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Wanderlust fix: Magical Morocco


Aaaah.

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.

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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?

Of course, my first choice was India. In fact, the only thing that got me on the plane home from Mumbai in the first place was the promise that I would return as soon as I could.

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.

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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.

 

Souks

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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!

Food

breakfast in essaouira, morocco - the traveloguer

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.

lamb burger - marrakech, morocco - thetraveloguer travel blog

People

While Morocco can have a reputation asย 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.

women in marrakech, morocco - the traveloguer travel blog

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.

 

Photo Opps

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.

Essaouira, Morocco - the traveloguer travel blog

And so much blue…

Blue photo opps Essaouira - the traveloguer travel blog

I can’t wait to visit Morocco again, and to share more from my time there with you all.

 

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31 Comments

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    Maria
    July 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

    A family of my friend even bought a house in Marrakech, because they instantly fell in love with the place. Congrats on your 30 (welcome to the club!) and great that you had fantastic way to celebrate this occasion!

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      Christine Maguire
      August 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you Maria. It would be so cool to have a house in Marrakech!

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    Alexandra
    July 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Gorgeous pictures!
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    Jasmin N
    July 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Morocco looks so wonderful! Definitely must go at some point ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Melissa Rose
    July 21, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Beautiful photos!!

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    Felice Raina
    July 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Wow you’re photography is stunning! โ™ฅ

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    Felice Raina
    July 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Wow your photography is stunning. I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco. OMG the water it’s so blue ahh! This is definitely magical!
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    Brittany from Boston
    July 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Oh to taste the food and wander through the souks…I can’t wait to visit Marrakech sometime soon!

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    Carol Colborn
    July 24, 2016 at 12:25 am

    I had the same feeling getting to Tangier and thus Africa, a new continent, for the first time. We took a bus/ferry day trip from Malaga, Spain.

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    Lisa
    July 24, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Would love to visit one day. Food looks terrific. Your photos are great!

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    Eman
    July 24, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Morocco has been on my list for ages! This was a brilliant post!
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    Elena Nemets
    July 24, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Did you go only to Marrakesh or traveled through the country?

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    hannah
    July 24, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I guess that some people exaggerated, I mean you can be harassed everywhere, even.the safest country!

    Marocco is a beautiful country indeed!

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    Aisha
    July 25, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I want to go back to Morocco. I ended dup getting sick while there and didn’t fully get to appreciate it or got to explore like I would have wanted to.

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      Christine Maguire
      August 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Im sorry you were sick Aisha, that sucks! I hope you get to go back soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    melody pittman
    July 25, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Morocco looks heavenly and appeared to be a wonderful place to celebrate turning 30. Happy belated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Elisa
    July 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Souqs are the best of Morocco in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nathan
    July 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I just also recently came back from Morocco! Your pics are great, they really took me back to being there.

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    Emily
    July 25, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    It looks beautiful! I’m so glad you had a hassle-free experience – it’s good to share the positive side of travel .

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    sophie
    August 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Morocco looks so magical- lovely photos as well!
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    marrakacho
    January 14, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Love the pictures! and morocco is a must visit country! You should experience a riad while visiting at least for couple of night

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      Christine Maguire
      February 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you. I only stayed in riads in Morocco, I love them!

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    marrakacho
    January 14, 2017 at 2:20 am

    btw! what camera do you use?
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    Omar Alaoui
    July 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful pictures. Marrakech is magical .next time you should plan a day trip to Ourika Valley in Moroccoโ€™s Atlas Mountains It’s on a 3.5-hour a trip from Marrakech.

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      Christine Maguire
      August 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks Omar! Sounds great, I hope I’ll make it back in Morocco soon!

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    Terrigal Accommodation
    October 2, 2017 at 1:24 am

    that pics are awesome!! i love that river view..

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