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 […]

2021: The Year in Review

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, […]

A Weekend at Amboseli National Park

The sound from a single hot air balloon floating across the sky, several kilometres away, breaks the stillness of our first morning at the Amboseli Bush Camp. To my east, I see the sun begin to peek through the clouds, […]

Of Donkeys & Dhows – A Lamu Tamu Experience

Mark and I had the pleasure of visiting Lamu in May. It was an exciting trip with a lot of rewarding moments. We spent a total of five days there, our time spent between Shela, Manda Island and the Old […]

Merzouga

7 Foolproof Ways to Build Your Travel History

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A strong travel history is an important factor when applying for visas. While it is not a mandatory requirement, it can significantly improve your chances of a successful application. If you hold a travel document (passport) that is considered weak […]

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Istanbul & Cappadocia: A Review of Services

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Next up in the Turkey travel series is a review of all the services we used during our trip. We spent ten days between Istanbul and Cappadocia. I already wrote about our time in these cities in the linked posts. I also wrote […]

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Mombasa Tusks Old City Moi Avenue

Mombasa – The Second Time Around

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On my way to Kilifi for a much-needed beach getaway, I decided to spend a weekend in Mombasa. The first time I visited, I spent less than 24 hours in the city as my friends and I were actually on […]

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SGR Nairobi to Mombasa Train First Class Cabin

Nairobi to Mombasa on the SGR Inter County Train

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The SGR Inter County and Madaraka Express trains have certainly made the Kenyan Coast, Nairobi and towns in between both cities more accessible. Comfortable and affordable, the trains have been a wonderful alternative for people like me who love the […]

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Sailing the nile Felucca

Sailing the Nile River in Luxor, Egypt

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My childhood was filled with numerous stories of Egypt and for a long time, the 1998 DreamWorks animation ‘The Prince of Egypt’ was my favourite movie. And here I was, in Egypt, dipping my toes in the Nile River – […]

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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!

Cost to go to Seychelles breakdown

Travel Cost Breakdown – Nigeria and Kenya to Seychelles

How much does it cost to go to Seychelles? In this post, I’ll be writing about the costs needed to […]

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Castle Forest Lodge

Camping & Hiking at Castle Forest Lodge

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

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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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