5 Amazing Ways Technology Has Changed The Way We Travel

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Technology has beamed its searchlight in almost every sector you can think of including the travel industry. For example, today, you can easily open an app on your smartphone, decide where you want to go, book your flights and hotels in under 15 minutes and before you know it, you’re all set for your quick weekend getaway. Technology has undoubtedly changed the face of travel and made travelling so much easier.

We look back at how travel has changed over the years.

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1.Staying in touch

While on the go, you’d send back pretty postcards, write letters and occasionally spend on that long-distance phone call from the hotel reception, or a local phone booth. Staying in touch certainly wasn’t easy and most people back home didn’t expect to hear from you unless it was an emergency. Now, free WiFi hotspots at airports and cafés make it so easy to email, Skype and Tweet as much and as often as you like.

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2. Booking the hotel/flight

Brochures were the lifesaver in the past. You have no choice than to go through hotel brochures, ask friends where they have stayed during their holiday and then actually phone the hotel to book a room. While doing all this, you do not know if you will like the room or not. Now, we have Online Travel Agencies like Jumia Travel now provides everything you need to know about the hotel you want to book including room pictures and review. This is almost the same for flight.

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3. Learning local language

You can travel anywhere in the world today and can communicate with ease without any difficulty. This is because you can learn or understand any language you want with the aid of apps like Google Translate, iTranslate or Waygo. These apps can help you dialogue with the locals.

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4. Determining your destination

In the past, you have to exhaustively look over holiday brochures at a travel agent’s office, buy guidebooks or taking a friend’s recommendation when it came to deciding where to go. But today, you can easily Google any destination and all the information you need will be at your fingertips within seconds.

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5. Taking photographs

There was nothing like a selfie in the pre-technology travel age. However, presently you can take as many pictures as you so desire and even share them on any of your desired social media platforms. Smartphones have made this very easy and clearly, these gadgets are a huge threat to digital cameras.


Omolara Adagunodo: “Lagosians Don’t Explore Lagos”

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Lagos is unarguably the most developed and most sophisticated city in Nigeria. Normally, the over 20 million Lagos population should explore places of interest in the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria. Surprisingly, this is not the case as Lagosians do not explore Lagos.

This concern was expressed by Omolara Adagunodo, the Managing Director of Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, at the meetup put together by Funmi Oyatogun, the founder/CEO of TVP adventures at the Social Media Week Lagos.

Adagunodo who spoke on the theme, “Help! Can Nigeria Meet My Travel Needs?” said:  “There is no single state in Nigeria that has fully maximised the potential of tourism. If you stay in Lagos for two days as a tourist, there are many places to visit like Nike Art Gallery, Terra Culture, and Hard Rock Cafe. Unfortunately, Lagosians don’t explore Lagos. How many people have been to Omu Resort or Epe Resort?”

While responding to how Jumia Travel is contributing to meet the travel needs of Nigerians, Adagunodo said the company is doing this in two ways: democratising travel and allowing tour operators to sell and market local packages.

Her words: “For democratising travel, we reached out to the hotels to lower their prices. They were sceptical at first but they gradually embraced the idea and bookings went up. Consequently, customers travelled more because they can now afford to pay for hotels. As for tour operators, we opened up our platform for tour operators to sell their local packages after being vetted.”

On the lack of data in the hospitality and tourism sector, Adagunodo stressed that Jumia Travel is doing its bits to provide reliable and verifiable data by publishing a yearly report on the Nigerian hospitality industry.

In his contribution, Dikko Nwachukwu said that Jetwest Airways is tapping into technology, innovation and creativity to cut the prices of air travel. His words: “Travelling by air is extremely expensive for most people. In the last four or five years in Nigeria, 10 million people travelled by air while over 70 million travel by road around the country. Although the environment is very unfriendly, we cannot allow this to stop us from actually trying to find solutions through innovation and creativity to lower the cost of air travel.”

5 Visa Application Tips Every Nigerian Should Know

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Visa applications don’t have to be the tedious process that they can sometimes be, as long as you have the right information on the things to do to aid a smooth visa application process.

Here are 5 visa application tips that can aid a smooth and possibly successful visa application process.

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1.Ensure Your Documents are Well Organized

Make sure documents are properly arranged and in order, both the original documents and the photocopies. This is so it can be easier for you to retrieve relevant documents on request during submission, which can help to greatly reduce your anxiety during the process and improve your composure.

