By: JEN LYONS

A recent college graduate and her parents get to know Moroccan culture (and livestock) on a once-in-a-lifetime family trip.

In the Moment

In the countryside between Marrakech and Essaouira, argan oil cooperatives provide microloan opportunities for women in need. Goats there eat the fruit from the argan tree, and local women collect and process the expelled nuts, producing argan oil, which is used in skincare products. “Our daughter Emily [shown here] was familiar with the work these co-ops are doing and wanted to see the process – and the goats – firsthand,” says Virtuoso traveler Betsy Reeder of Waco, Texas.

The Trip 

Betsy and her husband, Phil, celebrated Emily’s early graduation from college by letting her choose somewhere she’d always wanted to go, and their private, 18-day Morocco journey with Heritage Tours was born, with help from New Hampshire-based Virtuoso travel advisor Kim Davis-Smith. They spent the night in a Bedouin camp, rode camels, visited an authentic hammam, wandered Marrakech’s famous medina, took a cooking class, and more.

Where Next?

Betsy and Phil are looking forward to a two-week driving tour of Tuscany, followed by a Mediterranean voyage with Azamara Club Cruises, both planned by their travel advisor. “We always work with Kim for our major trips. She understands that we’re adventurous, we love to discover new places, and we really want to experience local life.”