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19 Great Travel Destinations For People Who Don’t Drink

Travel often offers an opportunity to loosen, explore a new place and have a good time.

For many, this necessitates gale down with some beachside cocktails, savor a region’s wine or reaching up a local saloon. But for people who don’t sip, it may sometimes feel like the “good time” options are more limited.

HuffPost reached out to a number of traveling experts for recommendations of places that are ideal for guests who don’t drink, from destinations with cultures that don’t underscore booze to those that offer a variety of nighttime activities.

Of course, you can go anywhere if you’re sober. As traveling blogger Melissa Giroux told, someone who doesn’t drink doesn’t have to travel differently than people who do.

“I’ve been sober for six years, and I’m fairly persuaded I can travel anywhere I want, ” she said, adding that she enjoys going out dancing. “To be fair, it might not be the case for everyone, and it could even get harder if you lately quitted drinking.”

( c) Naufal MQ via Getty Images Man doing yoga on the crest of a mountain in Tamilnadu, India.

Indeed, certain travel destinations can seem more sober-friendly than others. Keep scrolling for 19 options for people who want to avoid lure or would prefer a place that isn’t centered around alcohol.

Sri Lanka

“I’ve felt much more confident as a sober traveler in certain areas of Asia and Africa, where a significant percentage of the local people don’t booze booze for religious or cultural reasons. In predominantly Buddhist or Muslim cultures, sobriety is totally normal. Sri Lanka is my favorite country I’ve traveled through lately because it has endless options for outdoor activities and the local culture is fascinating and welcoming.” — Carrie Hoffman, world traveler and co-founder of the alcohol-free Bigger Life Adventures yoga and adventure retreat


“I had the opportunity to travel to Kyoto, Kobe and Tokyo at five months pregnant, so no liquor for me! I didn’t even miss it with all the delicious food, the sights and the views. It’s sensory overload — you want to be sober to take it all in. Although beer and sake are common in eateries, you don’t have waiters pushing for alcohol as you see in the Nation. You can easily pair your banquets with tea or water.” — Jessica van Dop, travel media specialist and blogger at The Dining Traveler

Yanis Ourabah via Getty Images Tea ceremony in Japan.


“There are so many fun things to do in Seoul that don’t involve booze. One thing that is a must is shopping at the night marketplace. Yes, there are huge markets that simply open at night, closing at 5 a.m. Almost everything you can imagine is sold, from clothes and stationery to kitchen furnishes. Korea is known for its street food, and there’s so much to feed! Where there’s a night marketplace, there’s street food. It’s not unusual to be walking around at 1 a.m. with spicy rice cakes in one hand and grilled squid on a stick in the other.

With restaurants, coffeehouse, and spas that are open 24 hours, there’s so much to do that’s not centered around booze. I don’t drink booze but I booze a lot of tea, so I’m always attempting out tea homes scattered around Seoul. There’s a wide range from modern to traditional tea homes, and it’s ever fun for me to try them out. I usually end up discovering a lot about the country’s culture through tea. In my travellings, I always bring back tea as a souvenir.” — Jee Choe, digital designer and blogger at Oh, How Civilized

Los Angeles

“While I’m a little biased toward my own city, Los Angeles is a great option for sober travel. You can hike and surf in Malibu, find a day spa, play beach volleyball on the famous Manhattan Beach courts, take any number of Hollywood tours, and you’re ever surrounded by healthy food. One of my favorite things to do with visitors is to find a vintage car rental for cruising the Pacific Coast Highway.” — Rachel Medlock, blogger at Wayfaring Rachel

Kyle Sparks via Getty Images A surfer in Malibu.


“Scandinavian countries such as Sweden are great for non-drinkers. Not merely are sips quite expensive at restaurants and bars, but also in Sweden, hard liquor is only sold through government-controlled stores called Systembolaget.” — Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, travel writer and National Geographic photographer


“Santorini isn’t a party island like Mykonos, so nightlife on this island isn’t all about drinking. The days are fitted with beaches, hikes, gyros and frappes. At nighttime is when the town was necessary to life — all the stores and restaurants are brightly lighted and open late. It’s the perfect time to go shopping. You can also watch a movie at the outdoor cinema, have a late dinner at 10 p.m ., or sit in the chill breeze overlooking the ocean at a cafe. Santorini is great for people who don’t beverage since there are other things to do other than go to bars.” — Choe


“Consider going to certain Muslim-majority destinations. For instance, booze is available in Morocco, but it’s not part of different cultures. There might be alcohol served in certain inn bars, or you could maybe purchase it from a single store somewhere that doesn’t really advertise it, but broadly speaking booze is not a big thing. Morocco likewise happens to be an amazing destination with buzzing markets, ancient maze-like cities with windy streets and the Sahara Desert. It’s one of those countries which allows you enjoy a coffee or a shisha but where alcohol is largely out of vision and out of mind.” — Marek Bron, travelling blogger at Indie Traveller

Oscar Wong via Getty Images Market in Morocco.

