Helpful Safety Tips for Solo Women Traveling to Morocco
Morocco is truly a charming and enjoyable country for visitors. Life is different in Morocco as compared to western countries. Morocco is an Islamic country and has great respect for women, however women should be aware of the local culture and customs that are not common in western society. While there are many stories about misadventures which travelers describe their visit to Morocco. But it is not right to label the country as bad because of other’s experience.
Traveling to Morocco is a step back in time. This is especially true for women traveling in Morocco. It’s just not the same as in Europe. If you are thinking about making a solo trip to majestic Morocco then you should consider some of these helpful tips for making your journey successful.
Be Smart · Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Both men and women should follow this common sense tip. But especially women should not walk alone at night in Morocco. You should not carry a lot of cash with you. To gain an understanding of the local area, speak with your hotel concierge or front desk personnel to seek advice and tell them what you want to see and explore the tourist sites. If you are alone, I would recommend not going to bars and drinking otherwise you will put yourself in compromising state. If you really want to visit a café then you may ask your guide to go with you. Here is something you need to keep in mind if you are visiting bars, cafes or any type of such place: Keep your senses active and don’t put your drink down unattended and don’t let anyone offer a drink. This might contain unconsciousness drugs that may put you in a bad situation.
Think of Wearing Full Clothes
Like it or not, you will receive more harassment and attention if your clothes are revealing and show lots of skin. In the fast pace large cities of Morocco like Casablanca, Agadir or Rabat, you can wear what you like. High heels, petite shorts or anything that suits you, However, in the small towns and mountain areas you simply can’t as it is against the local culture. In the villages and small towns, you should probably respect their local culture and wear full clothes as they don’t welcome western style clothing.
Unfortunately in Morocco women can become the target of locals who comment and harass women to get their attention. There is only one best way to deal with them and that is to just ignores it. If someone is too aggressive then let him know immediately that you are going to contact the police to report it. In Morocco the police take harassment incidents very seriously. You may have experienced this before in other countries if you are a frequent or regular traveler, especially as a solo.
Be Careful While Booking a Tour Guide
It is very important for a woman to make a wise decision while booking a guide for herself. Do the best try to book a female guide. This will make you more comfortable and it will be easy to discuss things about the place you are visiting from a women’s perspective. Stay within your budget and don’t hire a costly guide while you are already on a tour. Some of the time, women make mistakes and hire a guy without knowing the capabilities and knowledge of the guide that certainly lead towards less knowledge and more money spent on the tour.
Don’t Trust Strangers Who Ask to Help You
Strangers are more likely to avoid you if they are honest. If any local man is forward and asks to help you freely or wants to guide you or seems overly generous can each be a sign of trouble. Many times it has been reported that strangers robbed tourists that trusted them only to be robbed or abandoned in bad parts of town.
Understand the Difference Between Urban and Rural Areas
What you see in Casablanca and Fez is totally different than what you will experience in the rural villages and hill areas. Understand that the rural areas are much more conservative and try to maintain the old customs and culture of Morocco. Small town communities are more conservative than city communities. Gender interaction (how men and women meet and talk) is very important to understand as Morocco is an Islamic country. Taking a Chocolate bar or some sweets for the children of locals will leave a great impression on their face and they respect you more.
Spend Your Time in Popular Tourist Places
If you are new to internationals traveling, or a first time solo woman traveler, then consider spending your time in popular tourist attractions and places such as restaurants or the train station or a park where you see the happy faces of many tourists. It will make an enormous difference in your journey in Morocco. If you want to enjoy the hot sand dunes in Sahara with a Camel ride then you must choose a highly rated tour company which may cost a bit more, but you will have a state licensed tour guide and a company behind your arrangements.
Always Use Common Sense
Be Smart. Always use common sense whenever you go to any other country. Be aware of your surroundings. Understand, there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of you if you put yourself in a position where you are vulnerable. Always read some female reviews about Morocco travel on review sites to understand the experience of traveling to Morocco. Stay confident and ignore unwanted things or activities while exploring Morocco.
These above tips may help a solo woman visitor or females to stay safe and calm. To enjoy the real bustling busy streets of Morocco and hospitable people, enjoy a holiday package from some good company and save more money before you fly. Plan a trip in the autumn season if you truly want to mesmerize the real beauty of North Africa. You might get help from the above tips. Please let us know in the comment section how your trip was if you have ever visited Morocco or any other Africa country. Also check out: TOP 5 ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO IN MOROCCO