What you need to know before going to Morocco
What type of trips do travel agencies in Morocco arrange for tourists?
Travel agencies organize private and personalized tours for tourists from around the globe. They hold each trip on an individualized level and as a group. This is to accommodate and fit travellers’ dates, places to visit, and their travelling plans. The agencies focus on tourists’ needs and the experiences they want to experience while maintaining their independence as much as possible.
Some helpful tips:
⦁ Create a plan ahead of time before travelling.
⦁ Know the dates and places you plan to visit.
⦁ Look for a travel agency that will meet your travelling needs.
What transport do tourist agencies use for touring?
The majority of tourist agencies have brand-new minivans that hold up to five adult tourists. They also have minibuses that can be used for up to 17 tourists.
For remote areas such as the countryside, mountainous regions, Landcruiser, 4x4s are used for those outings.
Are the drivers of the tour transport trained to be tour guides as well?
Some agencies have the drivers as the tour guides, while others designate a trained tour guide specializing in touring only.
The tour guides are required to possess touring skills and have some knowledge background of particular languages such as English, Spanish, and French. The tour guides to demonstrate their communication skills to answer questions and concerns. They also need to be able to explain the touring plans while exploring the tourist areas, such as pristine beaches, charming ruins, enchanting palaces, bustling medinas and picturesque streets.
All tour guides are required to have approval and certification from the government of Morocco before practicing.
All tour guides are required to have approval and certification from the government of Morocco before practicing.
What the best season to visit Morocco?
There is no best season or worst swat to visit Morocco because it really depends s on a person and what they want to experience.
Here is how the weather looks like depending on the season and the region:
Springtime, from March to May and fall season, from September to October. The weather in these two seasons is reasonably warm and delightful. So, if the heat bothers you, then these two seasons might be the best time to travel to Morocco.
Between May to October, summertime can be sweltering in some areas, and the weather stays warm in the southern regions all year along, especially down south in the Sahara regions. However, if the heat doesn’t concern you; then, you can visit the country, especially the southern regions.
Mountain regions can be frigid during winter. For example, the High Atlas Mountains is known to have cold temperature levels and snow in the winter season. Yet, if you are a person who loves mountains, and if cold weather doesn’t bother you, these mountainous regions may give you the experience you are looking for. Just don’t forget to wear winter clothing.
What is the weather like in Morocco?
Moroccan weather can be characterized as a mostly Mediterranean climate along the shores.: The rainy season starts from October till up to April. Some of the hottest months of the year are June, July, August and sometimes the month of September.
In the northern part of Morocco:
The weather is moderate, damp during the winter seasons.
The weather is warm, completely hot, dry during the summer seasons.
In the shoreline regions:
The weather is tempered by the Mediterranean climate in the North and the Atlantic Ocean along Morocco’s Western.
The averages temperatures range is 10°C in winter (December-March) and 26°C during summer from June-September.
In the southern part of Morocco:
The weather remains warm to hot throughout the year.
The rain is very scarce, not reaching three hundred millimetres per year. The rainfall is very low in southern regions in comparison to the northern regions.
The southern (Sahara) part of Morocco:
The weather is mostly hot throughout the year.
The region very often experiences blowing sand as a result of strong winds from the Sahara.
In the region of Fez (inland to the northern area):
The climate can be hot in summer, and it can get over 40°C.
The temperature can drop to up to 6°C – 8°C in the winter season.
In the southern region (interior lowlands):
The average winter temperature is 20°C during winter,
The summertime temperature can reach up to 40°C.
Is it advisable to buy a travel insurance package when visiting Morocco?
For peace of mind and the short answer is YES. It is imperative to obtain dependable travel insurance wherever you travel to. It is even advisable to have a full package if you can afford it.
You may even look into getting annual insurance coverage, especially if you travel more than three to four times a year as it will be cheaper this way. The insurance coverage should include trip cancellation insurance and medical insurance coverage for any emergency while travelling.
Before buying your travel insurance, these are some best practices for peace of mind:
It is best to directly contact your travelling insurance to plan your trip proactively and ask all your questions.
Even though you have some travelling insurance through your bank, you may not be covered entirely. Therefore, it is always helpful to check with your bank for verification and peace of mind. Also, make sure you check what is already covered by your home insurance policy besides your bank insurance.
A full package does not always mean everything is covered, especially medical expenses. Thus, you need to know and list the coverage you need before you shop around online for an insurance package, and you may even try to complete site comparisons regarding which insurance fits your travel need.
Watch for age limits insurance coverage. Some insurance companies exclude medical coverage for anyone aged over 65.
Don’t forget to ask about accidental insurance, especially if you are involved in adventurous activities “risk activities which may include horse riding, scuba diving, jet-skiing or mountain climbing.
Don’t forget to ask questions about these in regards to your coverage:
⦁ Trip Cancellation.
⦁ Trip Interruption.
⦁ Travel & baggage delay.
⦁ Pre-Existing Conditions.
Where can I find a well-explained map of Morocco to help with my travelling?
While it is always best is to connect with your travel agency, there are so much information and resources online that you can conveniently check out. Travel agencies will always have the most current and advisable sites and places to visit Morocco. They have travel packages, and in them, they include some of the most recommended sites in the country.
Is Morocco a safe country to take a trip to?
To make an informed and unbiased decision before making a travel plan, It is never wrong to do your research. However, Morocco is undoubtedly a safe country to visit and is one of the safest, and it is amongst one the most politically stable countries.
Moroccans fully support the king, Mohamed VI and his leadership of the country. Thus, Morocco is exceptionally stable and has been a great example and role model for unity to so many countries globally.
