you heard or do you know about the Hamamat African village? If you have been there, how would you describe the place? If you haven’t been there, is it a place you would love to visit?</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p>"
      "tags" => "AFRICAN, AFRICAN TRAVELLER, AFRICANS TRAVEL TOO, GHANA, GHANAIAN, HAMAMATVILLAGE, NIGERIANABROAD, NIGERIANTRAVELLER"
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      "created_at" => "2020-02-02 17:55:30"
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    8 => array:12 [
      "id" => 146
      "title" => "Safest African Countries for Solo Travelers"
      "date" => "2018-10-09"
      "body" => "<p>Traveling could be a challenge especially if you are going solo. But that should not stop you from experiencing a solo travel as it would be highly rewarding for anyone to explore the continent without worrying about anyone or anything else but just you. If you would be going solo, the most important thing right after getting the travel budget sorted is safety.</p><p>If Africa is your continent of choice, Yewande Salisu has shared five of the safest African countries with the friendliest people in the world and you should explore them soon.</p><p><strong>BOTSWANA</strong></p><p>Exploring Botswana is safe and you won’t have to worry about language barrier or getting along with Botswana, because almost everyone speaks English which makes it really easy to move around and make friends faster. Botswana steady democracy makes it an ideal destination for&nbsp;any kind of traveler especially if you enjoy the view of wild life animals like the Zebras, very friendly elephants and the hippos, in their natural habitats. During your stay you should also try a ‘Mokoro’ ride to enjoy a unique canoeing experience.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/MSAI-south-africa-botswana-multi-adventure-tour-1-e1539085523336.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: backroads.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>NAMIBIA</strong></p><p>Right next to Botswana is Namibia, another safe destination for solo travelers. Due to its good governance, visiting Namibia gives travelers the assurance of a smooth adventure during their stay. Namibia will not fail to offer you an adventure of a lifetime as it is also one of the most stable countries in Africa. Also, Namibia is a good place to have a wildlife experience. You can view over 114 mammals and over 300 species of birds you probably did not know existed. You should also visit the Epupa falls and take a bike ride through the dunes and deserts.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/fantastic-tours-1-e1539085114312.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: sandsurfer.de</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>MALAWI</strong></p><p>Not even a decade ago, Malawi wasn’t a good place to travel for foreign adventurers. But because of the new-found government and economic boom, this country is now one of the best destinations in Africa. Most travelers go to the rural parts of the country as getting along with and getting to know the local Malawian can be a one of a kind experience.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Malawi-Alma-Travel-1024x1024-e1539085353545.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: apta.biz</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>MOZAMBIQUE</strong></p><p>If you are visiting Africa in hope to spend some time laying down on white sandy beaches, enjoying hammocks, getting shades under the palm trees, sipping fresh coconut juice, and just enjoying the beach life, then Mozambique is for you. If you are also looking to experience rich marine life discovering underwater gems and pebbles, then get your goggles ready for an amazing time in Mozambique. However, you might not be able to enjoy Jet Ski rides, but this is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature without filter.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Spiritedpursuit_leelitumbe_mozambique_bazarutoarchipelago-217-e1539017938237.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: spiritedpursuit.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>SEYCHELLES</strong></p><p>To crown your solo travel destination bucket list would be a trip to Seychelles. Seychelles is a must-visit destination in Africa. Every time you see a feature of Seychelles on the internet or other media, it’s only to display its beauty. The beautiful and peaceful country makes it a very safe country in Africa. Places like Petite Anse and Mahe would allow you experience the easy-going lifestyle of the citizens. Seychelles has converted many of its small islands to national parks. This is the way of their government to keep the picturesque beauty of the country while allowing travelers to see it for themselves! If traveling solo is on you wish list, then you should visit one of these African countries soon.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/photo_verybig_7395-e1539017830646.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: seychellesnewsagency.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p>&nbsp;</p>"
      "tags" => "AFRICA, AFRICAN, NOMADS, SAFE AFRICAN COUNTRIES, SOLO TRAVELERS, SOLO TRAVELS, TRAVEL, TRAVELING"
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      "id" => 5
      "title" => "4 of the Least Visited Countries in Africa You Should Consider Visiting Next Year"
      "date" => "2018-11-21"
