2022: The Year in Review

I am pleased to write the 7th edition of my blog’s 2022 year in review. Every year since 2016, I have written a month-by-month recap of all the adventures I’ve had. As usual, it brings me great joy to look […]

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 […]

An Amazing Road Trip Across Kenya

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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How to Spend a 9hr+ Layover in Doha, Qatar

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During my trip to Japan, I chose to fly with Qatar Airways and had a long layover in Doha on both legs of my journey. Because of the strength, or lack thereof, of my Nigerian Passport, I often find myself […]

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Solo Tripping in Japan – The Beginning!

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Konichiwa, Japan! Once again, history repeats itself! Here’s the gist. In April of last year, with an envelope full of printed documents, I travelled to the South Korean embassy to apply for a visa. I was turned away because the […]

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7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Visa

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I recently received my Japanese Visa and it inspired me to put up this post about some of the common mistakes to avoid during visa applications. I am no stranger to visa applications and the requirements, sometimes, stringent, to visit […]

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The JJC’s Guide to Planning a Trip to South Korea!

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I am now planning my trip to Japan (don’t worry, this is still a South Korea travel guide) and pulling out my hair at every turn! It has taken me months of reading hundreds of online blogs and forums to […]

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How to Plan a Backcountry Glacier National Park Hike

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A backcountry Glacier National Park trip is an adventure you will not forget in a hurry! Throughout our time in the park, we encountered hikers inside and outside the backcountry who had been coming back to visit year after year. […]

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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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