Come to Morocco with Intrepid Travel & Me!

After last week’s impassioned voting and discussion on Facebook, Twitter and in the blogosphere, YOU have chosen which Intrepid Travel adventure — Classic Peru, Active Turkey or Morocco Experience — you’d like to join Kirsten & I on….

Drum roll, please… Salaam Aleikum! It’s fabulous Morocco!

(Did you already figure that out from the title? Smartie!)

With 45 percent of the vote, Morocco only edged out Peru (38%) at the very last moment. Poor Turkey was left in the dust with just 16 percent of the vote, leading me to believe that Turkey must be one of the world’s best kept secrets. Kirsten & I have both been there and loved it!

Anyhow, now it’s time for Kirsten and I to plan our upcoming trip to see all that Morocco has to offer, AND most importantly to you, to give away a spot on the trip to one lucky reader each. How exciting is that?!

A little about Intrepid Travel’s Morocco Experience

Intrepid’s Morocco Experience trip features 15 action packed days from Casablanca to Marrakech. We’ll see the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, camp in the sandy Sahara Desert, sleep in a hotel made of Saharan sand, visit the medieval old town of Fes and take a million pictures of colorful, photogenic spice markets & souqs along the way.

Did you know? 

  • Morocco is heavily influenced by French language & culture having once been a French protectorate. Morocco gained political independence in 1956.
  • Morocco is the 57th largest country in the world.
  • Morocco has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Spain to the north, Algeria to the east the and Western Sahara to the south.
  • Morocco is the only African country not in the African Union.
  • Almost all Moroccans speak Berber, Moroccan Arabic or French as mother tongues.

How to Enter 

Entering to win is super easy – just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below and boom – you’re halfway there!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Once you’ve entered here on Angie Away, check out Aviators & A Camera for details on how to win Kirsten’s trip.

We will use Rafflecopter to randomly select a winner, so the contest is open to friends, family, strangers, handsome, Humphrey Bogart-esque single fellas – anyone 18+ with a passport and an urge to see the souqs, spice markets, deserts, mountains and wonders of Morocco.

You can enter beginning today through Oct. 20 and we’ll announce the winners on Oct. 22 – so what are you waiting for?! Let’s go to Morocco!

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The fine print: If the trip dates chosen don’t work for you, you are welcome to use the Morocco Experience credit on your own by June 30, 2013. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. In the event the same person wins both trips, another name will be drawn. Airfare, any taxes, visas, passport fees, meals and any activities not outlined at www.IntrepidTravel.com are the responsibility of the winner. AngieAway.com is responsible for promoting the campaign and selecting a winner. All trip details, requirements and responsibilities are managed by Intrepid Travel. Contest is void where prohibited.

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  • October 01, 2012

    I think I am in need of some packing tips! I am currently trying to pack up my life to move abroad and am totally overwhelmed. What to bring, what not to bring – I don’t know!

    That being said, I will soon be starting a job with 5 weeks vacation (oh Norway, I love you already) and could certainly use a bit of that time to explore Morocco.

    • October 02, 2012

      Good luck with your move AND with winning =)

  • October 01, 2012
    Elizabeth Duncan

    So glad this is open to all! I’m from the US and my packing tip is to pack in a carry on if at all possible. If not, pack a change of clothes to take on the plane just in case!

    • October 02, 2012

      I have not yet managed to travel with just a carry on… but I can dream!

  • October 01, 2012

    Looks like a great trip!! Have a great time!

  • October 01, 2012
    Susan Loyd

    Morocco sounds amazing!! Love it, I wanna go!

  • October 01, 2012
    Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    Very jealous! I’ve always wanted to get to Morocco… 🙂

  • October 01, 2012
    Katie Bell

    Oh my goodness, a new blog to follow and love! I’m an Aussie traveling Europe and my best packing tip would be my habit of folding my dirty underwear and socks in to that day’s dirty shirt so you always know exactly what is clean and what needs a wash!

    • October 02, 2012

      That’s a great tip, Katie! Thank you and good luck!

  • October 01, 2012

    This looks like a fantastic trip. Well worth packing a sense of adventure and a hearty appetite!

    • October 02, 2012

      Good luck, Berger! Would love to travel Morocco with you!

  • October 01, 2012

    Morocco is definitely on my ‘want to go there’ list! I’ve been travelling for almost a year, so I think my best packing tip is to take what you definitely need, not all the things you *might* need. I’m from the US – raised in GA, but a NYCer for the past 16+ years.

    • October 02, 2012

      Good luck! And I totally agree with you… less is more!

  • October 01, 2012
    Eva

    Morocco is om my bucket list for ages… Love to tick the box!

  • October 01, 2012

    I’m thrilled Morocco won. All of Intrepid’s trips look great and this seems like a wonderful introduction to the country. Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

    • October 02, 2012

      It definitely looks like an awesome trip, right? I’m so excited!