      "body" => "<p>Africa is a&nbsp;continent with great diversity. From beautiful desert to picturesque beaches to lush environment to heavenly islands. But with all these great features in the continent, some countries still are not recognised.</p><p>Countries like Egypt, Seychelles, Morocco, South Africa etc receive millions of visitors annually but a few countries struggle to get over a hundred thousand tourists every year. Not that these countries do not have beautiful sites to attract visitors but many of them are not explored due to political unrest.</p><p>Here are 4 countries in Africa many people do not get to visit. You may want to consider adding one of these countries on your travel list next year.</p><p><strong>SÃO TOMÉ AND PRINCIPE&nbsp;</strong></p><p>São Tomé and Príncipe is a small island nation in Central Africa.&nbsp;The country has some beautiful attractions to offer tourist ssuch as the Obo National Park where visitors can watch birds. Also, the country is known for whale watching, fishing and scuba diving. There are &nbsp;beautiful Portuguese architectures in the country which also attract few tourists.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FE4A2048-AAE7-40FF-B701-3D57C8413DC9-e1542792631185.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: timbuktutravel.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>LIBYA</strong></p><p>Libya is a country in the Northern region of Africa. The country borders with Sudan,&nbsp;Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, Chad, Niger, Tunisia and Algeria to the Southeast, North, East, South and West respectively. Due to the clashes and political unrest in the country, a lot of tourists hardly visit. But for the brave tourists, the nation has some beautiful attractions to offer. There are amazing historical heritage and archeological sites in the country.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6269B415-776A-4F64-87D7-C64310807C25-e1542792545715.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: whc.unesco.org</strong></figcaption></figure><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>EQUITORIAL GUINEA</strong></p><p>This country is a beautiful nation divided into the mainland and the island. There are five volcanic islands in which Bioko Island is the most popular islands of the five. Equitorial Guinea is quite known for many natural wonders it has. The naturally beautiful white sand beaches, untouched jungles and volcanic views are just numerous. The nation best suits lovers of nature and animals as there are many primates living in the rain forest.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/0693FE6D-5AB3-4661-8334-F05095EE7B33-e1542793701472.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: www.pinterest.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SOUTH SUDAN</strong></p><p>South Sudan is one of the newest countries in Africa that just got independence although still battling with civil war. The nation, although faced with political unrest, daring tourists still enjoy hospitality from some of the citizens. The country is blessed with very rich culture and delicious cuisines. There are also beautiful sites in the country.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/4F109859-3C51-4539-8372-1B3B5B51D36B-e1542803137725.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: theworld-travel.blogpost.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p>There you have some of the least countries tourists visit in Africa. Meanwhile, if you are thinking of visiting a destinationany people don’t explore, you can consider visiting one of these countries.</p>"
      "tags" => "ADVENTURE, AFRICA, AFRICAN, AFRICAN TRAVEL, AFRICAN TRAVELERS, DESTINATIONS, DJIBOUTI, EQUITORIAL GUINEA, EXPLORE, GUINEA-BISSAU, LIBYA, MAURITANIA, NAIJA NOMADS, NIGERIAN, NOMAD, NOMADS, SÃO TOMÉ, SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE, SIERRA LEONE, SOUTH SUDAN, TOURISM, TRAVELBLOGGER, TRAVELER, TRAVELING, TRAVELLERS, TRIP"
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      "id" => 6
      "title" => "Top 5 Beaches You Should Visit in Africa"
      "date" => "2018-11-14"
      "body" => "<p>Africa is a continent in the world that homes a lot of beautiful nature friendly attractions to visit. From the East, to the West, South and even the North, the continent is truly blessed. But a lot of times, some African travelers do not really love exploring the continent. We understand how expensive it can be to travel within the continent but not withstanding, as Africans, we should consider exploring the hidden and untouched places in the continent.</p><p>When planning to travel or go on vacation with friends, family or partners, many travelers chose their destination for a particular reason. Some for the great cuisines, some for nice music culture while some choose based on their love for beaches. Many people are so in love with beaches that they don’t mind staying at the beach all through their stay in the country. However, choosing the best beach to visit can be very difficult as their are so many amazing beaches in the continent; from wild coasts to beautiful islands.</p><p>In this post, we have picked five beautiful beaches you should consider visiting if you are a lover of beaches and would love to explore Africa for this reason.</p><p><strong>SANTA MARIA, CAPE VERDE</strong></p><p>Cape Verde is no doubt one of the best destinations in Africa for beautiful islands and beaches. From the black volcanic sandy beaches to beautiful white sandy beaches, Cape Verde is truly blessed with gorgeous beaches. Santa Maria beach is one of the beautiful sand beaches in the nation. With no stones or pebbles on the beach, you will definitely enjoy walking in barefeet.