You’re Going Alone to Morocco? As a Female?!

Yes. I am.

The amount of times I’ve heard that question since I booked this trip a few weeks ago is tiring. But I understand their concern.

I promised to be my honest, raw self from the moment I decided to start this blog, so here it is.

I’m f*cking terrified.

I’ve travelled my whole life, multiple times alone before, to many different countries. But I’ve always somehow been in my safe place. From Canada to Europe to Australia, everyone spoke at least a little English—enough for me to get around—so I had no problem wandering the streets knowing that I’d somehow make it back (obviously with the use of common sense). Throughout Central and South America, the Hispanic/Latino cultures are somehow buried deep in my soul so I’ve always felt more at home in those areas than frankly, I do in the states.

Moroccan woman

But this time is different. Very different. I wouldn’t label myself a feminist by any means, but I sure as hell am independent and will stand up for myself when a male thinks they are superior to me (cue to my first post, on why marriage was not for me, at least not right now). So travelling to my first Muslim country where females are expected to cover themselves—and where it is well known that, as a female, you most certainly will be harassed and possibly groped—is a lot for me to mentally prepare for.

But that was the point. Not to be harassed, obviously. But to put myself in a position so beyond my comfort zone that I’m forced to figure out my own comfort.

I’ve been searching endlessly for the last couple weeks of blog posts about Casablanca (where I’ll be for a couple days before travelling along to Merzouga then heading out into the Sahara). Sadly, 95% of the blog posts I see are “How to Stay Safe and Sane in Morocco” or “How to Avoid Scammers and Pickpocketers in Morocco.” I searched and searched for “what is there to do in Casablanca as a solo female traveler” and all I found were depressing, albeit honest, posts about Morocco as a female.

So while I’m terrified… I’m f*cking stoked. Stoked to see what Casablanca, and Morocco as a whole, has to offer a blonde hair, green-eyed American girl like me. More importantly, stoked to have the chance to show off everything you CAN do as a solo female in Casablanca.

And lastly, stoked to check off the next to last continent of my travels. So, does anyone have any good recommendations for Antartica? 😉

Hassan II Mosque

  1. I too travelled around Morocco solo. Though I did not visit Casablanca I did visit Fez, Marrakesh, Essaouria, Ouarzazate, Tinehir and Merzouga. I got around on buses and shared taxis ( don’t sit in the middle of the front seat), you will always have your knee against the gear shifter.
    Will you be spoke to by many males, YES! Will it be all bad NO! I got off a bus leaving the desert to have lunch at a young male teacher’s Grandmother’s house, I was invited to a baby naming festival, I had New Year’s Eve dinner with a family, I had coffee with strangers – though afterwards I guess we were almost engaged :), I was told by 2 guys they loved me after spending a few hours walking with them. Did I believe that? NO. I do believe much of the time they are curious – men there have little opportunity to speak with women – local women do not walk alone but rather in pairs, or with family.
    Be smart, but don’t think everyone you meet is going to grope you, this thankfully never happened to me. Dress conservatively, be firm but have a wonerful time!

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