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Morocco [May. 16th, 2014|07:40 am]
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So my husband, baby (who will be about 13 months) and I are looking to go to Morocco after Christmas. Another couple and their (almost) 2 year old would probably come with us. We want to go for 10 days, possibly with a trip to Egypt after that as well (the other couple only wants the 10 days in Morocco).

If it makes a difference, my husband and baby have UK passports and I have a US one.

Tips? Suggestions?

Where do you go for travel advice? Do you book through travel agencies or make your own trip? 
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[User Picture]From: jaelle_n_gilla
2014-05-16 09:30 am (UTC)

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One of the best trips I've ever had was a 7 day boat cruise down the Nile. We started at the cataracts and went all the way to Kairo. On the way we stopped at all the major temples and ruins and visited them. It was awesome and at the same time we didn't have to pack and unpack again and again. At night we would just sit on the deck and watch the world drift by.

If you want a more relaxed beach holiday, anything around the Red Sea is nice. Hourgada probably being the most touristy place.

Currently I don't know if I'd go into Egypt at all, though. Check the news and see what your foreign office has to say shortly before the trip to be safe.

For the kids I guess the obvious: No water or other drinks unless they come in a sealed bottle. No food off strange street stalls, no fresh salads, only fruit that you peel yourself, only cooked, hot food from high-class touristy restaurants.

Every time I go into Egypt I get one of those nasty stomach flues that send me flat for a day or two. They sell antibiotics for that off the shelf but you certainly don't want the kids to take those if it can be avoided.

That's not to scare you, but my experience. I still go to Egypt or will again when they've calmed down again. I love the country and it's awesome diving ground.
[User Picture]From: sofriggencoolx
2014-05-16 05:39 pm (UTC)

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That sounds amazing!
[User Picture]From: wobblerlorri
2014-05-16 02:12 pm (UTC)

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Personally, I wouldn't go to that part of the world. It's too close to Libya, too close to Egypt, and there's so much unrest and violence there... I just don't think it's that great an idea.
[User Picture]From: lupinlover
2014-05-16 07:33 pm (UTC)

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I'd go in a heartbeat. It's safe.
[User Picture]From: firerosearien
2014-05-16 04:12 pm (UTC)

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You need to be monitoring the news CONSTANTLY. Morocco might be ok but I wouldn't go anywhere near Egypt right now.
[User Picture]From: sofriggencoolx
2014-05-16 05:41 pm (UTC)

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Some people might say avoid Egypt but honestly I think you'll be fine if you use common sense. But if you can hold that off a few years, then even better!

I just do a ton of research, buy guides, etc. But I read travel guides for fun anyway haha
[User Picture]From: cianne
2014-05-17 02:48 am (UTC)

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My bff is a travel agent, and she always talks about how when you book with an agent you have someone to contact when there's a problem (with your connecting flight or your accomodations or whatever). I've absolutely sat in her office after close drumming my fingers waiting to go somewhere because she's on the phone with someone in South America or Italy or some other place I'll never see, trying to change their flight or move them to a bigger room or whatever. So a slightly biased opinion - use a travel agent. ;)
[User Picture]From: yellephant
2014-05-17 11:56 pm (UTC)

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my dad is actually going to morocco this christmas as well. we both love to travel and i have taken most of my traveling advice from him. he and i normally do our own thing, spending about a week in each city we visit to really get to know the area. in the case of morocco, he really wants to enjoy the culture and doesn't want to have to think too hard about language and scheduling and getting around so on this trip he is actually doing a tour for the first time in his life. i hope this helps!