Hi , my name is Julian Ahumuza —

Discover the secrets of living a luxurious life on a budget with my helpful tips and personal travel experiences. Whether you're a frequent traveler or just starting to explore the world, I can show you how to enjoy the finer things in life without breaking the bank. Join me on an adventure as we explore the world together and indulge in the champagne lifestyle while sticking to a lemonade budget. With my insider tips and tricks, you can enjoy the best of both worlds and make your travel dreams a reality. So, let's embark on a journey of luxury and adventure together!

I have a great passion for traveling and love exploring new places. However, I know that many of us struggle with the financial aspect of traveling. As someone who has experienced this firsthand, I have discovered some helpful tips to make traveling possible without breaking the bank.

In this article, I will share my personal travel experiences and provide you with some cost-effective ways to travel. So, if you're looking to enjoy the wonders of traveling while sticking to a minimal budget, then you've come to the right place. Let's embark on an adventure without worrying about the costs!

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SKY DIVING OVER THE INDIAN OCEAN

As I stepped out of the plane, the rush of wind hit me like a ton of bricks . My heart was racing a bit but I felt alive. I was skydiving in Zanzibar, and it was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life.

Skydiving in Zanzibar offers a thrilling and one-of-a-kind adventure that immerses you in stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the island's picturesque landscapes. The experience begins with a safety briefing and equipment check before boarding a small plane, where you will ascend to incredible heights and witness the breathtaking beauty of Zanzibar from above. From the turquoise waters to the lush islands, the views are truly awe-inspiring.

I was seated alongside a certified instructor who guided me throughout the entire experience, ensuring my safety and providing instructions as needed. When we reached the desired altitude (10,000 ft) ,we prepared to jump out of the plane, and the instructor counted from 3 to 1 before taking the leap with me. As I freefell through the air, I felt an incredible rush of adrenaline as the wind rushed past me, and I experienced the sensation of weightlessness.

Despite the initial thrill, I had a few moments to calmly admire the beauty of this island , taking in the mesmerizing views around us. As we prepared for landing, while up there I appreciated the peace and tranquility of Zanzibar's soft sands & beautiful waters . The landing is typically smooth and controlled, ensuring safety as you land on the Kendwa beach sands .

Overall, skydiving in Zanzibar is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with incredible memories and a sense of accomplishment. Don't miss the opportunity to take in the stunning scenery and embrace the adventure of skydiving in Zanzibar.

The breathtaking views from the plane.

Once you reach the desired altitude, you'll be ready to jump out of the plane, and the instructor will typically count down from three to one, guiding you into the freefall.

Having minutes of peaceful descent after the fall to admire the stunning views of Zanzibar.

The landing is usually smooth and controlled, allowing you to safely touch down on the soft sands .

Bungee jumping : A highway to hell .

Being an adventure enthusiast , I decided to go full in for this experience. This is the most difficult adventure sport.

The two-man crew, Ronnie and Yashid, guided me through the bungee jumping exercise that includes briefing , checking my weight , running through each cord . While I was seated he asked “Are you afraid of heights?” I replied “a bit but I have prepared myself mentally for this adventure for a long time “ I was so confident . I didn’t have any nerve in me shaking I was rather excited, but that could have been because I was still seated and hadn't seen where I would be jumping off to." excited. Meanwhile the two-man crew is working with deliberate speed as each crew member cross checks the cords to ensure safety . With all that done , I was then told to stand up and head to the end of the jumping platform / the set off point. Ronnie , the instructor was holding my harness at my back. Neither pushing me nor pulling me back but briefing me. He said, "Please jump after I count from five to zero and say 'BUNGEE". Now I am so scared I don’t know if I can do it or not . I was about meet my death or my elation.
He then tells me to look down at the camera wave & smile. I couldn’t smile nor try to look brave. My friends were down also recording videos I was like yasss! these are the ones for my Instagram . My heart was racing , I started taking deep breaths , heart was beating like there is no tomorrow, my conscience was yelling at me to back off . I thought of turning back but it was not an option because this is something I had prepared myself to do for the past good years . I knew I wanted to do it . I looked down and got dizzy and asked him if I should close my eyes ( stupid question right haha ) yeah I was so scared and with teary eyes nervously screaming here we go.

