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For the ultimate relaxing vacation, these overwater bungalows offer postcard-perfect locations to fully immerse yourself in a tropical getaway.
Imagine sitting on a deck with your toes dipped in the warm turquoise water while sipping an exotic blended drink and watching the colorful fish swim beneath you. This is the type of scene you can enjoy in an overwater bungalow. Enjoy everything from snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and jet skiing to land-lubber activities like learning about the culture, flora, fauna and cuisine. Whether you’re looking to renew your wedding vows or just need some time to chill, you won’t be disappointed.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Lounge on a private sunny deck or take a dip in the plunge pool overlooking the crystal clear water in Tahiti at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. These thatched huts offer luxury accommodation with high ceilings, a full-size bathroom, teak furnishing and comfortable bedding. The resort also has a soothing over-the-water spa that utilizes Polynesian traditions. Immerse yourself in this tropical paradise by partaking in couple’s snorkeling, dinner for two on a private motu (a small island formed by broken coral and sand), or trying the submarine scooter. For the ultimate splurge, arrive to the resort via the Four Season’s private jet, which offers around-the-world excursions.
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Reethi Beach Resort, Maldives
Located on the tiny Fonimagoodhoo Island, the Reethi Beach Resort provides an authentic Maldivian experience. With air-conditioned bungalows, beautiful tropical foliage, smooth and soft sand, and an enticing blue lagoon, you’ll easily slip into a state of Zen. Be sure to take advantage of the on-property PADI 5-star dive center to get an up-close look at the impressive sea life. Afterwards, enjoy a sunset cocktail at the beachfront bar. The resort has four bars and four restaurants that offer a buffet, seated dining, boutique dining, and poolside dining.
The Berjaya Langkawai Resort, Malaysia
The Berjaya Langkawai Resort, situated on Burau Bay, offers guests the unique opportunity to stay in an overwater bungalow. The accommodations are more like a traditional hotel room with views of the Andaman Sea and includes complimentary hi tea. Have a cocktail in the sunken pool bar, enjoy a luxury yacht experience, go island hopping by jet ski, or end the day with an authentic Thai dinner.
Song Saa, Cambodia
This private island getaway located on an archipelago will sweep you into serenity with the beauty of the Cambodian coastline. The wooden overwater villas at Song Saa overlook the natural reef teaming with sea life. The pristine water will beckon you to dive in from the deck of your villa. Other activities that the resort offers include Buddhist ceremonies, scuba diving expeditions, a tour of Prek Svay village, or exploring an uninhabited island.
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Rosewood Mayakobá, Mexico
Enjoy the lush mangroves and the scenic lagoons along the Mexican Riviera Maya at the Rosewood Mayakoba. The modern overwater lagoon suite is the perfect place to take in the serene surroundings. Guests are treated to complimentary mezcal and daily fruit bowl. Take a dip in the heated plunge pool, rinse off. In the rain shower, lounge on the outdoor terrace, or take advantage of the private boat dock to explore the area via on-the-water transportation. Amenities also include on-property golf and tennis, as well as a full-service spa that features hammam (Turkish baths).
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
For laid-back luxury, the adults-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort provides overwater bungalows situated on marine protected sanctuary that reinforces its name, Likuliki means “calm water.” Enjoy a variety of water activities, including a short boat ride to an uninhabited island. The resort supports sustainability and therefore uses natural building materials, which highlights the Fijian culture and landscape. Fill your days with fishing, windsurfing, island hopping, hiking, visiting a local village, get a close up look at the iguanas, or participating in a traditional Kava ceremony.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, Cook Islands
This private island resort imbibes the tradition and rituals of the Cook Island through its thatched architecture, local seafood dishes, and authentic dance. At the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort, referred to as “Heaven on Earth,” guests can enjoy the ultimate tranquility in the overwater bungalows. The bungalows feature palm-lined walls, tropical decor, and open-air shower. Get to know the Polynesian culture through ‘ura (hula) dancing lessons, ‘ei (lei) making, frond weaving, and pare tying.
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama
Jump off your private overwater cabin’s terrace into the alluring Caribbean Sea at the Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge. Built on stilts and covered with a palm-leaf roof, the nine two-floor suites reflect the traditional building methods of Panama utilizing natural materials such as native woods and plants, clays, leafs, bamboo, and wild cane. Get an aerial view of the island surrounding reefs by taking a plane tour.
There were so many great things to do in Essaouira that I found myself wishing I could stay longer in this laid back hipster town.
The coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco, also known as ‘the windy city,’ provides light relief from the heat, humidity and chaos of Marrakech. With its hippy vibe and charming medina, you could easily spend your days just browsing the medina and souks.
But there are so many other things to do in Essaouira from kite surfing to camel riding or quad biking over sand dunes.
In addition to all the sports and activities on offer in this beachside town, there are plenty of ways to relax too. Have your first hammam experience, enjoy a massage, watch some live music or learn how to make a tasty tagine.
Essaouira is actually one of the best places to relax and rejuvenate. Solo female travel in Morocco can be challenging and frustrating but here in Essaouira, I could feel myself beginning to unwind.
You may well fall in love with this hipster beach town, just like I did.
So let’s talk about all those wonderful things to do in Essaouira, Morocco’s most popular coastal city.
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The 17 best things to do in Essaouira, Morocco
1/ Get lost in the medina
The medina in Essaouira is just delightful. Less chaotic than in Marrakech but without losing the buzzing atmosphere. The streets are a little wider, a little cleaner, the sellers less aggressive. The sea breeze helps to keep you cool.
The medina is not as hard to get lost in as say, Marrakech or Fes, but you can easily walk aimlessly and stumble across something new each day.
2/ Shop for souvenirs in the souks
As I mentioned, the sellers use a much less aggressive approach to get you to buy their wares. The prices are also cheaper than Marrakech and there is so much to browse or buy.
From leather bags to Berber carpets, jewellery, plates and scarves. You could easily spend a whole day just shopping – it is one of the most popular things to do in Essaouira.
Make sure to barter. I always recommend offering a 3rd of their first price. Usually, you will meet around halfway. Don’t be afraid to walk away, you are bound to find something similar on another stall.
3/ Stuff yourself silly with seafood with a local family
Essaouira is a great destination for foodies. The abundance of fresh seafood and the bohemian vibe the city has means that food is of the utmost importance in Essaouira and there’s a lot of competition between eateries.
