Benefits of giving birth and having your IVF done in the USA/Canada

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  1. More guaranteed successful IVF session
  2. Travel possibilities
  3. Sponsors to the family
  4. Possibility of having twin, triplet, or quadruplet
  5. Access to more than 200 countries

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You just found out that you are pregnant

You just found out that you are pregnant, yay! Now what? Well you will automatically feel a thousand different emotions from shock, scared, happy, worried, anxious and excited. Then you will start doubting yourself on whether you can actually take on this big role of being a mom and even if you are ready for this big change in your life. It’s crazy how we want to get pregnant so bad and the minute we find out that we are, we second guess our ability to actually be a mom. I say, breathe and take it all in. Then scream and jump (not to high) of joy because girl, You are PREGNANT! 10 THINGS TO DO ONCE YOU FIND OUT YOU’RE PREGNANT 1, Tell your hubby This is probably the most amazing news you will share with your husband your whole life, so make it special! Make it memorable and fun. Maybe, buy him a shirt that says “daddy to be”, or place your positive pregnancy test in a gift bag and give it to him. Girl! there are no limits to your creativity. 2 Set up a doctor’s appointment You may want to call your OBGYN to make an appointment and confirm that you are indeed pregnant. Your doctor will usually have you take a pregnancy test in their office, do a sonogram and even have blood test done to confirm your pregnancy. So this is very important! The faster you see your doctor the faster you will be on track to a healthy and safe pregnancy.! Please note: Always do your research before deciding on an OBGYN. Once you meet with your doctor and you do not feel comfortable with him/she, do not hesitate in finding another one. It’s your pregnancy and you should feel comfortable and at ease with your provider. 3 Stop your bad habits Once you find out that you are pregnant, your bad habits has to go. They got to go right now! If you smoke or drink alcohol you need to stop doing it. If you need help to stop smoking, you can always speak to your doctor about it so he/she can help you find the help that you need. If you are using drugs, please stop and know that these things aren’t healthy for you or your baby. There are a number of health issues that your baby can be born with that are associated with using drugs, smoking and drinking alcohol while pregnant. So please, if you are doing any of these things, stop immediately. 4 Start taking prenatal vitamins This is the time to start searching and reading about prenatal vitamins. There are over the counter prenatal vitamins, so if you can’t go to a doctor right away, you can always buy it at any pharmacy near you. Prenatal vitamins are very important because it provides you with nutrition that you may be missing or not getting enough of. The prenatal vitamins, contains vitamins, minerals, iron and calcium that are very important for your baby’s developmental growth. So don’t think it twice and start taking today. 5 Share the news with your close family and friends This one is sort of a “controversial” one because there are pregnant women who share the news immediately with everyone and there are some who want to wait until after they reach the 3 month milestone. Miscarriages usually happen during the first trimester of a pregnancy and so many women wait until after the first trimester to share the big news. You do not have to tell everyone, you can choose to only share the news with your close family and friends and then share the news with everyone else after you feel comfortable in doing so. It’s your pregnancy and it’s your decision! Please note: This is a very personal decision and you should always do what you feel is right. If you only want to share the news with your hubby and wait until after the 3rd month period to share with family and friends, that’s great. If you want to scream it out to the whole world that you are pregnant and do not want to wait, that’s great too! 6 Download fun pregnancy apps You can used the BabyCenter’s App and downloaded it to your phone. You can also download the What to expect app which is basically the same thing. These pregnancy apps gives you a lot of information about your pregnancy and your baby by providing you with how many weeks you are, your baby’s height, weight, how your baby is developing and even what part of the body is forming! It truly is an awesome app to have while being pregnant, so download it today. Please note: Make your pregnancy journey fun and include your hubby in it. Share with him the app. This will make him feel more connected to your pregnancy. 7 Start eating healthier You may want to cut down on those burgers and fries you probably eat every week. Start eating more fruits and vegetables, overall having a well balanced and nutritious diet will benefit you and your baby. Yes, you can enjoy junk food once in a while but do not make it a habit. It’s important for your baby’s growth and also it lowers the chances of you having gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. Please note: You can start slowly weaving in your fruits and vegetables into your daily routine. Eat fruits in between. It’s healthier and you will feel better! 8 Less caffeine Once you find out that you are pregnant you need to lower your daily caffeine intake, I know this may be hard if you are a caffeine lover but you have to do it. According to Babycenter when drinking coffee or any drink that contains caffeine, the caffeine “crosses the placenta into the amniotic fluid and your baby’s bloodstream”. This causes the baby to be exposed to the effects of caffeine for a longer time than you are because your baby’s body is still developing, therefore can’t process the caffeine as fast as you can. Also, drinking more caffeine than recommend can cause your baby to be born smaller than it’s gestational age, which you do not want to happen. Please note: Always consult with your doctor about how much caffeine you can drink daily. Did you know that caffeine can cause heartburn during pregnancy? 9 No heavy lifting It is advisable not to lift heavy objects during pregnancy. This is because when you are bending down to lift something heavy, your movement puts pressure on your stomach. This can cause uncomfortableness and may cause serious problems, like bleeding. Always have precaution during your pregnancy and stay away from lifting heavy objects and bending down. Always ask for help and take care of yourself. 10 Take pictures Last but certainly not least, TAKE PICTURES! Take a picture of your positive pregnancy test to have that memory forever in your heart, phone or keepsake. Also, take pictures of your growing belly by taking daily or monthly pictures and use the same background or clothing to make it more fun. Honestly just have fun with your pregnancy whether it’s your first or your 4th, being pregnant is such a beautiful time in a women’s life that you need to capture every special moment. So mama, use your imagination and start making memories

PREPARING FOR YOUR U.S VISA INTERVIEW

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR U.S VISA INTERVIEW

There are a variety of questions that could be asked depending on the purpose for your visit, the answers you give to previously asked questions, the status of the one inviting you and your country of residence.

My advice to you is that you are not stressed about the questions or the interview. Understand that you are going to spend money in the USA, be sure within you that you want to come back to your country of residence and be well prepared.

The fact that you are reading this is already a good preparation for the visa interview appointment. Contact @aspomtravels or @aspombirthservices 08149906605 for professional Pre-interview session.

B1 B2 Visa Interview Questions and Answers (Sample)

Here are some questions that could be asked if you are a friend visiting the USA for your annual vacation.

  1. How do you pronounce your name?
  2. What are you going to do in the USA?
  3. Is this your first time of applying for a visa to visit the USA?- I know a few people who have lied on this question and jeopardized their chance of getting the visa
  4. Do you have any relatives in the USA?
  5. Who is he or she?
  6. Where do you plan on staying during your visit? (You should have prepared an answer for this question – If staying at a hotel, have the name or if staying with your host, just say so and mention the address.)
  7. What does your friend do for a living?
  8. Where does he or she work? – Have the correct name of the Company your friend works at
  9. How will you be funding your trip? (Have financial documents ready for this question)
  10. Is your friend married?
  11. Do you know their status in the USA? (Mention the type of visa they have or that they are citizens)
  12. How long will you be staying in the USA?
  13. What will you be doing for the 3 weeks? Any Plans?
  14. Do you plan on working while you are there? You should always say no to this question. A visitor visa does not permit you to work.
  15. If you have the opportunity, would you stay in the USA? The answer is no. Give reasons why you have to return to your country of residence.
  16. What do you do for a living?
  17. So what will happen to your job while you are away? – Mention that you are on Annual Leave.
  18. Will you be going with your family?

These are just sample b1 b2 visa interview questions and answers. During the interview, you may be asked only a few questions. In most of my interviews I have been about 10 or less. In one case I was barely asked 3 questions and I got the visa.

Many times the visa officer has formed an opinion by just looking at your documentation but she wants to confirm her opinion or see if you can produce other documents or explanations that will convince her otherwise.

Always remember that the burden is on your to show to the visa office that you deserve to get the visa because you will surely return to your country of origin.

