A trip to Morocco is something that will amaze and delight you. The wonderful culture, architecture and food are just some of the things you will enjoy. Just like any other destination, there are things that you might need to know before you travel. These are designed to help you understand and appreciate the different cultures and lifestyles.
So, let us take a look at what to expect from your time in Morocco.
Sun and sand
Morocco has a lot of both, so you need to be aware of them and ensure you protect yourself while out there. If you are looking to embark on a solo travel tour to Morocco, then you will need to bring plenty of sunscreen as well as some light and airy clothes that will let you breathe and keep the sand out.
Many people will tell you to avoid the hottest parts of the day as this can become unbearably hot at times. It also depends on the time of year you will be travelling and where in Morocco you will be staying.
Men can usually dress how they want in Morocco, but women might feel the benefit of covering up to a certain degree to prevent unwanted attention. Choosing light and airy clothes and carrying a shawl or scarf is always a solid plan.
If you intend to visit any mosques while you are there, then you will need to cover yourself down to your wrists and ankles. Although you may see other tourists dressing how they please, it is always a good idea to know what may happen.
Money and credit cards
If you are staying or visiting established larger shops or restaurants, then they will likely accept credit cards. However, if you are visiting the street markets and food stalls, then they will only take cash payments.
It is important to keep your money in a safe place that no one can reach easily. These places are often crowded, and someone might try to take your money without you realising.
Although you can get currency exchanged in Morocco, it could be easier to do this before you travel. You can often exchange what you don’t spend back with the same company for a better rate.
Learn to haggle
Haggling is an integral part of Moroccan culture, so even if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, they will still expect you to try. If you are good, you might be able to get 25-50% off an item in a market. The price will still be good for them, and you will feel a sense of accomplishment.
Haggling even extends to the cab service in Morocco. You should set the price before you travel and stick to it. If you don’t, you will end up spending far more than you need to on your travel.
There will be places such as hotels that will know of local guides that can help you get around and show you the sights. Be careful to choose someone that is known to the hotel or the place you are staying.
If you are not going to use a guide, then you may find strangers coming up to you and asking if you need help. These may be looking for a tip and not taking you where you need to go, so be aware.
Be careful what water you drink
To be careful, you should always look for bottled (and sealed) water. Although this might cost you more, it is a safe way of avoiding bacteria and other problems. There are safety bottles that filter water if you don’t want to keep buying bottled water. Ensure you buy your water purifier in advance so that you know how it works.
Pack everything you need
This might sound obvious, but you don’t want to be buying things at the airport before your flight, or worse, buying things when you are out in Morocco. Write a checklist of everything you need and ensure that you check each item off as you pack it.
You will want to ensure that you take a plug converter for your devices, and also plenty of sunscreen, and medication if you need it.
Unless you are visiting from one of a list of countries including the UK and Australia, you will need a visa to visit Morocco. Ensure that you get this arranged plenty of time before your visit to prevent panic or worse, a cancelled holiday.
Taking a relaxing trip to Morocco could be just what you need. The sun, sand and culture are there to explore and appreciate.