How to Turnup and Travel for FREE

How to travel for free.
Lots of people ask where to start or how to travel frequently and one of the many ways has to combine work/business travel with a bit of leisure for wanderlust. Of course not all jobs provide travel opportunities but here is what you can do to unlock some trips

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1. Volunteer - most of these do come with accommodation, meals and transport covered so you only bring pocket money. Since it's also nonprofit and for good, if you have to chip in, it won't dent your pocket that much and you get to do something you are proud of. You can also join clubs like Rotaract or Rotary where you'll also network, travel and grow. …


Today’s International Youth Day which gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

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Let me share some stats and figures to showcase the youth potential in tourism and arts.

In Kenya’s tourism, most of the domestic tourism players are youth led who have been a key driver of growth of the industry and some wholly rely on local tourists and serve them with dignity and affordably. If you’re looking to switch careers or start a business, the majority of the tourism workforce worldwide is female — 54 percent of people employed in tourism are women compared to 39 per cent in the broader economy. Youth travel has become one of the fastest growing segments of international tourism, representing more than 23% of the over one billion tourists travelling internationally each year. When the going gets tough, the young travel — and keep travelling. Young travellers are relatively intrepid and less likely to be phased by economic problems, political unrest or health epidemics. WYSE research indicates that around 60% of youth travel budgets are spent in the destination which is great for sustainable tourism. …


Today, Kenya won a United Nations Security Council seat for a two year term, after we garnered 129 votes, beating Djibouti with 62, in a 2nd round of voting in New York. The first round of voting had taken place last night (17 June) where Kenya only got 113 votes with Djibouti at 78, an insufficient majority

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What does this mean to Kenya as a destination? I asked this on Twitter last night, and it has elicited mixed reactions so far:

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Nairobi, Kenya

Is it a big deal?

The UNSC is the highest funded among the UN’s six organs. It is charged with ensuring international peace and security. In late 2018, KDF was regarded as one of the top 10 military outfits in Africa, so one can presume that Kenya will continue leading the way in tackling regional…


Got 24 hours in Mombasa? Here’s the plan for sunrise to sunrise

Got 24 hours in Mombasa? Here's how to spend the day from sunrise to sunrise.

Catch the beautiful Nyali Sunrise and jog by the beach

After the sunrise, have breakfast at your hotel or proceed to old town for breakfast at Jahazi Coffee House. You can sample different Swahili breakfast delicacies. Including Viazi vya karai, Bhajiya, Samosas and best combination of Mbaazi ya nazi with Mahamri.

As that food settles, do a tour of Fort Jesus and old town with a local guide. Important to get one so your gear is safe in those alleyways and promote a local as they know the area best. …


Turnup.Travel marked Madaraka Day in style by exercising the freedoms enshrined in the constitution of Kenya and with compliance of COVID 19 safety guidelines.

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To commemorate this year’s self independence day we stepped out for 12 hours with 12 pax from dawn to dusk all within the set 5am to 7pm curfew in Nairobi to give people a glimpse of everyday life in Nairobi, what the new normal looks like and tell stories.

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One thing we’ve always achieved is showing the beauty of the city and realities whilst depicting contrast between old and new, vintage and modern and in this case, the new normal vs the city we knew with a twist of how the future looks like from what the people are looking forward to. It simply asked “​what does freedom mean to you​” and we’ll bring some stories from around Nairobi. ​We explored what freedom means to people, what it has meant for past generations, what it means in the current pandemic and what it might mean in the…


#NairobaeIGTour 6.0: What the most expensive monument in Kenya’s history teaches us

Do you know CSR projects that allocate more budget on PR than the cause itself? Do good.

Or NGOs that put more funds into administration than the work itself? It took Covid 19 to stop the madness.

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In Nyeri, there's a project signage that probably cost more than the pit latrine. Shit man!

There's a whole debate around the ethics of hotels that laid off workers but doing to CSR going on in my mentions. We shall revisit.

Or even bad products that end up taking more in ad dollars to convince people they need it or venture capital to subsidize them. Does that launch campaign cost more than the product? …


#NairobaeIGTour 6.0: Nyayo House history — The only difference is time. A different perspective

This building was initially to be named Nairobi House after the city when planning started in 1973, when Moi took over power construction started in 1979 and became Nyayo House which was completed in 1983 after the infamous 1982 coup attempt.

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Nyayo means footsteps in Swahili and our second president (now late) had promised Kenyans he would be following the footsteps of his predecessor, the founding president of Kenya and the father of the current president. Our first two presidents had an obsession of writing their names on cement and that means some of their aspirations for the country, legacy and dark history in the city stands today.
The failed 1982 coup attempt would grant Special Branch a base and the building a new use case to interrogate political dissidents. …


#NairobaeIGTour 6.0: Reflections from Uhuru Park Viewpoint

On Monday we marked Madaraka Day in a different way as a contrast and contradiction with what's currently going in the world and in the city. We exercised freedoms enshrined in the 🇰🇪 constitution to raise the issues of homelessness and the plight of street families. You're probably asking, why now and with all the things going on which is a question we had to ask ourselves too.

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One thing we've always achieved is showing the beauty of the city and realities whilst depicting contrast between old and new, vintage and modern and in this case, the new normal vs the city we knew with a twist of how the future looks like from what the people are looking forward to. Kenyans have always been enterprising and resilient but the current pandemic has brought another challenge altogether - mental health issues are on the rise. …


#NairobaeIGTour 6.0: Kipande House

In our previous 4 out of 5 Nairobi Instagram Tours, we've always occupied a rooftop at dawn to catch the sunrise. For the sixth edition, we decided to start at Uhuru Park viewpoint right opposite the Ministry of Health gate. Freedoms!

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Uhuru Park has always been political and photography in this city has been a challenge with run ins. We've lobbied for harmonization of licensing to make it easier for local creators to tell stories and more so attract foreigners to the country. As we reopen, can the country work for her people first and the city becomes more friendly to its residents before looking for visitors? …


Turnup.Travel is honoured to receive 1st Prize in this year’s International Tourism Film Festival Africa Award in the ‘Tourism Destination — Region’ category, putting Kenya on the global map with our video production ‘City v Beach: A Kenyan Experience’

The award comes at a time when most global destinations have inbound and outbound travel restrictions imposed on them during the Covid-19 pandemic. By virtually taking travellers on a visual journey, we can showcase experiences from the comfort of their homes, while also helping our B2B clients maintain direct contact to their source markets and guests with stunning visuals.

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Turnup.Travel Global is based in Nairobi, Kenya

Turnup.Travel Global started off as a tour operator serving themed experiences to new age travellers. However, we also realized that we have unbridled power through our lens and we have since been telling often overlooked stories to inspire people, educate and influence them to consider new destinations. …

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