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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Hello Thailand – 16 Days in the Land of Smiles!

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Visiting Thailand was a dream that seemed far-fetched for me. I remember accompanying a friend to the NDLEA office in Lagos to apply for a drug clearance certificate – a prerequisite to applying for a Thai visa. This process was […]

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Kamakura: All in a Day’s Walk!

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After Tokyo and Nikko, Kamakura was my next stop in Japan. I visited this coastal city on a day trip from Tokyo. Like all the places I visited in Japan, it was easy and convenient to get there via public […]

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How to Apply for a Visa to Thailand

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I once checked the requirements for a Thailand visa as a Nigerian citizen and passport holder living in Lagos, Nigeria. The details I found pushed the country further down my travel list. This isn’t to say that getting a Thai […]

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How to Renew Your US Visa via Dropbox (Interview Waiver)

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Sometimes, the US consulate allows visa applicants to skip the interview process (Interview Waiver) and mail in their documents instead to obtain a US visa. Each country may have separate requirements to qualify for this interview waiver, therefore, it is […]

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Chasing The Stunning Autumn Foliage in Nikko

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On my third day in Japan, I took a day trip from Tokyo to Nikko, a small city in the mountains north of Tokyo. I guessed this was slightly off the beaten path when the customer service attendant at Tobu […]

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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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