5 Ways To Stay Healthy During Ramadan

During Ramadan, followers of Islam have no choice than to change their eating habits. They have to abstain from food from dawn to dusk. It can take time for the body to adjust to this new routine. The body begins to react to these changes and it can lead to a number of health issues if you ignored. Although fasting is good for the body, it is important for you to stay on top of health game so that you do not suddenly fall ill. Falling ill may prevent you from travelling to Mecca if you plan to go for the lesser hajj whose package you can buy on Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency or celebrating the end of fasting. In line with this, we share ways you can avoid any health issues during the Ramadan.

Eat fibre and protein in the morning

What you eat during fasting is important, as it is your last meal before starting your day. Hence, ensure that your pre-dawn meal contains protein and fibre. This will help keep hunger at bay.

Avoid the sun to stay hydrated

To stay healthy, it is better to avoid the sun, and spend all your day in warm places and avoid stressful exercises. You can eat fruits in the morning as the water it contains helps to hydrate the body through the day. Also, do not to drink water excessively. Meanwhile, Coffee lovers should quit coffee and tea they can increase thirst and dehydration

Don’t overeat after breaking your fast

You may be tempted to overeat after breaking your fast to make up for what you missed. In addition, avoid food without calories and junk food. This will help you recover lost energy.

Blend fasting to your health condition

For persons who are suffering from an ailment, adapt your fast to this condition. If you decide to fast, you should consult your doctor to develop a fasting plan adapted to your condition. If feel any discomfort, you should break your fast.

Get plenty of rest

Abstaining from food will drain your energy, and more so if you exercise. Try and get as much rest as possible.

5 Spots You Must Experience In Abeokuta

Abeokuta offers the ultimate getaway from the craze of Lagos which is a mega city. It’s replete with rocks and hills that give picturesque views of the ancient city. Abeokuta’s history is rich and it’s culturally vibrant. There is so much to do in this city which makes it a perfect destination for tourists. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, identifies some of the spots to experience in the rock city.

Olumo Rock

Olumo Rock is the signature tourist attraction in Abeokuta and your visit is incomplete if you do not go there. It was a safe haven for the Egba people escaping from wars. It is an experience you will never forget that is if you climb the rock.

Visit the palace of the Alake of Egbaland

The current Alake of Egbaland is HRH Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo. He is responsible for keeping the peace in Egbaland. You can pay the palace of his Majesty a visit to know more about Abeokuta and Egbaland. If you are lucky, you may meet the Alake.

Surulere Restaurant

This is one of the restaurants that almost everyone in Abeokuta eats. So, if you are a foodie, Surulere is highly recommended. Interestingly, their foods are very affordable and inexpensive. Local foods are readily available.

June 12 Cultural Centre

The June Cultural Center has so many things to offer tourists. From watching movies to learning about notable Nigerians especially of Yoruba extraction and much more. It is located between the MKO Abiola International Stadium and Kuto Market.

Adire shopping at Itoku market

The Adire attire is the pride of the people of Abeokuta. Do not hesitate to buy one as a souvenir for your friends. It is quite affordable.

7 Reasons You Should Stop Chewing Gum

Some of us cannot do without chewing gum daily.  This is because the flavour or mint of the gum help masks or prevent mouth odour. While there are positive benefits of chewing gum, there are also downsides you should never ignore. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares some of these downsides.

It makes you hungry

Chewing gum can activate your hunger pangs. Thus increasing your cravings for food. So, if you do not want to get hungry, do not eat gum immediately after consuming mama put. This can also help put your weight in check.

Tooth damage

If the gum you chew contains sugar, you are exposing yourself to tooth decay. It makes no difference if it is a sugar-free gum, there are still risks to your teeth. This is because sugar-free gum has acidic flavours and preservatives that may lead to tooth damage.

Excess strain on your jaw

Chewing gum can cause jaw muscle imbalance especially if you chew on one side more than the other. To prevent this jaw strain or pain, you should chew on both sides.

Causes headaches

Young individuals who chew gum are more susceptible to headaches and severe migraines. This is due to the fact that you suffer from jaw strain and this can cause headaches.

Artificial sweeteners are linked to cancer

Like earlier said, it makes no difference whether your gum contains sugar or not. This is because sugar-free gum has artificial sweeteners which are usually used to replace sugar. The most common one is aspartame which is a harmful ingredient that has been linked to cancers, brain tumours, weight gain and birth defects.

It can result in farting

Chewing gum allows too much air into your body. This can result in bloating which is why you fart very often.

 It doesn’t prevent bad breath

Bad breath is a symptom of digestive problems or excessive tooth decay. You should deal with the root cause of the problem rather than using chewing gum to hide it. You will realise that even if you stop chewing it, the halitosis still remains.

