France’s Eiffel Tower is one of the country’s top tourist spots and just taking a picture beside this astonishing Tower is the signature clue that you are in Paris, without even having to tell anyone!
Believe it or not, at 1050 feet, this structure was the world’s tallest building for over 40 years before it was overtaken by the Chrysler building in New York in 1930. Also, it was initially built as an entrance to the World Fair Exposition in 1889 to mark the 100th anniversary of the French revolution.
It took roughly two years and two months to complete this stunning structure, which was from 1887 to 1889. Three hundred steelworkers and well over 17000 metallic parts, 40 tons of paint, and 2.5 million rivets are what it took to birth the glamorous Eiffel Tower.
An amazing fact about this great structure is that it moves while also being able to withstand the heaviest winds, and never sway more than 4.5 inches! In 1913, a renowned expert on aerodynamics named Eiffel published “The Resistance of the Air.” He and his team actually designed the Tower never to sway more than 4.5 inches and have heavy wind resistance.
Eiffel Tower is named right after the talented genius who brainstormed and designed this structure, Gustave Eiffel. France remains top of the list of most visited countries in the world.
Paris, the capital city of France is definitely on so many travellers’ must-visit list for a reason, the popular French cuisines, wine, croissants, cheese, baguette bread, historic monuments, friendly locals and so much more.
France is a globally loved nation, also famous for high-end fashion shows, skincare products, and designer perfumes.
A few days ago was international workers day, a time to appreciate workers and their contributions to society and also a time for workers to reflect on their lives, careers, and happiness. The importance of mental and physical health to keep up great work ethics can never be over-emphasized. One of the best ways to keep the mind, body, and soul healthy is taking time off. Yes and that includes taking time off work.
The purpose in life is definitely not just work. Being dedicated to your job is a beautiful thing, however, turning yourself into a workaholic with little or no time for yourself is not right.
Most times, life flies by so fast and we realize too late how much time we’ve missed. We can’t get back time and that’s why time needs to be well spent. Creating time to spend with your loved ones should always be a priority and setting aside special dates for a quick holiday or dinner outings makes life a splendid ordeal!
Most people do not have pictures together with their close family or friends, because we see them every day and at some point forget how important they are and how time is slipping away. Planning out a staycation once in a while and having precious memories to hold on to with our dear ones is priceless. Staycations are short-distance holiday destinations, usually within the same country you reside in for 1 or 2 nights.
Research has proven holiday getaways are the best spots to refresh and de-stress. The mental health benefits are endless and those who have tried this method of a break from work claim when returning to work they are filled with motivation, inspiration, creativity, and more focus for work duties.
Subsequently, with more people understanding the importance of travel, a lot of establishments are now including vacation packages for their employees who meet set targets as a way to increase competition and motivation among staff.
Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, states that visiting a foreign place and immersing yourself in their local environment increases your cognitive flexibility.
As a worker, whether you are an employer or employee, it is necessary to set aside and save a certain amount of money from your monthly income for exploring new places with your loved ones. Make an annual holiday budget and keep to it. The truth is we should all aspire to be happy and make others happy! Do not allow life to pass you by as a worker, always work, save, travel, and repeat!
My friend Vanessa and I sat in silence trying to count the places we had visited in Lagos in the last three months. This yielded abysmal results, but we comforted ourselves with the thought that Lagos is an expensive place to even breathe in.
It didn’t change the fact that we were slowly becoming inept in social interactions and our outdoor lifestyle was suffering greatly, and this couldn’t be blamed on Coronavirus alone. We sat with plain sheets in front of us and our phones keyed on the Instagram page of a food blogger, Foodmap, to create a list of places to visit in Lagos with a five thousand naira budget.
O’Shey Bar & Chops
The first thing Vanessa and I agreed on was we were going to celebrate our re-entering into society with drinks, music, and generally a good time. And because drinking is more fun with company, in the nighttime, and on Fridays; it became a group outing on a Friday evening.
O’Shey Bar & Chops offers a spill of cocktails, mocktails, and chops ranging from #500-#45,000 with a cool ambiance, funny wall notes, and great music to crown it all.