You’ll also find more bars and restaurants which serve alcohol here. Whilst the wine was awful every time I tried it in Marrakech, I actually had a few nice glasses of wine in Essaouira.
As well as the larger restaurants, look out for the tiny family-owned places like Restaurant Berbere. With only enough tables for around 10 people, it has a very communal atmosphere where you can easily chat with fellow travellers since you are all sat in close proximity.
The food I had here was some of the tastiest traditional Moroccan food I had throughout my whole trip.
There are a few other small family-owned restaurants on the same alley. Some of which, like Cafe Res Amira, are so tiny they can only seat 6 people and everyone enjoys the same meal. It’s basically like being invited into someones home for dinner!
4/ Watch live music
As well as restaurants and cafes, there are some great places to see live music in Essaouira and it’s not uncommon for a band to pop up in a restaurant when you are eating.
One of the best places to go for live music as well as an alcoholic drink whilst watching the sun go down is the rooftop terrace of Taros.
5/ Take a guided tour
If you are short of time, then it may be worth taking a guided tour. This way you can see all the best bits in a short period of time. But if you have a few days here then this is not necessary.
6/ Visit the fish market
Get up early and visit the fish market. If you get there early enough around 6-7 AM, then you can see the iconic blue fishing boats return to the harbour with the morning’s catch.
It’s probably not a place to go if you don’t like birds though as the seagulls are swooping everywhere en masse.
If you return towards lunchtime you can eat in the fish market, choosing your fish and having it prepared for you right there and then. That said, be very choosey about where you eat. I personally decided not to risk it!
7/ Climb the ramparts
The ramparts in Essaouira are well worth a visit. From here, you can get beautiful views of the ocean and look down onto some of the souks and enjoy all the activity from afar.
8/ Visit Scala du Port
This is the only part of the ramparts which charges an entrance fee and is found separate from the main ramparts which is reached easily from the medina.
Instead, walk towards the fishing port and you’ll see an entrance on the right. Its 50DHR at the time of writing which seems a lot for a small place but trust me, the views from the tower and through the famous porthole are absolutely worth it.
Make sure you get a photo of you sat in the porthole overlooking the town. They’ve even put a step ladder here for you to get the perfect shot!
9/ Go quad biking
The beaches stretch for miles along this part of the coast. Enjoy the sand dunes by going quad biking which was one of my personal favourite things to do in Essaouira.
I was a little nervous at first as the root to the beach was rocky and uneven – I almost ended in a bush more than once. But once I got my confidence, I had a ball flying up and down sand dunes, enjoying the coastal scenery.
I’d recommend taking a half-day trip rather than just an hour as you’ll see more and get to ride the bigger sand dunes. The hour session is more of an introduction for beginners.
10/ Visit the beach
Whilst the beach at Essaouira isn’t really a sunbathing beach – unless you fancy a good exfoliation. Essaouira isn’t called the windy city for no reason!
But it’s a great place to people watch. See camels on the beach, locals taking a stroll, quad bikes, surfers and kite surfers.
11/ Shop for silver jewellery
Essaouira is famous for its beautiful silver jewellery. However, you’ll find a lot of fake costume jewellery being passed off as the real deal in the markets. To be sure you are getting a quality piece of jewellery for the right price, I’d suggest you visit Centre de la Bijouterie Artisanale Maalem Ali 1908.
Here you can see the jewellery be made and have a little tour, learning about the different techniques involved.
The centre also employs staff with hearing problems who may not be able to get work elsewhere. I love supporting projects like this.
12/ Go horseriding along the beach
There is no nicer way to explore the beach than on horseback.
Whilst you may just decide to take a horse ride for an hour or two, enjoying the gorgeous coastal scenery, there are also overnight options leaving from Essaouira which offer the opportunity to sleep in a traditional Berber tent.
13/ Beach Camel Rides
If horses aren’t your thing then you can also take a ride on a camel. Hold on tight when they knee down to let you off – it feels like riding a bucking broncho for a second or two.
14/ Try Kite surfing
All that windy weather in Essaouira means there are plenty of things to do in Essaouira for water sports fanatics.
If you’ve never tried it before, why not take a lesson in kite surfing?
15/ Go Surfing
Surf lessons are also on offer or you can hire a board if you already have some experience. It’s the Atlantic ocean though so you may want to hire a wetsuit!
16/ Have a hammam
You can’t visit Morocco without having at least one Hammam experience!
Hammam spas are an integral part of Moroccan life and therefore a must-do. You will be scrubbed and polished to an inch of your life then massaged and moisturised until your skin is as smooth as a babies bottom. Scrub aside, its one of the most relaxing things to do in Essaouira.
Read more about my own first hammam experience!
18/ Take a cooking course
Moroccan food is seriously tasty. Learn to cook the perfect tagine with just the right amount of spice in a Moroccan cooking course.
Cooking courses are always on my bucket list in every country I visit and Morocco was no exception.
Why not go shopping for a clay tagine to take home with you so you can impress your loved ones with your new cooking skills?!
Hopefully, amongst this list of 17 of the best things to do in Essaouira, you’ve found something which has piqued your interest?
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How do you reduce your impact on a destination, and how can you do it without spending big on luxury ecolodges or expensive gear?
In the wake of climate change and overtourism, travelers are more concerned than ever about their footprint when they hit the road (or sky). Traveling sustainably has become a buzz phrase, but it can be a nebulous concept; how do you reduce your impact on a destination, and how can you do it without spending big on luxury ecolodges or expensive gear?
Minimize waste while traveling
Perhaps the most obvious way to begin shifting your travel habits is to invest in travel gear that reduces the amount of trash you produce. These purchases don’t have to break the bank, and they can be used on multiple trips.
If you’re traveling where water isn’t potable, avoid plastic bottle waste by investing in a personal water filter; Lifestraw makes products for varying budgets, and all keep your water bacteria- and chemical-free.
Bye-bye airline minis
If you’re committed to that carry-on-only life and regularly buy tiny airplane toiletry bottles, replace them with solid soaps and shampoos that last multiple washes and are easily stored in tins. The same goes for toothpaste – opt for toothpaste tablets instead of tubes for clean teeth on the go. Concerned about price? Airplane minis are generally more expensive per ounce than full size options anyway, so going sustainable will save you money in the long run. Companies like Lush and GoodFill are good places to start looking for eco-friendly travel toiletries.
