Travel Recommendations For Northern India In Winter

Do you have plans of visiting northern India? Before going there, you have to consider these travel recommendations for northern India in winter.

Family Vacations: 10 Tips When Travelling by Car With Children

Traveling with children can be great if you plan ahead a little. Here are ten tips to help your car vacation go a lot easier.

Seven Tips For Travel Trips

We love taking trips, whether it’s a short road trip, or a longer trip by air to some distant exotic place. But all too often we fail to plan for our trip and the result is frustration and annoyance. Here are seven tips for your travel trips.

Cruise Holiday Tips For Smooth Sailing

A cruise holiday requires planning in order to be the best it can be. Check out these tips to have a cruise experience you will remember.

A Time To Unwind In An All Inclusive Family Resort

Making plans to fulfill your dream vacation with your kinfolks is a good idea. Realize your dream by choosing the best all inclusive family resort you can possibly look for.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5 Simple Beach Hacks For Beach Lovers

5 Simple Beach Hacks For Beach Lovers

The beach is an amazing place to have fun and relax with your either your friends or significant other. But if you truly want to have an unforgettable time at the beach, and avoid regretting going, here are some beach hacks to ensure that you enjoy every second you spend at the various beaches in Lagos including Elegushi, Eleko, and Kuramo. The only thing you need to do is to take certain small items along with you to the beach.

Rub baby powder to get rid of sand

The beach sand is one of the annoying things about going to the beach. In some cases, it may be impossible to remove the sand when it sticks to your leg and foot. You can rub baby powder on your legs to prevent the sand from sticking. Also, you can use the same baby powder to get it the sand off.

Bring slippers. Don’t walk barefooted

Sometimes the beach may be unbearably hot that you find it difficult to walk. So, never forget to bring along a flip flop. This will also prevent you from walking barefooted when you remove your boots, sandals or simple wear. It is easier to just wear slippers.

Use balloons to unblock ears after swimming

When you swim or dive in the beach, it likely that your ears will be clogged or blocked with water. So, rather than using your hand to hit your ears to remove the water, you can inflate a balloon several times to unclog your ears.

Deal with sunburn with fresh aloe vera

When you expose your skin to the sun for a long period of time, it burns and turns red. So, if you are sunburned at the beach, you can use fresh aloe vera to smear the sunburn spots. You don’t need to worry.

Keep your wallet, keys, and cell phone

You can’t leave your money, phone, and wallet at home because you are going to the beach. You have to get creative and develop your own exclusive beach locker. Whatever you come up with, ensure that your valuables are not stolen.If you are staying in one of the best hotels in Lagos, you can leave them in the room.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Business Travel Insurance For a Worry-Free Trip

There are times when you need to go out of town and to another country for business reasons. This often happens if you're an executive or a high ranking official of an organization or company. If you're one of those 'important' office personnel, you should make sure that you don’t travel without business travel insurance.

Now, why is that? Well, suppose you urgently need medical assistance abroad. Your employer is not present and the medical bills will be shouldered by you alone. What if you don’t have enough money to pay the medical bills? But if you have business travel insurance, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

There are also other situations wherein a good business travel insurance can benefit you especially if you're a self employed individual on a business trip. For instance, you become a robbery victim. Your lost valuables may cost a lot but since you have business travel insurance, the insurance provider will take care of your stolen things.

Before choosing any business travel insurance, you have to check with the country of destination if the insurance is acceptable there. You can also ask the insurance provider about this matter. Remember, if the insurance cannot be used in the country that you're in, all medical and emergency costs will be shouldered by you. Business travelers need a specific business travel insurance because the policies differ from one another. You can find worldwide, backpacker, and specialty policies that is a variation of the business travel insurance.

Simply follow these things and you can find good business travel insurance:
  1. When you're comparing several insurance policies, you need to look into the cover benefits, product features, and exclusions. Do not focus mainly on the policy's price.

  2. Give yourself time when choosing an insurance policy. This way, you can cancel a policy if you realize that it does not meet most of your needs. Don’t worry because you can refund your money afterwards.