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2. Try to Apply Early

Much like ensuring your documents are well organized, applying early helps eliminate the anxiety and stress that comes with late applications. During your visa application process, an important thing you will be assessed on, especially during the interview, is your level of composure, and eliminating minor things that can interfere with or compromise your ability to remain calm and composed should be top of mind. It is thus best to put in your visa application early, so no matter how long the visa processing takes or the delays that come up, there will be no need for you to panic or be agitated.

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3. Visa Agents Cannot Guarantee You a Visa

You would think that most people would know this by now but many of us still fall prey to scammers that erroneously make us believe that they can guarantee us a visa provided we do this and that, or pay so and so amount. Basically, for a successful visa application, you need to be able to show proof of your genuine intent and your financial capacity to sustain yourself for the duration. There is no agent that can do this for you or guarantee you this regardless of how much you pay them, the best they can do is help fill the necessary forms properly and see that you have all the documentation required. At the end of the day, the consul will typically decide on your application based on your documents and your responses to the interview (where it is required, like in the US).

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4. Try To Show Proof of Strong Socio-Economic Ties

Try to prove that you have strong socio-economic reasons like a good job, investments, sufficient funds etc., to return to your home country at the end of the specified period for the visa. In fact, being able to prove this is so important that according to the US Embassy, the 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that “Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the officer, at the time of the application for a visa . . . that he is entitled to nonimmigrant status . . .” So visa officers really only just want to make sure that after your trip is over, you will return back to your country, and the best way you can do that is to prove that you have strong socio-economic ties in your home country that can encourage you to return. Some evidence of strong socio-economic ties that are considered are business ownership, employment, social and family relationships etc.

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5. Avoid Mistakes in Your Visa Application

Avoid slangs, big grammar or ambiguous phrases that can lead to avoidable mistakes on your visa application. During the application and even during the interview (where it applies), you should try to keep your responses ‘short, simple and straight to the point’. It is much easier to avoid mistakes this way. Also, during interviews (in cases it applies), be sure that your answers are in line with what is written on the forms submitted.


Must-see Historical Buildings When You Travel Around Nigeria

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Many people rarely consider adding visits to historical buildings to their itinerary when they travel. Such visits can help them expand their knowledge and can also be a great way to reinforce lessons. Some of these historical buildings have hands-on exhibits and tours which add to the visitors’ experience. This said, Nigeria has no shortage of these historic buildings, sites and landmark.

Here are some of the historical buildings you should visit:

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1.Mary Slessor House, Calabar

Built in the late 19th century, the Mary Slessor House once housed the iconic Scottish missionary Mary Slessor who was best known for stopping the killing of twins in Calabar. Rather than reside among her colleagues in the missionary quarters, she decided to stay among the Calabar people. The result of that decision is the Mary Slessor House in Ekenge, Calabar, which stands till today as a testament to her selfless service and courage.

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2. First Presbyterian Church, Calabar

Calabar is an important tourist hub because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean attracted attention from foreigners especially European missionaries and colonialists. The First Presbyterian Church in Nigeria was founded by Rev. Hope Masterton Waddell as early as 1846 and has endured as a lasting legacy of missionary work in Nigeria. It is also a wonderful place to visit.

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3. Oba of Benin Palace, Edo

This ancient building was first constructed around the 13th century by Oba Ewedo of Benin and later rebuilt by his successor, Oba Eweka II in the 20th. This building is a symbol of the enduring legacies of one of the most powerful traditional kingdoms in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.

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4. First Storey Building in Nigeria, Badagry

Widely reputed to be the first-storey building erected by foreigners in Nigeria, this building was once used as a primary school by the Methodist Church. Its foundations were laid by the famous missionary Henry Townsend in 1842 and completed in 1845 by Rev. Bernard Freeman and other notable missionaries. This historic building would later house the first African C.M.S (Church Missionary Society) bishop, Samuel Ajayi Crowther who translated the Bible from English to Yoruba.

7 Obvious Signs You Are Not Ready For Your Travel

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Travel is loaded with the unexpected and that’s why it’s such an adventure. It, therefore, follows that the more prepared you are for your trip, the better you will be able to handle any unforeseen circumstances or incidences. Regardless, here are 7 signs you have to be aware of to actually know if you are prepared for your travel or not.

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1.Your house looks the same

You are probably not ready to travel if you haven’t taken care of important tasks around the house. These could include general cleaning of your home, switching off sockets and ensuring all your home devices such as your television, microwave, or air-conditioning are unplugged.