Plastic forks no more
Eating on the go also produces its own fair share of waste, particularly when you’re looking for something quick and portable. Replace ubiquitous plastic cutlery with the bamboo version, which generally will only set you back the price of a fancy cocktail.
When buying travel gear, cheap items on Amazon are often tempting, but quality can range wildly. Instead, buy from brands offering lifelong warranties or free or low-cost repair on their items; these products may seem more expensive at first, but they are ultimately budget-friendly, since you won’t have to replace them every few trips (and hooray for less waste!). Brands like Osprey, Patagonia and Cotopaxi all have great warranty and repair policies.
Be conscious about voluntourism
While “travelling sustainably” often evokes conversations about the environment, it also has a cultural element to it – traveling sustainably means minimizing our negative impacts on people’s daily lives in the destinations we are visiting and refraining from playing into exploitative situations that wear the guise of charitable causes.
Some main pointers: Only volunteer for positions for which you are uniquely qualified; teaching English when one is not certified to do so, for example, is probably not the best way to make a positive impact. Avoid short-term volunteering with children, as it has been proven to be harmful to their development, and some “orphanages” are run to attract tourists and turn a profit at the children’s expense. Instead, opt for participating in a local beach clean-up or tree-planting initiative to help keep your destination looking (and feeling) its best.
Travel during off season
Want to avoid contributing to overtourism and save some cash? Research visiting destinations outside of their peak seasons for a less-crowded, more affordable vacation. While some low seasons are low for a reason (looking at you, rainforest rainy seasons), even booking during shoulder season will benefit the destination and travelers alike; prices on airfare and lodging generally drop significantly, and you’ll be bringing in travel dollars during a time when it is needed.
Be thoughtful about transport
Planes, trains and automobiles
As we start to be more mindful of our environmental impacts, the biggest question has to do with our methods of travel. Which is worst? How can we still travel and keep the world’s climate intact? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer – environmental impact is measured by a number of factors including distance, length of stay and a vehicle’s fuel type and carrying capacity.
The overall score can be affected by how many people you have in your car and which seat you have in a plane. For example, business class seats have a higher emission footprint than coach seats, as they take up more space on a plane, and a sparsely populated flight has more of a negative environmental impact than a full one. Similarly, driving long distances in a car alone (especially in traffic) has a much more significant carbon footprint than if you were to make the trip along with three friends or if you were going a short distance. Luckily for the budget conscious, flying coach and carpooling is also better for your wallet – all the more incentive to take part.
In most studies, trains come out on top as the most environmentally friendly mode of transport per passenger; in areas with good train infrastructure, this can also be a solid budget option.
To cruise or not to cruise?
Cruising is an immensely popular mode of travel around the world, with cruise lines building bigger and bigger vessels every year. However, these megaships are notorious for their pollution output, and many big-name brands have faced criminal charges for dumping fuel waste, sewage and other pollutants into the water. From a socially sustainable standpoint, cruises can exacerbate problems with overtourism at port cities, with tourist dollars largely going to the cruise companies rather than local businesses.
Sustainable-minded folks should probably avoid large cruise ships with long itineraries in favor of small, regional boats. These do not create (or expel) as much waste and, they support local businesses at their ports of call. Check out these scores before booking your cruise vacation.
The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to explore areas nearby; instead of traveling across the country to that big national park, check out your nearby state parks. Try your hand at cycling routes or multi-day hikes instead of expansive road trips. Traveling slow and local can also reduce the bills flying out of your pocket thanks to reduced fuel and lodging costs.
Resist the call of the all-inclusive
All-inclusive hotels are popular, valued for making vacation planning easier and presumably being a more budget-friendly way to travel. While package deals undoubtedly can offer appealing prices, the negative social impact of these large resorts can be significant. Some questions to ask before booking: is this hotel locally owned? Do they pay their employees a fair wage? Are there nearby local communities I could be supporting with my business instead?
Opt for smaller, locally owned hotels, bed-and-breakfasts or hostels – where there might be an increase in room rate, compensate by self-catering from farmers markets, trying budget-friendly restaurants and/or sampling street food options.
Little did I realise that I would visit Morocco, one of the most photogenic countries in the world, and some of my absolute favourite photos would be of the cats of Morocco!
I’m not even usually much of a cat person. Don’t get me wrong, I love all animals. But loyal dogs with waggy tails have always been my preference over aloof, independent felines.
But there was something about the cats of Morocco. Little tiny fluffy kittens hidden in handwoven baskets or families of cats snuggled up amongst Berber carpets caught my eye and just begged to be photographed.
Some cats in Morocco looked healthy and well-fed, befriended by locals. Others were skinny and riddled with disease, which broke my heart.
But why so many cats in Morocco?
Most of these cats are strays. Cats are generally not neutered in Morocco. In part, this is due to it not being a financial priority. Partly it’s due to the belief that no animal should have its right to procreate removed.
But these Morocco street cats are running stray on the streets and breeding like crazy. I’ve read reports that in some places, there are as many cats as humans!
Fortunately, there are now agencies such as SPANA in Marrakech trying to help the problem and look after any sick felines. But the problem for the street cats of Morocco is still huge.
If you want to find out how you can help these cats in Morocco, visit Spana.org
In the meantime here are some of the huge collection of photos of Morocco street cats for all you cat lovers to enjoy…
16 of my favourite pictures of the cats of Morroco
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A delayed flight can derail travel plans, but there are a few things you can do to minimize the impact on your holiday.
Finding out your flight has been delayed can feel like the travel gods have conspired against you, and all the sudden you’re stuck feeling helpless.
Well, don’t panic! There are some steps you can take to minimize the pain if you act quickly. Here’s how to get your travel plans back on track the next time you encounter a delayed flight.
Find out why the flight is delayed
Flights get delayed for a variety of reasons. So start by contacting your airline (by talking to a representative at the check-in desk, or by phone if you haven’t arrived at the airport yet) to find out why you won’t be departing on time. By federal law, major US airlines must report the causes of flight delays. According to the US Department of Transportation, there are five types of flight delays:
Air Carrier. The delay was due to circumstances within the airline’s control, such as maintenance or crew problems, aircraft cleaning, baggage loading, or fueling.
