April 22, 2024

There will come a time when you don’t feel like staying indoors. You just don’t feel your current environment. At that point, all that comes to mind is having a vacation trip to somewhere interesting and exciting to have some fun and chill either alone, with your partner, or with a group of friends.  

Whether you choose to go alone, with your partner or with family and friends it is important to be judicious when it comes to planning your vacations.  You don’t want to engage in a trip and end up regretting when you look at your account balance getting strained.  Trust me, it wouldn’t be anymore fun and jolly! 

You want something minimal, not too expensive but yet classic. That being said, if this seems like what you are interested in then you are lucky to be in the right place. In this article, I’m going to share with you a few helpful tips on how to plan a memorable staycation in Nigeria without breaking the bank.  

Check out these mind-blowing ways that will help you plan your next vacation in Nigeria without breaking the bank.

Understand Your Budget 

How much are you willing to spend on this trip? What will you buy when you get there? What’s your transportation mode? Are you going alone or with a few friends? How much would it cost you? These are some of the things you should consider even before you find out the place you want to visit. 

It wouldn’t make any sense if you spend so much on a week trip or two and end up in regrets, especially in a country like Nigeria where things are not as easy as they seem. It’s not an option but a necessity that you set a realistic budget and prioritize your expenses before even researching your travel destination(s). 

Check out the prices of the hotels in the destination you plan to visit, and compare and contrast to know which option best suits your budget. The one you choose should be affordable without having to strain your pocket. Do the same for other expenses like food, transportation fare whether through air, road or sea.  

Research Your Destination 

Where do you want to go? Ask yourself this question. After you must have set out your budget the next big question should be about your travel destination.  From the East, West, North and South, Nigeria is blessed with numerous beautiful landscapes, views and locations one needs to visit in their lifetime.

Your destination should tally with the budget you have set aside so you don’t end up being stranded. Somewhere cozy and affordable will do and there are lots of them at your disposal. You only need just your smartphone to browse through them and pick the spot you want to visit. You can also find out through reviews from other visitors.  

For the sake of this article, I will share with you over 50 interesting destinations you can visit for your next vacation in Nigeria. Let’s go! 


Destination  Location  Destination  Location  Destination Location 
Nike art gallery Lekki, Lagos  Ogbunike Caves Alhambra, Nigeria New Afrika Shrine Ikeja, Lagos 
Arochukwu long juju slave route Abia State  Takwa Bay Lagos, Nigeria Obudu Cattle Ranch Cross River, Nigeria
Sobi Hill  Kwara, Ilorin  Badagry Slave Trade Museum Badagry, Lagos  Lufasi Nature Park Alhambra, Nigeria
Mpape Crushed Rock Abuja, Nigeria University of Ilorin Zoo Ilorin, Nigeria  Lekki Art and Craft Market Lekki, Lagos 
Kalakuta Museum  Lagos, Nigeria  Olumo Rock Abeokuta, Nigeria  The Giant footprint of Ukhuse Oke Edo, Nigeria 
Alok Ikom Monoliths  Cross River, Nigeria  Omu Resort Lagos, Nigeria  Tinapa Calabar, Nigeria
Duke Town Cathedral & National Museum Calabar, Nigeria Nike Guest House Oshogbo, Osun Barracuda Beach Resort Aja, Lagos 
Whispering Palms  Badagry, Lagos  Erin Ijesha Waterfall Osun, Nigeria  Ikogosi Water Springs Ekiti State 
Succoth valley garden Ilorin, Nigeria  Agbokim Waterfall Cross River, Nigeria  Bar Beach  Lagos, Nigeria 
Ibeno beach Akwa Ibom, Nigeria  Kelsey Greene Villa Lagos, Ikeja  Yankari National Park Bauchi, Nigeria 
Araromi beach Ondo, Nigeria  Trans-amusement Park Ibadan, Nigeria Millennium Park Abuja, Nigeria 
Marina resort Calabar, Cross River  Idanre Hills Ondo, Nigeria Gurara Waterfall Niger, Nigeria 
Eleko beach Lekki, Lagos  Oban Hills Cross River, Nigeria 
Oba Palace Benin Edo, Benin City  Bogobiri House Ikoyi, Lagos 
Jhalobia Park and Garden Lagos, Nigeria  Agodi Gardens Ibadan, Nigeria
Zuma Rock  Niger, Nigeria Ngwo Pine Forest Enugu, Nigeria
Awuhum waterfall Enugu, Nigeria  Osun-Oshogbo Groove Osogbo, Nigeria
Gberefu island Badagry, Lagos  Oniru Private Beach Lagos, Nigeria 
Asa dam Ilorin, Nigeria  Suntan Beach Badagry, Lagos 