Sample US Visa Questions

The prospect of having a parent visit you in the United States is quite exciting. At least it is, until you’re faced with the hurdle of acquiring a Visa for them.

The ultimate making or breaking point of the Visa acquiring process is usually the interview. In order to ensure that it goes off without a hitch, it is important to prepare your parents adequately for the ‘grilling’ they might face – this article will highlight possible questions they might be asked and the best answers for them.

Before proceeding with the interview, it is important to note that it is possible to ask in advance for an interpreter. This may be especially necessary if you feel it would be easier for them to communicate in their native tongue.

Also remember to begin the interview with a polite greeting, and introduce yourself; if you are asked to – this may not be necessary since the interviewer is likely to request for your passport before commencing the interview.

Sample Question 1: Why do you want to travel to the US?

Sample Question 2: Have you visited the US before?

Sample Question 3: How long do you intend to stay in the US for?

Sample Question 4: Why have you chosen to go to US at this time?

Sample Question 5: Where will you be staying for the duration of your visit?

Sample Question 6: Who will be sponsoring your visit and stay in the US?

Sample Question 7: What kind of Visa does Your Child have?

Sample Question 8: What does your child do for a living in the US?

This answer may be followed by subsequent questions regarding their annual income, and the length of time within which they have been working, to which you may respond by saying “ he/she earns an estimated X dollars per year, and are at X-level in the company given their X-years stay at the company.

Sample Question 9: Will anyone be accompanying you on this trip?

Sample Question 10: What do you do for a living?

Sample Question 11: How many children do you have, and how many currently live in the US?

 

Sample Question 12: What is the guarantee that you would return to this country after the time allotted you expires?

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME FLYERS

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME FLYERS

Is it your first time flying? If you’re a plane virgin looking ahead to your maiden flight, you’re sure to have a few questions, some of which you may be too embarrassed to ask your jet-setter friends. If your first flight is long-haul, you’ll want to read our tips for long haul flights and advice for sleeping on a plane. Read on for our tips for first time flyers, which we hope will help you to breeze through your first flight with confidence and excitement.

Prepare Your Paperwork

Many first time flyers worry about arriving without the necessary paperwork to board their flight, and this can make for a nervy first trip to the airport. The main point to remember here is that the most important document is your passport: make sure it’s up to date and ideally has at least three months to go before its expiry whenever you travel internationally.

Be sure to book your travel insurance before you leave for your holiday. Print out your policy documents and bring them with you – make sure you have the emergency number for medical assistance and a rundown on what your chosen policy covers.

Most airlines now issue e-tickets that can be shown on your tablet or smartphone. So if you booked online and were expecting a paper ticket to arrive in the post: don’t panic – you will usually be issued with all the information you need to show staff at the airport in your confirmation email, which can come from the airline you’re flying with or from a third-party.

Once you’ve shown this at the check-in desk, staff will issue you with a physical boarding pass: this shows information like your flight number, the time it’s scheduled to take off and your seat number. It’s also what will grant you access to the aeroplane, so try not to drop it in the excitement in your first trip ‘airside’! Check out our tips for getting through airport security fast and our comprehensive airport tips page for additional advice.

Know your luggage

Even the most seasoned travellers sometimes get confused by airline rules about baggage allowance but as a flying newbie, the first thing to get your head around is the difference between cabin and hold luggage, then to look into whether or not you need to take both: usually, if you’re travelling long-haul (that’s a flight that lasts six hours or more), you will want to ‘check in’ at least one piece of hold luggage which you’ll need to leave at the check-in desk before boarding. It’ll then be returned to you at the other side, where you’ll need to identify it on a luggage carousel.

On many short-haul flights, carriers will allow you to take a bag or case that’s big enough to take most of what you’ll need for a long weekend or city break. This allows you to keep all your belongings with you for the duration of the flight, and means a quicker getaway at your destination. You’re also more likely to be charged extra for storing baggage in the hold, so it’s good to travel light, particularly when flying with budget airlines. Check out our guide to flying budget airlines for more specific advice on what you can expect.

All airlines have restrictions on the sizes of bags you can take on board, both for hold luggage and cabin bags. Be sure to check these details with your airline, as there is no universal rule.

On the flight

Once you’ve navigated the airport and made it successfully on to your flight (we hope!), you’re almost ready to take to the sky. Nervous? Read our advice for fear of flying ahead of time, but all you need to do on the airplane is sit back, relax and enjoy having a few hours downtime.

First you need to find your seat, and ensure all your cabin luggage is stowed away correctly. Most flights, particularly longer ones have assigned seating, so look for a number followed by a letter on your boarding pass such as ’11 D’. The number relates to the row you’ll be sitting in, while the letter refers to whether it’s an aisle, window or middle seat. The cabin crew – who will be wearing anything from glamorous hats and heels to baggy tees in airline colours – will be happy to help you find your seat and put your luggage in a safe place, which may be in an overhead locker or under your seat.

Prepare for take-off…

Before your plane takes off, there are some procedures to go through that may be alarming if this is your first time flying, but all of these are completely routine and contribute to safety on board. You’ll be shown how to buckle your seat belt, what the different lights on the seat ahead of you mean, and what to do in an emergency. Remember, every flight has to go through this process, partly due to the existence of first-time flyers like yourself!

You may be worried about the sensation of taking off, as the thought of a heavy metal object suddenly taking to the sky can seem unnatural. While you may rationally understand the laws of physics behind the event, it’s worth preparing yourself for the feeling, which is a bit like being in a car when someone accelerates very quickly, pushing you into the back of your seat.

After about 25 seconds you will feel the plane start to lift, and if it’s daytime, you’ll see the ground getting further away – you may find it fascinating to see your town from the air for the first time! It’s normal to feel some bumps while the plane is still climbing, so don’t worry – see our article on airplane turbulence to find out more about the facts behind those common bumps.

After a certain point, the plan reaches cruise altitude which is usually the highest it will get. Generally speaking the higher you go the smoother the ride, so this is when the captain will tend to turn off the seat-belt signs and you can get up and stretch your legs or visit the loo.

In-flight etiquette

You’ve made it up to 30,000 feet! But what about interaction with your fellow travellers? We’ve already covered the most annoying things that people do on flights, so you’ll be off to a ‘flying’ start if you can avoid being that person.

Food and Entertainment

Depending on your airline and duration of the flight, you may be served one or more meals on the plane, as well as drinks (including a limited amount of alcohol) and snacks. You’ll already know if these refreshments are included, as you’ll have been asked about your dietary requirements when you booked the flight. If you weren’t asked, food and drink will normally be served but you will have to pay extra for it. Don’t worry if you forgot to bring cash: most planes are now equipped with electronic card readers.

If you’re flying budget, don’t be too disappointed if the entertainment is limited to a single, tiny TV screen and some scratch cards – for this reason we recommend you bring your own books, music and anything else allowed on board that will help you to pass the time.

Check with your airline or airport

If you’re still feeling unsure about the finer details of your trip, most airlines and airports will have guides written specifically for their first time flying customers, which should help you to familiarise yourself with the specific situations you’re likely to encounter while travelling.

Most airlines also offer great customer service either online or over the phone, and will be geared up to answer any reasonable question you might want to throw at them. So if you’re in need a of a quick response, check for contact details on their site. Many will offer live chat sessions, which can be a good way to resolve queries quickly.

Face your fear

If your lack of experience in the aviation department is due to a serious fear of flying, you’ll already be familiar with the various methods of overcoming your anxiety that are available to help you become a confident flyer. There’s no one size fits all approach, and what helps one fearful flyer may do nothing for the next. But one element common to most flying phobias is a fear of the unknown, which is why flying courses have such high success rates.

