Street culture provides a glimpse into the social structure of every society. Thus, as a visitor or tourist coming to Ghana, there are some snippets of information you should always keep in mind as you travel and explore our beautiful country. It is imperative to ensure the rights and safety of yourself and your luggage should be your number one priority. It is always frustrating to get into a new city and feel so lost with no one to inquire or talk to, thankfully, you might be aware of the fact that Ghana is officially, an English speaking country, which connotes you must be able to speak some basic level of English or (in the most unfavourable situation) hire a translator to enable you go about your daily activities in relative ease.

There are several transactions undertaken by street hawkers and other business outlets on the streets daily. There is a plethora of itinerary to choose from ranging from household items to consumables among others. Here are some pointers to guide your smooth stay in Ghana:

Always keep these tips handy.
1. There is a popular culture in Ghana, particularly in the urban towns, people tend to buy things in traffic while driving or enjoying a comfortable ride on a commercial vehicle. These hawkers in traffic ease the pressure of roaming for items but please be mindful to respect the traffic rules and always keep your eyes on the road, which is your first obligation. If you decide to purchase any item in traffic, always make sure to get the item and the transactional change before handing over the money to the seller. This is just to ensure that you don’t move at the strike of the greenlight and leave your money behind.

2. There are several modes of transportation in the country; the commercial vehicles known in the local parlance as “Tro-tro’ (Trow-trow) and commercial cabs or Taxi. In Ghana, every commercial bus is Trow-trow. The commercial buses are relatively cheaper than the Taxi’s which is good for travelers who are looking for options to save some cash. There are other technological forms of transport such as Uber, Urbride and Taxify.
3. Never act rude to any vendor on the street. It is allowed for any prospective buyer to approach any vendor or shop and inquire about any item you might see attractive or appealing, but an invalid choice of words can result in a misunderstanding which I’m sure you might want to avoid as a tourist.

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