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Toby Nwazor: How to Go on Vacation with a Budget of 12,000 Naira



Last month, I decided to go on an adventure. I couldn’t afford to go to Miami or California, but I could afford to go to Calabar. So I planned it, and on the appointed day, I set off.

Before I go on, I must add that it didn’t cost me more than 12,000 Naira to go on this three-day vacation.

One of the first things I noticed about the city when I arrived was how green it is. There are trees planted beside the roads that give it a welcoming look. And beside the drainage systems, carpet grasses grows beautifully.
pic 1-Cover pic
Such a beautiful sight! But how can you have a great vacation in Calabar with just 12,000 Naira?
Come from somewhere close,  like Awka – and travel by road
Pic 2-beautiful sightPic 3- travel by road
I came from Awka, the capital of Anambra state. I went via the ABC transport line which cost me just about 2,500 Naira.

Don’t stay longer than three days
My vacation lasted for just three days. If it was longer, I would have spent a lot more than 12,000 Naira.
Don’t lodge in a Hotel
This doesn’t mean you can’t take pictures around the hotel like I did. But resist the temptation to lodge.

Don't lodge in a Hotel

What were you thinking? Spending 12 000 Naira wouldn’t have been possible if I lodged in a hotel. I slept over with some friends doing their NYSC there.

Don’t go shopping
pic 5- don't go shopping

Resist that temptation. You are here to sight see and not to shop. Focus strictly on sightseeing, and come back some other time for your shopping.

Don’t hire a professional photographer, use your smart phone
Pic 6- use a smart phone
I assume you have a smart phone. Use it.

Run away from tour guides.
“Over there is the cinema, can you see it?”
You know all those nice guys who will offer to take you round the city once you say you are on vacation? They are not good Samaritans; they will charge you correct money. All you need is to know the name of the sites you wish to visit. Research before you leave, and the rest is easy.

Use the city taxi, but don’t charter a private taxi
The transportation in Calabar is affordable, use it. The cabs can take you almost anywhere you wish to. Just make sure it isn’t charter.

Don’t play all the games in the game arcade
Pic 9-don't play all the games in the arcade 2 Pic 8-don't play all the games in the arcade 1The game arcade at Tinapa is enticing. You can spend the whole day playing interesting games without getting tired. They are not expensive, but remember to work with a budget.

 Use the Tinapa Waterpark.
The entrance fee here is 1,000 Naira. The pool is very big and there are so many other fun things you can do in the water park. All you need to do is pay 1,000Naira

Tinapa Water Parks

Take a boat ride
Boat RideThis is not as expensive as it looks.
From the price list I saw, 10 000 Naira was the cheapest for a private boat ride. Guess what I paid eventually? 1,000 Naira.

Go to the stadium
Pic 18- see the stadiumHow can you come to Calabar and not visit the stadium? No naa. Don’t worry, there is no entrance fee. (Unless there is a match)

Visit Marina Resort
Pic 19- visit marina resort Pic 20-Marina resort beach Pic 21-slave history museum Pic 22- Marina resort cinema

Your vacation will not be that great unless you add a visit to Marina Resort.

• There is a beautiful beach for you to relax.
• There is a slave history museum with its own cinema.
This costs just 100 Naira as entrance fee. (They don’t allow visitors to take pictures in their Cinema)
• Of course there is a standard cinema.
This costs 500 Naira for weekdays, and 1000 Naira at night, and on weekends.
Guess what? Popcorn and coke is included in the 500 Naira you paid.

You can also go play snooker or table tennis in their gaming room, and look around for other fascinating stuff like this.

Visit University of Calabar.
Pic 24-Uni CalYou are here to sight see, so please take in as much as you can.

Eat the local delicacy.
Pic 25-eat local delicacy 1

Pic 26- eat local delicacy 2What is the name of that fruit sef?
Please don’t come to Calabar for a vacation and spend all your money on fast food. They will still be waiting for you when you return from your trip. For now, loosen your belt and enjoy the local delicacies. Eat edikainkon, ofe okazi, periwinkle, and the rest. They don’t usually cost more than 300 Naira per plate, so you are safe. And don’t worry about getting fat; they are mostly vegetables and protein.

15. Visit the airport.

Pic 27- AirportThe airport is very close to the university, so it is just logical that you visit it. Go there, and look around. You may see an old friend coming back from an international trip. Great, right?

