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The Hot-Day Guide

On a hot day it feels like the sun has a personal vendetta against you. Those days are torturous. You’d love to be outdoors, but the heat locks you in. 

 

It doesn’t matter if you reside in a tropic or temperate region. Sometimes, the climate is hotter than you are used to, increasing irritability and sweating; it generally puts you in an uncomfortable mood. It’s worse when it falls on the weekend or a vacation period when you ought to have time to spoil yourself outdoors.

 

But, like all seasons, there is a hack to make the most of a sweltering day. It starts with breaking out your bright coloured shirts and short shorts. It is also the time to grab a pair of sunglasses and a face cap while strutting through this hot-day guide.

Water Sports are IT

There are no better days for water sports than hot days. Large bodies of water such as oceans, lakes, and seas heat up and cool off slower than land, which makes it cooler on hot days.

 

Kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding are some water sports to try out. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t a veteran. It is exciting to take lessons if these facilities are close to you. That’s learning while cooling off.

 

Beach Days are LIT

Picture yourself lounging under a cabana with a chilled drink in your hand, while the cool salt air washes over your skin. That’s a definition of a cool time on a hot day.

The beach is one perfect place to be on a humid day. The variety of activities like horseback riding, go-cart riding, Ferris wheels, and beach volleyball, amongst others are good enough to keep you occupied. And when things get too hectic, you can recline and munch on delicacies or take a dive to cool off.

 

Swimming Pools are RAD

Instructor and little girl in the pool on a hot day. Phot Cred: NY Times


A fact about swimming pool centers is some offer lessons. If you aren’t a swimmer and would love to learn, the hot days are the best time to consider it. It’s like a buy one, get one free deal. You enjoy the coolness of the water while practicing swimming techniques.

Some hotels have amazing pools. Spending the weekend in a hotel gives you the luxury to read a book while kicking your feet in the pool or sunbathing next to the pool’s coolness. 

 

The options are extensive. Whatever you choose, know that you can always jump in and cool off.

 

Getting Naked is IDEAL

Sitcom FRIENDS playing Strip Poker


Playing a round of strip poker with the air conditioner blasting is not a bad idea. Of course, you wouldn’t want to try this with people you aren’t comfortable with. Raise the stakes by adding optional dares.

 

It is a fun activity to try out with your close friends while sipping on homemade margaritas.

 

Ice Cream’s real PURPOSE

Ice cream cone, essential for a hot day

Whatever you do during the sweltering days, you must have ice cream. The rush of relief you feel when it heats your tongue cannot be exaggerated.

If you do not feel like going out to get some; you can order in while watching your favourite TV shows.

 

Beach Activities to Try Today

There is much to do on the beach than breathe the healing air or bite into savory food options. The seaside is a fun place to spend time in, and that is why many people like to take relaxing trips to the beach. 

We know a lot about the numerous benefits that come with spending time on the beach, but the next time you find yourself there, try out these activities to create a more fulfilling experience.

 

  • Paintball

Some beaches in Lagos, like Landmark Beach and Elegushi beach, have outfits in them where you can have a battle with paintballs. Teams covered in protective gears of different colours try to overpower each other by shooting paintball guns in a charted obstacle course. 

Paintball at Landmark Beach

The loose sand on the beach makes for softer cushions to fall, and the natural cool air from the ocean gives a more soothing feel. It’s fun with a view too!

A paintball war is an activity you should go to the beach for.

 

  •  Quad Bike Riding

If you have James Bond tendencies you are waiting to unleash, quad biking is an activity for you to experience on the beach. Quad bikes are ideal for less accessible roads, and the beach’s sand structure places it in this category.

Photo Credit: Tripadvisor

You can feel the wind and salt spray on the skin while you rev the engine up. If you do not have experience riding a quad bike, you can also take tutorials before going on a test drive on the beach.

 

  • Horseback Riding

It is easy to understand how horse riding is an Olympic sport when you feel the thrill that comes with it. It’s not like driving a car or a bike, it is a different feeling of powerful muscles moving you from one location to another. If you aren’t nervous, you would have time to marvel at the strength of a horse.

Photo Credit: Lola Akinmade

Horseback riding is particularly fun on the beach because there is enough room to enjoy the ride without feeling awkward as there would be others to share this experience with you. Most beaches in Nigeria have horseback riding as one of the main attractions.

