Mini Guide to Morocco

Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival

Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose is an oasis town located in the Dade Valley, also known as the Valley of the Roses. During three days in May, the rose harvest is celebrated with several stalls selling huge amounts of flowers and rose parades around the town. Visitors will also see traditional songs and dances, as well as the famous Miss Roses pageant.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

As with most Muslim countries, Morocco also keeps Ramadan, the month where Muslims abstain from physical needs, food, and drinks throughout the day. The idea is to purify the soul and practice self-sacrifice. At the end of the month, the country celebrates Eid al-Fitr, which lasts for many days and involves a lot of feasting. Though travelers are not expected to fast, they should refrain from eating and drinking in public.

People and Culture

The Moroccan culture is fascinating, and travelers will probably need a long time to fully appreciate its nuances — such as the utmost respect for the elderly and the sick. Don’t forget that, like other Muslim countries, you should always shake hands with the right hand as the left is considered unclean. The people are extremely generous, so it’s important to leave any preconceptions behind before exploring this wonderful country.

eAlisa /



American City Guide: New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most fun cities in the United States. Nicknamed “The Big Easy”, most tourists come to New Orleans during Carnival, a raucous outdoor festival that celebrates the beginning of the somber Lenten season. If you manage to get beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a vibrant city just waiting…

American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.