Saving Large to Morocco with Discount Airfare

 

morocco sunsetSince I was a youngster, I dreamed of one day visiting Morocco. Towns and cities with exotic names such as Rabat, Casablanca, and Fez beckoned me from across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2008 when I researched direct flights from Los Angeles to Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Rabat, I noticed that most flights went via either London or Madrid and cost well over $1,200usd in the budget economy range. My wife’s friend who had visited Morocco on two occasions informed us how we could save a substantial amount of money. Rather than purchasing a ticket through to Morocco, the key was to purchase a flight to nearby Madrid and then buy a Ryan Air flight to a desired locale in Morocco. With this information in hand, we saved literally hundreds of dollars and at the same time enjoyed two fruitful weekends in Madrid. The flight per person from Los Angles to Madrid cost roughly $600usd and the additional Ryan Air ticket added on only another $80usd per person; our total savings was over $1,000usd.

We arrived to Madrid where we spent the weekend roaming the city, visiting renowned museums such as the stunning Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia. We rested at the recommended Hostal Orly off Gran Vila with superb views of central Madrid at reasonably priced semi-budget rates. In Madrid we got over our jetlag so we could delve right into Morocco upon arrival.

LG MoroccoOur Ryan Air flight whisked us safely to Marrakesh where we lodged at the Jnane Mogador, a boutique converted Riad located just off Djamaa El Fna central square. On foot, we toured the Saadien Tombs near the Kasbah Mosque and the Palais Badii. After enjoying tasty local treats at the Kosy Bar, we roamed the Mellah (old Jewish Quarter) and were invited into a Synagogue on Rue Talmud Torah. That night we ate delicious Moroccan staple dishes: couscous, chicken tagine, bastilla (a filed pastry), and for dessert, sweet oranges peppered with cinnamon along Djamaa El Fna. The street food was fresh and tasty. Shopping in Marrakesh is tempting with a variety of Moroccan products from silver to carpets sold at the Gallerie Akabart El Hanafi Khalid and the Mouassine fhal Cheadmi near the Bougainvillea Café.

Our journey in Morocco next took us to the ancient seaside town of Essaouira with is walled medina constructed in the 18th century. Brief visits to the Oasis Flint, Ait Ben Haddou and the Todra Gorge were all worthwhile stops. Perhaps the highlight of our trip to Morocco was sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin camp outside of Merzouga as part of a two-day desert camel safari. Then we enjoyed the authenticity of Meknes and getting lost within Fez’s massive ancient medina.

morocco camelsWhy write now about our trip to Morocco when we went almost five years ago? We have been away for the entire 2013 year, mainly in Southeast Asia. Travelers often ask us for advice since we have been to the majority of locales that people intend to visit. They often ask us for tips; one of the best suggestions I give travelers heading to Morocco is to fly to Morocco via Madrid using Ryan Air’s services to save considerable amounts of money.

In addition to the drastic savings, we ended our holiday with a second weekend stopover in Madrid. However, this time we saw the capital city through the eyes of people from Madrid that we met at the Bedouin camp where we lodged in the Merzouga Desert. They took us out to wine bars to enjoy empanadas and other local delicacies. After a late night out, it wasn’t easy awakening to catch a flight home to Los Angeles but we had a fantastic trip.

About the Author: George Rajna, M.B.A., Masters of Science in Communications Disorders, is a bilingual speech therapist who has traveled to over one hundred countries across six continents. He composes music  on the guitar and ukulele, and spent two years working in rural education for Peace Corps Paraguay. He is the co-author of Traveling in Sin. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post, JewishJournal, Technorati, The Clymb and is in print at The Himalayan Times, George is also cofounder of We Said Go Travel and a member of the Travelers Century Club. His favorite region is Southeast Asia; in particular he recommends Bagan (Myanmar), Koh Lipe (Thailand), the Angkor Temples (Cambodia), Langzhong (China), diving in Sipadan (Malaysian Borneo), and trekking in Nepal. Since July 2012, George and Lisa have been living abroad in Southeast Asia. Learn more about We Said Go Travel,  Lisa and George at Wikipedia.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

One response to “Saving Large to Morocco with Discount Airfare

  1. I live in Los Angeles and interested in visit Morocco one day. Would have to follow your advice to book the tickets. $600 from Los Angles to Madrid sounds pretty cheap. At what time of the year you visited?

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