Monthly Archives: July 2014
On Wednesday, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan launched and obtained the 64 page e-passport in Abuja. The existing e-passport is 32 page.
The Presidency reveals that the 64 page e-passport conforms with international best practices. It helps frequent travelers, it is gender friendly, and more cost effective for low income earners.
The cost for the passport which is strictly for frequent travelers, is N8,750. It has also been stated that this new passport in no way invalidates the 32 page passport.
The President also had a word for Nigerians and how they portray the country outside the shores. He urged Nigerians to paint respectful pictures of their country so that others would see it in the same light.
The President then proceeded to be the first citizen to get the e-passport followed by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, as they got captured by the Immigration officials.
The e-passport takes off from August 1 and the President expressed optimism that collectively Nigerians can help to create a brighter image for the country, and save travellers the embarrassment they face while travelling abroad.
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Does the idea of flying cause you to break out in a cold sweat? You aren’t alone. Here are some tricks you can use to conquer the phobia
Give your phobia a name
Figuring out what triggers your fear in the first place is an important first step toward conquering flight anxiety. Different aspects of flying can trigger different fears depending on the person—for instance, one person may be afraid of turbulence and feel nervous during a perfectly normal takeoff, while an individual with germaphobic tendencies may be more concerned about the spread of germs in a confined space. “The common denominator for more than 90 percent of flight phobics is the fear that they will become overwhelmed with anxiety during the flight,” says Seif, a clinical psychologist who runs the Freedom to Fly program at the Anxiety & Phobia Treatment Center in White Plains, New York. It helps to recognize that your phobia is irrational, but you need to be able to pinpoint the cause of your fear before you can take that next step.
Familiarize yourself with airplane noises
You’re about to land and the plane is rattling like both of its wheels are about to fall off—is it time to panic? No, the carry-on luggage and the seat-back tables are shifting slightly—just like they do every time the plane takes off and lands. Sometimes all it takes to combat anxiety is a little information. Read up on the typical bumps and noises that may occur during a flight (Ehotels.com has a list ofcommon in-flight sounds). It also helps to understand just how rigorous safety measures are for aircrafts. AOL Travel did an excellent report back in 2010 on everything a plane must go through before it’s deemed worthy of your ridership—including being able to support one-and-a-half times the maximum load it would ever carry and weathering environmental extremes such as 120-degree temperatures. “Our anxiety is fed by ‘what if?’ catastrophic thoughts. Once you become knowledgeable, your ‘what if’ thoughts will be limited by the facts,” said Seif.
Check the turbulence forecast
While turbulence is a perfectly normal part of flying—it happens when the plane encounters normal weather patterns like air currents or clouds—the idea of shaking while in the air can be very unsettling. Turbcast (iTunes, $1.99) was designed by a pilot and analyzes weather patterns as a pilot would, giving fliers an inside look at factors like air pockets and thunderstorms that can cause turbulence in the first place. Translation: The more you know about what causes that shaky feeling and how much of it you can expect while you’re airborne, the less you’ll be afraid of it.
Bring a photo of your destination
Visualizing your destination and imagining yourself there can be a powerful antidote to stress—and can help keep you focused on the prize at the end of the journey. You can do this with or without a photo, but having a physical image to refer to—whether it’s a picture you’ve downloaded on your phone or a postcard—can help to keep your mind from wandering. Allright says another method is to “imagine yourself in a safe place, somewhere you feel comfortable and safe. Your bedroom, perhaps, or on a beach. Take yourself there with your eyes closed and relax.” The idea is to take your mind off the little things that make you nervous about flying and focus on the positive aspects of your journey.
Skip the coffee—and the wine
Captain Allright says to avoid both caffeine and alcohol, as they can leave you feeling more dehydrated during the flight. Nervous fliers should avoid a seemingly comforting pre-flight alcoholic beverage, since alcohol can also make it harder for your body to adjust to being airborne and bring on a nasty bout of jet lag. Instead, opt for water and a light meal pre-flight, or carry along a light snack like carrot sticks, nuts, or an apple to keep you feeling nourished.
Bring a book you’ve already started or tune into a television series you already know
In a nutshell—distraction works. Airlines now provide the little comforts of home—like televisions, music channels, and magazines—to help distract you from noises and bumps during the flight and make you feel more at home in a strange place. One of the best ways to distract yourself during a flight is to bring a book that you’ve already started and are deeply engrossed in or a season of your favorite television show. Farchione says if people associate televisions with being safe at home, and there’s a television on the plane, they will feel similar familiar feelings of comfort.
