Traveling while LGBT in Morocco

Morocco is a beautiful country full of color and food to wow your taste buds. It is also still illegal to be LGBT in Morocco. Today, I will share my personal experience of traveling and living while LGBT in Morocco. 

I am not sure what pulled me towards Morocco. Mostly, I just needed a space to wait out my Schengen visa reset. What I found was a simultaneous feeling of home and discomfort.

Read on for the positives and negatives of solo travel for LGBT in Morocco. This is just my personal experience, so your experience may always differ. Please leave a comment if you resonate with this or have a different perspective. I would love to hear from you! 

The Good

  • Colorful Environment
  • The Food & Drinks
  • The Weather 
  • Friendly Locals
  • The Hammam
  • Cats Cats CATS 

The Bad

  • Illegal to be LGBT in Morocco
  • Too “Friendly” Local Men 
  • Trash Everywhere
  • Lots of Homelessness


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The Colors: 

Morocco is a feast for your senses. From the Blue City of Chefchaouen to the intricate Moroccan rugs. Bright colors will always fill your view as you wander through the medinas of each city.

There is an adventurous vibe no matter where you go. Life is also simple here. You can climb a mountain or venture out to the desert. Adventures in Morocco have that exotic quality that will make them extra memorable.

Many people complain about the pushy rug dealers in Morocco. I was aware of this before I went, so when a friendly rug dealer led me with a smile into his shop, I knew what I was coming next! You can say no, so don’t buy anything if you don’t want to.

I got a beautiful rug for my parents cheap. They even shipped it to the US for me. As a long-term traveler, I could have hugged this rug dealer for making my Christmas shopping so simple. He then took me to the rooftop of his shop and told me I could come anytime to sit, read, drink tea, or do yoga. It was a comfortable space with a view of the sun setting over the rooftops of Tangier.

Moral of the story… maybe it is not so bad to get pushed into a colorful rug dealer’s shop 😉

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Private Photoshoot in the Blue City of Chefchaouen

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Moroccan Food: 

The food is delicious and inexpensive. I could eat and order anything I wanted all day without spending more than $10. Morocco has better avocado smoothies than anywhere on this planet. That’s a fact! The secret ingredient is blended dates or figs added to the smoothie. It has such a perfect taste and is even healthier than your average avocado smoothie.

On Fridays, it is traditional to get couscous and Leben, a fermented milk drink. Moroccan society uses Friday couscous as a communal meal to eat together with family and end the week. I eagerly awaited Fridays, not because I wanted the weekend to come, but because most restaurants only serve the couscous on Fridays.

You can not forget about the famous Moroccan mint tea. Wow! If you give me a pot of tea and sit me in front of a restaurant, I will be happy there for the entire day. Whether you are drinking tea solo or with new friends, it is a soul-warming taste that leaves you feeling peaceful.

It is worth spending a few months in this gorgeous country just to eat the food! 

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Friendly & Welcoming Locals:

The people of Morocco are friendly. It will be easy to feel you belong, as locals are pretty chatty. I could learn a lot about Darija (the local language) this way. If you get lost, someone will notice and offer you directions or even walk you to your destination. There will be invites for tea, dinners, and walks on the beach. You can turn them down or partake. Just go with your instincts and stay safe.

I followed plenty of guys through the winding median walls, and they always took me to my destination. Some of them may want a small payment for their time, but I even had some friendly helpers refuse the tip. Use your intuition to determine who is safe to follow. 

During Ramadan, a friend would invite me to break the fast with his friends at la Maghrib. It is the prayer time when the sun goes down, and you can finally eat! As a foreigner attempting Ramadan for the first time, they made me feel included with their welcome.

One night we broke fast with a group of Moroccan men in a small restaurant. Even though I was slightly uneasy, there were zero weird comments and no aggressive behavior. We were simply a bunch of humans enjoying a meal together. They do not need to know you are LGBT in Morocco. Many Moroccan men are respectful and kind towards foreigners, no matter what you hear or what I will write later in this article.

