That’s the sound of travel satisfaction, and that’s exactly how I’m feeling after my trip to Morocco. Sa-tis-fied.
Satisfaction that comes from visiting a new destination for some serious inspiration and fun.
Morocco is an ideal destination for those seeking adventure, inspiration and newness. With Ryanair offering cheap flights to Morocco, along with other airlines, Morocco is an affordable destination ideal for exploring, especially in a short time.
For my 30th, I had the perfect excuse for an adventure. It was the ideal ruse for a wanderlust fix. You only turn 30 once, right?
However, India was eventually ruled out at it would be monsoon season, and Sean couldn’t get away for long, so I reluctantly conceded that it would be better to return to India around Christmas. Oh, so reluctantly.
Next up was Iran, the number one spot on my must-visit list of destinations. On our last backpacking trip, we got so close to making a stop in Tehran, but, story of my life, budget got in the way and forced me to put it in the ‘next time’ box.
And then there was Morocco, a new place in a new continent that offered new experiences whilst conveniently being only a cheap, 3 hour flight away.
And so Morocco was the winner, because it ticked all the boxes. Visiting Africa and the promise of a new continent was very seductive. Visions of markets, snake charmers and a romantic history sealed the deal.
Once we landed in Marrakech, I got that wonderful wanderlusty feeling as warm air, new smells and bright colours welcomed us to Morocco. Sometimes, travel gives me such a euphoric feeling it’s actually a little overwhelming!
Our time in Morocco more than lived up to my expectations. I’ll have many a Morocco post coming your way, once I get around to going through my photos!
But, for now, here are a few quick pictures to give you a taste of the essence of Morocco and some of the many reasons why I loved it there.
The famous souks of Marrakech are a warren of treasures that will have you wishing your shopping budget were a little bigger.
Aside from the fact that it’s easy to loose your sense of direction once you’re deep in the alleys of goods, wandering around the different areas will see you lose track of time, and possibly a good chunk of your spending money!
From the generous breakfasts served on riad rooftops, to the drool-worthy (I’ve never felt the need to use that word until right now) lamb burger I had in Marrakech, the food in Morocco was always good. But more on that later.
While Morocco can have a reputation as a place where women can get harassed, or tourists are hassled to buy by stall owners, I didn’t experience this at all. Maybe I got lucky, maybe travelling with my boyfriend made a difference, but I was really surprised to find Morocco to be so very hassle-free.
From the lovely Amanda from excellent travel blog MarocMama who was kind enough to answer my random hair question before I went to Morocco, to the very sweet and informative Jamal at our first Marrakech riad and the laidback rug sellers in Essaouira, the people in Morocco were really nice, helpful and chilled.
Morocco is one of those places that will have you reaching for your camera constantly. From the intricate displays of goods in the souks to the dazzling blue found from the sky to the doors in Essaouira, there are beautiful scenes everywhere.
And so much blue…
I can’t wait to visit Morocco again, and to share more from my time there with you all.