Okay where the hell has 2015 gone?!?  I feel like I’ve blinked and missed half of it…I do have sleeping beauty tendencies so maybe that’s what has happened!  So Where Did the Wind Blow Me in 2015 and I’ve added a few other reflections from the year…let’s go for a quick ride back in time.

The Staycation

Emma and I took off to Bath for a romantic weekend…be warned she does steal the covers!  We had a great weekend discovering the delights of Bath and eating the most amazing gluten free savoury scones for breakfast at the Pump Rooms.

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This years ANZAC Day service was a rather special one, so I made the effort to attend the dawn service in London which meant we stayed over night at the Intercontinental Park Lane…a fabulous hotel in London and even better when you can use your IHG points for a free night!

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I was very lucky to get invited to Sting and Paul Simon concert at the O2 with SPG and stayed the night at the Aloft beside to the Excel centre…this is a really good base and the rooms are extremely comfy, just don’t put your neck out like I did while drying my hair…a Charlie’s Angels hair flick that went wrong, doh!!  I had a great evening especially as I got to catch up with Anna again at the concert!

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G and I spent a weekend in Oxford and I really really really tried to love Oxford however I’m a Cambridge girl at heart.  We still had a great weekend even though it was soggy and I ended up with a soggy bottom AGAIN!

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Day Tripping

Buying a car has given me a huge amount of freedom to explore England so I try and do a day trip every weekend to explore the English countryside (there’s something about going exploring to relieve the stresses of a week at work).   Cambridge is super close to me and even with my Dory tendencies I managed to remember to get tickets to the Cambridge Open Weekend…I’m still surprised that I was that organised to get tickets!  Bluebells in springtime, heading into London to go on Yannick’s gluten free walking tours (Macarons and Mews plus his new Piccadilly and Petit 4’s), visiting the cute village of Elstow in Bedfordshire, taking a million photos of the cute little beach huts at Wells Next the Sea and the super gorgeous Lavenham (I’ve yet to blog about this cutie pie town!) were some of my favourite day trips of 2015.

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Castle Hunting

I castle hunted like a ninja in 2015 and my castle hunting list continues to grow for 2016!  I’ve got a few memberships however for me the best one was definitely the Historic Houses Association membership, this has saved me more than a few pennies.  Definitely some of the highlights of 2015 were discovering Deene Park (my favourite castle!), Rockingham Castle, Dover Castle, Woburn Abbey, Kirby Hall and Burghley House plus many many more.

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Passport at the Ready

G and I popped off to Brussels for a few days in February for our birthdays…and of course we ate afternoon tea and a lot of chocolate and I mean a lot…we were definitely Master and Miss Piggy.  There are more photos of food then Brussels!

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May called for a tier point run to Marrakech for G so I tagged along as who wouldn’t…it’s not a bad place to head too for a few days…Marrakech has definitely changed a lot since my first visit way back in 2003 and I was told that I saw the real Marrakech not the touristy Marrakech that everyone sees today.  We had what you would call a mixed kind of holiday in Marrakech but we still enjoyed it thanks to staying in a hotel that Winston Churchill loved.

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Pretty much right after Marrakech, I flew to Croatia to see my family for a few days…it’s a hard life…it did take Easyjet three attempts to land at Split airport and an overnight power cut due to an electrical storm left me with 3% battery life right before I was due to leave for the airport so it did have it’s moments!

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We popped over to Hong Kong and then onto Malaysia for two weeks, flying in First Class with British Airways…it was nice to actually switch off properly and it was my first two week holiday since 2012…it was during this trip that I realised that I was really taking this blogging business way too seriously and pulled out of the game in a big way.

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I managed to tick Strasbourg off my 2015 Travel Wish List back in October and I wasn’t disappointed…what a truly fantastic part of France and I would happily return to the region again…the Alsace Wine Route made me a rather happy little bunny!

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December saw me flying home to New Zealand (you’re currently getting spammed on instagram) and as my Cathay Pacific flight left from Paris, I managed to have 24 hours in the city to explore (a post still needs to follow…I will pull my finger out on that one soon I promise!).

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Scoffing Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

I’ve eaten a number of gluten free Afternoon Tea’s this year and I’ve got the rolls to prove it.  My personal three favourites of 2015 are definitely Brown’s Hotel, The Lanesborough and of course Claridge’s…you can’t go wrong with either one!

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Lessons Learned from Blogging in 2015

I learnt a few big lessons from blogging this year…some good and some pretty shit.