  • October 01, 2012

    Sooo cool! I’m glad my favorite destination won, and would be even more glad to win and go with you!

    • October 02, 2012

      Wishing you lots of luck! It would be such fun to travel together!

  • October 01, 2012
    Mercedes

    My packing tip is to tuck used bounce sheets between clothes to keep them smelling like fresh laundry in your suitcase throughout a trip! (I’m from Mexico)

    • October 02, 2012

      That’s an awesome tip, Mercedes – thank you!

  • October 01, 2012

    There is no better reason why I {almost} minored in French than taking a fabulous trip to Morocco!

    • October 02, 2012

      Can you imagine how perfectly we’d speak French 8 years out of college? It will surely be parfait!

  • October 01, 2012

    I would love, love, love to win a trip to Morocco! One of my dream places.

  • October 01, 2012

    I’m excited that Morocco won – although I wouldn’t complain if it had been Turkey or Peru instead. I think everyone has a place that has a particular, unexplainable pull on them. A place they can hear about, read about, or see pictures of and get this strange sense of homesickness, even if they’ve never been there. That’s Morocco for me, and I’d welcome any chance to go there.

    • October 01, 2012

      I noticed the rafflecopter said to leave my best packing tip and what country I’m from – which I didn’t have in my original comment. Since I can’t edit my comment I’ll just add it here.

      I’m from Canada.
      My best packing tip is don’t wear bad, worn out shoes. I’ve learned this the hard way. Bad shoes = a trip of pain.

      • October 02, 2012

        Great tip. Good shoes are crucial to successful travel!

  • October 01, 2012

    This trip will certainly help me over my “I have a passport with no stamps and it’s really bumming me out” syndrome. Regardless – what a fantastic giveaway!! Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

    Best packing tip: Rolling clothes & a strict shoe policy. I’ve only checked a bag once (maybe twice) in my entire life!!
    Country: USA (Washington DC)

  • October 01, 2012
    Scout

    Go on then – I’ll give it a shot. Love camels. 🙂

  • October 01, 2012

    Wow, 15 days in one of my favorite countries? Yes, please! I mean, it’s only fitting given that my blog got its title from my first visit to Morocco!

    United States. And my current packing tip is: Have a sister whose same size you wear, take an international trip and only take one suitcase for 16 days because you get at least two wears out of every outfit! It’s been quite handy =)

    • October 02, 2012

      That is SUCH a good tip! One of the best reasons to travel with a sister! Speaking of… if you win, we might have to pack Kari & RaeRae in our bags. Luna/Orth sister reunion!

  • October 01, 2012
    Beth

    Morocco sounds amazing! Well all the destinations sounded amazing.

    My packing tip is to lay everything you think you want to bring and then get rid of half of it! (I’m from the United States.)

    • October 02, 2012

      Such a great tip and couldn’t be more true! Good luck!

  • October 01, 2012
    Cassandra

    I live in the US! Yay for this giveaway!

    My best packing tip is to have a small backpack. The less room you have to pack, the smarter you get about packing!

    • October 02, 2012

      Awesome tip – it’s true you’ll fill up whatever you have, so the smaller the better!

  • October 01, 2012
    Lisa Rozwadowski

    Wow, Morocco!

    I’m from the United States. My packing tip: Less is better, your back will thank you later 🙂

  • October 01, 2012

    This is awesome 🙂 I went to Northern Morocco during a 3-month stint in Spain, but lack of funds kept us from venturing farther south. I still believe that Chefchaouen is one of the most gorgeous places on earth (but that hasn’t kept me from dreaming of a camel trek in the desert)!

    My travel tip (for backpackers) would be to fold a bed sheet in half and sew it halfway shut. Roll it up in your pack and voila! It comes in handy for spending nights in airports or bypassing a room on ferries. Also…need I say bedbugs in hostels? Though it’s rare, I’ve been happy to whip it out at questionable locales.

    Hope to travel with you guys in the near future 😉

    • October 02, 2012

      Fabulous tip! And much cheaper than a $40 sleep sack!

  • October 02, 2012
    chelsea lewis

    I am from the U.S. but have lived over seas!! & i have to agree with Angie…turkey is deff one of the worlds best kept secrets, however im veryy glad that morocco won the vote. I have always wanted to go there!

    I lived in turkey for 4 months out of one carry on & one checked bag…& my profession is ALL about clothes & fashion! Most girls living there for a month has at least 3 bags…the key is to pack key pieces that you can mix & match!! Dresses are great…theyre a full outfit & take up less space. Bring neutal colored accessories and shoes that go with everythingg!! It will make life must easier when strolling through the airport 🙂 good luck everyone!!

