Post # 1
I’m leaving for my honeymoon on Sept 29, flying out of Europe, where I’m getting married. With everything going on right now in Libya, Tunis, and Egypt, do you think I should cancel?
Originally, I thought NO – but now people are scaring me and I’m starting to follow the situation carefully. I just don’t know. I’d love to know what you would do. I’d probably lose all of my money since I stupidly didn’t get insurance on my flights and our hotel needed to be prepaid. And…I really wanted to go to Morocco.
I’d love your opinion. I’m still not sure what to do. We’ll be in Marrakech and then in some of the Berber villages and the desert on a camel trek.
What’s a gal to do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Since it’s too late to get your money back, there’s no need to rush the decision. Just keep your eye on things, monitor the State Department’s travel warnings, and mentally prepare yourself for the possibility of having to cancel. You have 2 weeks still, and it’s always possible that things will settle down in that region between now and then.
Post # 4
My personal rule of thumb that I follow is, if I start to question my decision to go to a location b/c of violence in surrounding areas/uneasy feelings, I do it. I’ve done it before and while nothing happened during the time I should have been there, I was much happier in a different location knowing I didn’t have that worry hanging over my head.
Post # 5
I think you should still go. But, I think you need to be cautious of your surroundings, be very aware of what’s going on around you, and avoid large crowds/demostrations if you were to come along to any. Make sure you know the embassay contact information for your country ( phone numbers, addresses )
I’d still go, I’ve been to a couple places where they’ve had ‘political unrest’ at the time and it’s always been fine!
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Only one of those countries you mentioned is on the travel warning, and it’s not Morocco:
Neighboring Algeria does- will you be traveling through other countries, or direct to Morocco?
more State Dept info:
Post # 7
Only Morocco. I think it’s going to be fine – but I think I’m doubting myself because family and friends are texting and calling me telling me to cancel.
I am going to call the US Embassy in Morocco and see what they say. Honestly, I still really want to go. But is it worth it to be nervous?
Post # 8
Those warnings are a bit over the top IMO. If I heeded the warnings I would have never gone to Mexico, and I’ve been twice in the last few years.
You just have to use a bit of common sense. Don’t go anywhere alone (as a single female in those countries you’re automatically a target). Don’t stray too far away from the hotel after dark, etc. KNOW the ok parts of town.
My blond, blue-eyed 5’2 friend taught in Egypt all by herself for a year and was totally fine. Personally I’d never even want to visit Egypt, but she had no problems that I know of.
Don’t know too much about Morocco specifically, but people travel to 3rd world countries all the time. I think it would be a waste if you had to lose all your money because you’re afraid. Why would you book it in the first place? I think you’re allowing yourself to be a bit too influenced by others who don’t necessarily know the situation well enough.
Post # 9
@pigment80: We had to cancel our honeymoon to Thailand last year due to the flooding and didn’t have travel insurance, but were still able to get a refund on the airfare (I think there was a $300 penalty) that we booked through Orbitz. You may want to just look into whether you can change it without a huge loss, because while Morocco may be just fine it may not be worth the stress given what’s going in the Middle East and Northern Africa at the moment.
I just read an article today about the British couple that were taken hostage by Somali pirates when they were sailing 900 miles off the coast of Somalia, even though the official warning distance was 200-300 miles & 4 authorities told them their route would be safe, they weren’t… I’m guessing they would say it is better to be safe than sorry.
Post # 10
I think, OP correct me if I’m wrong, that the OP is worried about traveling there now because of the attacks and protests going on in nearby regions.
Clearly, when she booked her flight, she didn’t know that would happen. I say call the embassy in Morocco and ask their opinion. If they don’t give a straight answer, which is likely, just wait it out. You still have two weeks to see how things will go. If nothing further occurs, I would totally go, Morocco is such a beautiful country. If you have reasons to feel uneasy, though, it would be better to lose the money and cancel it, than risk being unsafe.
Post # 11
thank you all for your opinions, its great to get some insight outside of my panicked family. 🙂
@Follydust321: you are correct – i booked this trip without any hesitation because i love to travel and have been many places, including several “third world” countries. I did not expect this to happen, and really, it’s my only concern. Not the overall danger of Morocco, just this particular situation.
The true reason for my concern is – I see reports of it spreading. I do think it’s a lot of media hype as well, since this is a fresh story happening around 9/11 and the presidential election – and i’m keeping that in mind.
I really was just wondering what some others would do – want to make sure I’m not insane for wanting to stick to this trip. One person keeps mentioning kidnapping to me, which is my (probably unwarranted) big fear, since we’ll be heading into the desert and the atlas mountains, going to lots of small towns.
I am taking everything everyone says here as a valid point. I’m sure in this situation there is no right or wrong. Just interested to hear what you guys have to say about it!
Post # 12
@pigment80: I’m not as educated on the situation as I probably should be, but are there actually widescale protests going on in Morocco, especially in the area that you’ll be visiting? If not, I’d still go because there’s no real threat. If there are protests, then I’d wait it out for a while because it may die down before your honeymoon. It may also be a good idea to try to find, maybe from the US embassy, whether they have been any increase in reported threats or crimes against US citizens.
Post # 13
I’ve been watching the news about this and it seems to be a developing story at the moment– just not quite sure how far the violence will spread and even if at home in the US if we’re even safe. Scary times, but you can’t put life on hold.
I am w/ the PP that mentioned trying to see if you can get a refund b/c you are legitimately concerned about your safety and at the time of purchase, this was not an issue. However, if you plan to go, a good idea may be calling the hotel letting them know you are worried about the violence and maybe to suggest places that are safe to go (sightseeing) and make your plans accordingly. You will not be the only people vacationing there so just do what’s best for you. As an example, like a PP mentioned, Mexico is in the news every day, they have a huge crime rate, and people still love going there. There is crime everywhere so just play it safe.
Post # 14
It really does seem like most of the violence is directed at US interests in those countries. I think as long as you aren’t hanging out in front of of the embassy or any consulates and keep a low profile (which you should be doing anyway, IMO), you should be fine. I’d definitely call the embassy and get more information from people who are actually there and know the situation.
Oh, and you can register with them too. That might ease your mind some – you can quickly find out if anything bad is going down.
Post # 15
I said no, but keep an eye on the news and warnings.
I know it’s different, but people kept warning me about my Jamaica honeymoon because of the hurricane that was passing through (and hurricane season in general). We actually flew over the last of the hurricane the day we flew out, but it never hit Jamaica.
Post # 16
Thanks everyone! Calling the US embassy tomorrow. I’m pretty sure they’ll say it’s totally safe for now. 🙂