I have been thinking a lot if I should write about this again or not. But everyday I get many messages asking me if I am not afraid travelling alone as a woman in a country like this. How I protect myself. I don‘t know anymore what to say to this. If I would be travelling through France for example, I am sure I‘d get only half the amount of such messages. But fact is, many countries in europe, like france, spain or Italy has a higher crime rate than morocco. Morocco is safe, same as Iran where I travelled last year. Just because it’s a islamic country, doesn‘t mean it’s full of murderers, terrorits or rapists. There are crazy people everywhere in this world. Even outside your house. But you still leave your house, go to a shopping mall, use the metro, go to a club. If I’d be afraid to travel alone, I would not do it. I would stay at home. But I decided to experience this world on my own. See it with my own eyes. Make my own opinion about a country. Get to know the culture and their people. Be open. Be positive. Be happy and don‘t let any fear or prejudgment ruin it. Women or men. Muslim, Christian or Atheist. It doesn’t matter. We are all equal and should travel the world without fear.
I can‘t tell you how to do or learn this. How not to be afraid. Because I didn‘t learn this. This is just me. How I am. I found out 2 years ago, that I actually love travelling alone. Locals are mostly very helpful and you meet many people this way. I would say more than if you‘d travel with someone. And don’t wait for the right moment, don’t wait until you have a partner to accompany you. Do it now! If you wait, you might never do it. If you are a women, of course men will approche you here in Morocco. They try to sell you something or maybe try to hit on you and if they annoy you and won‘t leave, tell them to f** off or you‘ll call the police. They might have a different understanding about personal space than I do or you do, but they are not more dangerouse than your neighbour.
All I can say, before you travel to a country, do some research and learn if there is REAL danger or not. And always use your common sense.