For many people, breaks overseas are crammed with good meals and good wine, however that’s not all the time the very best recipe for returning dwelling feeling refreshed.
With Dry January upon us and the well being advantages of going booze-free gaining traction, you could be questioning: The place can I’ve an important vacation if I’m not ingesting?
A brand new survey of over 1,000 ‘teetotal’ travellers reveals the very best nations and actions for an alcohol-free getaway.
4 out of the highest 10 locations for boozeless journey are in Europe, the survey by Swiss journey firm Kuoni reveals.
What are the very best locations for an alcohol-free break?
With its cultural cities and wildlife packed nationwide parks, the USA ranks as the very best nation for a drink-free vacation amongst these surveyed.
Turkey got here in second, and it’s simple to see why.
When you’ve ticked off Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and Grand Bazaar, there’s a lot extra to discover. Bathe within the blue lagoon of Ölüdeniz, spot sea turtles in Dalyan, get misplaced in Derinkuyu’s underground metropolis or take a moonlit hike in Cappadocia.
Going booze-free not to your well being and your pockets? You’ll even be happy to listen to that Turkey is likely one of the greatest worth locations in Europe proper now. Head to town of Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast for a picturesque and pocket pleasant escape.
Which different European nations are good for booze-free journey?
Survey contributors hailed Italy because the third greatest place for sober journey. A whistle cease prepare tour of the nation is certain to take your thoughts off your subsequent Aperol spritz – and also will provide help to keep on with your sustainable journey resolutions.
Or why not stroll between Italy’s 2023 tradition capitals? Bergamo and Brescia are set to buzz with cultural occasions, festivals and exhibition openings this yr, and at the moment are linked by new cycle and strolling routes.
Proof that it isn’t all about sangria, Spain positioned fourth in the very best locations for booze-free journey. You gained’t want wine goggles to understand the fantastic thing about Calle San Pedro in Osuna, which was lately topped by UNESCO because the most stunning road in Europe.
Spain can also be brimming with group tourism locations, two of which – Rupit in Catalonia and Alquézar in Aragon – lately got here out high within the United Nations World Tourism Group’s (UNWTO) annual rating of the very best villages for tourism throughout the globe.
New high-speed prepare hyperlinks, just like the upcoming one between Paris and Madrid, are additionally making Spain extra accessible than ever earlier than.
Lay off the ouzo in Greece – the eighth greatest nation for alcohol-free journey – and also you’ll discover there are luxurious motels, tucked away villages, and iconic whitewashed islands to discover – all on a shoestring finances.
Exterior of Europe, Australia (fifth), Canada (sixth), UAE (seventh), Egypt (ninth) and Japan (tenth) are widespread amongst non drinkers.
What to do on vacation should you don’t drink
If Dry January has you twiddling your thumbs poolside, these concepts from sober travellers will provide help to out.
Sightseeing ranks as the very best vacation exercise for individuals who don’t drink, adopted by day journeys and procuring.
Different widespread alcohol-free actions embrace swimming, spa days, climbing, studying, enjoying video games, water sports activities and cooking lessons.
Simply since you’re not ingesting booze, it doesn’t imply it’s important to keep away from your vacation spot’s nightlife scene altogether. Alcohol-free beer, gin and different drinks have gotten extra frequent the world over.
Is there strain to drink on vacation?
Ever felt pressured to drink on vacation? You’re not the one one.
Kuoni’s examine additionally revealed that over a fifth of travellers (21 per cent) face strain to hit the pub on the airport. These in Northern Eire felt probably the most strain, with 42 per cent admitting they really feel some strain to drink pre-flight.
Multiple in 4 (27 per cent) really feel strain to drink on vacation, Kuoni’s survey reveals.
The figures are even greater for travellers aged between 16-24, with 36 per cent reporting feeling pressured to drink on vacation.
Fortunately, this decreases incrementally as we become older, with simply 14 per cent of travellers aged over 55 feeling any strain to drink in any respect.
To search out out extra, try Kuoni’s full TeeTotal Travelling Report.