At Moon&Star guesthouse we encourage people to take time while travelling because our area and the rest of the country, in general, is worthy of your time. The longer you spent at a location the more in-depth your experience is going to be. In this blog, I’m going to give you 3 reasons why Ghana should be your next slow travel destination.
What is slow travel?
Life is getting faster and faster, even though the pandemic has forced us to slow down a bit. But still, when people contact me about a trip, some of them seem to want to see everything in a short amount of time.
This is a pity because Ghana really is a perfect slow travel destination.
According to Remote Year the definition of slow travel is:
“Slow travel is an approach to travel that emphasizes connection: to local people, cultures, food and music. It relies on the idea that a trip is meant to educate and have an emotional impact, in the present moment and for the future, while remaining sustainable for local communities and the environment.”
They wrote a very interesting blog about this way of travelling that I encourage you to read!
Ghana is big in little things, reason number 1
This beautiful and diverse West-African country isn’t famous for its grand tourist attractions. When you come I encourage you to enjoy the little things. This is Africa for beginners, which means that you can come and travel on your own. Just take a walk, stop at a food seller, enjoy a meal and immerse yourself in the culture.
The same goes for travelling in Ghana. Take your time to travel with local transportation. The people will surely help you to get around. And you’ll have so many beautiful encounters which allow you to get to know the country better than when you rush from A to B.
I wrote a series of blog posts that explain how local transport in Ghana works
When you rush through Ghana you’ll miss ouT!
FOMO (fear of missing out) is one of the reasons why tourists want to see as many attractions as possible while travelling. To me, this is kind of funny because when you rush from destination to destination you’ll actually miss a lot! When you travel slow and take the advice from the locals and the lodges where you are staying you get to see so many beautiful things!
Let me give you an example. As said many people want to see Accra, Cape Coast, Elmina, Busua, the Wli falls, Tamale and Mole NP during their 3-week vacation. This is certainly possible, but you won’t have much time to interact with the locals and you’ll miss beautiful slow travel destinations like Kwahu, Lake Bosumtwi, the rest of the Volta and our beautiful area in Ashanti. Check the pictures below to see some of the things you’ll miss!
Last month someone booked our Ashanti tour, which is really the perfect example of a good slow travel tour! The rest of her itinerary was very full. Her stay with us was the longest that she stayed at one place. Guess what she said after the trip. The Ashanti tour had given her the opportunity to immerse herself in the Ghanaian culture and in hindsight, this was the highlight of the whole vacation!
There are more than 3 reasons why Ghana should be your next slow travel destination
I think I already stated more than 3 reasons why a visit to this country in Africa is totally worth it to be on your slow travel bucket list. But I can add a few more. When you stay longer at less touristic places, you are not only helping the locals, your trip will be cheaper. You won’t spend much on transportation.
Besides that, your trip will be more ecological and socially sustainable.