I took my first trip to Dubai in 2011, with zero budget and zero savings. I’ll never do so again. Here’s how to book your first trip on a budget.

Save for your trip

These are the best investment apps for Nigerians and I think I prefer Piggybank ng. It will help you save and plan towards your next trip.



When planning a trip to anywhere, it’s best to establish a budget as early as possible—even before you know your destination, travel dates, or itinerary.

Set your budget early on, and you’ll avoid any disappointment that could come from forging a fabulous itinerary, like two weeks in Valencia and then discovering you can’t afford it.  Use Trabee Pocket (Android) to keep track of your expenses.

Book Your Flight

Book your trip on a budget by finding a cheap flight. No point saving all your money and blowing 90% of it on flight. I’ll recommend Skyscanner.

Book Your Accommodation

If you’ve been on this blog long enough, you’ll know I recommend Airbnb for foreign trips. You can use Hostelworld as they have the largest inventory but nah. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. Use my referral link and get $23 off your first Airbnb stay.

To book your trip on a budget, your accommodation/hotel plans have to be spot on too.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is important especially if you are a Nigerian applying for a Schenghen Visa. We are not used to insurance ish in Nigeria, but abroad it is insanely valuable.

Travel Insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. I’ve seen a lot of travellers recommend World Nomads and I will try it for my next international trip.




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