2018: THE YEAR IN REVIEW


The year has been a beautifully weird one for me. I sadly was unable to document my experience on this blog this year. I can continue to blame my burn out or Instagram but I honestly didn't have the zeal to write. I backed out of a lot of writing assignments and once when I sat down to write a post, I lost all I wrote because the document didn't save when I assumed it did.  I hope to do better in the new year.  For a travel less year, I still got to explore quite a number of destinations, even though most of them are repeat destinations. 

So here it is...my 2018 in review





2018...In Travel

Weekend Getaway to Ekiti

My first travel for the year was to Ekiti State in February. I got to revisit Ikogosi Warm Spring and also visit the Arinta Waterfall for the first time.

Arinta Waterfall

The Girls Trip to Togo

For the Easter holiday, I returned to Togo with Temitayo along with 5 other ladies. We switched the hike to the waterfall in Kpalimé for a visit to the voodoo town of Togovillé.



Birthday Getaway to Ethiopia and Tanzania

I turned 33 in April and to celebrate, I travelled to Tanzania with an over night stop over in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with 2 of my friends. I spent my birthday in Dar es Salaam exploring the city and which ended with dinner at the Akemi restaurant, Tanzania's only revolving restaurant. We moved on to Zanzibar to spend a few days as well. I am so glad I ticked off this destination, before Nigeria was removed from the Visa on Arrival list.

Uroa, Zanzizar

Dar es Salaam

The Work Trip to Ghana

In May, I had to visit Ghana for work. My colleague and I decided to extend our trip to the weekend and paid Cape Coast a visit. We had money issues because our cards did not work in Cape Coast and we were low on cash. We had to transfer money to an ex-colleague who is now based in Ghana, who then sent mobile money to the hotel and we were able to retrieve some of the cash we paid for accommodation. We were only able to visit the Elmina Castle.
Elmina Castle

The Wedding in Owerri

Part of my travel goals for the year was to explore the eastern part of Nigeria. I unfortunately was not able to do this in February as planned. When the opportunity to travel to Owerri for a colleague's wedding came up, I jump on it. So now I can categorically say that I have visited all Geo-political zones in Nigeria.




Weekend Getaway to Idanre Hills and repeat trip to Ekiti

In September I returned to hike the hills of Idanre. The experience was beautiful as the first time. It rained all through the day on my way from Lagos, only to get to Akure and be told there was no rain. We were unable to get to some parts of Oke Idanre which was already cut of due to the rains from previous days. On our way back to Lagos, my travel partners decided to see Ikogosi Warm Spring and the Arinta Waterfall. I ate the best pounded yam in Ekiti, well Ekiti is home of pounded yam so not sure why I was surprised.


Idanre Hills, Ondo

Ikogosi, Ekiti


The Olojo Festival

During the week of September, I got to visit Ile-Ife for the Olojo festival thanks to my friend, Funmi Ajala. The festival was so surreal and one of my best travel experience for the year.

Ile-Ife

Few Days Escape to Abuja

I flew to Abuja to see my mum who has been living in the city for over a year now for work. I was only able to visit the Jake Lake Mall because I spent the days mostly with my mum.

Jabi Lake, Abuja

Out of Africa to Lebanon

Lebanon was totally my out of the blues off-the-beaten path destination. As mentioned in my previous post, the country made in on my 2018 list simply due to cheap cost. The plan was Ivory coast and at some point Senegal, but when I did the calculations, I realised that for the cost of travelling within Africa, I could fly to Lebanon – and so I did!

Martyr's Square, Beirut

2018...Exploring Lagos

Awolowo Museum and Private beach


I went in search of the Awolowo Museum and Private Beach in January. It was such a long drive down to that side of Lagos. The museum is located about 20 mins drive from Epe and off the Eleko beach road. It was great learning history for one of the Yoruba land's independence fighter and his time on the prison now turned museum. 

Kayak on the Lagos Lagoon

In February, I went kayaking with my friend Sandra and 3 other people. This was my second time kayaking, but Sandra who was kayaking for the first time was better at it. 


The Keke Experience by The DARE Experience

On May 29th, I joined other adventure enthusiasts to explore some parts of Lagos Island with Keke AKA NAPEP, MARWA or Bajaj like my east African brothers and sisters will call it. It was such a beautiful experience, running around Lagos Island trying to get a picture based on the tasks sheet. We went from pretending to be a bus conductor, to taking picture in a fabric store, to looking for the 5 Naira stamp. This day is definitely one of my best days in 2018.

Day Trips to Kalakuta Museum and Epe Mangrove

When Winnie Rioba, Kenyan Travel blogger came to Lagos, I got to host her and part of her itinerary was a visit to the Kalakuta Museum in Ikeja and the Epe Mangrove. The Kalakuta Republic Museum was home to Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, his family and his band members in the 1970s until his death in 1997.
Kalakuta Museum

We found the Epe Mangrove really underwhelming but tried our best to ensure our time while there.
Epe Mangrove

2018...In Books

I didn't get to read a lot of books this year. I found myself reading one book from April and didn't get to finish it until November. This is pretty interesting because I never start another book until I finish reading one. But in between putting down this book, I got to read other ones. This book, the Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley kept drawing me back. The other titles I got to read are: 


  • We're going to need more wine by Gabrielle Union
  • We should all be feminists and Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann
  • Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
  • The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
  • The Pressure Cooker by Nkiru Olumide-Ojo
  • Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

2018...running business

So someone told me that the reason I am not paying that much attention to either of my business is because I am still within the comfort of my 9-5. I wouldn't say I totally disagree but then again my 9-5 is basically what is funding my business and private life for now. Part of my HR business is CV writing and I have come to find it too exhausting, not entirely sure the reason for this. The HR part of my business suffered from my lack of attention to it but I intend to do better in the new year.

The best part of my travel business, was the design and launch of the Adventure Journal. The Adventure Journal is the one tool for travellers to stay organised, budget accordingly and document their trips on the go. 

Please follow my travel business page on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Travel KOTRoom is the name to look out for.

And on that note, HERE’S TO 2019!


To be honest, I am not sure what to expect from 2019. Judging from the way I never stick to my travel goals, I think I will just leave the goals blank and fill them in as soon as I get to experience them. The economic forecast  for the year 2019 is talking about another recession and I would like to stay on safe grounds with regards to money spending. 

As of right now I am planning to ring in the new year in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and right now in Ouidah, Benin Republic with friends. 



I have a flight ticket to Namibia for April, I will have to apply for a Visa. This will be my second visa application in 6 years, the first was my visa to South Africa. I have been travelling to Visa free and Visa on arrival destinations in the last 6 years. I will have to get a new passport because I won' t be able to get a visa to Namibia with the current one as it will be less than 6 months by the date for my trip. 


Thank you to every one who still read this blog and to those who follow me on my social media handles.  I pray the New Year brings us many more beautiful adventures and new beginnings. 

♥Lara

'Lara A

5 comments:

  1. Wow Lara. You are living it up in everyday.

    Happy new year in advance

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    1. Happy New Year.

      I wishing the living it up was for everyday oh, but I am glad I choose to live the life of my dreams.

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  2. Happy new year in advance to you. Seems like you had a good time in 2018. :)

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    1. Happy New.

      Taking you for reading and dropping comments always.

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  3. You had a great 'Travel-less' year, Lara! I hope to read about your Abidjan experience soon. Also, I'd love to get a copy of the adventure journal.. I wish you an awesome year in 2019! ~ Amarachi

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