Common perception is that travelling, exotic vacations, et al, are exclusive to the rich (Lie
from the pit of hell!). Contrary to that belief, it is easy to go on private holidays with as low as 10,000 Naira. You should also note that you would need to cut your coat according to the material and not your size on this adventure. Definitely, travelling is intended to be a fun adventure but is limited by available resources. Here are ten tips on how to enjoy a vacation on a small budget.
Go to a nearby city by public transport
This is important because it is evidently not possible to visit another country on a 10k budget, so you’re stuck with inter-state travel. For someone in Lagos, you can visit Ibadan, Abeokuta, or even Ado-Ekiti but definitely not Calabar. The closer your destination is, the cheaper the transportation (N.B. Public transportation is cheapest). Its all about the money and in this case, we are talking just 10,000 Naira.
Less days, Maximum Fun
This kind of holidays cannot last for more than a few days, else you would be drinking Garri from a stranger’s cup or begging to get by the days. Make the length of days minimal and strategic; most likely 3 to 4 days.
Don’t lodge in a hotel
How much do you have sef that you should allow this thought cross your mind? Look for the cousin to your neighbor’s brother and squat in the person’s house – except you want to wash plates and bed sheets in a hotel, for like a whole year.
Eat in Local Bukas
On the average, local bukas would charge like 300 Naira per plate. Cumulatively, that should be between 1,800 Naira to 2,400 Naira (Plus N200 for Sachet water) on a 1-0-1 regiment, for 3 to 4 days. Please endeavor to try really native delicacies at these ports because that’s another adventure on its own (
Hmmn! Another Article idea).
Bargain a lot
You walk into a shop and the retailer says an item cost 1,000 Naira, split that money into two and add like 100 Naira. The real bargain starts from there. Don’t be the guy who cuffs out money as soon as an amount is mentioned.
Avoid unnecessary spending
At this point I feel like you should refer to the question I asked when we talked about lodging in a hotel. Except it is necessary, don’t do any shopping. This is only advised on the day before you end your holiday; when your transport fare back is safe and there is change.
Avoid major tourist attractions
These places are generally more expensive than the really “cool” spots in the town. Though more fancy, if you indulge, you will need to call the uncle of a distant cousin who probably does not have your number on his phone to send you money. OYO LO WA O! (You are On Your Own!)
Take pictures by yourself
Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook etc., would make you an instant social media celebrity. People begin to see you as the OMO JAIYE JAIYE whereas me and you know the real budget for this trip. Having to employ the services of a photographer would have adverse effects on your pocket. Meet with the locals and make a small documentary of everywhere you go. These saved moments would spur you to go on another trip.
Plan locations to visit
There’s no point moving from point A to point B and then back to point A before you head to point C, when you can locate point C from point B. You could also plan your trips geographically. Day 1 – North to East, Day 2 – South to West, Day 3 – Every other place. That’s more cost-effective.
Everybody you meet has to be charmed by that your awkward smile whether it is real or not. Just smile, it will open doors to greater adventures.