There are some criminal acts in Morocco, like any other country in the world. However, they do not necessarily target tourists. Tourists are well respected in Morocco, and the one thing you will observe when visiting Morocco is that police personals are everywhere. This is to maintain public order and safety for everyone, including tourists.
Do I require a visa to travel to Morocco?
The citizens from certain countries are not required to have a visa to go to Morocco. These include Canadian, American, New Zealand, Australian, or European passport holders. To get the most current and updated information, you can check the Moroccan consulate website.
How about tipping, am I expected to tip in Morocco?
Morocco is not a tipping country by culture. Yet, it has become so lately because of the influence it has from western society, and it is becoming part of a routine and expected practice. The majority of Moroccan employees do not get paid as much and are on very low wages. Therefore, tipping is always appreciated, but it does not mean that you are required to do so. While there is no predetermined percentage, you are required to tip. It is really up to the individual, and the kind of service received.
How about driving in Morocco?
Deciding to lease a car to drive in Morocco is an arrangement that you will have to make before travelling. Yes, renting a vehicle maintains your independence. Yet, it comes with some conditions that you need to be aware of, besides driving according to the weather conditions.
Here is what you need to plan and be aware of:
⦁ The cost of the car lease.
⦁ The cost of gas, the length of your stay and the places you want to visit.
⦁ Be aware of driving rules, even if they are mostly like international driving rules.
These are some tips when driving:
⦁ Stay focus on the road, and don’t get distracted.
⦁ Avoid driving if you are feeling exhausted and tired.
⦁ Refrain from using phones, food/beverages while driving.
⦁ Some vehicles’ brake lights do not function well or not at all.
⦁ Pay attention to speed limits and other guidelines of the road.
⦁ Minimize unneeded lane change and make sure you signal early.
⦁ It will be wise to practice proactive driving/defensive driving at all times.
⦁ Keep a three-second space between you and the driver you are following.
⦁ Make sure you dedicate enough time to get to your destination and not be in a rush.
⦁ Be aware that some pedestrians may cross the road randomly outside the crosswalk.
⦁ Be vigilant because there are some drivers, cyclists who do not respect driving rules.
Follow these tips when travelling to Morocco:
- Renting a car a sense of freedom and will indeed allow you to have a fabulous time travelling throughout the country at your own pace.
- While it is safe to travel throughout Morocco, it is always best to travel with a tour guide to facilitate your travelling journey.
- The roads in Morocco have improved significantly in recent years. Morocco has one of the advanced road systems in Africa. For example, there is a highway that connects the north of the country to the southern region, which is from Tangier city in the north to Agadir city in the south.
Things to Keep in mind:
Cultural sensitivity is vital wherever you go globally. Thus, being photographed in Morocco without permission is offensive and disrespectful. It is not an action, and a practice that is tolerated appreciated both by genders. Therefore, the best approach is to ask in advance and get their permission to make sure there are mutual respect and understanding.
Morocco is one of the safest countries globally. Yet, it is always wise to avoid going to places where there is no light or inadequate light or walking in back alleys. For peace of mind, try to do your most outings during the day and evening time.
When you go to local markets “Souks,” you may feel overwhelmed by so many vendors who try to sell you their products. If you don’t want to buy or not interested in what vendors are selling, nobody is to force you to purchase anything, and don’t feel obligated or bad about it.
Here are some great tips that will help you have the best shopping experience:
- Stay respectful, be firm and consistent.
- Offer some comments, such as saying, “sorry, I am not interested; I am just looking.”
- The worst is to keep silent and not say anything. This is because some vendors may perceive this as disrespectful.
- If you suspect a product’s price is overpriced, make sure you negotiate the deal respectfully and do not get into an argument.
- Try to lower the cost down as much as you can because some vendors tend to overcharge tourists for no reason.
- The prices are not fixed in Souks like in other official government artisan shops.
- A tour guide personal is always useful to have beside you while shopping. He or she will help you hugely to help you make an informed decision before buying.
- Like any other place globally, Morocco does have its share of petty purse snatching, pickpocketing, and phone grabbing. This just to be mindful and not to frighten you. Don’t travel fearfully — travel carefully.
When visiting crowded places such as big events with many people, such as Souks, you will need to:
- Exercise adequate discretion and be watchful for your personal belongings. Also, stay vigilant while in crowds and busy Souks.
- Leave your belongings and valuables in your hotel room if possible and at your discretion, especially if the hotel has a safe box.
- It is always good to consider getting theft insurance for your expensive belongings if your valuables happen to be lost or stolen.
- Wear a money belt in your outings because it is small and zippered secured, and Never keep your belongings such as wallet and phone in the back pocket!
- Use your mental checklist often and always take a look behind you before leaving you are staying.
- Never leave your valuable items in the open where they can easily be reached or snatched especially in crowded spaces.
- Pay attention to your valuables, especially your wallet and your phone. You need to think about not only the monetary value of your phone but also your personal information stored in it.
What do you when you are lost?
Sometimes getting lost is part of the travelling experience. If you are lost, don’t panic because there are a few things to consider. If you are uncomfortable asking just anyone in public, try to remember the name hotel you stayed in or a restaurant you dined in. You can also ask a shop owner or a police person because there are everywhere.
Role of Thumb!
Travelling to a different country is outside your comfort zone, which comes with some exciting challenges. However, Moroccans are very accommodating and supportive of tourists. Therefore, don’t let your vulnerability restrict you from having fun while adventuring. Having a positive attitude and stay positive will surely help you to enjoy your touring.