By taking one of these courses, which are run by airlines such as British Airways and Virgin, you’ll no longer be a first time flyer by the time your trip rolls around, and you’ll have a thorough grounding in every noise, movement and piece of jargon that you might encounter while airborne. By taking away that element of the unknown, you’ll already be well on the way to reaching all those once-inaccessible destinations you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

 

15 BEST SUMMER VACATION DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

15 BEST SUMMER VACATION DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

15. Hamburg, Germany

Located in the northern part of Germany, Hamburg is a global trading port, which is also known as the ‘Gateway to the World’. Whether it is extraordinary experiences like attending a night of Andalusian flamenco at the world-class concert hall or the rich cultural side of the city, a summer vacation here surely turns out be like none other.

Must Experience: Attend a concert at the world’s next great music venue.

Best Time To Visit: May to October
Places To Visit: Heide Park, Miniatur Wunderland, Reeperbahn, Rickmer Rickmers, and more.
Things To Do: Stay at a stylish hotel, chill at the Altes Madchen brewhouse, Shop at Maison Suneve, indulge in the famous cuisines, and more.

14. Colorado

While Colorado is more of a winter place, it is also a summer paradise worth visiting with your close ones. This place enjoys a moderate temperature, letting you indulge in activities like hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and more. Apart from the rich experiences, it is also home to luxury and comfortable stays, which look too dreamy to be true.

Must Experience: Go for hiking in the rocky mountains and calm the adventurer and nature admirer in you all at once.

Best Time To Visit: March to May and September to October
Places To Visit: Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen, Colorado Springs, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and more.
Things To Do: Watch a live music performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, visit the Mesa Verde National Park, spend time near the Arkansas River, and more.

13. Koh Samui, Thailand

While there are too many places to see and explore in Thailand, Koh Samui is amongst the perfect summer vacation spots in the world for holidaying with your loved ones. By offering experiences like partying on the beach all night to indulging in all kinds of adventure, this place truly knows how to make a summer break memorable!

Must Experience: Attend the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan and dance the night away!

Best Time To Visit: March to June
Places To Visit: Chaweng Beach, Wat Phra Yai, Hin Ta Hin Yai, Bophut Beach, and Samui Aquarium & Tiger Zoo.
Things To Do: Indulge in snorkeling and scuba diving, attend the famous parties, go for sea kayaking, relax with a spa therapy, and more.

12. Whistler, Canada

Located in the Coast Mountains, Whistler in Canada also makes as one of the great summer holiday destinations. With so many intriguing experiences like exploring the hiking trails, going on a bear tour, and more, taking a trip to this town means witnessing the shining gem of Canada all at once.

Must Experience: Take a ride in the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Best Time To Visit: June to August
Places To Visit: Whistler Blackcomb, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Alexander Falls, Whistler Olympic Park, and more.
Things To Do: Witness the town’s vibrant culture by visiting the art museums and cultural centres, dine at 21 Steps or Alta Bistro, and more.

11. Iceland

Being one of the best places to visit in summer in the world, Iceland is where every traveler needs to be if nature and adventure is what they love. This place offers not only breathtaking views, but also refreshing experiences that are enough to enjoy a respite from the humidity and heat. While this place can be visited anytime after March, the best time is during July or August.

Must Experience: Enjoy a respite from the summer heat by relaxing in the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa.

Best Time To Visit: July and August
Places To Visit: Reykjavik, Selfoss, Keflavík, Skaftafell, Arnarstapi, and more.
Things To Do: Indulge in the geothermal spa at Blue Lagoon, visit Gullfoss, go on a whale watching tour, witness the northern lights, and more.

10. Marseille, France

Located in the heart of Provence region, Marseille is a beautiful port city that serves as one of the best summer vacation spots in France. Having been an important source of survival via trading, Marseille enjoys a rich cultural heritage with more than 1500 years of history. Also, Marseille enjoys a pleasant climate in summers which makes it one of the best holiday destinations in July.

Must Experience:Explore the Old Port that has been in trading action for more than 2,600 years.

Best Time To Visit: June to July
Places To Visit: Notre-Dame de la Garde, Palais Longchamp, Marseille Cathedral, and more.
Things To Do: Kayaking in Old Port, explore Fort Saint-Jean, caving and hiking at Calanque de Morgiou, and more.

9. Kerala, India

The most famous and one of the best summer holiday destinations in South India,Kerala is a name which needs no introduction to travelers across the world. Being a perfect blend of hill stations, tea plantations, backwaters, and beaches, this tropical paradise of Kerala serves as one of the best holiday destinations in June.

Must Experience:Cruise the famous backwaters in a houseboat

Best Time To Visit: June to August
Places To Visit: Munnar, Periyar National Park, Fort Kochi, Muzhappilangad Beach, Chembra Peak, and more.
Things To Do: Watch snake boat racing, indulge in Ayurvedic treatment, paragliding in Vagamon, stay in a tree house in Thekkady, and more

8. Mauritius

Much famed amidst the honeymooners, the tropical gem of Mauritius also serves as one of the top summer holiday destinations for all kind of travelers alike. Famous for its crystal clear reefs, lagoons, and beaches, Mauritius enjoys a cool climate in summers that makes it one of the apt and best holiday destinations in May.

Must Experience:It is a must to explore the famous Casela Nature Park

Best Time To Visit: May to December
Places To Visit: Ganga Talao, Trou aux Cerfs, Tamarind Falls, Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park, Rochester Falls, and more.
Things To Do: Undersea walking in Ile Aux Cerfs, hiking in Black River Gorges National Park, snorkeling in Flic-en-Flac, and more.

7. Bali, Indonesia

The backpacker’s paradise and honeymooner’s heaven, Bali is a perfect blend of mountains, volcanoes, temples, reefs, and beaches that makes it one of the must places to go in the summer season. Offering post-card like views of the sunset, Bali is also famous for nightlife, shopping, and its yoga retreats.

 

Must Experience:Witness quixotic sunset views from the famous Tanah Lot Temple

Best Time To Visit: May to July
Places To Visit: Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Ubud Monkey Forest, Mount Batur, Seminyak, and more.
Things To Do: Surfing in Legian, wildlife safari in Bali Safari and Marine Park, watersports in Benoa beach, and more.

6. Teton County, Wyoming

Forming the heart and core of the Wyoming state, Teton County is undoubtedly one of the best summer holiday destinations in the world. Encompassing a surprise for every kind of traveler, Teton County is home to the famous Yellowstone National Park that serves as the paradise for adventure enthusiasts.

 

Must Experience:Admire the colorful hot springs, geysers, and mudpots in Yellowstone National Park

Best Time To Visit: April to May and September to October
Places To Visit: Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Jackson Lake, and more.
Things To Do: Explore the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, hiking at Teton Range, skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort,

5. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Considered to be the coastal gem of Italy, the Amalfi Coast is a true manifestation of nature’s beauty. With its picturesque landscape, coastal peaks, dense forests, and pastel buildings on the cliff, the Amalfi Coast shine bright like a star in the night and comes alive with first ray of the sun. An unique combination of nature and adventure, Amalfi Coast is indeed one of the best summer holiday destinations in the world.

Must Experience:Hit the biggest beach on the Amalfi Coast at Positano

Best Time To Visit: May to September
Places To Visit: Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Amalfi Cathedral, Fiord in Furore, Museo della carta, Ravello Cathedral, and more.
Things To Do: Hiking at Torre dello Ziro, ride through the Amalfi Drive, explore the Ancient City of Salerno, visit the tranquil beaches of Amalfi Town, and more.

 

4. Hoi An, Vietnam

None of the ancient towns in the world are as perfect as the city of Hoi An in Vietnam. Preserved with utmost care and connected via canals, Hoi An is a perfect canvas of mixed cultures and traditions. Famous for its love for food, Hoi An is an architectural marvel, stylish in its decor, and vibrant as its soul.

Must Experience:Take a cooking class in Hoi An City which is known for its excellence in food and drinks

Best Time To Visit: February to May
Places To Visit: Japanese Covered Bridge, Museum of Trade Ceramics, An Bang Beach, and more.
Things To Do: Admire the architecture at Hoi An Ancient Town, visit the Quan Cong Temple, go on a cycling tour, and more.

