Morocco is a well-known, beautiful country with many places to visit and enjoy. With the dynamic environment and stunning sights including the ancient Valleys where thousands of local residents are living for many years, visiting Morocco can be full of adventures; and visitors can sum-up their Morocco holidays in three to four weeks.
Here are some of the important tips for solo female travelers while visiting Morocco.
1. Dress Modestly
Remember that Morocco is an Islamic country. It’s important to dress modestly and appropriately. Cover your shoulders and knees, avoid low-cut necklines and tight-fitting clothes. You can carry a scarf or a cardigan in case you feel uncomfortable. Blend in with the crowd. What you wear in public can and may reduce the attention you get.
2. Walk confidently. Stay vigilant.
Avoid eye contact and pretend you are fixated on something else or didn’t hear them.
Ignore when somebody is trying to lead you somewhere.
Don’t be too friendly or over-familiar, you might end up getting roped into sales and scams.
Don’t look scared, lost or vulnerable, they might offer to help you and ask money for helping you.
Avoid being rude. Remain polite but firm. Make it clear you are not interested.
3. Take heed on public transport
While public transportation is widely available, take heed. As much as possible, arrange your transport or car pick up service through your accommodation ahead of time.
Shared taxis (or grand taxis) are common but create a close contact for a long period of time. Don’t get in if it’s a majority of the male. Where possible, sit next to a woman!
When using private taxis, the driver will most likely not use a meter so agree on the price beforehand. Be firm. Stay alert.
4. Use common sense
Male or female, home or a foreign country, avoid walking alone at night down dark streets and alleys, poor-lit areas, and isolated areas. Take this more seriously if you’re a woman. Common sense! Don’t go anywhere at night where you feel uncomfortable.
Do your research. Know where you are going. Stay away from unsafe neighborhoods or villages.
Stay in hotels or any accommodation that have good reviews from solo female travelers.
Take advantage of tour companies like Virikson Morocco Holidays that offer female traveling packages.
Learn a few basic phrases in Arabic and/or French.
Be sensible. Don’t drink too much alcohol, and behave well. Better yet, don’t drink at all!
As a woman traveling alone, it might not be easy. But the overwhelming Moroccan cultural experience makes up for the hassles. What other tips can you give to solo female travelers in Morocco?
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