19 episodes

Join host Azdean Elmoustaquim as he takes you on an exploration of his country's distinct culture, vibrant history and stunning attractions. Azdean prepares you for the real Morocco, showing how to travel there, how to get around, what to expect and how to make the most of your time. We meet locals and guides, learn about costs and prices, safety, especially for female travellers, the kinds of scams to look out for in the bazaars, what languages to expect, and so much more. Destination Morocco plans customized travel itineraries to Morocco, including "FIT" and private tours, escorted tours and group tours. The goal is to help you enjoy Morocco like a native.Our podcast unpacks the mystery, opening up discovery of an amazing land. We invite you along for the journey.

Destination Morocco Podcast Azdean Elmoustaquim

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Join host Azdean Elmoustaquim as he takes you on an exploration of his country's distinct culture, vibrant history and stunning attractions. Azdean prepares you for the real Morocco, showing how to travel there, how to get around, what to expect and how to make the most of your time. We meet locals and guides, learn about costs and prices, safety, especially for female travellers, the kinds of scams to look out for in the bazaars, what languages to expect, and so much more. Destination Morocco plans customized travel itineraries to Morocco, including "FIT" and private tours, escorted tours and group tours. The goal is to help you enjoy Morocco like a native.Our podcast unpacks the mystery, opening up discovery of an amazing land. We invite you along for the journey.

    Travelling Solo Through Morocco, with Joanie Conwell - Ep. 18

    Travelling Solo Through Morocco, with Joanie Conwell - Ep. 18

    Joanie Conwell fulfilled a dream in May of 2022, visiting Morocco for two weeks, inspired by the works of Paul Bowles. And she did it as a solo traveller, unaccompanied and through her own planning and research. With a bit of help from Destination Morocco podcast, especially Episode 4!
    Joanie joins Azdean today to trace her adventure through northern Morocco, starting in Casablanca then staying in Rabat, Tangier, Tetouan, Chefchaouen and Fès.
    Joanie shares her expenses, including the average nightly cost of her accommodations, recounts special moments with strangers, and gives her views on whether it's a good idea to travel solo to Morocco, and what to expect.
    A lot of information on the internet seems designed to frighten travellers curious about Morocco. Walking along the shoreline near Hassan II Mosque, observing regular families strolling at the sunset: the reality is much more nuanced than what you read online.
    You're about to learn:
    Understanding transportation as a solo traveller. Azdean explains the differences between the petit and big taxis.How Joanie took Azdean's advice to upgrade her basic room to a living room suite with gorgeous views, for only about $25 extra.The price of a 2nd class ticket on the high speed train (Al Boraq) from Rabat to Tangier.Taking a long-distance big taxi ride with six Moroccan strangers.How the price for virtually everything that isn't prepaid is negotiable. Finding a taxi ride that was one-tenth of the original price quoted.How to avoid the touts hassling you to sell bus tickets, and just book online. Or, how to prepare for the touts and get a successful outcome.Joanie's great advice for anyone with dietary restrictions, allergies or other sensitivities to negotiate their way through Morocco (or any Arabic country).

    This Episode is sponsored by:
    Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.
    https://www.travelanywhere.travel/


    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Joanie Travels
    Joanie's links
    Joanie on Instagram
    Episode 4: Scams!
    Paul Bowles, writer and composer
    American Legation Museum Tangier
    Cap Spartel (Where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic)


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    • 38 min
    Top Tips for Traveling to Morocco on a Budget - Ep. 17

    Top Tips for Traveling to Morocco on a Budget - Ep. 17

    Podcast listeners! Destination Morocco is offering a special 8 day guided tour with Azdean, from October 17 to 24, at over $700 off the total price.
    Click here: 8 Day Morocco Imperial Trip for podcast listeners.
    Reserve now (link)!

    If you're looking for an affordable place to travel, but don't want to sacrifice quality, Morocco is a great option. One of the challenges, however, is to figure out just how much things cost, and what you can expect for the prices you pay.
    In today's episode, Azdean walks us through many of the essential expenses you will encounter on your trip, from accommodation to transport and, most importantly, the food! Carefully-planned savings could evaporate after a few delicious, full-course meals, but then again, that might just be worth it!
    Ultimately, the budget for your trip will come down to your own priorities and choices, whether it's standards of accommodation or the number of activities you participate in. But this episode will give you some context on what you can expect to pay, regardless of your style and interests.
    There's even a bit of reverse-psychology at play when you're at a restaurant: if you give first, you get something back.
    Azdean shares with you tips on how to save money every day, and tips on how to tip: a more recent phenomenon in Morocco, but an important one nonetheless. Tips are rarely included on organized tours, but even as extra costs they won't add a lot to your total budget, and indeed may be worth every penny. Plus, it demonstrates your appreciation for service and goes a long way to helping the locals with their livelihood.

