7 Smart Ways To Spice Up Your Long Trip

Ordinarily, a trip should be fun and exciting. Yeah! However, there are some circumstances that it becomes very boring to the point that you crave for ways to pump up the adrenaline to a reasonable degree. It is noteworthy to add that travel boredom has no boundary. It affects you notwithstanding if you are traveling alone or in a group, by road, air or train. As such, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency hereby shares smart ways to deal with the resultant boredom of your long trip.

Car Karaoke

Thankfully, cars can now play songs from a USB flash drive or your phone. So, take advantage of this and play your favourite music genre including hip hop, reggae, Juju, soul, rock, country, and Afrobeat among others. Sing along to the song. If you like you can shout but just make sure your car windows put up.

Empty your mail inbox

This activity may not be the most fun you have ever had on a trip, but it will considerably reduce your mental load. If you have internet connection, emptying your inbox or deleting irrelevant messages can be one of the ways to pass time while traveling.

Write a travel journal

Your travel activities can result in some of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. If you can remember them, you should actually pen these tales. This is primarily for those who travel frequently. There are apps you can download to do this.

Read/Learn something new

Whether you grab a magazine at the airport, purchase a local newspaper, bring an e-reader or take along a novel, you will definitely learn something new on your trip. The truth is no knowledge is lost! Even if you’re not a regular reader, try as much as possible to learn something new.

Talk to your seat-mate

Your trip is an opportunity to meet new people and also network. Accordingly, do not hesitate to talk to your seat-mate regardless if they are male or female. This is why you must have conversation icebreakers or starters. You will be surprised both of you will flee from one topic to another until you arrive at your destination! By the way, ditch your serious facade if you want others to talk to you.

Go window shopping online

Your phone will always come handy. If you have internet network, you can go window shopping. At the same time, you can check your social media accounts, and read the latest news.

Play games

There are quite a number of games you can play while traveling including Monopoly, Ludo, and name, animal, place, thing game.

5 Reasons Nigerians Love to Fly First Class

First-class as the name implies is luxury treatment at its best. And clearly, we know that Nigerians love luxury. As such, do not be surprised if you find a handful of them in the first class cabin. So, the curious question is why do Nigerians love first class when they can save money on buying business or economy class tickets? Jumia Travel,the leading online travel agency, provide answers to these question.

It is less stressful

For Nigerians who cannot stand the stress of long security queues and crowds at the airport, they prefer to fly first class. They can check in faster, and at some airports, they can speed through priority screening lanes. You will also get on the plane faster.

Ability to work

First class seats are more spacious which means that if you are planning to work on anything, you can do so during your flight. In fact, for certain airlines, they provide real offices, complete with charging points and Wi-Fi.

Excessive amenities

Like earlier mentioned, Nigerians love luxury because of the perks it comes with. For certain airlines, the first class passengers will enjoy an en-suite shower, a personal in-flight chef, small private apartments and even complimentary driving service. The truth is they get the commensurate value for flying first class.

Opportunity to network

It is not just anybody who can afford a first class ticket. Your pocket must be very deep. As such, you will meet people who are willing and ready to network and do business with you.

Show their ‘bigmanism’

This will be incomplete without adding this point. The admiration, respect, and envy that comes with you telling others that you flew first class is self-satisfying. It rubs and oils your ego that you are among those that can afford first class. Well…it is just first class some will even add!

7 Sure Ways To Attract Investors To Your Travel Startup

Finance has always been a problem for many businesses and startups. A large number of them have folded up due to lack of funding. However, we hear in the news almost on a daily basis that a Nigerian startup has won thousands of dollars from investors and Venture Capitalists. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, discloses ways to attract investors to your travel startup.

Show results first

It may be a bit difficult for a relatively new startup to secure funding because it cannot show any business results. So, before seeking investors, you should work on getting customers and results. Do not manipulate the results because the investor will always audit.

Enroll in a startup accelerator

Unlike in the past, there are now so many startup labs in Nigeria. The pioneer is CCHub. There are others. You can join these startup accelerators so that they can offer you everything you need to run a successful business. They can also expose your business to investors.

Have co-founder (s)

Your chances of attracting funding or investors are higher if you have co-founders. They are much more confident because all business decision is not invested in the hands of one person or individual! So no matter what, look for two serious, talented, committed and reliable business partners.

A clear path to making money

Investors love their money and they will never allow anyone to throw it away. Hence, one of the first question you will be asked is how to I get a return on investment? If you cannot define or state that clearly, sorry you will never get any investment.

