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Louis Shannon

I have lived primarily in the southwestern United States of America. I have called Colorado, Arizona, California, Washington, and Utah home, and I now reside in Ohio. I joined Morocco Off the Beaten Track in 2015 as the marketing coordinator because of my passion for sharing culture and my drive to be part of an organization that has such a strong sense of purpose. I have worked in the hospitality industry for many years and have grown accustomed to social speaking, marketing, and organization. I have a degree in Architecture from Washington State University.

I have visited Morocco numerous times for both pleasure and business, and each time encourages me more to share this amazing country with people who value unique experiences and want to broaden their view of the world. I find joy in bringing people to Morocco and giving them a visit of a lifetime, even if it is their second, third or fourth time visiting. My focus is always to plan the perfect trip for each of our travelers individually since no two trips are alike, just as no two people are alike.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I love sharing my favorite places and activities the most. I find that having been around the country and knowing first-hand different things to do helps me with finding the perfect activities for our travelers. Due to my background in architecture, I'm very interested in the vernacular and modern building techniques used in Morocco. I am also an avid foodie, so finding unique places and foods to eat is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture.

Some of my favorite things to do are:
- Roaming the old medinas to take in all of the traditional culture and get a glimpse of life in these places
- Visiting interesting restaurants and cafes, particularly ones in my favorite coastal town Essaouira that host live music
- Drinking tea in Haffa Cafe in Tangier, and relaxing with the ocean breeze
- Hiking the many mountain ranges of Morocco and meet the indigenous people who call these places home
- Visiting historical sites, specifically ones that showcase vernacular architecture such as the Roman Ruin in Volubilis"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been interested in traveling and learning about new cultures. In 2015, I was introduced to Morocco Off the Beaten Track and knew at once that I had found my place. Our drive to create unique and custom experiences along with a focus on culture and immersion aligns well with what brings me joy. Our experienced team is truly world-class, and I wouldn't want to work alongside anyone else. My first visit to Morocco really showed me how diverse and rich the country is, and it has gotten its hooks in me! I look forward to each and every visit and want all of my travelers to find the happiness that Morocco consistently brings to me. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I have two unique travel experiences that are at the top of my list.

The first time I visited Morocco, I went to visit Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. I was in total awe at this building, both inside and out, and it really gave me a sense of how strong and deep the traditional culture in Morocco runs. The mosque is immense, and the interior exquisitely breathtaking. It is a place that I consistently recommend all visitors to go to when they visit since it is just something so amazing.

On my third visit to Morocco, I went with a local family to help them do their annual olive oil pressings. This was such a treat and unique experience. We went to the local farm, where the indigenous people sold us huge bags of their hand-picked olives. We then went to the press, and once it was our turn, watched as kilo after kilo of olives were dumped into the press. In the end, we took over 60 liters of fresh-pressed olive oil with us home after that. It was the best-tasting olive oil I had ever tasted and was truly a unique experience. It had definitely become a tradition of mine to do when I'm visiting during the pressing season in November to December."

Louis is part of the following groups: Morocco Travel Agents