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cape-verde-e1542208212874.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: YouTube.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>NUNGWI, TANZANIA</strong></p><p>Tanzania is a very beautiful destination, especially for people who love beaches. The nation has quite a number of amazing beaches you can relax. Some of the best beaches in this country can be found at Nungwi at Zanzibar.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/F5423832-A5EF-4B8C-9708-FF1A59850786-e1542208377336.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: Expedia.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>BAZARUTO, MOZAMBIQUE</strong></p><p>The island beach is one of the best beaches in Mozambique. The turquoise water beach which empties its content into the India ocean is a very beautiful sandy beach you should definitely visit when you are in Mozambique.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Spiritedpursuit_leelitumbe_mozambique_bazarutoarchipelago-217-e1542208249660.jpg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: spiritedpursuit.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>BELLE MARE, MAURITIUS</strong></p><p>Located on the Eastern coast of Mauritius, Belle Mare is a very beautiful beach you should wake up to see. The amazingly quiet beach is well known for its white sands.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/9DABE40D-41F1-4357-827E-8B0F7B5E71F4-e1542208504807.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: journeyinstyle.co.za</strong></figcaption></figure><p><strong>ANSE SOURCE D’ARGENT, SEYCHELLES&nbsp;</strong></p><p>With white sand, cool breeze, and turquoise water that looks so unreal, this beach is one of the best beaches to appreciate nature. It is located in La Digue in Seychelles.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/AA7543E4-500E-4A21-BBA2-3FBCA72C20A4-e1542208590354.jpeg" alt=""><figcaption><strong>Source: en.seyvillas.com</strong></figcaption></figure><p>&nbsp;</p>"
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    11 => array:12 [
      "id" => 8
      "title" => "8 Essential Tips to Help Plan Your Trip to Namibia"
      "date" => "2018-11-10"
      "body" => "<p>Speaking to the universe works Nomads…it WORKS!</p><p>The first time Namibia crossed my radar was when I saw an overlanding trip by <a href="https://twitter.com/Miss_Jayla">Miss Jayla</a>. It had never been a country I longed for. After seeing photos and her beautiful story, I wanted to go so I penned down my hearts desire in this <a href="http://naijanomads.com/discover/Africa/article/namibia-visa-free-for-all-africans-top-5-activities-on-my-list">article</a>. I didn’t think that one year later, Air Namibia will begin flights from Lagos – Windhoek. I also didn’t think I’ll be selected to go on a fully sponsored trip with them. I’m back from my 5 day trip, striking adventures like sand boarding and sky diving off my bucket list. I’ve also soaked in the point where the desert meets the sea, memories that are inked in my mind and soul forever.</p><p>Namibia was good to myself and 4 other colleagues who went on this trip with me. I assure you Namibia will be good to you too! This post will specifically cover all you need to know about planning your trip to Namibia from Nigeria. An account of my experience in the country will be shared much later.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/9d21a46a-f670-43d9-af40-de81d4cae802.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/9d21a46a-f670-43d9-af40-de81d4cae802.jpg 756w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/9d21a46a-f670-43d9-af40-de81d4cae802-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/9d21a46a-f670-43d9-af40-de81d4cae802-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/9d21a46a-f670-43d9-af40-de81d4cae802-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p><strong>GETTING YOUR VISAS&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Getting your visas just got easy as Air Namibia now has visa desks at its office in Ikeja. When we were informed about this new development I was ecstatic. Applicants no longer have to fly to Abuja to obtain Namibian visas. The process is pretty easy and you’ll be required to provide these documents:</p><ul><li>Completed Visa Application form filled in duplicate.</li><li>Two (2) recent colour passport photographs with white&nbsp;background (size: 45mm x 35mm).</li><li>International Passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of entry with minimum of 3 blank pages.</li><li>Certified copies of all original documents (Please do not submit originals).</li><li>Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay in Namibia. (6 Months Bank Statement and payslips to be submitted)</li><li>Proof of employment, Business registration documents or letter of introduction from an invitee</li><li>Copy of round trip itinerary to Namibia.</li><li>Confirmed Hotel Reservations.</li><li>Travel / Medical / Health Insurance (on request).</li><li>Letter of invitation from the relatives in Namibia and proof of legal residency e.g Data page of International Passport, work permit, National Identity Card etc.</li><li>Letter of invitation and business contacts in Namibia are required for a business travel.</li><li>Visitors with tourist visas are not allowed to engage in any employment or recourse to public fund while in the country.