You might want to know that I took my own children into Morocco first time when they were 2 and 5. The people in Morocco have taught them humanity, hospitality and kindness. They became world citizens that meet the world with a smile with the lessons they learnt in Morocco. I will use all this knowledge and experience to create a world schooling hub in the Sahara in the fall of 2019. Get in touch for more information. 

My daughter Maj’s world opened at age 5 when she realized she needed no mutual language but humanity to communicate with an old lady on the stairs of the fish market of Tanger (main photo).

  

Children form alliances if we simply fill them with love and the notion to believe in themselves and their own abilities. My son used soccer to make new friends starting on his first visit to Chefchaouen in December 2013. He continues to buy soccer balls with his own pocket money and joins games wherever an opportunity arises and then leaves the ball behind as a gift to his new friends. Maj choose skipping rope and chewing gum early on and now she starts a lot of games that require no words except the smile and hands. Let all our smiles and children’s laughter be our guides as we discover Morocco and the world.

 

 

This summer Lucas (14) shared this about all our journeys to Morocco and Sahara:

“Morocco and the Saharan people have taught me to be patient with life. Things will come when they come so do not rush and stress yourself. To be a better person share whatever you have with everyone even though you have very little. Be happy with what you have you do not need a lot of things to be happy and do not always ask for more.

I took my son Lucas on a mother-son trip to the Sahara for the first time in March, 2016. Since then, we have all been frequent visitors. We wrote about our first desert journey and lessons learnt in En Sueco(in Swedish). Here you can read the English translation of “Thank You – Tanmirt”.

In the three months of 2017, we also lived many weeks together with the Nomads in the Sahara me and the kids (and two dogs) in a community project with the Vilostrada Foundation (more about this in a coming blog post and book). So my conclusion, the sky is the limit.

Safety and medications

Just make sure to take all recommended medications with you, always carry plenty of water/snacks, protect from the weather elements such sun and bring clothing/shoes to manage all temperatures for the season(s) you are visiting.  Allow more time for all activities and lots of room for the unexpected.

Copies of your passports and travel insurance, I recommend you keep on you at all times. I even give my own children a copy of these. Let someone you trust know your travel plans and have access to copies of your passport, travel insurance to have ready if an accident should happen. Keep them as the ICE contact on your phone. Emergency numbers in Morocco:

  • Ambulance 150
  • Tourist Police (Brigade Touristique) 0524384601
  • Police 190

Children have a beautiful eye and way to open the beauty of life if we allow them. I do not believe there is a minimum age for travel. This is for you only as a parent to decide when it is time to go. Enjoy your travels!