  3. You have to choose between a single and annual travel insurance. If you're going abroad on one occasion only, you'd better go for the single travel policy. But if you need to travel several times within a year, choose the multi-trip annual insurance.

  4. By choosing the multi-trip annual travel insurance, business trips conducted during weekends can still be covered.

  5. Tour operators and travel agencies often give special offers to their clients. Remember that you should not jump into any of their promo offers unless your business will benefit from it.

  6. Whenever you're traveling, it would be best to bring a copy of the insurance policy and the helpline number. Keep it somewhere safe; not in your wallet.

  7. Good business travel insurance should have medical coverage. Try to understand the coverage of the policy.

  8. If you're the boss and you're sending your employees abroad for business trips, you need to have them insured as well.

  9. While you're looking for good business travel insurance, why not consider getting one that also covers car rental.

  10. Be sure that you choose a provider who's been in business travel insurance for quite some time now. The company should have a good reputation and entertains customer's questions.
By following these things, you're bound to find good business travel insurance. Start your search now and the next time you travel, you can relax and enjoy the trip without any worries.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6 Ways to Cope With The Closure of Abuja Airport

How to cope with the closure of Abuja airport

The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally closed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for much maintenance and repairs. Hopefully, it will be reopened on April 19th. Although quite a number of Nigerians and foreigners have expressed reservations about the closure, the safety of passengers should be the ultimate concern. Hence, the Federal Government has no choice than to shut down the airport. Expectedly, the FG has made arrangements to ferry passengers to Abuja. So, if you have anything to do in Abuja, Jumia Travel, the leading online booking agency shares ways to deal with the closure of Abuja airport.

Let your mind be at rest

The main concern of travelers and tourists about Kaduna is security due to recent events in the city. However, the Federal Government has assured passengers that they don’t need to worry about their security. The distance from Kaduna Airport to Abuja Airport by road according to Google map is 242.6 km (3h9m). Different security apparatus will be on the way all through your trip. So, let your mind be at rest and believe that nothing will happen. Kaduna has always been a safe and secure city.

Reduce your luggage

If you are traveling to Abuja for now, you should reduce the amount of luggage you carry. The stress of getting your luggage at Kaduna airport, then loading them into the bus coupled with the 3-hour travel can be unbearable. To cope with this, you should only carry essential items. Doing this will stop you from paying anyone to carry your luggage.

Make your own transport arrangement

You can also make your travel arrangement from Kaduna to Abuja. It is not compulsory to go with the buses provided by the government. So, if you have a friend who is familiar with the Kaduna to Abuja route, put a call through to him to pick you up at the Kaduna airport.

Travel by road

Some travelers may not be too disposed to fly to Kaduna en route Abuja. Then, your best option is to travel straight to Abuja via road. It is even cheaper to travel via road than flying. But, safety is always a major worry.

Avoid evening travel

You won’t like to be on the Kaduna road in the evening or wee hours of the night traveling to Abuja. Even if you get to Kaduna airport in the evening, delay your travel until the next day and spend that evening in a hotel.

Book a hotel close to Abuja Airport

You should book a hotel close to the airport to reduce the stress of arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and then you start another journey to your hotel. If you don’t know which hotel to book, Jumia Travel can conveniently help you search for hotels near Abuja airport.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Reasons to Dine in a Lagos Hotel

5 reasons to dine in a Lagos hotel

Make this vow for better dining: I will eat in a Lagos hotel restaurant at least once a month from henceforth. Say it loud, mean it and you will be rewarded with better meals and richer travel experiences.

Quite recently, I visited one of the popular hotels on the Lekki Peninsula, LilyGate hotel for dinner and I had the most fabulous experience. Perfectly situated in the sumptuous surroundings of Lekki Phase 1, Lilygate hotel effortlessly fuses glamour with contemporary twists and is a good representation of a typical Lagos hotel. And here are five reasons why anyone should dine in a Lagos hotel.

