I’ve been on the fence about squeezing Morocco into the European portion of my trip (YES, I know that Morocco is in Africa). My dad is reeeeaaaallly against it. Like, really against it. Like, yell at me and tell me what an idiot I am against it. I, on the other hand, am captivated by everything I’ve read about it. So, I did what I always do when I’m having a hard time making an important travel decision (and life decision)…I made a pro and con list after researching the hell out of it. Here’s what I found out…Morocco is considered one of the safer African countries, though there are incidents of terrorism (which can be said for pretty much every country), women are not encouraged to travel alone, Islam is the main religion and should be respected (cover up, don’t hug the opposite sex, etc), steps are being take to encourage growth in the tourism sector (improvements to infrastructure, safety, etc).
In light of these considerations, I’ve decided that it would be best to go with a tour. I see this as a compromise and hopefully my parents will too…my preferred mode of travel is solo so I can go where I want when I want to go there, but I also do want to be safe, don’t want to cause my parents to have heart attacks, and don’t want to be stupid about things. I’m researching my options for affordable tours right now…so far nomadic tours, intrepid, and g adventures seem to be my best bet. I’m hoping for 8-14 days for under $1000 US. My must see/do’s are Marrakech, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fes, riding camels through the desert, desert overnight, seeing some portion of the Atlas mountains, wander through the ruins in Meknes and sweat off the camel stink in a hammam. I don’t know if it’ll be possible to get everything on my wish list for the price I can afford to pay, but I’ll try to get as much as I can. If anybody knows of a reputable company with awesome, inexpensive tours to Morocco, please let me know!