5 Ways To  Defeat Procrastination

Procrastination is the action or habit of delaying or postponing something. We are all guilty of this. Quite a number of things may result in the reluctance to perform a task. One of which is a lack of motivation. Regardless, you should know that whether you postpone it or not, no one will do your job for you. This is a reason why you should not procrastinate. But if you are among those who are chronic procrastinators, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares ways you can defeat procrastination.

Do one thing at a time

Large tasks usually appear inundating. You should break down the task into smaller and more manageable pieces. Doing this will make it easier for you to start and conclude your responsibilities.

It does not have to be perfect

You should know that nothing is perfect. With this at the back of your mind, you should simply focus on giving your best and when you are sure you have done so, you can send it to your boss or manager. However, if you wait for it to be perfect, you may never want to do it because your mind will be focused on it being 100%.

Improve confidence and self-belief

You should get rid of your fear about starting a task by being confident that you can do it and you will definitely get the desired result. If the opposite is the case, you will never start because you lack self-belief.

Deadlines

It does not matter if your job requires you to submit your assignment at the deadline. The deadline you set for yourself will inspire you to start. Do not forget to reward yourself when you are done.

Do the difficult and important tasks first

You should always start with the difficult and important jobs first. The harder the tasks are, the more energy and concentration you invest in completing them. You do not want to start them when you are tired. It is, therefore, better to do the hardest and most important tasks first.

5 Ways To Save Money On Internet Expenses

A good internet at home is essential whether you are a Netflix freak or you are just trying to keep up with your friends on social media. Unfortunately, every month your internet bill keeps rising that you want to stop subscribing. The fact is that you can reduce your usage and still get affordable internet service monthly. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares ways to can cut your internet bill.

Get the best competitive price

If you are frustrated with your high internet bills, you can take time out to research the cost of buying data from several other Internet Service Providers. When you have done this, contact your service provider and let them know that their charges are on the high side. Certainly, they do not want to lose their customer. Hence, they have no choice than to review their prices. If nothing happens, you can move to their cheaper and fast competitor.

Check out promos

If promotional pricing is available, you should take advantage of it so that you get a short term price reprieve. Hence, always be on the lookout for these promos.

Reduce your speed

You might think that it’s best to get the internet package with the highest possible speed, but for most homes, a high-speed account ends up being a waste of money. Since you are not a business enterprise, you should get a low-speed internet plan so as to pay less at the end of the month.

Buy your own modem and router

You can also buy a modem or router rather than subscribing to a service provider which can be expensive. So, buying your own modem will significantly trim your internet spending.

Threaten to cancel

This oftentimes works especially if your internet provider is customer friendly. Whether you plan to cancel or not, sometimes threatening that you will is enough to get your internet bill reduced. This will prompt them into taking action to do something about your high bill.

7 Helpful Tips For Living On Your Own For The First Time

You have stayed with your parents for years. Whether you like it or not, you have to leave their home someday to start your own life. This is a prospect that quite a number of people do not look forward to. This is probably because they are leaving their comfort zone where they get everything to start a whole new life adventure which is to live on their own. This can be very daunting. Regardless, you have to know that you have no choice than to move out. Not to worry, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares helpful tips for living on your own for the first time.

Budget before you move

Money is essential in everything you do. This is why a budget is essential. Hence, before you move into your new apartment, prepare a budget showing your current income and your possible expenses. For expenses, don’t forget to put a price to them even if it is estimated. After you have moved, make budgeting a habit.

You don’t need to recreate the comfort of your parent’s home

A mistake a lot of young people make when they first move out on their own is to attempt to reconstruct every part of how they used to live. This is risky because you will go broke. You have to gradually furnish your home to your own taste. The mantra should be slow and steady.

Buy quality and durable items

In a bid to be very comfortable in your new home, you buy second hand, cheap and substandard products. Of course, you know that these products are not likely to last. This is because it will be a waste of resources if you are buying the same product 6 months after. So, be patient and save up to buy quality.

 Imbibe the maintenance culture

The truth is that many of us lack maintenance culture. It is not until something crashes before we take action. So, try to maintain your gadgets by cleaning and preventing them from dropping. This will prevent you from racking up repair expenses and you know these artisans can rip you off.

Evolve a system for paying bills 

Living on your own usually means you will have quite a number of bills to pay on top of whatever bills you already had. If you don’t have a payment system in place, you will be unable to keep track of your bills and you will fail to make a required payment as at when due. Find a bill-paying method that works for you. If you can completely get rid of the recurring bill, it is better.

