How to Survive With No Alcohol While Traveling

The bottom line is you don’t survive.

I traveled with two boys in Morocco – Mr Z and Biggie. Normally after a long day of sightseeing, they would unwind with bottles of beer in a pub. They can’t do that in Morocco because it’s a Muslim country. Alcohol is haram -prohibited in Islam. It’s like the Christians during the Middle Ages where they couldn’t eat red meat for most of the year.

Alcohol could be found in Morocco but it was hard. You have to really look for it. It’s like a scavenger hunt for something you would normally take for granted in non Muslim countries. Alcohol could normally be found in hotels or expensive foreign bars. And even if the waiters give it to you- if you’re in a very public place, they ask if you could hide your beer behind the menu so you won’t offend the locals. It was very weird.

I don’t need beer to unwind if I’m stressed (which usually happens in Morocco, especially if you’re dealing with the shopkeepers) but my boys need their medicine. After a week, Biggie finally broke down and wanted to leave Morocco right away for Spain – for some serious cerveza. Luckily, we were on the last leg of our journey. We were now in Tangiers which is the closest port to Spain from Morocco. It’s only an hour’s ferry ride. Because of its proximity, many European travelers go on a quick day trip from Spain to Morocco. That means alcohol is more accessible in this location than any other place.

We quickly found a bar and my boys went wild ordering tons of beer.

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Ordering a huge pint. Look at the happy grin

Look at the size of that thing!

Look at the size of that thing!

Yeah alcohol!

Yeah alcohol!

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Cheers! After depriving themselves, Mr Z and Biggie finally found their manna from heaven

I decided to unwind with my favorite Morocco drink – the non alcoholic peppermint tea.

Yum! Refreshing!

Yum! Refreshing!

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