The good – I made some great friends through blogging and found them extremely supportive in times of need or when I needed a bit of blog advice.  I really love the interaction with the community that follows along in my journey, especially the non-bloggers that take the time to email me, thank you!  The opportunities that have come my way thanks to this blog have always being appreciated but once again a big thank you to the brands that I’ve worked with in the past.  I had a blog refresh this month and it feels great to have a new look…a bit like finding a new pair of really comfortable knickers that actually look a tad sexy, that’s how I’d sum up my blog make over.

The shit – I will be brutally honest and say that I fell out of love with the blogging community this year (not all but a lot); there are some unkind people in the blogging community, the blagging seriously needs to stop (and one of the reasons why I almost quit twitter – if you want something, pay for the bloody stuff yourself!) and the reviews that aren’t honest.  I value my community so if I find out that a blogger has lied then I never share their posts with my community EVER AGAIN…I’ve worked hard to gain peoples trust and don’t fancy throwing it away with one tweet.  And don’t get me started on the whole follow and unfollow crap way of building social media stats – seriously getting followed and followed by the same blogger three times in a week was beyond annoying…more annoying than the DM on twitter asking to follow them on Facebook…if you want me to follow you then please show me some personality and give me a reason to follow with some interaction rather then spamming me with links to your blog (and I’ve being guilty of this also so I know it’s not easy!).

Going forward, I am no longer accepting anything complimentary on my blog as I want to receive the same experience that my readers will be getting rather than a “blogger experience” and I don’t fancy getting involved in the competitive nature of blogging; I find it fascinating to watch but don’t fancy participating…I think they should do a “I’m a blogger…get me out of here” youtube show, it would be so bloody hilarious.   What you see is really what you get…a blog all paid for by me and all about me me me me me!

My weight

Well I got fatter…what else can I say but since I’ve come home to NZ for Christmas my body confidence has improved hence why you’re seeing photos of me on instagram now.  Weirdly I feel people are more judgemental in the UK especially when it comes to looks while in NZ, the casual laid approach to fashion and life is a lot less judgemental…I’m sure people will disagree with me here but that’s just my opinion on things and you know what they say about opinions…they’re like arseholes, everyones got one.

So that’s my 2015 in review…I do feel like I’ve blinked and missed things but hey ho that’s life and you don’t have to be out exploring every second of every day…there’s nothing better than having a day of rest to recharge those old batteries and never feel guilty for doing so…it’s your life!

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So a few weeks ago, Lonely Planet announced their 2016 Best Travel Destinations which was a round up of their top 10 countries, cities and regions.  Not to be out done by Lonely Planet, I thought I would share my picks for 2016.  Lonely Planet and I agree on a few destinations…I’m not sure about Botswana getting their No. 1 spot, yes it’s nice and politically stable but if you’re looking at a full package country then definitely visit it’s neighbour, Namibia.  But if you do visit Botswana, make sure you use a plastic mokoro rather than the traditional wooden one when going into the Delta…you’ll thank me later…along with your dry camera equipment!

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France

I’m putting France on my list for one reason…it’s my most popular Pinterest board!  When I look at which pins are getting pinned the most, it’s not Paris but cute little villages in the country side with the Alsace region a firm favourite.  Marseille and Bordeaux have all had make overs recently and are becoming popular city break destinations…there is definitely more to France than just Paris.

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Peru

Well I’m going to Peru next year so that is a good enough reason for Peru to feature on this list however the big reason is that there are finally direct flights from the UK with British Airways again from next May which is making Peru an easier destination to reach.  I can see Peru being extremely popular for luxury travellers thanks to this direct flight.

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Costa Rica

Like Peru, Costa Rica will also have direct flights from next May from London Gatwick (once again with BA)…this beautiful country, full of colourful tropical birds and butterflies has been on my wish list for years and I can see it slowly enticing UK travellers to it’s luscious shores.  There are some pretty amazing destination hotels in Costa Rica to check out!

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Mexico

I’ve always had slightly mixed feelings about Mexico…mainly as Cancun seems to be a UK package holiday hell hole that I don’t ever want to visit…however the opening scenes of the latest James Bond movie had me whispering in G’s ear that I want to visit Mexico City.  Wanderlust strikes at any moment…and I wouldn’t mind David Craig tagging along for the ride.  After doing extensive google research, there is so much more to Mexico then just Cancun!

