Nothing sounds more exotic than taking some time to relax and recharge in the beautiful Morocco! Haven’t heard much about this destination? You might think of Marrakesh, or be reminded of the old movie, Casablanca which starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Then you’ll want to find Rick’s café for sure! What else does Morocco have to offer? Plenty!
Get To Know The Different Areas
One problem with international travel is the touristy areas that develop over the years. You get into an area and there are shops and crowds everywhere with authentically inauthentic merchandise. In Morocco you can find the touristy areas, but also looking beyond them you find areas where the locals gather. You can find a rich array of spices, handmade rugs/carpets, and local food to try. You can stay at a touristy hotel or you can find a local hostel or room for rent in the area. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture than to stay with a family that is willing to share their home with you? Then you can see firsthand about their culture and ways.
Culture & Currency
A good idea before travel is to learn about the culture of the area, and where the good and not so good parts of town are. Morocco is still very Muslim. Due to this, there are many areas that do not allow alcohol. The women also need to be aware of their manner of dress and general habits, so as not to cause a stir during their visit. Local customs can also help when it comes time to buy merchandise. Can you use American currency anywhere or does the money need to be exchanged, and when does this need to take place? For Morocco, the money is exchanged when you get there and back again before you leave. Keep in mind the exchange rates, so there is no confusion during all of these currency exchanges.
The food is as exotic as the locale, offering couscous with spices, nuts, and fruits. Stews, roasted meats, and desserts soaked in honey are also available. Try new things and step out of your comfort zone when it comes to the local food.
Morocco has a lot to offer. Allow yourself the opportunity to explore the many sights and sounds that the area has to offer. Consider staying with locals to get a greater feel of the culture. Step out of your comfort zone and try the local food and drink. Also, don’t forget to take in the entertainment! Hey, you could even consider taking a belly dancing lesson… or just get to a know a cute belly dancing girl.