Ah, Morocco! A beautiful landscape with equally beautiful people. An exotic getaway that can make the poorest of people feel rich. Everyone dreams of visiting this dreamland and many of us can accomplish that.
Before you go, we have a few tips to make your trip easy, fun, and safe!
When You Run Out Of Money
Nothing is scarier than being on a trip and suddenly finding out that you are out of money. We all take care when budgeting our travel finances but there are all sorts of reasons why you might be suddenly broke. Maybe you overspent on souvenirs. Maybe you forgot to budget for fees or the cost of international communications via mobile.
Having someone from your home base, whether that base is in the UK, the US, Canada, Germany, India, Cairo, wherever, who can help you out is a great backup plan even for the greatest planners. Money transfer stations, like Ria Money Transfer-UK, are all over the world and can make getting money quick and easy. No waiting on a wire, it’s all done electronically and within minutes. This means you can get back home and share the tales of your trip.
Learn Some New Language
Although you can find people in Morocco who speak English, the two national languages are French and Arabic. French tends to be easier to learn than Arabic unless you happen to be gifted and can learn languages easily.
Why is it important to learn a new language and not depend on your own native tongue? Simply put, you will make a deeper connection with the citizens you interact with. Practicing with the kids at home is great, taking them to a street market will be icing on the cake. Not only can they see how interactions work in another culture, there is a new story for them to share back home in the states.
Watch For Illegal Drug Deals
In Morocco, cannabis is illegal and yet it is sold easily and often on the streets. Some cities are a bit more tight-lipped about it but in other locations, the police turn a blind eye to the activity. It can appear to be the Amsterdam of the Muslim world but we caution you on the purchases because it can land you in jail. At the same time, you should be careful of people who will plant product on you as you are leaving. There are a variety of reasons for this but few of them are good. And besides, it’s always a good idea to be mindful of yourself and your belongings wherever you go. Speaking of which…
Be Mindful Of Your Word And Surroundings
Some cities in Morocco can seem incredibly overwhelming with all the people and all the vendors on the streets. It is wise to always be mindful of your surroundings in these situations. There aren’t many reports of pickpocketing but it is a high possibility it could happen.
While shopping, remember that if a vendor offers you a discount if you come by the next day, that it is a real offer. If you promise to show up, go. You will get the discount for your honesty and it’s a way for a vendor to whittle out the hagglers. It’s also a great way to build up a local connection. If you have the kids with you, you will teach them a valuable lesson about the seriousness of the words we say and their impact!
Don’t let any of these tips scare you into not going. They would apply to every major destination the world over and it’s a reminder that we are all human and navigating life differently. Go. Fall in love with it. You will be happy you did!