Of all the places there are to travel in Morocco, none capture the imagination quite like Marrakesh. With markets that go on forever, snake charmers, food vendors on almost every corner, and countless other exotic sights, there won’t be a day here that you will catch yourself yawning in boredom.
Before you book your holiday to Morocco, this post will give you a rundown of everything that you can expect when planning a trip to Marrakesh.
How to get there
It is easy to fly direct to Marrakesh from major airports across Europe. There are flights available from centers such as Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Madrid, as well as flights from Doha via Qatar Airlines.
Visitors arriving from other corners of the world can make easy connections through major European centers or through Doha, Qatar.
Once on the ground, you will need to take a taxi to your accommodation. Be aware that some taxi drivers at the airport taxi stand may try to get you to accept an inflated taxi fare. Insist on using the meter; if they refuse, walk past the official taxi stand and catch one from another hailing point across the car park.
If you are having a hard time getting the meter, be prepared to haggle with your driver for a fair rate. You should not pay more than 60 Moroccan dirhams to get to and from the airport, and no more than 10 dirhams to travel across town (20 dirhams at night).
There are also airport buses and shuttles available to help you get from the airport to your hotel or guesthouse, if you are prepared to pay more to avoid the hassle of dealing with the taxi drivers outside arrivals.
Where to stay
There are a wide range of places to stay in Marrakesh across all budgets. Riad Jennah Rouge is a great choice for backpackers, as its magnificent courtyard fountains and exquisite design features make it hard to believe that you are in a hostel instead of a hotel.
Dar Kantzaro is a great mid-range option, as its rack rates in the low-to-mid $100’s make this place an unbelievable value. With a massive outdoor pool and exotic room furnishings for a rate that you might pay for a chain motel back home, it will be hard to find a better deal in this town.
What to see and do
Marrakesh represents much of what makes Morocco a captivating tourist destination. With souqs and markets that sell everything from pottery to leather goods, those that adore shopping will be in heaven from the second they get here.
In addition to this, there are numerous mosques, palaces, traditional Moroccan riads, and elaborate gardens that will grab your attention from the first day you get here, to your reluctant final evening in this special city in North Africa.
Traveling around the world does not have to be for just those with lots of money and/or those who have retired from the workforce.
Whether you have minimal monetary means and/or you work, you can still set aside money over time to make some trips around the globe.
That said it oftentimes comes down to some good handling of your finances, mapping out where you want to go in plenty of time, and making sure you have all your paperwork ready to roll (passport, visa, emergency contacts etc.).
So, where will your world ventures take you?
Seeing the Globe without Going Broke
While it may seem at times like jetting or cruising around the world is nothing short of a pipe dream, you can do it if you really put your mind to it.
For starters, where do you want to go?
Yes, some places have been in the news as of late for good things, others not so good.
Among the venues getting a lot of attention in recent weeks is Brazil.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, countless people have flocked to this South American country of more than 200 million people, taking part in the world’s largest gathering of athletes.
In the event a Brazil vacation or other parts of the world are on your mind, here are a few things to follow up on:
- Time of the year – If you are thinking a visit from the U.S. to Brazil is in order; remember that the weather is the opposite of that in the United States. Summer in the U.S. is wintertime in South America and vice-versa. While Brazil typically doesn’t experience the brutally cold weather America’s northeast and Midwest spots can get in wintertime here, the warmest months to journey to Brazil would be from around December to February. If you go in February, you have a week of festival time with the famed Brazilian Carnival. Given all the limelight Rio has gotten in recent weeks, it is sure to remain a hotspot for visitors to South America;
- Local conditions – Unfortunately, some parts of the world continue to be in chaos due to political upheaval and other issues. As a result, Americans are warned to shy away from such regions of the globe. While you may not have the time (or interest for that matter) in following the news from around the world, it is important that you do check with U.S. officials before jetting or cruising off to some far away destination. Checking with the U.S. State Department and/or the local U.S. embassies in any countries you are thinking about visiting is always a good idea. The number one goal of any trip (along with having fun) is making sure you stay safe;
- Getting the necessary time off – Whether you work or are retired, making sure you have the proper amount of time to get away is important. For example, a trip to Australia or some other far away destination really can’t be properly done in just a week’s time. You have to figure on losing a day’s time both coming and going due to air travel. With that in mind, always deduct two days from your travel and sightseeing schedule;
- Adjusting to local foods etc. – It is also important that you have a general idea of the foods you may be eating while traveling abroad. The last thing you want happening is having some kind of food poisoning or other serious reaction to food or drink while far away from home. If you want to play it safer to the vest, there are typically American fast-food and restaurants available in many countries. When it comes to drinking will traveling the globe, be sure to turn to bottled water and avoid lots of ice in your drinks. You also want to avoid drinking tap water, even while in your hotel room. While you can’t 100 percent safeguard yourself from picking up something while away from home, limit those chances by safe sanitary measures.