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St Helena Island

Lonely Planet and I agree on this hot travel destination for 2016 – the island finally has an airport…queue happy dance!  St Helena Island and I have a connection, one of my dad’s ancestors was known as St Helena’s Merchant King and was friends with Napoleon hence the reason why I am really keen to visit.  Wild and secluded, it’s going to draw the extremely well travelled that want to finally visit but without having to endure the long sea journey.

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The Faroe Islands

Iceland has had it’s time in the spotlight and I think many travellers are looking for the next big thing…which is the Faroe Islands.  Trust me, grass roof cottages will be popping up all over instagram in 2016!

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Morocco

Morocco has been mentioned on many past hot travel destination lists but I think the focus has really been around Marrakech…I love Marrakech however it’s very much a Disneyland destination, it’s lost it soul.  Step in Fez and Chefchaouen; I visited these two cities way back in 2003 and they were pretty amazing then but I can see them featuring more and more in the next 12 months…the only problem is that you have to fly from Stansted with Ryanair to Fez.  If you’re after an authentic Moroccan experience, visit Fez over Marrakech.  Chefchaouen holds a special place in my heart…I was flashed for the first time in my life in this town…ahhh those beautiful Moroccan memories!

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Japan

Lonely Planet and I agree on this one…Japan seemed to be rather popular last year especially around Cherry Blossom season and I think it’s only going to get bigger in the coming years due to it’s fabulous culture and delightful foodie scene.

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Scotland

The Highlands have been popular for years but I can see the Hebrides becoming more popular as staycationers look for destinations that are off the beaten path.  Rugged islands and whiskey…what more could you ask for…well how about an airport that actually uses the beach as a landing strip!

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Malaysia

Malaysia is surrounded by popular destinations like Thailand and Bali however it doesn’t feel like a big travel player but I can see that changing.  The country has so much to offer from white sand beaches, to cosmopolitan cities, jungles and gorgeous tea plantations in the Highlands…it has something for everyone and suits all budgets.

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So what do you think will be the best travel destinations and trends for 2016?  Cities or Countries…let’s overdose on wanderlust!

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As Afternoon Tea Week is right around the corner I thought I should jump on the ol’ band wagon and write a post about afternoon tea, it would be rude not too really.  For some reason over the past year or so I being given the title, the Queen of Afternoon Tea by quite a few people (I’m embarrassed trust me!); unfortunately this title doesn’t come with any crown jewels and I’m not dripping in diamonds and pearls but it does come with a number of rolls around my tummy from scoffing a lot of scones.  I don’t think it’s fair for only folks in the UK to be enjoying Afternoon Tea Week which runs from the 10th – 16th August this year so lets go global; Around the World in 10 Afternoon Teas!

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London, England – Claridge’s Hotel

Claridge’s Hotel offers the best afternoon tea in the world, if anyone recommends a different establishment it’s because they haven’t visited Claridge’s – if you would like to challenge me on this statement then bring it on and we will settle the argument with a scone eating competition!  And I will win….

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And here is another knock out…Claridge’s vs The Ritz!

London, England – Brown’s Hotel

My second favourite place in London is Brown’s Hotel; I’ve scoffed afternoon tea here five times and would happily go back again and again.  If you can’t get into Claridge’s Hotel then definitely check out Brown’s Hotel.  The Tea Room is one of my favourite places in all of London, it feels like you’re visiting Downtown Abbey and it’s a bit of secret gem really in the London Afternoon Tea scene.

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Edinburgh, Scotland – The Balmoral Hotel

I will be honest and say the only afternoon tea I’ve eaten in Scotland was at The Balmoral however I wasn’t disappointed; the Palm Court is small and intiminate, the food generous and the service glorious.  Sara from Big World Small Me has recently visited so pop over to have a gander at her blog post.

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Athens, Greece – The Grande Bretagne

My other half tells everyone he meets that the best scones in the world can be found at The Grande Bretagne in Athens (apparently Claridge’s falls in second place for him) and I’m pretty sure he would be happy to stand in the middle of Constitution Square with a sign around his neck stating this fact.  If you’re looking at finding a way to escape the summers heat or just fancy checking out this grande dame of a hotel in Athens then definitely make a booking for afternoon tea in the Winter Garden and afterwards pop upstairs for a cocktail at the roof top terrace overlooking Athens.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Amstel Hotel

Another grande dame of a hotel is the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam and having afternoon tea overlooking the canals is a must when in Amsterdam.  When we visited there was a twist which included a different tea being served with each course.