Food is Incredible

The food at the Lilygate, as it is in most Lagos hotels, is incredibly sumptuous and most importantly, is of a wide variety. From local cuisines to intercontinental featuring inventive dishes, inspired by the unexpected intersection of global flavors, e.t.c, there truly is something for everyone on this menu. You can actually afford to be as adventurous with your choice of food. Usually, overseeing the hotel restaurant is a seasoned chef and as such, the food is quite tasty as well.

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Lilygate Hotel African platterLilygate Hotel African platter

Service is Impeccable

Most of the good hotels in Lagos tend to hire the “crème de la crème” in hospitality management and staff. As such, you are bound to be taken care of by some of the best hotel staff in the industry. At Lilygate, the staff were attentive, polite and extremely helpful especially when it came to menu selection, I definitely was tempted to order almost everything.

The Surroundings

The physical structures of most Lagos hotels are quite aesthetic with a generally enveloping ambiance. Lilygate boasts of a beautiful building, which would please any architecture lover and the restaurant is arranged in a very classy style which would appeal to the class of people who live in the area within which the hotel is located. Basically, the environment is peaceful and elegant and is perfect for an evening of contemporary dining in a refined space.

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Lilygate Hotel restaurantLilygate Hotel restaurant

Interactive and Informative

Before I went to dine at Lilygate, I was able to call them to find out what they had on their menu, discuss details of the menu, make sections ahead of time and and to make reservations. The correspondence was quite impeccable and this is the practice with most hotels in Lagos. This makes for a delightful experience, successfully engaging diners in an interactive meal.

Value

Although the meals may seem a little expensive, it is important to factor in the generous portions and excellent service, Basically dinning in a Lagos hotel is an excellent value.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

5 Popular Meals Enjoyed in Kano

5 Popular meals enjoyed in Kano

Kano, a popular city in the Northern region of Nigeria offers numerous attractions for tourists across the world. And besides visiting the tourist-worthy sites, travelers can also enjoy tasty traditional food of the north. Although, the food of the region is not considered as the primary reason for its popularity, but one cannot ignore the fact that the Northerners have contributed richly to Nigeria’s national food identity.

No matter the time you have chosen to visit Kano, you will get the chance to enjoy best traditional food in the area. The good thing is that most of the traditional foods have very rich and unique taste. It has a lot of unique spices like Thai or Indian food and most contain cereal including rice, millet, and corn as main ingredients, which are all healthy. They are also served across the area in dining outlets like food courts, hotels, restaurants, canteens and roadside dining shops. Below, we share a few famous traditional foods of the Northerners.

Tuwon Shinkafa

This mouth-watering dish is possibly the most popular foods in the Kano. It is also very palatable and widely embraced by other cultures in the country. The meal consists of thick rice pudding and spicy sauce. If you are visiting the region, try this meal to broaden the spectrum of your taste. And once tried, you may find it hard to resist the temptation of re-ordering.

Pate is a popular meal in Northern Nigeria

Pate

A dish usually prepared with ground corn or rice, cooked with vegetables, tomatoes, onions, pepper, garden egg, locust beans, groundnut, biscuit bone, meats minces and sometimes, assorted meat parts, Pate is largely consumed not just in Kano, but also in Kaduna, Nassarawa, Plateau and other Northwestern states. This dish is primarily porridge and is an all-time favorite liked by almost all age groups.

Miyan Kuka

Miyan Kuka

Miyan Kuka is certainly the most famous northern Nigerian soup and translated as “Boaba leaf soup”. The green draw-soup is made from ground baobab leaf and special spices, preferably ‘yaji’ - a mixture of ground pepper, ginger, garlic and other seasonings/herbs.

Burabisco

A traditionally made couscous meal commonly eaten by people in Kano, Brabusco is loved and enjoyed by many. Usually paired with spicy stew of meat and vegetables, its rich ingredients categorize it among luxurious dishes in the region.

Tuwon Dawa

This is a side dish made with ground guinea-corn made thick and cassava. It is best eaten with soups like Kuka and okra. This meal is unique majorly because it is best prepared with firewood.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

7 Things to do in Abuja if You Are in a Rut

7 things to do in Abuja if you are in a rut

Everyone knows that Abuja is not the bubbliest destination in Nigeria. There is a high chance you will be trapped in absolute ennui when visiting and you do not have the right people to hang with or know the right places to go. What then do you do when you’re stuck in a rut in Abuja?