Always remember, no matter what country you are in, and no matter the stereotypes, there are kind, good-hearted people of every gender all over our wonderful world! Just remember to have your guard up when in a new situation or place. Especially as LGBT in Morocco, maintain a higher than normal level of privacy.

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Cultural Activities: 

In Tangier, there was a fun art scene. You could go to live paintings, dance to Moroccan music in the streets, and check out local photography studios. It was easy to find cultural activities if I needed a break from work. Tangier has bookstores, art galleries, and museums to browse. However, my favorite afternoon activity was reading a book on the beach. The weather here is unbeatable. It’s not too hot or too cold, with a constant light sea breeze. 

In the off-season, there are few travelers or expats, but they are still there! There is always a community of foreigners living in Morocco and you can connect via Facebook groups or local meetups. 

There are a few bars. The bars that I went to had a speakeasy vibe to them. They were sort of hidden away with mostly shuttered windows. Despite being in a Muslim country, I did not feel too judged as a female foreigner drinking at the bar with some friends. However, I only ended up at a bar maybe 3 times while in Morocco. If you are very into drinking and clubbing activities, Morocco may not be the place for you long-term. 

Learn Moroccan Calligraphy


The Hammam:

Now onto my favorite part of Morocco, the hammam. The hammam is the equivalent of a Moroccan spa. The staff will drag you into a room with ceramic tables and lather your body with soap.

The aroma is sensational! The air fills with scents of caffeine and spices. Then, they will start the scrubbing. It hurts a bit, and after my first time, my skin was red for days, but it was worth it!

You will feel cleaner than you have felt in your life. A regular shower does not cut it for me anymore. Thus, I am craving a return to Morocco, where I will take myself straight to the hammam.

Get Clean at the Hammam


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Cats, cats, and more CATS:

I know I said the hammam was my favorite part of Morocco, but I lied. It is the street cats.

There are so many cats everywhere around Tangier and other Moroccan cities. If you love cats, you will be in kitten heaven. I had a few adopted street cats that I would feed daily. They would nap in the sun outside my house and walk through the streets with me. It was great to have some animal friends while exploring a new world!

Now get ready for the bad parts of being LGBT in Morocco…


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Back in the Closet  

If you are LGBT in Morocco, you will be back in the closet. Being in the closet (again) can have huge implications on your psyche, whether or not you realize it at first.

I am pretty queer. It is hard to say what I am. I don’t place myself under a label, and you can use whatever pronouns you would like with me, depending on the day. Sometimes I will say I am a lesbian, but it’s all fluid and fluctuating.

At first, it didn’t bother me to keep quiet about my identity or sexuality. I told only about four people my real-life story during my time there; a fellow traveler, two Moroccan guys, and my best Moroccan female friend.

Because of the law, I considered my trust in them before sharing my story. Even after I did, I was still paranoid that I had made a mistake. Luckily, they were all incredibly open-minded humans. However, I could have easily told the wrong person and ended up having a problem. 

Living while LGBT in Morocco, you can equate to putting yourself back in the closet. I was not interested in pursuing a relationship, so a lack of romantic opportunities was not a big deal to me. However, I underestimated the psychological effect of boxing up my identity once more. I started feeling alone, depressed, and anxious. After many months there, I did not feel like myself at all.

Because I am pretty strong-willed and raised in the western world, I ended up getting into a few arguments with Moroccan guys. My masculine style of dress and way of being confused some locals about what gender I was. It made me fear someone would think I was trans. In the end, I slowly started dressing more feminine to avoid worrying. It never feels good to change yourself based on other people or for safety reasons.

One of my trans friends traveled alone through Morocco, and I worried about her for the entire trip. When she finally told me she had traveled home, I let out a sigh of relief. The fact we need to worry about our LGBTQ friends in the world this way is a shame. Unfortunately, it is also a reality.

Learn more about current rights for LGBT in Morocco

Aggressive Locals

Even though I enjoyed being spoken to out in the street by locals, sometimes it was far too much. The constant male gaze was so intense that sometimes I did not want to go outside at all. This feeling came towards the end of my time there. I think for a quick trip it would not be a big deal for you.