Share your secret with the flight attendants
Dr. Seif says it’s a good idea to let others know you’re not too keen on flying—you may be able to speak to the pilot briefly while you board the plane or receive extra attention from flight attendants during the flight. If you’re traveling with friends or family members, talk to them about what makes you nervous so they can help alleviate the tension, but don’t let the conversation spiral into a contest over who has had the scariest flight experience. Sometimes just knowing that others are available to help you in case your anxiety surfaces is enough to help keep that anxiety in check.
Embrace safety information—especially this video
No, your plane is not going to crash (and whatever you do, do NOT start envisioning disaster scenarios). But knowing that you’re prepared for anything can be empowering. Watch an airline safety video while you’re still in the comfort of your home so that you can “master” the procedure in your head (Air New Zealand did an especially entertaining take on the safety video, featuring characters from The Hobbit). Once you’re on board the aircraft, take time to read the airline safety card in the seat pocket in front of you. If it makes you feel better, you could even go so far as to book your seat in the back of the plane, which has been repeatedly shown to be the safest part of the aircraft in the event of a crash.
Use this breathing technique
Allright says deep breathing is very important during takeoff and other points during the flight where you experience anxiety. “If someone is very anxious, it is actually very difficult to change their breathing pattern,” he says. “Try holding your breath and then deep breathing, or better still, force yourself to breathe out for as long as you can and then take a long, deep breath.” Seif and Farchione both recommended taking deep breaths, since this triggers the calming response and can help to prevent hyperventilation. Try to maintain a relaxed posture as well, and not cling to the chair’s armrests, since this can heighten any anxiety you may be feeling.
Have one or two relaxation remedies handy—but use them only as a last resort
Some doctors prescribe anxious fliers with fast-acting anxiety medications like Xanax or Valium, but Farchione warns that you should be aware that each has its own side effects and that you may feel tired for hours after the plane has landed. If you don’t have a prescription, herbal remedies like St. John’s Wort or Scullcap may help calm nerves too, according to an article by USA Today. Bring the medication or the herbal remedy, but hold onto it as a “last resort” option. When you feel jitters coming on, start by employing a minor relaxant, such as sipping chamomile or peppermint tea. Farchione says that doing the things you associate with being calm and content will help remind you to remain calm as you fly. You may find that simply knowing the medication is there in case of emergency is comforting enough—and you can reap the benefits without the side effects.
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Fed up with the cold and the rain and feel it’s time to jet off to hot, sunny climes? Then the summer holidays are just perfect for you. They are usually the most cherished part of the calendar, a chance to get a prolonged break away on your own, with friends or family.
But at times, it can be disappointing when your vacation turns out to be a wash-out, this is why we’ve compiled a list to help you find out where is (almost guaranteed to be) hot and sunny all year round!
#1 The Maldives
The Maldives, an island country in the Indian Ocean, is the exotic getaway that enjoys eight hours of sunshine per day on average. The country has dry and wet seasons, but the temperatures vary little during “summer” and “winter” months. The mean daytime minimum temperature totals to around 77° F (25°C). In general the…
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Singapore’s Playground Just 15 minutes away from the city centre is Sentosa, an idyllic resort island with pristine beaches, world-class attractions, sea sports, golf and retreats. At Sentosa, there are endless activities to indulge your every interest. Appreciate the beauty and excitement of this delightful resort from this video by Tourist TV
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As the world travel industry is seemingly going mobile and online, the stand of traditional travel agents is threatened by Online Travel Agents (OTAs) on a regular basis. However, there is a counter theory that still bestows trust on the traditional travel agents for some specific travel friendly reasons.
Here is a list 7 imperative reasons for which traditional travel agents score higher than the online travel agents.
1) Best Deal: Travel agents know whether a traveler is actually availing the best deal. Since 90% of the airline tickets bought are domestic air tickets to visit friends and relatives, a travel agent can easily tell you whether a cost quoted by a website is reasonable enough.
2) Best places to go: Whether you are planning for a niche tour or a regular tourist spot, since the traditional travel agents book trips all the time, they know this stuff like the back of their hands. And even if they don’t, they are one call away from getting you an answer.
3) Less hassles during flight delays/ cancellations: Travel agents will be the best people to book you on a different flight while you relax waiting at the airport in case of a flight delay or cancellation. Imagine yourself standing in re-booking counter or calling a website helpline number in a situation like that!
4) Same flight, seats together: Traditional Travel Agents can get you the best deal in terms of suitable seats with people you will be traveling together. A much safer bet that to book individual tickets on different websites paying different fares.
