Tips for Women Travelers Visiting Arab Countries

By Jill Wilson,, supplied by Lyn Taylor Adventures who have a tour for women to Morocco in October 2015

For those single  women travelers, this list was compiled by one of the women working with Experience It Tours. These ideas come from years of experience. I hope you find them helpful.
Dress appropriately, respect the culture
– don’t wear anything skin-tight. Each country is different, but it’s generally best to at least cover your shoulders and knees and not wear anything too low cut
Tend toward the modest side on swim wear
– if you have the opportunity to swim
Bring your most comfortable walking shoes
…you will do lots of walking!
If invited to a home
– remove your shoes upon entering
Always eat using your right hand only
– your left hand is considered “unclean”
Bring your feminine hygiene products with you
Be careful when making eye contact with men
– Wearing sunglasses could be a good option.

Don’t be flirtatious
Be prepared to answer the question “Are you married?” and “Why don’t you marry a man here?” often.
– It’s probably best to try to avoid the marriage topic as much as possible.
If you are traveling with a male friend or boyfriend
-be aware the public display of affection is likely not acceptable
Be aware that drinking alcohol is not acceptable in most Muslim countries
Be aware that it is not acceptable for women to smoke in public in most Muslim countries
Trust the advice of your driver and/or tour guide
…they will help you navigate the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the culture
Be aware of whether or not you are traveling during Ramadan or any other major Muslim holidays

If you are ever walking alone without your tour guide, don’t linger too long in one place…know where you’re going and head there. It’s okay to engage in some conversation with shop owners when inside, but talking with men on the street is generally not acceptable when you’re on your own

Be careful in particular about:

  • Going out alone at night
  • Going off with someone you just met
  • Carrying  your money in a secure place

ENJOY your trip!! Be aware of your surroundings, but you don’t have to be fearful! Hospitality is one of North Africa’s strong points!  Take advantage of engaging with other travelers in your hotels or in restaurants…make new friends!

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