Solo Female Travel in Morocco: The Good & The Bad

During my Morocco travel series, I received a lot of questions about the safety of traveling in Morocco as a woman. While my friend and I felt safe in Morocco, I recognize that the time we spent exploring by ourselves were limited. We spent the majority of our vacation exploring with a private guide who was really protective of us. In hopes of providing a balanced view of visiting Morocco, I asked my friend Rino to write about her solo travel trip to Morocco. Here’s a recap of her experience highlighting the good and the bad:

7 Things to Do in Fes

If you are considering visiting Morocco and want to visit a city that truly captures the spirit and culture of the country, visit Fes. The city of Fes, Morocco's third largest city, is home to over one million people. It was founded in the 8th century, and still has a distinct traditional charm to it. During our visit, we went on a half-day tour of Fes with Morocco Easy Tours. Here are seven things to do in Fes.

What to Wear in Morocco

Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country, where modesty in all aspects of life is key. I was in Morocco, during Ramadan (a holy month of fasting), which was even more reason to be mindful of my attire. While exploring the medina in Marrakech there were several tourists who wore shorts and crop tops. Our guide told us it was extremely disrespectful towards the culture, especially given it was the holy month. In general, it is advised to cover your shoulders, knees, mid-drift, and avoid low-cut tops particularly while in the medina and rural areas.

Essential Things to Know Before Your Sahara Desert Tour

After months of sitting on my Pinterest board, in June my dream of going on a camel trek in the Sahara Desert finally came true! The entire experience was blissful and surreal. The days leading up to our trek were incredibly busy, making riding a camel through the Sahara the meditative retreat I needed. In that moment, everything slowed down. I soaked up the beauty of the orange sand dunes that surrounded us, sung Lion King songs with my friend, and took time to express gratitude and be in the moment. If you are looking for items to add to your bucket list, this is it! It's the perfect mix of adventure and tranquility.

Cheap Holiday to Morocco: A Review of Accommodations

My friend Fi and I were recently reminiscing about our trip to Morocco. I asked her how would she describe the accommodations and she responded, "Bed & Breakfast meets textile heaven". Her description was spot on! Whether we were at a riad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard), a hostel or a hotel, we were constantly amazed by the exquisite architectural and decorative details.

7- Day Itinerary for Morocco

I've been fascinated by Morocco for years. Morocco is a North African Muslim country that is a melting pot of Arab, Berber, European, and African people and culture. This blend of influences created some of the most beautiful architecture I've seen, from earth-colored buildings to colorful tiled palaces. The majority of Morocco's landscape is mountainous with slopes that slowly turn into plateaus and valleys. The people were warm and welcoming. My trip was like a really good dream that I didn't want to wake up from!

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Around in Accra

Figuring your way around a new city can be super fun and exciting, but also a bit stressful. What helps me alleviate my stress when using public transportation abroad is knowing the do’s and don’ts of the local system. After a year+ of living in Ghana, I’ve mastered a few tricks that I am excited to share with you!  

Here are 4 essential tips you need to know to get around Accra with ease:

How to Bargain in Markets in Accra

My best friend has been living in Accra for the past year but has traveled back and forth to the city since 2009. One of the many great things about this is that she's developed amazing bargaining skills! Before we went shopping at the markets she schooled my friends and me on the art of bargaining in Accra. I admit it's hard, but just like everything else, the more you do it the easier it becomes! Here are 5 key tips to help you successfully bargain in markets in Accra:

South Africa Itinerary Ideas From A Local

During the summer of 2014, I met Silas through a coworker when I went to a party. Since leaving South Africa, Silas and I have kept in touch over the years. He is a free-spirited creative whose photography captures the true essence of South Africa and he knows Cape Town and its surrounding areas well. I'm excited to have Silas share his invaluable insight with the travelJewels community because locals always know best!Here is a variety of non-traditional South Africa itinerary ideas from a local!