Hi, I’m Amanda or MarocMama as you’ll get to know me!
I began writing MarocMama as a young mom wanting to share the challenges and triumphs of parenting in a cross-cultural relationship. I’ve enjoyed writing and reading for as long as I can remember. It was a way for me to explore far off places when I felt stuck in the very small, rural community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
I couldn’t wait to leave!
At 16, I took my first international trip and as soon as I stepped out of the airport in Athens, Greece I knew it was a travelin’ life for me! I met my husband (MarocBaba) on a vacation in Marrakech Morocco when we were just 20 years old, we married shortly after meeting and have three children (M is 14, K is 11 and A is our brand new baby!)
We lived in the US for almost 10 years and then decided to move to Morocco. The information and advice I share here is from first-hand experience. It’s not just a Marrakech travel blog or Morocco travel blog but a collection of experiences, places, and insight gleaned from years of experience.
Second only to my love of travel is my love of great tasting, amazing food. I’m always up to try most things (except the snails, don’t ask me to do that again!). I plan my travel around what I can eat first, then what else there is to see.
MarcocMama is a blog for food-loving, adventurous travelers who want to connect with people and places on a more authentic level.
Get tips, stories, and inspiration to have experiences outside your comfort zone as you explore Morocco and the rest of the world. Whether you’re traveling solo or have kids in tow, you’ll find honest, practical advice about non-bucket-list destinations around the world.
MarocMama offers travel stories that bring you along on the journey, practical advice to help you plan your own adventures, and recipes from around the world so you can re-live your travel experiences long after you return home.
How I can help YOU?
Over the years I have realized people visit MarocMama for a lot of reasons. While I don’t have the answer to all your questions what I will always aim to provide is;
- travel information and advice about Morocco from someone that lives here – not just someone that visited for a few days.
- in-depth information about life in Marrakech
- insight to life in Morocco; whether you want to move here or you’re just want to see what it’s like
- ways and ideas to bring Morocco home with you – even if you have never visited!
- Recipes, shopping tips and more will let you feel pieces of the country in your own homeland.
My goal is to give you a place where you can get all of the help you need to start traveling – to Morocco and elsewhere and to bring that life into your home – wherever home is!
What I Can’t Provide
While I try my best to be a resource for people there are a few things I can’t/won’t do.
- I’m not a matchmaking service. Please don’t ask me to introduce you to my friends for relationships.
- I can not/will not provide analysis of your relationship/potential relationship. A lot of people have asked me for advice on this and the truth is I’m not in a position to provide this type of analysis nor do I want to put myself in the position to judge a relationship that I have little knowledge of.
- Detailed trip planning assistance. I have a lot of information for free here please read through. If you’d like help organizing your trip check out my Morocco Trip Planner Workbook, Marrakech Trip Planning Course or my Morocco Exclusive Deals for referrals to activities and agencies I recommend.
I know you’re thinking, so what kind of credentials do you have? Why should I trust you? Here’s a few of the places I’ve been included and speaking engagements I’ve done.
- Named #5 Travel Blogger in Africa by Cision
- Mentioned in 2015 Lonely Planet Morocco and Lonely Planet Marrakech
- Featured on CNN International
- Interviewed for August 2015 Marie Claire Mexico y Latin America
- Interviewed for March/April 2016 Elle a Table (France print edition)
- Included in 2016 Foodie Destinations from National Geographic
- Feature article on FreelanceMom.com
- Featured on Yahoo Travel!
- Trainer at TechCamp Tunisia (2x) and TechCamp Libya
- Speaker at Traverse 2019
- Speaker at New York Times Travel Show – January 2017
- Speaker at ATM Dubai – April 2017 and May 2019
- Speaker at ITB Asia 2016 Singapore
- Speaker at TBEX 2015 Costa Brava
- Speaker at BlogStock 2015 London
- Interviewed on Travel Freedom Podcast about turning a blog to a business
- Interviewed for and included in Adventurers Abroad: The New American Expat Generation book.
- Regular contributor to EasyJet inflight magazine.
- Featured in Thomas Cook’s inflight magazine (2018)
Are you ready to dive in?
Here are my top 4 most popular and helpful posts that will kick off your exploration of MarocMama – no matter what you are interested in!
First Timer’s Guide to Morocco
What you need to know for your first visit to Morocco.
Visit the Destination Guides to cities and regions across Morocco.
What to Pack For and Wear in Morocco
I break down a variety of different times of year and situations with what you should pack. This post is aimed more at women but there are suggestions for men and children as well.
Recipes and Cooking Inspiration
Do you love Moroccan food or want to try something new? In this section you’ll find Moroccan and international recipes to try on your family and friends.
Top Souvenirs to Take Home from Morocco
This is the most popular post on MarocMama! If you’re coming to visit then you’ll want to read this so you know what to look for, where to get it and some ideas for things you may not have thought of!