There was one time when a guy would not take no for an answer. He followed me to my house in the middle of the day while I shouted at him to leave me alone. Of course, the male guards stationed in every corner did not bat an eye nor help me fend off my unwanted follower. He was still standing there offering a tea date when I slammed my gate in his face.

At night time, there were zero other females outside. One night, I walked home too late from a friend’s house, expecting to grab a taxi. When there was no taxi, I put my hood up to pass as a guy. In the end, a few guys saw me and followed me.

It was the only time in my travels I thought something horrible might happen. I was picturing what I should do if someone grabbed me from behind while trying to remain calm. In the end, they went away somewhere, and I arrived home safely.

Although many locals are friendly, they do not think of women the same way in Moroccan culture. This attitude towards women may put you at extra risk. Just be cautious. This goes for any foreign country. 

10 Tips for Women Visiting Morocco from MarocMama

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The Trash

Another thing about the streets is there is trash everywhere. Some people who lived above me would consistently throw trash out of their windows and into a small green place next to our building.

Business professionals would buy candy bars, only to drop the wrapper directly in front of the store door. I watched this happen time and time again. Finally, I saw this is just the norm here.

Still, just because the locals do it does not make it okay. Make sure you still dispose of your trash properly while traveling. 


The last negative about Morocco would have to be the high level of homelessness staring you in the face. People will ask you for money A LOT. You will see people homeless everywhere. It is typical for Moroccan people to give the homeless money. This comes from the charitable virtues taught in the Muslim religion. 

Also, be aware that some kids with homes will take advantage of this. I was buying one street kid lunch until I found out she had a home and cellphone while hustling me for snacks. They often leave the kids here to run amok. I have broken up fights where a group of kids was beating a younger kid while adults walked past as if nothing was happening. I found it bizarre and saddening.

Some kids in Morocco sniff a kind of “glue” substance and are not in their right mind. Towards the end of my time in the country, five young kids surrounded me in broad daylight. Their glazed-over eyes stared at my pockets, and I said some not-so-nice things to them. At that moment, I decided not to live in an environment that forced me to be so aggressive with 12-year-olds in the street.


Final thoughts on being LGBT in Morocco

Keep in mind this is just my experience of traveling as LGBT in Morocco. You may very well have a completely unique experience. With all the negatives, there also came many positives. I still feel my soul aching for a nice scrub in the hammam followed by next-level avocado smoothies, and a few chats with the locals.

By the way, “As-salaam Alaykum is the local greeting meaning “peace be upon you“. You can answer with “Walaykum As-salaam.

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That said, I hope you visit this wonderful country full of genuine people and beautiful landscapes. I am forever grateful for my time there, as it showed me what many in the global LGBTQ community endure in oppressive countries around the world. Living in Morocco and feeling the restriction first-hand inspired me to research laws affecting LGBTQ people worldwide. 

Still, in 2021, there are 71 countries that criminalize homosexuality. In 11 of those countries, the death penalty is still enforceable! (Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Brunei, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen

The laws for LGBT in Morocco are less harsh than in other countries. As a foreigner, keep your head down and avoid PDA. This goes for heterosexual PDA as well.  

While traveling, it is important to have pride in who you are, but always protect yourself before anything else. If that means going back into the closet, so be it. You are a visitor and must adhere to local laws in order to protect your freedom. 

Use your time in those places to learn more about new cultures and connect with the local perspective. One day soon, I hope traveling while LGBT in Morocco is something we don’t need to discuss because people will be safe and free everywhere. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the experience. There is always something to learn. 

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Had a similar
or different experience while LGBT in Morocco? 

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The Best Cities to Visit
in Spain

Spain is a country in the southwestern region of Europe that attracts travelers from around the world. From Madrid to Barcelona, and Granada to Cadiz, Spain offers something for everyone who visits. It also just happens to be my all-time favorite country in the world! 

In this article, we will explore the best cities to visit in Spain. I’ll share the highlights of Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Cadiz, and more. I’ll discuss what each offers visitors in terms of cultural things to do and the top attractions you can enjoy when visiting these Spanish cities!

