A Spontaneous Trip to Benin and its Resulting Love Story…

For my old-time readers, this has been a long time coming right?  I remember a time when I teased about telling this story on Instagram. My blog traffic spiked! But alas, it was clickbait. I’m sorry if you fell for […]

The Non-Travel Life of a Nigerian in Nairobi

Living in Kenya for the last few months has been a wonderful adventure so far. After 7 months here, I’ve finally figured out a routine that keeps me grounded. I feel less like a tourist and more like a resident […]

Sun, Sand & Sea in Diani Beach

I recently embraced the life of remote working wholly by taking off from Nairobi to spend a week in Diani Beach. It was a spur of the moment decision instigated by Aina and Azeem, the timing felt right, the budget […]

The Sweet Life on Deck!

If you had asked me a month ago, if I’d ever spend 2 whole weeks vacationing in a single location, I’d have said ‘maybe, it depends on the location‘. If you had then given the location as Watamu, a small […]

An Arabian Night: Camping in the Sahara Desert in Morocco

During our visit to Morocco, Mark and I travelled from Marrakech to Merzouga to spend a night camping in the Sahara Desert. While most destination experts will tell you that Erg Chebbi, the sand dunes close to Merzouga isn’t actually […]

Flamingos Lake Nakuru Kenya

An Amazing Kenyan Road Trip II

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East Africa has many mountains worth hiking. These hikes typically take a minimum of 3-5 days. Since most people don’t have lightweight gear (which can be very expensive) and lots of camping experience (particularly figuring out how to carry all […]

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Reticulated Giraffe Kenya Road Trip

An Amazing Road Trip Across Kenya

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With the office shut down for the holidays and Amarachi travelling for work, I loaded the car with camping and hiking equipment and set off on a 2,000 km Kenya road trip. I was accompanied for most of the trip […]

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Travel to Kuwait Towers

Hello Kuwait!

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Work travel is back for me and it brought me to Kuwait City! I have never planned to travel to Kuwait on my own and I have heard that it can be pretty tough to get here as a tourist […]

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Dhow Sailing Lamu

2021: The Year in Review

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It’s the end of the year 2021 and once again, I am pleased to write the 6th edition of my blog’s year in review. Since 2016, I have written a yearly summary of my adventures on this blog. Each year-end, […]

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Studio Istanbul Nova Santiye Cafe

Istanbul – A Turkish Delight!

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After 5 wonderful days in Cappadocia, Mark and I hopped on a one-hour local flight to spend the next 5 days in Istanbul. After getting our bags, we got a Uber from the airport to our apart-hotel in Karakoy. I […]

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Stories from Africa & Around the World

"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!

Istanbul

FAQ: Everything you Need to Know About Travelling to Turkey

Are you thinking about travelling to Turkey? Before you start to second guess yourself (if you are, that is), I […]

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Travel Costs Breakdown – Lagos, Nigeria to Turkey

How much should you plan for your leisure travel from Nigeria to Turkey? In this post, I’ll be sharing details […]

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Lagos to Benin Republic

Spending a Weekend in Benin Republic

Benin Republic has sort of become a yearly destination for me. Since my first visit to Fidjrosse in 2016, I […]

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