Extreme Weather. Tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, or other inclement weather can cause flight delays if the airline deems it’s unsafe to fly.
National Aviation System (NAS). These delays, which are issued by the national aviation system, include non-extreme weather conditions, airport operations, heavy traffic volume, and air traffic control.
Late-arriving aircraft. A previous flight with the same aircraft is running behind.
Security. Such delays are a result of evacuation of a terminal or concourse, re-boarding of an aircraft because of security breach, inoperative screening equipment, and long lines in excess of 29 minutes at screening areas.
Although there are no federal laws requiring airlines to provide passengers with money or other compensation when their flights are delayed, knowing what the cause is can help you act accordingly. For example, if your flight is running behind because the plane is being refueled, you can probably expect a short delay – but if there’s a tornado in the forecast you may be in for a longer wait or even a canceled flight.
Tap your smartphone
Download your airline’s mobile app if you haven’t done so already. You can use it to check departure statuses, and some apps let you change itineraries without having to speak to an agent in person or by phone, which can save you a lot of time.
Also download AirHelp – it’s an app that allows you to check if you’re eligible to receive compensation for a delay or cancellation.
Check your connecting flight’s status
This one might be obvious, but it’s still a crucial step. If you’re trying to catch a connecting flight, you’ll want to find out what that flight’s status is. In some cases, your airline may have to put you on a different route in order to get you to reach your final destination.
See if your credit card provides trip interruption insurance
If your flight is delayed more than 12 hours or requires an overnight stay at a hotel, your credit card company may reimburse you for expenses, such as meals and lodging, if the airline doesn’t cover the costs. For instance, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card covers you and your family for up to $500 per ticket of certain non-reimbursed expenses, including meals, lodging, and toiletries, as long as your flight is not delayed in your city of residence. (Of course, you must have paid for your plane ticket with the credit card.)
Lodge a complaint on social media
If your flight isn’t the only one that’s been delayed – which often happens when there are extreme weather conditions – your airline’s phone line and airport staff can get overwhelmed. The upshot: you may be able to get a faster response if you file a complaint on Facebook or Twitter. To increase your exposure – and, in turn, improve your chances of getting a response quickly – weave appropriate hashtags into your post, and see what’s trending: If a lot of other flyers are tweeting #JetBlueFail, for instance, follow their lead.
Stay calm and collected
Taking a friendly, composed approach can go a long way when you speak to any customer service agent, but it’s especially important when dealing with airline representatives. If you throw a tantrum, the agent will be less inclined to offer you a hotel or meal voucher. Also, remember: it’s not the person’s fault your flight has been delayed. So take an even tone, avoid using foul language, and refrain from making personal attacks. (“Why are you so bad at your job?”)
Find fun ways to kill time
Sure, no one likes being stuck at an airport, but you don’t need to sit around and wallow in your self-pity. Many airports, both in the US and abroad, offer a wide array of activities and exceptional food. For example, Chicago O’Hare International Airport offers an interactive play area for kids that features child-sized model airplanes and a control tower. Meanwhile, art lovers can enjoy the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s permanent exhibit, “Zimbabwe Sculpture: a Tradition in Stone,” which features 20 stone sculptures from the South African country.
Facing a long delay? Go out and do some sightseeing. Just make sure you’re back at the airport with ample time to go through security; after all, the last thing you want to do is miss your flight and then have to wait even longer to get to wherever it is you’re going.
In an ideal world, you’d have more than one day in Fes as it’s an amazing city with much to explore – famous for its medieval architecture and vibrant souks.
But if you’re short on time then you can use this 1 day Fes itinerary to plan your day to pack a lot of amazing experiences into one short, but fabulous, day.
The main draw for tourists is the Fes medina, a world heritage site and home to a maze of over 9000 delightfully chaotic alleys and laneways. Getting lost is a part of the course and one of the best ways to experience the medina.
The city itself is ancient, dating back to the 9th century. It also lays claim to having the oldest university in the world (still in use) and the first-ever leather tannery which you can visit providing you can tolerate the stench.
The quaint cobblestone alleys are bustling with activity 24/7. Donkeys plod up and down the streets whilst tradesmen, vendors and tourists weave in between.
If you only have one day in Fes, then I suggest you rise early as there is a lot to see and do. You certainly won’t be bored in Fes and chance are, you’ll be planning a return journey before the day is over.
I’ve put together this one day Fes itinerary to help you get the most out of your day in the beautiful, ancient city of Fes.
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It’s very easy to get lost in the medina and struggle to find your way back out – it’s like a rabbit warren with over 9000 lanes! So I would recommend taking a tour guide with you to make the most out of your one day in Fes. Just make sure they include visits to all the highlights which I will now tell you more about…
Stop One: The Royal Palace of Fes
Start your day in Fes by visiting the Royal Palace (or Dar-el-Makhzen.) Sadly, it is not open to the general public but the 7 golden gates are a spectacle in themselves and a hint of how grand it may be within the palace walls. The palace is still home to the King of Morocco when he visits town.
It gets very busy so if you want a photo without hordes of tourists, then I suggest getting here really early.
Stop Two: The Jewish Quarter
From the palace gates, you can stroll through the Jewish Quarter to admire the different architecture of the homes occupied by the 250 Jewish people currently living in Fes. Beyond the different style of buildings, there’s not a lot more to see here but since it’s right next to the palace, it’s worth a stroll.
Stop Three: Borj Sud Viewpoint
If you haven’t booked a guide, then you will at least need a taxi for this stop. But trust me, it’s worth going out of your way to see! From Borj Sud, you get a brilliant panoramic city view from above and are able to fully appreciate the vast size of the city.
Stop Four: Learn about the art of pottery making and mosaic artistry.
Visit Touhafs pottery for a guided tour and gain a new appreciation for the time and skills involved in creating pottery and mosaics. Watch in awe as you see how quickly potters can conjure up a tagine where the lid is somehow a perfect fit to the bottom of the tagine.
Watch them chip away at the glaze to painstakingly create intricate patterns and marvel at the skill involved to create mosaics. Mosaics are made upside down and so they need to memorise which piece goes where. If they turn it over to learn they’ve put a wrong piece in, the whole thing must be restarted!