It’s when you’re looking straight down at the height that you’re about to drop and you can feel the fear and adrenaline making your body shake. My heart rate went into triple time and my mouth got dry . I could feel a sensation of my heart slipping into my mouth for about 2 seconds. This was the hardest part of the whole jump,gathering the courage to look into the scary drop,conquering that fear and taking the leap your heart starts bumping rapidly , adrenaline kicks in . The instructor ( Ronnie) asked me if I was ready I replied “yes” but with a shaky voice and he started to count 5,4,3,2,1… BUNGEE . Now the real adventure begins. I jumped head down, feet up, and was suspended in free fall. I lost sight of everything and was in the air, with my mind going blank. You lose connection with the world for a few seconds , you have absolutely no time to think anything at all . All the anxiety, fear, nervousness, disappears .
At some point I forgot I was still falling. I opened my eyes I looked down and all I could see was water then I spread my arms wide and started screaming on top of my lungs! , I asked myself where tf is the bungee rope???? I tried to hold onto it . Blood rushed to my head!!!Then I felt a rough pull on my feet all once. This is where my senses fully came back . I came to a smooth stop I told myself feel free it’s done . Then almost at once you're moving away from the water You get back to the top and then you're falling again. I was swaying like a pendulum in mid-air with no fear now. I looked down and there was a rescue team on a rafting boat waiting for me to come down . I thought that it’s over but for the second time , I felt another pull on my legs but not as strong as the first one . Finally the many series of bounces start . You’re bouncing as the speed reduces you are going up, then down, then up again and finally with the ropes getting lowered down you reach the water ( yeah I wanted to touch the water ) mesmerised by what you just experienced . And everything is calm you’re smiling like yasss MAMA I MADE IT .

The rescue team on a rafting boat awaited my arrival, and they swiftly pulled me to safety. As soon as I was rescued, my head was spinning and my legs were trembling, but I couldn't help feeling exhilarated. As I lay on the raft boat, I gazed upwards with a newfound sense of confidence. Instead of shouting "I did it!", I repeated "BUNGEE JUMPING NEVER AGAIN" multiple times. The rescue team praised and congratulated me, calling me a legend for facing my fears with such courage.

I don't want to exaggerate, but it took all of my courage to make that jump. When I think back to the first few seconds of the jump, all I remember is being in some kind of trance, and it's just as scary as if I'm doing it for the first time. On the bright side, it's an incredible experience that makes you feel like you've conquered the world. After the jump, you feel empowered and proud. The confidence it gives you is immense, and it's both thrilling and amazing. Although I don't think I'll do it again, it's very safe because there are two teams that handle everything from up to down.

Its indeed a once in a lifetime experience :)

THINGS TO DO WHENEVER YOU TRAVEL

These are my top recommendations for some of the things to do when you travel .

Every town and city has its unique charm, and that's what makes exploring them so exciting. From large modern cities to small & picturesque villages, each place offers something different to discover and experience.

No matter where you go, there are always new things to see and do. That's why I've compiled a list of must-do activities when visiting a new city or town. Whether you're a first-time traveler or a seasoned adventurer, these tips will help you make the most of your trip and uncover the hidden gems of your destination.

So, let's set out on a journey of exploration and discovery together, and experience all the amazing things that the world has to offer.

PURCHASE A SOUVENIR

Have you ever experienced the joy of holding a physical memory in your hands, one that instantly transports you back to a moment in time? Physical memories in the form of souvenirs are an essential aspect of travel. These items serve as a tangible reminder of your journey and allow you to relive those precious moments in time.

Souvenirs offer a unique way to collect memories and help you create a special connection to the places you have visited. Whether it's a local handicraft or a piece of art, each item holds its own story and can transport you back to the memories of your travels.

These souvenirs are not just objects, they are precious reminders of the moments that make life truly extraordinary. So, be sure to collect your own set on your next adventure. Trust me, these precious items will become cherished reminders of your travels and bring you joy for years to come.

VISIT A LOCAL RESTAURANT

One of the best ways to discover the authentic flavors of a new place is by eating at local restaurants recommended by the locals. These eateries often have the most delicious and unique dishes, passed down through generations and prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

By dining at these establishments, you'll have the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes that you might not find anywhere else. From tasty street food to mouthwatering specialties, the local cuisine is sure to leave you craving more.

So, don't be afraid to ask the locals for recommendations on where to eat. They know the best places to go and can steer you towards a dining experience you won't soon forget. Trust me, it's worth taking the time to explore the local food scene and indulge in the flavors of your new surroundings.

VISIT A CITY MALL

You might be surprised to hear it, but malls can offer so much more than just a place to shop. In fact, some malls are like luxurious shopping resorts that provide an immersive shopping experience like no other.

Visiting a mall can be a fascinating window into the material world of people, with an abundance of window shopping opportunities and plenty of chances to indulge in your favorite treats. Don't miss out on the opportunity to sample some delicious ice cream while you're there!

So, whether you're a shopaholic or just looking for a fun day out, malls offer something for everyone. Explore these shopping wonderlands and discover a world of luxury, fashion, and delicious treats that will leave you wanting more.

TAKE A TOUR AROUND THE CITY/TOWN BY FOOT

Step out of your comfort zone and explore the vibrant streets of the city. You'll be amazed at the countless wonders that await you at every turn.

Every city has its own unique blend of sights, sounds, and experiences that are just waiting to be discovered. Don't miss out on the thrill of adventure and the excitement of discovering something new.

So, take a leap of faith and set out to explore all the hidden gems and treasures that city has to offer. Trust me, the memories you create and the experiences you have will be worth every step you take out of your comfort zone.