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I had to put Granada at the top of this list. It is one of the absolute best cities to visit in Spain. It’s full of beautiful architecture, gorgeous scenery, and people who are always ready to share their love for this vibrant city!

One of the best attractions in Granada is walking up the mountain to see the famous Sacromonte caves. These caves were where the famous flamenco singer, José Mercé, was found, and where you can find the Flamenco Museum. It’s worth checking out to learn more about this part of Spanish culture! You can always find small flamenco shows late at night in many restaurants in this area.

Another great thing to do in Granada (or any Spanish city) is to go on a tapas tour! This fun activity allows you to walk around different neighborhoods and taste Spanish cuisine. You order a drink and get a free plate of food with your beverage. What can be better than that!?

If you like history and architecture, you must visit the Alhambra in Granada. This palace is a work of art that was built over time for generations. The intricate Moorish designs here will mesmerize you and you’ll spend hours wandering through the gardens, learning the history behind this ancient structure! 

Skip the Line for the Alhambra

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Barcelona is my least favorite on this list because the vibe there differs from my beloved southern Spain. That said, this also makes it a unique city that you must see to decide for yourself! Many travelers adore Barcelona. 

It’s known for its famous Las Ramblas street market full of olive stalls and handmade leather goods. There is also a wide range of museums, buildings, and art galleries to enjoy in this city.

I have to admit, Barcelona has some amazing food! In the Barri Gothic neighborhood, you can find restaurants serving Spanish and Catalan cuisine focusing on seafood, salad & rice dishes.

Don’t forget to visit the Sagrada Familia, a Roman-Catholic church designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. The interior of this basilica was simply breathtaking. The sunlight streams through the windows, creating a mystical effect.   

One last stop in Barcelona is Parque Güell. This is a vast garden full of symbolically shaped architecture. It is definitely unlike any park I have ever seen before!

Explore the Tapas of El Raval with Urban Adventures

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Another Spanish city close to my heart is Madrid. In Madrid, you can visit the Prado Museum to see the artwork. This museum has an extensive collection of many prominent artists, such as Goya and Bosch!

If you want a lazy afternoon, Parque Retiro has you covered. Rent a rowboat and spend an indulgent hour cruising the small lake with your friends and sipping sangria. Another excellent spot for a daytime nap is the Templo de Debod. This is an ancient Egyptian temple, rebuilt right in the middle of Madrid. So cool!

Other attractions include the Reina Sofia Museum, Palacio Cibeles, and Plaza Mayor.

For tapas where you get more food for free than you can eat, visit the ultimate tapas bar, El Tigre. Whenever I am in Madrid, I make a beeline for this epic spot! 

Take a Madrid Tapas Tour with Urban Adventures


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Pamplona is one of the first major cities you will cross if you complete the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile hike through the north of Spain. When I first entered Pamplona, it was with stumbling feet after walking nearly 70 kilometers, so obviously, I was happy to see this city appear on the horizon. 

Pamplona is where you can experience one of Spain’s more dangerous festivals, the Running of the Bulls. This festival takes place in July. I’ve never experienced it myself, but this will be one to watch from the sidelines when I do.

While visiting Pamplona, you can check out the Jorge Oteiza Museum to see many sculptures and drawings from this Spanish sculptor. The building is exceptionally interesting in an architectural sense and also the artist’s former home. 

Nearly every Spanish city has a famous cathedral, and Pamplona is no different. The Catedral de Santa María la Real has an impressive gothic style interior. 

Last, explore Fort San Cristóbal. This prison-fort complex towers over Pamplona and has been through multiple wars, including the Spanish Civil War. It’s cool to wander through this old fort overgrown with grass and get a vantage point view of the city.


Go Horseback Riding through La Rioja

Santiago de Compostela:

While Pamplona is at the beginning steps of the Camino Santiago, Santiago de Compostela is the endpoint. The primary destination here is the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, where you will also see many emotional pilgrims completing their long walks. You can even visit the Museum of Pilgrimage to learn about the history behind the Camino. 

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While here, also check out the Contemporary Art Center of Galicia and the Museo del Pueblo Gallego. In this historic city, the best activity is simply jumping in on the pilgrims’ celebrations and feeling the energy. You can dance through the streets with a glass of wine.  

