The three biggest obstacles stopping people from getting to their travel dreams are time, cost and information. My daily goal is to break down these obstacles bit by bit. So, let’s deal with the first one: time! If you have a full time job and you find it difficult to get enough leave days to travel, one solution is to use public holidays and weekends to travel!
To help your planning, we’ve compiled all the public holidays in Nigeria this year. These ones are more or less guaranteed but are subject to changes by the government. However, a few more usually pop up throughout the year. We have also shared some trips you can join or places you can visit to allow you use your public holidays to the fullest. Travel can be easy, travel can be fun. Alright, so let’s go!
Easter Holiday: Friday, April 19 — Monday, April 22, 2019 (4 Days).
Easter is one of those holidays that guarantees 4 days of work-free time. That means with one or two extra days off, you can travel to anywhere across Africa and have a good time. See a list of Easter trip ideas below:
Also, students will be on holidays and families can maximize this opportunity. If you want to stay close to home, consider exploring Abeokuta or Ibadan or Badagry or La Campagne Tropicana.
Weekends (2 Days).
Before we get to the public holidays, take advantage of weekends to embark on day trips or overnight excursions. You’ll get a great jump start to reaching your travel goals. See weekend trip ideas for this year:
- Olumo Rock & Abeokuta – Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 19,000 Naira
- Badagry – Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 19,000 Naira
- Ado Awaye – Saturday, July 20, 2019 – 21,000 Naira
Worker’s Day: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (1 Day).
On worker’s day, workers deserve rest. Rest comes in different forms so why not go surfing at Tarkwa Bay, camp out at JayBee Lodge (Tarkwa Bay), take an outdoor yoga class, relax at a nature park or enjoy fish and chips at a Lagoon front restaurant?
Id el Fitr: Wednesday, June 5 — Thursday, June 6, 2019 (2 Days).
In many communities, there will be festivities! The feasts and festivities — such as Durbar Festival in Kano — will go on to celebrate the end of Ramadan. However, you’ve got nothing to worry about because in many other places, life will be bubbly, as normal.
Looking for an adventure, we have a group trip to Dubai from June 1 – 5, 2019. Our signature ‘Best of the West’ trip from June 6 – 8, 2019 will take travellers to visit the Ooni’s Palace in Osun State, Erin Ijesha Waterfalls in Osun State, Ikogosi Warmsprings in Ekiti State, Idanre Hills in Ondo State and Moremi Statue in Osun State. This whirlwind exploration is one you don’t want to miss over the long holiday.
Democracy Day: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (1 Day).
Since there will be work the day before and the day after, it is a good day to rest at home or explore something new close to home. If you live on the coast, the beach is a good place to start. Never been to a museum? Why not visit one in your town.
Id el Kabir: Monday, Aug. 12 — Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 (4 Days).
This holiday falls at the beginning of the week so with the previous weekend, it becomes a four-day holiday! Look at the array of trips we have across Africa:
- Uganda – August 8 – 12, 2019 – 485,000 Naira
- Benin Republic – August 9 – 12, 2019 – 120,000 Naira
- Ghana – August 9 – 12, 2019 – 210,000 Naira
Independence Holiday: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 (1 Day)
Up North, let’s go! Why not take the holiday to explore the gems of Northern Nigeria with us? Check out this trip to Kaduna:
Id el Maulud: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 (3 Days).
Another holiday at the beginning of the week. It is likely that the following Monday will be given as a public holiday, making it a three-day public holiday (including the weekend). We will share more trip ideas as the year goes on! It is also a great time to take a breather and just rest.
Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25 — Thursday, Dec. 26, 2018 (2 Days).
Oh Christmas, come quickly. The perfect way to end the year is to take a well-deserved Christmas trip. If you can, extend your holiday into the new year and start 2019 on a restful note. After our Christmas trip to The Gambia last year, we are amping up the ante and doing bigger and better trips this year. Could it be Morocco? Dubai? Egypt? Trust us to whip up something that will blow your mind and build you memories.
Sometimes, one or two public holidays spring up throughout the year so keep an eye for announcements and add a few more days to your travel time this year. We also love to make use of weekends to travel close to home. If you’ve got leave time, you could also take leave days to extend into public holidays to allow you travel farther and wider. Now, that’s enough to get your travelling train started!
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