There is surprisingly little pressure to buy anything at the end of the tour which was a relief as the vase I enquired about, cost a whopping $700…
Stop Five: Take a morning coffee in a roof-top cafe
Before you enter the chaotic medina, take time out to enjoy a rooftop cafe. You don’t have to look far to find one in Fes. I stopped off in Cafe Rsif for a morning coffee with a city view.
Stop Six: Explore the medina
Now it’s time to enter the medina and explore the labyrinth of 9000 lanes and alleyways. It’s very easy to get lost so I absolutely recommend having a guide. I was with a group of 14 and we had a guide at the front and back to ensure no one got lost in the chaos!
I’d also recommend investing in a theft-proof bag before your trip. Petty theft is common in Morocco and Fes medina is such a busy place that it would be an ideal pickpocket environment. My bag, which is this one, opens only from the back. When the straps are done tightly, no one can access my belongings without my knowing.
You’ll notice there are different sections in the medina. You might find one street just selling leather products, another weaving carpets or dying fabrics. It’s a fascinating place to explore. Just watch out for the carts and donkeys!
Stop Seven: Medersa Attarine
Inside the medina, you will find Medersa Attarine, an old boarding house for university students. This is an absolute must-see in Fes to admire the stunning, intricate architecture.
Stop Eight: Weaving workshop
Ask your guide to show you the weaving workshops. Here you will get shown how locals weave textiles and you’ll have an opportunity to look for the perfect headscarf for your visit to the desert.
Stop Nine: Tanneries
A visit to the old tanneries (also found in the medina) will be one of the biggest highlights of your one day in Fes. Accessed through the various leather shops, you will be led up to a balcony overlooking the whole tannery. You will see all the various vats of coloured dye with leather soaking within it.
It’s pretty stinky (they blame the pigeon poop) so I suggest wearing a scarf over your nose or using some mint leaves to smell. They will usually offer you mint leaves when you arrive.
There’s no fee to visit the tanneries but there will be some pressure to explore their leather shops. It’s best to visit with a guide if you can.
If you are looking for leather products, here is where you will find the best quality. This will, however, be reflected in the price. Make sure you barter!
Stop Ten: Rainbow alley
Finally, makes sure you visit Rainbow alley for a photo. This street is painted in a colourful rainbow. You’ll find carpets, jewellery and trinkets for sale and it’s close to ‘The Clock’ (see below) where you can relax after your busy visit to the medina.
Other Things to do if you have more than one day in Fes
Where to eat during your one day in Fes
The Clock Cafe
If you’re fed up of Tagine at this point during your trip to Morocco, you’ll be delighted with the menu at this quirky rooftop cafe. I loved trying a camel burger which was absolutely delicious washed down with a banana milkshake. This is the sort of cafe I would make my local if I lived in Fes.
Still loving tagine? If you want some more traditional Moroccan food, you can’t find a nicer place for lunch than inside this fancy riad right in the heart of the medina. You will need your guide to show you how to get there!
Where to stay in Fes
If you decide to stay more than one day in Fes, you may want to consider one of these places to stay in Fes.
Medina Social Club – if you’re on a tight budget, this colourful sociable hostel scores very highly on Booking.com with a score of 9.2/10 and 9.3/10 for location.
Riad Al Makan is everything you imagine a riad to be. Fancy architecture with an opulent downstairs lounge and a beautiful rooftop terrace all fr a very affordable price.
Riad Ibn Battouta and Spa. If you like your hotels with a spa and a city view from the rooftop then check out this very affordable option. It also has a car park if you are driving.
Riad Maison Bleue and Spa. If it’s all-out luxury with 3 rooftop bars and a swimming pool you want, then check out this stunning luxury boutique riad.
Hopefully, you now have a much better idea about how to spend your one day in Fes. If you have any questions about this Fes itinerary, be sure to ask it in the comments below!
Have you been to Fes? What was your favourite bit?
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Airline fees can quickly add up. Here’s some tips and tricks for avoiding the pesky charges most airlines apply.
Baggage fees are never welcomed and most of the time unexpected. Airline fees like these can quickly add up and derail the work you put in to find the most cost-conscious flight.
Here are some tips and tricks for avoiding pesky fees, because most airlines charge for checked luggage. In fact, Southwest is the only major airline in the United States to not charge fees to check up to two bags per passenger.
This should be obvious; alas packing less is not as easy as it sounds. We want to feel secure when we’re traveling and be prepared for any situation. So, unless you’re going to the tundra, opt for light clothes. Consider cotton and other lightweight options instead of denim. Look for brands that cater to traveler – Arc’teryx is one apparel brand for men and women designed for travelers and is super lightweight.
Enroll in an Airline Credit Card
One great airline credit card perk is they waive baggage fees if you book your flight with that card. Bonus: if you book your companion’s travel, the airline will usually waive that luggage fee as well. But look into that before booking, since all credit cards have different restrictions in the fine print. There are many airline credit cards available and they all have perks, so it’s important to do your research to find what makes sense for your travel agenda (free bags or more miles?).
Get a Lightweight Suitcase
Your suitcase is added into the final weight of your luggage, something easy to forget. If you’re allowed 50 pounds weight in a checked bag and the bag is already 10 pounds, (no this isn’t a math problem) you will only have 40 pounds left. That’s 20 percent of your luggage allotment already gone! So do your research if you’re in the market to buy a new suitcase. Osprey and Rimowa are two brands boasting lightweight travel baggage.
Why not bring a dress that turns into a beach cover up, that turns into a nightgown? It can be done. Bring a simple black shift dress (or other solid neutral color) or a button-down shirt you can dress up or down – they will appear to be several different outfits but will only take up a small amount of space. There are also many reversible shorts, pants and shirts on the market for travelers. Get creative!
Doing laundry is a simple solution to having to pack seven of everything for a weeklong trip. While fees for laundry service at a hotel can be high, you can always make a trip to the local laundromat. Hey, you may even meet a local doing their laundry and get some travel tips for the area, like where to get the best tacos. The other option is to stay in a rental or hostel offering washing machines and dryers for guests.
You may have to pay for your luggage carry-on item on some flights these days, but you still can fly with a backpack, messenger bag or carryall bag at no extra cost. There are restrictions to sizing on some planes and it does have to fit under the seat in front of you. But you’d be surprised at what you can fit into a bag, especially when you’re at the baggage check counter and you need to deduct five pounds from your suitcase. Think about your big-ticket items, like a book, toiletries kit (as long as everything is under 3.4 ounces), or footwear.
