HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY IN MOROCCO

 Morocco is not the safest place in the world to travel; but it’s not one of the worst either. As long as you are aware of your surroundings and take precautions to be safe, you will have a wonderful and most importantly, a safe vacation in Morocco.

(1) Beware of pickpocketing

Pickpocketing is not a problem unique to Morocco; not at all! Just like in any other touristic destination, you need to be wary of pickpocketing. When you are strolling around in the city, carry just enough cash you’ll need for the day and maybe just one credit card. Don’t carry your entire purse visibly loaded with cash, credit cards and important documents.

(2) Stay in a high-end Riad’s inside the Old City

I love AirBNB, but when you travel to Morocco, I recommend staying in a high-end riad inside the Old City. Not only does a riad has comfortable amenities and food options, but you’ll also feel safe at night and to drop off your belongings. We stayed in Riad Farnatchi, and absolutely loved it!

(3) Set the prices upfront

Regardless of whether you’re conversing with a taxi driver or any vendor, be sure to set the prices upfront. You are expected to haggle with the street vendors, so don’t be afraid to do so, or politely walk away if you don’t agree upon a price. But be sure to bargain upfront. Don’t feel pressured to buy anything you don’t like, just because the vendors corner you.

(4) Don’t eat street food

I personally wouldn’t recommend eating street food. If your body is not used to it, you will most likely get sick, and I’m sure you don’t want that when on vacation. Better to be safe than sorry.

(5) Don’t walk alone late at nights

Morocco is definitely not one of those places where you’d want to amble at night. Definitely not in the narrow street alleys. Be aware of your surroundings all the time.

(6) Don’t entirely trust strangers when you ask for directions

You will definitely get lost in the narrow alleys. Download offline maps to help guide you. Even then, you may need to ask strangers for help. Take it with a grain of salt; don’t entirely trust them either. Always listen to your gut and be aware.

(7) Dress conservatively

I know we all love to dress up when we go out on vacation. But believe me, in Morocco you don’t want to stand out. The more you blend in, the better. You don’t need to wear hijab, but wear clothing that covers your knees and hands. Jeans and long skirts work great. You can still accessorize with necklaces and nice sandals and still look great! Most of my tops were sleeveless, so my strategy was to cover up my hands with scarves – adds beauty and serves the purpose!

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