Now for some of the best Spanish Cities with beaches…

That’s right! You can’t forget Spain is home to many gorgeous chill beach cities. It’s hard to choose which to visit, so why not visit them all? 🙂

Find Your Ticket to the Sun


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Another coastal city, Alicante, is where you can enjoy heaps of fresh seafood. The Mercado Central will have your mouth watering as you gaze upon loads of crabs and lobsters. 

The Basilica de Santa Maria makes for an enjoyable day trip paired with the Contemporary Art Museum right next door. 

History buffs can check out the Archaeological Museum or climb to the Castle of Santa Barbara

End your evening with a stroll down the Explanada de España. Here you can vibe with Alicante nightlife and feel the ocean breeze. 

Go Wine Tasting in Alicante

Palma, Mallorca:

On my first trip to Mallorca, I was sure we had teleported to the UK. Mallorca can be full of vacationing Brits, ready to enjoy the sunny beaches. Even some restaurants had staff that were not fluent in Spanish! 

In Mallorca, you can visit the Cathedral de Palma, Bellver Castle, or the Caves of Hams.

Forget about the best cities to visit in Spain and start thinking about the best cruises. Mallorca is the spot for this! For relax mode, book a Catamaran Cruise with lunch included. These cruises can run pretty cheap at around 30 euros per person. 

Other activities are available for the more adventurous, such as quad-biking, cliff jumping, and snorkeling. My friends and I had a perfect day riding rented bikes along the beach here. 

Jump on a Jet Ski or Hot-Air Balloon in Mallorca

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife:

Tenerife Island is unique because of its gorgeous black sand beaches. I spent a good 10 days here, doing nothing but lounging on the beach day in and day out. The water here is calm and crystal clear, making it the perfect place to float for hours while watching the clouds pass. 

Take at least one day’s break from sunbathing to check out Mount Teide, an active volcano on Tenerife. You can hike around the volcano and take a cable-car ride up to the rim. You will need to pay a little under 30 euros for the cable car trip, but the view from the top is well worth it! 

(Having the chance to see an active volcano definitely earns Tenerife a spot on the list of best cities to visit in Spain!)

Traveling with kids or want to let your inner child out? Go to Loro Park or the Jungle Park to learn about wildlife and marine animals. You can take your wild adventure a step further by booking a whale-watching boat trip off the Tenerife coast. 

My personal Tenerife experience ended abruptly when a crazy man ran into a market I had been visiting and beheaded a British woman on vacation! Don’t let this VERY random event scare you though, Tenerife is an incredibly safe beach island to visit. 

Drive a Quad-Bike though Mount Teide Park

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I went to Ibiza during the off-season and have to admit, this wild island was pretty dead! You will want to go between May and October to make sure the party is really popping. 

Some of the most famous clubs in Ibiza include Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, Bora Bora, and Privilege Ibiza.

But Ibiza is not just a party island! You can also rent kayaks to explore the beaches or check out the Can Marça Caves.  

Like bohemian style and crystals, the Hippy Market has your back with exceptional souvenirs. 

Board, Snorkel, and Cruise in Ibiza


Cadiz is one of the best cities in Spain with excellent cultural celebrations and one of the best city beaches in the country! This coastal city also has the craziest Carnaval celebrations in all of Spain. The costumes are fantastic, and the parades here are next level. There is no better way to celebrate Lent than with great food, drinks, dancing, music, and more!

Be ready to stay up all night for Carnaval in this city. On my first Carnaval in Cadiz, I woke up on the beach after a long night of dancing through the streets with friends. Hang on to your friends! There are so many people filling the streets that it is easy to get lost between the shopping carts full of drinks. 

Notable Cadiz attractions include the San Sebastian Castle, La Caleta Beach, Cadiz Cathedral, and Genoves Park.

Check out these Epic Cadiz Tours

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Which of these best cities to visit in Spain are you most drawn to? 

Let me know in the comments!