I had a swell time and I couldn’t believe it when I found out that I didn’t spend much. Yeah, you don’t need to be a multi-billionaire to enjoy your life. Consider this an invitation for you to come and experience Calabar. The myth that you can’t afford a vacation has just been busted, so you don’t have an excuse.
Did I just hear you say you are too busy? Come on, all you need is a public holiday that falls around a weekend.

In conclusion, when was the last time you went on a vacation? Have you ever been to Calabar? What was your experience like? Is there something great you are putting off because you believe it is super expensive?
Share your thoughts with us.

P.S: Calabar is the capital of Crossriver state in Nigeria. It shares a border with Cameroun. It is known for its rich cultural heritage, its colourful carnivals, and above all for the significant role it played during the slave trade era of the 17th Century.
P.S.S: I didn’t mention a trip to Obudu because that alone will cost more than 50k. And the purpose of the post is to bust the myth that vacations are for the very rich alone.

Toby Nwazor is a free lance writer and motivational speaker who believes that life is meant to be lived and not just existed in. He is equally an entrepreneur with a lot of hands-on experience in business start-ups, marketing, and customer service. He passionately writes every Monday and Wednesday on about helping entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs build successful start-ups


  1. Funsho

    August 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    The hotel part lmao

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Lwkm. I went there and asked for a room, and they were like 30k a night. Jeez! Una wan kill pesin?

    • Wow

      August 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      I truly enjoyed this article, the narration in itself is very funny. Going to use this to guide myself.

  2. Naomi

    August 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Looking good….

  3. thatafricanchic

    August 30, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    That sure looks like a N12K vacation

    • Lu

      August 30, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      LOOOL I was thinking the same thing

  4. Efkay

    August 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Lol! Loved this!

  5. Annalise Keating

    August 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I’m surprised BellaNaija accepted an article like this. Being that this site is targeted at people who’s vacation packages include ski lessons and snorkel gear lol.
    That being said, I believe our tourism sector is greatly underutilised. Insecurity, poaching, lack of infrastructure etc have added to this. It’s not about poverty, we have the means to sustain this. Imagine an airport and a stadium being included in a vacation itinerary. Smh. Yankari has the capacity to be Kruger/Serengeti and our beaches can be our own Zanbizar. It’s really disappointing.

  6. Teni

    August 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Those of us who don’t have friends living there, nko?

  7. nwayi oma

    August 30, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Hmmmmm…….very interesting. And I keep praying to God for financial breakthrough so my family can join the league of friends that take their kids abroad for summer holidays. Hahahaha. Calabar here we come! I fit afford this one abeg. Lol.

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Yesoooooo nwanyi oma, that’s the spirit. No time for dulling

  8. Manny

    August 30, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I loved this and it gave me some ideas. Yes oh the fast food will still be in Lagos when you get back so eat street food, it doesn’t kill..
    I look forward to the day we will have functional and safe interstate railway systems.

  9. Manny(Yes!, that Manny)

    August 30, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    This is the funniest article/post I have read in ages!. En garde….I guess when you spend 12000 naira on a vacation, saying “carpet grass” doesn’t come across as strange to you. Now, as if that wasn’t enough, you suggested that I (see how I used “I”) come from a place of close proximity. I understand that teleportation is expected of me cos’ of my Bini roots. However, I didn’t get the necessary upgrade and can’t just appear in Awka or “come from somewhere close” like the “capital of Anambra State”. Now, this bit is quite puzzling, you suggested I take pictures around the hotel…why exactly?. To confuse the world into thinking I’ve my own special wax figure at a fancy hotel or just cos’ it’s something to do in Calabar?. “Please be kind” and leave me a feedback on that particular question. I don’t think I can sleep tonight without not knowing!. Again, I can’t conjure up a friend “doing NYSC” or anyone for that matter!. That’s obviously my problem and not yours!. Did you tell me not to have someone in Calabar and blow my chance of replicating the experience?!. Moving on, I totally agree with you on the tour guide….well, totally is a strong word but how can tour guides be bad if they are charging you “correct money”. Less than 12000 naira in my pocket and attempt a charter?, no one is playing “ten-ten” with my destiny yet but thanks for the advice. Right on the arcade games too, I sometimes get carried away (see current comment cum essay for example). You beat a 10000 naira ride down to 1000!. Son, I see the Awka in you! and I recognise talent. I don’t know the name of the fruit too and I think you’re right, a 300 naira plate of food shouldn’t make you fat. Now, just cos’ two structures are “close” doesn’t mean you should go!. I mean just cos’ the mortuary is close to a hospital isn’t sufficient a reason for me to go or “visit”. I most certainly will not be looking forward to seeing an “international” friendly corpse in a “local” mortuary. Aside your need to incessantly state the obvious and presumably save cost by using just one shirt, I think it was a pretty fabulous vacation and rate it an A!. Sadly, I won’t be vacationing’ in Calabar anytime soon, not on a 12000 naira budget anyway…..that’s a months worth of gluten packed semolina flour and Okro soup with extra “crayfish”!. I have my priorities in order!.

