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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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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