3. Seychelles, East Africa

Seychelles is synonymous with a flawless beach paradise. Set in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is a beautiful archipelago of 115 islands. With shimmery coastline, smooth white sand beaches, palm-lined shores, and crystal clear waters, Seychelles is absolutely one of the stunning and best summer holiday destinations in the world.

Must Experience:For scenic views of Seychelles, go hiking at Anse Major Trail

Best Time To Visit: April to May and October to November
Places To Visit: Curieuse Island, Aride Island, Bicentennial Monument, Anse Lazio Beach, Morne Seychellois, and more.
Things To Do: Snorkeling in Sainte Anne Marine National Park, enjoy nature walking in the reserves of Vallée de Mai,

2. Paros, Greece

Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Paros is one of the most stylish islands in Greecewhich is famous for its beaches and rural villages. The whole town is painted in white which strikes a balance with the turquoise waters and blue skies to treat your eyes with exhilarating views.

Must Experience:Go on a sightseeing tour in the beautiful town of Parikia

Best Time To Visit: mid-April to mid-June
Places To Visit: Panagia Ekatontapiliani, Paros Archaeological Museum, Frankish Castle, Valley of the Butterflies, and more.
Things To Do: Hit the Kolimbithres beach, camp at Agia Irini, visit the Golden Beach, enjoy the horseback riding tours, and more.

1. Zermatt, Switzerland

Nestled in between the Swiss Alps, Zermatt is a quaint little town which is much famed as a haven for hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing enthusiasts. Perched high at a height of about 1600 meters, Zermatt lies in the foothills of the famous Matterhorn peak in Switzerland. Being a famous mountain retreat, Zermatt undoubtedly tops the charts when it comes to the best summer holiday destinations in the world.

WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VACATION

WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VACATION

From pretrip planning to arriving at your destination, checking into your accommodations, and making sure you start the day fresh, these tips will help you switch off and transition to vacation mode before you even realize.

A Fresh Approach

  1. Right Now Plan     Almost one in three travelers worry about what could go wrong in the first 24 hours of a vacation. Take inspiration from frequent travelers, who know that delays happen and luggage gets lost, but most travel bothers have a solution. Having confidence in your ability to come up with a “Right Now Plan” (a plan that focuses on being flexible to adapt to your surroundings in order to get to the outcome you wish to achieve) to combat any issues that come your way is key to reducing stress.
  2. Eat a Snack        Keeping your tummy happy reduces fatigue after a long journey. Eating something sweet stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals, providing a soothing feeling and boosting your mood, while a small protein snack can keep your energy levels up long enough to get you to your accommodations without feeling tired. When eating, focus your mind on the food, taste, texture and feel.
  3. Line Up         No one likes waiting in lines, but they’re a part of traveling. The majority of travelers are right-handed, so head to the counter that’s furthest to the left from the entrance. Fewer people choose that line since people gravitate to right-hand counters to match their dominant writing hand. You’ll soon be the first to make it through to baggage claim, securing a handy front-row spot.
  4. Enjoy the Journey      Rushing around distorts the perception of time. Slow down. Take the time to talk to your driver, host or concierge, creating a connection from the moment you leave the airport or station. Almost one in four travelers like a welcoming host, so pave the way by striking up the first conversation, asking for tips of what to see or do.

TECHNOLOGY TIPS

  1. While You Wait      After a long flight, it’s easy to get impatient while waiting for your baggage, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to text your loved ones that you’ve arrived safely. While you have your phone out, take a selfie and save it as your lock screen, that way if you misplace your phone you can easily prove it’s yours no matter the language barrier or situation.
  2. Digital Download      Apps can make exploring a new country less stressful, whether it’s a travel app, language translator, money converter, or a health app. Use your accommodations’ Wi-Fi to download what you might need, including your destination guide, and remind yourself of your itinerary and where you’re staying.
  3. Theme Tune Therapy      Unpack while dancing around to uplifting music. Pull out your iPhone and speakers and take out your belongings like no one’s watching. Let go of your ego, break any unhelpful patterns of taking things too seriously and rid yourself of negativity. You’ll be organized in no time and surrounded by your own possessions, which one in 10 travelers say helps shift them to vacation mode faster.to the day’s most important news
  4. Turn Off Technology      Turn off your phone and focus on the country you’re in. Allow your brain to catch up to your new surroundings. As you put your phone away, promote calm by lightly running one or two fingers over your lips which starts the “rest and digest” response that calms the body down and acts like brakes to anxiety loops, promoting a more relaxed and peaceful mindset.

CALM YOUR MIND

  1. Activate the Feel-Good Factor     After traveling it’s important to boost your feel-good chemicals and get yourself moving. If you’re the active type and your accommodations have a gym then go for a workout, or if you’re in a resort or villa take a stroll around the grounds. In a city apartment? Take a refreshing walk to get a feel for your local area. Take pictures of your accommodations (selfies allowed!) and share with those you care about back home.
  2. Sunshine Sense     Sunshine can boost your mood, raise vitamin D levels, and increase your energy – but underestimating the strength of the sun can result in a sunburn on day one (even on typically colder vacations like skiing!). Remember to apply that sunscreen on arrival. For those who’ve had a little too much exposure, soak a T-shirt in cool black tea or make your own aloe vera gel ice cubes.
  3. Home Away From Home     Whether you’re staying in an apartment, hostel, boat, or even a treehouse, many travelers feel more relaxed when they make their accommodations like home, with 14% saying a restful night’s sleep flips their switch to vacation mode. Bring comforting items with you like your favorite mascot, nighttime hot drink, personalized mug, pillowcase, bedtime journal, or a family photo.
  4. Instant Calm     If you need a shot of “instant calm” then pressure points are the answer. There are many trigger points to choose from. An easy one to locate is the space between the knuckles of your second and third finger right by the joints. Locate your preferred trigger point and apply firm pressure. This creates an instant feeling of calm.

START FRESH

  1. Be a Superhero     Hold a “Superhero pose” to clear your mind for the day ahead. Find a relaxing view, place your hands on your hips, stick your chest out, and hold your head high. Hold for 90 seconds and take three deep breaths. Get lost in the beautiful scenery, whether you’re in a sky-high apartment, a majestic riad, or a beautiful villa. Embrace the new and leave the past behind. Remind yourself that you can achieve your heart’s desires.
  2. Avoid Arguments     The key to switching off and arriving in a relaxed state is to leave any arguments or annoyances at home. Understand that traveling can be stressful and agree with your travel partner that you get a free pass for any minor snaps or miscommunications during your journey. When faced with a conflict, ask yourself if enjoying your vacation is more important than being right.
  3. Explore Your Surroundings      Become an explorer and overcome your fears. Almost 1 in 5 of 18 to 34-year-olds worry they haven’t planned enough of their vacation. Use the destination guide to find and list six things you want to do and pick one at random. Spontaneity adds a little more fun, and means you can live the vacation just for you and make sure you aren’t just doing what others think you should do.
  4. Live Like a Local     Living life walking in someone else’s shoes is a great way to leave your old patterns behind. Immerse yourself in the local culture and try a local cuisine or experience. Leave your comfort zone, chat with the locals, and find out where to go that’s off the beaten path.

 

HOW TO DETECT A FAKE TRAVEL AGENCY

HOW TO DETECT A FAKE TRAVEL AGENCY

Have you ever lost your money while trying to travel to China, Dubai, Sweden, or the United States? Have you dealt with travel agencies that failed to deliver after collecting upfront payments from you? Have you been issued travel documents that failed to get you a pass at the airport? Well, chances are that you will still lose more money to (fake) travel agencies unless you learn to identify ways to detect what they are: scammers. Here are 5 ways to identify and detect fake travel agencies:

1. They conduct their business online. No physical office. 

Does that tell you anything? Imagine clicking on the “Contact Us” page of any website only to see a contact form, without any given business address or contact details of the operators. If all you see on the contact-us page of a website is a contact form, then you better take to your heels fast.