    Check out this episode, take some notes, and let's make your Morocco experience as smooth as possible!
    You're about to learn:
    Finding affordable transportation.The most affordable time of year to visit Morocco.How to choose the best accommodation for you.Hiring a driver vs. hiring your own tour guide.How much does the food cost.Recognizing when you've been overcharged.Not just restaurant prices but coffee, juice, dessert and other items too.How to barter. Get your poker face ready!The tipping culture in Morocco.Can you use the US dollar in Morocco, and can you pay by credit card?

    This Episode is sponsored by:
    Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.
    https://www.travelanywhere.travel/


    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Episode 4: Scams!
    Sidi Ali water
    Moroccan dirhams
    USD to MAD (xe.com)


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    Learn more about the show on our Podcast Website
    Find beautiful pictures on our Instagram!
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    • 24 min
    Fan Mail, Info for Travel Agents and a Special Guest! - Ep. 16

    Fan Mail, Info for Travel Agents and a Special Guest! - Ep. 16

    It's been a fun and exciting 7 months since we launched our Destination Morocco podcast, and in that time we've enjoyed interacting with listeners, getting your questions and hearing your feedback about the show, and about Morocco in general.
    To keep all this useful information in one place, we've assembled an episode that answers some of the most frequently asked questions about travel to and around Morocco.
    You may be considering a solo or couple's trip, a group tour or a destination wedding, or you may in turn be a travel agent looking to answer your own clients' questions and be better prepared. 
    This episode is for you, everything from the fundamentals about weather, transport and group sizes to questions about Roman history, Jimi Hendrix and camping in the desert.
    And, we introduce to you a budding young podcaster with a great voice, who will present your questions to Azdean!


    Some of the questions we'll answer:
    Do you offer guaranteed departure tours?Are there tours to the Merzouga Desert?How is the safety and comfort for the LGBTQ community?Are these Group or Private tours and how many people on each tour?Do you need shots to go to Morocco?How many tents are there for a wedding, and what is their capacity?How long does it take to get to the desert camps from Fes?Do you only work with travel agents, or direct to the public?How long is a good stay to the beach city where Jimi Hendrix went?Do you take Travel Agents for tours?What type of vehicles do they use for a party of 4?Which city is still "searching for their theatre”?What is the best time of year to travel for good weather and less crowds?What about dietary restrictions?  Are dietary restrictions able to be handled in Morocco? How is the safety?Are any documents required other than a passport?Do you list the hotels you use on your website? Do you provide Spanish-speaking Guides?

    Podcast listeners! Destination Morocco is offering a special 8 day guided tour with Azdean, from October 17 to 24, at over $700 off the total price.
    Click here: 8 Day Morocco Imperial Trip for podcast listeners.
    Reserve now (link)!


    This Episode is sponsored by:
    Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.
    https://www.travelanywhere.travel/


    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Things to Pack and Prepare for Your Trip to Morocco.pdf
    STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
    Azdean's Presentation + Images on Morocco


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    Learn more about the show on our Podcast Website
    Find beautiful pictures on our Instagram!
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    Visit Destination Morocco Travel Agency

    • 23 min
    "You'll Never Feel as Small as You Do When You're in the Sahara Desert." - Ep. 15

    "You'll Never Feel as Small as You Do When You're in the Sahara Desert." - Ep. 15

    Podcast listeners! Destination Morocco is offering a special 8 day guided tour with Azdean, from October 17 to 24, at over $700 off the total price.
    Click here: 8 Day Morocco Imperial Trip for podcast listeners.
    Reserve now (link)!
    On today's episode, Azdean chats with a colleague from the travel industry, Laura Ericson, who organizes small guided tours to exotic destinations like Colombia and Peru.
    Laura was recently on her first trip to Morocco, scouting future tours there, and her enthusiasm and evocative storytelling inspired Azdean to invite her on the podcast to share what she learned.
    A big part of the experience of Morocco is the journey itself around the country, the rapidly changing scenery and complete shifts in landscape and people. Laura pointed out to her guide, "I feel like I'm in a movie scene!" To which he replied, "You are!" Many popular films and shows have been made in Morocco, and you can tour everything from the Atlas Studios to the streetscapes of Essaouira, following in their footsteps. 
    Laura shares stories from her journey through Marrakech, Fès and in particular, the Sahara desert, where the shifting sands create a constantly changing landscape. It was actually raining through most of her time in the Sahara, and they even got trapped on the wrong side of a flooded road, and had to figure their way out.
    The Berber locals, friendly and welcoming as always, were keen to show their camps in the desert, and Laura reflects on how remarkable this life is in this day and age.
    And then there's the silence: the eerie yet beautiful silence of the desert. It is a peaceful place that inspires reflection and contemplation, as you ride a camel to go watch the sunset.
    Laura shares her experiences as a woman travelling, whether solo or with a friend, and being prepared for what can happen. How to blend in and not look like a tourist, and how to be assertive and confident. She and Azdean chat about important safety tips and advice, and the merits of guided trips to places like Morocco, giving you safety and security, a chance to become friends with someone local, and even saving you money in the long run.
    You're about to learn:
    How glad Laura was to have chosen to stay two nights in the Sahara instead of just one.The experience of a Sahara desert tour by 4x4, on no roads.How Fèz is great for shopping and finding unique local artisan crafts, maybe even better than Marrakech.The story of how Laura was having breakfast, on her riad's rooftop terrace, put her foot down on what she thought was a rock, but it was in fact their pet turtle!