Ask for advice

Seeking advice from a potential investor is one of the creative and strategic ways to attract them. Through this, you will build a relationship with them. As the relationship grows, you can begin to let them know what you really need. Never ambush or cold-call an investor. It usually comes off as desperate!

Get an investor that is also a partner, not just a check

Granted, you need the cash to boost your business. The is not everything. The investor should also be able to offer something beyond money. It is better. This is good because they can make corrections when you are going the wrong way.

Try to market your business at networking functions

Networking allows you to informally pitch your startup ideas to potential business partners and investors. If your idea is clear and unambiguous, you may find someone that is interested in working with you. So, when you have a networking opportunity, arm yourself with all the information you need to effectively sell you business.

5 Ways To Deal With Social Media Backlash

You do not have to be a celebrity before tantrums are thrown at you on social media. Very few people care whether you are right or wrong, they just criticise. Before you know it, you are at the top of the trends on Twitter. Ironically, what you said may not be as a result of a tweet or Instagram post but an interview. A good example of this is the backlash Falz faced after he chastised some musicians for glorifying Yahoo Yahoo (Internet Fraud) in their songs. Another example is the case of Kemen in Big Brother Nigeria who trended for days because of the encounter he had with Tboss. The impact of these backlashes can be between mild or severe depending on the individual. Hence, if poorly handled, it can escalate into something you never imagined. In line with this, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares ways to deal with social media backlash.

Delete offending materials

If you tweeted or shared a post that is causing quite a controversy, you should delete it immediately. Do not try to be defensive or justify it unless you want it to spiral out of control. Even when it does, you should still delete it. Regardless, trust social media trolls, they would screen grabbed it. Do not mind this. The important thing is that the post should not be found on your handle or page.

Have friends around you

For individuals who face social media criticisms, they should have their friends and family members around them. The fact is they cannot go through this on their own. When the backlash gets to them, all sorts of thoughts begin to get into their head including committing suicide. That is the extent it can push some people. With trusted friends around, you will feel loved despite the shots you are getting on social media.

Leave social media for a few days

There are uncountable trolls on social media who just want to make you feel bad. They reign abuses and curses on you. If you are still with your phone, you may be tempted to reply. You do not need to. Just abandon your social media for a few days and return when everything has died down.

Apologise if you are wrong

To err is human to forgive is divine. In this case, you should not concern yourself about whether you will be forgiven or not, just apologise and move on. Some will even come at you for your apologising.

Ignore

You can give it the silent treatment and continue with your life. You are getting attention notwithstanding if it is negative or positive. This is easier for celebrities.

See a psychologist

You can also see a psychologist especially if the person’s self-esteem has been battered and shattered.

Five Hilarious Things Nigerians Who Loan Friends Money Can Relate With

It is very easy to borrow money. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The problem is just to pay back. Many people will tell you that you should only give out the amount you can forego. Regardless, even trusted and reliable friends will refuse to pay back. Meanwhile, for those who borrow them this money, there are certain things that happen that they can relate with. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, outline some of them.

I do not have money to pay

Some of them can be ruthless and tell you point blank, that they do not have money to pay you. What will you do? You have two options- you have to forgo the money or be patient as patient as a dog.

Nigeria is even owing debts so who are you?

According to the debt management office, Nigeria’s total debt profile is $57.39bn. Wow! That is huge. The debtor may even quote this for you when you demand your debt. They will tell you since Nigeria can owe debts, who are you that cannot be owed? Hopefully, it is an amount you can forgo.

I am on my way to the bank

You call them, they say they will send the money to your account pretty soon. Hours later, you call them again, they tell you that they are on their way to the bank. They lie to cover up another lie. If you call them again, they may just say that there is no network at the bank.

They are never at home

The typical debtor will never say that they are home unless they do not have shame. The only way you can get them is to pay them an early morning surprise visit.

They reign curses on you

Sorry, some of the debtors can be nasty. They throw friendship to the wind and reign abuses on you. How much did you borrow me that you are disturbing my life? Their strategy is for both of you to become enemies so that you will stop calling them for your money.

5 Technologies Will Define Our Lives In The Future

There is no gainsaying that technology is now a major part of our life. Some of these techs are playing significant roles in our lives now- a good example of this is social media; others are for the future. These future techs will soon become widely available and if you are not prepared for it, you may find yourself out of the game because it will change a lot of things especially in the way you work. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, identifies some of these techs that will define our lives in the next decade.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of things (IoT) is the ability of different devices to be able to communicate because they are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. They are usually regarded as connected devices or smart devices. This also includes Wearable technologies.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer technology that adopts headsets to produce realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. Virtual Reality has been around for awhile now but it only recently becomes widely available. The technology has changed the way people explore. A good example of this is Google Earth VR that allows users to fly over a city, stand on mountains and even go into space.