    • The Realest!

      August 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Excuse my French but you just typed a crock of sh!t right there? All this analysis? For a hearty tongue in cheek article? You are not well lai lai. Pretenders abound everywhere wetin?
      If this is not for you, jejely love on and look at blog posts celebrating Monaco, Miami and Ibiza.
      Worrahell did you just spew?

      I hope you’re not the Manny I think you are o. But you sound as Fake as a Thirty dollar bill. Shiorrrr!! Oshisko!!

    • Manny(Yes!,that Manny)

      August 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      LOL…..your reaction is epic!….that was just humour and I was certainly not pretending to be anything or at the very least alluding to having experienced a more “exotic” vacation but I guess you must visit the barber often, seeing as that went way over your head. As a matter of fact, I was mocking my social economic status when I suggested I’d take the semolina and okro over the vacation. What sent you into a fit? The “gluten packed semolina”?….Just cos’ I am poor doesn’t mean I can’t use what you must perceive as “fancy terminology”. For that, I apologise. You’re right though, I’m not well “lai lai”but an “oshisko”?…..maybe not. I’m the Manny I think I am…..

    • chizzy

      August 30, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      Oh puhlease!!! Your point being?? If you can’t make light of the fact that he enjoyed himself and got a good dose of sightseeing and fun for 12k.,take several seats joor and while doing that…stuff yourself fat with Okro and semo…see your priority sef!

    • Manny(Yes!,that Manny)

      August 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Okay, so the humour wasn’t obvious to you too. Second image I view when I google “Irony” is “Blind persons cross here”…..Don’t worry, it’ll come to you…..

    • Annalise Keating

      August 30, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Its not that deep aunty. I think it’s a sponsored article. 70% of the population survive below the poverty threshold. Don’t allow BellaNaija deceive you, 70 of the population see visiting a mall as vacation. Maybe the author should have taken the article to nairaland because of special people like you.

    • Manny(Yes!,that Manny)

      August 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Annalise, I can’t fault your comment. I agree it’s not that deep, even though you quoted a bit of statistics’. 70% of the population really?….well, I don’t feel lonely anymore. It was just humour with a twist. There was no malice intended whatsoever!, I loved! loved!! the article, laughed heartily and was just having fun. True confession, I read the bit where you said “special people like you” as “special ‘needs’ people like you”. You wouldn’t have been wrong had that been your intention, which I know it wasn’t. Aunty, I always thought Manny was a unisex name though……

    • Weednation

      August 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Manny is the real definition of SIMPLETON!….

    • gbemie.o

      August 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Goshhh someone needs to overdose on the chil, pill

    • Manny

      August 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Wahala wa o.

    • Melycherie

      August 31, 2015 at 12:36 am

      This comment is halirious. You should write and article for auntie bella. Don’t say I don’t give good advice. 😉

    • Tosin

      August 31, 2015 at 6:33 am

      manny pacquaio?

    • Manny(Yes!,that Manny)

      August 31, 2015 at 8:52 am

      With the emotions I am provoking?……even the Philippines couldn’t handle me. @Manny, I could be your doppelganger or alter ego…..must be confusing not knowing who’s responsible for this predicament. In reference to that, do you accept My or Your or Our sympathy?!. @weednation…..cheers partner’, nothing but love for a fellow inmate. @gbemie….I ODdddd on chill a long time ago, come visit I and @weednation when chanced. @Melycherie…..wish you could borrow a few people your sense of humour….but they’d never return it….and I like you….. just the way you are!

    • glow

      August 31, 2015 at 11:03 am

      U are very funny….your reply/essay wasn’t so short o..wait! ,do u talk this much in real life? If yes, and you were my boyfriend, I would be kissing your mouth shut, a lot.

