Is Ghana West Africa a Tourist Destination

I am a moral person, which is a nice thing to say about myself, but what doe this mean? A moral person feels a sense of duty to behave right, and not wrong, maybe good and not bad. Whenever I write about any location, I worry that maybe I am encouraging you to go have problems, this is never my intentions.

I have personal reservation about the saying,
"Live and let live."
It is implies I am suppose to look the other way when somebody is doing something I consider bad. I do not look the other way, I will say my opinion, however, am I going to actively go and stop people from doing bad? Only when it upgrades to first class evil, then I will step in and try to stop evil, this is the responsibility of all humans.

Ghana is not evil, Ghana is great for me, but does a moral man recommend tourist travel to Ghana as a "Tourist Destination." What is the tour? Where are they going to tour? Is there any Tourist Attractions here that deserves you sacrificing a couple weeks of your life?

My answer is NO; it is only a country to visit after you have visited maybe 50 others. Ghana is where you can make a decision to travel after Asia, India, Thailand, Japan, Central and South America.

Tourist should never fail, they should always enjoy their trip, for me to recommend that novice tourist to travel to Ghana or West Africa is encourage tourist to do something that could turn out horrible. After a tourist has visited 50 countries, they have learned to enjoy strange diversity, poverty and difficult situations.

Ho, Ghana West Africa --- Thursday, February 3, 2011


Travel Writing and Travel Writers Suck
I write and travel, there is no escaping, I just cannot escape being defined loosely as a Travel Writer, but morally I do not feel good being group with travel writers.

"Travel Writers will write about anything that makes them look good, and earns money."

"Travel Writers live in Resorts for free; recommend places they would never visit if they had to pay with their own money."

I am in the wrong place, the wrong country, the absolutely worst place on the planet to find advertisers for my site.

Why come to Ghana?
I am lying here in bed in the Tarso Hotel in Ho, Ghana, I am alone, but I am not lonely. Maybe on a clear day you can see forever, maybe on clear day you will know, understand and accept your future. How can we find a clear day, the good path, the light at the end of the tunnel in a world that is almost exponentially becoming more confusing?

We need to walk until we have escaped the confusion of our normal lives, you will know when you have reached the place, because almost nothing reminds you of Home. There is nothing about the place that is home, there is no way Ho, Ghana is my "Home Away from Home."

When you come to a place that is truly not home, you will know your own home and be grateful, because you climbed out of the valley of confusion onto a mountain, From this mountain you can see clearly and nothing will ever be the same again.

Traveling to place where you see no other Travelers will teach you:
To be alone, but not lonely.
To learn how to find happiness when you are unhappy.
To accept love from people when offered.
To leave people, and know you never left, you are still with them.
To have real friendship with a person you met five minutes ago.
To want people in your life, but never be needy.
To stop looking for the ultimate answer that will solve all problems.
To stop trying to escape, because you have escaped.
To know the path away from confusion is the clear path, and know you are on it.

Travel is to fall in love with the simple things in life, and to walk down a path until your friends stop following, and accept they believe you are crazy for leaving their world. You friends will believe you are crazy, and you will believe they are crazy for staying.

A little voice in all humans keeps saying,
"Escape, escape, escape."
That little voice has stopped in my head because I have escaped, and now I am found.

Should you come to a remote place like Ghana? Yes, when you are ready to climb out of your box. However, please remember, when you arrive at the end of the earth, there be dragons. These dragons will burn away the past, scorch away old memories and you can create a new person out of the ashes, and this is painful.

Is Ghana West Africa a Tourist Destination


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Wow. :)

Hi me "live and let live", a maxim I personally live by, means: Let people BE who they are, rather than let people DO whatever they want. Obviously we need some general rules in society to ensure we can all live and BE, safely. If baddies trangress those laws they should be punished. For me its more about tolerance and not being critical and judgemental of those around us who are not exactly what we are used to, or what we expect. Happy travels, Melanie (I enjoy your posts)

Contrarian thought on travel to the CNN images of Arab countries. Perhaps visiting Tunisia, Egypt, or Jordan might offer exceptional travel values and deals. I'll bet many 4 and 5 star hotels will be dropping their prices soon. I wonder if inbound tickets to these places have fallen? Currency devaluations might see some wonderful deals? Might be a good time to head North.


Apparently Kokrobite and surrounding beaches are popular.
Supposed to be a mix of tourists, souvenir traders and local fishermen.
Not sure if you passed through there when along the coast, west of Accra.

Australian owned
Big Milly's website shows rooms starting at 15 Cedis.
But there's a bar, so may not work for you.

Who knows, might be a few English speakers.
Perhaps it's of some interest prior to your exit in a few weeks.
Just passing it along.


Bravo! Andy, I'm so glad you returned to blogging again. Your posts are great fun to read and as always thought provoking.

Your recent love negotiations were very intriguing but difficult to understand. I guess I wonder how a man aspiring to self-actualization would expect a primative woman to understand equality, much less to be compatible. Even so, it was a great read and I'm sorry she is gone. Couldn't you get her an adjoining room so you each had the freedom to live as you wished? It sounded like she was bored and was definately not feeling the escape aspect you write about. You are living out of the box and she doesn't even understand the concept.

