…that’s the exact question a friend just asked me. I didn’t plan the year throughout, but just went with the flow, and definitely, with whatever my finances would permit!
So here’s the breakdown of how I was able to afford each destination, with tips and recommendations for those reading this too.. enjoy!
Before I begin, please note:
- I work full-time, and probably get the same number of holidays as you do.
- The plus side of being able to travel more frequently this year was with working unsociable hours overnight, granting me days off during the week to rest (or in other words for me, to fly away!)
- I generally don’t spend a lot of money on holidays. The most I’ve spent on a holiday was £650 for a week in Barbados everything included. The cheapest being £55 for 2 days in Malta!
- If booking a holiday will leave me low on money, I won’t book it. Period. I think what enticed me to travel more in the beginning was being able to spot ridiculously cheap deals, some of which I’m about to show you!
Was already in Ghana, then flew to Nigeria – quickest trip ever, flew in from Accra after all of the Christmas festivities and madness, and went to work straight away as soon as I landed in Lagos. It was mostly a work and rest trip which lasted 4 days. Flight from Ghana was less than $100 via Africa World Airlines, and I stayed with a friend who hosted me in Lagos, for the win! I’ve probably visited Nigeria the most as it’s my motherland, four times in the past year for a mixture of work and leisure purposes.
Budapest – first city break of the year, a new country, and a refreshing experience! Booked flights in December for £70 via Skyscanner, and the cutest apartment which cost £20 per person for 2 nights in total! Book via booking.com with my discount code and receive 10% off – https://www.booking.com/s/34_6/b2edb5cd. It was crazy cheap to book as you can see – and spending money for both days didn’t exceed £100.
Morocco – a holiyay! I was itching to explore more and felt like I was the last person on the planet to visit, so finally! Lol. Really cheap time of year to travel. Flights were £90 per person, and the stunning riad we stayed in was only £30 a night per person!
Guess.. Nigeriaaa! Haha. This time for a bit longer and mostly for networking in Lagos and then family in Ibadan. Flights booked via Virgin about £500 return, which is the BEST airline in my experience. Stayed with family = free accommodation!
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Lovely time spent in the motherland as always and I can’t help but continuously become more fascinated and in love at the fact that my work organisation now presents news in my mother tongue Yoruba😵👏🏾 better start finessing it, never know if I relocate here for a bit one day😉! I’ve provided quite a few tips in the past (if ya scroll down previous posts) of what to do when in Naij but it’s so refreshing to see how each trip comes with a newer discovery and experience ✨🇳🇬 _______ Accommodation🏨: stayed in #Ikeja (mainland) hosted by a friend in a clean, spacious and comfortable guest house. Pro: crazy close to the airport – with no traffic 15 minutes. Con: LOTS of the meetings and outings I went to on this trip were on the island. I’m back in Nigeria later this year and know for sure to stay on the island next time. #Ikoyi preferably. _________ Food🍴: I could eat my way through this place as much as I could but trying a new restaurant spot is always a plus. I visited and ate at @theharvestlagos and loved it – check previous posts for my review on it! And of course #suya never fails, #indomie being another big fave, and #amala 😍🥣 _________ Exploration📸: the lekki conversation centre was a brilliant first experience with so much wildlife and nature in general, definitely a must visit when in Lagos. The #OmenkaArtGallery is also a lovely spot that comes with a gorgeous restaurant located and nestled on hilltop overlooking the river. Views! _________ Transport🚕: @ubernigeria is my go to as usual. Always cheap and reliable but I learned to call my uber ahead of time knowing that I wasn’t located in the most central location of where I was heading to. I’m hearing @taxify is quite good too which I’ll check out next time. __________ Weather☀️: HAAATTTTTTT like pepper sauce!
South of France – solo trip part 2! This is something I want to continue doing each year since falling in love with taking myself on holiday. It’s the best. Beziers is super friendly, small, peaceful, and just what u needed. I stayed in a hotel costing about £30 a night and super central. Flights were £30 return with Ryanair. I wouldn’t stay there again/ recommend it as I got bitten by bed bugs! Eek!
Prague – girlssssss trip!!! So much fun with lovely ladies who I usually see at bbtravelmeetup meet ups. Flights were ridiculously cheap at £20 return with Ryanair! And this incredible apartment at £25 in total per person for 2 nights. So much fun exploring a new city and definitely my ultimate girls trip of the year.
Hamburg then Barcelona to celebrate the birthday week! As it’s birthday week we did go a tad boujee and I’d say both cities with flights and hotels came up to about £450. Both super fun cities that I’d recommend. Also, Gran Hotel Havana in Barcelona is probably the best hotel I’ve stayed at this year.
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Happy Friyay guys! Here are some Hamburg travel tips for those who have been asking, second time in Germany and the most cutest and friendliest city break which I highly recommend✨ _______ Accommodation🏨: stayed at @nhcollectionhotels. In a good location but apart from that it didn’t really offer much else! Appreciative of the sauna facilities, but wouldn’t return in a heartbeat. Note: not all chain hotels are amazing in every city. _________ Food🍴: yum! The meat in Germany is really good so we pretty much ate our way through Hamburg. Must try is #currywurst. @atelierf_hamburg I also highly recommend! Such a posh restaurant with great food and staff, and at decent prices! @happenpappen.stpauli is a vegan dream. I’m not even a vegan but fell in love with the delicious flavours! And lastly @dulfsburger because 🤤🤤🤤. _________ Exploration📸: loads! Just take a bus tour exploring the city it will literally take you everywhere – just don’t fall asleep on it like I did lmao. Boat tours are also cute too. _________ Transport🚕: trains are quite central to use get around, Uber isn’t so common but taxis are also good too. __________ Weather☀️: Went in July and the weather changed so much! Sunny to rain to chilly, reminds me of London at times. 🙃
Ireland! A cute day trip to Ireland flying out in the morning, returning later that evening. Had never been and had a friend living there who was kind enough to book me a flight there as a late birthday treat! So that lowered my costs by a mile, and spending money didn’t exceed more than £30 for the day I was there 🙌🏾
Holland for a big group trip with the bbtravelmeetup crew. Stayed in Eindhoven for a day followed by Amsterdam for a couple more nights. Flights with Ryanair were super cheap at only £20 return and hotels came up to about £40 per night. Holland is always a good idea!
Italy to do some trio exploring, 3 cities! From Rome, to Florence, to Pisa. Italy is too big to stay in just one place. Super easy to connect between cities via train which was so convenient and efficient. Flights, hotels and transport came up to about £300. In my opinion this is great, considering we were in three cities!
Madrid for a sweet city break and catch up with a friend who lives in another country. So nice exploring and getting in the Christmas mood! Flights were £50 return and cost and lush apartment was £80 per person.
South Africa was a dream come true! Every single part of it. I’ve always wanted to go so what a perfect way to mark an epic year for travel. Me and a bunch of other friends were hosted by our friend who was celebrating her birthday, so paid for the incredible villa we stayed in! We only just had to pay for the flights 😭❤️ God bless friends like these, because wow! Haha flights were £565 with Ethiopia airlines, who ill never fly with again!!
So I’ve just calculated, and including the amounts above, plus spending money which I didn’t mention above, in 2018, the total amount I’ve spent on travel, is £3000 in total! That’s actually not as bad as I thought it would be. Phew!