5) Being a VIP: With regular terms and their reputation in the tourism industry, a Travel Agent can get you the VIP booking to any particular pub, club, hotel or a special tour. No OTAs can get you such deals or even if they can, you might take ages to find such a deal.
6) Saves the pain of research: The best part of believing a Traditional Travel Agent is the relief from straining your eyes searching the best deals on internet. The travel agents will do all the research for you and with regularity; they will probably know your preference.
7) Best offer price: Whether you believe it or not, the traditional travel agents offer the best price ahead of online travel agents and websites! Whether you found an e-mail giving you a 40% discount, it was probably with your travel agent a week ago! This is because of their relationships and they are wholesalers.
Not only can they do things the Internet can’t, but they also collect a lot of their fees from vendors. Which leads to the best part, they don’t have to depend on your money. We thought about blogging this compilation giving you enough reasons to go old-school and let a travel agent plan your next trip even when the rise of OTAs is quite significant in the global travel industry.
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The summer time comes quick after spring and quickly raises your home energy costs to keep it cool. There are multiple ways to keep yourself and the children cool in the summer and some ways help you save money also. Check out these facts to keep cool, have fun and save energy this summer.
Keep popsicles and ice cream stocked in the deep freezer for the children. You could even get creative and make cool cups or snow cones, set some chairs up outside in a nicely shaded area then enjoy.
Put a pool in the backyard if you do not already have one installed. Pick up a pool from the nearest supermarket take it home and follow the instructions on the box. When purchasing a swimming pool be sure to check for all of the equipment you need for easy access, keeping the pool clean and covers that may not…
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Here are the top vacation destinations in Nigeria courtesy of infonubia.com;
Tinapa Business Resort
Situated by the Calabar River, Tinapa is a business and leisure resort conceptualized to be an integrated business resort. It is a four phased development promoted by the Government of Cross River State, under a Private Public Partnership (PPP), and very close to Calabar Free Trade Zone.
It is the realization of an exciting dream – the first integrated business and leisure in resort in Nigeria. Tinapa Free Zone has world class facilities that enable visitors to engage in retail and wholesale activities as well as leisure and entertainment.
Tinapa has space for retail and wholesale, several line shops, warehouses etc. It also has an open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events, a movie production studio commonly referred to as “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”, an entertainment strip that comprise a casino, an Eight-Screen Cinema, a children’s arcade, restaurants and a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs.
La Campagne Tropicana
La Campagne Tropicana is a beach resort in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State. It’s a lovely hour’s drive from Victoria Island along the Lekki/Epe Expressway, preferably early in the morning.
This resort offers a unique blend of natural environments which include a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. The resort provides world class accommodation and a variety of activities to ensure an experience like no other on your visit. The staffs are professional and friendly and the cuisine is second to none with 24 hours security. Care has always been taken to ensure that the Infrastructure at the resort blends in perfectly with the surroundings so that the spectacular ambiance of the tropical countryside is not lost.
Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Mountain Resort is in Cross River State situated close to the border of Cameroon and is reached from Lagos by plane. It offers the leisure seeker and the conference goer a complete contrast. Not only in its temperate climate but also it’s exciting and different location.
Nestling at the top of the mountain the Obudu Mountain Resort is situated on a plateau at 1576 meters above sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountains. The temperate climate offers a total contrast and welcome respite from Africa’s tropical heat. Idyllic tranquility, beautiful scenery and breathtaking views make it ideal for the lone adventurer, families on reunion, young couple or holiday group. The food and beverage offering is found in the Terrace Restaurant and Bar with a cozy and relaxing atmosphere made complete by the blazing log fire. National and international cuisine is guaranteed to suit all tastes and the healthy appetites from a day’s nature walk or round of golf.
Yankari National Park
Located in the South-Eastern part of Bauchi, Yankari National Park is undoubtedly Nigeria’s most developed animal reserve and park. The park has the largest collection of Animals than any other park in the country. It currently hosts 50 different species of animals and about 550 elephants – the largest herd of elephants in West Africa. It’s best visited between February and late April.
The Games Reserve also boasts of more than 59 caves, a well system used by slaves and Wiki warm spring. The spring water forms a pool which is 200m long and 10m wide, containing crystal-clear water at a temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius. It available for tourists to swim in.
Yankari Park also contains several archaeological preserves including the Dukkey Well System and the Ampara and Shanshau iron smelting works and furnace shafts dating back many centuries.
Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort
In the heart of Ikogosi, a small, quiet town with rich, local customs, in the Western part of Ekiti State (Ekiti Tourism Corridor), lies a warm spring which has now catapulted Ikogosi-Ekiti to national and international limelight. What is mysterious about the Ikogosi Warm Spring is the fact that, flowing side by side the warm spring, is another spring, a cold one. According to experts, it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation and this Ekiti flagship tourist destination is said to be the only one of its kind discovered anywhere in the world. The meeting point of the warm and cold springs is a unique attraction to tourists.
In order to give tourists and visitors a long-lasting experience, a well-landscaped 116-hectare resort is located around the warm spring at Ikogosi-Ekiti. The resort has one Executive VIP chalet, three VIP villas, twelve western suites, seventy-five standard rooms of different styles, themes and offerings and seven support staff quarters.
The historic Idanre hills are a marvelous tourist attraction in Ondo state. Located in Idanre town, 9 miles southwest of Akure, the state capital, Idanre Hills is no dreamland or imagery of sorts. Said to be 800 years old and reached by about 640 steps with 5 resting points on your way to the top, it is a breathtaking landscape that also provides a window to the town’s colorful history. From a few miles to the town center, a first time visitor will not cease to marvel at the aesthetics, architecture and thoroughness employed by nature in the assemblage of hills of various shapes and sizes at Idanre, also called ‘Oke Idanre’ by the locals.
The evergreen landscape surrounding the hills provides fellowship with nature’s best. The peacefulness that pervades the atmosphere, the blossoming civilization that existed on the hills, the rigors of climbing and a refreshing swim in Arun River, all make the Idanre Hills a wonderful place to visit. If you are adventurous enough, the tallest of the hills which rises to about 300 feet above sea level, challenges you to a climbing game. Those who successfully dare the peak are rewarded with the very rare panoramic view of the topography at bird’s eye, which is a unique fortitude for ancient residents.
The Mambilla Plateau is a high grassland Plateau which is a part and extension of the Adamawa, Obudu, Shebbi and Atlantic mountain chain. The Mambilla Plateau, which lies to the southern edge of Taraba State, is renowned for its rich scenic beauty. It stands at well over 1,830 meters above sea level and has a temperate climate with lush pasture green vegetation. The access route up the Plateau and the canyons is a breath-taking delight, with snake-like winding road that ascend the Plateau and natural springs that bore through rocks adorn the road.
There is also is a spectacular bridge suspended over a valley. The Plateau is one of the few places in the federation where temperate plants like Apples, Pears, Arabica Coffee, Strawberries, Tea and Irish Potatoes grow very well. The whole area is Tsetse fly and Mosquito free with more than 2 million herds of cattle.
Chad Basin National Park
The Chad Basin National Park is a delight for nature-lovers. Located in the Sudano-Sahelian ecological zone of the North-Eastern part of Nigeria between Borno and Yobe States, Chad Basin National Park covers a total area of 2,258 sq km and fragmented into three sectors. The Chingurmi-Duguma sector, which is in Borno State, is in a Sudanese Savanna ecological zone while the Bade-Nguru Wetlands and Bulatura sectors are in Yobe State in the Sahel ecological zone. The park which is generally referred to as the conventional basin of the famous Lake Chad, is indeed a veritable heaven of adventure where visitors are spoilt with activities that will make the spirit soar. The largest is the Chingurmi-Duguma Sector covering an estimated 1228 sq km in the districts of Gulumba and Woloji in the Borno state. The sector is made of large acacia woodlands and is dotted with dense patches of elephant grass in a stratified formation that adds to the natural beauty of the ecosystem. The sector has recorded 66 species of birds which include black-crowned crane, Aviles bustard, Demoiselle crane, Arabian bustard, African-collared dove, yellow-breasted barbet and much more.
The Bade Nguru Wetlands is part of the internationally renowned Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands and it covers an area of 938 sq km. Situated southwest of Bade and Jakusko Local Government Areas of Yobe State, the focal point of the sector is the Dagona Waterfowl Sanctuary that is internationally significant as a host to migrant birds. This is one of West Africa’s most important stop-over points for birds migrating from Europe. It has been listed as an IBA (Important Birds Areas) supported by Bird-life International.
Bulatura Sector is just a landscape of Sand Dunes in Yusufari town of Yobe State covering an area of 92 sq km. It is made up of a series of fertile dune depressions (swampy valleys) referred to as Oases and also includes highly scenic sand dunes that hold great potential for ecological and adventure tourism. The park contains some rare desert wildlife like giraffe, ostrich, red fronted gazelle, jackals, mongoose, giant tortoise, panta monkeys, porcupine, ratel, spotted hyena, common duiker, warthog, dorcas gazelle, sitatunga, varieties of waders, glossy ibis, pelicans, secretary bird, knob billed goose, etc.
