I wrote this post nearly two years ago but after posting it I realised that I didn’t actually answer the question. I had a friend ask me lots of questions and was quite embarrassed by the lack of information I gave. I take pride in giving honest opinions and sharing real travel tips so decided to give it a quick update! Read below and find out how I went to Morocco for less than £250!
I would be lying if I said that I usually spend a fortune on these holidays. Of course some holidays you have to close your eyes and just pay up – which is why I usually go away for my birthday. But just like you, I like a good old bargain. So if I can go on holiday for free, I will. However, whilst we still have to pay for our holidays I want to tell you how to go to Morocco for less than £250 (because it is possible).
1. Fly Out During Non-peak Periods
So, I went to Morocco in November and it worked out at only £59 pounds for my return flights… bargain right? I booked my flights with easyJet via Skyscanner. It’s still relatively warm in November; around 20 degrees. Hey if that’s not warm for you that’s your business! I’m English and get excited when I feel a little sun on my skin.
It’s also a time when it’s less busy with tourists – which for me is always a plus.
2. Do Shorter Breaks Rather Than Longer
Yes, take shorter breaks – less than 5 days are always good (for me); and if you can fly out on a Friday evening, you only need to take one working day off. Smart eh? However, I know some people are not set up like that. The reason I say do short breaks is so you can squeeze as many holidays into one year and it saves you money!
I went to Morocco for 3 nights (Wed 23 Nov – Fri 25 Nov) and so only took three days annual leave. To be honest I wasn’t going for a full packed activities holiday! I wanted a chilled cheap holiday like Morocco, that I know I can visit again and again.
3. Book Your Hotel In Advance
I am sorry I didn’t tell you where I stayed! I stayed at the Opera Plaza Hotel Marrakech and booked via Booking.com. I paid on arrival and it was only £138 for the 3 nights (for two people)! This included a very generous buffet breakfast! When you split that between two people that is £69!
The Hotel is 4* and is located in front of Marrakech Train Station and the city’s Royal Theatre, this stylish hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, 3 restaurants, a nightclub and free Wi-Fi in all areas. Amenities include an informal restaurant and 2 stylish bars. There’s also an outdoor pool with a terrace and sun loungers.
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4. Give yourself a budget
Yes, again another one that I need to practise. Sadly I don’t have budgets because I think when you’re on holiday you should enjoy yourself as much as possible, but again if you have a budget you shouldn’t overspend and if you are smarter than me you will budget! This holiday I don’t feel like there was a need to budget. I hardly spent any money which is good!
Take all the clothes you need for your holiday so all you don’t need to spend money on buying clothes, just on food and transport. I said before that the hotel I stayed in had breakfast, which I stuffed myself with so wasn’t really hungry until late afternoon. This saved me a lot of money.
*I mainly ate at the hotel except for one night!
Things I did while in Morocco:
- Le Jardin Majorelle – Ysl Gardens – cost me less than 60 Dirhams which is no more than £15
- Comptoir Darna – This was like a club/restaurant with belly dancers! My meal with less than £20 including the wine.
- I also went to Marrakesh Markets – I didn’t buy anything but was able to bargain a lot for my friend.
It may seem like I didn’t do an awful lot, but honestly, the 3-day break was honestly needed for me! I mainly had girl chat and took the time out for myself! If you need a quick warmish break this is the one for you! I, of course, would like to go back again one day, and see more of Morocco.