 

  • Beach Football

Football is one sport that seems to connect all men regardless of age while females tend to stick to sports like Volleyball. Whatever your preferred sport, the seaside is the perfect location to engage in it as a group.

The seafront breeds friends out of us all. Don’t be surprised when people you have no connection to decide to jump in the sport being played. It is all part of the beach experience.

 

  • Building Sandcastles

Contrary to popular belief, sandcastles are not for children alone. You wouldn’t understand how tricky it is to build a structure out of sea sand and saltwater with buckets and plastic shovels as your only tools till you try it. 

It is an activity that requires a bit of strategy and the reward pays out when you see your glorious structure standing proud and tall. Throw in added excitement by making a competition out of it, and you’ll see just how much fun one can have building castles with your knee-deep in sand.

 

Water Fun

Water is truly a gift to mankind and daily we make use of water to do multiple things, like cooking food, washing clothes, cleaning the dishes, brushing our teeth, and very importantly drinking it to quench thirst. The list can go on and on, but have you ever imagined using water for fun activities?

There are lots of amazing sports and activities in the water that are so amusing! More interestingly many holiday destinations with beaches always have a larger number of tourists. 

Beach destinations are always known to be attractive and enjoyable for almost anything, from taking lit pictures to sunbathing, to various water sports! 

Day by day holiday locations surrounded by water or close to the ocean coast gain more popularity and the focus on making more water fun activities to win over tourists is on the rise!

 

“Water-full” destinations like Seychelles, Maldives, Goa beach, Inagbe beach resort in Lagos, Labadi beach resort in Ghana, etc have introduced multiple water engaging sports to keep visitors entertained. 

 

The ideal vacation spot needs to be different from what we are used to every day and that explains the concept of some people preferring a serene environment, tall trees, and clear blue water over mountain spots or snowing destinations.  Some Countries go as far as creating man-made beaches in a bid to beautify their environment and attract visitors, for instance, Palms island in Dubai, Sentosa island in Singapore, Camden beach in London are all man-made beaches!

 

palms, Dubai
Seychelles

When next you plan to set out to the beach, these are simple ways to enjoy yourself:

 

i) Water bucket relay:

In this game, there are two teams and two small empty transparent buckets placed behind each team. Each team member will have a big plastic cup while standing in the line of their teams. The teammates first in line will rush to the ocean and fill their cups up with water, then run back to the line and pass the water in their cups over their head to the next teammate’s cup without looking back. In the same manner, each teammate would do the same till the last team member pours what’s left in their cup into the transparent bucket. When this is done the last teammate rushes to the ocean, gets water, and continues the same process till the agreed time is up or in some cases, till the transparent bucket is filled up. The team with the most water in the transparent bucket wins.

ii) Building sandcastles:

Getting dirty and playing in the sand is a must when visiting the beach, especially when there is so much water to clean up afterward. Making sandcastles is lovely as you get to explore your creative nature! This involves using sand, water, and an empty bucket to mold up a castle of your choice from the mud.

iii) Parasailing:

One of the most popular water sports which does require a bit of bravery! Just imagine being connected to a parachute, in your swimwear and life jacket, then flying high above the ocean like a bird in the sky. 

parasailing

iv) Jet-skiing:

Any vacationer seeking fun would have this sport at the top of their list! This water vehicle is just like a motorbike on water, and the ocean waves make the ride on a jet ski unforgettable. 

jet skiing

v) Kayaking:

This is an exciting water sport that’s also like a form of workout because you would move most parts of your body. It simply allows you to move on the water in a flatwater vessel while paddling with a double-bladed paddle.

vi) Water gun:

This is an enjoyable outdoor game that can be played at parties, the beach, in a swimming pool, and definitely by adults too! It involves the use of a water gun and has different ways to play.  One of the ways to play this game is having a water war between two teams while trying to capture a flag or a water balloon from the other team. They go after each other, usually, when touched by water from the gun of the opponent team, you will freeze for few seconds before continuing to play or can be released when tagged by a fellow teammate.

It could also be used to play a beach ball race, where each player uses the water gun to push off their beach balls to the finish line, the first to reach the finish line is the winner.

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a calm sunbather, there is something fun for everyone to do at the beach. This list of activities can go on and on! Which one would you try on your next visit to the beach?

 

Egypt the land of attractions!

