I receive tens of questions about safety in Morocco as a solo female traveler. You ask me how to behave, how to dress, what to pay attention to…
If you’re an experienced travelette, you know how to adjust to certain cultures not to attract too much unwanted attention ot to provoke someone to do something you don’t really want. If you are new to travelling, you may find this guide useful.
I have travelled Morocco by myself, I can tell you that it is a safe country.
RULE #1 NO EYE CONTACT
This is something that Europeans may find strange. In Poland eye contact or a girl smiling at a guy does not necessarily mean she is interested in him. In Morocco I’ve learnt that eye contact with men I don’t know will spark unwanted attention.
RULE #2 NO SHOWING OFF YOUR DEVICES (CASABLANCA AT LEAST)
If you don’t have to use your smartphone on the street, don’t do it. It’s very tempting – a foreigner that doesn’t know the neighborhood, showing off their newest device… ;)
RULE #3 NO NIGHT BUSES ALONE
This is something that many Moroccan girls can tell you from their experience: don’t take a night bus alone! Unfortunately I can also tell you that from my experience. If you have no other choice, make sure to sit next to a woman or at least close to the driver. At night, when it’s dark and everybody is asleep, some guys can get touchy. If it happens to you, don’t be shy to react. Embarassing the guy is a good solution. Then call police (tel 19) to report him. When it happened to me, I slapped him and screamed ‘matkisnish‘ (‘don’t touch me’) yet I was too shocked to call the police. I regret till now.
RULE #4 BEWARE OF TWO GUYS ON A MOTORBIKE
I can also tell you that from my experience. This is a method widely used in Italy, Indonesia… And Morocco too. Two guys ride a motorbike. The one that drives, stops. The other one jumps off the motorbike and steals your bag or phone. He jumps on the motorbike and escapes. Happened to me and some of my friends. They usually like to attack from behind.
RULE #5 STAY AWAY FROM CERTAIN AREAS
Prior to your trip, try to search information about the areas that you are planning to visit. As everywhere in the world, there are ‘safer’ and ‘dangerous’ neighborhoods. In my beloved Warsaw (Poland), there are two districts that you should not visit alone at night ;) Wola and Praga Północ. In Casablanca for example, one of the areas I visit reluctantly is Bourgogne and Medina at night during the weekends. This is the time when people celebrate the weekend with amount of alcohol that is not adjusted to their capabilities :P and that’s when the magic happens…
Pssst.. read also these general travel tips for solo women, written by Bianca from My Wild Earth!
These are precautions that any female should take anywhere in the world. Stick to them and you will enjoy your holidays. You should also know that Moroccans are generally very hospitable people and if you are invited for a Friday couscous or a wedding – don’t be surprised and accept the invitation. I wrote this article to open up your eyes and squeeze the maximum out of your stay in Morocco and avoid unpleasant situations.
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