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Aswan, Egypt – Sofitel Legend The Old Cataract Hotel

Ahhh The Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan; would it be wrong to say that we only travelled to Egypt to have afternoon tea here and stay at this glorious hotel – I travel just to eat afternoon tea sometimes.  The views overlooking the Nile at Sunset is possibly the best setting for afternoon tea anywhere in the world.

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Brussels, Belgium – Hotel Amigo

Chocolate chocolate chocolate…oh yeah Hotel Amigo offers a Chocolate Afternoon Tea…when in Brussels you can’t leave until you have gorged yourself in chocolate and what better way to do that than enjoying afternoon tea at Hotel Amigo which is Belgium’s top luxury hotel.

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Hong Kong – The Peninsula Hotel

I honestly think the best afternoon teas around the world can be found in the most iconic hotels and the afternoon tea at The Peninsula is definitely the best in Hong Kong.  This isn’t your average afternoon tea, you actually have to queue however if you’re a resident at the hotel (which we were thankfully) you can skip the line but it’s definitely worth the wait just to do a spot of people watching in the lobby.  There’s a full review coming this Wednesday if you need a sugar fix but without the calories…licking the screen is allowed!

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Auckland, New Zealand – The Langham

I’ve ruined my mum by taking her to Claridge’s many moons ago for afternoon tea so whenever she goes to afternoon tea in New Zealand I get What’s App messages afterwards saying…there was no cake fork Kelly…no napkins or my goodness only paper napkins…they used tea bags….Claridge’s has a lot to answer for really!  But if you ask my mum where her favourite place for afternoon tea in Auckland is, her response is always The Langham and she’s tried a few now…mother like daughter or should that be daughter like mother (oh I’m so confused…I need a scone…).  

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Marrakech, Morocco – La Mamounia

Hot steamy afternoons in Marrakech are best spent sipping Mint Tea in the gardens of La Mamounia while enjoying plates of delightful sweet pastries.  The mint is even grown in the gardens at the back of the hotel and those macarons are some of the best I’ve ever eaten – all I needed was the flying carpet to take me back to my room!

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Trust me this isn’t a full round up of places that I’ve scoffed afternoon tea while travelling, here a few more…The Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, Four Seasons in Paris, Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin and The Ritz Carlton in Vienna.

And here are some tongue in cheek afternoon tea tips from an experienced pinkie raiser; that would be me!

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^^ Wearing my crown proudly…this was taken at afternoon tea number four while on holiday in Asia last month so my roll collection was growing nicely…eek it’s true what they say about gaining weight in your 30’s!  Apologies but I don’t wear make up on holiday so you can see my rather glorious bags…designer under the eye bags.

Have a fabulous Afternoon Tea Week everyone and remember any afternoon tea consumed during the official Afternoon Tea Week is calorie free….if only right!

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So where do you recommend around the world for afternoon tea?  Remember I travel to scoff afternoon tea…point me in the right direction as I always have my passport in my handbag ready to flit off at a scones notice!

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You can’t visit Marrakech and not visit a Hammam or a Spa, it’s basically compulsory!  G and I had planned on spending a day relaxing by the pool to unwind so I booked us in for a spa day at La Mamounia Hotel which has one of the worlds most iconic spas.

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Spa Reception Areas

Wandering through to the reception area is a visual feast of beautiful tiles and gorgeous lanterns that you will want to pinch and take home with you.  Booking was a breeze and as it was a week day it was pretty easy to get a booking for a treatment however bookings are recommended.

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Spa Day Pass

Now if you aren’t a guest of La Mamounia Hotel you can still use the spa facilities and have treatments but you will need to purchase a Spa Day Pass for 500 MAD per person which gives you access to the indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi and gym; this is a pretty good deal in my books as it works out at approx. £35 pp.  If your hotel in Marrakech doesn’t have a pool then this is a great option to spend a day relaxing in one of the most luxurious hotels you will find in Marrakech.

Obviously treatments are additional plus the hotel doesn’t offer the Spa Day Pass if the hotel is fully booked.  If the hotel requires you to purchase a treatment with the Spa Day Pass then the cheapest treatments are a Reshaping Manicure (500 MAD / approx. £35) or a 30 minute Relaxing Massage (750 MAD / approx. £50)

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To book a Spa Day Pass at La Mamounia Hotel you will need to contact the hotel directly via email lespa@mamounia.com

Spa Facilities

The spa facilities contain an indoor pool and jacuzzi…

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…an outdoor pool, steam room, relaxation areas, treatment rooms and a gym.