    • Manny(Yes!,that Manny)

      August 31, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      @glow, BN dumped my response down the line, thought I’d put it up again….just for you. “Let me refrain from commenting on my opinion about the stadium bit’, seeing as I stand the risk of being kissed to death…….xx”

    • Omotee

      August 31, 2015 at 11:05 am

      I agree with the Realest. You are on oshisco. The king of all oshiscos. You totally missed the point of the article.

  10. bruno

    August 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    how can u can this a vacation.

    visiting any place in nigeria can never be a vacation cause every where in Nigeria is the same,HORRIBLE AND UGLY.

    there’s no good place at all in this country to visit. u will still feel the stress whether u are in lagos or calabar or abuja. didn’t u experience nepa or bad roads or poor network, so how can this be a vacation.

    a vacation is suppose to take u away feom stress, there’s no place u will visit in Nigeria that u will not feel stressed or frustrated.

    u could have just stayed home and saved ur 12,000 naira.
    I advice u pls if u are not leaving this stupid country for vacation, pls just stay home. trust me u are better off sleeping and resting in ur home.

    • bn lover

      August 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      Pld Bruno don’t say that……cally is a beautiful place to visit. We ve steady light if not constant sef……and it is very peaceful and beautiful. If u no like,dont discourage others!

  11. Scared homosapien

    August 30, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I really loved this.
    Not every time Paris, London and US of A. Sometimes, you just tour your own country. It’s not that bad. Bella Naija always makes it look like if you’ve not gone outside the country, you’ve never gone on a vacation. Mtsheeewwww! Weldone guy.

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      That’s the idea.

    • laila

      August 31, 2015 at 5:22 am

      Why do you have such an inferiority complex? Why? You didn’t have to react that way. Go on the 12k vacay now and when you have money you can go to Paris, London, US etc. This kain attitude no dey bring money o! There is beauty in humble beginnings no need to reek of jealousy

    • Scared homosapien

      August 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

      I smell the inferiority complex more from your side. I’m only saying that the article kinda balances the usual articles we see here. It makes it look like BN is only for the rich.
      And, Oh yes, if you must know, I vacation in whatever country I want.
      Go and drink Tramadol for your aches!

  12. Ghen Ghen

    August 30, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Toby Nwazor!
    Your head dey there!
    Give me an e-high five nna!

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      High five there jor, take am!

  13. Tosin

    August 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    thinking of two places: Sokoto and Accra, for the coming month, so thank you for this inspiring article. My plan is road trip, inexpensive accommodation and food, nature and some places of interest. I love road trips.

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      August 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Sokoto ke? Hmmmm. Maybe because I’m a house rat sha because I never hear/see anything interesting for this axis unless na Argungu fishing festival you wan go.

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      You are welcome Tosin, and have fun in your trips. I haven’t gone to the north yet (unless you will consider Abuja as north). I hear the weather there is usually extremely hot or cold. Dunno for sure, but either way be ready shaa.

    • falalal

      August 31, 2015 at 4:13 am

      Jos has great weather compared to other parts.

    • Tosin

      August 31, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Re: Jos weather, people are different. I hate cold, love heat. Jos was COLD.
      Re: UC in la NorthWest – I know it’s “dry”, I know it’ll be wonderful. Lol @ Argungu.
      Re: TN the writer – God bless. Join forces with @waka_about and @naijatreks . World domination awaits you, HAHAHA!

    • nonijaz

      August 31, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I have been to sokoto on vacation, although I fell sick on the first day so the remaining two days was useless.
      However I served in zamfara for one year ( zamfara shares borders with sokoto). I can tell you for free that either Zamfara/Sokoto will be fun.
      Suggested places you can visit
      1. dams
      2. Rock climbing.
      3. Amusement park.
      4. Donkey and camel rides.
      5. Plenty of strange food, if you are adventurous.
      You will enjoy this vacation better if you go along with one or two friends. The rainy season is almost over, so this might be perfect timing.
      The landscape is beautiful, hills, rocks, deserts and farms, you definitely need a camera on this trip.

      Except you speak Hausa fluently you will definitely need a guide.

    • Tosin

      September 1, 2015 at 9:12 am

      THANK YOU. Thanks a mill. Basic Hausa. Maybe friend(s).

  14. Tunmi

    August 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    This is the best post ever on BN. Normally the comments make the post a “best post” but the post itself is so good and well written. It’s funny and informative. I love it!!!! And I can relate

  15. The Realest!

    August 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This is Hands down the ReAlEsT ish I ever read on BN. More power to your elbow bruv.
    Would love to visit Cali (as it is sometimes called) but I loathe traveling alone.
    I need to find me a companion.

