Last updated on March 18th, 2017; Published on August 7th, 2016
Lagos can be hectic! Sometimes, all you need to clear your head and get yourself together again is a change of environment. Day trips provide an excellent avenue for that. Whether you live in Lagos or you’re just visiting, here are five city breaks you can take without breaking the bank.
The Slave Trade Route, Badagry
Badagry is a coastal town located between Lagos and the Seme border, about two hours away from Lagos city center. The town has a deep and dark history as it served as a major port in the export of slaves. Badagry is home to the first storey building in Nigeria, several museums containing relics from the slave trade era as well as some really nice beaches.
Olumo Rock, Abeokuta
Olumo rock is located in the city of Abeokuta. The rock is notable for the significant role it played during the 19th century inter-tribal war involving the Egba people. Abeokuta is also famous for its Adire merchants and markets. This tourist attraction is located less than two hours away from Lagos and can be reached by either car or train.
Ibadan Zoological Garden
The Ibadan Zoological Garden is about an hour and thirty minutes away from Lagos. This is one of the foremost zoos established in Nigeria and has recently undergone a couple of upgrades to restore it to its former glory. To make the most out of your trip, try combining a visit to the zoo with other activities.
Lesser Known Beaches of Lagos
Lagos has a few beaches close to the city center. Often times, they are very crowded and quite rowdy. You can get away from the crowds by visiting lesser known beaches and resorts located within an hour from the city.
Olumirin Waterfalls/Ikogosi/Arinta Waterfalls
Osun and Ekiti states are located about 3-4 hours away from Lagos so this one is a long shot. But it can be and has been done in a day. A visit to any of these sites is best done over the weekend but if you set out early, you can in fact see all or a few of them in a day.
ICYMI: My Nigeria & Kenya travel cost breakdown is up on travelwithapen.com.
I've shared a breakdown based solely on our experience and while your overall costs may vary, this post will give you a fair idea of how much to budget for a trip to Turkey.
Find the post in the #linkinbio and I hope you find it helpful for future or current plans to #visitturkey 💙
The other day, I was reading @wellwornheels post about her visit to Istanbul a few years ago. She was out at the Sultanahmet Square and had people queue up, waiting to take a picture with/of her. She had people stare at her, touch her braids and more... she could have been a celebrity billionaire by now but she didn't charge for photos! Anyway, that's a story for another time...
10 years later, I'm at Sultanahmet Square and no one is doing any of that and it just made realise how much travel is changing for black women.
I have to say though that I don't know if my experience was as a result of travelling with Mark but I know that there were several moments in Turkey when I felt very grateful for all the black women travelling and making #travellingwhileblack normal for the rest of us.
Back to base and sharing about the past few days in Turkey. My first post is up on travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
I'll be sharing more about our time and a cost breakdown to help you plan your own travels!