    • October 02, 2012

      Great tips, Chels! Accessories and separates are key! Good luck!

  • October 02, 2012
    Pete B

    Nice!!

  • October 02, 2012
    Pete B

    My packing tip. Get your essentials then throw out half of them.

  • October 02, 2012

    A trip to Morocco would be beyond awesome! Oh the food!

  • October 02, 2012

    My favorite packing tips: Carry on when possible, wear basic colors to mix, match and minimize amount of pieces to take, one pair of flip flops, a pair of sneakers and a nice comfy flat shoe, a sweater, sunglasses. Check the weather the morning of your departure (use at least two different websites) and change what you’ve packed, if necessary. Take pics of the front and back of your credit cards, alternate IDs, passport and store them in DropBox or other online storage as well as your phone in case you lose them, store at least half your money separately from where you carry your cash. Enable the lock code on your phone in case it gets lost or stolen. And never forget the camera.

    • October 02, 2012

      Photocopies & electronic scans of important docs have saved me more than once – great tip!

  • October 02, 2012
    Anne Marcussen

    My best packing advice?

    Think layers and multi purpose clothing items – and if you are going backpacking – never bring more than you would for two weeks no matter how long you will be away for 🙂

  • October 02, 2012
    HighlanderICT

    Packing Tip for Morocco …. sounds a little silly, but bring a sink plug with you! If you travel light and need to wash anything in your sink during the trip, you will find very few hotels on this trip actually have plugs in their sinks so the water runs out …. We did ‘Best of Morocco’ this summer and that was one item we never considered !

    • October 02, 2012

      I took a sink plug with me last year – a very good suggestion!

  • October 02, 2012

    Packing… layers, lots of mix n match, and compression bags. Commenting from Portland, OR, USA

    • October 02, 2012

      I went through quite a few compression bags last year – I kept tearing them! But they’re so handy!

  • October 02, 2012

    I’ve recently added an extra passenger on my trips… so packing for one wasn’t too bad but now we’ve got three of us and she doesn’t travel as light as the hubs! So packing tip, all you need are flat shoes, camera, a cell phone and your passport!

  • October 02, 2012

    oh and I hail from Sri Lanka originally but I’ve made Toronto , Canada my home.. for now.

  • October 02, 2012

    Although I just returned from working in Morocco I would SOOO love to return to the country! I LOVED it there!

  • October 02, 2012

    My best packing tip is to only take 2 shirts, 2 bottoms, and 2 pairs of shoes. 10 pairs of Undies. AND YOUR SET!

    I’m from Canada!

  • October 02, 2012
    Achraf

    Looks like it’s gonna be a great experience.

  • October 02, 2012
    Matt

    Always use ziplocs!

    • October 10, 2012

      That is such a good tip – one I always forget!

  • October 02, 2012

    I’m from Pittsburgh, PA and my best packing tip is to take what you are comfortable carrying, ignore everyone else’s advice, and leave plenty of room for souvenirs!

  • October 02, 2012

    My name is Shanna, and I am from the USA! A great packing tip is to buy clothes from the thrift store before your trip and re-donate them (or toss them) before you leave, so you have more room for souvenirs! Also, I always bring shoes, underwear and socks that are on their last legs, so I don’t feel bad tossing them before I leave.

    • October 10, 2012

      That’s such a great tip! I did that every time I went to Bolivia and the organization I worked with was able to give my clothes out afterward.

  • October 03, 2012

    Angie, i can’t believe youve never traveled with just a carryon!! That would make a cool challenge and follow-up blog post 🙂 Anyway, im from the US and I recommend the Osprey Porter 46 or the eBags Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible for maximum carryon space and versatility.

    • October 10, 2012

      Good tips! I have a thick head of hair and it requires more than 3 oz. of product =) That’s my usual excuse, haha

  • October 03, 2012
    Arlinda

    Best packing tip is roll your clothes and put it inside a glad bag. Trust me it saves so much room and if your luggage goes through random inspection it keeps everything nice and neat. I’m from the U.S. and worked in Zambia so advice I was given also was to give away the clothes you don’t need when you come back because other people will need them and put them to good use.

  • October 03, 2012
    Stephanie

    My packing tip is always pack one less outfit than you think you need and buy something new along the way.

    • October 10, 2012

      Awesome tip – clothes make great souvenirs!

  • October 03, 2012
    Jesse

    Hey Angie, sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet up before you leave for the islands. I’m off to Bahrain for work this weekend, but it sure would be nice to meet up with you on an awesome trip to Morocco! I’ve always wanted to go there!

    • October 10, 2012

      Aw Wezby! Bummer we didn’t get to hang but I’m sure we’ll meet up somewhere more exotix than the Burg =)

  • October 03, 2012

    My one packing tip is to skip packing a pair of heels – I never end up wearing them and they take up precious space!