Maybe you will someday meet a woman who aspires to the same values as you do. Who will meet you in the middle and satisfy her needs for love and yours as well. I admire your openness with your feelings and wish you happiness.

perfect.writings today.i went to a funeral yesterday and been feeling some what odd,as you do after such events and your words made me feel better.thankyou.

Please do not come all the way to this area of West Africa for the beaches, there is nobody on the beaches, it is barren. Maybe in the Gambia or Senegal there are enough European surfers, but I have not been there.

There is only one great reason to come to West Africa, that is for the male to come and meet nice women. (Contrary or 100 percent opposite to the women in Thailand or the Philippines, this is the best alternative to a bad choice.)

The beaches suck, there is no moutains, the land away from the water is dry and desert or Islamic. There is this sliver of land that is Christian and welcoming to white people, but is double the cost of Asia, India, Central or South America which makes it a bad value for Backpacker. The only truly good value is for the men who want to come find a wife, that is the highest and best use of the Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Cote d'Ivoire region of West Africa.

- All the NGO and Missionaries need to leave.

Bah in Separate Room
--- On hindsight, that was a solution, but were many small problems, and some I am not going to write about or explain here.

Values as Me?
I think I am so far out of the box, there is almost no woman on the planet that can relate to me. I need a woman that has perpetually traveled for a few years, not living overseas, I mean moving, perpetually moving.

Truth is this, I am happy, I am content, yes of course I have ups and downs, and as normal everything in writing has higher impact than real life. Real life can be calm and I can write about something that happened in the course of 15 minutes, and the reader feels as if my whole day was a disaster.

Life is Good

Even if you did find a woman who "has perpetually traveled for a few years, not living overseas, I mean moving, perpetually moving", how do you "keep it all together"?
As a traveler, your maxim is to have fun. To move on when a place doesn't suit you anymore. Any relationship gets to the point where it isn't fun anymore. It is difficult enough for sedentary people to keep it together. If you constantly have your options open to the degree that a traveler has, and value that power to the degree travelers do, then it seems very unlikely that the concept of a long term relationship will fit in. I know Wade and Craig may be doing things differently, but then, they have offspring that functions as the cement to keep them and their partners together.

My 2 cents worth. And yes, damnit, I'm really pissed off at my fiance this morning... Argh!

Thanks for your posts.

Bah wanted to have a baby, I was thinking about calling this Baby Cement the "Perpetual Travelers Curse," the way we stop traveling.

It is interesting you say this:
"As a traveler, your maxim is to have fun."
My maxim is to remove all annoyances and the remainderman is fun.

I am not sure that is true, truly most of my days feel very routine and normal.

The "POWER" I have is the trump card of leaving, not so much the fun. I am able to walk away far enough from any problem to totally eliminate and exterminate even residual effects.

Generally, life is full of residual problems that turn into long-term resentments. I always feel sorry for divorced people that need to go talk with their ex spouse they hate.

Happiness and fun is rewarded to the person recognizes people who cause problems, then removing these annoying people from their doorstep quickly, then also learn how to keep them from returning. When you can do that, all that is left in life is enjoyment. I seldom work very hard to have fun, I do little, I am content when all the annoyances are "Jete" out the door.

"My answer is NO it is only a country to visit after you have visited maybe 50 others. Ghana is where you can make a decision to travel after Asia, India, Thailand, Japan, Central and South America.

Tourist should never fail, they should always enjoy their trip, for me to recommend that novice tourist to travel to Ghana or West Africa is encourage tourist to do something that could turn out horrible. After a tourist has visited 50 countries, they have learned to enjoy strange diversity, poverty and difficult situations."

Hi Andy,

I have been following your site for about a year now and really dig your realist point of view. In response to the quotation above, I would like to visit the western and/or southern parts of africa in the near future with the only developing country I've spent time in being mexico (yeah, yeah). I am a 31 year old male (5th generation american/african descent) of objectively good health and sound mind and really have no interest in visiting any of the prerequisite countries you listed...w/ the exception of maybe india and parts of asia....I prefer to do and see things the average person doesn't consider.

Do you really think it will be a total disaster if I make it my first truly international destination? Thanks for your time.

JD, if the "Horrible" does not scare you, then not a problem.

If you are a Black person, than it will be ten times easier than a White man, I stick out like a sore thumb.

Speed is what causes most travelers problem, the slower you go, the sater.

Are you going to be tourist on a two week vacation, or are you coming out for months?

The problem for a tourist is they just cannot seem to stop with the "Africa is Poor" crap, this feeling sorry, or wanting to help perverts their brains and makes not treat the locals as equals.

I said horrible, I did no say you would get killed, it just could be trying.

Thanks for the reply Andy.

Yes, I am Black, however my skin tone and some of my features are not "sub-saharan" so although I may have a slightly easier time, I'm not so sure I will blend in.

I plan on staying for about 3 weeks at first...I am NOT a bleeding-heart, so I hold no illusions about "saving the world" -- I really look at travel like Ivan Illich ( and simply use it to expand my world-view and check out different kinds of girls - no real itinerary. I have lived in many types of situations and think I can handle myself for the most part.

Kind Regards,


There is nothing I could wish more for Africa, than good American Blacks coming to see where their roots are, to see the faces of their ancestors up close and real. This trip will make you see the black and white issues clearly and realize we are all the same, just a different paint used.

You will not have a problem, just keep the friendly tone and soft nature when traveling around in West Africa and they will accept you.

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