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2. You don’t know your flight status

You should check your flight regularly before you depart. This will help you know if there will be any significant changes in your flight such as cancellation, delay or reschedule. If you are not in the know, you are definitely not ready for your trip.

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3. You don’t know your passport expiration date

You would be surprised that some frequent travellers do not know when their passport will expire. These travellers would have booked their trips only to discover weeks or days prior to departure that their passport has expired or close to expiring. So, do not hesitate to check your passport expiry date.

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4. You haven’t packed

Use a packing list and start collecting what you will need for your trip at least a few days before departure or even longer. However, due to procrastination, some travellers will delay their packing until the last minute. At this point, it is possible to forget some key items.

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5. You do not have enough cash

Having enough cash at hand will help you deal with any emergency as soon as possible because you do not need to run around in search of an ATM. By the way, it is not entirely advisable not to have cash in your wallet when you travel.

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6. No one knows you are leaving

For safety reasons, tell someone reliable where you’re going so that they can help you to keep an eye on your house. You do not want your home ransacked or burgled before you return.

7. You don’t have a backup I.D.

Always carry a copy of your passport and driver’s license (or other identification) when you travel, especially if you are flying. If your passport gets lost or stolen, a backup copy will ease the process of applying for an emergency passport.

Things Nigerians Travelling To Dubai Can Do For Free

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Dubai is one of the destinations Nigerians frequent today because journeying to the gateway of the Middle East has been made slightly easy and the cost is quite affordable especially if you book your flight with Jumia Travel. In Dubai, there are so many attractions to see and experience. To explore some of these destinations, you do not have to pay a dime and we know that Nigerians love freebies. Here are some of the things you can do in Dubai for free.

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1.Window shop at the Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall. This automatically makes it a hub to visit and it costs nothing to check out the vast shopping areas. This shopping centre of 5.4 million square feet, with 1,200 stores attracts over 54 million annual visitors. If you have some cash, you can splurge on the resplendent items on display.

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2. Watch the splashing fountains

Next door to the mall is Dubai’s famous splashing fountains which is said to be the world’s largest performing fountain. This free attraction is fitted with 6,000 lights and 50 colour projectors. Performances are held daily and last up to 5 minutes.

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3. Enjoy the beach

Jumeirah Beach Residence Beach is one of the best beaches in Dubai offering water sports, parasailing, wakeboarding, banana boating, camel rides and more activities for everyone. This is a great place to meet and mix with locals, expats, and tourists.

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4. Visit Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland reserve renowned for attracting migratory birds in large numbers. The wetlands have large numbers of birds, crustaceans, small mammals and fish. It sits at the mouth of the Dubai Creek and no entry fee is charged.

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5. Dubai Museum at Al Fahidi Fort

Built in 1787, the fort was reopened to the public in 1971 as an official museum that displays the history of Dubai and its heritage. It’s free to see the fort, but if you want to venture inside you will be charged an entry fee. Inside, you will find antiques such as pottery and weapons as well as pictures of old and new Dubai.

Jury Appointed for the Nigeria Travel Awards

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Lagos, Nigeria, January 25, 2018— The organising committee of the Nigeria Travel Awards, organised by Jumia Travel, has announced the appointment of Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as a jury member for the 2nd edition of the Awards. Others include Michael Balogun, CEO Tour2Nigeria; Babatunde Onibudo, MD Pearlwort Hotel; and Omolara Adagunodo, MD, Jumia Travel.

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Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)

The jury’s decision will contribute 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% will be from the public through a voting process.

Meanwhile, the award ceremony which was slated to hold today January 25th has been postponed to Thursday, February 1st, 2018. According to the Head of PR & Marketing for Jumia Travel, Olukayode Kolawole the change of date will provide ample time for more people to vote.

There 7 categories to be awarded include: Customers’ Favourite Hotel 2017, Customers’ Favourite International Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveler’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Nigeria 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Nigeria 2017

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The nominees for the Customers Favourite Awards are: Ibis Hotel Ikeja; Golden Tulip Festac; Federal Palace Hotel & Casino; Southern Sun Hotel & Towers; Owu Crown Hotels; Greatwood Hotels LTD; Newland Luxury Apartments; Citiheight Hotels; Pearlwort Hotel & Suites; Southern Sun Ikoyi; and Park Inn by Radisson.

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The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite International Airline are: British Airways; Turkish Airlines; Ethiopian Airlines; Air France; Etihad; Emirates; Egypt Air; & Rwandair.