Scammers that operate a fake travel agency usually have no physical office address. They set up a website with some form of quality using pictures stolen from destination websites to create a beautiful and convincing site and then ask tourists to make payments for travel bookings and tourism sites. Then they disappear once they collect your payment…yes, they close down the website and set up another to start the process all over again.

Scammers even go to far extents to create duplicate websites of real travel agencies, using Google adsense to make it look real. They also use legitimate logos and ask you to fill out application forms for cheap travel deals. And once they collect your credit card information – which are charged right away – then they scam.

2. It looks too cheap to be true

There is a common saying that “if it looks too good to be true, then it probably it.” If someone offered you an all-inclusive two weeks deal-of-the-week travel plan to the Mayan Riviera for only $340, shouldn’t your warning alert light up? Or if anyone asked you to bring only $720 for a week tour of the Caribbean and Hawaiian islands aboard a luxury yacht, shouldn’t you question your own greed for wanting to jump at the mouth-watering offer?

One of the ways to detect fake travel agencies is that they offer cheap travel deals that can never be realized. Don’t ever think you are making a kill with any travel plan, look further to ensure you are not being ripped off.

3. No recommendations, referrals, and reviews

If you find no one recommending a “new” travel agency that “just started business last month,” then you must beware. A worthy and experienced travel agency with years of experience on the job must have satisfied customers who have used it recommending it to others. So if you find no one you trust recommending a new travel agency you never heard of before to you or others, then you must read meanings into it.

You must also be on the lookout for reviews, both positive and negative. All reviews are expected to be positive, but a few negative reviews thrown into hundreds of positive reviews gives credence and value to the opinions of people who have used the services of the travel agency under review.

4. Ask to see company registration documents, business licenses

This might not be easy to do, but it is never out of the question. Tell the travel agency you can’t forward any travel payments to them without sighting the originals of their registration certificates and travel industry membership cards. Anything to convince you: association cards and certificates, company documents, statements of accounts, memorandum of association, addresses of chief executives, business licenses, and any valid documents that gives you a sense of security before parting with your money.

A travel agency that couldn’t provide you with most of these without telling you they are just setting up business is probably fake, and you must take heed. You may even ask to speak with customers that have used their services before any travel options or parting with your money, and the more you have to convince you the better for you.

5. Beware of shortcuts 

Do not agree if your travel tour company or travel agency suggests that you dress in a particular way to deceive immigration officials, or pass a shortcut route to avoid unpleasant scenarios, it might be a scam to rip you off. Asking you to travel by one way when the other way is the most commonly used and generally approved should raise questions in your mind as to the intentions of the travel agency. Asking you to travel by night, during national holidays and local festivals, through backdoor channels, and anything that seems a shortcut or fishy should get you flying out the door.

There are several other pointers to alert you to the scams perpetrated by fake travel agencies, but the ones listed above should give you heads-up on what more to know about travel deal scammers anywhere in the world.

HEALTHY EATING DURING PREGNANCY

HEALTHY EATING DURING PREGNANCY

During pregnancy your unborn baby gets all their nutrients from you. Healthy food choices before, during and after pregnancy help

  • You stay healthy and well
  • Your baby grow healthy and strong.

If you are planning a pregnancy, good diet and a healthy lifestyle will help your body prepare for the pregnancy and give your baby a good start. Healthy eating during pregnancy may also protect your baby against diseases in later life.

During pregnancy you need extra energy and nutrients. You do not need to eat for two, but you will need to eat regular meals with a variety of foods. What you eat is as important as how much you eat.

 

A healthy varied diet is important for you and your baby. The following nutrients are particularly important.

  • Folic acid,
  • Iron and vitamin C,
  • Calcium and vitamin D,
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

 

  1. FOLIC ACID:

Folic acid is an important vitamin for a healthy pregnancy. It helps prevent conditions such as spina bifida and other neural tube defects (NTDs)

problems that can affect the baby’s spine. Spina bifida and NTDs are caused when the neural tube, which will become the baby’s spine, does not form properly in early pregnancy. Folic acid is most important in the months before becoming pregnant and the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.

During this time you need to take a tablet that contains 400 micrograms (400µg) of folic acid every dayGood sources of folates Green vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and spinach Beans and peas Some fruits, such as oranges Yeast or malt extract Some brands of bread, breakfast cereal, milk and other foods may have folic acid added to them. Read the packaging to check.

 

  1. IRON AND VITAMIN C:

Iron is important to help make the extra blood needed by you and your baby. Vitamin C is also important and it helps your body use the iron from food. Good sources of iron Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork Chicken and fish

Other (non-meat) sources of iron

Eggs Breakfast cereals with added iron Pulses, such as beans, peas and lentils Dried fruit, such as prunes and apricots Green vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach

Aim to eat iron-rich foods every day. If you do not eat meat, make sure you include non-meat sources of iron every day combined with food rich in vitamin C to help your body use the iron.

You may also need iron tablets, particularly if you have had a baby in the last year or two.

Ask your doctor or midwife to advise you. Some foods, such as high-fibre cereal, milk, tea and coffee, reduce your body’s ability to use iron. Try not to have these at the same time as you take iron tablets or eat foods that are rich in iron.

 

  1. CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D:

Good sources of vitamin C Citrus fruits, such as oranges Kiwis Berries Tomatoes Juice made from fruits rich in vitamin C Potatoes Peppers Green vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and spinach Include at least 2 servings of fruits or vegetables rich in vitamin C as part of your 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day.

Examples of a serving include: 1 medium-sized fruit, such as an orange, 2 small fruits, for example 2 kiwis, or 1 glass of fruit juice. When preparing vegetables, be careful not to over-cook them, as this reduces the amount of vitamin C they contain.

One good way to combine vitamin C and iron is to try drinking a glass of orange juice with cereal or a boiled egg. This helps your body make the most of the iron in these foods.

Good sources of vitamin D

Oily fish, such as herring, mackerel and sardines Egg yolks Small amounts of everyday sunlight – vitamin D is made in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight Some brands of milk, breakfast cereal and margarine may have vitamin D added to them. Read the packaging to check.

If you are dark skinned, get no exposure to the sunlight or do not eat foods rich in vitamin D, ask your doctor or midwife if you need to take vitamin D tablets.

 

  1. OMEGA-3 AND OMEGA-6 FATTY ACID:

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important for developing your baby’s brain and eyes.

Good sources of fatty acids Oily fish, such as herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines and trout White fish, such as cod and whiting Some vegetable oils, such as rapeseed (canola), flaxseed, linseed and walnut – used in small amounts when cooking.

Other sources of fatty acids Meat, chicken and eggs Seeds, such as sunflower, safflower, pumpkin and sesame Vegetables Wholegrain breads and breakfast cereals Aim to eat 1 portion of oily fish each week.

A portion is a piece of fish weighing 90g (3oz). If you do not eat oily fish, include other sources of omega-3 and omega-6 in your diet from the list above. White fish is also good for you. Eat 1 portion of white fish such as cod or whiting each week.

 

VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR NIGERIANS

VISA FREE COUNTRIES FOR NIGERIANS

Traveling for Nigerians increasingly requires serious planning. With Nigerian passports ranking 89th in freedom to travel across the world, securing a visa is often difficult and strenuous. Nevertheless, there are visa-free countries accessible to all Nigerian passport holders as well as countries that grant visas on arrival.

Visiting such countries reduces the stress experienced while planning vacations. We decided to compile a list of visa-free countries you can visit with just your Nigerian Passport and still have a good time.

Visa-free countries Nigerian passport holders can visit include the following. Before diving in, its important to note that some of the countries offer visa on arrival to Nigerian passport holders for an affordable fee. Here’s the list:

1. Bangladesh

Asia

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with its people crammed into a delta of rivers that empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the world’s eight most populous country. Dhaka is its capital and largest city, followed by Chittagong, which has the country’s largest port. Due to its mutual Bilateral ties with Nigeria, Bangladesh offers Nigerian Passport holders free 30-day visa upon arrival. However, all visitors have to possess a return ticket and a plausible financial account.
White rice is the staple of Bangladeshi cuisine, along with many vegetables and lentils. Rice preparations also include Bengali biryanis, pulaos, and khichuri. Mustard sauce, ghee, sunflower oil and fruit chutneys are widely used in Bangladeshi cooking. Fish is the main source of protein in Bengali cuisine. Bangladesh might not be a very classy country, but you might want to visit and try out their diverse cuisines.