Autonomous Vehicles

Google, Apple, Uber, Samsung, and other car production companies are investing billion of dollars in developing driverless or autonomous vehicles. Driverless cars are vehicles that do not require any human to drive it and does not need any fuel. A network of sensors has made this possible. There have been testing rides as well as several failures. But pretty soon, very few people will drive fueled SUVs.

Augmented Reality

A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. It is widely used in the gaming world. Pokemon Go is a perfect example of Augmented Reality.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer system to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. Today, you find robots that serve as a receptionist, customer service and perform surgeries. In addition to this, you have voice assistant AIs like Siri, Alexa, or Cortana.

5 Things To Know Before Selecting A Web Hosting Provider

There are so many web hosting providers online that you will be confused about which one to choose. Hence, this is a difficult task because if you end up selecting a terrible, erratic and poor web host,  you may be unable to build an effective and great online presence and it can also have a negative impact on your search rankings. This is even much more important for businesses because if their website is always down, it may result in the massive loss of customers. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares things you should know before choosing a web host.

Purpose

Whether you’re choosing a host for an existing website, or looking to start from scratch, what you want to use the site for should influence your hosting decisions. For example, do you plan to make money from your website, or is it something you’re setting up for fun? If it is for fun or personal, free hosting will serve you well. However, if it is a business website, you require a paid host.

Price

Expensive does not necessarily mean it is the best. At the same time, you can not use a cheap web host for hosting your website especially if you rely on your website to make money. This is not a problem for small business and startup because they can upgrade later. But, blue-chip companies should never patronise cheap host due to their limited features.

Usability

Web usability is the ease of use of a website.  The web host you choose has a huge role to play in making your website usable. The number one usability feature to look out for is if the web hosting provider has programs like cPanel, ispCP or ISPConfig. These programs allow you to set up and customize your website and hosting. Thus making it easier to use.

Speed

Expensive or cheap, you want a web host that is fast and responsive. It can be very annoying if your awesome and great website has a slow load time especially when you start getting engagement and traction. Simply, get a Web host that has features that make the site load quickly.

Customer Support

A web host provider must be customer friendly by ensuring they respond as fast as possible to your inquiries and complaints especially when your website is down. If they take forever to fix your website, do not use such a host. You can get information about this from your friends who already manages a website.

5 Seriously Annoying Things Nigerians Do After An Accident

Having an accident, fatal or not, is not something that anyone wants to encounter. Regardless, when it happens, you have to look for ways to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. This said, you expect some sane and normal actions taken by the people at the accident spot. However, for Nigerians, it is different.  They completely do the opposite of what you expect and it can be very annoying. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some of the seriously annoying things some Nigerians do after an accident.

Leave their car on the road

When you bashed another person’s car, you find them arguing and exchanging angry words right in the middle of the road. They do not really care if their actions result in a long traffic or notorious queue. Why can’t both of you get off the road and find a solution? In other cases, when a car has an accident, you still find it at that same spot for weeks.

Crowd the scene as if they are watching a movie

Imagine an accident scene and people simply gather round shouting, some crying, while others just watch what is happening like a movie. They will not allow the emergency services to work and in some circumstances, the police have to shoot in the air to disperse the crowd.

It is an opportunity for some to ‘steal’

In a crowd, you find the good, the bad and the ugly. The mission of certain people is just to steal. They steal phones, wallets, and other valuables. They do not even care if it is the properties of the person involved in the accident. Unfortunate!

Taking pictures

The technology age is here. The urge to take selfies and pictures have made some people become uncaring and unconcerned about others. At an accident scene, you find people taking pictures to post on social media just to get likes and comments. Meanwhile, an individual is lying there in a pool of blood.

Refuse to help the victims

This is probably the worse of all. You just wring in pain when you see people around you but they refuse to ferry you to the hospital or offer first aid. Sometimes, it is not their fault because the police may just come around and accuse you of something you do not know anything about. Nigerians prefer to wait until the emergency services and police arrive. But at that short time, a precious life may be lost. Let us lend a helping hand.

5 Factors To Consider Before Hiring A Personal Trainer

If you have plans in mind to keep fit or lose some weight, you may be thinking of hiring a personal trainer. Depending on your preference, the trainer may either come to your home every weekend or you will be the one to go to the gym to get your training from an instructor. The problem here is how will you choose a personal trainer? If you do not know how Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares the things to look out for before selecting a personal trainer.

