Morocco is sand-sational. But as the only Muslim-majority destination Out Adventures organizes gay travel through, it does cause some hesitation among clients.
Here’s a short list of things travellers wish they knew before visiting the beautiful North African country. Continue reading “What I Wish I Knew Before Joining a Gay Tour of Morocco”
Should LGBT travellers visit countries where homosexuality is illegal? Rob and Peter debate this question and others as they delve into the ethics of gay travel. Continue reading “Unpacking Ethical Travel”
While the bazaars, riads and kasbahs have always delighted our Moroccan Souks & Sand travellers, it’s actually our charismatic local guide, Youssef Laamimi, they consistently sing the loudest praise for.
Although straight — we know: disappointing — the young Moroccan is keen to show off his country to the gay community. The ‘real deal’ as he calls it.
Youssef introduces himself below while also listing off all the reasons he adores his homeland. Read on! Continue reading “Introducing Youssef, our magnificent Morocco guide.”
Despite Morocco’s conservative nature, everybody is guaranteed a hump or two on our Souks & Sand tour. That is to say, riding camelback through the Sahara.
We’ll saddle up a caravan of these magnificent beasts and ride towards an authentic Berber campsite. The haunting desert sunset to follow will be the pomegranate on top of this unique experience.
Scroll down for a few fast facts on camels. Continue reading “Just the Facts: Camels”
It was between the late 40s and early 50s when the gay literati of the time began flocking to Tangier, Morocco to escape the conservative landscape of America. Attracted to Tangier’s tolerant approach to sexuality and drugs, some of the largest names in the crew included William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet and Truman Capote.
By day these beatniks and bohemians met in Grand Cafe de Paris, breaking bread and exchanging ideas. By night, they drank in excess, procured prostitutes and indulged in the country’s surplus of drugs, unfettered by disinterested law enforcement.
While Morocco’s political stance on homosexuality has taken a sharp conservative turn, the country remains an important part of queer history and tourism. Not only were Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes scattered in Marrakesh, but tourists can still visit the Grand Cafe de Paris and El Muniria (the homestay where the majority of said authors resided).
Scroll down for five quotes by the most prominent figures who got swept up in Queer Tangier.
Continue reading “Queer Tangier: What you didn’t know about Morocco’s gay phase”
Our Morocco Souks & Sand tour is an overwhelming escape that warrants serene nights in comfortable quarters. To keep the Moroccan mystique, we’ve named our Starting & Finishing point hotels…the rest await on this jubilant journey that departs in September and April.
Continue reading “Stays that Slay: Morocco”
While we’ll stay in some lavish riads throughout our time in Morocco, the most magical night of all is actually spent in a tent!
Continue reading “Stays that Slay: Overnight Desert Camping”
The mere notion of dickering over a price may induce anxiety in many Westerners, especially those of us who can barely muster the small talk we’re forced to make with sales associates while waiting for a credit card transaction to go through. However, haggling is intrinsically woven into the local culture in Morocco, and it’s a serious courtship: pay the first price, and you’ve offended the vendor by diminishing the value of their livelihood. But offer too little, and you’ll be shooed away for offending the vendor’s entire family with your cheapness…these guys are more dramatic than a Real Housewives reunion special, but their theatrics are also equally staged! Once you learn to dance the dance, it’s actually fun.
Continue reading “The Art of the Moroccan Haggle”
With three days in Marrakech to wrap up our Moroccan Souks & Sand adventure, which departs in both spring and fall, we wanted to highlight our five favourite things that make this city so special.
Continue reading “Just the Tips: Marrakech”