This article was written in 2016 after Maria-Teresa Allaire traveled with us. Since that time she has chosen to reformat and rename her blog, but sent the article to us so that we wouldn’t lose what she had to say about Ethical Tourism and Open Door’s strong commitment to it. Without further adieu I turn it over to Maria-Teresa:
I want to preface this by saying that I will possibly offend some people with this article. It is not my intention to do so- there are many different styles of travel and people have various priorities.
I have a love – hate relationship with tipping, especially in developing countries. In the case of Morocco, the west is responsible for bringing the custom to the country. While I agree that tipping can be positive in that it recognizes a job well done. I’ve also seen first hand that the practice enables employers to pay workers lower wages because it is assumed that tips will make up the difference. This is where the hate part enters into it for me.
Unfortunately, it’s counterproductive refuse to tip in hopes that employers will step up to fill the gap. That’s not going to happen anytime soon. So like it or not, many workers in Morocco, as well in other countries across the globe, exist on tips.
So you’ve gotten your customized Morocco tour arranged. Flights are purchased.The dog is booked at the kennel.You’ve started packing. One final thought occurs to you… What about spending money in Morocco? Since this is one of the most commonly asked questions, I decided I’d cover the information you need to know in an article.
Kasbahs are amazing ancient, crumbling buildings that were built for defense in North Africa. Another word for kasbah is fortress. Kasbahs were built with high walls, usually without windows. Ruins are dotted throughout southern Morocco.