Even the most seasoned travelers to Morocco, despite their level of expertise, need to do their homework before traveling to a new country. After all, those that get the most out of their traveling experiences tend to be those that figure out what’s worth doing and understand the significance of why it’s worth it.
Knowing what to do when you travel to Morocco requires the obvious: Knowledge. The question of where to acquire said knowledge is, however, more complicated. Bookstores are crowded with thousands of guidebooks and the internet is littered with hearsay. Navigating in the sea of information can be confusing and even overwhelming. Luckily, most travelers interested in visiting Morocco can succeed in finding the ideal resources for their personal situation by starting basic.
First, look around you.
The most trusted advice is often closer than you think. Talk to travelers that you know personally who have traveled to Morocco for an extended period of time. Sit down with these individuals and ask questions about topics that you won’t find in your guidebook. First-hand anecdotes are a great way to learn from the mistakes of others and to get lesser-known advice. Real conversations with people you know are a great way to gauge experiences.
Next, look to the web.
There are a myriad of different sites dedicated to travel'”anything from publications to online newspapers to companies. The best strategy is to look beyond the “beaten track.” Explore blogs and discussion boards. More specifically, look at platforms that allow readers to comment or share their own experiences. This way, you’ll have multiple points of view and advice from a range of different people with different backgrounds. Read blogs, such as this one, to pick up tips that you won’t find in your standard tour book.
Third, there’s no better resource than a local.
Once in Morocco, try to meet hospitable Moroccans to show you the authentic side of Morocco. Meeting locals gives travelers insight into the local culture, language and food. They are often excited to reach out to others and share their pride for their homeland. In addition, traveling with a local guarantees that you won’t be conned by street salesmen or tourist traps.
Lastly, as obvious as it sounds, bring a map and an easy-to-use guidebook.
Make sure your traveling resource books are laminated (in case you spill your mint tea) and inconspicuous (so you don’t get labeled as a gullible tourist and then treated as such). Leave your smartphone and other high-tech navigation gadgets at home; bringing them would just tempt pick pocketers.
Without a tour guide, a resource book or general traveling information, a traveler might end up, at best, missing out on key sightseeing and, at worst, lost. Luckily, there is no shortage of information around you, on the web, in Morocco and in the bookstore. The trick, however, is finding the right information for your ideal vacation.