Saturday, March 22, 2014

Morocco on $28/person/day.

We did pretty well in Morocco.  It helped that we housesat for almost a week, and it helped that we bought absolutely no souvenirs!  Here's the breakdown with some details...

Initial budget: we didn't have one so let's call it $100/day, $50/person/day
Actual cost: 24 days at $1338 ($54/day, $28/person/day)

(note the absence of an "alcohol" category - 
Muslim/Arabic country!)

  • Lodging: $419 - 17 nights at hostels or hotels averaging $12/person/night (most of these were 1- or 2-star hotels which are equivalent to 3-star hotels in the US)
  • Transportation: $364 - ferry from Spain to Morocco; trains/buses between major cities (including one overnight bus) and transportation for our day trip to Casablanca; nominal dollars spent on public transportation everywhere
  • Groceries: $118 - mostly for our first week housesitting, otherwise snacks for the road
  • Meals: $215 - less than $5/person/day, it helped that breakfast was included with our hostel/hotel costs
  • Tours: $196 - the biggest expense here was our camel trek; otherwise, nominal costs for admissions to the Saadian Tombs in Marrakech and the ruins at Volubilis
  • Alcohol: $0
  • "Misc": $26 - Patrick's scarf in Merzouga, a gift for our friends for breaking one of their bowls when we housesat (oops), printing our boarding passes for Madrid, changing money when leaving the country, public toilets

Other fun Morocco facts...
  • Cities visited: 11 (Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Essaouira, Ouarzazate, Rissani, Merzouga, Fes, Meknes, Moulay Idriss)
  • Gallons of Berber whiskey consumed: A BILLION
  • National parks visited: 0 
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited: 6 (Rabat; Archaeological Site of Volubilis; historic city of Meknes; medinas of Essaouira, Fez, Marrakesh)
  • Camels ridden: 2

Back to Spain for a few days... and the dreaded Euro!


  1. berber whiskey > berber carpet

    1. Maybe, but REAL whiskey > Berber whiskey... (Sorry - just seeing these for some reason...)