This is the first of the five versions I’d be writing about my road trip to Ghana, and it’d be focused on those things I Think You should consider before traveling from Lagos to Ghana, drawing from my experience:
The second & third covered my experience wandering around Accra For 3 Nights alongside 6 other adventure lovers. The most important things I learned about Ghana and Ghanaians will be the content of the fourth, while the fifth will border around the Cost Breakdown Of My Trip To Ghana.
Without further ado, let’s dive in.
Don’t do A solo Trip
Considering that I’ve had a fair share of both solo and group trips, I think I’m in the right position to advise you on this. Here are a few benefits of traveling alongside others.
- Expenses are shared: This is a very crucial part of my philosophy about budget travel. Traveling with amazing folks like Adesi, Folake, Precious, Chinemerem, Jide, and SS made me see more reasons why I should do so more often as we bore all the burdens of the trip equally from the taxis we took to the food we ate, down to the building we dwelt. We dashed ourselves some Pasewas without batting an eyelid and it felt so good. At the Aflao border, SS bought enough bread and mangoes to go around.
- It’s never a dull moment: we discussed loudly topics ranging from relationship to sex to politics down to travel and religion. I for one learned tons of new stuff from the beings who are of different ideologies.
- Network: Folake is a professional fashion stylist who’s worked for top artists in the Nigerian music industry. Adesi and Chinemerem are top guys in Printivo (Nigeria’s largest online Print company), Jide calls shots at Abax-OOSA, a company of chartered accountants, SS, an engineer at CAT and precious, his girlfriend is a sales specialist at Pragmatic Technologies.
Imagine I had traveled alone. Just imagine.
Plan well before leaving
By this, I mean things like understanding the relationship between Naira and Cedis; Time difference between Nigeria and Ghana; The borders between the 2 countries and of course, the cost of living.
In as much as I hate doing this, I learned a huge lesson from this trip as the feedback almost everyone gave was that we could have an even more amazing time if we had planned for longer. The troubles associated with not planning well thought me great lessons, even though something inside me feels it made the trip more interesting. Lol
Travel By Road
Like it’s obtainable in Europe, I wished Nigeria could be linked to Benin, Togo and Ghana via a rail line (light or locomotive). That probably will happen long after I join the afterlife. But while I’m here, Going by road is what I’d always advise. Why?
- It’s way safer to travel from Nigeria down to Ghana by road than it is traveling from Lagos to Ibadan or any other state in Nigeria. You needn’t pray against road accidents, and if you must, it has to be that God covers you till you exit Nigeria. You’d understand this advice better once you exit Nigeria.
- There are loads of things to catch your attention as you journey through the bubbling border neighborhoods in the Benin Republic through the tiny coastal villages in Togo. How about the very strange but fascinating roadside foods? Trust me, Gala isn’t the best thing to happen to road trips.
3. You’d have a rare opportunity to see how composed and professional, the security officials are in these countries. Here’s not to say there aren’t corrupt officers among them, but they are just kind of matured about it.
You can travel with or without a passport
In order to travel by road to Ghana, you either will need a valid international passport a valid ID card, or neither of them, but the prices you’d pay will vary.
Those who have an already stamped passport will pay the lowest. By this, I mean people who have traveled outside Nigeria at least once and have gotten their passports stamped.
If your passport is yet to be stamped, you’d pay slightly higher than if it’s been stamped. If you’d (like me) be traveling with just a valid ID card (e.g driver’s license, Voter’s card, or national ID card), you’d pay way more than you would, if you had a passport. But pay the most when you do not have any of the aforementioned.
You’d as well need a yellow fever paper which you can pay N500 for if you don’t have, but it’s advisable you buy the booklet which usually ranges from N1,000 to N1,500, and can be obtainable at the border clinics or immigration offices.
Don’t Travel With Cross Country Bus Company
Now, here’s not to sound derogatory, but I have to just let you know it the way it is. We were long into the mess before knowing it too. The fact that we wanted a cheap alternative lured us into the mess. This bus company lacked the organization and sensitivity required of a transport company. From the deception on the type of bus to the lack of empathy they exhibited when we were almost stranded in Accra made us regret booking a round trip with them.
Hold your cash
Do not rely on your Naira debit cards as that might be the fastest route to getting stranded. I almost did, but for the quick intervention of Adesi and SS who loaned me money till we got back into Nigeria.
The long and short story is that you should hold as much cash as you’d need. Don’t be scared, the Cedis will swallow all the Naira you have, hereby shrinking your bulky Naira notes, no matter how much. You can either change your money in Aflao or Halakondji border.
That wraps it up on the things I think you should know before traveling from Lagos to Ghana.
Is there any question you’d want to still ask which isn’t covered here? Please mention using the comment box. And if you have a few contributions to make to all I’ve mentioned, I’d be really happy to hear from you as well.
By the way, I recorded a video detailing the highlight of our stay in Ghana. Watch it here.
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