    And I’m from the US – Arizona to be exact 🙂

    • October 10, 2012

      So true – heels are almost always a waste of space!

  • October 03, 2012

    My best packing tip is to roll all of your clothes and pack less than you think you need. Use a carry-on whenever possible and don’t over think your outfits. Bon voyage en Moracco! Elizabeth, USA

    • October 10, 2012

      Rolling clothes is key! Definitely a great tip.

  • October 03, 2012
    va

    best packing tip is to take only what you really need and are going to use during your trip not what you want because it will end up being a lot of items .
    currently living in india

  • October 03, 2012
    Katherine

    So excited for this trip!

  • October 03, 2012
    Christel

    For years Morocco has been near the top of my bucket list. Anyone who gets a chance to go there is lucky in my book. I know you and Kirsten will have a great time!

    Packing tip: the lesser the bulk, the better. I always roll my clothes and put smaller items in different sized Ziploc bags and squeeze the air out of them to flatten the load. Always works out.

    • October 10, 2012

      Great call with the ziplocs! I’ve been compartmentalizing with packing cubes and baggies the past two years and it makes all the difference!

  • October 04, 2012
    Candace

    2 pairs of underwear only, and roll clothes to help them fit better…..I’m in the United States!

    • October 10, 2012

      That’s quite a hardcore tip! Thank you!

  • October 04, 2012

    This sounds like such an amazing trip – Morocco has long been on my list of places to visit!

  • October 04, 2012

    Would love to win a trip to Morocco! It seems to be popping up everywhere for me at the moment.

    My number one packing tip is lay out all the stuff you think you’ll need and then put half of it back in the closet.

    Have a great trip Angie!

    • October 10, 2012

      So true – you never use half the stuff anyway! Thank you and good luck!

  • October 04, 2012

    What a great giveway, whoever wins is fortunate but I hope it’s me.

    I’m from Vancouver, BC. My number one packing tip is to double check that you have travel insurance, it’s essential and hope you don’t need it but you never know when a medical emergency will happen.

    • October 10, 2012

      Great advice! Travel insurance has fixed my camera multiple times… and given how accident prone I am, it’s a must! Good luck!

  • October 04, 2012
    JASHSHEA

    I leave my suitcase out in plain site for about 1-2 weeks before a long trip and slowly add items as I think of them – Great for the items you sometimes forget last minute!

    USA

    • October 10, 2012

      That’s such a good tip! If I have time, I definitely like to start packing early!

  • October 05, 2012
    Caty

    That looks like so much fun!Would love to join you on your trip!
    My packing tip is to always leave enough space in your suitcase for all the souveniers you want to bring back with you! I’m from Germany! =)

  • October 05, 2012

    ok, so this one I learned from another blogger on a travel trip, but… here it goes. When you are on a long trip and don’t have enough underwear and you wash out a few in the sink, most people wring them out and hang them up to dry, thinking they will be dry by the next day…well, they won’t. So here’s the deal. Wrap them up in a towel and wring the #$%#%# Bejesus out of them, get all the water that you can, then hand them up, you will have a better chance of them being dry the next morning!

  • October 05, 2012
    Sarah Stokely

    Hi!
    I live in Australia, which means it’s a looong flight to go anywhere! So I’d like to share my tips for feeling your best on long haul flights. They should help you be ready to go when you arrive at your vacation destination!
    1. Put as much as you can in your checked bag – you don’t want to end up squishing a big carryon bag in your precious legroom!
    2. Don’t think about dressing for anything but comfort! If you must look fashionable in the airport, fine – but make sure you bring a light change of clothes for the plane – I like loose elastic waist pants & a light top which is comfortable enough to sleep in. I prefer long sleeves so I don’t get cold from the air conditioning. And socks – these are important!
    3. Water, water, water. Do not let them tempt you with soft drinks (caffeine, sugar = not great sleep) or alcohol (dehydration!). Keep on the H20 – this helps you avoid dehydration which is common on long flights, and makes it more likely you’ll be able to get some sleep on the flight – a must if you want to feel ready to go adventuring when you arrive!
    4. Make sure you’ve packed some fresh wipes, deodorant, your toothbrush & toothpaste in your carryon. Nuff said.
    5. If you have a little extra $$ – invest in one of those funny looking blow up neck cushions, which makes sleeping sitting up in economy more possible, and more bearable!
    6. As soon as you board the plane, get your hands on a blanket, bottle of water and pillow (if you didn’t bring your own neck cushion). As soon as you can, slip into your comfy flight clothes & socks, tuck yourself under your blanket and shut your eyes. Hopefully, you’ll be able to sleep, but if not, even resting will see you land in better shape than if you’d been hitting the booze.
    7. When your flight is an hour or so from arriving, time to freshen up! Now’s when your toiletries come in handy – freshen up with your wipes and deodorant, brush your teeth, and change back into your airport clothes. You’re ready to hit the tarmac and start your adventure! Have fun! 🙂

    • October 10, 2012

      Awesome tips – very thorough, Sarah! I bet you’re amazing to travel with – sounds like you think of everything! Good luck =)

  • October 05, 2012
    Cally Duncan

    Hi there, I am Cally from Canada! My best packing tip is to remember in many places it gets cold at night, despite the fact you may be packing for a tropical holiday, don’t forget the warm clothes too!

