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4 Things to do Outdoors this Month

It is no news the Coronavirus outbreak changed a lot of things about travel. It is more than travel restrictions in certain countries, the decline of reservations in hotels and other hospitality centers, a hike in ticket pricing, and safety gears that take getting used to.

Again, there is a change in mindset. We are more cautious about where we go, how long we spend in environments we aren’t familiar with. When it comes to exploring new places, there is a tug of war in our minds between what we desire and what is safe. Still, it is hard to limit your movements when you are used to having no restrictions. 

Here are some ways to add spice to your daily life.

 

  1. Take your work Outside

Many organizations have adapted to remote working, and this has both positive and negative sides. While it feels easier to slide out of bed and jump straight to work without having to face morning traffic, the humdrum of being in the same room alone day in and out quickly gets demotivating. 

Taking your work outside can boost your creativity and attention to detail. TBAH has a Monday Beach Bum package that allows you to work seamlessly from a beach in Lagos State. This also allows you to network, surround yourself with other people, and have a more exciting work experience.

 

2. Go Hiking

Hiking is an underrated activity in Nigeria. It is cheaper than most tourist activities, and it is a great exercise with the perk of amazing sights to be viewed along the way. Wherever you are in Nigeria, you can plan a road trip with family or friends you feel safe with to any of these locations closest to you to see the wonders creation holds.

Olumirin Waterfall, Erin-Ijesha

Olumo Rock in Abeokuta State has manmade stairs and cervices for an easier hiking experience. 

Shere Hills in Plateau State is a more challenging climb, but the view set about 6,000 feet above sea level is a rewarding experience. 

Idanre Hills in Ondo State is a 667 stair climb to the top of the 800-year-old hilltop. 

Olumirin Waterfall in Osun State harbors a seven-part cascade that makes the arduous trek worthwhile. 

The Canopy Walk in Lekki Conservation Center in Lagos State is Africa’s longest canopy walk.

Whichever destination you choose, do not forget to dress for the occasion and carry a camera to document your entire experience.

 

3. Go on a Picnic

Mildly sunny days are one of the best days to lounge on a blanket to take in the scenery while munching on something. 

Picnics with a crowd you trust make a perfect outdoor activity. To amp up the entire experience, do not forget to take the board games, playing cards, footballs, Bluetooth speakers alongside your food and sitting items.

Nature Parks are good picnic spots because the air is fresher and there are more activities to explore. Depending on which part of Nigeria you reside in, these are some desired spots to have a picnic in:

Crushed Rock in Mpape, Abuja.

Lekki Conservation Center, Lagos.

Lufasi Nature Park, Lagos.

Agodi Botanical Gardens, Oyo.

National Museum, Edo.

 

4. Gardening

This might sound ridiculous to some, but many homes in the rural part of Nigeria have garden patches where food crops such as tomatoes, pepper, and vegetables are grown. Others have a more extensive farming setup. 

In the cities, it is quite rare to find greenery, yet this activity is therapeutic. Having a plant to care for not only gives you a form of purpose but the outcome of seeing what you plant come to life is very rewarding. Studies also show that gardening may cause growth in your brain’s memory-related nerves.  And it is a fact that plants purify the air.

If you have more land at your disposal, you can allot patches to your children or for different sets of crops which you nurture daily. But if you do not have space for planting, you can have potted plants on your window sills and balcony. Some plants that need little care are Aloe Vera, Jade (Money Tree), and Cactus. 

The Eiffel Tower 

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. 

Explore Kwara state

It’s a thing of pride to learn more about your country’s culture and natural wonders!  It’s totally better to be well informed than having foreigners tell you about what you have in your own home country. Nigeria has a handful of captivating spots that lots of us do not know of.

 

Kwara state is a well-visited tourist spot in Nigeria and I bet you didn’t know that! Be rest assured to expect every and anything in this scenic wonderland! There are lots of exciting activities to do and places to visit in Kwara state. Just keep it at the back of your mind, you are in for an adventure of a lifetime.

 

Here is a glimpse at some places to explore in Kwara:

 

(i) Owu Waterfall: This natural delight is one of the most outstanding natural wonders in Kwara state and Nigeria at large. It is the highest waterfall in West Africa at 120m above the water level, cascading 330 feet down an escarpment. Visiting this waterfall and getting to dip in the icy pool at the bottom is an amazing feeling. Health professionals insist waterfalls play a major role in reducing stress levels, depression, and anxiety. So if you are having a moody day or just want to relax and get away from it, Owu waterfall is the place to be!

(ii) Dada pottery: Found in the Dada district of Ilorin, Kwara state. Dada Pottery arguably has the largest cluster of potters in the state. It is a sight to behold, coming in close contact with professional potters and watching art being created first hand. The amount of potters present, their dedication, and professionalism makes watching them and even trying to mold up clay yourself such a delight!

 

(iii) Esie Museum: The oldest and first museum in Nigeria established in 1945, holds many cultural and artistic features that date way back in time. It’s one of the most popular museums in the country and making a stop at the Esie Museum is a great way to adventure and enrich your mind with knowledge at the same time. 

(v) Emirs Palace/Central Mosque: The Ilorin Central mosque is the second largest mosque in Nigeria and it has a capacity of about 20000 worshippers! It is located at the Emir’s palace, Oja Oba. Also, around Oja Oba is the popular Ilorin Gold Souk/market so you can kill 2 birds with one stone.

     

(vi) Unilorin  Zoological Garden: Kwara state has it all and that includes a zoological garden with an incredible zoo for wildlife lovers. 

 

(vii) Aso-oke Weave Centre: The beautiful Aso-oke material handwoven by professionals dates far back to ancient African history and it remains one of the most recognized African fabrics worldwide. This art of cloth weaving began centuries ago among the Yoruba tribe, however predominantly in Kwara state, Oyo state, and Osun state.

When you think of touring Nigeria, do not forget you can get a journey filled with pleasurable moments in Kwara!

 

Out of office and in for a staycation!

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!