    Thanks again Toby! Keep keeping it 100%!

    • Tosin

      August 31, 2015 at 6:43 am

      let’s go.

    • Tkum

      September 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      @Tosin i am down! i fit include myself?

    • Toby Nwazor

      September 2, 2015 at 3:39 am

      “This is Hands down the ReAlEsT ish I ever read on BN. More power to your elbow bruv.”

      The ReAlEsT compliment gotten so far. Daalu. I am off to do about 20 push-ups now so that my elbow will get more power. Lol.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  16. bruno

    August 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    there is no place worth visiting in Nigeria.

    nigeria is a very ugly very dirty country. there is nothing to see in this country.

    vacations are meant to relieve stress. there’s no place in Nigeria that is stress free. there is no place u will go to in Nigeria that u will escape stress. no matter where u visit in Nigeria u will feel that stress.

    the same stress u experience in lag thats the same stress u will experience when u go on a vacation to calabar or abuja or where ever in this useless country called Nigeria. u may even be more stressed when u visit calabar or abuja than u were when u were in lagos.

    I advice u to be patient and save ur money then travel out.
    trust me, there is nothing to see in all these places. ibadan zoo and obudu cattle ranch and all these vacation places are just over hyped. u will travel there and be disappointed.

    • charis

      August 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      I beg to differ though. Not all states are as stressful as Lagos.

  17. happygogirl

    August 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Trust Bruno to scratch his nyaash and talk shit always! Who told you you must be stressed anywhere you go? With all the progress people are making everywhere,you can’t say Nigeria is in a total mess, sometimes I wonder if you are real or bellanaija jst cooks dis Bruno thing up to stir up comments? Thanks nwafor, am definitely doing a road trip to calabar with a few friends next month’s, thanks for the heads up.

  18. vee

    August 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    i visited cali a few years ago. this article jus reignited those experiences. but i believe the world is too beautiful to holiday in one place twice…so am thinking of saving up towards visiting kenya or south africa

    • Moi

      August 30, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Lol! Afi Cali naa.

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      You are so on point. There are so many exciting places to visit. I don’t know if there is anything more exciting for me than going to new places and experiencing a new life/culture/environment etc. Kudos and welcome to team tourtheworld

  19. nene

    August 30, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    what kind of holiday is this? i’d rather not go till i have enough money.

    • Tari

      August 31, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Typical island mentality.
      I must make it big or die trying. As if the whole essence of living is to make it big.

  20. Uyi Ehigie

    August 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Nice one… will definitely follow his advice

  21. Amh

    August 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I live abroad. When i was home. I took my kids to nigeria the first time. We went to ibadan zoo. The beach. Erijssa waterfalls.olumo rock and abeokuta they love it. Erinijesa waterfall is beautiful. We vacation all over the world but their expression touching the confluence of hot and cold water in ikogosi warm spring is beautiful. If not for the bad roads we would have gone to yankari games reserve. We went to tinapa they loved it. You know when you are well travelled. But the little things in your country by your local peeps matter alot. Tourism can be big in nigeria. Not everyone can afford big budget. Why go to dubai when our local sights can be developed. If you are on a budget visit ikogosi warm springs in ondo state and erin ijesa waterfalls in osun state. Its beautiful. Simply taking the kids to the beach on a saturday its enough. Have barbeque wirh your family. Go for a long walk on the beach. I dont agree with bruno. There are beautiful places in nigeria.

    • Toby Nwazor

      August 30, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Amh you are so on point. I was so disappointed that somewhere like Calabar is being under utilized as a tourist attraction. So many things can be turned around in this country that can generate revenue on its own. Its too bad things are the way they are.

      I envy your kids by the way. I love travelling and I wish I did a lot of it as a kid. I can relate to the Olumo Rock experience too. Went there with my best friend some time ago.

    • Koffie

      August 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      You went to Olumo rock and Abeokuta? That’s like going to Ibadan zoo and Ibadan. Loooool, una do well.
      Maybe I’ll take you up on that Ikogosi…

    • Lalakyke

      August 31, 2015 at 12:22 am

      Ikogosi is in Ekiti not Ondo.

    • d

      August 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Ikogosi is in Ekiti state! Right next to where I’m from…..ahh lovely childhood memories.