    • October 10, 2012

      Hi Cally from Canada! Thanks for the tip & good luck!

  • October 06, 2012

    My best packing tip is that I pack an old pair of pajamas or tshirt to sleep in. Then I toss it out at the end of the trip. Now I have room for a small souvenir I bought along the way!

    • October 10, 2012

      Perfecto! Definitely good to ditch stuff along the way so you can pick up new goodies!

  • October 06, 2012

    I save cosmetic samples and take them away – saves space and is a chance to sample new products too.

    Mmm Morocco – delicious!

  • October 06, 2012

    I’m from Canada, and my best packing tip is PACK LESS (always).

    (Get a smaller backpack if you have to)

    • October 10, 2012

      Thanks for the tip, Dustin! Less is more!

  • October 07, 2012

    My best packing tip is to leave half the suitcase empty when you go because you’re going to need the space on your way back.

    • October 10, 2012

      Absolutely! It’s tempting to fill it all the way up but worthwhile to save that space for goodies. Thanks, Anny!

  • October 07, 2012

    Ooo, this sounds like fun! I haven’t been to Morocco yet – would love to go there! 😀

  • October 07, 2012

    I am so excited about this contest. I am from the United States and have yet to travel overseas! All fingers crossed!
    My packing tip would be to create a packing list. Depending on the length of your trip, pack mostly solid colors, interchangeable pieces and a couple of things to accessorize with (2 scarves, one purse/bag). I am a fan of comfort yet style. A packing list and laying it all out ahead of time is key for me.

    • October 10, 2012

      Making a list is the foundation for any successful trip – great tip!

  • October 07, 2012
    beatrice

    Just returned from 10 day Jordan explorer trip, would love to do Morrocco next!

  • October 07, 2012
    beatrice

    Best packing tip…use space bags; I only travel with a carry on, it’s amazing how much you can fit in when you compact everythinng down!

    • October 10, 2012

      Oooh, did you just love Jordan? I did!

      • October 11, 2012
        beatrice

        Jordan was amazing…most memorable, Petra and of course Wadi Rum, where we were caught in a rain/thunderstorm; there hasn’t been that much rain in the wadi in 15months!

  • October 07, 2012
    Ahson

    Roll your cloths up instead of folding them, it saves tons of space and it’s easier to access cloths!

  • October 08, 2012

    I pack whatever I think I need then start downsizing and convince myself that i can always buy some new clothes if i run out haha =)

    I’m a travel blogger from the Philippines! =)

    Cheers,
    Melody Co
    http://guiltlessgetaways.blogspot.com

  • October 08, 2012

    What a great giveaway! I visited Morocco once on a business trip, but apart from one souk visit I really didn’t get a chance to experience the country. This would be a great opportunity.

    I always use a few ziploc bags to seperate my tightly rolled up clothes so it’s compact and easy to find. Also, just bring 1 pair of flipflops and the shoes you’re wearing on the flight. You really don’t need more and if you do, you can always get them there 🙂

  • October 08, 2012
    Annie

    My packing tip is to start packing early!…I never do it but I hear it’s a good idea.

    • October 10, 2012

      It IS a good idea, if you have the discipline. Good luck!

  • October 09, 2012

    I’m from USA, I was an expat for 10 years in Asia. My packing tip is…no matter the length of the trip, I only take 4 days worth of clothes. SHABOOM!

  • October 09, 2012
    Lauren

    Always pack magazines for reading material that you can toss (recycle!) later. I’m from the US

    • October 10, 2012

      Great tip! I save magazines for months in advance of a trip and then pass them on to fellow travelers as I finish them. Good luck!

  • October 09, 2012
    Arnold

    Pack a sleep mask! USA

    • October 10, 2012

      Good one – especially for those long haul flights!

  • October 09, 2012
    Lesle

    always bring extra h20! i’m from the u.s.

  • October 09, 2012
    margosita

    If I wait until the last minute I never get too upset about what I forgot. If I drag out packing for days I’m irrationally irritated that I forget anything at all. For peace of mind: procrastinate!

  • October 09, 2012
    Regina Sav

    Packing tip: I pack my shoes with undies and bathing suit to save space.

    I’m from New York! Best of luck to me and thanks Angie for this awesome giveaway!

