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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  • Sometimes, the best recipient of a holiday spending
    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

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.
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,

lagos nigeriaThe
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

adrienne jordan nigeriaThe 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

adrienne jordan nigeriaIn 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 holiday season.

6. I spent $30 on wax fabric at the Balogun market and $40
for sewing

The Balogun Market in Lagos is one of Africa’s busiest markets,
which was an experience in itself and involved weaving through the
throngs of people and dodging the vehicular traffic. African wax
fabric comes in thousands of patterns and in varied, vibrant
colors. As a souvenir, I picked out an African fabric at the market
and had a local Yoruba woman in Lagos sew a dress and romper for

7. I spent $19 on hair braiding

Getting your hair braided for $19 is a very reasonable price.
For comparison, U.S. prices can soar between $100 and $300,
depending on the style. This was one of the great deals I received
in Lekki area of Lagos.

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8. I spent $7 as an entrance fee to the Lekki Conservation

lekki conservation center nigeriaThe
longest canopy walk
in Africa is located at the Lekki
Conservation Center. You walk through a reconstructed nature trail
that was
by Chevron Nigeria Limited. As you walk through the
designated trail, you are greeted by Mona monkeys in the trees,
some with their babies, and other wildlife like tortoises and
Maxwell’s duikers.

My takeaway

West African culture is rich and lively, and visiting Nigeria
provides a great opportunity to experience the Black diaspora from
the Mother Country. I would recommend a visit to Nigeria,
especially going as I did with friends or family familiar with the
customs and geography for a more seamless travel experience.

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