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Safe to Travel to Morocco

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Hi everyone. To those whom I've chatted with on these forums before, nice to chat with you again.

As many of you know, I'm a pretty experienced international traveler. I've travelled internationally 12 times for pleasure in my lifetime, all but one of those times solo. I've traveled extensively through Europe. In both 2011 and 2012, I visited Turkey (absolutely loved it) and in 2013, I spent 17 days in Japan (my favorite trip so far.) So I do have experience with traveling solo in countries with cultures quite different from mine and having a wonderful time.

I would really like visit Morocco in the spring of 2016 and have an itinerary mapped out. I have not yet booked my flights and would like to do so. However, there is a little something holding me back from doing so. I am very much excited about the cultural differences I would anticipate experiencing in Morocco and am aware of the intensity (touts, guides, etc.) that a Westerner will likely encounter there. I think I'm pretty well able to deal with those types of things in a reasonably good natured manner. However, cutting right to the chase, I'm just a bit concerned about the safety of a Westerner traveling to North Africa. Let's be honest, as a whole region, it's not the safest place these days (bombings, kidnappings, etc.) for both locals and Westerners. I know I am not talking about places like Egypt, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia where most of these events have occurred, but those countries are right next door to Morocco.

I have read many times over how safe Morocco is and what a strong government is in place. I would really appreciate hearing from those who have traveled to Morocco, particularly Westerners, as to your experiences and to the level of safety or concern you felt while there.

Thanks much.

MB

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