September 4


Navigating Safety in Morocco: A Guide for Solo Female Travelers

By Bewildered in Morocco

September 4, 2015

Addressing Common Concerns for Solo Female Travelers in Morocco

As a frequent traveler and blogger on Moroccan adventures, I receive tens of questions about safety in Morocco, especially from solo female travelers. They are curious about how to behave, dress, and what precautions to take while exploring this beautiful country alone. Having navigated these concerns myself, I aim to share my insights and experiences to help fellow women travelers enjoy Morocco safely and confidently.

The Cultural Context: Respect and Awareness

Understanding and respecting Morocco's cultural norms is crucial for a safe travel experience. The country's traditional conservative values call for a certain level of awareness, especially in terms of dress and behavior.

Appropriate Dress Code for Female Travelers

Modesty in dress is key in Morocco. Opting for clothes that cover your shoulders and knees not only respects local customs but also helps in avoiding unwanted attention. A scarf is a versatile accessory, useful for visiting religious sites and for adapting to different social environments.

Navigating Public Spaces: Vigilance and Confidence

When moving through public spaces, it's important to stay vigilant and confident. Crowded places like markets and public transport can be overwhelming, so being aware of your surroundings and trusting your instincts is essential. If you ever feel uneasy, seeking the company of local women or families can provide a sense of safety.

Dealing with Unwanted Attention

Yes, I received unwanted attention, harassment, and dinner invites while in Morocco. However, such instances were generally manageable. A firm 'no', avoiding eye contact, or simply walking away with confidence are effective strategies. It's important to remember that these experiences, although challenging, are not the norm.

Safety Precautions: Staying Connected and Informed

  • Stay Connected: Always let someone know your daily itinerary.
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep local emergency numbers handy.
  • Stay Informed: Stay abreast of local news and any travel advisories.

Understanding Local Customs and Language

Learning basic Arabic or French phrases can be immensely helpful. Being aware of and adhering to local customs can also significantly enhance your safety and overall experience.

Choosing Safe Accommodations

Selecting the right accommodation is crucial. Opt for well-reviewed guesthouses or Riads in reputable areas. Many accommodations provide excellent safety measures and staff who can offer valuable local advice.

A Balanced View of Traveling Solo in Morocco

While I've faced my share of challenges in Morocco, including unwanted attention, the abundance of positive experiences far outweighs the negatives. Morocco, as a solo female travel destination, can be incredibly rewarding with the right preparation and mindset. Embrace the adventure with respect and awareness, and Morocco will reveal its beauty and warmth, making for an enriching and unforgettable journey.

  • […] Ask women or old people for directions – This is a very useful piece of advice I got from the owner of the first hostel I stayed at during my latest visit. When you first arrive in a Moroccan town, you inevitably look like an easy target for punters trying to make some money out of unsuspecting tourists. It tends to be the younger men who speak relatively good English that try to capitalise on your confusion when you first get here, so don’t talk to them. Seriously, just ignore. They will only lead you around in circles for ages and then ask you for money when they eventually get you to your destination, which was probably just around the corner anyway! Ask the people who are not pestering you – the older men, the ladies. Even if they don’t speak English, you will find a way to communicate. […]

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