    • Ada Nnewi

      August 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Been to erin ijesha, Ikogosi and yankari…The warm spring in yankari is the absolutely amazing, blue transparent water with soft white sand beneath your feet..The babboons will steal your food if you dare eat outside on your patio…No kidding they will form a mini army then attack…

  22. Amh

    August 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Loved kaduna. The suya kilishi. Gold and the city. Heard theres a beautiful pristine lake in the east. Is it nike lake pardon my spelling am not sure. The roads are the problem which is sad. Going by air negates the budget traveling. But i believe tourism can be big in NIgeria.

  23. Bowl

    August 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    @Bruno. calabar rocked a few years ago when Donald duke was have this feeling you are somewhere in UK when you are there. This was until the Aboki Liyel Imoke came .staying in calabar then , you’ d hardly believe you are in Nigeria as everything worked. Turn on the tap, the light .nil port holes. All roads were paved and swept daily.having said that. I think Cross River stil rocks;too much unharnessed tourism potential. You can visit Obubra, Ikom etc. so much to see . Cross River state has so much to offer. I only pray for good governance.

  24. Toby Nwazor

    August 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Wow! My head wan scatter. This is the best compliment ever. Haha. Thanks Tunmi

  25. Owelle

    August 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Pardon Bruno please. He’s angry at Nigeria because of the anti-gay law. Pele dear bruno. Cameroon is not far ma.
    As for the article, love love love it. Thumbs up.

  26. wazobia

    August 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I’m up for touring and exploring our great country Nigeria but this story your telling us my friend is no vacation, you went to visit your friend thats doing nysc in Calabar simple put!

  27. Mabel

    August 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Leave it to Bruno to spoil the fun for everybody. I bet Bruno was that kid who cried the loudest when he didn’t get what he wanted. Destroyed the toys when he could not play with them so nobody else could play with them.

    I love road trips myself and never doubt the power of a quick weekend getaway. A change of scenery is all you need sometimes. Nothing wrong with vacationing in your own land, best to build up your own country instead of running off to build up someone else all the time. I have always wanted to go to Calabar, everything I have ever seen on the place is all about the cleanliness and beauty. Wonderful article!

  28. Olanna

    August 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Wrong Bruno, just because you have not travelled does not mean everywhere in Nigeria is bad. Growing up in Jos in the 90’s we visited the Yankari game reserve in Bauchi and it was lovely and very relaxing especially the warm spring. I don’t know how it is now but there were quite a lot of Europeans there when we visited. We went on safari on pick up trucks through the reserve and saw quite a number of wild animals. I have never been to the Kenyan or South African safaris but watching the videos of their safaris, there was no difference with what I experienced in Yankari.

  29. Bugu

    August 31, 2015 at 4:47 am

    For the sake of those who’ve never been to Calabar and are planning to come, please note that more than half of the info on the article are false.


      August 31, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Bugu Your comment would be much more helpful if you told us what parts are false and then set us straight.

      That said, nice one Toby. You sound like you had a great deal of fun, but I don’t see me taking this 12k vacation. I love my comfort way too much; nice hotels, sparkling clean bathrooms and buying just about anything I want, when I want to. It’s a vacation after all! I can go back to the challenges and difficulties of real life when I’m done. Vacations are meant to be a brief escape from reality, not to make reality drearier. But you’ve made me hunger for Calabar and that’s now on my September itinerary.

    • Tari

      August 31, 2015 at 9:04 am

      As much as I respect your view and see your point, vacation is not about escape from reality. That is daydreaming. Vacation is about change of scenery, adventure, rest and rejuvenation. Of you can spend a million, fire on. If your budget is 12k, proceed as well. Neither invalidates the other.

    • Toby Nwazor

      September 2, 2015 at 3:35 am

      “But you’ve made me hunger for Calabar and that’s now on my September itinerary.”

      (Mission accomplished. Laughs in satisfaction)

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      August 31, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Bugu tell us which half of the info that is false. Don’t come and make a generalized comment to discredit an article someone painfully wrote and walk away. Toby kudos to your courage. Nigerians dont know what they are missing. I once planned a trip to Ghana by air, later a friend suggested we use the road, it was strange but sounded exciting, the said friend had heard from her brothers who trade on that route that it is sweeter to go by road, We enjoyed.. Let me not give the details of that trip before my ppl figure me out….Loooool! It was cheaper and a lot more exciting..I will do Calabar again sometime, I don’t know how it is now, but it looks abandoned unlike the Donald duke era when we went for the Carnival. Calabar is a place to be if you go during the festival but like Toby rightly pointed out, it will be cheap if you avoid certain things.