Wear Your Heaviest Items on the Plane
When you’re flying from a cold or warm destination to the opposite climate, wear your heaviest items on the plane. You won’t be weighed, so you’ve got that going for you. This means your heaviest shoes (hiking boots and chunky wedges come to mind), parkas or huge winter coats, heavy jewelry and so on. Also, layering your outfit is a good idea – wear your thickest sweater under your jacket, a scarf, you get the idea. Planes are usually cold anyway, so you’ll be warm. Just stuff your coats and layers in the overhead bin.
Buy After You Fly
This is one of my travel commandments for stressing about forgetting something when I’m traveling. Just buy it when you arrive at your destination. But it also makes sense as a way to avoid baggage fees. I’m not saying you should buy your winter coat when you arrive or anything hard to purchase. Things like liquids are one of the heaviest items in luggage and most of the time they’re the easiest things you can find to buy.
Take Time to Pack
Don’t pack at the last minute because you won’t have time to plan your outfits. Give yourself time to pack. Make a packing list you can use every time you travel. Or open your suitcase a week before your flight date and begin throwing things in when you think of them. Dinner, dancing, hiking and swimming? Plan, plan, plan! If you do, there’s no way you can over-pack and get hit with those sneaky baggage fees. Also, consider getting a home luggage scale if you’re a constant over-packer.
If you have a few heavy bags, shipping your luggage pre-travel may be a good option for saving money on extra baggage fees. Delivery services like DHL, FedEx and UPS are all options when shipping luggage or larger items. This decision may take a little more effort but in the end, it may be the most economical choice when traveling with a lot of gear or a large family.
If you are about to have your first Moroccan hammam experience then hopefully this description of my own Hammam treatment will help you know what to expect!
I think if I had known what to expect from my first hammam experience, I would have been able to relax and enjoy it so much more. Instead, I spent most of my hammam treatment giggling uncontrollably, semi-naked with my friend, trying not to feel awkward!
What you can expect from this article…
What to expect from your first Hamman experience in Morocco
Getting ready for your first hammam experience
My friend and I were led into a changing room and handed the most unattractive see-through paper thong to wear.
Despite being a GP doctor and hence being around nakedness often at work, I personally remain a bit of a British prude. So I decided to try and keep my one-piece swimsuit on.
The lady who had sold me the hammam had told me this would be fine though the ladies doing the hammam looked a little irritated that I wouldn’t follow the rules!
My friend, feeling awkward in her paper underwear asked for a towel to protect her dignity. The women shook their head and instead ushered us into the spa, ignoring our pleas for modesty!
There was one other woman in the spa when we first arrived but we soon had the place to ourselves – at least that was something?
Fear not, men and women are always treated in separate areas!
Time for a steam bath
We were then ushered into a steam room and were left for about 10 minutes.
It certainly wasn’t the hottest steam room I’ve experienced before but I’ve heard from other people that many hammams are kept very hot so don’t be surprised! Maybe take a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.
We were then collected by the masseuses and taken to a small stool in front of a pool of water. Using a small bucket, they washed our bodies and applied a brown paste which I later discovered was a type of soap containing olives.
We were then returned to our steam room for another 10 minutes.
Time for some serious exfoliation
After some more time in the steam room, we were taken to the massage tables – more like slabs of marble rather than comfortable massage tables I’m used to!
At this point, I was told to strip. Realising it was more of a demand than an option, I pulled my swimsuit down to my waist and accepted there was no option but to be topless for my Hammam experience! I was still thankful I didn’t have to wear that paper thong though…
We were then exfoliated from top-to-toe in a rather brutal way, huge chunks of dead skin floating away from our bodies as they poured hot water all over us and covered us in some kind of oil.
Getting off the massage table almost ended in disaster – covered in oil, that marble table is somewhat hazardous!
Luckily, my therapist helped me off the table without landing in a heap on the floor – I didn’t have much dignity to lose at this point!
We were then given 10 minutes chilling out in a jacuzzi which was actually quite relaxing.
More olive paste…
We thought our hammam experience was over at this point but no, there was time for one more round of olive paste to be applied to our bodies.
I was then led into the shower and instructed to wash it all off.
My therapist demanded I take my swimsuit off completely. Suspecting she would hang around, I decided to keep it on. But I was right, two seconds later she poked her head back in and again told me to take it off, this time not hiding her exasperation. I guess that’s me told off!
Enjoy a hot stones massage
With the Hammam part of the experience over, they finally gave me a dressing gown so that I could go to my massage.
Though I then learnt that I had to walk through the hotel lobby to reach the treatment room. Again, they tried to insist I wore just a see-through paper thong. But there was no way I was walking through the lobby without even wearing any underwear! So again, I disobeyed, to their exasperation!
Where the hammam experience had hardly been relaxing, the massage was the complete opposite. In a darkened room with tranquil music and the aroma of essential oils, I was treated to one of the nicest, most relaxing full-body hot stones massages I’ve had.
There was certainly less discretion and blankets than I’m used to in the UK but by this point, I was getting more comfortable with my nakedness. I was, however, a little surprised when she started massaging my chest – I’m not sure there’s a lot of muscular tension held in your boobs?!
But, I was so relaxed by this point I just went with it and for once played by their hammam rules!
Top tips for your first Hammam experience
- Wear your own bikini bottoms, not a swimsuit. Unless you can pull off the seriously unsexy see-through paper thong look?!
- Accept you are going to be naked and know that these women have seen it all before. If you can get your head around it first, you will be able to relax better.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for different pressure levels in your massage. Whilst the Hammam is a little brutal, the massage after was lovely so make sure you enjoy it to the utmost!
- Take a bottle of water to keep hydrated during your steam bath.
- Make sure you book a massage as not all hammam experiences include one.
Have you ever had a Hammam in Morocco? I’d love to hear what you thought! Make sure to pop your own experiences in the comments box below…
This November marks the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall signifying freedom and peace.
Berlin is a vibrant city known for its energy, art scene and historical past. This November marks the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall signifying freedom and peace.
