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 […]

Best Egypt Itinerary

How to Visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza

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The Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza are bucket list items for many travellers. But as with many popular tourist attractions, they either meet expectations at least or fall exceedingly short of them. Still, when visiting Cairo, Egypt, they are […]

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Short and Sweet Busan

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The bus from Namwon pulled into the Busan Central Bus Terminal after a peaceful 3-hour ride. I jumped off and entered the terminal, dropping my wallet in the process. As I stopped to pick it up, another traveller approached me […]

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Cairo, A Second Time Around…

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It was my final week of a 3-month-long stay in Cairo, Egypt in 2018 when I announced to my colleague that I hadn’t visited Khan el-Khalili, a famous souk and bazaar in the historic centre of the city. “Well, you […]

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An East African Trip Without a Safari? Here are 10 Other Things to Do!

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One of the best things to do in East Africa is to go on Safari. The region is very famous for exciting animal encounters in the wild and rightly so! Places like the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara […]

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Kuala Lumpur – A City to Love or Hate

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After a less-than-perfect introduction to Malaysia, I arrived in Kuala Lumpur worn out and demotivated. If I had reached the city without the incident at the land order, I might have actually enjoyed my time there. However, because of the […]

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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!

Castle Forest Lodge

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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