</li><li>Yellow fever inoculation is a requirement only if the journey to Namibia entails passing through a yellow fever area of Africa or Certified Yellow Fever Vaccination card.</li></ul><p>VISA PROCESSING FEE</p><p>NGN13,500:00 (Non-refundable Single entry) NGN23,000.00 (24 hours visa Single entry) NGN34,000.00 (Multiple Entry)</p><p>COURIER COMPANY FEE</p><p>NGN11,000.00 (Subject to weight of documents submitted)</p><p>ALL PASSPORTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED, COLLECTED AND SIGNED FOR IN PERSON.</p><p>The physical address of Namibian Visa Processing Desk:</p><p>45 Oduduwa Way GRA Ikeja Lagos.</p><p>Email: visa.desk.sw@apg-ng.com</p><p>Phone: 234-1-279 9013 , +234-8173649115</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/61f64a82-ea6c-47b8-aaa5-5da02c9b5896.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/61f64a82-ea6c-47b8-aaa5-5da02c9b5896.jpg 810w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/61f64a82-ea6c-47b8-aaa5-5da02c9b5896-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/61f64a82-ea6c-47b8-aaa5-5da02c9b5896-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/61f64a82-ea6c-47b8-aaa5-5da02c9b5896-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/61f64a82-ea6c-47b8-aaa5-5da02c9b5896-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400.jpg 3724w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400-300x169.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400-768x432.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400-960x540.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400-440x247.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4400-600x337.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p>Right after that, you application is forwarded to the Abuja office and shipped back when a decision has been made. This process takes 5-7 working days. When your application has been approved (which it will be), it’s then time to prepare for your trip to Namibia!!!</p><p><strong>FLYING TO NAMIBIA</strong></p><figure class="image image-style-side"><img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/svg/1f1f3-1f1e6.svg" alt="??"></figure><p>Air namibia operates a direct flight from Lagos to Windhoek (pronounced as “VINDOOK” or “VINTUK”) and flights can go as low as N250,000 for an economy class ticket! Ensure you book your flight early for more affordable flight rates.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5160-1.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5160-1.jpg 750w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5160-1-281x300.jpg 281w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5160-1-440x469.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5160-1-600x640.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p>Air Namibia planes are pretty decent, they are about 5 years old, and our flight was smooth. We flew in the Airbus 319, a 112 seater plane with 16 business class seats (2-2 configuration) and 96 economy seats (3-3 configuration). The leg room was average however, there were no individual screens for inflight entertainment. The flight time is short, 4 hours 35 mins, but if you’ll rather not remain idle during a flight, be sure to bring a book/kindle/coloring book/iPad or whatever keeps you entertained.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710.jpg 3024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bb459566-f27b-4fbe-a2b3-4dca5341d710-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p><strong>CURRENCY</strong></p><p>The official currency is Namibian Dollars($N). Rates at the time we visited were $1 = N$14 My Nigerian dollar card worked fine there and I used it throughout my stay. Some places accept US dollars however, I found paying with my card cheaper. So pay with your card if you can and pay in Namibian Dollars for cash payment (not in US Dollars).</p><p><strong>WHAT TO WEAR</strong></p><p>We visited very cosmopolitan cities (Windhoek and Swakopmund) and had no issues showing a bit of skin. However, you should dress according to the weather. While Windhoek was warm for the most part, Swakopmund was freezing! We needed sweaters at every time of the day. Ensure you check the weather in specific cities you are visiting and pack accordingly. Namibia is not an all round hot country. It gets cold in certain places, especially the coast.</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997.jpg 3724w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997-300x169.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997-768x432.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997-960x540.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997-440x247.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4997-600x337.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p><strong>It got cold in swakopmund so we had to wear jackets</strong></p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1.jpg 3024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c6f5ef9-95c7-49b2-82fc-e4058ccfa7ba-1-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1.jpg 3024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/f6c916fe-f3d9-4a57-9859-4311cc668205-1-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20a161d0-8492-4feb-b3bd-f498bd8d39d4.