Morocco is a beautiful place for a travel adventure. One thing to know about traveling there is that vaccinations are not mandatory for entry. You may want to get them to protect yourself, however.

In Morocco there is a mixture of languages being spoken, including Arabic, Berber, English, and French…and sometimes all of it comes out in the same sentence. In the bigger cities more people will speak English, but in the rural areas it will either be French or Arabic. Be aware that their Arabic will be different than any that you learned somewhere like Egypt.

Being aware of the social customs can save you a lot of trouble. One thing to know is that you shouldn’t use your left hand to do anything like eating or hand shaking, it is considered unclean. Their clothing customs leave everyone quite covered up even though it’s very hot out. Your best bet is to buy some clothing locally so you can make sure that it’s both appropriate and also comfortable. Most women wear long airy dresses to cover up but keep the air flow.

Even though most Moroccans are devout Muslims, it is still pretty easy to find alcohol at bars and clubs, and in the bigger cities there are some pretty wild parties.

The money conversion rate is pretty good which makes Morocco a relatively cheap place to travel. Many place will accept your credit card, just be sure to warn your bank ahead of time they don’t shut down your card for fraudulent use. The open air markets still use cash for the most part. Be aware that getting money out at ATM’s is possible but that it will generally charge a 3 percent usage fee, which can add up pretty quickly depending on how much money you are taking out during your travels.

You do not need a Visa to get into Morocco, but you do need to make sure that your passport does not expire until after your return date. If you live in England it must be good for six months following your return date. It’s best to check online with the embassy before you go to make sure everything is as it should be.

You will probably need to bring a power converter to charge your electronics, and it is usually the kind that they use in Europe. There are a few different versions however, so if you get stuck without a charge many local cafes will let you use one for a small fee. Be aware that using your normal cell phone might cost more money than just getting a temporary one in country.

The food in Morocco is still almost exclusively local produce, so there is a lot less packaged food than you will be used to. To be safe squeeze lemon or lime onto your food to kill some of the potential bacteria, and stick to bottled water just to be safe. Always travel with some probiotics and stomach ache medicine in case something doesn’t sit right.

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