We all know the plight of being a Kenyan passport holder when it comes to travelling; the hustle that entails procuring visas to prime tourist and travel destinations. Well! worry no more; NO VISA NO PROBLEM!! I have compiled a list of exotic destinations that us Kenyans can travel to without the hustle of applying for visas and a rough estimate of how much such a trip would cost. I have personally not travelled to these destinations but looking forward to visiting someday with proper planning and saving of course.
Disclaimer: Despite the fact that these countries extend visa free status to Kenyans, each Kenyan must have the following; proof of a return ticket or a ticket to another destination, proof of funds to support their stay whilst in a given country, proof of hotel reservations and must be willing to satisfy the border entry personnel of these countries of their intent in the given country. Not forgetting that the visa free status is usually 30 days, of course depending on each country.
I came up with a list of 5 countries that I would personally love to visit that extend visa free status;
- Hong Kong
An autonomous state on the Southeast region of China, known for its impressive skyline and natural harbours. Some points of interest in Hong Kong are the Hong Kong Museum, Ocean Peak, Victoria Peak, Disneyland Hong Kong, Lantau Island, Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Buddha, Clock Tower and Madame Tussaud. Am sure these sound appealing to you as an adventure and your obvious question would be how much will this cost your pocket.
Cost: Plane tickets will cost you about kshs. 65000 return and accommodation for 5 days will cost about 25,000 on a budget traveller. Activities within Hong Kong and food will cost about kshs. 30,000. Total cost will be about kshs. 120,000 for a 5 day trip to Hong Kong.
The beauty about Malaysia is the fact that it is a diverse and multicultural country ranging from the Malay, Chinese, Indian, European culture and people. There are various places to visit in Malaysia as it is known among others for its amazing beaches. There are various areas to choose from when visiting Malaysia such as Langkawi, Penang Island, Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Kapas. For a first timer I would probably suggest Kuala Lumpur the capital. If you have the adventurer spirit and a little more money to spare then you can always squeeze in one of Malaysia’s impressive islands such as Penang which is about 3 hours 40 minutes by road from Kuala Lumpur by road.
Kuala Lumpur has amazing sites such as Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, National Museum of Malaysia, Bukit Bintang, Aquaria KLCC, Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur Bird Museum and plenty of shopping venues.
Cost: Plane tickets will cost about kshs. 70000 return, accommodation will cost about kshs 25000 for five nights in amazing hotels such as Ramada Kuala Lumpur, activities will cost around kshs 40,000. The total cost for this trip will amount to around kshs. 135,000 for a budget traveller. The best part of all is that food is quite affordable in Kuala Lumpur with diverse culinary options.
Does it sound like a plan? Well yes, but it should be noted that The Republic of Singapore’s capital Singapore has just been named the most expensive city in the world for a number of years now according to a research conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit.
Singapore has some amazing fun filled sites such as the Sentosa Island Resort, Universal Studios, Garden by Bay, National Orchid Gardens, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore Flyer, Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.
Cost: Plane tickets to Singapore will cost about kshs. 82,000 return, accommodation will cost about kshs. 42000 for hotel such as Big Hotel, activities and food can cost about kshs. 50,000. The total cost of the trip will amount to about kshs. 174,000, but on budget travel this prices can even go lower.
When I think about Mauritius, I think lovely sandy beaches, the turquoise blue waters and quite often a honeymoon destination. There are a number of places that can interest you in Mauritius such Le Morne of the South Coast, the Black River Gorges (for the out doorzy type who have an interest in hiking), Chamarel (beautiful sand dunes made of a variety of colours…how cool!) and Bel Ombre located on the Savanne District, Port Louis amongst others.
One thing is clear, Mauritius is an expensive destination and as such I would recommend it as a honeymoon destination. Not much to see and for this reason it would be fitting for newly weds who have saved up for this trip.
Cost: Plane tickets kshs. 120,000 return, accommodation will cost about kshs. 35,000 for serviced apartments for 5 days such as Baywatch Apartments, activities and food are highly dependant on the types of activities one can engage in while in the Island. Total cost is roughly kshs. 200,000.
Philippines has some of the most exotic beach locations in the world to the most popular Boracay beaches that are known for scuba diving, kitesurfing, parasailing and nightlife. There are also locations such as Cebu, Davao, El Nido, Puerto Princesa; the list goes on and on.
Cost: Connecting flights from Kenya via Manila the capital to Boracay can cost upwards of kshs 140,000 return, accommodation will cost about kshs. 30,000 for a 5 day stay at Hotel Soffia in Boracay, activities and food will cost about kshs. 40,000. The total cost will be about kshs. 210,000.
Well, this amount can be raised through setting aside small amounts of your money onto your travel kitty.
I hope this inspires you in one way or another to save up and travel the world.
Thanks for stopping by and I will leave you with a quote that I absolutely love.
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” Gustave Flaubert