Why This Trending Cultural Destination Is Surprisingly Great For Solo Travelers

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Morocco is a destination that’s currently having a moment.

After a record-breaking year for tourism in 2023, this fascinating cultural destination in North Africa set another tourism record in the first quarter of 2024.

Tourist in MoroccoTourist in Morocco

I traveled to Morocco for the first time a few months ago, and I was shocked to discover that it’s a surprisingly great destination for solo travelers — even solo female travelers.

Morocco might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of solo travel destinations, but I met many other solo travelers while I was there. (Which makes sense when you consider the overall increase in tourism in Morocco and how solo travel is also trending.)

Here’s why Morocco is a shockingly good destination for your next solo trip:

A view through a blue archway into the city of fes, moroccoA view through a blue archway into the city of fes, morocco

It Feels Very Safe

I’m not going to lie; when I first got to Morocco, I was feeling a little apprehensive.

I had just come from Egypt, a destination that I loved but would NOT recommend for solo female travelers.

I expected Morocco to be more of the same.

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that I experienced very little hassling or harassment like I had grown accustomed to in Egypt.

the city of rabat in moroccothe city of rabat in morocco

The safest feeling destinations to me were Marrakech, Rabat, and Chefchaoeun.

Now, there are some places you will not want to go on your own in Morocco, even within cities — it’s important to do lots of research beforehand and utilize extra caution when traveling solo here.

But overall, I felt very safe during my time as a solo traveler in Morocco.

It’s Extremely Affordable

Another reason that Morocco is ideal for solo travelers is because of how affordable it is.

Woman walking through streets in MoroccoWoman walking through streets in Morocco

You can stay in a nice riad (a traditional type of Moroccan accommodation that is similar to a bed & breakfast) for $40 a night or even less for a more basic hotel or hostel.

I had plenty of great meals for under $10 in Morocco, so food is another area in your budget where you won’t have to break the bank.

Transportation is also pretty inexpensive — there’s a high-speed train that goes from Casablanca to Marrakech in three hours that only costs about $15, for example.

Train in MoroccoTrain in Morocco

Becoming A Digital Nomad Hub

If you’re a solo traveler working remotely as a digital nomad around the world, Morocco is also a great destination for 2024.

It’s quickly becoming the top digital nomad hub in Africa.

Marrakech in particular is an excellent place to base yourself as a digital nomad. This vibrant city has all the amenities you could want as a digital nomad while providing you easy access to one of the most fascinating cultural destinations in the world.

View Of The Marrakech Medina From A Rooftop Cafe, Marrakech, Morocco, North AfricaView Of The Marrakech Medina From A Rooftop Cafe, Marrakech, Morocco, North Africa

You can also get to Europe from Marrakech in just a few hours (Spain and Portugal are both less than two hours away by plane) so it’s a very convenient base.

Lots Of Tour Options

Finally, if you’re a solo traveler but you don’t actually want to travel in Morocco on your own, the country has lots of great options for group tours.

This is actually what I did at the beginning of my Morocco trip to test the waters.

Beautiful young woman happy to travel in Morocco. Ait-Ben-Haddou kasbah on backgroundBeautiful young woman happy to travel in Morocco. Ait-Ben-Haddou kasbah on background

Companies like G Adventures and Intrepid Travel offer tours in Morocco where you can travel around with a group of like-minded travelers, exploring the country for a week or two.

This takes the hassle out of logistics (and makes it easier to visit destinations that would be harder to reach independently) and still gives you plenty of free time to explore on your own.

Of course, it’s not a necessity — you can easily visit Morocco as a solo traveler and book everything yourself, including transportation (which is fairly easy since Morocco has a decent train system connecting the major tourist hotspots.)

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