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Top 3 Benefits of
Long Term Travel
  • Local Friends
  • Less Travel Burn Out
  • Cheaper Accommodation

 My Top 3 Best Travel Bags

Top 3 Benefits of
Nomadic Lifestyle

Why You Should Live Where You Travel

If quick 10 day trips are not cutting it for your cultural curiosity, check out these 3 benefits of spending extending periods of time in each new destination.

The benefits of a nomadic lifestyle are far and wide, just like your voyages! You can stay for 1–3 months at each destination and gain greater insight into a new culture. It is impossible to learn much about a new culture and language in just a week-long trip. That’s why living where you travel is such a good idea! 

If you have location independence, I recommend staying in each spot for at least a month, if not more. This way you can meet local friends, relax into the rhythm of life, and gain a bit more fluency in language or cultural customs.

Benefit #1: Meet Local Friends

Meeting other travelers is enjoyable, but it’s advisable to meet local friends too. They can school you in the genuine customs and show you secret spots that even the most informative blog post won’t lead you to.

The best part, you can see how they interact in their community at a personal level and get infinite language lessons in real-time. They will tell you what’s safe and what you should pay for things. When you “settle” down for a month or two, you can form stronger bonds than you can when constantly in motion.

This has to be my top favorite benefit of a nomadic lifestyle! 

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Benefit #2: Avoid Travel Burn Out

Full-time travel is no joke. It can exhaust you and you may miss having a stronger in-person support network. For this reason, taking a few months in each country is ideal. 

You can set up a base camp and then take mini expeditions to other areas. You can feel at home just long enough to get that travel itch again. This keeps travel exciting and lets you slow down to enjoy your present without constantly jumping on the next plane ride.

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Benefit #3: Cut Housing Cost

If you need privacy for work and can’t spend every night at cheap hostels, Airbnb is probably your go-to housing solution. As long as you stay for at least a month, Airbnb will give you a monthly discount, sometimes cutting the cost in half. This is the primary way I could make my nomadic lifestyle work financially over the past 3 years.

Another option is to stay in a hostel while you make friends and scope out the best living options. It’s hard to find convenient spots to live without actually being in the city already. If you want a discount on your first Airbnb booking, hit the link below. Travel discounts are just another benefit of a nomadic lifestyle and you can find them everywhere 🙂 


What’s your favorite thing about long-term traveling? Let me know in the comments! 

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The Quest for the Best Travel Bag…

… can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider, like price, size, weight, and features. What type of trip will you be taking? How often will you use it? Is your budget under $100 or over $200? These are all questions you need to ask before making your final decision on which travel bag is best for you. Today I am going to feature my all-time favorite travel bag. It took a lot of research before I finally dropped money on it, and I could not be happier with my decision. After the feature, we will check out a few runner-up travel bags that may suit your needs. Without further ado, I present you with…

Nomatic Life on the Move

The Top 3 Best Travel Bags

My Favorite: The Nomatic 40L Travel Bag $289.99

Nomatic has been around for a while and has a reputation for making the best high-quality travel bags. They are still relatively affordable and worth the investment if you travel a lot or live nomadically. Nomatic Travel Bags will be with you for the long haul through city trips and more rugged adventures.

So let’s jump in and look at what the Nomatic 40L Travel Bag offers!
Nomatic Bag Features… there are a lot…
  • Lightweight at 3.42 lbs but still heavy duty
  • 15 Pockets and Compartments!!
  • 40L Capacity: It has ample space but can still be a carry-on. I’ve used this as my carry-on item on countless flights and it has never been an issue at all! You just have to be careful with weight on some airlines (ahem…AirAsia) that are super stingy with weight requirements.
  • Built like a tank! The material is hardcore and water-resistant so that heavy rain will not even come through the zippers. I am pretty rough on my travel bags, but this one can take it all. (Check photo on left for minor wear and tear after nearly 2 years of use.)
  • Waterproof water bottle pocket (so your leaking water bottle doesn’t ruin your laptop…it’s happened to me before!)
  • Laptop sleeve AND Tablet sleeve
  • Comes with a mesh laundry bag that is perfect for hanging on the hotel door. It zips closed, so it’s easy to grab it for a motorbike ride to the laundry. I even use this laundry bag as my daily socks and odd shirts holder.
  • RFID Safe Pocket for your cards and passport
  • Removable waist straps for extra support when on a long voyage. I have still not tested this bag as a backpacking bag. You probably want a framed bag for backpacking trips. Still, this travel bag is pretty supportive and easy on your back.
My Only Negatives:
The design of this bag is rather boxy. This is just a function of it holding a ton of stuff. If you care about having a slimmer type of design, it might not be the best fit for you. Also, In the main compartment, there are no dividers pre-installed in the bag. You can remedy this by using the Nomatic Packing Cubes or your own packing cubes. I solve this by using the Nomatic Vacuum Bag as one section, my Peak Design toiletries bag as another, and my drone case as the third. This organization keeps my stuff in order and easy to find.