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Treatment

I booked G and I both in for a 60 minute Relaxing Mamounia Massage which costs 1,100 MAD (approx £75 pp).  When I made the booking for our massages there was the choice of having the treatments in the same room but as I squeal a lot when I have massages I went for separate treatment rooms; it was lovely to have the option.

I loved the massage, it wasn’t rough and I did leave feeling really relaxed especially as there was a really good scalp massage involved; who else adores scalp massages?

The Spa Undies

The undies were of a light material and weren’t a G String but came pretty darn close.  I will point out now that these are rather difficult to photograph when by yourself; next time I will pop them on my head!  Plus I still don’t get the point of Spa Undies!

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The Hotel

I loved La Mamounia Hotel and you can read my full review of the hotel here.  If you find the hotel a little too pricey for your accommodation budget, definitely look into either booking yourself in for afternoon tea or purchasing a Spa Day Pass so you can still enjoy the beauty that is La Mamounia Hotel.

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Have you visited La Mamounia Hotel; what are your thoughts on the property?  Would you be happy to spend £35 for a Spa Day Pass?

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I have a grand love affair with North Africa and the Middle East so I know how important it is to dress appropriately i.e. keep the boobies and bottom covered and your likely hood of getting hassled will be halved!  So here is my little guide on what to wear in Marrakech, in fact during your whole holiday in Morocco; I hope it helps one or two ladies out!

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I didn’t have a chance to photograph every outfit; that would just be too hard work and I prefer to eat rather than trying to pose badly (I could never ever be a fashion blogger!).

What to Wear in Marrakech – the Capsule Wardrobe

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Where to find items as above: Boden for good quality cotton tops and cardigans; Monsoon for Maxi Dresses, ASOS for cheap as chip jeans or GAP for basic t-shirts (I prefer the long sleeve t-shirts so I am fully covered…stops the constant looks and also I am protected from the sun)!

Remember that cotton and linen are your friends when it’s all hot and steamy especially during the summer months in Marrakech!  A long sleeve cardigan or scarf will cover up your arms when required.

Shopping in the Souq

Cover yourself up and you won’t have any issues; yes every shop owner will beckon you in to buy a million and one scarves but this is totally normal.  Long trousers, jeans or maxi skirts work a treat and if you don’t want dirty feet then stick to closed in shoes as it can get pretty dusty shopping in the souq.

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Afternoon Tea at La Mamounia

As we were staying at the hotel I went more casual and went for a maxi dress, cardie and flats option; maxi dresses cover up a multitude of sins (when you hit your 30s you realise you learn to hide rather than paying a crap load of money on fancy creams like you did in your 20s as it’s all down to genetics anyway…but I digress).

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

What to Wear in Marrakech when it comes to Shoes

I have a simple rule; three pairs packed in your luggage plus a fourth pair on your tootsies and Marrakech was no different.  If you plan to take a few Moroccan shoefies on holiday then I suggest you wear prettier shoes than I did.  My shoes choices for Marrakech were a pair of Converse (worn numerous times in the souq), Birkenstock Sandals C/o Intercontinental Berlin that are actually quite comfy if you get puffy feet when it’s hot; Havaianas for the spa and a pair of Greek Sandals (similar style here).

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

Swimwear for the Pool

Obviously anything goes especially if you are at a huge tourist hotel with foreigners but getting slightly prudiest in my old age (and trying to hide a few scone rolls that I’ve collected due to writing those pesky Gluttons Guides to Eating Gluten Free Afternoon Tea posts) I opt for a one piece.  I won’t frightened you all with a pic in my togs…but you can check out my Swimwear Pinterest Board if you fancy!

Sunglasses

Take a pair with you that will offer UV protection as you will need them to protect your eyes from the sun and dust.  Check out the Sunglass Hut for options!

Scarves

If you plan to visit a Mosque while in Marrakech then a scarve comes in rather handy and you can pick them up in the souq for around a £1 (depending on how good you are at haggling).

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

So what are you tips for what to wear in Marrakech?  Have I missed anything out?  If you’re planning a trip to Marrakech then why not check out my other posts on this great city – Afternoon Tea at La Mamounia Hotel, a Spa Day at La Mamounia Hotel, my honest review of La Mamounia Hotel, the Marrakech Gluten Free Guide  and my Marrakech Travel Guide.

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

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