  • October 09, 2012
    CarolineK

    I did a backpacking trip through Alaska once… it was crazy fun. I do still have a terrible scar on my knee as a reminder! My tip is, always use a pocket knife away from yourself, not towards!

  • October 09, 2012
    nikki

    My best packing tip is to roll your clothes instead of folding them, saves a ton of space! Then also pack about a week before going and leave your suitcase standing upright… then every few days, gravity will have given you more space. BOOM!

    USA!

  • October 09, 2012
    Annie Block

    I decided about a year ago that Morocco would be my next big travel destination. This is awesome! My packing tip is to roll all clothes and bring lots of plastic baggies. They take up so little space but have often been useful while away.

    Annie – from Cleveland, OH USA

  • October 09, 2012
    Kendra Moore

    I would love to go to Morocco! This will be an amazing adventure.

  • October 09, 2012
    Sarah

    My packing tip would be to use something that compartmentalizes your backpack. I used those things that suck all the air out, but rarely did I actually suck the air out (so anything similar would work). It was just for the ease of knowing all my undies were in one place, tanks in another, etc. Made life easier when I slept in and hadn’t packed.

    And I’m from Canada.

    • October 10, 2012

      Compartmentalizing is definitely the way to go. Thank you & good luck!

  • October 10, 2012
    jennifer

    I’d love to go to morocco! I went to the “morocco” at disneyworld and really liked all the unique decorations they use — but I’m sure the real morocco will be even more amazing!

    • October 10, 2012

      I hope the real thing is more exciting than Epcot, haha. Good luck!

  • October 10, 2012

    Oh I’d love to win! Crossing my fingers. Much need of a vacation after losing 2 jobs, my boyfriend losing his job and thus not being able to move abroad.

    I see everyone sharing packing tips, mine is: pack courage- be adventurous and follow your heart on the road. Explore new places, eat strange food, encounter local experiences- and you’ll have a trip you’ll never forget.

  • October 10, 2012

    Should be fun! I’ve always wanted to go.

  • October 10, 2012
    Ashley

    Bounce sheets are my saving grace when backpacking! So fresh and so clean clean… sort of.

    • October 17, 2012

      I love Bounce sheets in my suitcase – excellent tip, Ashley!

  • October 11, 2012

    I would look to join you in Morocco. I did go to the “Morocco” at Epcot and took belly dancing lessons. Would love to see the real city!

    • October 17, 2012

      You know, I’m from Florida and I’ve never taken belly dancing lessons at Epcot Morocco. I’m going to have to change that!

  • October 11, 2012

    I would like to join you in Morocco. I did go to the “Morocco” at Epcot and took belly dancing lessons. Would love to see the real city!

  • October 11, 2012

    the roll method is the best packing tip ever, from Alberta Canada. coming from a cold climate, you need to know how to make more clothes in to a small suitcase and the roll method does exactly that.

    • October 17, 2012

      So true – especially for cold weather trips!

  • October 12, 2012

    Wow I have never set foot in Africa but would love to go one day. Hopefully I’ll get to visit Morocco and capture pieces of its culture some time soon!

  • October 13, 2012

    Our best packing hints are rolling your clothes to save space. Always leaving plenty of space for stuff we pick up on the road.

    • October 17, 2012

      Rolling clothes is key, no matter where you’re going. Thanks, Mike!

  • October 13, 2012

    rock n roll in morocco

  • October 14, 2012

    I’m from the U.S., and my number one packing tip is to buy quality luggage! There’s nothing worse than having a zipper break in a country where you don’t speak the language.

    • October 17, 2012

      Good call on the quality luggage! I’ve had some horrible pieces that left me stranded, so you’re totally right!

  • October 14, 2012

    Best packing tip “Less is more” don’t waste expensive luggage space on tons of T-shirts and other clothes, buy cheaply at destination 🙂
    I’m Danish but lives in UK

  • October 14, 2012
    Jennifer

    Oh my gosh, this trip sounds amazing! I’ve been stalking this blog for International travel tips (going to Barcelona in November!).

    I’m from the United States. My best packing tip isn’t exactly revolutionary, but planning your outfits ahead of time is SO helpful. Take into account the weather and cultural differences, try everything on, and if you can, pack one “extra” outfit just in case.

    • October 17, 2012

      You’re so right, Jennifer. Planning ahead makes it so much easier once you arrive to get dressed fast and not have to fuss over options… you’re ready to roll!

  • October 15, 2012

    Such an exciting trip, can’t wait to enter! I am from the U.S., but living in China for the next year.

    My best packing tip is to always pack an extra pair of underwear and maybe an extra pair of yoga pants or jeans in your carry on in case your luggage gets misplaced or delayed. I’ve had this happen a few times and it’s nice not to be trapped in the same clothes for three days!