With these suggestions below, Jumia Travel reveals 7 things you can do in Abuja if you are in a rut.

1. Check out Aso Rock presidential villa

The most populous structure in the city, Aso rock is a great place for anyone to check out when stuck in a rut. Measuring about 936 meters above the sea level, the rock overlooks the official residence of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And so, while there is restricted access, it would feel great actually seeing where the president of the country resides.

2. Give yourself a mani/pedi

This is not restricted to the female folk too. It is hard to feel miserable while cleaning and painting the nails…mostly because it is really hard to feel unhappy when pampering yourself. Some of the best spots to get the most luxurious treatment include the Nail Bar, Bold and Beautiful Salon/Spa e.t.c

3. Watch a movie at Silverbird

Similar to reading, movies have the opportunity to transport you to a world of your imagination , and make you almost forget you were in a rut in the first place. Silverbird entertainment center located in Abuja’s Central Business District offers not just cinema where you can watch the latest movie, but also eateries, games arcade, and a host of shops where you can get things for yourself and love ones.

4. Spend an afternoon millennium park

The Millennium Park, the largest public park in Abuja is certainly a park for everyone and with good reason. It’s not just the open green space and gorgeous setting featuring a pool, beautifully structured walk way and play toys for kids, there are usually a number of awesome free activities hosted on the venue too.

5. Meditate for a day at Gurara falls

If you are also seeking a little peace and serenity in your life, spend a day at Gurara falls. One of the most iconic nature spots in the country with a waterfall that spans about 200 meters across and drops 30 meters below, it is a hidden gem to be explored.

6. Throw a party

Even if you are visiting for the first time, it is actually easy to pull off a party. All you need to do is find a good location and tweet out for people to meet you up for free drinks, before you know it, you have a party. Alternatively, you can go to instamessage and search for people near you. Basically, throwing a party when you feel stuck is usually a good idea.

7. Explore the old Abuja Zoo

Check out the wildlife at the National Children's Park and Zoo at Asokoro. Looking at animals and interacting with them can be quite fun and soothing, as well as a good distraction.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Technology Tips For Travellers

Technology Tips For Travellers

If you’re a tech head like me then choosing the right bits of kit to take with you when traveling is a very important decision. I like to be wired into the world and well entertained when I am sitting on a 12 hour train ride or some hotel room on a stopover – it makes the time pass much faster and I can actually get some stuff done. But what should you consider packing for your trek and how can you possibly fit it all in?

As with any type of packing for travel, selecting which pieces of technology to take with you should be determined by weight, size and utility. Less is more! That means taking the smallest and lightest of everything you need.

If you want some computing power on your travels, then a laptop would be the obvious choice. But do you need all the computing power that a laptop can give you or could you escape with just using a tablet or a PDA? When you are lugging around 6 pounds of laptop for miles and miles, the thought of a nice little 200 gram PDA become mighty attractive. If word processing is the main reason for taking a computer then consider a PDA with a fold out keyboard or even your Smartphone. You will be thankful for the weight and space it saves. Alternatively some tablets are more powerful than many laptops and offer the same software options so that might be one other consideration.

Your camera is another consideration. Do you need the 35mm SLR with 4 spare lenses? Unless you are going somewhere that justifies the weight of that, then you might be better off with any of the myriad of small digital cameras available on the market. Many of the newer models have good quality of shots.

If you desperately need music, then consider any type of MP3 player that can double as a digital photo storage device. iPods are a good choice and nice and light and the fact that you can store any data such as digital photos on them means you can cut down on packing other storage devices.

One of the big things that you are really going to need for all of your gadgets is insurance. Aside from the fact that a person with a lot of gadgets has a lot more to lose when they get robbed, stuff also gets knocked around a lot when you travel. Make sure you get insurance that covers you for the cost of a new replacement of anything that is lost, damaged or stolen.