    This Episode is sponsored by:
    Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.
    https://www.travelanywhere.travel/


    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Laura on Instagram

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    Learn more about the show on our Podcast Website
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    • 50 min
    Culture Shock in Morocco vs. Reality, with Maxx Walske - Ep. 14

    Culture Shock in Morocco vs. Reality, with Maxx Walske - Ep. 14

    Podcast listeners! Destination Morocco is offering a special 8 day guided tour with Azdean, from October 17 to 24, at over $700 off the total price.

    Click here: 8 Day Morocco Imperial Trip for podcast listeners.

    Reserve now! (link)

    In today's episode, podcast listener, professional photographer and seasoned traveller Maxx Walske fulfills a dream by visiting Morocco.
    Maxx is a planner who loves to research and learn about her upcoming destinations. Typically she travels independently, but this time, having listened to the podcast, she went for the peace of mind and comfort of a private, guided tour, organized by Destination Morocco.
    In our episode today, Maxx chats with Azdean about her trip, about culture shock, the reality of being in Morocco as a tourist, the accommodation, the food, the shopping and more. 
    Maxx had all the typical questions and concerns going into the trip, but discovered a country blessed with stunning scenery and modern amenities: an open society of warm, friendly people.
    And, "A photographer's dream!"
    You'll recognize some familiar names from past episodes, who met Maxx in Morocco and showed her around: Ilias (Ep. 12), Youseff (Ep. 3) and Fatima Zahra (Ep. 8). 
    Punctuated by fun anecdotes and stories, it's a pleasant conversation that reminds you it's not all about Instagramable scenes and selfies, you have to enjoy the moment and be present.
    Morocco is unique and magical, "You have to see it to believe it!" (Maxx).

    You're about to learn:
    How busy it was, in general, and if there were people everywhere.How the square changes from day to nighttime. "It's a beast!" (Azdean).How June is a very good time to go, weather-wise.How planning helps you prepare, but throw away your expectations once you get started on your trip.How to prepare for shopping in Morocco, and how having local guides you can trust makes the entire experience worthwhile. You'll come home with quality items that you feel good about.Azdean talks about planning an itinerary, based on a person's interests and schedule, and how it becomes a very personal experience.About the wonderful hospitality, people going out of their way to help, even inviting you into their home.

    This Episode is sponsored by:
    Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.
    https://www.travelanywhere.travel/


    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Maxx & Me Photography
    on Instagram

    Maxx's travel photos
    Volubilis, Meknes (Roman ruins)


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    • 48 min
    Podcast Listener Angel Nair Shares Her Experience Visiting Morocco - Ep. 13

    Podcast Listener Angel Nair Shares Her Experience Visiting Morocco - Ep. 13

    Angel Nair and her husband travelled to Morocco in May of 2022, their first time in the country, and the Destination Morocco Podcast was a huge help in preparing them for the journey. She joins Azdean today to talk about her trip and what she learned.
    Angel shares her perceptions of Morocco, drawn from movies, film locations and cultural expectations, and how those perceptions changed after just two weeks in the country. Although yes, they did explore classic movie locations in Casablanca and elsewhere, they packed so much more into their journey, from Marrakech all the way up to Tangier.
    Listen to hear her describe watching sunsets next to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, or from the hills above enchanting Moulay Idriss Zerhoun in northern Morocco, or amongst the magical colours of Chefchaouen.
    Angel shares how the Destination Morocco episode on Scams helped her immensely, whether at the airport, saving them 200 Dirham as a result, or by avoiding having to pay the charmers in Marrakech to take a snake off her back!
    And through it all, there's the food! Special and delicious, Angel talks about the many dishes they discovered, from tagines to pastillas, fresh seafood, tangia and even camel burgers.
    From pleasant surprises to dramatic scenery and wonderful, welcoming people, journey along with Angel as she shares her story with her fellow travellers.
    You're about to learn:
    How the hospitality of the people made all the difference.About the empowerment of women in Moroccan society and commerce.What were some of Angel's planning resources.How going with an organized tour helped not just with preparation but also logistics once they were there: baggage, transport, accommodation and more. Although, they were able to add extra independent days onto the beginning and end.What a Moroccan homestay (staying with a local family in their home) is like.What was the most striking difference between each city she visited.Podcast listeners! Destination Morocco is offering a special 8 day guided tour with Azdean, from October 17 to 24, at over $700 off the total price.

    Click below to learn more:
    October Morocco Tour, Podcast Special

    This Episode is sponsored by:
    Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.
    https://www.travelanywhere.travel/


    Resources Mentioned in this episode:
    Angel on Instagram (photos from her trip)
    Moulay Idriss Zerhoun
    Cafe Sofia, Chefchaouen


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    • 52 min

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