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On this post, we present to you ,our fellow Nigerian couple (Eulanda is Nigerian now) who are doing exploits in the travel industry. We have been following them for a while now and we are very impressed by their thirst for adventure, jealous that they get to travel together and definitely jealous of their passport that is not Nigerian.
Quick breakdown about this lovely couple;
- They claim that they are just “an everyday couple”.
- They claim they are not the coolest people on earth.
- If you go to Surulere, they know Omo’s story,lol; Eulanda is from Denver, Colorado.
- They can both cook.
- They both love life – from music and dance to technology and art and everything in-between (and of course the people who create them).
- They met in London.
- Omo is first an IT risk manager while Eulanda is a professional photographer,dancer, choreographer and graphic designer .
- Eulanda & Omo Osagiede are London-based freelance writers and award-winning social influence rs who run the popular travel, food, and lifestyle blog HDYTI (Hey! Dip your toes in)- you can check them out HERE.
Well, here is what they have to say about travelling the world and loving it.
- What is your name? We are Omo and Eulanda Osagiede
- Which country do you come from/call home? That’s a tricky question. Between us we have three cultures / countries that we represent…Nigeria, UK and the USA. For now, London is home.
3.How many countries have you visited so far? Pls list – Last time we counted, we’ve been to 27 countries between us. We’ve stopped counting. We love that famous travel quote that goes: ‘I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my list’. Notable destinations for us include Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and Portugal. See: https://heydipyourtoesin.com/visiting-algarve-portugal/, https://heydipyourtoesin.com/hakuna-majiwe-zanzibar/, https://heydipyourtoesin.com/sri-lanka-kandy-to-nuwara-eliya/
- Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad? Our travel style falls into the business / short term travel category. We’re both in our late 30s and are happy to have roots in one place. The long-term travel life doesn’t suit our present personal goals.
- How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)? When we began travelling, our trips were mostly self-funded. However, as our media platform keeps growing, we’re finding more opportunities to travel for work to represent our clients. To fund our travels, we like to put money aside monthly and also try to cut down on unnecessary expenditure.
- What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you? The first trip Omo remembers was travelling from Lagos to Abuja (Nigeria) to start boarding school. Eulanda’s earliest travel memory was of a road trip within the USA, from Colorado to Alabama.
- Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how? We didn’t know what to expect when we travelled to Doha, Qatar. We were on a layover between Dubai and Zanzibar and somehow ended up in Doha. The architecture was no surprise. What surprised us the most was how cultural the city. Keep an eye on Doha. That city has some decent tourism potential. See: https://heydipyourtoesin.com/4-reasons-to-visit-doha-qatar/
- Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling? Yes! We got swindled in Zanzibar, conned in Morocco and had a near fatal cycling accident in Sri-Lanka. Every city and country has its own drama. Even though we’ve been travelling for some time, we’re still learning to adapt to every situation. We have definitely learned a few lessons on the road.
- Do you have any funny travel stories? While travelling through Sri Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya tea region, we stopped at a local tea plantation for a quick tour. The factory was a women-only operation. When we walked in, they literally stopped everything they were doing to stare at Eulanda’s hair. They don’t see too many black people in those parts. Eulanda felt like a celebrity for a few minutes.
- Which is the worst place you’ve been to and why? It’s hard to describe any place as the worst simply because sometimes, a number of factors combine to create an unpleasant experience for a visitor. Those factors might not exist on another trip to the same place. Besides, what one person might consider a negative experience might be another person’s great adventure.
- Where is your favourite place in the world? Again, this is a hard one to answer. We are constantly discovering places that provide a brand new set of experiences and leave a lasting impression. Our latest love affair is with a small island off the coast of Portugal called Madeira. We can picture ourselves retiring there someday!
- Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it? We avoid using the term ‘bucket list’. It sounds terminal. We prefer to use the term ‘dream board’. It sounds a lot more open-minded. We definitely want to visit the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Tonga), New Zealand and Rwanda.
- Can you imagine life without travel? We struggle to recall life before travel. As long as we are able and God keeps blessing us with good health, we will travel.
- If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead? Developing recipes and focusing on our food blogging. We were recognized as the ‘Best Food & Drink Blog’ in the UK in 2016 at the UK Blog Awards. There is so much more we would like to do with that opportunity!
- What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car) No preferences. If it moves us from point A to B with relative comfort and safety, we’ll take it. In the words of Oleta Adams in that famous song… “I don’t care how you get here…Just get here if you can.” We do enjoy a good road trip though.
- Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers? Don’t let fear of the unknown or of your personal circumstances hold you back. If there’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t been, go online, read other people’s blogs and get inspired. Travel begins in the mind and comes to life with a plan. A wish is not a plan.
- What has travel taught you? Among the many lessons that travel has taught us, perhaps the overarching theme is that regardless of our race, religion or culture, people mostly all want the same thing. The need for security, food, shelter, education and opportunities unite us all.
- Tell us about an interesting person you’ve met? We met Aiysha, a young Muslim woman with a desire to run her own local tourism business in Zanzibar. She was recently divorced and in a predominantly male dominated industry, work opportunities were limited. We detected her desire to become the first successful female tour guide on the island and gave her some encouragement. Today, she’s blazing a trail as a certified tour guide and is creating her own opportunities. Our favourite travel experiences have been those where we have engaged with locals. See: https://heydipyourtoesin.com/aiysha-challenging-stereotypes-zanzibar/
- Where is the best place to meet people on the road? We always look out for food tours in any city we visit. Usually those tours involve visiting restaurants run and owned by local families who have lived in that city for generations. We’ve heard some interesting stories and met some interesting people through doing those tours. For those open to the idea of staying in rental accommodation like AirBnb, you’re also likely to meet a host with good local knowledge about the best bars, restaurants, museums and other places of interest.
- What do you think about Nigerian tourism and what do you think we can do better? Nigeria tourism is non-existent. Like everything else in Nigeria, the tourism industry is full of potential. There are many operators across many sub-sectors of the industry with great ideas and who are pushing through the challenges despite poor infrastructure, government policy inconsistency and lack of investment. With the need to diversify the economy from its reliance on oil & gas, Nigeria’s tourism industry is perfectly placed to become a significant revenue generator. We hope someday (soon) someone will see this potential and do something about it.