2. Barbados

Caribbean Region

Barbados, which is the birth country of pop icon, Rihanna, welcomes Nigerians for six months visa-free. This country is in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. English is the official language here so communication is not a problem. Barbados boasts of 60 amazing beaches and several restaurants with delightful cuisines. If you want to go shopping there, Bridgetown, Barbados’ capital city, has everything from top-notch jewelry shops to small boutiques.

3. Benin Republic

West Africa

Gaining independence from France in 1960, the Republic Of Benin has gone through a lot of metamorphoses down the years. Being a neighboring country to Nigeria, entry by Nigerians is visa-free; as instituted by the Economic Community of West African States. The country is home to the Pendjari National Park, which was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in March 2009. The park is named after the Pendjari River and covers about 2,755 sq km of land. It is home to a number of wildlife, among which are buffaloes, antelopes, West African lions, elephants, and birds among others. You will enjoy quality time at this park if you visit via the hills and cliffs of the Atakora range, which provide a scenic and wonderful backdrop of the park.

4. Burkina Faso

West Africa

With a name translated to mean “The land of honest men”, Burkina Faso is home to a significant amount of gold reserves. Nigerians can visit the country on a visa-free basis and can stay as long as you can provide a return ticket. Probably the thing Burkina Faso is most famous for is its music and drumming culture. If you are interested in learning West African drumming, then this is the country to visit!
As with music, art is also part of the culture of Burkina Faso. The country hosts the International Arts and Crafts Fair in Ouagadougou, better known by its French name as ‘SIAO’; Le Salon International de L’Artisanat de Ouagadougou, which is one of the most important African handicraft fairs in the world.

5. Burundi

East Africa

Burundi offers Nigerians a 30-day visa-free entry duration, as it one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holders. With a population of about 11 million people, Burundians have enjoyed a tradition of expression in the visual arts. Decorated papyrus panels, which feature geometric patterns and often depict themes from Burundian legend, are prized by collectors of ethnic arts, as are Burundian-made swords and drums. Ceramic manufacture, introduced by Italian missionaries in the 1960s, has also been an important form of artistic expression, and Burundian potters have added indigenous elements to this imported medium.

6. Cambodia

Southeast Asia

Cambodia, a country of tourist attractions, offers Nigerians a 30 days visa on arrival in the major airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as at any major border crossing. Cambodia’s beaches are a great place to be, especially for people who crave solitude on the beach. The people in Cambodia are benevolent, assiduous and welcoming.

7. Cameroon

Central Africa

While Cameroon is not the largest country in Africa, in some ways it’s as large as Africa itself. Known as “Africa in miniature” it features French and English speaking portions, Muslim and Christian dominated regions, the tallest mountain in West Africa and terrain that includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau. The country, one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian citizens, shares a border with Nigeria, hence being one of the visa-free countries Nigerians can visit. While in Cameroon, you can visit tourist sites like the Limbe Botanic Garden, Benedictine Museum of Mont Febe, National Museum of Yaounde and the Kribi.

8. Cape Verde

West Africa

Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony. The country offers Nigerians visa-free entry. This island country is located on the West African coast. The official language is Portuguese and the national language is Kriolu. The weather is welcoming due to the surrounding seas. Tourism has been flourishing in Cape Verde, making it a great center of tourist attraction. Cape Verde is said to be a safer destination for solo women travelers. There are loads of fresh fruits for those that enjoy eating fruits. This is a great place for Nigerians to visit without a visa.

9. Chad

Central Africa

Nigerians can visit Chad without worrying about paying for a visa i.e it’s totally free. This is so because its been established that the Country is one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian citizens.  Located in the central African region, it’s easily the home and base of a wide variety of wild animals. You can pay a visit to the Zakouma National Park; which includes 44 species of large animals, and many species of birds. If you are one for historical artefacts, it would interest you that the region is full of interesting sandstone formations – graceful fingers of rock and many hundreds of natural arches.

10. Comoros

East Africa

Comoros or The Comoro Islands is situated off the south-east coast of Africa, to the east of Mozambique and north-west of Madagascar. Nigerians acquire a visa on arrival at The Comoro Islands, even though its enlisted as one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians. Comoros offers a lot of get-away ideas with its different and exciting constellation of islands. You can visit the Lac Sale; an amazing lake with a unique 360-degree view of its scenery, while catching a glimpse off the coast beyond Hahaya. You could also watch giant sea turtles laying eggs and dive in the Marine National Park later in the day.

11. The Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)

West Africa

The Republic of The Ivory Coast grants free visa-free entry to Nigerians. Abidjan is it’s capital city and is quite an attractive city, laced with lagoons and close to the ocean, with many hills and lush tropical flora. You can visit the beautiful Cathedral of Abidjan, perched on a hill overlooking the city; the zoo, although modest but still enjoyable for children; the Parc du Banco, a virgin rainforest; and the large open-air markets in Cocody, Treichville, and other suburbs. A lagoon boat tour offers an impressive view of Abidjan’s skyline. There are many options for trips outside of Abidjan. It is possible to go north to Korhogo or Comoe Game Park on a 3-day weekend, and there are many pleasant day trips.

12. Djibouti

East Africa

Bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south and Somalia in the South-East, Djibouti is a small African country with a population of about 500,000 people. Nigerians can visit Djibouti without having to pay a dime for a visa as it has been enlisted as one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians. The country has some pretty amazing sights. Some include; The Lac Assal (Lake Assal) which doubles as both the second-lowest point on earth and an awesome scenery. You could also go scuba diving across the country’s terrain or paddle for hours in a kayak.

13. Dominica

Caribbean Region

Dominica grants Nigerians a free entry Visa for 21 days. This country is a mountainous Caribbean island with tropical rainforests, waterfalls, lakes, gorges, rivers, and steamy hot springs. The rugged coastline accommodates rustic shoreline villages and rocky black-sand beaches, which tend to be good for snorkelling or diving spots. The currency is East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), while the official language is English. Dominica is a must-see destination for adventurers, lovers, tourists and anyone seeking an epic vacation.

14. Fiji Island

South Pacific Ocean

The Republic of Fiji is situated in the South Pacific Ocean.  Made up of 333 islands and about 800000 people, the capital is Suva and English is one of the official languages. This Oceania country is said to have one of the most developed economies in the Pacific. As a Nigerian Passport holder, you can stay in the country for 4 months without a visa, but you may need a visitor’s permit for the period of your stay. This permit can be renewed after the visa-free period. In Fiji, you can explore the incredible beaches, diverse marine life and some of the most appealing tropical scenery.

15. The Gambia

West Africa

The Gambia holds the title of the smallest country in Africa, occupying the length of the Gambia River valley and its surrounding hills. Nationals of Nigeria may enter The Gambia visa-free for up to 90 days. There are different tourist ideas in the country; You could visit the Kachikally Crocodile pool or the beautiful Sanyang Beach. Road trips to different parts of the country are usually very exciting. The country also has a very wide variety of wildlife. It’s no surprise that the Country is one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians.

16. Ghana

West Africa

A country of friendly and welcoming people, Ghana is increasingly becoming a favorite tourist destination. As part of ECOWAS benefits, Nigerians can enter the country visa-free or sometimes may be given a visa on arrival. The country is famous for its various slave trade historic artifacts such as forts built by the British, Dutch, Danish, Germans, Portuguese, and the Swedish dotted along the coast. You can also hang out on the beautiful beaches such as Kokrobite and Winneba; visit the two renowned national parks inland, or check out the remote history of the Ashanti, including the Manhiya Palace, the Asantehene’s Palace and Okomfo Anokye Sword.

