5 Important Tips for Traveling in Morocco

One of the most common comments about Morocco is that people are extremely lovable. This is absolutely true! Generosity is the substance of the nation, and you will find it everywhere, from the poorest villages to the wealthiest fences.

# 1 Do your research! Find out which areas of Morocco are interesting and what activities you might want to participate in. The geography of Morocco is very similar to California and offers wine tasting, surfing, horseback riding, hiking and much more. It, of course, in addition to traveling to the Sahara desert and meeting the pastoralists who have lived there for thousands of years. Work out your interests and plan your trip around them.

# 2 If you want to secure a great experience and have a budget, hire a driver / tour guide who will drive you all over Morocco and make sure you are all right all the time. These drivers / guides are crowded and uniquely accommodating and it is well worth pursuing their services. Vehicle sizes range from sedans to minivans and allow you much more freedom on your travels and also provide you with a safety net by having a native "family member". (More than likely, you will be invited home for dinner!)

# 3 The food is lovely in Morocco, mainly Arabic and Berber fare with French influences and the variety is stunning! The traditional Moroccan dish is called Tagine and is in almost infinite variations … beef with prunes, chicken and almonds, fish, goat, lamb and vegetables. Morocco's "fast food" for lunch or dinner is tagine and tagine shops are waiting for you everywhere. Tagine is also a special conical pottery where the meal is cooked. It's almost impossible to go wrong!

# 4 The water is not potable in Morocco, you will weaken if you consume ice cream (except in higher-end hotels), eat salads, or brush your teeth with water. The only option is bottled water and they do not have any BPA regulations in their plastic bottles, so the best idea is to buy a portable water filter to use while you are there. It's okay to eat fruit if you peel your skin – such as bananas, oranges, avocados, etc.

# 5 Be open to involuntary fun! Moroccans are dedicated to enjoying life to the full and there are ALWAYS festivals, celebrations and gatherings, so be open to changing your schedule for those untimely experiences.

In our experience, the only people with bad experience in Morocco are the people who get the Tourista – weak from drinking the water. Everyone else fears about the beauty, hospitality, diversity … and traveling home with happy, unforgettable memories of this alien land.