About

Wakaholic

Welcome to my Blog

My name is Oto Tom. I am a Nigerian Lawyer with a passion for travel. I live and work in Lagos, Nigeria and have been traveling the world since 2010.

My favorite travel quote is by St. Augustine of Hippo-

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.”

How I Started

I remember my first trip out of the continent of Africa, which was to the United Arab Emirates. Prior to this experience, I was obsessed about travelling the world and would explore images of stunning destinations and wish i could afford to travel to those places. I was a rookie then, barely 3 years at the bar and still had academic pursuits ahead of me, therefore travelling around the world appeared impossible at the time. I simply thought i could not afford to travel.

Over the years, this ideology changed because i discovered that travel is never a matter of money but of courage. The difficulty and uncertainty surrounding visa application is a reason why travel is perceived by the average Nigerian as luxury rather than a necessary component for a well balanced life.

Travel Bucket List

Visa application procedures in Nigeria are nerve-wracking and expensive. As a Nigerian Passport holder, i require visas to visit most Countries of the world (including countries in Africa) and i have visited more embassies than i can count.

Having suffered rejection in the past, despite having genuine intentions, I patiently developed my travel records from visa friendly countries to countries with strict visa policies, and this came at a cost to me.

My Travel Goals

My ultimate goal is to connect with adventure seekers around the world through inspiring travel stories/destinations, show you how you can travel the world even when you have a full-time job, and to inspire the average Nigerian Passport Holder by sharing actionable visa application tips for successful visa applications.

I believe one of the best ways to truly experience local culture when we travel is to try the food, which is why I also feature food articles from my adventures around the globe.

Korean Barbecue

 

Why Wakaholic?

The name ‘Wakaholic’ is derived from the Nigerian pidgin word ‘waka’ (meaning travel/go/walk) and it represents an avid traveler. It was inspired by my desire to challenge myself to see more of the world, discover hidden tales, share what I find, and encourage people to travel more.

What You Will Find on this Blog

Oto’s Journal (places I have been)

Inspiring Travel Stories

Funny Travel Experiences

Travel Tips on Safe Travels & How to Travel on a Budget

Food Adventures

Visa Application Tips for Nigerian Passport Holders

Hotel Reviews

Airline Reviews

 

Travel With Me!

I organise group travel events every year (Wakaholic Adventure), where we select ‘Bucket List Destinations’ and explore these destinations as a team. Loyal readers/followers get the opportunity to win amazing freebies on these adventures.

In September 2016, we explored Inagbe Grand Resort & Leisure in Lagos. See our photos here.

In June 2017, we explored the Seychelles Islands. See our photos here.

Seychelles

In 2018, we shall explore Europe.

This is a unique trip with a small group of friendly people unlike any other tour out there. If you are interested in joining us on this exciting travel adventure, send a request to thewakaholic@gmail.com and i will send over all the details.

To feature your travel photos on this blog, please email thewakaholic@gmail.com.

I hope this blog inspires you to travel more.

A Letter To My Younger Self

Let’s connect on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

5 comments

  1. Wow!!! This is a welcome development!! You have my full support. It’s beautiful. Happy new year in advance. God’s blessings.

Leave a Reply to iPrincess Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.