Summer holiday is one of the most anticipated periods in the life of different families both domestically and globally. In Lagos, Nigeria, it is a period families devote to some sort of reunification for fun.
This is largely because the school season runs from September/October to June/July traversing three terms (for primary and secondary schools) or two semesters (for tertiary institutions). More so, businesses are not on the boom within this period because of the rainy season. Also, corporate employees schedule their leave periods to fit.
Consequent upon the above, families have ample time for overseas travels, inter-state family visitations (some intra-state), visitation of beaches, amusement parks, gardens, the zoo, museums, and other tourist attractions.
As this period approaches, family members, especially kids, ignite the frenzy of ‘where are we visiting this year?’ The onus then lies on the parents to make choices that suit their pockets and the year’s intentions.
This frenzy is part of what the pandemic has drastically reduced and family members had to adjust to the new normal. Most affected is overseas travel as many countries have placed restrictions on travelers, especially inbound.
Domestically, state governments have also placed conditions for visiting tourist and leisure sites with emphasis on strict compliance to covid-19 protocols.
Summer holidays are here again and families have, somehow, limited choices to make due to the above challenges.
Azuka Edokobi is a Writer and Entrepreneur