    • Omotee

      August 31, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Which of the info is false exactly? Please state specifically where he lied. Don’t come and spoil an article without facts to back it up.

      And pls note, out of the likes you think you have, 3 belongs to me as I accidentally hit like instead of reply.

  30. Tari

    August 31, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I actually love this piece.
    The Nigerian mentality that says holidays must be exotic and expensive is actually a satanic mentality. It is soiled in consumerism.
    Holiday should primarily be about change of scene, adventure and travel. It rejuvenates you mind and relaxes the body.
    It must not be dubai and cape Town.
    If your money no reach go calabar or jos.
    Forget all that talk of “it is not my portion “.

  31. Natu

    August 31, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Kenya is beautiful!!! There is so much to do. You can go on a safari if that is your thing or go to mombasa and chill by the coast. The people are lovely and they have a rich beautiful culture. I can’t wait to go back. South Africa is also a great option.

    • Abby

      August 31, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Madam Natu, in case you missed it, this article is about holidays in N.I.G.E.R.I.A . If you want to highlight safaris in Kenya or SA then send your article to BN. Shuo

    • natu

      August 31, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      @Abby STFU!!!! I will talk about Kenya and South Africa if I want to!!!

  32. xtophar

    August 31, 2015 at 9:49 am

    A 3-day vacay??? LMAO! 3 days ain’t no vacay boy, it’s a trip… #justsaying

    • Omotee

      August 31, 2015 at 10:57 am

      In all the definitions of vacation, there’s no stipulation of the period. So a vacation can be a day. Google is your friend. You totally lost the message in the post.

  33. bb

    August 31, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Az in…. this guy is funny! That hotel part was hilarious. i need to balance and re-read this thing during my break. You see you dont have to be tush to be a good writer. Love ur piece dear

    • Toby Nwazor

      September 2, 2015 at 3:36 am


  34. N. M.

    August 31, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I went on a road trip to Ghana, you sure will have fun except for the long hours that it will take you to get to your destination. When you get there, you will forget about the stress. Tony Nwazor, thanks for this beautiful article. I have also been to Cally town, its a beautiful place.

  35. Lorelai (Gilmore)

    August 31, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Manny and Manny squared, the sense of humor in your first comments had me in stitches hence my dismay at the reaction that ensued. The intelligence behind the humor in your comments complimented the article, making it worth the time I took to read it.
    If you could read that “creative” presentation of the “mind numbing adventure”, I’m not sure what your grouse is to the response which had more character than the article itself. But you guys are acting as if you are fighting an alien war and unnecessarily stock piling on ray guns.
    Manny squared is just a tease with too much time and semi with okro soup. Stay away from crayfish!

  36. Manny(Yes!,that Manny)

    August 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Let me refrain from commenting on my opinion about the stadium bit’, seeing as I stand the risk of being kissed to death…….xx

  37. Ngee

    August 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    This Bruno guy eehh…never ever disappoints when it comes to talking nonsense.

  38. nonijaz

    August 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I have been to sokoto on vacation, although I fell sick on the first day so the remaining two days was useless. However I served in zamfara for one year ( zamfara shares borders with sokoto). I can tell you for free that either Zamfara/Sokoto will be fun.
    Suggested places you can visit
    1. dams
    2. Rock climbing.
    3. Amusement park.
    4. Donkey and camel rides.
    5. Plenty of strange food, if you are adventurous.
    You will enjoy this vacation better if you go along with one or two friends. The rainy season is almost over, so this might be perfect timing.
    The landscape is beautiful, hills, rocks, deserts and farms, you definitely need a camera on this trip.

    Except you speak Hausa fluently you will definitely need a guide.

  39. Fulfilledlaidy

    August 31, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I live in Calabar and the place is so beautiful. Everywhere is so green and clean. I don’t even have a generator because there is no need for it. There is constant light especially when it is raining (I kid not). Their transport system is so cheap, you can charter a taxi for 300 naira. The highest I have ever paid is 500. There is no traffic and people don’t blast their horns at you that much. The town is calm. There are so many places to have fun and cali is more beautiful at night becauseof their functioning street/road light. A poor man looks healthy because their food is cheap. Fresh fish, water snails, crabs, prawns, periwinkle etc. The only reason that will make me leave calabar is if I am relocating to another country.(chuckles)

    • Toby Nwazor

      September 2, 2015 at 3:27 am

      You make me feel like going back. The part about not having to use generator eh….chai. Isorait, maybe I will come and tap light from Cal. lol

  40. demash

    August 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Wow….I actually envy this guy and I love his sense of humor. I. Just back from the UK vacationing with the family and the spending has no limits. To move from heathrow to your hosts apartments just outside London is an equivalent of N10k. Checking out the fishes at the London sealife aquarium itself topped £100 excluding transport costs. Didn’t have much of a choice as wifey works in an airline and we get discounted travel costs, so yearly travels are essential to keep the peace.

