What’s that? You are planning to travel to Morocco? Congratulations! But hey, before you get on your plane and fly to the beautiful country of Morocco, there are a few things you really need to know. If you want to make the best of your trip, here are a few pointers that you must keep in mind.
You Must Dress Appropriately
For guys, they can dress however they like but for girls, you need to dress more conservatively. Many tourists would dress however they like, but dressing conservatively is advised if you want to avoid any unwanted attention. Even if you travel with a group of guys, you may still get harassed. As such, it is better to cover up as much as possible. Especially in mosques, your wrists and ankles need to be covered down.
Credit Card is Good, But You Still Need Cash
Most established shops in Morocco will accept credit card but in smaller markets, street vendors as well as cabs, cash is what you will need. That being the case, you have to make sure that you are ready with a local currency. Additionally, you have to make sure that you have more than enough money for the trip especially since prices in the country are comparable to that in Europe.
Exchange Enough Money and Have Extra Change
Your money can quickly run out especially when you’re enjoying too much. ATMs can run out too so make sure to exchange enough money when you have the chance. Also, if you don’t want to overpay in cabs, make sure you have coins. The thing is that you won’t be able to change your coins when you leave the country. As such, keep only correct coins and make sure to spend them all before leaving.
Be Aware of Important Cultural Distinctions
You are in a foreign country and there are certainly a number of customs that could get you into trouble if you don’t follow them. One of those is the use of your left hand in doings things that are socially important like shaking hands and eating. Muslims feel using the left hand for these things is unclean. So it is important that you familiarize yourself a little bit about Muslim customs.
Learn How to Haggle
Haggling is like a part of Moroccan culture with selling almost like a sport to them. They are likely to get the best deal but you want to get the item you’re buying at least 25 to 50% off of the starting price. Learning how to haggle will help you keep your money well spent and also avoid being pressured to buy. Apart from haggling, you have to make sure how to recognize and not to fall to sales tactics.
So these are important things you need to know about traveling to Morocco. Of course, there are probably even more than these five things for you to know but these are the top 5 at least. If you want to make the most of your travel, better take the time to research to be prepared.