Morocco – How to avoid scams and travel safely inside the medinas

  • REMEMBER THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF YOUR ACCOMMODATION. If you decide to stay in the medina of Fes, the largest pedestrian area in the world where even the locals get lost, write down the name, address, and telephone number of the accommodation you have booked. Once you arrive at the entrance of the medina you have two options: call the accommodation immediately to pick you up (on foot of course!) Or walk a bit, trying to get as close as possible to the structure and contact them by communicating the place where you are.
  • DO NOT RELY ON GPS. It is good to know that GPS often does not work inside the medina. Whether you have offline maps or are using the connection to find your location, you will not be able to rely on these technological devices. Better a paper map, or rather consult the map only to help you find the points of reference.
  • LOOK AND BEHAVE CONFIDENT. I recommend looking as confident as possible even if you have realized that you don’t have a clue where you are. It is in fact just when scammers warn a foreigner with a telephone in his hand that looks around with a thoughtful/lost air, when they see him in difficulty, that they act.
  • DON’T BE SCARED, DON’T LOSE TRUST, DON’T FREAK OUT. It is not easy to visit a context in which you do not know who to trust, but remember that there is always a solution and kind people who will want to help you and to trust because if you can not trust anyone, then all the better to go back to home. Do not forget that human beings are human beings wherever you go and that alongside unscrupulous people, there will be people available and ready to help you.

  • GET IN TOUCH WITH THE WOMEN. Ask the women, ask them, they are the people you can trust, women or the elderly.

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