Monica's going to Morocco
Follow Monica's journey through Morocco
Working for gapyear.com is undoubtedly one of the best jobs in the world but I'm not going to lie, reading about all of your travels, chatting about your upcoming trips on the message boards and ogling all your travel photos makes me green with envy. So I'm very pleased to announce that next week it's my turn to hit the road and don my backpack for a week of good old fashioned adventure.
I'm swapping our London offices for a week exploring Morocco with Intrepid Travel. I'm going to be live blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming as I travelling around some of the highlights Morocco has to offer.
The trip begins in Marrakesh where I'll be heading straight to the markets and Medina which has been labelled as the 'greatest spectacle on earth'. I've been promised singers, drummers, dancers, snake charmers, fortune tellers, storytellers, jugglers and witch doctors.
I'll be getting involved in an Intrepid Foundation Project in Ouarzazate called Project Horizon. This has been set up to help disabled adults and children and trains them in skills like pottery, jewellery making and metal work.
I'll spend a night camping in the Sahara in a nomadic style woollen tent. I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of the Milkway and watch the sun rise over the sand dunes the following morning.
One of the things I'm most excited about is staying with a local family in the peaceful village of Aroumd where we will be trekking in the High Atlas Mountains. Their home is perched on a rocky outcrop and looks out over Mount Toubkal which is North Africa's highest peak. I'll be helping the local ladies to bake bread and visiting a bathhouse.
I'll be staying in a riad (a traditional noble man's house) in Essaouria where I plan to give kite surfing a go and explore the tasty fish markets. Essaouira is a charming little town with white washed houses, blue shutters and art galleries galore. It's also where Ridley Scott chose to film parts of Kingdom of Heaven.
You can also follow Intrepid Travel live on the road @intrepid_travel.
If you want to know more about Morocco, check out our Morocco country guide.
About the Author: Monica Stott
Monica is the social media specialist and content writer for gapyear.com. She's a Twitter addict, travel blogger, iphoneographer and all-round travelaholic. She took an extended gap year after uni, spending eight months in South East Asia and over a year travelling and working in Australia. She worked on a diving island and drove all the way around the coast of Australia in a rusty old campervan. Her favourite destination is Thailand where she spent two months scuba diving, practising yoga, parting during full moons, half moons, quarter moons, black moons (any excuse for a party) and eating far too much Thai red curry.