Communication

Your trainer may sometimes be absent because he has an emergency to attend to. This does not mean you should stop your workouts. The trainer should be able to explain things to you on the phone as well as teach you how to perform certain moves without being present.

Patience

You do not want a trainer that is impatient and easily gets annoyed or angry when you are not going at their pace. They should find an agreeable pace for their trainees. This is important because what works for one person may not work for another.

Professionalism

There should be certain boundaries your personal trainer should not cross even though you do not mind having a close relationship with them. This is why they should be professional and part of being professional is knowing these boundaries and respecting them.

Experience

To get the best out your exercise and training sessions, you must hire an experienced instructor. The trainer should not be an amateur or learner because they must understand the techniques and demands of aerobics.

Personality

As a client, you want to ensure that instructor has your best interest anytime, any day. The trainer should not be abusive or bad mouth you when you are not with them.

Top 10 tips for planning a productive corporate retreat

Despite what you may have heard, corporate retreats are not just for enhancing work relationships and team building, they can be helpful in improving the overall morale of your workers, chart out functional line of actions that can create an enabling work environment to stimulate the performance of your team.

Irrespective of your budget, you can plan the best corporate retreat by finding the perfect blend of fun, team building activities and motivation.

Research shows that happier staffs form a more productive work force. As a part of your retreat, organize fun games that could lend your team a fresh perspective and help in evolving together.

Below are 10 tips to help you plan the ideal corporate retreat by introducing new team building and leisure activities that are productive, memorable and most importantly fun.

  1. Be certain of the primary goal of the retreat:

Understand the motivation behind the retreat before planning. Is there a need for cohesiveness, has the team lost its morale boost or are there special knowledge and skills, you will like to inject into the system. Knowing the overall aim of the retreat and keeping the goal in mind is the foundation to planning the perfect corperate retreat.

  1. Prepare before setting out:

Research and find the best areas to visit, fun excursions, travel ideas and any events taking place that you could explore before you go so that there are plenty of options available for the participants.

Come up with games that both the introverts and extroverts on your team can enjoy, so no one feels left out. You can organize silent games, where people only get to write out answers rather that speaking out. This way several people will be much more comfortable with the prospect of going for the retreat.

  1. Appoint a skilled facilitator:

For proper execution, hire a skilled facilitator that has expert knowledge and experience dealing with larger groups. Having the right facilitator is probably the biggest single step you can take to getting the most from the retreat. Take time out to ensure that the facilitator is well briefed and works with you beforehand to ensure they understand the background, issues and aims of the retreat.

  1. Opt for a scenic location:

When planning a retreat, choose a scenic destination and a location that offers a lot of free activities such as boating, hiking, diving and snorkelling. The ambiance and these activities will promote creativity and wellbeing at the least possible cost.

  1. Pick a facilitating venue

Try to opt for hotels or accommodation like Oriental hotel Lagos or Protea Hotel Ikeja that have board or meeting rooms because although you won’t spend all your time in them you need a traditional working place to distinguish the fun of the retreat with the nitty gritty work. Sitting outside and working are fun but sometimes you need to sit down with ergonomic table and chairs to fully focus. Choose rooms that are spacious and have natural daylight and quirky features if possible though – not a cramped, white-walled, uninspiring environment.

  1. Don’t tie your retreats to performance:

Corporate retreats should not be linked to performance targets, and they shouldn’t serve as incentive trips for the ace performing staffs only. Ensure that the retreat accommodates and improves everyone and their relationships within the organization.

  1. Keep titles out the door:

Going away with your boss and superiors can be intimidating, as several members of staffs can become uptight and less open to any active involvement during the retreat. So ensure all attendees leave their work title out of the door, so that everyone can enjoy the time out and relax.

  1. Enusre key players attend:

When planning a retreat, decide on your attendee list and ensure that top ranking office members or key players on your work force are invited. This will encourage the turnout and increase the chances of having team members act more inclusive in the program organized.

  1. Opt for a cheaper alternative:

As much as corporate retreat are necessary, they tend to consume plenty of funds. If your organization can’t afford to plan a retreat, you can opt for a cheaper alternative like scheduling some time off, allowing the team work from a new locations, organizing team building exercises or taking fun office excursions within your city.

  1. Organise a follow-up

Shortly after the retreat organize a follow up meeting or send an email detailing things achieved, issues raised and where the team is headed from then on, to ensure everyone is on the same page. Having a follow up is also a great way to keep records, track progress and use such information at the next retreat to refresh and compare progress.