MOROCCAN MEMORIES: THOUGHTS FROM MY FIRST BLOGGER TRIP

As you already know, in November I spent a couple of days visiting Morocco with 9 other bloggers. Having been back in Denmark for a while now, I feel like I’ve had enough time to really absorb all the experiences and impressions for my to put everything into words. First of all, I would like to mention that it has taken me loads of consideration to actually publish this post. Some of you might consider me as a bitch after reading this, but hopefully many of you will actually relate to what I have to say.


As I said in my 2016 recap, the trip to Morocco was my first press trip for the blog, and so also the first time that I spent this long time with other bloggers. I was super excited to get the invitation, to explore an entirely new continent and also to meet other likeminded people. That was until the night before going on the trip, when I received the list of other bloggers joining me on the trip. Running through the list of bloggers, I slowly started to slightly regret going on this trip rather than another trip arranged by the Moroccan tourism board, which most of the Danish travel bloggers that I know about were attending. The list consisted of an interesting mix of one other travel blogger, fashion bloggers, food bloggers, beauty youtubers, reality bloggers, mommy bloggers and then there was me.
I really never considered myself someone who would be having prejudices about other people and I also like to think of myself as an open-minded person, but I actually just wanted to go home and request jo join the other trip instead, where I would meet other people like myself. I had absolutely nothing in common with those people on this trip, so I assumed that it would turn out to be the most boring trip of my life, as we would have nothing to talk about. What I after this trip has realized is that this very broad group of people proofed me completely wrong.


When we landed in the airport, we had to spend one hour going through customs and finding our luggage, after which we were met by our dear guide Mohammad outside the airport. The atmosphere was somewhat tense, we didn't say anything for the 4 hours drive before we were at the restaurant where we would have our lunch in Essaouira. It was slightly awkward to say the least. Luckily we had the excuse that we were all incredibly tired from the flight.

But along the way, in those few days, it was not our differences that pulled us apart, but rather the things that we had in common that brought us closer to each other. It was the one thing that we have in common; sharing stories and thoughts from our lives. Whether it being from travels, about motherhood, about food, fashion or beauty, our shared goal and purpose is to inspire other people through a media that we're all incredibly passionate about.

I really don't think that I could have been exploring Morocco with a group better than those people. We had so much fun discussing how Morocco is so different from Denmark in every single way. It's been really long since I laughed this much! And along the way, we also all learned something from one another. Someone was a genius with a camera, someone was brilliant at writing, others had experience with handling the press and the hate that you might meet on your blog, while the rest gave tips on collaborating with brands. All in all, this trip has taught me incredibly much not only about Morocco, but also how other aspects of blogging, that I'm still to improve in.
So what did this blogger trip teach me? Apart from being open towards a culture unlike the ones that I'm used to in Denmark, the Netherlands or the US, it also taught me to be open towards people who initially might not seem like someone I would get along with. Both things might surprise you more positively than you can even imagine.

Have you ever been on a trip, which challenged you to change your perception of other cultures or people?

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8 kommentarer:

  1. such a good positive outcome from this trip! glad it was an eye opening experience for you!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  2. Hvor er det fint skrevet, Camilla! Vi havde selv også en virkelig god tur til Marokko hvor vi netop lærte en hel om og af de mennesker der var med, og ikke kun om landet og befolkningen som vi besøgte. Vi havde det så sjovt, og det var i det hele taget en kæmpe oplevelseat opleve Marokko med lige præcis den gruppe af mennesker :-)

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    1. Tusind tak Laura! Hvor er det dejlig at høre, at I også havde en fantastisk tur og ikke mindst en fantastisk gruppe med på rejsen (:

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  3. Sjovt, jeg sidder netop i disse timer og redigerer billeder fra den restaurant i Essaouira, hvor vi fik vores første frokost. Billederne afspejler fornemmelsen af at vi ikke kender hinanden særlig godt på det tidspunkt, men hvor blev det en fantastisk rejse.
    Og hvor er jeg glad for at jeg ikke nåede at se listen over hvem de andre bloggere var på forhånd, men bare mødte op uden at have et clue om nogle af Jer.
    Kan kun sige at jeg var blæst bagover lang tid efter hjemkomsten, af den positive gruppeenergi der kom i løbet af ganske kort tid ♥️♥️♥️

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    1. Åh, tak for din kommentar søde Trine. Det var så hyggeligt at møde dig irl og lære dig at kende! (:

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  4. Hej Camilla, sikke et fint, smukt og anderledes indlæg.
    Jeg er glad for at du havde en god oplevelse og lærte en masse dejlige mennekser at kende. Må indrømme at jeg selv havde lidt forbehold over at rejse til Marokko med så mange mennesker men jeg blev bestemt positivt overrasket. Jeg fik indsigt i andre bloggere end rejsebloggers arbejde - lærte en masse mennesker at kende og selvfølgelig havde jeg masser at fede opleveler i landet.
    Jeg vil bestemt gøre det en anden gang. Det var en meget positiv oplevelse :-)

    /Annette

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    1. Tusind tak for din søde kommentar Annette! Hvor er det dejligt at høre, at I også havde en god oplevelse på jeres tur. Jeg gjorde det helt sikkert også en anden gang (:

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