Painting holiday in Morocco

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05 Oct 2019
1250
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04 Oct 2020
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We are happy to say that we are able to cater for vegetarians and vegans. Being a dairy-free vegetarian myself I know how difficult it is to explain your dietary requirements in different countries. That is why we make sure we are able to cater for vegans and vegetarians.
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Environment

In common with many parts of the world, both developed and developing, single-use plastic is a real issue in Morocco as plastic bags are routinely given with every purchase in shops and from street food vendors. For many years I have been trying to lead by example and always refuse carrier bags. I make every effort to minimise the occasions where they would be necessary and make sure my guets follow on this. When I refuse a plastic bag I always explain why I am doing so, often generating a lively conversation. Moreover these plastic bags often end up flying around the desert as litter, in a country with inadequate rubbish collection. When I visit beautiful and remote locations with and without my clients I aim to leave them cleaner than I found them in terms of litter and would not allow any client to drop litter, either intentionally or otherwise.

In most countries, education is key when it comes to the environment and where education is poor, leading by example is sometimes the most effective tool and can lead to small changes in local behaviour.

The hotels and auberges we use in the desert regions are made of adobe, a local and sustainable material which is warm in winter and cool in summer. They are built in traditional local style and decorated with locally produced handicrafts such as rugs and ceramics, many of which are very old.
While the accommodation is 'comfortable' and 'sumptious' in terms of decor it is not 'luxury' and I actively avoid hotels and rooms with air-con. Where necessary a fan is always my preference.

Community

Travel in Morocco is always about the people, and it is usually a pretty full-on, absorbing cultural experience. From the beginning I make it very clear to my clients that we guests are in a fascinating country whose customs and traditions might differ from ours. An open mind, tolerance, curiosity and respect are paramount on these trips, to enjoy them to the full and foster good relations with the people we meet.

We use a local, self-employed driver and stay in locally owned and run accommodation, employing local people. We eat from local restaurants and cafes, and buy food from local sellers and markets.

The small group size facilitates approachability and interaction with the locals, with mutual benefit. Conversations are encouraged where appropriate, as is purchasing from small establishments or individuals rather than bigger shops.

There is often the option to visit both a desert handicraft co-operative and a cultural music experience during the trip.

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Reviewed on 14 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Wow! Was it spending the night in a Kasbah? Was it sitting at the top of a mountain nestled in to sketch a breathtaking view? Was it lunch in the the desert with mint tea on an open fire? Was it the incredible scenery? Was it sharing a tagine with a small group of like minded people? Seriously The whole trip was exciting and memorable!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it! If you are an artist or just want to learn to sketch, the scenery is so inspiring! If you are worried about travelling alone, no need to be. The trip is vey well organized and Mary is great! As soon as you meet your group you will be totally comfortable!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The tour company employs local guides, encourages small restaurant owners and local business.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Personally I would rate it a 5 star, but this is for the type of travel I enjoy. The
accommodations may be a 3 star for some people. They are very clean, authentic and have character, but they are not high class hotels. You have your own room with your own bathroom. In my case they were perfect. I prefer this type of accommodations.

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing some really remote and beautiful regions of Morocco

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is so well organised you can just relax and enjoy it. A hat is a good idea though.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The tour used a local driver and we stayed in small guest houses run by local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Trip of a lifetime

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