 

Africa has tons of amazing spots filled with scenic views, wildlife parks, beautiful beaches, ancient monuments and so much more, proving to be some of the most exciting tourist attractions in the world! However, so much of the World is unaware of this, unaware of how captivating Africa can really be!

 

When Rietha Matthee, an expert travel agent visited Egypt, she stated “It was a life-changing experience. All the things we saw and experienced were amazing and we fell in love with the country and would love to return.”

 

Egypt is an undeniable beauty to behold in the African continent. It’s found in northeastern Africa and arguably, it’s also home to the longest river in the world, the River Nile.

 

Egypt is a breathtaking destination with lots of wonderful attractions. This North-Eastern African beauty boasts scenic mountain landscapes, sun-kissed beaches, dazzling deserts, ancient pyramids, temples and so much more to explore.

                                                       

 

It’s worthy of being on every traveller’s bucket list because there are so many things to do and places to visit! If you want to relax by the pool or gleaming beaches or even prefer to tour the ultra-modern cities, exploring the ancient temples and pyramids, Egypt has it all!

 

Popular spots to visit in Egypt include the famous Ras Um Sid Beach and the beach at El Gouna, North of Hurghada filled with top-rated tourist attractions from cafés, Kayaking, windsurfing, Snorkeling, etc.

The Most Famous Beaches in Hurghada 2020 – Hurghada Beaches 2020

 

Other top attractions include exploring the great pyramid of Giza, Valley of the kings, diving into the Red Sea, White Desert National Park, Luxor temple, Egyptian Museum, etc

 

It is important for more people to explore the incredible African continent because there are lots of untold mesmerizing attractions in various African countries waiting for you to behold! It’s time to change the unpleasant narrative of Africa.

 

Book your next trip within the African continent and be that person to tell the world of just how blessed and attractive Africa is! 

 

Which other countries in Africa have you heard so much about and would love to visit?

 

Sand, Salt, and Healing: Why you should spend more time on the Beach.

My mother said I had been drawn to the ocean since I was a child. Over time, I met numerous people who couldn’t resist the call of the ocean like Moana; thus spent a chunk of their time on beaches for relaxation, for events, and other occasions.

For me, being on the beach so close to the ocean was therapeutic. Whenever I had a lot on my mind, had a hard week, felt stuck, or was generally overwhelmed by life, I loved to go to the beach. There is a certain level of calm and awe I derived in the presence of crashing waves, cooling salty spray of the ocean water on my skin, and loose sand underneath my bare feet. 

I wasn’t the only one that felt this way, and these are a few reasons why you should spend more time on the beach.

 

Did you know Ocean air has Curative Properties?

200 years ago, doctors advised patients with respiratory ailments to visit a seaside resort, and the clinical proof was given and published in 2006 as a result of Surfers’ observations in Australia. Surfers with cystic fibrosis claimed to breathe easier after surfing which prompted the experiment. 

Simply put, salty air helps to clear the lungs. Inhaling more of this also helps keep your respiratory system clean and strong, and this is why it is generally believed that people who stay by the beach are healthier.

It is no wonder why it feels like the air you breathe on the beach feels fresher.

 

Did you know the beach aids stress release?

You might have wondered why you suddenly seem serene anytime you go to the beach. It is because seeing the ocean and hearing the waves releases neurochemicals like serotonin in your brain. This creates the feeling of relaxation, increases the blood flow to your brain and heart, and aids in the release of stress.

It is no wonder why blue which reminds us of the colour of the ocean represents calmness.

 

Did you know seawater is good for your skin?

Seawater contains minerals such as magnesium which aids to amplify the skin’s elasticity, hydrates it as well which improves the general appearance. Talk about a glow-up!

It is no wonder why British elites in the 18th century thought seawater could cure all ailments even stupidity.

Did you know seawater has wound-healing properties?

I hope you never thought someone was insane when they took a dive into the ocean water because there is the added benefit of speedy healing of opens wounds the ocean provides.

Not suggesting you cut a chunk of your skin off to test this, but seawater contains mineral salts, sodium, and iodine which can be considered an antiseptic for slight wounds.

If you had been worried about missing out on a dive because of a cut, you can jump in.

Asides, the numerous health and mental benefits of being on the beach, my favourite is it is the perfect place to meditate. The rhythmic sound of the waves and ambience makes it the perfect place to have a quiet time or think about the course of actions to take.

Put our facts to the test by planning for more beach outings.