    • October 17, 2012

      Totally agree! I’ve been stuck in some pretty heinous airports for days at a time, and it’s always nice to have something else to wear in that situation!

  • October 16, 2012

    I have a unpacking tip. When travelling leave you inhibitions at home, travelling is about getting out of your comfort zone and discovering new things about the world and yourself. I am from the beautiful republic of South Africa.

  • October 16, 2012
    Shannon

    I’m from the U.S., and my best packing tip is to remember that my suitcase will be standing up after it’s packed, so I pack bottom to top, with heaviest items near the wheels, lighter items near the top.

  • October 16, 2012
    Danielle B

    This trip to Morocco sounds absolutely amazing!

    Im from the United Stated and my packing tip is packing complete outfits in ziplock freezer bags. You have everything you need on hand, especially if you are going to be in and out of several locations/hotels. No need to dig through your entire suitcase when everything you need for the day is in one spot. (Obviously not as easy to do if the weather requires jackets/heavy items)

  • October 16, 2012

    Morocco has been on the top of my list for aaages!

    My best packing tip is pack clothes that you normally wear (of course that are easy to wash/care for). Travel gear makes you look like a tourist and isn’t as much fun to get dressed in over and over and over again.

    I’m from the U.S. (California).

    • October 17, 2012

      I agree! I hate buying and wearing clothes bought just for travel… so much better just wearing my usual stuff. Always makes me feel more at home!

  • October 16, 2012

    My best traveling tip is a compact expandable rolling suitcase that fits 4 days of clothes, toiletries, and my laptop. It fits perfectly under the airline seat in front of me. Casablanca?? A classic embedded in my heart. Would love to go there!

  • October 16, 2012

    PS I am from Key West Florida, Island living in the US at its best

  • October 16, 2012
    June

    Yeay Angie!! Take me to the souq!!!!

  • October 17, 2012
    Krysta

    packing tip: you can NEVER pack too many underwear! (: haha.

    this sounds so incredible, i want travel the world!

  • October 17, 2012
    Shannon

    My best packing tip is those mesh cubes! I lived out of a backpack in New Zealand for 6 weeks and they were the best!! I’m from Austin!

  • October 18, 2012
    Allison

    What a brilliant opportunity! Morocco is one place I have always wanted to visit. I lived in Spain for a duration of 10 months and never made my way there- still kicking myself.

    I am from the United States- Minnesota to be exact! When traveling internationally, especially as a girl, you have to be mindful of weigh restrictions for luggage or else you may face huge fines.

    I always pack my heaviest items- jeans everytime- into my carryon as to free up some weight and space in my bigger luggage!

    • October 19, 2012

      Excellent tip! Heavy stuff in the carry-on!

  • October 18, 2012
    Arjun Rudra

    Pack light. Take only essentials. The rest if needed can be bought. From Canada.

  • October 18, 2012
    Allison

    I’m from the USA!

    Always pack jeans in your carry-on (a pair can add up serious weight to checked luggage!)

    • October 19, 2012

      Good one! I usually wear my jeans & heavy stuff. Good luck!

  • October 18, 2012
    Melody Stone

    Best packing tip, pack light and pack good layering pieces.

  • October 18, 2012

    Packing tip: Don’t forget a good camera to capture the beauty of wherever it is you’re visiting! I love looking through my old travel photos. They instantly take me back. I’m from the U.S.

  • October 18, 2012
    Coco Marie

    Rolling your clothes is always the key. And the ultimate tip to packing is not packing too much! No one needs unnecessary weight when trekking around the world 🙂

  • October 18, 2012
    Victoria Davies

    Pack light, buy when your on your travels and leave behind for those in need when you leave. Take washing powder and wash wash wash!!

    • October 19, 2012

      Washing along the way is so helpful! Thanks, Victoria!

  • October 18, 2012
    Victoria Davies

    Ooops forgot to say i’m from North Wales!!

  • October 18, 2012
    Alison Corner

    I am an avid traveller from Canada! An important tip is to keep a copy of all necessary travel documents with someone back home. I am not sure if this available to all countries but I think It is also a great idea to register with the embassy online so they can send you updates on all travel advisories to the countries you are visiting!

    • October 19, 2012

      That’s a really helpful tip, Alison – and one I think we often forget!

  • October 18, 2012
    Robin

    Best tip: Always bring a headlamp wherever you go. I’ve traveled to Asia, Africa, Europe, heck even in the U.S. and it comes in handy in caves, blackouts and dark streets and other adventures.

    • October 19, 2012

      Headlamp is a great tip – one I was dubious about at first but it really came in handy!

  • October 19, 2012
    Joy Merced

    Have a great time!

    My packing tip would be just bring stuff that you know you’ll be needing, not the stuff you think you’ll need. ROll your clothes to save space and pack light and focus on having fun. 🙂

  • October 19, 2012
    Lea

    Wow! What a great giveaway!.