Create a borrowing network

This may be difficult because everyone seems to be minding their business. However, if you are in the midst of young people it can work.  This is because you cannot buy every piece of equipment you might ever need. So, you should know who has these items you might occasionally need and are willing to borrow you.

Learn how to cook

You must eat because you cannot starve yourself. So learn how to cook if you do not want to finish all your money on mamaput. Also, try as much as possible to buy in bulk.

Top 5 Destinations fit for Family Vacations in Nigeria

With the hike in fuel price, incomprehensibly high foreign exchange rate and the cost of cooking ingredients in Nigeria at the moment.

A lot of people are shying away from the mere thoughts of having any form of celebration, throwing parties or planning a trip to any exotic location outside the country but as it often rightly said “black don’t crack”. So I implore you to make the most of these situations, albeit how negative they may seem, to explore the beauty and hidden resources of Nigeria.

Take some time out with family members and friends, stick to visiting some of the best resorts in Lagos and taking a well-deserved weekend treat at some of the hidden beauties in Nigeria. Rather than splurging on a vacation outside the country, visit exotic places and lodge in top class hotels in Lagos like Intercontinental Hotel Lagos or Oriental Hotel Lagos.

Here is a list of 5 of some of the top holiday destinations ideal for a family vacation in Nigeria:

Erin Ijesha Waterfall:

Erin Ijesha waterfalls also known as Olumirin waterfalls is a scenic natural sauna located in Ijesha, Osun State. The seven-step waterfall layer offers an awe-striking view of nature with each layer featuring its own flowing fountain.Enjoy the mystical beauty of Erin Ijesha Waterfall with your family and friends on your next vacation.

Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort:

Ikogosi Warm Spring is one of the major tourist attractions in Nigeria. It is a natural wonder of a pure warm water spring that flows side by side with a cold spring. There is a local myth surrounding the history of the spring.

An interesting version states that the two springs (Warm and Cold) were the wives of the same man, they turned into spring water after the rivalry between them resulted in a rift. The ill-tempered wife is believed to have turned to the popular warm spring while the cool-tempered wife turned to cold spring water. The husband is also believed to have turned into the undulating hills that surround the springs.

Many of the villagers worship the springs as their deities. The point where the two springs meet is a main centre of attraction. The resort situated around the warm spring has various accommodation and recreational facilities suitable for family vacation.

Olumo Rock, Abeokuta:

Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Ogun State is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Nigeria. The massive granite outcrop is a natural wonder that served as a hideout and stronghold for the indigenes of Egbaland during a civil war in the 19th century. The rock sheltered many of the war survivors, who were reported hidden in caves located inside the rocks to evade enemy attacks.

With a modern elevator available for tourists who have a hard time climbing, a relaxation spot at the top of the rock and an aerial view of the city of Abeokuta at its peak, Olumo Rock is definitely one of the best places to visit on next family vacation.

Lekki Conservation Centre:

Lekki Conservation Centre located in Lekki Peninsula of Eti Osa Local Government in Lagos State is one of the most important conservation sites and wildlife reserve in the country. The Conservation Centre which covers an area of 78 hectares was established to serve as a conservation site for Nigeria’s southwest coastal mangrove resources, protect wildlife and a centre for procuring information’s for environmental education and public awareness.

Tourists can view the vast resources of the nature reserve by using the 2 km trail boardwalk or the spectacular 401 metres long Lekki Conservation Centre Canopy Walkway. Attractions along the trail includes a swamp outlook, trees with ladders that enables nature enthusiasts reach up to the tree houses, bird hides for avid bird watchers and rest stop suitable for picnics. Other attractions at the centre include a handful of animals and birds, floor games, a fish pond that contains colourful Koi fishes, a Jungle Gym, Gazebos and beach volleyball courts.

A nature station awaits tourists at the end of the trail, it is a recreation facility that lies in the middle of the forest, made up of a semi-enclosed block structure for indoor picnics, outdoor game facilities for children and conveniences. It is the ideal vacation spot for nature lovers from around the world.

Obudu Cattle Ranch:

Obudu Cattle Ranch also known as Obudu Mountain Resort is the number one tourist destination in Nigeria at the moment. The beautiful resort lies on the Obudu Plateau close to Cameroon border. With various tourist facilities in place, the resort boasts of both local and international tourists. It is the number one holiday and tourist resort centres in Nigeria. The mountain resort boasts of some of the best luxury accommodation in Calabar close to nature.

Written by: Mariam Banwo Barry

Top 5 places to meet good natured girls in Lagos

Making and keeping new friends is no easy feat. Guys are often faced with the challenge of having to stick to clubs and bars during a weekend rendezvous with friends while some seize the alternative opportunity of waiting till they can attend church services. While I think crowded bar and parties are never short of women, I still doubt they are ever the best place to meet and mingle with respectable ladies.