17. Guinea

West Africa

A warm, remarkably small country roughly the size of the United Kingdom, Guinea, one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians offers visa-free entry. While they have tremendous natural resources available to them (which includes around one-half of the world’s reserves of bauxite, and many major golds, jewel, and metal industries), they rate very poorly in the UN’s quality of life index. One of Guinea’s strong points is it’s National Museum which highlights the distinct ethnic tribes in Guinea along with various traditional instruments.

18. Guinea-Bissau

West Africa

A country bordered by Guinea to the south and east, and Senegal to the north, Guinea-Bissau offers a 90-day visa to Nigerians on arrival. The country has a couple of forests and a natural park where you can see chimpanzees if you’re lucky.

19. Haiti

Caribbean

Haiti is a Caribbean country that occupies the western third of the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. Nigerians receive a 90-day free visa on arrival. Due to its mountainous terrain, Haiti is a heaven for hikers and explorers. You could pay a visit to the Labadee Resort managed by the Royal Caribbean International. Attractions in Haiti include numerous beaches, water sports, a waterpark and traditional Haitian dance performances.

20. Iran

Middle East

Known as Persia until 1935 in the western world, whereas the indigenous name has been Iran forever. Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling Shah was forced into exile. Iran provides visas to Nigerians on arrival.With, of course, a heavy price, you can take a tour to the Ancient cities, Armenian churches, Museum; which houses an impressive collection worth over $2.5 billion dollars, the Palaces or tombs of Famous people like Cyprus the Great, Imam and Reza, Mordechai and Esther, etc. Surprisngly, Iran is one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holders.

 21. Kenya

East Africa

Nigerians have access to 90 days free visa entry into Kenya, a country of incredible wildlife. You can travel to Kenya for a fun ride through the wild safari and engage in fun activities such as snorkelling and sunset watching. You can also try the amazing local cuisine. Kenya is known as one of Africa’s most impressive locations for a vacation. Iconic landmarks such as Mount Kenya stand above the savannah flatlands and tropical woodlands while its waterfalls are nestled within the foothills. Refreshing breezes drift across the Indian Ocean to rejuvenate your soul in the country’s many coastal towns and islands. From her highest peaks to her deepest ocean depths, Kenya offers you an African dream trip of a lifetime!

22. Liberia

West Africa

A country with strong historical ties to the United States, Liberia offers visa-free access to Nigerians due to being part of the ECOWAS.  The country easily boasts of numerous beaches in and around the capital city of Monrovia. For an interesting day trip, Robertsport offers a glimpse of Liberia’s cultural history as well as clean, beautiful beaches. A group of South Africans has set up a tent camp for those wishing to spend the night on the beach and the UN also offers accommodations on a first-come basis.

23. Madagascar

East Africa

Nigerians receive Visa on arrival in Madagascar, due to its status as one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians for 90 days. Madagascar is known to be the world’s 4th largest island and is notably regarded as the world’s 8th continent, owing to its unique ecology that has allowed a distinct and endemic island to evolve. After separating from India over 88 million years ago, Madagascar is now a part of the African continent and is situated off the South East coast of Mozambique. Different species of palm trees surround the waters. Several traditional wood carved canoes can be seen either between the shade trees or on the crystal waters. The Indian Ocean provides the impeccable accompaniment for swimming, snorkeling, and some smooth surfing.

24. Maldives

South Asia

Consisting of over a thousand coral islands, excluding tourist resort islands, The Maldives lies in the Indian Ocean. As one of the enlisted visa-free countries, Maldives, offers a 30-day visa to Nigerians on arrival. With most of its islands used predominantly for tourism and agriculture, the country has a rich and fresh bouquet of tourist attractions. Whether you want to dive and surf in its waters or you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, The Maldives gives you so much more.

25. Mali

Sahel

This country is visa-free to Nigerians. A country landlocked in the Sahel, Mali holds a lot of history of a past full of struggle. However, it has some incredible sights, including four UNESCO World-Heritage sites, and the historic city of Timbuktu.

26. Mauritania

West Africa

Mauritania offers Nigerians Visa on arrival as. The country is situated between Morocco, Mali, Algeria, Senegal, and the sweep of the Atlantic Ocean. This is a country brimming with history. In Chinguetti, one of the incredible cities of this country, one can pay a guide or any local that knows the desert and traverse the desert on a camel for as long as your “Ouguiyas” (Mauritanian currency) will allow. The tea doesn’t end, and the dunes don’t end.

After your Camel trek, you may choose to explore Chinguetti, which boasts of an impressive “Old City”; a crumbling, sandstone village, with numerous antiquated mosques, and a few libraries. With a country mainly covered by desert, Mauritanians live a simpler form of life; they are a kind and welcoming people, willing to share their stories with you, and hear some of your own. With an adequate command of French (or the more widely spoken Hassini), you can experience the real pleasure of the country, which, like in most of West Africa, is the people.

27. Mauritius

East Africa

Mauritius offers Nigerians a visa-free entry for 90 days. This country is an island nation located along the coast of the Indian Ocean, about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of Africa. Mauritius is an English/French-speaking country with a tropical climate, making it a nice and warm place to be. It also has clear, warm sea waters and beaches which make it impeccable for fun activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. With long stretching beaches, verdant forestry, and imposing volcanic peaks, Mauritius is a gorgeous spot for romantic getaways

28. Micronesia

Oceania

A country located in the northwestern region of Oceania, Micronesia offers a 30-day visa to Nigerians on arrival.

29. Mozambique

Southern Africa

From the 2,436 m Monte Binga peak to the stunning beaches along the coast, Mozambique is a country of contrasts. This beautiful country allows a 30day visa for visiting Nigerians given on arrival. Located on the eastern coastline of the Indian Ocean, Mozambique is home to a fantastic draw of scuba divers, fishermen, sailors and beach lovers. The sights in Mozambique range from historical attractions to natural wonders that will take your breath away. The beautiful clear blue ocean is the perfect setting for a range of water sports or just a quiet getaway with a lover.

30. Nauru

Oceania

Also known as the world’s smallest republic, Nauru offers visa on arrival to Nigerian passport holders, as one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians. Taking a trip there affords you the opportunity to visit sites like Japanese sponsored Anibare Harbour and explore world war relics in Yemen.

31. Niger Republic

West Africa

This West African country shares a border with Nigeria. Due to being part of the ECOWAS body, Nigerians can travel to this country visa-free.

32. Palau

Oceania

A beautiful nation famous for its jellyfish lakes, Palau grants Nigerians a 30-day visa on arrival. Important places to visit in Palau include the Palau International Coral Reef Center, Nikko Bay, Icebox Park and The Etpison Museum. Palau is most famous for scuba diving, with amazing dive sites like The Blue Corner, German Channel, Ulong Channel and Blue Holes.

33. Samoa

Oceania

This Island nation in the south pacific grants Nigerians a 60-day visa on arrival. Located between Hawaii and New Zealand, Samoa is home to an abundant amount of waterfalls, blowholes, exciting caves, beaches, museums and much more. Samoa is a popular place to get married and spend your honeymoon. Several hotels and resorts offer special packages on their websites with adequate arrangements.

34. Senegal

West Africa

With the Atlantic ocean to the west of this West African country, Senegal is home to teaming population of African wildlife. The country is visa-free for all Nigerians due to its membership in the ECOWAS body. You could take a trip to Senegal and pay a visit to the reserve filled with different wild animals such as giraffes, rhinos, elands, antelopes, and different bird species.

35. Seychelles

East Africa

Situated off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians is bordered by other islands like Zanzibar, Madagascar and Mauritius. Seychelles was mainly unoccupied until the late 18th century when French traders and sailors reached its shores. Today, Seychelles boasts of a diverse blend of cultures—French, British, African, Indian, Chinese and Arab—as well as incredible cuisines and some of the best beaches in the world. It offers a visitor’s permit for a month to Nigerians. English and French are spoken in Seychelles. Each of the 115 islands of Seychelles has its own flair and a mystical enticement.