With our 5k budget per head, it was more than enough to call it a successful outing back into society.
Excluding the fact that I am obsessed with the word ‘Cafe’, MyYa’s Cafe was high on our visit list because it teleports you into Saturday no matter the day of the week you are in.
With waffles made straight up on your order, you get the privilege to watch the waffle iron heat up and dazzle your nose with the batter preparation. Also, choosing the toppings for your waffles has never been more exciting with the variety on the list.
A 5k budget couldn’t get you anything better or in a more cozy setting.
The Chops Factory
One undeniable fact is that a lot of Nigerians love small chops. We were on that list, so imagine a place where their forte is small chops, finger foods, and grills. It was terribly hard not to hide in the kitchen and haunt it for life.
The Chops Factory menu was as exciting as the taste with combo prices ranging from #600-#12000. A splurge could not be resisted, but one can definitely sit comfortably amongst the cute greenery and enjoy one of Nigeria’s favourite menu on a 5k budget.
Vanessa periodically is on some kind of fruit-based or green diet, and that is why it made sense to add a healthy meal place to the list.
Parfaits, fresh-pressed juices, salads, sandwiches are So Fresh’s territory, and having a filling bite that doesn’t make one smile while chewing and spit it out behind in the presence of company is a feat for ‘healthy’ dishes for me.
You can definitely fill up while being healthy and still be on track with your spending budget.
It’s December, and Christmas is around the corner. It is also the time you start to realise there is a lot left unplanned; Christmas dinner is missing Grandma to star in it and all the hotels are booked too close to the main day, prices of flight tickets have skyrocketed, and you haven’t gotten gifts for all the family members.
Breathe, before it gets to this stage, these tips would help cut out some excess amount added on things during the jolly season.
Plan for the Holiday
As random as this sounds, this is one foolproof way to secure your spending during the holidays. Having a plan mapped out means you know what activities are to be set up, key persons required for it, items needed, and so on.
Once you have all these penned out, it becomes easier to start out early. Accommodation crisis can be avoided and secured well ahead of time, and items needed can be bought before they reach their peak prices.
Trust me, last minute details cost a lot.
Have a Budget
I know you want it fun and have the whole house lit up like a gingerbread house from a fairytale, and you might have a picture of the perfect holiday in your head that makes it really easy to overspend. Let’s not forget the new year comes with its own expenses.
The best way to keep a tight rein on your spending is to have a budget. With a careful plan drafted out, you can tag up the amount you intend to spend on each section to tally up with the specific budget you have in mind to spend for the holidays.
From there on, it is discipline. Resist the urge to buy that thing you are looking at because it is on sale for the holiday unless it is in the plan.
Book Hotels before the Holidays
If you have family or friends coming over, or you have planned for a trip for the holidays and would need to stay in a hotel, book them well beforehand.
A lot of hotels know the holidays are peak periods and you run the risk of your preferred hotel being completely booked. Also, close to the holidays, there is a hike in price for the ones you find available and you will be too desperate to be picky.
Save yourself the trouble and book hotels way before the holiday season. This also gives you time to compare prices on various booking sites as well as take advantage of discounts that come your way.
This works both ways as you can easily overspend or underspend; and here is how to stay on track.
If you have an activity planned with a group of friends, the first thing to do is bring them onboard your spending plan. Holiday outings are the best; you get to see new places or old places look brand new with the colour of the holiday spirit, and it can be pricey during the holidays.
Get your friends together and set a spending budget for your outing. The bigger the crowd, the more the fun, and discounts accessible. It is also an easy way to have a pinch of everyone’s meal and the only way is by ordering platters for the tables. That way you individually spend less.
Secret Santa Gifting
If you have a big family or a lot of friends, holiday gifting is a nightmare. It means you have to buy gifts for everyone and that is pretty pricey.
The best way to save money on gifts this Christmas is going through the secret Santa approach. It not only makes it more fun, and keeps the anticipation levels on high, it also helps trim a ton in the pocket areas.
If you do decide to send out personal gifts, try the homemade gifts.