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20a161d0-8492-4feb-b3bd-f498bd8d39d4.jpg 490w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20a161d0-8492-4feb-b3bd-f498bd8d39d4-146x300.jpg 146w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/20a161d0-8492-4feb-b3bd-f498bd8d39d4-440x905.jpg 440w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p><strong>AVERAGE COST</strong></p><p>Being a sponsored trip, I didn’t spend a lot of my money so it wouldn’t be my place to give an overall budget for this trip. However, I extended my stay, paid for certain activities and I’ll list a few relevant ones here:</p><ul><li>Accommodation in swakopmund: $60-$80 per night</li><li>Feeding in swakopmund: $35 (meal for two + cocktails)</li><li>Sky diving: $240</li><li>Sand boarding/quad biking (3 hours): $43.52</li></ul><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/73e50a12-45cc-4f45-8039-6d0d60c527cd.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/73e50a12-45cc-4f45-8039-6d0d60c527cd.jpg 490w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/73e50a12-45cc-4f45-8039-6d0d60c527cd-146x300.jpg 146w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/73e50a12-45cc-4f45-8039-6d0d60c527cd-440x905.jpg 440w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8.jpg 2094w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8-169x300.jpg 169w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8-768x1366.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8-576x1024.jpg 576w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8-960x1707.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8-440x783.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/68303e20-36e3-465b-90b3-4120f8b209b8-600x1067.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878.jpg 3024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/6281b060-9f58-403b-8e59-b33a53e06878-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76.jpg 2094w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76-169x300.jpg 169w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76-768x1366.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76-576x1024.jpg 576w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76-960x1707.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76-440x783.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/a57ac9d6-8378-40aa-aa6b-99e04f817d76-600x1067.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p><strong>PLACES TO VISIT/THINGS TO DO</strong></p><p>Namibia is a big country (size wise) and unfortunately activities are spread across country. Whether you are seeking adventure, wild life, culture or the beach, this country pretty much has the ability to fulfill all your travel desires! We explored only two cities in five days and did some fun activities:</p><p><strong>IN WINDHOEK&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li>visited the famous Christ Church (oldest church in Namibia</li><li>attended a jazz festival</li><li>had conversations with some modernized himba women</li><li>had drinks at the 360 viewing deck in the national museum</li></ul><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606.jpg 2257w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606-169x300.jpg 169w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606-768x1366.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606-576x1024.jpg 576w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606-960x1708.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606-440x783.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4606-600x1067.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595.jpg 4096w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595-300x169.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595-768x432.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595-960x540.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595-440x247.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4595-600x337.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699.jpg 4032w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699-300x225.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699-768x576.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699-960x720.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699-440x330.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4699-600x450.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2.jpg 3456w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2-300x200.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2-768x512.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2-960x640.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2-440x293.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5161-2-600x400.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p><strong>IN SWAKOPMUND</strong></p><ul><li>toasted to life at the moon landscape</li><li>savoured local Namibian cuisine</li><li>did a walking tour of swakopmund</li><li>visited the swakopmund Museum</li><li>went sky diving</li><li>quad bike/sand boarding at the namib desert</li><li>photographed the desert meeting the ocean</li><li>had conversations with locals</li><li>visited the craft market</li></ul><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898.jpg 2267w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898-169x300.jpg 169w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898-768x1366.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898-576x1024.jpg 576w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898-960x1707.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898-440x783.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4898-600x1067.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907.jpg 3724w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907-300x169.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907-768x432.