WANDERHUB x COWRYWISE: TRAVEL AND MONEY
As Naija Nomads defines it, Wanderhub is a quarterly meet up for everyone in the Nigerian tourism space. Content creators, CEOs, airlines, travel agents, tour operators or individuals who are looking to kick off a travel lifestyle. I truly enjoyed the last maiden edition and knew I would not want to miss the next one.
For their 2nd edition, Naija Nomads and Unravelling Nigeria partnered with Cowrywise, a free digital personal finance app for savings and investment. The theme was on how to ‘Fund Your Passport Pages‘. The hangout held at Cowrywise HQ, 5C Reverend Ogunbiyi Street, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
Why is money important for travelers? When one thinks about traveling, the next thing that comes to mind is “Can I afford it?”. Money is an “essential product” for both local and international trips. Therefore it is very important for travelers to save up towards their travel goals.
THE ICE-BREAKER WITH SAM
The event started with the moderator, Sam Adeleke, asking guests to introduce themselves. After which he coordinated a fun ice-breaker game.
THE WANDERHUB 2.0 PANELIST
The Wanderhub 2.0 panelist consisted of five seasoned travelers who shared their experiences on how they fund their passports and plan towards their trips. They discussed hacks, tips and solutions to everything related to travel and money.
The panelist included Amarachi Ekekwe, Helen Omowumi, Tosin Oyewole and Boluwatife Dada with Sam Adeleke as the moderator.
Find below a summary of each panelists Q & A session.
TOSIN OYEWOLE: BUCKET-LIST TRAVELLER
Q1. Street Food or Fine Dinning
A1. Depends on ones budget. Street food if you are on a really low budget. Fine dinning if you have planned ahead for it.
Q2. Your top 3 faction savings for trips
(1) Concerning flights:
a. Use platforms that have budget flights such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flight. Research prices on each platform before you buy.
b. Keep an eye on low times and days when tickets are pretty cheap.
c. Ensure you book at least 3-2 months before the trip because it will be way cheaper.
(2) Have a money budget list for every trip. On his phone, he showed us his extremely detailed excel spreadsheet of his spending plans. For every trip, he ensures he doesn’t exceed a certain amount each day.
(3) Use coupons. These are common abroad, mostly outside Africa. They could be found in magazines in Europe and America. Most of these coupons give you discounts on items such as food, clothing etc. Use them.
AMARACH EKEKWE: TRAVEL BLOGGER, TRAVEL WITH A PEN
Q1. One country you will recommend for budget Nigerian traveler
A1. Benin Republic because you can visit with a budget as low as N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira only)
Q2. Air BnB or Couch Surfing
A2. Couch Surfing because it is free. Couch Surfing is an online platform where verified registered members accommodate travelers to spend a few days or more in their homes for free. Learn more about Couch Surfing here.
Q3. Africa or Asia
A3. As much as she would love to explore Asia, she is “Team Africa” and plans to explore all the African countries
HELEN OMOWUMI: TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST
Q1. 3 tips for slaying on vacation
A1. Buy your materials from the market and give to your tailor to sew. It is way cheaper. Always have at least a nice pair of jeans, a jacket and lots of nice t-shirts. You can always vamp your style with the three.
Q2. In a flight will you read a book, take several naps or explore inflight entertainment
A2. Depends. If she is really tired, Helen would rather take a nap. If not she will read a book.
Q3. One place to get unique and affordable vacation pieces in Lagos
A3. If you check online you will find some stores that sell nice affordable outfits. Offline you can visit the local markets like Balogun Market
BOLUWATIFE DADA: AFRICAN ADVENTURER
Q1. Group trip with strangers or group trip with friends
A1. Group trip with strangers. With friends sometimes you maybe restricted because they may not want to do some certain activities. With strangers, since you all booked for the same trip you will be able to do activities together, make new travel buddies and create fun memories.
Q2. Planned or spontaneous traveling
A2. Planned traveling. As a budget traveler, Tife prefers to plan ahead for her trips. She saves and invests towards her travel goals at least 6 months ahead. This makes it easier for her to plan her whole trip way ahead so as not to be caught on aware.
Q2. Top 3 savings you will use while traveling
A2. (1) Food: Cook your own food. Instead of buying food during her trips, Tife fills her traveling bag with snacks and easy to cook meals like noodles.
(2) Tourist Activities: If you are using a tour operating company for your trip, pay them for all the activities you would like to do. It’s usually saves you money than having to pay at the destination.
(3) Transportation: If you can ensure all your activities are a walking distance from your accommodation. If not, do a research on the cost of transportation at your destination. Some use transport tickets and travel passes which makes movement easier and cheaper.
After the panelist session, guests were allowed to ask them questions. It was quite an interactive session.
To wrap up the day, one lucky guest won a giveaway. Guest got to mingle, take pictures, play games and had lots to eat and drink.
THE HOT AIR BALLOON PHOTO BOOTH
As usual Naija Nomads and Unravelling Nigeria are ALWAYS extra!!! Their photo booth was a hot air balloon! I felt as if I had ticked off my bucket list – me floating in an hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey. I need to save up to accomplish this travel goals!
COWRYWISE x AFFORDABLE DREAM VACATIONS
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Photo courtesy: CowryWise, Naija Nomads and Unraveling Nigeria