Best Morocco Tours for Seniors
Best Morocco Tours for Seniors: For many travelers of a certain age, Morocco has a special appeal. At this stage in a traveler’s life, the bustling boulevards of Paris and the sunny beaches of Hawaii are quiet, almost dull. Morocco, on the other hand, is something different, alive and vibrant and full of new sights, sounds and smells to experience. Of course, it helps that Morocco has its own boulevards and sunny beaches. But what’s it like to travel to Morocco for this age group? It’s a good question with no easy answer. Over the past twelve years, Villa Jardin Nomade has helped travelers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities discover this country at their leisure. Here’s what we’ve learned:
SENIOR TRAVEL IN MOROCCO: CULTURE:
Morocco is a country that still has a deep respect for its elders. This also applies to visitors from other countries. Well-traveled, adventurous travelers of a certain age will feel right at home in Morocco, especially in small towns and villages. The culture of Moroccan towns is much like that of the city, with many people rushing to get anywhere fast, especially in the newer parts of town. In the older parts of town, the medinas, you’ll feel a lot of this “small-town Moroccan” cultural engagement.
SENIOR TRAVEL IN MOROCCO: MEDICATION:
If you are taking medication or supplements, be sure to bring enough for the duration of your stay. It’s a good idea to budget for an extra 3 days in case of delays at the airport. It goes without saying that you cannot guarantee prescriptions filled during your stay in Morocco.
However, it can also be extremely useful to know the French equivalent of generic (non-branded) medication before you arrive. Coupled with your doctor’s prescription, you can probably find your medication or supplement in a local pharmacy, or inform a doctor if you need to. You should also talk to your doctor about your trip and any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. For example, if you’re taking an ACE inhibitor, you’ll want to stay away from bananas.
TRAVEL TO MOROCCO: OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS:
Most visitors to Morocco are seriously concerned about traveler’s diarrhea. It helps to stick to fully cooked foods, especially salads.
Otherwise, take care to protect yourself from the sun. You’ll want to apply generous doses of sunscreen, even on days when the sun is less bright, especially if you’re in the mountains. “Morocco is a cold country with a hot sun,” is a common statement”. Fitted shirts to cover your arms and a hat will do wonders.
SENIOR TRAVEL IN MOROCCO: MOBILITY PROBLEMS:
Morocco is not a wheelchair-friendly country. It lacks much of the infrastructure required for people with reduced mobility. It really is a country to be experienced on your own two feet, whether through the High Atlas. Whether you’re wondering about the medieval medina of Fes or visiting your local riad. If you have any difficulties with mobility, be sure to note this with your arrival. We’ll be able to describe the experiences you can have, whatever the challenges you face, with expert advice on everything from accommodation to how to get around the old towns.
SENIOR TRAVEL IN MOROCCO: GENERAL SAFETY:
Morocco is safer than any North American city. There’s a distinct lack of armed violence of any kind. In the big cities, you may find yourself more of a target for pickpockets and purse snatchers. So make sure you keep your important documents on your body. It’s a good tip to leave the sign on your hotel door to “do not disturb”. This can keep potential intruders away from your hotel room. Other than this kind of theft (and notoriously bad drivers), you have nothing to worry about.