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Sometimes, the best recipient of a holiday spending splurge is yourself.
Here, author Adrienne Jordan details how she spent $2,881 on an eight-day trip to Nigeria.
It was Jordan’s first time away from her family over the holidays, but she says the experience was “more than worth it.”

In my first time away from family for the holidays, I spent $2,881 in order to tour the birthplace of my childhood best friend. Being a world traveler, I wanted to see what it was like to travel to a foreign country during the holidays to experience another culture’s celebration.

I spent eight days in Nigeria, split between the bustling city of Lagos and the smaller Imo State.

The splurge was more than worth it, as I was able to experience Africa’s most populous country; tour local markets, like the Balogun market; and eat local food, from the popular jollof rice to fried yams.

Here’s how I spent that $2,881 in traveling to Nigeria:

1. I spent $1,535 on roundtrip tickets from JFK to Lagos, Nigeria

The Christmas holiday is an expensive time of the year to visit Nigeria because of the many Nigerian expats and Nigerian-Americans looking to visit home. A Kenya Airways flight was the least expensive route, and it included a three-hour layover in Nairobi.

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2. Ubers came out to around $100

A typical one-way Uber trip within Lagos cost between $5 and $10 depending on the distance. The total cost came out to around $100 over a five-night stay.

3. The hotel cost $170 per night for five nights

The 70-room Radisson Blu Anchorage on Victoria Island is located in one of the touristy areas of Lagos. The property is outfitted with modern walk-in showers with soak-in tubs, floor to ceiling mirrors, and a settee next to the window for catching views of the palm trees. While the price was steep, the hotel offers room and board, so the $170 per night rate included breakfast.

4. Food was around $20 a day

Restaurant meals had an average cost of $12, and I was lucky enough to be hosted by some friends and family in their homes, which usually also included a meal. Typical Nigerian cuisine consisted of jollof rice, yams (fried or boiled), Ora soup (fish and Ora leaves), and egg sauce (eggs and tomato-like omelet) and plantains for breakfast.

5. I took a $200 roundtrip flight from Lagos to Owerri

In order to tour a slower-paced city (since Lagos is the most populous city in Africa), I flew into the eastern part of Nigeria via Owerri Airport. I went to Abia State, which is next door to Imo State, where I flew in. The biggest attractions are visiting the local produce markets and hailing a Keke (a Nigerian Tuk Tuk) in order to tour the Abia State and see the everyday life of the Igbo people. There are also masquerade festivals in different towns around the …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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I splurged on an 8-day, $3,000 trip to Nigeria for myself over the holidays, and it was worth every penny

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