Many ladies create an instant resistant when approached at a bar, as the think you are just poaching for a one night stand and wonder if you should be taken seriously. There is a higher likelihood of meeting well-bred women when you explore places where you can get a sense of their personality and even share some of their interests.

Here is a list of 5 places where you can meet good natured girls in Nigeria:

  1. Resorts:

Check out some of the resorts in Lagos like Epe Resort, you have the added advantage of experiencing rich hospitality in a tranquil environment and meet up with the girls who have also taken out time to relax and get some quite time. A girl who knows how to pamper herself is a keeper, as you are assured that she’ll also take time to whisk you away to take some rest. Some of the major resorts in Lagos are the Inagbe Grand Resort and the Atican Beach Resort.

  1. Book stores and Libraries:

Libraries and bookstores are one of the coolest places to scout for good girls. Some book cafes have places to seat and read. Here is an opportunity for you to start a conversation with an attractive and smart lady.

  1. Art Galleries:

This may just be the right place to spot a girl with similar interests. If you are an art lover, galleries are one of the suitable places to meet ladies that share your love for art and culture. Terra culture in Victoria Island and Nike Art Gallery are some the most visited places in Lagos by art lovers.

  1. At a friend’s wedding:

Attending a friend’s wedding offers you a great opportunity to meet up with some of the couple’s friends. You can get talking with one of the bridesmaid or any other lady that catches your fancy as you are sure your friend would be able to attest to their good nature.

  1. Churches:

This sounds cliché but churches have become one of the most suitable places to meet up with eligible single ladies with great values in Nigeria. You can attend youth services and go on events organised by the church for young singles.

6 Reasons Not To Use Your Phone In Bed At Night

Many people now sleep with their phones in bed at night. This is an obvious sign of phone addiction that they dream about their devices. Unbelievable but true. This is not really good. So, before you get into your bed tonight, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, urges you to check out these reasons not to use your smartphone in bed at night.

You will be unable to sleep

This is the most obvious reason why you should never use your phone in bed. You will never be able to sleep because of all the notifications that are disrupting and disturbing your sleep. Of course, you know that doctors recommend at least 8 hours of sleep daily. Your phone should be on silent if you really want to get a smooth and uninterrupted nap.

You can be depressed

Persons who use their phone more frequently are prone to moodiness and depression. Also, since you are unable to get proper sleep just because you cannot control your phone usage, you are simply making you vulnerable to depression.

You are damaging your eyes

Exposure to blue light at night, emitted by your phone can affect the eyes. And today, there are many smartphones that emit this light. To prevent dry eyes and blurred vision, allow your eyes to rest instead of surfing your phone.

You may experience nomophobia

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and you are searching desperately for your phone which is just right beside you. And because you cannot find it, you begin to feel anxious and you become agitated. The only time you recover is when you eventually find your phone. It’s better to switch it off (if you want) and keep it as far away from you as possible.

Reduce exposure to radiation

Smartphones usually release a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation that can be absorbed if it is too near your body. The risk is limited when the phone is disconnected from either WiFi or turned off.

You pay more attention to your loved one

There is no gainsaying that you will concentrate and listen more if you do away with your phone in bed. So, make that decision to limit phone usage in bed at night.

Top 5 Financial Mistakes To Avoid When You Get A Salary Raise

Congratulations, you just got a salary raise. You are excited because your paycheck will soon arrive. As a result, you may get carried away by your well-paying job. This clearly stated, it’s easier than you think to make some financial mistakes when you anticipate a juicy pay package. So, if you just got a salary raise, Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency discusses the financial mistakes you should avoid. Please take note!

Making a big purchase

Do not rush to make any big purchase immediately you get a salary raise. You should wait for several months before spending big. Also, you need to evaluate the cost effect of whatever you are spending on your income and lifestyle. You don’t want to be broke because of this. The rule of thumb is that the more you earn, the less you should spend.

Buying on credit

Due to the fact that you are expecting a huge paycheck, you buy things on credit at a Lagos store. You should make do with what you have so that you won’t spend your whole salary on settling debts.

Not revising your budget

A budget is very essential in tracking your spending. And since earn more, you should try as much as possible to revise your budget. It will help you track the new things you want to spend money and also help you determine if it’s worth it.

Telling people about your new paycheck

It’s good news that you got a raise. There’s the tendency that you want to tell everyone. But wait for a second, informing people about your new pay may not be a good idea because some people will take advantage of this to loan money from you. So, keep it to yourself.

Not saving

Whether you earn a huge income or not, you should always save. However, it is more important when you get a raise because there is every likelihood that you will increase your expenses because of the more money you are earning.