How to Plan a Fantastic Overnight Trip from Tokyo to Hakone

When visiting Japan for the first time, I highly recommend taking a trip from Tokyo to Hakone. This beautiful mountainous town, located about two hours from Japan’s capital city, is best known for its hot springs (onsen), boiling sulphur springs […]

2023: The Year in Review

Welcome, one and all, to the 2023 edition of my blogging year in review! Every year since 2016, I have written a monthly recap of all the wonderful adventures I had during the year. It may seem weird, but I […]

We Summited Africa’s Second Highest Mountain!

There are many words to describe how I feel writing this article, but the overwhelming feeling is pride. Over four days, Mark and I hiked through the Mount Kenya range and reached the summit of Point Lenana (4985m) – the […]

101 Best Places to Visit in Africa

Travelling to and around the African continent is a dream many travel enthusiasts have. From stunning beaches with perfect year-round weather conditions to incredible landscapes and wildlife, the continent, with its 54 countries, has so much to offer to every […]

Picnics & Champagne in Champagne Ridge

In full disclosure, despite the title of this article, we did not have champagne in Champagne Ridge. We did have some wine – which I will now refer to onwards as ‘champagne’ because I can. It is only proper that […]

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A Wonderful Family Adventure in Kenya!

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Last year, we had the pleasure of hosting Mark’s parents in Kenya. It was his dad’s second time visiting the country and the first time for his mum. As you can imagine, we were excited to show them all our […]

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How to Renew Your Nigerian Passport at Home and Abroad

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My Nigerian passport renewal process took just one day! Yes, you read that right but that’s not even the best part. If you are a Nigerian citizen, whether at home or abroad, you must have had your fair share of […]

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DIY: How to Apply for a Visa to Namibia

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Namibia is an incredibly beautiful country that deserves a spot on every traveller’s wishlist. For many nationalities, the country offers favourable visa conditions, including visa-free entries or the option to get a visa on arrival. Unfortunately, Nigeria is not currently […]

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Discovering the Magic of Kyoto II

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My third day in Kyoto was just as magical as the second. Again, I began bright early, walking about 15 minutes to the train station to catch a direct train to Arashiayama. As you might have caught on from the […]

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Discovering the Magic of Kyoto I

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A ride on the bullet train brought me from Odawara Station to Kyoto. This was yet another addition to a trip filled with several exciting moments. Taking a ride on the high-speed train (Shinkansen) was something I looked forward to […]

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"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There's no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open" - Jawaharial Nehru

Destinations that Inspire

Travel with a Pen is a Nigerian Travel Blog showcasing Nigeria and Africa Travel. On this blog, I share budget-friendly tips and breakdowns for travel within Africa and the rest of the world. I hope that by reading the articles here, you’re inspired to travel more and differently too!

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Camping & Hiking at Castle Forest Lodge

We set out from Nairobi at about 7:30 a.m. for a trip to Castle Forest Lodge, where we would spend […]

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Budget Friendly Destinations for Nigerian Travellers

Is there such a thing as a budget friendly vacation or destination for Nigerians these days? In the time it […]

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Nigeria to Kenya – Travel Costs and Trip Breakdown

How much would it cost for a week-long trip from Nigeria to Kenya? In this post, I will be highlighting […]

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