Wisdom of the Hive Mind: Recs and Tips for Honeymooners and Other Travellers

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church


  • Ghana is amazing and safe. Generally, people are very nice, and the public transportation system, while a little different than what people associate with public transit, is very well-developed.
  • Make sure you keep your luggage claim tags! They require you to prove that your bags belong to you before you’re able to leave Kotoka.
  • Life’s better away from Accra. I know there’s a lot to see along the coast, but it just wasn’t something that interested me — I’m not really a beach person anyway. I’ve heard great things about Cape Coast from other yevu, but I haven’t been there. It’s worth catching a trotro up to the Volta Region and visiting places like the Wli waterfall, the Kpando potters, the Cedi bead factory… even just going and staying at a hotel around Lake Volta is beautiful.
  • It’s also worth going up to Larabanga and Mole National Park to see the elephants. The drive from Fulfoso to Larabanga is kind of a bumpy nightmare, but it’s so dark that the stars are fabulous at night. Just make sure to have lodging near Mole before you go because they book up very quickly.
  • I’ve heard great things about Bolgatonga, but I never made it up there because I was so busy at work in Hohoe.
  • You have to go to the market on market days. The colors are spectacular and there are a lot of interesting foods and other items. Don’t believe the first price they tell you for things, however — you have to bargain.
  • Be careful when it comes to fufu. Cassava can be really dangerous if it’s not cooked correctly. If you get fufu, get plantain fufu. Kelewele is pretty much the best food ever, especially with red-red. The corn is different and so much tastier — you’ll see a lot of people selling it right off of the grill on the side of the road. Fanice is also THE BEST — tastiest ice cream ever. Despite what a lot of guide books tell you, you don’t have to take any water filters or anything — they sell bags of water that have been treated. They taste pretty funky though, so I took along a bottle and some Crystal Light, heh.
  • Get some of the optional vaccinations before you go. Yellow fever is required, but I also got the vaccinations for typhoid and rabies in addition to all of my boosters. Don’t forget to take your anti-malarials as prescribed — I’ve had malaria and it suuuuccckkkkeeeedddd.
  • If you’re washing your clothes, dry them in your room. Botflies will land and lay eggs on drying clothing, and you don’t want those larvae in you. If you HAVE to hang clothes outside, iron them before wearing.
  • People are very laid back when it comes to time. VERY laid back. Everything runs on ‘Ghana time’, so don’t be surprised if things are running a couple of hours behind, especially in rural areas.

If anyone has any questions about Ghana, I’d be more than happy to answer them. Not a crazy popular tourist destination, I know, but someone might be interested in visiting one day.

Post # 4
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@MarriedToMyWork:  Where did you stay in Florence? We’re booking a trip to Italy in May and would love a hotel recommendation!

Post # 6
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@MarriedToMyWork:  Do you use AirBnb to book apartments in Italy? We’ve thought of that too, haven’t ever used AirBnb though. (The last time I went to Italy I stayed in hostels, I think my DH wants something a little nicer than that but we aren’t willing to pay an arm and a leg!)

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