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The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite Local Airline are: Medview Airlines; Dana Airline; Arik Air; Air Peace; Azman Air; Overland Air; and Aero.

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The nominees for the Best Travel Blog/Website are: TVP Adventures; Unravelling Nigeria; Travel With A Pen; EatTechTravel; Social Prefect; Irinajo; Naija Adventures; Khalid, The Workaholic; and Naijanomads.

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The nominees for the Best Business Hotel are: Ibis Lagos Airport; Pearlwort Hotel; Eko Hotel; Radisson Blu Anchorage; Rockview Hotel Classic Abuja; Presken Hotel & Resorts; Ibis Lagos Ikeja; Hampton Suites; Hotel Seventeen; and Tahir Guest Palace.

The awards aim at promoting Nigeria’s tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

In Nigeria, vote here.

Follow the Awards conversation on social networks: #JumiaTravelAwards2018

Ikogosi is the perfect getaway, a nice place to take a break and do something different – Sophia Allison Oguru, Pulse Nigeria


In this exclusive interview, Miss Sophia Allison Oguru, a presenter at Pulse Nigeria, shares her experience at Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort in Ekiti, detailing the basics of her journey to the resort, the cost of the trip, her time and activities at the resort as well as her overall experience on the trip. She ends by giving some useful advice to those intending to visit the resort in the near future. Enjoy.

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Miss Sophia Allison Oguru is a presenter at Pulse, Nigeria. She is also a makeup artist that caters to all occasions from weddings to photo-shoots and so on, through her makeup business, ‘SparkleByMisaziba’.

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Journey to the Resort

Her reason for the trip to Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort was mainly work-related. According to her, the trip was for a video and photo-shoot for a brand and she was the makeup artist on set. She went on the trip with a group of people, consisting of colleagues, crew members and friends. Overall, she described the 5-hour journey by road to the resort as a smooth one, but long and unending to her. She judged this to be caused by the fact that she had never gone on such a trip before, and added that returning to Lagos from the resort felt shorter and more normal to her. She shuffled between listening to music and chatting with people to entertain herself during the trip, and when she was doing neither she was quietly asleep.

Cost of the Trip

According to Miss Sophia, the trip was a sponsored one, a work-trip, and as a result was embarked on at no monetary cost to her. However, she did add that a stay at the resort is generally not really expensive and the cost should be a little over ten thousand naira (N10,000).


Time and Activities at the Resort

She left Lagos for the resort in Ekiti on Thursday and got there with her colleagues in the evening, around 4pm to 5pm. When she arrived, it seemed to her that she and her colleagues were the only guests around at the time and there was no electricity supply. When the management was asked about the lack of power supply, they explained that they typically switch on their generator at 7pm in the evening and leave it on till about 7am the next morning. However, when they do have guests come in before this time (7pm), they switch it on for an hour to give guests time to use the electricity to do whatever they need to until 7pm when it will switched on overnight. They explained that it’s done this way to manage operational costs as the resort has not be privy to national power supply for almost three years. In line with this, at the request of Miss Sophia and her colleagues, the generator was turned on for them to use the hourly supply to do things like charge their devices etc. till it will be switched on again by 7pm.

At the resort, a guide was assigned to Miss Sophia and her colleagues to take them on a mini-tour of the resort, and they used the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the resort and find the best locations for their planned shoot. After this, they had their dinner and settled in for the night. The next day, which was a Friday, was the shoot day. They were to finish with everything on Friday and return to Lagos the following day, Saturday. The call time for the shoot was 7am, so by 7am they were up and at the location to begin the work. The breakfast eaten was complementary, and according to Miss Sophia, consisted of either yam and eggs or bread and eggs, there wasn’t really variety when it came to the resort’s food offerings. Though the quantity and price was fair, the taste was, in her opinion, just okay.

Experience at the Resort

She tried as much as she could to enjoy the trip and have some fun because ‘all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl’, and she was successful at this as she shared some of her interesting activities and memorable experiences at the resort. Firstly, during her break from work Friday afternoon, she mentioned going on a walk. She described her experience during this walk as memorable and refreshing. The sun (which wasn’t too hot) and other nature around her was refreshing. The air, according to her, was different and soothing; the scenery was also pleasing to the eyes. Then, she talked about her work (the make-up work) and because as she enjoys what she does, making women beautiful amidst the calm and refreshing natural setting gave her enjoy and made the trip all the more memorable. Also, she mentioned intending to join a pool party happening Friday evening at the resort with her colleagues. However, it unfortunately started to drizzle and they had to return indoors. But in all, it was a memorable experience for her which she described in three words as beautiful, amazing and refreshing (with emphasis on the refreshing aspect).



