The daunting tasks of gathering documents, bank statements, getting an appointment date, being asked a series of questions at the embassy, the uncertainty as you wait for a visa are seemingly reasons enough to steer clear off the globe-trotting route. A Kenyan passport is a strong identification document that ranks among top 60 globally in the PP index. The blue book allows you access to 39 countries visa-free and for 29 countries, you can easily get a visa on arrival. Now you can satisfactorily fill up your Kenyan passport with stamps.
Step 1: Do you have your Kenyan passport? If not, check out our systematic guide on how to get one.
Step 2: Save! Save! Save! Save your leave days, save your money, save yourself from the routine.
Step 3: Plan your destination because you deserve that vacation. Statistics show that looking forward to travel experiences increases the level of happiness.
Step 4: Book your flight and accommodation.
Step 5: Go!
We thought of helping you for step 3 just to see the levels of happiness and positive energy increase despite the current general elections mood.
Sea, Sun, Sand
An island vacation is the ultimate destination to escape the bustling Nairobi, not to mention the cold temperatures.
Seychelles is the closest archipelago to the Kenyan coast. With more than 100 islands to visit by either boat or plane, you’ll find diverse scenery. This includes a UNESCO Heritage Site that houses a palm forest with the largest seed in the plant kingdom and giant tortoises.
Barbados has a luxury flair to it where you can see lots of sports celebrities strolling by. If you enjoy sports like cricket and polo, snorkeling with sea turtles or surfing, this Island hits the jackpot.
Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 islands that you could explore outside the tourists’ radar. Nature lovers, solo travelers and scuba divers may find the Abaco Islands unbelievably charming.
Lands of Ancient Kingdoms
If you love learning about the history of each city or country you visit, the different languages and cultural practices, these two countries should check your list.
Indonesia has a history that dates to 2500 BC where remnants of kingdoms have been traced across the 18,000 islands making it the largest archipelago in the world. Not to worry, you can narrow down to 2 Islands; Java and Bali. You’ll get a sneak peek of the Javanese Majapahit Kingdom that ran from the 13th to 14th centuries and see a long parade of colorful Hindu ceremonies.
Bolivia is popular for the largest salt flats in the world, Salar de Uyuni. However, for a trip down the memory lane, visit the ancient city of the Tiwanaku people that predated the Hispanic rule between 400 and 900 AD.
We understand soaring 18,000 feet is not for everyone. If you want to see land everywhere you go regardless of the number of hours spent in a car, this Jumia Travel package of 5 countries in 18 days is for you.
A breathtaking, camping adventure will take you across Lake Manyara in Tanzania, Chitimba and Chipoka Beaches on the shores of Lake Malawi. You’ll relax in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia and enjoy a walking safari across the Victoria Falls Bridge to Livingstone. The highlight of the trip will of course be the Okavango Delta Safari where you’ll see lions swimming through deep waters.
These 10 countries barely scratch the surface of the 68 countries you can sight-see with your Kenyan passport without stepping foot into an embassy.
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