Safety Tips For Travellers To Ghana

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This is a short piece on how best to keep safe when you travel to Ghana.

How To Be Really Safe When You Travel To Ghana

Many things have changed in the travel industry since that unfortunate attack on the twin towers and the world trade center in New York fourteen years ago.

Before that time, most passengers thought air transport was one of the safest means of transportation. But their views were altered when the terrorists struck.
Ghana, like so many places around the world has not neglected issues concerning the safety of tourists. Nonetheless, a few incidents here and there make travelling around that beautiful country a bother.

That’s why this piece has been drafted with you, the traveller, in mind so you can enjoy your trip while staying safe and sound.

Below are ideas to help you do just that.

Security at the Airport

If you are not expecting anyone to pick you up then you should pick up a taxi at the Airport and ask the taxi driver to take you to your hotel.

Know where you are staying

No matter where you live you should seek information about the community. Believe me or not, some communities are not safe to live in and you need to know where you are so you can watch out for any threats of attack. Having lived in Ghana for close to 30 years, I can assure you that most places are safe at even nighttime but let the wise traveller heed this old maxim: ''to be forewarned is to be for armed.’’

Ask for directions if you are lost

When you are not so sure of where you are going, please ask for directions. Again, you should not agree if a taxi driver you have asked to take you somewhere tells you he wants others (people standing by the street) to join you in the cab.

Don’t stroll along very lonely beaches

Not all beaches are conducive for swimming. The ones at Osu and other ones along the coast are hideouts for miscreants. Make sure your backpack is with you at all times and never expose your money in public. Get the right amount of money you need before you leave for any place.

Ignore anyone who accosts you in town asking for help in cash or kind when you are on a trip to Ghana. Don’t party deep into the night. It is even a wrong idea to be at brothels since they are increasingly becoming hideouts for criminals.

Beware of Identity theft

Please sign out and close all browsers when you have finished browsing even in your hotel room and in Internet Cafes. It is best to come along with a laptop but you have to use it indoors if you are lucky to have Wi-Fi at the hotel’s premises. If not, you can get a modem for browsing and surfing the net.

Never divulge your credit card details

The medium of exchange is in cedis and pesewas. Cash is used at all points but you know some hotels and other facilities may ask that you use your credit card instead. Please don’t do it. Many people have become victims of credit card fraud and you shouldn’t be a victim too.

So any time you are on a trip to Ghana, do observe these personal safety tips and you will return to your homeland with fond memories.


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