If a trip or trips around the world are in your near future, make sure you map things out well in advance.
Doing so will increase the chances of making it a journey to remember.
While there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy on the strip of Las Vegas, you might want to explore the ones that exist outside city limits as well.
In this article, we will review the best day trips from Las Vegas that will make the best use of your time on your trip here…
1) Take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon
One of the most epic day trips you can do from Las Vegas to enjoy a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.
Many people that go to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas take a bus from the city. This is a time-consuming way to travel there, as it involves long periods spent on the road.
A helicopter is faster and more memorable, as you will get to see the vastness of this natural wonder from an elevated viewpoint.
2) Hoover Dam / Lake Mead
All the glittering lights on the Las Vegas Strip need to get their power from somewhere. Fortunately, the majority of the electricity that powers it comes from the Hoover Dam.
Holding back the largest reservoir in the United States, it is one of the greatest civil engineering projects completed in American history.
When you are finished learning about its inner workings, relax by the shores of Lake Mead. The headpond that was formed when the dam was built, locals love to boat, fish, swim, and enjoy water sports such as wakeboarding and water skiing.
If the thought of all this activity is making you tired, you can simply sunbathe along its shores as well.
3) Red Rock Canyon
A great way to get in touch with nature is to make a quick trip out to Red Rock Canyon. Named after a series of red rock formations that sit just 24 miles from downtown Las Vegas, this place is also a haven for hiking and rock climbing enthusiasts.
The desert scenery out there is dramatic, but be sure to drink plenty of water, as the dryness of the air and high temperatures can lead to dehydration fairly quickly.
4) Bonnie Springs Ranch and Old Nevada
If you are traveling with children, heading out to Bonnie Springs Ranch and Old Nevada is an excellent day trip to do from Las Vegas.
This attraction offers a petting zoo as well as riding stables, allowing your kids to ride ponies. Old Nevada re-creates the atmosphere of the Wild West through a clapboarded 1880’s style frontier town. Once here, you will feel like you have been transported back in time simply by walking its streets. Featuring live performances from living history actors, it is an attraction that will surprise you with its charm and attention to detail.
The days before you go for vacations or traveling are usually frantic as you check and double check everything that you need to take with you. The fear of forgetting something important can be overwhelming and checking your passport and tickets at least 18 times is standard practice and that is before you consider clothes, gadgets or anything else. If you are preparing for a journey then the best thing you can do is plan well ahead of time and leave nothing to chance so here are some tips to help you ensure that you’re fully ready for your trip.
Check Before Packing
The best way to ensure that you have everything that you will need is to lay all of your luggage out on the floor before placing it in your suitcase, put clothing into piles of shorts, t-shirts, shirts, shoes, underwear etc. Do the same with your essentials such as passports, boarding passes, plane tickets and currency. The last thing that you need is to unpack your bag once it’s packed to look for something that you fear you’ve forgotten. Lay it all out, check each part and then pack your suitcase with confidence.
Preparing entertainment for your journey is essential, there is going to be a lot of waiting time both in the airport, on the plane or on busses. Download movies, TV shows or E-books ahead of time for later on and ensure you have all necessary chargers. You should also try to pre-download any games that you may want to play but if you forget this I found a brilliant website called Poki that offers free online games. I’m speaking from experience here as the last time I traveled I had no movies or anything on my laptop but a quick search online and I fell on this treasure trove of games of all kinds, strategy, arcade, adventure and even sports. I spent all of my time at JFK playing a ridiculously addictive game called Super Soccer Noggins, a one on one football game where you simply need to score against your opponent using your head and feet. In all honesty Poki saved my life that day because I planned terribly for my wait time.
Food and Snacks
Buying food at the airport can be a costly affair, they know that they have you trapped and unfortunately often charge high prices for snacks and meals. You know very well that you will be spending a lot of money on your vacations but the last thing that you need is to be blowing unnecessary money at the airport on a bag of chips. My advice would be to fill a separate bag with snacks such as fruit, chips and maybe even a sandwich for your journey and your wait time, a little preparation beforehand could save you quite a bit of money in the airport, money that you can then spend on something for more interesting during your vacations.