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Broke girls guide to travel: The amazing things you can buy for under a dollar in Morocco

The Broke girls guide to travel: Shopping in Morocco for $1 or less

Morocco is the greatest place for inexpensive travel!

Pottery in Essaouira, Morocco

It's no secret that in Morocco, life is substantially inexpensive. The fact that living in Morocco is cheaper makes it a popular travel choice for budget travellers seeking an exotic and inexpensive travel destination.

While the national income is substantially lower than what we are used to living off of in the west, having a remote job for an American company allows me to have the freedom to live in Morocco full time in circumstances much better than the ones I'd live in America for on a similar wage. On my first trip to Morocco, I was bewildered at how cheap everything was. With a little planning, you can actually feed yourself an amazing meal for a few dollars, stay in a great riad for near nothing, enjoy affordable Morocco tours, and enjoy a whole day of travel on very little money. In this post, I'm going to teach you 50 things you can buy for under a dollar in Morocco, as well as helping you learn a little survival darija to utilize in your purchases! 

20 things you can buy in Morocco for under a dollar (10 Dirham): 

  • 10 pieces Moroccan fresh Moroccan bread from the local hanout  (khobz )
  • 10 fresh eggs from the local hanout, (Bida)
  • 3 Yogurt (danon)
  • 1 Taxi ride in a grand taxi
  • 2 tourist keychains 
  • 1 bar dove or luxe soap 
  • 2 small bottles of attar (attar)
  • 5 marlboro cigarettes (garo)
  • 1 round of la vache quiri cheese (frmaga)
  • 1 Kilogram of Bananas (Banan) 
  • 2 Kilogram Tomato (Maticha)
  • Sandwich from a street vendor (Kaskrot)
  • 1 liter of Pepsi, Coke, Pom, Hawaii
  • 1 Gigabyte cell phone data (Recharge)
  •  45 minutes of domestic cell phone calls (Recharge)
  • 10 minute International call (Recharge)
  • 10 Croissants
  • 3 pieces of cake (Petit Four)
  • Small bottle of Shampoo
  • 1 Kilogram of Strawberries (Fraise)
  • 6 pieces of Msmen or Meloui
  • 5 pieces of Harcha (Bread made from Couscous)
  • 1 Kilogram of Sardines (fresh)
  • Small cooking oil
  • Sugar for tea
  • Tea
  • Valencia Orange Juice
  • 10 packages of Bimo Cookies
  • 1 Marocuja Chocolate Bar

and literally tons more. The average monthly minimum wage income in Morocco is 2,571DH (roughly $250) although a lot of families live off of a lot less. While you wouldn't be able to live on a Western Standard of living with this amount (My monthly mandatory expenses for 2 adults and three cats break down to about $1,500USD but I admittedly spend friviously and in a western manner) You can definitely pull off a cheap vacation in Morocco without any issues. 

Inexpensive hotels in Morocco that are three stars and up range from $20 and up, you can rent an apartment short term for about $15 dollars a night and up, or Couchsurf (Use precaution) for oftentimes no cost at all.My husband and I often go out to lunch for anywhere from $5 at a snack type restaurant similar to Burger King to $20 for two at a more high end Ocean front restaurant here in Essaouira.

Morocco is definitely somewhere worth visiting at least once in your life, and its a totally safe country for female travellers when you use common sense and precaution. 

For more cheap travel tips, you can check out my post on how to find the cheapest flights to Morocco here, or check out cheap hotel bookings here. Be sure to pick up your copy of Lonely Planet's Morocco travel guide as well, which you can get on Amazon for around $18 USD. 

Stay tuned for next week's addition to Broke girls guide to travel: How to find an apartment in Morocco. Have you been to Morocco before? What were your thoughts?


  1. I have not been there before and had no idea everything was so much less expensive than from here in the USA. It does seem like the perfect place to go if you want to vacation and relax yet without spending so much. This was very interesting.

  2. This is good to know, we are thinking of visiting Morocco for our anniversary.

  3. Id love to visit Morocco! This is an awesome article to heed!


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