Take Advantage of Discounts or Promos 

From accommodation to transportation, discounts are cost-savers. There are travel sites which offer discounts to their members. You should subscribe to travel sites, like Wakanow, to receive emails about when they are offering discounts or promos so you don’t miss out on these unique opportunities. 

One of the important aspects of going on a vacation is accommodation. After a long day of activities, you will definitely need a place to rest and prepare for the next day. You don’t have to stay in a 5-star hotel. Remember it’s a vacation. Look out for a more affordable option that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  

Jumia Travel offers good discounts on quality hotels. If you have decided where your vacation will be, you can check Jumia Travel’s website to see the closest hotel or guest house to the place. Once you have made a choice, book it online to get it at a cheaper rate. You can also subscribe to their mailing list to get notifications faster.  

They also send emails regarding their discounts and promos. The bottom line is when you see an offer that is too good to be true, my advice is you should not jump on it as it may likely be a scam. However, there are other available sites you can leverage on to cut down cost and save some cash for other uses as you and your vacation.  

Travel Light 

Remember that you are going on a vacation! You don’t have to pack all your luggage like you are relocating to a new place. Traveling light can save you extra expenses because you won’t have to pay for extra luggage at the airports or bus parks. You also don’t have to worry about carrying heavy luggage that can make the trip tiring.  

Many airlines have restrictions on the size and weight of carry-on and checked bags, and they charge additional fees for bags that exceed these limits. By packing light, you can avoid these fees and save money. Unfortunately, some people make the mistake of carrying big bags on their vacations. 

Additionally, carrying a smaller bag can make it easier to navigate crowded airports and public transportation systems, reducing the risk of losing your luggage or having it stolen. Finally, packing light can help you avoid the hassle of lugging heavy bags around, making your vacation more enjoyable and relaxing.

Utilize Local Food and Grocery Stores and Meet New People 

One of the major things people spend more money on during vacations is food. Eating the local or native food of wherever it is you are visiting is part of the vacation experience. It’s also a great way to save money. You also don’t have to spend a whopping sum of money on going out to eat when you can eat local food.  

Or patronize grocery stores to get fruits, cereals, snacks etc. This will save you money for other activities you may likely engage in throughout your travel. More so, don’t be afraid to meet and talk to residents of the place you are visiting. It’s part of the whole experience of going on vacation. It’s the ingredient that spices up your trip.  

Be friendly with them. They will definitely offer valuable advice on where you can eat, drink, shop or hang out at a lower price. They can also tell you which places you shouldn’t visit either because it’s expensive or for security reasons. And if you are lucky enough, you can even get someone who will volunteer to take you on a tour for free.   

Wrap Up 

When life becomes boring, tiring and predictable, going on a personal or family vacation is one of the best ways to escape the normal day to day hustle and bustle. It doesn’t matter how long you stay over there, going on a vacation is a chance to visit new places, immerse yourself in a fresh environment and meet new people.  

The truth is we only get to live once and if there is even the slightest chance of taking a break from work to experience what nature has to offer, you don’t need to think twice. Opportunity, as they say, comes but once. Sadly, I hear many people say they can’t afford to go on vacation because it’s too expensive and they can’t afford it.

Planning a vacation may take time and cost money but you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to enjoy the time of your life. You can still go on an affordable and quality vacation if planned wisely. After all, going on vacation is not about showing off how rich you are. It’s about having a swell time and finding fulfillment.  

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