Who Should get the Nomatic Travel Bag? 

Nomatic lists this bag on their site as being for trips of around 3-7 days. I would push that number even further into the month range. Especially if you are a minimalist, you can easily fit your life belongings into this thing! (I know I do!) I’m talking about more clothes than you need, tech gear, toiletries, and notebooks. Again, this would be if you are very minimalist. If you just lean towards minimalist travel, you could get away with this bag plus a normal-sized backpack for long-term traveling.  

Will you need any extras? 

Nomatic sells a wide range of accessories, camera bags, and packing cubes. You can configure your setup to what works for you! I would highly recommend Nomatic’s next-level Vacuum Bag. It will change the way you think about travel vacuum bags. The best part? No vacuum required! It is sleek and can triple your packable clothes. I have even used the Vacuum Bag as a stand-in for a beach bag. The rolled access makes it easy to keep sand out. If there’s anything I’m more obsessed with than the Nomatic Travel Bag, it’s this little gem. 

Runner Up: The Wandrd HEXAD Access Duffel $269.99

I also am drawn to Wandrd’s Hexad Access Duffel Bag. It has excellent features, especially if you are super into photography and need to carry camera equipment with extra safety. 

Wandrd HEXAD Access Duffel Features: 
  • A bit more space than the Nomatic bag with 45L Capacity while still comparable in weight (3.9 lbs)  
  • Laptop Sleeve with lots of padding 
  • Backpack Straps you can remove 
  • Side access pocket, perfect for swinging your bag over and grabbing your camera quickly. Don’t miss a shot! 
  • RFID pocket to secure your passport
  • For trips of 3-5 days (again, forever if you are minimalist enough!) 

Who Should get the HEXAD Access Duffel? 

I recommend this bag over the Nomatic Bag if you fit into two categories. First, it is better for travelers that want that extra 5L of space. Second, if you are a photographer and want seamless access to your gear safely tucked away in the camera pocket, you can’t beat the easy accessibility of this bag. 

Notable Mention: The Peak Design 45L Bag $299.95

Peak Design is another travel bag company that will give you a lot of value. This bag can morph into any size you need, from a 35L day trip bag to a 45L travel bag. The versatility means you won’t need to add an extra day pack to your packing list. You can also access this bag from virtually every angle; top, front, rear, and side access pockets. Peak Design 45L Bag comes complete with shoulder straps and a hip belt. 

Which travel bag do you like so far? 

All three bags offer a lifetime guarantee and come feature-packed with more pockets than you will know how to handle. In my Nomatic Bag, I even have a dedicated pocket for my vitamins and yet another for collecting receipts. That’s how many little spots there are! There is a perfect little corner for your keys, so you aren’t rummaging around for them when returning home.

They all have similar price points, so your decision will come down to style and personal use. Close to $300 is not a lot to spend for a bag that will be like your best friend, occupying you around the world for years to come!

During an adventure, you want a bag that meets Unparalleled criteria: 

  • It has to keep your stuff safe and dry. 
  • It has to keep you organized. 
  • Feel good wearing it.

Choosing the best travel bag is a crucial decision because it can make your trips go much smoother. Good luck with your travel bag hunt! I’m happy to have found my forever bag with the Nomatic 40L and I hope you find your perfect bag soon.

Why not try Nomatic? 

Let me know your favorite travel bag in the comments!