    If you can’t afford to go the UK or US, try Ghana or Calabar or Jos (like I did visiting inlaws some years back – cool place sans Boko Haram). No need to show-off for vacation like some people do, it’s simply not worth it.

  41. Peaches77

    August 31, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I like this guy already. Fun read!

  42. Blackbeauty

    September 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Ah! Dunno why I found your tongue in cheek article so hilarious, I can’t stop laughing. Sending hubby a link right away. I am proudly an Efik girl so this made me a lil’ homesick.
    How could you not have mentioned ekpang nkukwo? If you didn’t get to try it, please save another 12k for a repeat visit…lol.
    A visit to Kwa falls is a relaxing experience. There’s also Agbokim waterfalls although that’s outside Calabar.
    I miss Cali sha, the serenity and beauty of that town, Minimal stress and security.
    It’s a good place for a chilled, laid back visit.
    Bellanaija, I sent you guys a mail weeks ago, no acknowledgement whatsoever.

    • Toby Nwazor

      September 2, 2015 at 3:32 am

      I am glad you loved it. Emm that name you mentioned almost bit off my tongue. Lol. Maybe I will return and try it. You are so right about the serenity. And did I mention that there was usually no traffic. And the cabs are equally affordable. Imagine paying #500 to hire a cab from Orange Resorts to Tinapa. No kidding.

  43. Metche

    September 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Toby I really enjoyed this article. Am planning to Visit Ghana but I will change my mind and visit Calabar. I’ve heard about the place from a friend who usually visits her relation there. And as i saw the edikaikong soup my heart melted. and Fulfiedlaidy mentioned fresh fish, ahhh that my favourite. I must visit Calabar come November.

    Like who know how many hours it will take from Lagos to Ghana. I will really like to go by road. One week in Calabar and one week in Ghana too.

    • Toby Nwazor

      September 2, 2015 at 3:28 am

      That’s great Metche. Maybe I will plan to go to Ghana too. Lots of people have equally recommended it too. Sounds equally exciting

  44. Calabar

    September 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Nice article! Few corrections tho
    1. The slave history museum is not with the cinema. Tho they are both in Marina. They are in dire buildings and diffrently managed. The cinema is run by filmhouse.
    2. While the movie ticket does cost 500 on weekdays it does not include popcorn and drink. Those come at a separate cost of 400 and 200 respectively.
    3. While the airport is known as Margaret Ekpo international airport international flights do not take off or land in it. So there’s no chance of meeting an old friend on an international flight here! Except the person is flying in from lagos or abuja as these are the only routes the airport runs.
    While Calabar is a nice place to visit it can be boring during most of the year. If you plan visiting plan it around the Carnival months!

    • Crossman

      December 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Ur post has encouraged me into considering the idea of a vacation, esp. now that my baby girl wont give a break. She says cally is her drm city. I sometimes wonder wat d budget will b like for myself and d supposed humble lady. Pls intimate me the more, its suppose to b a 1week vacation and i cant place my mind on an average budget cost for such journeys. I will appreciate writing wit u more as regards this, heres my contact if u may

  45. Calabar

    September 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    *Different buildings *

  46. Jojo

    October 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    A good tour guide

  47. Crossman

    December 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Ur post has encouraged me into considering the idea of a vacation, esp. now that my baby girl wont give a break. She says cally is her drm city. I sometimes wonder wat d budget will b like for myself and d supposed humble lady. Pls intimate me the more, its suppose to b a 1week vacation and i cant place my mind on an average budget cost for such journeys.

  48. Crossman

    December 30, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Ur post has encouraged me into considering the idea of a vacation, esp. now that my baby girl wont give a break. She says cally is her drm city. I sometimes wonder wat d budget will b like for myself and d supposed humble lady. Pls intimate me the more, its suppose to b a 1week vacation and i cant place my mind on an average budget cost for such journeys. I’ll appreciate writing with u more.

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