A few minor considerations at the time of purchase can save a traveler a lot of heartache with gadgets. If you can describe your gear as small, light, useful and insured then you should have a pleasant trip!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

4 Ways Nigerians Can Take a Luxury Trip Abroad Without Spending a Fortune

4 ways Nigerians can take a luxury trip abroad without spending a fortune

The current situation of the Nigerian economy has dampened the hearts of so many citizens and curtailed a number of their activities…especially traveling. Even those who normally would travel in luxury are now thinking twice about hitting the road. A vacation filled with private jets, luxury accommodations, champagne and fancy food, however, does not have to be a far-fetched fantasy. There are ways Nigerians can travel like a millionaire without having to sell their plots of land or sabotage your credit score. We share four travel tips to add a little grandeur to your next getaway without breaking bank.

Travel in the off-season

A perfect way to travel like a millionaire is to stay in Luxury hotels or resorts off-season. Vacationers who visit during the off-season stand to save a lot at this idyllic locale. The views are the same, the accommodations are the same, but the prices are most usually slashed in half. From mid-January through April, are usually cheaper that mid-April through Dec. So, unless you are set on enjoying a particular celebration of holiday in Luxury, it makes sense to visit when rates are more affordable.

Consider countries where the dollar is worth more

Take a trip to exotic locations in South America, Africa, Asia or India rather than the U.S., Canada or Europe. These locations have food, attractions and accommodations that typically cost a lot less and the exchange rate falls will usually fall in your favor. The Luxury experience in these areas are not only superb as the environs are most usually picturesque, you get to experience opulence at very minimal costs.

Go for a resort apartment

Instead of booking fancy luxury hotels where you will have to pay for room service, food, laundry, etc., rent an apartment. The process of finding and renting a resort apartment is not a tedious one, you can find a list of resort hotels that offer this type of accommodation for the destination you have in mind online. You will also see lots of reasonable rates, as well as peak and off-peak deals. With a resort apartment, you can go shopping for groceries and cook your own favorite meals at a cheaper rate and if you must dine out, you will find numerous restaurants, coffee shops and around the area. You get to save a whole lot of money and enjoy the luxury of a resort.

Schedule your flights at the right times

The cost of transportation is a huge item on any traveler’s list as it is usually one of the most expensive parts of any trip, including luxury vacations. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize costs! Like your favorite high street store, airlines have periods when they do sales or kick up promos which are usually favorable to all range of customers from first class to economy, try and book your flight around those periods. Also, you will find that airlines drop their prices to destinations that are not very popular, you can decide to route your flights in such a way that you can take advantage of this variation in the ticket price. Finally, going on a luxury trip does not imply that you must travel first-class. Instead, buy an economy ticket, save some money and spend it having much more fun on your luxury trip.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Top Local Brews to Try in Northern Nigeria

Top Local Brews to Try in Northern Nigeria

The Northerners are not particularly known for being enthusiastic drinkers, but surprisingly, they have quite a number of special local brews – alcoholic and non-alcoholic - which placate their thirst. While most of these brews have been influenced by the different cultures that have migrated into the country through the years, there are certain drinks that still stand out as purely indigenous to the region

From soft Zobo leaves and Millet made drinks to pub-favored shooters, we have a list of local drinks that are must-try when you travel around Nigeria.

Palm wine

Palm Wine is possibly the most popular local drink in Nigeria is quite consumed in the north and sometimes, even plays a role in traditional celebrations. An alcoholic beverage from the sap of various species of palm tree such as raphia palms (Raphia hookeri or R. vinifera), the oil palm (Elaeis guineense), palmyra and coconut palm. It can be consumed in a variety of flavors varying from sweet unfermented to sour fermented and vinegary alcoholic drinks and it is very nutritious.

Burukutu

An alcoholic drink also popular in the middle belt region of Nigeria, Brukutu is a local brew made from fermented sorghum and other protein enriched grains. Also known as BKT, it is produced traditionally through a method that involves malting, mashing, addition of an adjunct, fermentation of sorghum using an old brew as a starter culture for 48 h pasteurization by boiling and maturation. It serves as a source of alcohol for everyone in the region- the old and young, male and female, educated and uneducated.

