Africa

When it comes to seeking out accommodation in Morocco, one option will show up in nearly every city: the riad. Read a handful of riad reviews, and you’re likely to find words like “oasis” and “retreat” used over and over to describe the riad experience. People agree that a riad can be a relaxing escape…
As soon as I stepped off the bus, I was hit by a blast of humid wind that smelled of the ocean. Immediately I knew that Essaouira was going to be different. I had just spent two weeks traveling around Morocco, bouncing between large cities, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. I’d been struck…
Marrakech. The Red City. The Daughter of the Desert. Chances are that if you know anything about traveling to Morocco, you’ve heard of Marrakech. While it’s not the capital of Morocco today (that designation goes to Rabat), Marrakech is one of the most popular Moroccan cities for tourists to visit; in 2017 alone, the Red…
Chances are you’ve read about or at least seen a photo from Morocco recently – it’s a destination that’s growing fairly swiftly in popularity, thanks largely to social media. Which isn’t surprising, really. Morocco boasts unique culture and history, great food, and so many photogenic landscapes and cities that it almost begs disbelief. Yes, Morocco…
I was about a quarter of the way up the dune, my lungs burning and my boots slowly filling up with sand when I remembered something I always manage to forget: climbing sand dunes really sucks. Standing at the bottom of a sand dune, it never really looks *that* high. You tell yourself you can…
You may think that you’ve never heard of Chefchaouen, a small town nestled into northern Morocco’s Rif Mountains. But chances are you HAVE seen photos of “the Blue Pearl” somewhere online – because Chefchaouen’s medina is basically world famous at this point. The medina of Chefchaouen is painted blue. And when I say “painted blue,”…
The most frequent question I get about being a travel blogger after the standard “what’s your favorite country?” and “how do you make money?” usually relates to how I decide where to travel next. My answer is always “it depends.” Sometimes I go somewhere because of a specific event or because the timing just works…
When it comes to traveling, a lot of people like to have adventures independently; they like to plan their own itinerary, avoid the typical…
“Your water, miss,” the waiter said as he placed a gigantic bottle of sparkling water down on my table at the Savoy Seychelles Resort…
As a really nerdy kid who loved history and books and things like mythology, I’m not sure there was ever a time when visiting…

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