Mexico City

“Get away from the parties at the beach. Mexico City is full of history, culture, architecture, museums and great food. It is just one of the safest places in Mexico.” — Shawn Coomer, founder and managing editor of Miles to Memories, and Mark Ostermann, senior editor at Miles to Remembrance

Whistler, British Columbia

“I desire a spa vacation to pander without imbibing. After tapping into a wellness-focused environment, passing on alcohol seems even easier. My favorite is the Scandinave Day Spa in Whistler for a tranquil spot tucked away in the mountains. You’ll walk around the indoor-outdoor spa in fluffy gowns, hopping between heated surroundings( steam room, saunas, hot tub ), cold cares( ice pools ), and relaxation solariums or cozy fireplaces.” — Medlock


“Alcohol is pretty widely available in Malaysia, but it’s taxed heavily and consumption is much more moderate than in some neighboring countries. Whereas in Thailand, booze gets sold to sightseers in very large quantities( even in buckets in the most commercialized sightseer fields !), Malaysia takes it very easy. That’s why I imagine Malaysia can be an astounding tropical destination for anyone wishing to avoid booze altogether.” — Bron

“[ There are] countries that have stricter alcohol regulations but are still nightmare vacation destinations, like Malaysia. These countries would be better suited for the solo traveler, the adventurer or self-planner. If you prefer the city, places like Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown should be high on your list. I fallen in love with all of the street artwork in Georgetown and the melding of the three cultures; Malay, Chinese and Indian to be translated into fantastic options for any foodie.” — Annette Richmond, blogger and travel journalist.

Annette Richmond “I fell in love with all of the street artwork in Georgetown, ” blogger Annette Richmond said of Malaysia.


“As a solo girl traveler in The countries of latin america, I choose not to drink mainly for security reasons, but partially because I simply dislike hangovers. When I first started traveling, I didn’t go out after dark. So I ever chose places where there was a lot to do during the day. This route I didn’t feel like I was missing out. Then when I moved to Colombia, everything changed. I detected salsa and bachata dancing. This enabled me to get up the confidence to go out after dark on my own and not feel pressured to drink. I likewise never felt like a loner, as I would expend the night dancing rather than sitting down. I recommend Medellin in Colombia or Antigua in Guatemala as two destinations I seemed very safe traveling solo and have great salsa and bachata scenes. I could go out every night of the week in both sets of places and dance the nighttime away without necessity a drop-off of booze. I did necessity a lot of sea, though! ” — Claire Summers, travelling blogger at Claire’s Itchy Feet


“Budapest is full of thermal baths and day spas, with plenty of culture activities as well. Skip the party crowd at Szechenyi and opt for the quieter Gellert or Lukacs baths. When you get tired of soaking, you can investigate Buda Castle, hike Gellert Hill, or visit any number of tombstones and museums.” — Medlock


“Due to the altitude, one of the things that is recommended is not to eat alcohol your first week in Cuzco. If you’re in Peru for Machu Picchu or the specific characteristics of the Andes, you will probably have very early mornings the hell is motive enough not to booze! Bonus: Peru had delicious nonalcoholic drinks, such as indigenous herbal tea and chichas made from corn and other fruit flavors.” — van Dop

Juan Jose Napuri via Getty Images “Peru had delicious non-alcoholic drinks, such as indigenous herbal tea and chichas.” — Jessica van Dop

New York City

“Even though there is a big bar scene in New York, there are currently tons of options outside of that — Central Park, Statue of Liberty, museums, Staten Island Ferry, Chelsea Market, the High Line, etc. “Theres lots” of options for a weekend trip.” — Ostermann and Coomer

The Maldives

“If you’re all about soaking in that’ Vitamin Sea’ while on vacay, try the Maldives. This tropical country is comprised of over 1,000 coral islands. As a Muslim country, you’d be hard-pressed to find booze outside of the tourist islands. So live like a local and forgoes some of the solaces of Western societies. Immerse yourself in the culture and stay in a more affordable locating, as tourist traps are generally more expensive. However, you can still investigate these places by boat if you want to spend some time island hopping.” — Richmond

Bandon, Oregon

“A golfer’s dream with some of the best public courses in the U.S. in the same area. There are also hiking roads and a beautiful coastline.” — Ostermann and Coomer

Klaus Lang via Getty Images Coastline in Bandon, Oregon.


“I’m biased toward India, my home country, specially if you get off the beaten track and explore the incredible beauty and cultural activities of the countryside. I recommend sustainable traveling options for a meaningful trip.” — Shivya Nath, travel blogger at The Shooting Star

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

“This stunning park that sits on the Slovenian Alps is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. With the idyllic waterfalls, snowcapped mountains and turquoise rivers, your intellect is more focused on taking in the visions than get your buzz on. Dealing with the altitude and hikes will detract you from late nights of drinking! ” — van Dop


Though drinking is often legal for non-Muslims, boozing is usually done out of vision behind closed- door in Bangladesh. Rather than be pressured into tavern creep, wine tastings and liquors on the terrace everywhere you appear, you can easily focus on historical sights, tropical sceneries and, best of all, sober exchanges with equally sober locals. The only caveat: You may be pressured to drink copious sums of sugary — but delicious — tea.” — Alex Reynolds, travel blogger at Lost With Purpose

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