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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Island Hopping in Ao Nang!

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We arrived in Ao Nang from Phuket via a 3-hour private taxi transfer. Our driver from the previous day had been superb, so rather than taking the cheaper but less direct option of a bus and ferry transfer, we hired […]

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Discovering the Magic of Kyoto III

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On day four in the Kansai region, I took a day trip from Kyoto to Nara Deer Park. I had spent the last three days in the city visiting several shrines and temples, parks and forests, exploring Higashimaya Ward and […]

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Hello (Again) Namibia!

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The first time I visited Namibia, I travelled there for work, spending an exciting month aboard the Rowan Renaissance, which was stationed offshore Walvis Bay. Once I got off, I spent a day in Walvis Bay before transferring to Windhoek […]

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Paradise Found: Exploring the Best of Phuket’s Sun, Sea, and Culture!

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Mark and I arrived in Phuket, Thailand after a fairly long day of travel, which surprisingly, did not feel that long. We travelled on the 1 am Qatar Airways flight from Nairobi and arrived on the same calendar day at […]

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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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"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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