CHECK OUT A BAR OR NIGHT CLUB

No matter where you travel, the nightlife is always one of the most thrilling and exciting aspects of any city or town. From live music and jazz to energetic dance music, there's always something to keep you entertained long into the night.

Even if you're not typically a night owl, I highly recommend experiencing the vibrant nightlife of your destination on your travels. You might just surprise yourself and find a newfound love for the nightlife and lively entertainment that only comes out after dark.

So, step out into the night and immerse yourself in the energy and excitement of the city's nightlife scene. With unforgettable experiences waiting around every corner, you won't regret taking the chance to let loose and have some fun after the sun goes down.

EXPLORE THE CITY WITHOUT A MAP

If you find yourself with some free time and nowhere important to be, why not try ditching your maps and GPS for a while and simply get lost in the city? It may sound dangerous , but trust me, you won't be putting yourself in any real danger.

In fact, getting lost can be an incredible way to familiarize yourself with a new place and discover unexpected treasures that you might otherwise miss. You never know what hidden gems or stunning places you might stumble upon during your wanderings.

So, take a chance and venture off the beaten path. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore the city's hidden gems. Who knows what exciting adventures await you just around the next corner?

USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

When it comes to exploring a new city, there's simply no better way to get around than by using public transportation. With a variety of options available, including buses, trains, and even unique modes like tuk-tuks (as seen in the attached image below), you'll have plenty of affordable and convenient ways to navigate your destination.

However, it's important to be mindful of your personal belongings when traveling on public transportation. Keep an eye on your valuables and be sure to secure them safely to avoid any mishaps or losses along the way.

So, hop on board and enjoy the ride as you discover all the amazing sights and sounds that your city has to offer. With public transportation at your fingertips, you'll be able to explore every corner of the city and create unforgettable memories along the way.

VISIT A LOCAL MARKET

Visiting a local market is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the culture of a new place and find unique souvenirs to take back home. With so many options available, you're sure to find something that speaks to your style and tastes.

One of the great things about shopping in local markets is that you'll often find quality items at surprisingly affordable prices. Plus, the experience of negotiating with the vendors can be an adventure itself, especially if you don't speak the local language. It's an amazing opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and practice your communication skills in a fun and engaging way.

So, the next time you're traveling to a new destination, be sure to check out the local markets and see what treasures you can uncover. Whether you're in search of clothing, artwork, or unique jewelry , you're sure to find something special that will forever remind you of your unforgettable adventure.

Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell's Gate National Park is breathtaking destination located in Kenya . It gets its name from its pair of massive red tinged cliffs which frame its natural hot geysers. It is located between Lake Naivasha and the Longonot volcanoes. It is covered by ashes from the Longonot eruption which occurred 100 years ago.

Whether you're a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or a historian , a visit to Hell's Gate National Park is an experience you won't soon forget.

Geothermal Stations

The park is famous for its geothermal stations (Ol Karia and Ken gen ) belching plumes of geothermal steam making it one of the most atmospheric Parks in Africa.

Ol Karia is a geothermal power station making use of Hell's Gate's proximity to the now extinct Ol Koria volcano whose lava still flows beneath the park.Harnessing the super-heated steam from 1,500m below the surface, Ol Karia is able to provide 25% of Kenya's electricity.

Spectacular sceneries

Hell's Gate is also a popular stop for rock climbers and mountain bikers . It also has several other scenes like the Fisher tower , Obsidian rock & caves and hot springs . Bikes are available for hire at the entrance.

Beautiful animals in the park

It is home to a diverse range of animals. You will find zebras , buffaloes, warthogs , antelope , baboons and of course the beautiful Masai giraffes in almost all corners of the park .

Beautiful landscapes

As you take a safari walk / ride , you will meet very many bikers enjoying the beautiful landscape . Hell’s gate is one of the safest parks in Kenya to take a safari walk . There are almost no dangerous animals except for the occasional leopards which are seldom seen .

GIRL TRIP PERSONALITIES

We’ve been lucky to successfully plan trips with the girls . From our travel experiences , here is each one’s personality . You can try this with your girls and get to know which personality you’re .

THE PLANNER

Every group has a planner who makes all the research and googles on what to do . She plans for the best accommodation , transportation and of course she plans for the nightlife too and has a line up of other fun activities and never misses out on the bar list . Soon as you arrive shots for the group are ready! She’s also the kind that snaps everything , don’t touch the food before a picture “snap eats first ” Without her , everything falls apart

THE BOUJEE ONE

She wants to do fancy things and be on her cool while she gives you the comfort of not worrying about her . ( The I don’t care if it costs an extra penny ) I would say she is the cool kid of the group and her kind of fun is rare . She multitasks with being a caretaker of the group . We all need one in the group , don’t we ?

THE TURN UP QUEEN

She is the go with the flow kind of girl , open minded person and will turn up regardless of the timing and situation . She may not know much about the trip but she will definitely turn up . Sis is a mood , lively and laid down for whatever . We all need someone who’s always there for a good time .

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