    I always travel light. I tend to get overwhelmed when I have to lug around two or three travel bags. So, for a backpacking adventure, one backpack is enough to carry all the essentials — passport, camera, mobile phone, wallet, clothes. When packing clothes, it is best to roll them to save/maximize space. Bring plastic zippered bags/ziploc for toiletries (you can also stuff your used clothes into these bags). And lastly, bring a positive attitude and a sense of humor, your adventure would be more fun and memorable!

  • October 19, 2012

    Morocco!

    My best packing tip is to bring a lot of extra bags. Reusable bags, plastic bags, baggies, etc. Helps keep things organized and reorganized. Oh, and a stuff-sack for dirty laundry.

    • October 19, 2012

      LOVE having bags and cubes to sort everything – great tip!

  • October 19, 2012

    ooOH LOVE THIS!

    I’m from the States.. California! My bf and I have been traveling the last year and my best tips is to invest in packing cubes. They’ve been such a life saver especially for an OCD organizer like me. Lol.

    • October 19, 2012

      I’m an organizer, too! The cubes have been so helpful – I always know where everything is!

  • October 19, 2012

    Packing cubes! I’ll never travel without them again!

  • October 19, 2012

    I’m so stinking excited for you and Kirsten and your two mystery guests! How much fun!? Can’t wait to follow along…

  • October 19, 2012

    P.S. I’m from the USA, and my best packing tip is to take that little cloth sack that comes with TOMS shoes and use it as a mini-overnight bag. It’s the perfect size for the basic essentials, and I can shove it in my purse or carry-one while my big bag is stowed away under the bus or in the belly of the plane.

  • October 19, 2012
    anna

    my packing tip would be to pack basics and dress them up as needed with colorful belts. also, i never travel without my s-twelve wrap. it’s simple black and perfect for long flights when you want to curl up in a blanket but, still have your arms free. basically it’s a glamorized snuggie that packs easily and can be used as a wrap, blanket or coverup. i always get compliments on it because it’s classic and yet comfortable without being sloppy.

    • October 19, 2012
      anna

      also, i’m from the US as well!

    • October 19, 2012

      Oooh s-twelve wrap! Hadn’t heard of that but will look into it!

  • October 19, 2012
    kate spencer

    Kate from Toronto, Canada here!

    I think the best way pack is to pack clothes that can work across many activities. I have black stylish, quick dry tops that can be used for daytime, fitness and evening wear and are super quick dry if hand washing is required.

    I roll and put clothes into zip stuff sacks, so if you need to access something quickly it’s in one compartment and you don’t have to disrupt other items.

    What’a need and a want? Do you need the 10 colours of eyeshadow? Fancy dress? Pack multiple times to determine what fits and what doesn’t.

    I also pack clothes that I can potentially afford to leave behind if need be – donate to the local shelter so that i can make room for items that I have purchased.

    Avoiding cotton. Wool for warmth and wicking. Label all medicines, so that border/customs doesn’t question anything.

  • October 19, 2012

    I am currently living in Los Angles, originally from Boston and when traveling I always stick to using carry-on luggage so I can shop like a local! I love to bring back more than I originally take with me 🙂

  • October 19, 2012
    Erika

    Hello! Im from Mexico, and the my packing tip is, lots of plastic bags and some ziploc bags. I use them for everything, I love to travel and be able to find everything quickly in my luggage. A trip to Morocco would be awsome!

  • October 19, 2012

    Hello there…I see I’m at the tail end of the contest. Here goes my shot at winning : ) I’m from the US but temporarily living in Spain, awaiting my next adventure. My best travel accessory is a small bottle of olive oil. It’s my version of Windex from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ – lip balm, lotion, toe blister fixer, runny nose chafing cure, etc.

  • October 19, 2012
    Julie

    Looks like a great trip!

    I would highly recommend bringing as little as possible, and rolling all of your clothes. You fit in more!

    I’m from the USA!

  • October 19, 2012

    best packing tip is to pack only essentials stuff. from PHil.

    • October 19, 2012
      Jo Ellen

      Best packing trip;
      roll your clothes and keep your chocolate stash in ziploc bags. Can serve duybly duty on the way back home.

  • October 19, 2012

    I ran into an Intrepid Travel group while in Turkey. Looked like they were having a good time 🙂 I would love to go to Morocco! The land looks amazing and its one of my dream food trips!

    • October 19, 2012

      And for my contest entry, definitely pack lots of tissues and a mini first aid kit. I’m already looking for flights from Boston, USA to Casablanca 😉

  • March 30, 2014

    In Morocco there isn’t only Couscous , there is mountains and beaches , there is sahara and desert
    it is a lovely place where we can spend holidays

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