After sharing her experience, Miss Sophia advised that because the resort doesn’t generally have good cellular reception, it’s just easier to prepare to be ‘incommunicado’ while there. According to her, the only social media she could use while there was ‘Whatsapp’ and if she had to make or receive calls, because the warm spring doesn’t have cellular service, she had to walk all the way back to the rooms, which was quite a distance considering how big the resort is. Coming along with your own food or junk food was another thing she recommended because the resort doesn’t really offer varieties when it comes to food and you might not exactly find their meals delicious. Finally, she added that in all the resort is indeed a great place to take a break from the world, which includes a break from work and the like. For her, a trip to the resort is a nice way to getaway and do something different, and it is especially suitable for couples that just want to escape for awhile and be together.


Image result for jumia travel african awards 2018Lagos, Nigeria, January 16, 2018Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency in Africa, will hold the second edition of the Africa Travel Awards on Thursday January 25, 2018. For this edition, the ceremony will be held simultaneously in 8 countries: Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal and Tanzania.

The awards aim at promoting Nigeria’s tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

There are 7 categories to be awarded including: Customer’s Favorite Hotel 2017, Customer’s Favorite Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveler’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Nigeria 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Nigeria 2017.

A jury panel, made up of high-level tourism professionals in the country, have been put together to judge the nominated hotels and ultimately decide on the winners. The jury’s decision will contribute 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% will be from the public through a voting process.

In Nigeria, vote here.

The winners of the African Travel Awards 2018 will be honored during a cocktail held on January 25, 2018 simultaneously in Lagos, Algiers, Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Douala, Dar Es Salaam, and Kampala.

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The annual event is supported by tourism organizations and stakeholders.

“By organizing these African Travel Awards, our mission is not only to recognize and reward the merit of local tourism stakeholders, but also to provide a credible benchmark for the African tourism industry,” said Joe Falter, CEO of Jumia Travel.

Follow the Awards conversation on social networks: #JumiaTravelAwards2018

About Jumia Travel

Jumia Travel (travel.jumia.com) is the N°1 Pan African Online Travel Agency, which simplifies the travel booking experience by allowing users to compare prices and amenities in a fast and secure manner. With more than 30,000 hotels in Africa (+300,000 hotels around the world) and more than a hundred flight companies as partners, Jumia Travel aims to democratize travel by reducing travelling cost, providing the largest inventory of properties and granting local & high-quality services to become the one stop travel shop in the continent. Jumia Travel is active in over 40 countries in Africa, with 10 local offices, and more than 400 travel specialists constantly in touch with our customers. Our main hubs are in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dubai (UAE). Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. It was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Millicom, Rocket Internet, Orange, Axa, CDC Uk and other financial partners.


5 Things You Should Not Wear When You Travel


Traveling via plane or car can sometimes be a stressful experience. Regardless, one of the things that many people overlook or do not take into consideration is what they wear when they travel. This is key because the attire you adorn can exacerbate your already stressful trip and totally ruin it. In line with this, we roll out things you should not wear when you travel.

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1.Uncomfortable clothes

If you are spending long hours on a flight or in a car, you want to be comfortable. So, don’t make your journey more difficult by choosing to wear uncomfortable clothes. Similarly, avoid very tight fitting attires as it can cause a lot of distress.

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2. Shoes that aren’t good for walking

It is advisable to wear shoes that you can easily walk around in. Comfortable shoes are important if you are running to catch a flight or a bus. If you wear unpleasant shoes, you will either fall over your foot or remove it.

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3. Flashy jewellery

There is absolutely no need to show off your jewellery when you’re on a trip. If you have to wear one, simply keep it to a minimum. This will reduce the chances of attracting unwarranted attention, something getting broken or lost in transit.

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4. Contact lenses

When travelling, there is a high possibility that you will be dealing with dry air. So, do your eyes a favour and wear your glasses instead of contact lenses. Your glasses will be a lot more comfortable than your contacts, and they will cause fewer problems if you want to take a quick nap.

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5. Perfume

It is better you let go the perfume especially if you are flying. It may smell great to you, but that may not be the case for the person sitting next to you. They may simply find the scent unpleasant. Pack your fragrance and apply it later or simply use a or deodorant instead.