Africa

First time in Lagos: Where to Stay and What to Expect

So you've made the decision to travel to the heart of Nigeria, but you aren't sure what to expect.  Where do you stay, and what do you need to know before landing? Fear not, the Godfather of the Passport Mafia went for his first trip in October - and figured it out...

ACCRA: Top 5 Reasons Why

The West African nation of Ghana is a place that never jumped out at me... meaning, I never had any particular desire to visit Ghana, until I made some new friends on a cruise who were all of Ghanaian descent.  After partying with them all week and hearing so much...

Accra Antics

SCENT OF AFRICA Deep within the malls and retail stores of Accra, Ghana lies a hidden treasure known as Scent of Africa.  It can be found right next to Gucci Guilty and Polo Red in the cologne and perfume section of select retailers, but what is the story behind...

American Dollars In Zimbabwe

Another peculiar phenomenon in Zimbabwe is that they are literally using US Dollars as their proper currency.  In many foreign countries, people will accept US Dollars… because they know they can exchange them for their own currency easily.  Similarly, in some foreign...

FIVE Things that Surprised Me in Zimbabwe

In March of 2017, I took a very spontaneous trip to the city of Harare, in Zimbabwe. My friend from Dubai, who's actually Zimbabwean, was going home to visit and she knows how the A.K. loves spontaneity.  She promised me a full tour of the city - local style - if...

Zimbabwe’s Cash Crisis: What’s Going On?

According to the Travel.State.Gov website on Zimbabwe, there is a “cash liquidity crisis” in the country which travelers need to be aware of… but it doesn’t provide much context or explanation.  So what’s actually going on?  How are things on the ground? After...

Johannesburg for One Day

In attempting to plan a trip to Zimbabwe, I learned that it’s MUCH better to fly round-trip from the USA to South Africa, and then book a separate round-trip flight from South Africa to Zimbabwe.  Not only will it save you money, but it’ll also give you flexibility...