How to Travel on a Budget in Nigeria

As you carry out your day to day activities traveling within Nigeria, or even if you plan on touring the west african Nation on a plan budget. Here are practical tips and methods you need to know on how to travel on a budget in Nigeria without sacrificing the quality of your experience.

Do you plan on traveling to the city of Lagos, or to the serene hills of Obudu. Maybe you’re a local or a visitor exploring Nigeria, you don’t have to break the bank. l will show you how to travel affordably while also enjoying the best the country has to offer.

Set a Budget

Consider expenses such as transportation, accommodation, food, activities, and souvenirs. Having a clear budget will help you make informed decisions and avoid overspending. It is very important you have a refined budget before you start your trip even if you are a core Nigerian. Many may overlook this and at the end of the day tend to spend more than what they thought the journey will cost. So figure out  how much you can afford to spend and a little more before hitting the road.

Choose Affordable Destinations

Nigeria has numerous destinations that cater to different budgets. Some places are normally cheaper to visit than others. pick and choose destinations that will offer you great experiences without high costs. Cities like Ibadan, Abeokuta, Uyo and Calabar are known for their affordable attractions and accommodations.

Travel During Holiday Seasons

Avoid traveling during major holidays and festive periods when prices for flights, hotels, and attractions tend to be higher. Instead, plan your trips during the off-season when discounts are more common.

Use Public Transport

Public transportation is one of the most affordable ways to get around in Nigeria. Buses, minibuses (danfos), and shared taxis are widely available and affordable. For longer distances, consider taking a train or an intercity bus service like God is Good Motors or ABC Transport.Also for safety avoid unregistered buses only use companies with good reputation across Nigeria.

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If you are traveling within a short distance, Carpooling and ride-sharing can also reduce your transportation costs. Services like Uber, Bolt, and local taxi and keke offer affordable price options for getting around the cities in the country. 

Budget Friendly Airlines In Nigeria

If you intend to travel by air travel, choose budget airlines that offer lower fares. Airlines like Air Peace, Dana Air, and Arik Air often have promotions and discounts for their customers to save on flights. Endeavor to Book your tickets well in advance to get the best deals.

Hotel and Accommodation

As you travel across Nigeria, no doubt you will need a place to stay. There are many budget-friendly hotels and guesthouses in Nigeria that offer comfortable accommodation at reasonable prices. Websites like Jumia Travel and Hotels.ng can help you find and book affordable lodging.

Also, guesthouses are excellent alternatives to hotels. They are usually cheaper, quiet and offer you a chance to meet other travelers. Look for hostels with good reviews from locals you can also ask for recommendation on social media platforms 

Staying with Family or friend (Couch surfing)

This is a great way to save money on accommodation. This option is highly recommendable as there is very little security risk if you plan to stay with a family member for a short while during your travels. Whereas couchsurfing involves staying with locals who offer free lodging to travelers. This not only helps you save money but also provides an opportunity to experience Nigerian culture firsthand. Food and Dining

Eat Like a Local

Eating at local restaurants and street food stalls is a great way to save money while enjoying authentic Nigerian cuisine. Dishes like jollof rice, suya, and pounded yam are delicious and affordable. Avoid dining at expensive restaurants and opt for local joints. Especially if you are on a tight budget. Nigeria is a beautiful country with tongue soothing roadside delicacies . So it is important to stick to your feeding budget and do this without shame.

Cook Your Own Meals

If you have access to a kitchen, consider cooking your own meals. It is cheaper than eating out for every meal. Visit local markets to buy fresh produce and ingredients at lower prices. Fun fact remains you will enjoy your travel experience cooking your own meals especially if you are visiting for the first time.

To add to that, many hotels and guesthouses offer complimentary breakfasts. Take advantage of this to save money on one meal each day. This can help you stretch your budget further.

Explore Free  Sightseeing Attractions

Nigeria has many free or low-cost attractions that you can enjoy. Visit public parks, beaches, markets, and cultural festivals. Places like the Lekki Conservation Centre, Nike Art Gallery, Obudu Cattle Ranch and Olumo Rock offer inexpensive yet enriching experiences.

Some cities offer tourist passes that provide discounts on multiple attractions. Research online for available discounts and use them to save money.

It is very important that you avoid any Tourist Traps. Tourist traps are often overpriced and can quickly deplete your budget. Don’t put yourself in a position where you get overcharged for nothing. Ask proper questions even to your co travelers and avoid places that are known for overcharging tourists. Instead, seek out local recommendations for authentic and affordable experiences.

Bargain and Negotiate For any Service

Bargaining is a common practice in Nigeria, especially in markets and with street vendors. Don’t be afraid to negotiate prices to get the best deals. This is going to help you save a good amount of money on purchases and services. And a new skill you will learn. hahahaha

Limit Souvenir Shopping

While it’s tempting to buy souvenirs for yourself and loved ones, it can quickly add up. Set a limit on how much you want to spend on take home souvenirs and stick to it. Focus on small, meaningful items rather than expensive trinkets.

Safety and Health Precautions

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean compromising on safety. Be mindful of your surroundings, avoid risky areas, and keep your belongings secure. Always have a copy of important documents and keep them in a safe place.

Take necessary health precautions to avoid medical expenses during your trip. Get vaccinations, carry a basic first-aid kit, and ensure you have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies.

Use Social Media for Deals

Now finally, follow local travel blogs, social media pages, and forums that focus on budget travel in Nigeria. These platforms often share deals, discounts, and insider tips that can help you save money. Use travel apps like Google Maps, TripAdvisor, and XE Currency for navigation, reviews, and currency conversion.

 

Tandu Emmanuel

Tandu is a Blogger, PR, Writer, Web Designer & Digital creator. Focus on promoting Educative content in AFRICA and the world at large. He is also a passionate expert in the world of profitable career pursuit.

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