I wrote this article for Guardian Nigeria last month, here is my original copy with pictures included.
5 MYTHS ABOUT ADVENTURE TRAVEL IN NIGERIA.
When my friends see pictures from my adventure trips, the first thing they ask are questions that are most times shocking. An adventure can be frightening, or it can be great. It can cause pain, or produce joy. It can end badly or well. But you never experience an adventure unchanged. In fact, adventure is all about change. It’s about growth. And growth is the core of life. So give me 5 minutes of your time to bust the top 5 myths about adventure travel in Nigeria.
MYTH #1: ADVENTURE IS STUPID AND A WASTE OF TIME
Did you really travel that far to see just a mountain? Ordinary Mountain? Some even go as far as asking if I have a day job. Everything in life is all about making plans and time for what you love. Adventures build your confidence; and with each successive one, you challenge yourself just a little bit more. My biggest joy is travelling through a place and looking up to the hills I have conquered, I get renewed and energized. Once life is looking clumsy, find opportunity to go somewhere new where you can immerse myself into nature
MYTH #2: ADVENTURE IS EXPENSIVE
A trip to the summit of Everest is about $30,000 dollars, to the top of Kilimanjaro should be about 4000$. Yeah that’s not cheap! But you can visit amazing spots in Nigeria for close to nothing, the problem is we look down on what we have.
I have travelled to more than 10 tourist spot in the last six months and trust me I haven’t spent more than 200,000 Naira in all my trips (feeding and transport inclusive). Always travel with a group if you have the opportunity, it always cheaper,. When you travel in a group, you can always get discount, be it transport or hotel accommodation. Also when work related activities take you to new places, find time to quickly explore what the state has to offer
MYTH #3: ADVENTURE IS CHILDISH
The first time I brought the idea of paint balling as a group , someone said Mba this is too childish-How can we grown up people be shooting ourselves with toy guns, No o!
Most friends I hang out with who previously didn’t see adventure as a culture now have embraced it fully and are always eager for the next trip. When adulthood hits you like an airplane find time to be that child again.
MYTH #4: ADVENTURE TRAVEL IS DANGEROUS AND RISKY
When you get to your destination, always find a local who will take you around, be polite and give them tips. Adventure travel is only as extreme as you make it out to be. Adventure is relative, you don’t have to try extreme stuff likes jumping out of jet, feeding sharks at River Mississippi, taunting angry bulls in Spain etc, that’s not for everyone.
MYTH #5: ADVENTURE TRAVEL NEEDS FITNESS
I have also heard people say-I can’t hike my body size won’t let me or adventure is for athletic people. As far your doctor don’t say certain adventure means risking your life, you don’t need to be too fit or athletic to give it a try. Your body size should even make you hike not run way from it