Pito

Pito, another popular fermented alcoholic drink among the people in the Northern part of Nigeria is usually ties to Bururkutu as both are produced mainly from the grains of guinea corn (Sorghum vulgare and Sorghum bicolor), but Pito is a sweetened variant and bye-product of Burukutu as it is usually filtered off from the top, and Burukutu is the sediment that settles at the base of the brew mix and is usually heavier in concentration. Pito is lighter and more like the refined part of the brew. It is highly intoxicating, but relatively cheap and can be consumed anytime of the day-morning, afternoon and night.

Kunu

Kunnu is a traditional non-alcoholic fermented beverage popular in the northern part of Nigeria where it originates. The beverage which is usually milky cream in appearance is a millet based food drink which is consumed within few hours of its production, mainly by people within the low and middle income workers who usually cannot afford industrially produced beverages like Coca-cola, Pepsi etc. The drink has two varieties: Kunu Zaki , when the main ingredient is millet and Kunu Gyada,when the main ingredient is groundnut, sometimes can be sprinkled with rice. Rich in protein and high in fiber and nourishing vitamins and minerals, it is a nation’s favorite

Omi wara

This Local Nigerian drink, Omi Wara, is one of the local drinks in the Northern part of Nigeria made from the water obtained from cheese.

Zobo

A mauve colored cocktail that is not only tasty but refreshing as well, Zobo is a very popular drink consumed by people all over Nigeria. Also referred to as “Zoborodo”, it is made from the dried red calyces and sepals of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa), known as Zobo leaves in Nigeria. Other basic ingredients include garlic, ginger, pineapple, water and sometimes, honey, ginger, chilli flakes, orange, lemon and sugar syrup. The drink is loaded with lots of health benefits and is said to help reduce high blood pressure, aid digestion, and promote the health of the urinary tract

Ogogoro

Nigeria’ version of Vodka, Ogogoro is a derivative from palm wine is very popular in the the country, and it is known and addressed with various names including ‘shekwe’,’ ishi enwe’, ufofob, robirobi, baba erin, etonto, wuru, Udi Ogagan,Agbakara ,Aka mere, Agbagba, Iced Water, Push Me, I Push You , ‘I for don marry’, 'Kai Kai', 'Sapele Water' and Craze man in the bottle. The drink is sometimes also derived from ripe plantain through some local distillery methods. With the active ingredient in Ogogoro being ethanol, very highly concentrated within the drink, the alcohol content of local ogogoro ranges between 30-60% and can be very dangerous when improperly prepared. Due to the rising number of deaths resulting from this local drink, the federal government of Nigeria has clamped down on its consumption in different parts of the country.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

How to Make Flying With a Baby Less Stressful

How to Make Flying With a Baby Less Stressful

If given the opportunity, quite a number of parents will not fly with their babies. This is because it can be very stressful, hectic, and nerve-wracking. A baby can start crying on board and this may be embarrassing for the parents. Regardless, you have no choice than to fly with your baby. If you are worried about flying with your baby, here are tips to make flying with your baby less stressful.

Pack smart

Packing smart can seriously help you to reduce stress when travelling with your baby. You should ensure that you pack your baby’s things in an exclusive bag for easy access. This will make it easier to get your preserved bottled breast milk and change diapers.

Bring a travel mate

You can also book a cheap flight ticket for a travel mate on Jumia Travel. Your travel mate or companion will either carry your luggage or take care of your baby. It is better than going alone.

Get the right plane seat

Getting the right seat is essential for you to travel with your baby. The best seat is a window seat. It offers you privacy to nurse your baby. Some people may frown at you breastfeeding your baby openly. So try as much as possible to get a window seat. You can talk to the attendants at the ticket counter.

Leave the big luggage behind

If you can, you should leave your big luggage at home especially if you are vacationing for a few days. With this, you don’t need to pay more for luggage, and you can focus on taking care of your baby on board. But if you need your luggage, you can ask your partner to send it to you. This will only cost a little extra.

Don’t forget baby toys

Babies love being engaged on board. One of the fun ways to do this is by giving them toys. This will keep them distracted and you can worry less about flying with your baby.