36. Sierra Leone

West Africa

Located on the West Coast of Africa, Sierra Leone is one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians as part of ECOWAS regulations.Interesting places to visit include the beaches in the Freetown peninsula and Banana Island; which offers unsurpassed natural beauty, history, water activities among other attractions.

37. Somalia

East Africa

This country grants visa upon arrival to Nigerian passport holders. Due to its fantastic scenery and extreme weather, Somalia is teeming with wildlife. Animals ranging from meerkats to lions inhabit much of Somalia. Many parks have taken animals out of Mogadishu to safety in zoos such as Lag-Badana Park in the outskirts of Mogadishu. You could also visit the Somali beach in Mogadishu.

38. Sri Lanka

South Asia

Nigerians traveling to Sri Lanka will require the “Electronic Travel Authorization” that will allow their 30 days stay. Sri Lanka is a country that boasts of golden beaches, rising waves, misty mountains, mighty elephants, stealthy leopards, giant whales, a majestic past, lovely tea and warm smiles. With several sites and scenes situated on this small island, Sri Lanka is a perfect travel destination. This country provides an array of holiday experiences, which range from sun-tanned beach holidays to an abundant opportunity for wildlife watching, amazing adventure sports and a pilgrimage to some of the oldest cities in the world. The smiles and hospitality of Sri Lanka make the country world-famous. With so many cultures and cuisines in Sri Lanka, this country is an ideal place for vacation without a visa.

39. Tanzania

East Africa

Tanzania, one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holders, provide visas at the entry point, upon arrival. Tanzania, asides having three of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, is also blessed with the highest mountain in Africa, and the largest and deepest lakes in Africa. Tanzania is a must-visit for those looking for a country to travel to for vacation without a visa. In Tanzania, there is so much to see and do, such as exploring wildlife, culture (especially of the Maasai people), the Mount Kilimanjaro, and the great Zanzibar. Zanzibar is an archipelago of historic Indian Ocean islands. It boasts of intriguing and idyllic beach experiences. Zanzibar has an extensive range of accommodation options and a lot to see, do and discover. It is the perfect place to relax after an exciting safari or climbing Kilimanjaro. It is known to be a superb nirvana for honeymooners or an excellent romantic holiday getaway.

40. Timor Leste

Southeast Asia

Commonly known as East Timor, the country lies northwest of Australia in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Timor Leste grants a 30-day visa to Nigerians on arrival. A fairly small country, Timor is a favorite zone for scuba diving and sea exploration.

41. Togo

West Africa

Being a West African State, Nigerians do not require a visa to enter the country. Argued to be one of the nicest places in West Africa, Togo is filled with white sandy beaches, friendly people, and hills and mountains waiting to be explored.

42. Tuvalu

Oceania

Consisting of a group of low-lying islands along the South Pacific, Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world. The country offers Nigerians a 30-day visa on arrival. What this island nation doesn’t have in a city-like destination or architectural heritage, it makes up for in Traditional local culture. Whether you want to be awed by the warmness of the natives, or you want to spend time in the palm trees on the beaches with your loved one, gazing into the sunset, Tuvalu will blow your mind.

43. Uganda

East Africa

This African country offers Nigerians visa on arrival. Famously known as the Pearl of Africa, the country is home to different kinds of African fauna. If you’re looking for an adventure while in Uganda, you can go on gorilla tracking or go on an excursion to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

44. Vanuatu

Oceania

This country is one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holders and consists of 83 islands in the Southwest Pacific and offers a visa to Nigerians on arrival. The country has a couple of well-known attractions such as the Yasur Volcano on Tanna and the Coolidge dive in santo.

THINGS TO DO ONCE YOU FIND OUT YOU’RE PREGNANT

You Just found out that you are pregnant, yay! Now what?

Well you will automatically feel a thousand different emotions from shock, scared, happy, worried, anxious and excited. Then you will start doubting yourself on whether you can actually take on this big role of being a mom and even if you are ready for this big change in your life. It’s crazy how we want to get pregnant so bad and the minute we find out that we are, we second guess our ability to actually be a mom. 

 TENS (10) THINGS TO DO ONCE YOU FIND OUT YOU’RE PREGNANT

1. Tell your Spouse

This is probably the most amazing news you will share with your husband your whole life, so make it special, make it memorable and fun. Maybe, buy him a shirt that says “daddy to be”, or place your positive pregnancy test in a gift bag and give it to him. Girl! there are no limits to your creativity.

2. Set up a doctor’s appointment

You may want to call your OBGYN to make an appointment and confirm that you are indeed pregnant. Your doctor will usually have you take a pregnancy test in their office, do a sonogram and even have blood test done to confirm your pregnancy. So this is very important! The faster you see your doctor the faster you will be on track to a healthy and safe pregnancy.

3. Stop your bad habits

Once you find out that you are pregnant, your bad habits has to go. They got to go right now! If you smoke or drink alcohol you need to stop doing it. If you need help to stop smoking, you can always speak to your doctor about it so he/she can help you find the help that you need. If you are using drugs, please stop and know that these things aren’t healthy for you or your baby. There are a number of health issues that your baby can be born with that are associated with using drugs, smoking and drinking alcohol while pregnant. So please, if you are doing any of these things, stop immediately. 

4. Start taking prenatal vitamins

This is the time to start searching and reading about prenatal vitamins. There are over the counter prenatal vitamins, so if you can’t go to a doctor right away, you can always buy it at any pharmacy near you. Prenatal vitamins are very important because it provides you with nutrition that you may be missing or not getting enough of. The prenatal vitamins, contains vitamins, minerals, iron and calcium that are very important for your baby’s developmental growth.

5. Download fun pregnancy apps

You can used the Baby Center’s App and downloaded it to your phone. You can also download the What to expect app which is basically the same thing. These pregnancy apps gives you a lot of information about your pregnancy and your baby by providing you with how many weeks you are, your baby’s height, weight, how your baby is developing and even what part of the body is forming! It truly is an awesome app to have while being pregnant, so download it today.

6.  Start eating healthier

You may want to cut down on those burgers and fries you probably eat every week. Start eating more fruits and vegetables, overall having a well balanced and nutritious diet will benefit you and your baby. Yes, you can enjoy junk food once in a while but do not make it a habit. It’s important for your baby’s growth and also it lowers the chances of you having gestational diabetes during your pregnancy.

7. Less caffeine 

Once you find out that you are pregnant you need to lower your daily caffeine intake, I know this may be hard if you are a caffeine lover but you have to do it. According to Baby center when drinking coffee or any drink that contains caffeine, the caffeine “crosses the placenta into the amniotic fluid and your baby’s bloodstream”. This causes the baby to be exposed to the effects of caffeine for a longer time than you are because your baby’s body is still developing, therefore can’t process the caffeine as fast as you can. Also, drinking more caffeine than recommend can cause your baby to be born smaller than it’s gestational age, which you do not want to happen.

Please note: Always consult with your doctor about how much caffeine you can drink daily. Did you know that caffeine can cause heartburn during pregnancy?

8. No heavy lifting

It is advisable not to lift heavy objects during pregnancy. This is because when you are bending down to lift something heavy, your movement puts pressure on your stomach. This can cause uncomfortableness and may cause serious problems, like bleeding. Always have precaution during your pregnancy and stay away from lifting heavy objects and bending down. Always ask for help and take care of yourself.

9.Take pictures

Last but certainly not least, TAKE PICTURES! Take a picture of your positive pregnancy test to have that memory forever in your heart, phone or keepsake. Also, take pictures of your growing belly by taking daily or monthly pictures and use the same background or clothing to make it more fun. Honestly just have fun with your pregnancy whether it’s your first or your 4th, being pregnant is such a beautiful time in a women’s life that you need to capture every special moment. So mama, use your imagination and start making memories.