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5 things you must know if travelling to Lagos for the first time.

Going to any part of Nigeria can be bitter sweet. Although I was born in Nigeria, my family and I left for the UK when I was about 5 years old. So when I returned after approximately 15 years, I was crazy nervous, worried, excited, happy… all kinds of emotions.

I decided to put this blog together because of the young lady I met on my flight. She reminded me of me 10 years back. She was returning to Nigeria from the states because she just felt she needed to be home. This would be her first time ever traveling to Nigeria.

I really admired her courage and based on the conversations we had, I thought others would find this useful too.

Here are my 5 things you need to know of when travelling to lagos for the first time.

-Forget what you heard. LAGOS can be very enjoyable. Be sure to take advantage of the fresh local foods and ready made Nigeria fashion pieces . The nightlife in Lagos is just as good as anywhere else, from local joints to lounges, rooftop bars and clubs. There is truely something for everyone. You can actually decide that you never want to cook again and you will be just fine.

– Nigerians are know of over packing and carrying too much luggage. The airlines are aware of this and they can be super strict with luggage allowance; especially during peak periods. Make sure you weigh your luggage at home before getting to the airport. There is nothing worse than having to start re-packing at the airport.

– The truth is that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poor at here. As things are with the current govement people are Struggling. People really do appreciate anything you can get them from wherever you are coming from. However, in some cases giving people the cash can go an even longer way. Plus it reduces the chances that you will carry excess luggage.

– When you get to any airport in Nigeria you will see lots of workers wanting to help you out. This is great if you have the money to pay them. Nothing is Free in Nigeria. You even have to pay for the trolley which you use at the airport ( the worse part is that you dont get your money back once you return the trolley 211๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜. Be sure to travel with a little cash which you can change at the airport. I always forget to do this and it can be a little stressful trying to manage my luggages without a trolley. I was so thrilled when I got of the Virgin Atlantic flight and they gave me a trolley voucher for free. Such life savers.

– Finally, nothing is what it seems in Nigeria. Get ready to haggle and put your hustlers hat on, in order not to be ripped off. The locals here will definately try to treat you like a ‘Johnny just come’. Be safe and Have fun.

This list could go on. But will end this post here. Feel free to add your views or any nuggets you have for other travels below.

Thanks for stopping by.

See you soon.

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Travel Diaries – Cropped Kimono

Final night so I thought I would go out with a bang….. a cropped kimono top.

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I had planned to wear the above with that gorgeous bag but I could hardly fit anything into the bag so I decided to change it for my Louis !

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Until the next post โœŒ โœŒ โœŒ & โคย  โค โค

Top – Asos
Jeans – New look
Sandals – Miss Selfridge
Bag – Louis Vuitton

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Travel Diaries – Uber- Lagos worst kept secret

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If you don’t have a car in Lagos YOU are finishedโ—โ—โ—
I don’t drive out here or have a car at my disposal at all times.

I was so anxious about this because you can’t always rely on people and taking taxi’s all the time can become costly.ย  Not being able to move around freely will put a real dampener on your holiday.

I was told that UBERย  was effective in Lagos but I did not believe it.
On getting to lagos I tried my Uber app and it WORKED. I requested for a taxi and it arrived within 15 minutes of the request.

I was pleasantly suprised that the driver called me within minutes of the request to confirm the booking and pick up address.
The car that arrived was clean and had A/C ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ *woohoo*.
The biggest shock was to find that the pricing was very very reasonable. Even cheaper than the rubbish local taxi’s here.

I am giving Uber Nigeria /Lagosย  a huge ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

My only issue is that this great service has not been marketed well. Most people here are still unaware of the service.ย  … what a shame .

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Travel Diaries- Stripped shirt dress๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€

Hey guys… so the truth is that Lagos life is not for everyone.ย  I do miss the breeze and fresh air from Abiriba.
Lunch / hangout with the girls. Yes they looked but my holiday mood had been fully activated … plus I will be gone soon โœŒ.

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Shirt dress -New Look (Tall)
Sandals -Reiss
Hand bag -Halston Heritage

Till the next post . โœŒโœŒโœŒโœŒ&โคโคโคโค