Africans Living Fully

By Fadila A Ahmad / 10 December 2019 /



It is that time of the year again, just like summer, December also means you will be seeing a number of your friends, course mates and colleagues planning to travel abroad or back home overseas for the Christmas festivities with their family and you may be feeling kinda left behind.

Your social media feed may also not helping matters at all since one in five posts you scroll through this period will be that of someone you’re following living their best life in an exotic location overseas.

I remember when I was in college, I only use to go home once a year and sometimes I went once in 18 months; I remember feeling left behind many times, especially at this time of the year when all my school mates will be going back home to their country whilst the ajebutters a.k.a daddy bees will be travelling to London, Yankee and Dubai for the Christmas and there I am left alone in my face me I face you one-room wonder compound house I used to live in. Although circumstances have changed for the better.

You are not alone if you have ever felt you needed to get away to a foreign country to experience the feeling of the euphoria of novelty that travelling overseas ignites? 

Well, It doesn’t have to be that way, that's why I have written this piece for you on 10 ways to help you stay enthusiast and enjoy local travel within your country: 

  1. Open up your heart to learn the history and experience the very city or country you live in from a different perspective. 

Just like travelling overseas, you set out knowing that there is so much to discover, to learn, to be fascinated by and to experience. So carry this openness with you at home and it will lead and keep you motivated to go digging for those gems you may never even know existed!

Be intentional about genuinely learning the history of your country: Research on the internet, take a day to go to the national library and talk to the librarian or archivist. Find out what makes this city of yours special by engaging with other locals and find out why they do what they seem to do daily. You’d be surprised on some interesting fact you will learn about where you live and that will get your even more curious to discover more 

  1. Create a bucket list of places, events, festivals and experience you will like to indulge in.

Plan out your schedule: you can use Facebook events or Eventbrite for your search.

I recently attended a Durban, a royal parade and festival in Kingdom of Zazzau, Northern Nigeria which has been and continues to be on my bucket list to experience it over again in different royal kingdoms.