With that momentous anniversary, Berliners and visitors from around the world will be celebrating throughout the month of November. Festivities will range from guided tours and memorials to art installations and festivals surrounding the division of Berlin, the Cold War and the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. Here are some must-see highlights that will be debuting in the coming weeks.
From November 4th to the 10th, Berlin will be transformed into an incredible open-air exhibition. The city’s revolution will be commemorated at historic locations with large archive film and image projections, installations, concerts, lectures and more.
The festival will conclude on the evening of November 9th at Brandenburg Gate, when the entire city will become the largest concert stage in the world. It will feature legendary musicians, bands and people that were involved in the Peaceful Revolution. Don’t miss the floating art installation made up of 30,000 handwritten messages by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics. Post-concert, the festivities will continue through the night with dance parties in 27 clubs across Berlin. Because what’s Berlin without a dance party?
Tour operators throughout the city are prepared for the influx of tourists visiting Berlin to commemorate the end of divided Germany. Whether you prefer biking, walking or riding in a bus, local tour operators are ready to take you back in time and teach you about the country’s exquisite history.
GetYourGuide provides dozens of tours throughout Berlin, including an excursion based upon the secrets of the Communist Capital. During this walking outing, you’ll learn about life behind the Iron Curtain and the secrets of the Stasi secret police. Visit the embassies of four Cold War powers and discover crossing points of the Berlin Wall. The Palace of Tears is one famous border crossing point between East and West Berlin that has since become a museum with exhibitions about Berlin during the Cold War.
Hotels have also jumped on board by offering tours in Berlin. Located in the former Western part of the city right near the border, Orania.Berlin is offering a special package in honor of the anniversary. It includes a two-hour tour of the Berlin Wall (which can be done by bike) for guests to learn about the history of the city’s division, the struggle for freedom and the process of reunification.
Why not book an entire trip to learn about Germany’s fascinating history? Well Inntravel has made it pretty easy to do just that with their self-guided rail train, Beyond the Iron Curtain. Journey by rail between the iconic cities of Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden to discover how they emerged from the cloak of the Iron Curtain. Stay two nights in each city using Inntravel walking notes to marvel at their enduring cultural treasures.
In Berlin, follow a route that traces its history taking in the magnificently restored Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and the Wall. Continue to Leipzig, best known for music, but where locals staged the largest protest demonstration in East German history. Last is Dresden which has risen from the ashes and been restored to its former glory. The package includes 6 nights’ accommodations, rail travel between Berlin-Leipzig-Dresden and city walking tour notes.
Museums & Exhibits
There are loads of museums and exhibits that are honoring the anniversary of the fall of the Wall. The Wall Museum East Side Gallery tells the full picture of the story of the Wall from the reasons for building the Wall to its dramatic fall in 1989.
Their new exhibit is a multi-media experience that uses more than one hundred screens and projectors to guide viewers through the division of Germany. It chronicles the stories of how the wall changed people’s lives. And shows a unique perspective into the unknown side of the Cold War, showcasing the different perspectives from both the East and West by using newsreels from the 1960’s. If you want to be immersed in the history of Germany’s tumultuous past, this exhibit is surely where to do just that.
3D Reality Experience
Augmented reality app MauAR, brings the Wall to life and allows users to visualize the division of Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Users can use the app in the camera view of their smartphone or tablet to point at spots where the wall previously stood to go back in time. Users can jump between three points in time – 1961, 1971 and 1981.
The app will also debut five special episodes that will recount the story of the Berlin Wall and key moments in the history of the Peaceful Revolution. For example, users can travel back in time to the demonstration held on Alexanderplatz on November 4th, 1989.
I read so many articles about female solo travel in Morocco before I visited myself. I armed myself with as many solo travel tips for Morocco as I could and thought I was prepared. After all, I’m a savvy female traveller who has been travelling solo for the past 16 years, how hard could it be?!
However, the way I was treated by many Moroccans still took me by surprise. Maybe it was my long blonde hair, pale complexion and blue eyes but in Morocco, I stood out and I wasn’t quite prepared for the attention that would bring.
Travelling in Morocco as a solo woman was frustrating, challenging and at times, downright exhausting.
But despite that, I’d still encourage other women to visit. There were so many aspects of Morocco I loved. The vibrant colours, changing landscapes, delicious food, stunning architecture and then, of course, there are the shopping opportunities…
So I decided to write this guide to tell you from my perspective as a pale, blonde girl, about my experience of female solo travel in Morocco. I will also share with you my top tips for solo travel in Morocco to help you enjoy your trip to this beautiful, colourful, intriguing but stressful country!
Top Tip | If you are nervous about travelling solo in Morocco, consider booking a group tour with a company like G Adventures. You will feel much safer and enjoy your trip!
What you can expect from this article…
What to expect from female solo travel in Morocco
You should cover-up
The dress code in Morocco is very conservative.
With the majority of the country being Muslim, you’ll notice that most people keep their skin covered with long sleeves, trousers or long skirts and the women wear hijabs or headscarves. Some women will even cover their faces with niqabs or burkhas.
This doesn’t mean that you have to dress exactly the same. But equally showing too much skin, can offend locals and lead to unwanted attention. It’s important to show respect for local cultures, traditions and religions, by avoiding revealing clothes.
In general, I avoided any clothes which showed any cleavage. I also made sure that my shoulders, midriff and knees were covered at all times as well as avoiding fitted clothes like tight jeans or leggings.
Most days, I paired a loose-fitted t-shirt with a midi-skirt and trainers which kept me feeling cool without offending any locals.
But people will stare anyway
But despite making attempts to blend in, you will get stared at regardless. Especially if you are pale and blonde like me.
What took me by surprise was even when you noticed the staring and looked up, they wouldn’t break their gaze which made me feel very uncomfortable.
That said, as time goes on, you do get used to it and start ignoring the stares.
People will stare at your belongings
Not only, did the men stare at me, especially when I was out walking alone, but they also stared at my camera. This may just have been curiosity, but it also made me feel very uncomfortable and cling onto it that little bit tighter.
I recommend putting your camera away when you leave the busy, touristy areas.
Men may compliment you
Most of the men I met in Morocco were harmless but the constant stream of compliments got tiring!
I struggle with compliments at the best of times but in Morocco, I quickly understood it wasn’t personal. Every young, blonde woman, was treated the same.
