Too many people have said they want to travel to all 36 States in Nigeria but they are broke, we know traveling can be expensive. But there are also lots of awesome ways to get around Africa’s most populous nation when you basically have no money.
You might be among the people asking “Why would someone want to visit all 36 states in Nigeria?” Everyone knows that Nigeria is blessed with an abundance of resources, beautiful tourist sites and great people. There are cool states like Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Akwa Ibom. Then there are “boring states” like Kogi, Niger, and Sokoto. Collins WeGlobe even made fun of Sokoto. When Collins visited Niger and Sokoto during his Interstate tour, the travel blogger had nothing to say about it.
If you’re eager to know about how to visit all 36 states in Nigeria, this article will help you out with a 36 state road trip cost and give you travel tips to make it happen.
A few months before I relocate from Nigeria to Europe, I found myself dreaming of a 36-state road trip around Nigeria, I was wondering how I could afford such a lifestyle. I wanted to make it a freestyle lifestyle, able to travel, write, and live an adventure. No compartments, no chairmen, no thousands to millions hustle.
Funny enough, I was among the 27.1% jobless youth as rated in Nigeria then and there’s no way I could afford the lifestyle I imagined for myself.
But then I sent emails to many people for sponsorship, and days later found the first home I will live. I then created an online fundraising campaign to raise enough money to get me started in Lagos and suddenly, everything works out for me.
The same day APC flag-off their campaign in 36 states, I started my own movement and I didn’t stop the interstate tour for the next 60 days.
After all the movement with ups and downs, I returned to Lagos, to cool myself at Takwa Bay. When I showed my friends photos they were all surprised and I was even the one that took the photos of the viral APC giant broom in front of the city gate, Abuja.
But despite my doubts, I’ve now visited all 36 states exploring rocks, churches, and every town in Nigeria. And yes, I also flew to traditional pottery at the Abuja pottery and all the Ayo Babalola mountains in Southern nigeria.
Now without a further story, I will like to share with you the cost and how you can travel all 36 states in Nigeria for free.
How Much Does It Cost To Travel All 36 States In Nigeria?
I will be very honest with this my travel stat. It cost me approximately 20,000 naira per state of travel across the country.
The money I paid in hotels in other states is different from the amount I paid in Abuja and Lagos, I took cabs in most cases approximately 90 hours over my 60 days on the road.
Hotel lodging: ₦195,000 (5000 naira + Abuja 15,000 naira)
Traveling with commercial buses, some times I waited at the bypass across the country, I spent less than 8k on travel for two months. That means on average I spent 20,000 naira per night‘s stay.
To be honest, I love food and I missed eating out in every corner of the country. Fresh fish and yam in Kogi, roadside rice and Beans in Abuja and Banga, black soup and starch in Edo, Delta.
Most of my food expenses are from the eastern part of Nigeria when I first got to Abia and Akwa Ibom I was eating as if the world is about to end I undoubtedly spent the most money overall and from my time in Enugu, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Calabar where I stayed in hotels and ate out every meal like elegbe.
Supporting beggars or NGOs: ₦10,000
A good traveler must learn to give at any junction he or she sees a beggar.
I don’t have much to give, but I do give monthly to a nonprofit. Despite my lack of wealth, I so much believe it is important to give to others as much as you can.
Soap, cream, yam, tomatoes, potatoes, tickets for mountains, clothes, shoes, beach tickets, and lots of small purchases along the way.
Things like paying someone in the North to show you some places for ₦1000 or spending ₦5000 to visit Elegushi and Takwa bay.
Total Spent: ₦800,000
That’s an average of spending 400,000 a month, or roughly ₦20,000 per travel.
If you are buoyant and want to truly travel every state in Nigeria, start your journey from Edo to Sokoto and Niger for a grand total of ₦800,000. The line by line details are below:
|Abuja: ₦30,000 Per Travel|
How To Travel All 36 States In Nigeria For Free
Being able to travel to all 36 States in Nigeria for free might sound like an unattainable dream, but you can make it a reality like me if you know where to look.
A Twitter user, Ikenna Ronald Nzimora suggested that Nigerian need a food YouTuber who will travel around to different tribes in Nigeria to showcase the beautiful side of the country on the internet.
“A Youtube video that would be a hit would one of someone travelling to different tribes in Nigeria and cooking, then eating different kinds of food and fruits that most people do not know about, he said.
He dares his followers to “do it!”
One of his followers, AccScentss said; “but uncle, hope you know that it involves money, the transportation alone na die.”
In this article, we shall be talking about the possible ways on how to travel to all 36 States in Nigeria for free. They include creating a fundraising campaign, volunteering, and spending some time with the resident. Some require smartness, humility, honesty, education or experience but remember these tips are strictly for those who are looking for ways to visit every part of Nigeria.
The tips will pay for your travel, for your accommodations, and most importantly it will pay for all your expenses. You may even make more money from it and start another tour in Africa countries as I did.
These methods exist all over the world I have done it before and it worked for me. First, pick a state you want to start your journey from or several states and you can start your journey from close to you.
In travel and tour, Flexibility does pay off, put on something to stay comfortable.
You can learn a new language to help you out on your travels recall Nigeria has over 550 languages you can even start getting to know the people with a free language exchange program.
Get started by designing your fundraisers t-shirt, use the power of the internet to start a t-shirt fundraiser for your travel.
You can do it all from the comfort of your computer, and spreading the word about your campaign to as many people as possible very easy with the viral power of social media, I recommend Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and Instagram.
2. Talk To Transport Company
There are so many transport company in Nigeria.
Write a proposal to the managers’ tell them to support your dream to travel every state in the country and how they can also benefit from it
3. Send Message To Hotels
You can reach out to many hotels in each state you want to visit tell them what you can do to also boost their sales.
4. Help The Needy
Help the needy and let the needy help you.
Visit places like Agege, Kano, where they have so many people begging to eat or looking for a place to sleep. Seek financial help for them by making a live video on social media, show them love and educating them about love then ask people for donation.
To be continued…
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