Owu Water Falls
This heaven on earth is located in Owu Isin Local Government of Kwara State. The existence of Owu Falls is untraceable, but the fall has been described as the highest and most spectacular natural waterfalls in West Africa. The water fall cascades 330 feet down an escarpment with rocky outcrops to a pool of ice cold water below which gives a beautiful landscape and offers visitors a refreshing atmosphere.
Owu Falls is always at its best during rainy season which spans 200 meters across making it a wonderful vacation spot.
In Owu Falls, you experience a fine mix of awesome attractions and access to top quality accommodation as it offers a range of quality assessed accommodation with good quality restaurants. Its perfect location and memorable vacation experience makes it the perfect destination to host your next vacation. A fun filled and unforgettable vacation experience awaits you.
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Join an English speaking guide to explore Nairobi. Take a walk through Uhuru Park in the heart of the city, than wander past the parliament buildings to the mausoleum of the first president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
See the Kenyatta Conference Centre and the August 7th memorial park which was built to commemorate the bombing of the US Embassy. There is also time to visit the Kenya National Archives and various other sites within the city centre. Walking through the city streets and travelling by public transport provides plenty of opportunity to mingle with the locals as they go about their daily lives. Enjoy an opportunity to sample local cuisine with lunch at a restaurant.
Duration: Approx. 4-5 hours
Start or opening time: Daily departure at 9am
End or closing time: Approximately at 12-1pm
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Here are some tips on how to feel good and comfortable in a long flight:
DRINK PLENTY: Economy flights rarely provide enough water for passengers, so take a two-litre bottle with you. As you dehydrate, your blood thickens, making a clot more likely. The recycled, air-conditioned atmosphere on a plane is as dry as a desert, so drink plenty of fruit juice and water before and during your flight, especially if you are returning from a hot country and are already dehydrated. Avoid tea, coffee, colas and other caffeinated drinks, which are all diuretics.
TAKE AN ASPIRIN: A 75mg aspirin on the morning of your flight, with one per day for the following two or three days, can lower your risk of a Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by one-third, says Farroll Kahn, because it thins the blood. However, if you have not taken aspirin before or have stomach problems, such as ulcers, you should consult your doctor beforehand.
EXERCISE: The Cardiac Patients’ Association recommends an exercise for flyers which should be done every quarter of an hour for a couple of minutes, even on short flights. With your heels on the floor, bring your toes sharply up towards your knees and hold for three seconds. Then reverse by pointing your toes downwards and hold in this position again. You should feel the muscles in your legs contracting and pumping the blood back towards your heart.
GET MOVING: Every half an hour, even on short flights, get out of your seat and walk the length of the aisle once or twice. ‘This is the most important thing you can do to prevent a DVT. Even if you fear being a nuisance, you must get out of your seat and exercise. ‘It will get your heart pumping and the pressure on your leg muscles will send the stale blood back to your heart, enlivening the whole circulatory system.
SIT SENSIBLY: Do not cross your legs as this restricts blood flow. Avoid piling luggage under your feet as it limits leg room.
SLEEPING: When sleeping, try to make sure all your limbs are unrestricted and not under pressure. If you are shorter than 5ft 2in, rest your legs on a piece of luggage rather than leaving them dangling, with extra pressure on the underside of the knees.
AVOID ALCOHOL: Alcohol is also a diuretic and you should avoid it if you fall into the ‘at risk’ category .All travellers should limit their intake to one or two alcoholic drinks during a flight, to avoid dehydration. Don’t drink alcohol to excess in the day or two before the flight.
DRESS CAREFULLY: Tight clothes can restrict blood flow to the legs and cause problems. Wear loose clothes in natural fibres which can expand and breathe. Socks or pop socks with a tight elastic should be avoided, and during the flight loosen belts and shoe laces. This will all help the blood to circulate freely through your lower limbs. Support tights can encourage blood circulation if you have varicose veins or are particularly prone to swollen ankles when flying.
WARNING SIGNS: If you have pain, aches, or redness in your lower legs during or after a flight, get medical help. If a blood clot has formed, it can have fatal results if it dislodges and enters the circulatory system. If a clot reaches the brain, it can cause a stroke. If it reaches the heart, it will cause a heart attack and in the lungs can lead to a pulmonary embolism, where blood supply is blocked.
CHOOSE YOUR FLIGHT WITH CARE: Until the mid-Eighties all economy-class seats had a pitch (the distance between the back of one seat and the back of the next) of 34inches. Since then, the pitches have been steadily getting smaller, with UK airlines particular culprits.