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907-960x540.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907-440x247.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4907-600x337.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913.jpg 4032w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913-300x225.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913-768x576.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913-960x720.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913-440x330.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4913-600x450.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162.jpg 3456w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162-300x200.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162-768x512.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162-960x640.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162-440x293.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_5162-600x400.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/936bb4b1-5f98-42bf-8d86-2df512813177.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/936bb4b1-5f98-42bf-8d86-2df512813177.jpg 490w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/936bb4b1-5f98-42bf-8d86-2df512813177-146x300.jpg 146w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/936bb4b1-5f98-42bf-8d86-2df512813177-440x905.jpg 440w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/d1a634ea-7281-4a60-9d0e-497ac0145c8d.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/d1a634ea-7281-4a60-9d0e-497ac0145c8d.jpg 800w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/d1a634ea-7281-4a60-9d0e-497ac0145c8d-300x225.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/d1a634ea-7281-4a60-9d0e-497ac0145c8d-768x576.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/d1a634ea-7281-4a60-9d0e-497ac0145c8d-440x330.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/d1a634ea-7281-4a60-9d0e-497ac0145c8d-600x450.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22dd5491-17e8-47e8-846c-5559e89bffef.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22dd5491-17e8-47e8-846c-5559e89bffef.jpg 800w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22dd5491-17e8-47e8-846c-5559e89bffef-300x225.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22dd5491-17e8-47e8-846c-5559e89bffef-768x576.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22dd5491-17e8-47e8-846c-5559e89bffef-440x330.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22dd5491-17e8-47e8-846c-5559e89bffef-600x450.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"></figure><p>We missed out on Etosha National Park, for the lovers of wild life and the Kunene Region where the Ovahimba’s live. We also missed out on the Kalahari desert, fish river canyon and sossusvlie which is best suited for the brave and adventurous and Luderitz if you love German architecture and time traveling.</p><p>So before you decide what cities in Namibia to explore, ensure it’s suited to the kind of traveler you are. You also need to map out your journey considering the size of the country (Namibia is almost the same size as Nigeria). Finally, don’t hold back!!!</p><p><strong>SAFETY AND SECURITY</strong></p><p>We did not feel threatened/unsafe throughout our stay there. Everything seemed pretty secure and under control. At the jazz festival in Windhoek, we were out till about midnight. In swakopmund, we stayed out for dinner till about 10.00pm and walked back for 10 minutes to our hotel.</p><p><strong>THE NAMIBIAN PEOPLE</strong></p><p>I set out to have conversations with locals, specifically Black Namibians and I did. We spoke about their love for Nigerian music and the entertainment industry, the current state of their economy, finding jobs in Nigeria, racism and a host of other things which deserves a separate post.</p><p>The people I encountered were very warm and open to answering every question thrown at them. From Alpheus, the street guitarist who was surprised Nigeria did not have stable electricity in 2018 to Raina, the first black Namibian to own a restaurant in Swakopmund! They were truly gems and I learnt so much from each and every one of them!</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65.jpg 3024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65-225x300.jpg 225w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65-440x587.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1c5f76d9-f156-4385-8220-de84de0baf65-600x800.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"><figcaption><strong>Raina! Super woman</strong></figcaption></figure><p><br>&nbsp;</p><figure class="image"><img src="http://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904.jpg" alt="" srcset="https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904.jpg 4032w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904-300x225.jpg 300w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904-768x576.jpg 768w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904-1024x768.jpg 1024w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904-960x720.jpg 960w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904-440x330.jpg 440w, https://nn.check-dc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/img_4904-600x450.jpg 600w" sizes="100vw" width="600"><figcaption>Alpheus, the street guitarist</figcaption></figure><p><strong>I’m super excited to go back there with the Nomads next year as it’s one of the destinations on 2019 calendar. #NomadsinNamibia, are you ready???</strong></p>"
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