Off-season Morocco for the Solo Traveler
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 13, 2013 10:01 AM Last Post By: triliums
Oct 12, 2013 11:44 AM
Off-season Morocco for the Solo TravelerI've found myself with some unexpected time off and I'm considering traveling to Morocco for the first in early December.
I'm a 40 year old, solo female traveler. I'm considering hiring a guide but not going with a group and I have a couple of questions:
1. As a caucasian American, my friends who are experienced with Morocco are concerned that I'll be aggressively pestered in the larger cities to the point of misery if I attempt to wander alone. They actually thought the pestering could be worse in the off-season because there aren't as many people to support the local businesses so the ones who are there receive even more attention.
Can anyone advise on what this aspect is like during the off-season?
2. Has anyone traveled solo in Morocco (perhaps with a guide)? Were you able to meet other travelers along the way? What kinds of settings/locations were best suited to meeting others?
3. Annoying pestering aside, in larger cities, is it safe to explore solo?
While I'm up for the adventure of solo travel, I'm kind of concerned about feeling exiled. I like the idea of the freedom I'd have with my own guide but if I'm going to be exiled and pestered to death, I may do the trip differently.
Thanks in advance.
Oct 13, 2013 2:27 AM
1..... where-ever you travel some clown thinks he's God's gift to women, its not only a Moroccan thing.
Read this article from the the informative View from Fez...... http://riadzany.blogspot.ie/2011/11/guide-for-women-travelling-solo-in.html
Oct 13, 2013 5:04 AM
2It was good answer, moroccotraveler :)
I never was going with some guide so I not know. But you can also go alone and I am sure you can meet other alone traveler on your way. Morocco is safe country and if you are calm and have respect for the habits there, not are to much near the men (I mean not flirt and so that they think you will have more near relation with them), you can be fine.
Oct 13, 2013 10:01 AM
31. Yes sure you will get pestered. Whether or not it ruins your experience mostly depends on the attitude you have about it. Laughing and walking away has usually worked for me.
2. It's easy to meet both travellers and Moroccans. Go to hip cafes, camels trips, the terrace in a hotel, just don't be shy to talk to them.
3. Yes the cities are mostly safe during the days, at night you can take taxis if you go out. I've spent nearly a year travelling mostly solo in Morocco, and had two attempted pickpocketings, but they didn't feel threatening.
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