Men would tell me they liked my face (translates to ‘you’re very pale’) or that they thought I was beautiful (which, translates to ‘you’re very blonde.’)
Initially, I muttered a quick ‘thank you’ and scurried on but I soon learnt that any kind of response would encourage them to try to tag along and make more comments, sometimes inappropriate ones.
So eventually, I learnt to put my head down and ignore them. As a naturally smiley, chatty person, this wasn’t easy for me but was completely necessary if I wanted to get anywhere!
Or say derogatory comments
Amongst the compliments, there will also be derogatory comments. I had comments like “Lady! I love sex!”
Ok, good for you…
I noticed this a lot more when I was out walking alone and noticed it was worst in Casablanca.
Luckily, I have a fairly thick skin and let most of these comments wash straight off me!
Petty theft is common
Petty theft is very common in Morocco, especially on public transportation and in the busy, crowded souks.
It happened to someone I met whilst travelling in Morocco. Someone took her purse from her backpack on a crowded train.
So you need to remain vigilant at all times.
Many people carry backpacks on their front or have across the shoulder bags which they can position so that it’s in sight at all times.
Knowing I would be carrying expensive photography gear with me, I decided to invest in a theft-proof bag. I loved this bag which I bought off Amazon. Not only did it look stylish and fit a surprising amount inside, but it could only be accessed from the back. It is waterproof and comes in 4 colours. I choose the brown leather design.
When I was in busy areas, I tightened the straps so that the zip access was firmly against my back and couldn’t be reached even by expert pickpockets without my noticing. This bag made my trip to Morocco, significantly less stressful!
Scams are commonplace
As well as theft, scams are commonplace.
Men (and sometimes even children) will stand on street corners, telling you that the road is closed. They offer to guide you and seem to be friendly, helpful locals. The next thing you know, you are lost in the souk, visiting their friends business and being charged for their services as a ‘guide!’
It’s best to avoid asking anyone on the street for directions and instead, visit a local shopkeepers to help you find your way.
There are men who try to grope western women in crowded markets
For me, this was the worst part of travelling in Morocco as a solo woman. In the night market in Marrakech, the infamous Jemaa el-Fna, I got groped by men 3 times in the space of 30 minutes.
The men appeared to be loitering in tourist areas, purely with the intention to grope as many western women’s bums as possible. One guy groped my bum as he walked past and I shouted at him. My friend who I was with in the markets, later told me the same guy groped her 20 minutes later. Some of the men even walk around in pairs! It’s disgusting and I felt violated.
That said, experiencing Jemaa El-Fna was still a highlight of my few days in Marrakech. There is just so much to see and do, it’s a hive of activity.
If I were to go back to Jemaa el-Fna again, I would wear a headscarf. My other friend I was walking with, was Muslim. So from behind, in her headscarf, she looked like a local. She received zero hassle and had a completely different experience.
You should avoid being alone in rural or non-touristy areas at night.
Following my experience in the night market, I realised there were many men with shady principles. This made me even more cautious at night.
I’d recommend sticking to busy tourist areas and avoid walking up dark streets or alleys in the medinas. Instead, take a taxi back to your hotel. If you are staying at a riad in the medina, then I’d suggest you aim to be back before it goes dark and only go out at night if you are in a group or have a tour guide.
If in doubt, ask the riad or hotel staff where is safe to go at night.
Some places are worse than others
For me, Marrakech and Casablanca were the hardest locations for female solo travel in Morocco.
Chefchouen, the charming ‘blue city’ was, by contrast, a peaceful haven for female travellers. Here I received barely any harassment or stares and consequently, I could have happily stayed there for a lot longer.
Equally, Essaouira, the popular hippy beach town a few hours from Marrakech, was a lot more laid back. There was still a few stares but a lot less derogatory comments and I felt safe, even in the old medina at night.
There are also lovely people in Morocco. But sometimes, it’s hard to know who is who…
One of my biggest concerns was that I might appear rude to someone who was generally being helpful.
It was easy to become cynical in Morocco and start to presume everyone who helped you, was in it for a tip or it was part of a scam. Therefore there were several times when I turned down help then afterwards, worried I’d offended someone who was genuine.
Because there were plenty of genuine, helpful people I met along the way. There was the kind lady who helped us order our food in the night market when the menu was in Arabic. The guy who taught me to love quad biking even though I started off slightly terrified. The tour guide at Volovubilis who brought the roman history to life with his humorous stories. Then there was my wonderful guide, Mohammed, who even took us to his home, introduced us to his family and served us tea and cake.
Top Tips for solo female travellers in Morocco
- Dress conservatively in loose clothes which cover your shoulders, midriff and knees. You may want to consider wearing a headscarf when visiting the busy night markets in Marrakech.
- Consider investing in an anti-theft bag like this one and stay vigilant of your possessions at all times.
- Avoid walking down the dark laneways in the medina at night. Either choose to stay at an easily accessible hotel and get taxi’s to and from or resign yourself to evenings spent at your riad accommodation unless you can travel as a group or with a guide.
- The medinas can be very confusing. You may want to consider hiring a guide so that you don’t get lost. You can do so in advance on this website.
- Where possible, try to travel with someone else in Morocco. When I walked with friends, I received a lot less unwanted attention and felt much safer.
- If you don’t have friends or a partner that wants to visit Morocco, then consider travelling with a tour group. Having taken 9 trips with them personally, I always recommend G Adventures as they provide adventure-packed itineraries for small groups and are heavily focused on eco-tourism and ethical travel. Intrepid Travel also offers similar trips to Morocco and have a similar reputation. You can compare the two companies in my article G Adventures vs Intrepid Travel.
My final thoughts on Female solo travel in Morocco
Reading back through this article, I can see how it could come across very negatively. I don’t mean to put you off travelling solo in Morocco as a woman. It’s definitely achievable and you may well fall in love with this chaotic, colourful country as I did.
But for me, it was a love-hate relationship. One minute I was besotted with huge orange sand dunes of the Sahara desert or the gorgeous riads hidden down tiny alleys, the next I was frustrated and angry by the attitudes I encountered.
Would I go back as a solo female traveller?
Yes. But I’d factor in plenty of time out, staying in peaceful riads or hanging out in the laid back towns of Chef Chaouen or Essaouira.
I’d love to hear about your personal experiences travelling Morocco solo. Feel free to share your stories in the comments section below!