Being a first timer for visiting this stunning country does not mean that you cannot enjoy your adventure to its most. Morocco is located in the southern part of Mediterranean; it has the unique combination of Arab, Islamic, African, Berber, and also a slight or European culture and customs. As a visitor, you will experience the Muslim practice all over the country, but that makes the trip more enjoyable and rewarding especially if you know how to respect their customs and the religion restrictions. Before jump in the plane; it is better to read about the Morocco tourism tips for the first timer.
The local currency in Morocco is Dirham which surprisingly has a steady and good rate. This country is considered as a friendly travel bargain. It is important to remember if you will get your Dirham from the local ATM but you will be charged for foreign transaction fee for about three percent. This is applied whether you use a credit card or cash out. Make sure you make a thorough calculation for this matter. In addition, if you want your credit cards or debit cards work in the country or other foreign countries; you have to call your bank first before getting on the plane. It will be very troublesome if you cannot cash out just because your bank declines your transactions. Larger places and cities will receive credits cards but smaller shops and souks will still prefer cash especially if you want to bargain on something.
There are basically two important things to remember when in Morocco; first, do not use your left hand for social approach such as eating, shake hand, or receive something. Muslim people feel that left hand is unclean as it uses for personal hygiene. Second, women should dress modestly in public places even if it is hot. You can use something flowy and airy without revealing the female form. Depends on the places you visit, bigger cities may be less conservative than the small one because the people get used seeing a variety of people.
The Moroccans speak a fascinating language which is a mixture of Berber, Arabic, English, and French. People in a larger city will likely understand English while you may have language trouble in smaller or rural areas. You can use French and Arabic will likely be understood, but it will be better if you can speak in Arabic.
The food and drink
If you used to consume packaged foods even for vegetables and fruits; you will find the more refreshing local product in Morocco. You may have smaller menu options, but it is cooked precisely like in the old days; it is fast without any processing. If you are concerned abut the nasty issues in fresh stuff; you can imitate what the local do by squeezing good amount of lemon or lime on your food. It will reduce the chemical on your salad better than your regular fast food salad. If you are eating street food; you know that you are taking the risk because there a no regulations concerning the refrigeration and stuff. Bring your stomach medications just in case you get funny tummy and eat yogurt to get probiotic.