A Trail of Smoke: Where Nicotine Lovers Should Travel Next

Most smokers have trouble going a few hours without a nicotine break, let alone a few days or weeks of vacation. However, taking one’s smokes on the road can be tricky business. Not only do different countries have different restrictions on the use of tobacco products, but the costs of essential smoking tools — cigarette packs, rolling papers, lighters, etc. — can quickly add up in other currencies.

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What’s more, the growing awareness of the dangers of tobacco products is turning global opinion against smokers, local and foreign, and many nicotine lovers may feel uncomfortable visiting regions where resentment of second-hand smoke is high.

One common solution for this vacation conundrum is to invest in electronic cigarettes, which avoid harmful, noxious tobacco in favor of cleaner, more delicious water vapor. E-cigs are inexpensive, reusable, and portable, making them ideal tools for the smoker on the go. Still, the world harbors a few havens where smoking is a perfectly acceptable or even laudable pastime, and nicotine lovers using any device would be wise to investigate travels to the following regions.

1. Montenegro

Montenegro is full of ancient history and gorgeous scenery, so it makes for a fantastic destination even among non-smokers. The natural sights along the country’s coastline are known for their beauty; the crystalline water of the Adriatic Sea is especially pretty in the Bay of Kotor, where it turns deep blue and contrasts magnificently with the yellow-orange rock of Kotor’s medieval architecture. Montenegro has also gained a reputation among travelers for its adventure tourism: Visitors can white-water raft through Europe’s deepest canyon, mountain climb up the soaring peaks, or trek around to the country’s most beloved cultural sites.

In this absolutely stunning Baltic country, where the fresh air from the sea mingles with the invigorating scent of peppered dishes, the cigarette consumption per capita reaches higher than 2,157, so smokers should feel right at home lighting up as they watch the sun set on a pristine Montenegrin beach.

2. Russia

Whatever one’s feelings about President Vladimir Putin, it is impossible to deny the allure of traveling to Russia’s biggest cities. The massive country has been so integral in shaping world history both militarily and culturally that a traveler who neglects a visit to the former capital of the Soviet Union isn’t a true traveler at all. Here are some of the top must-do activities in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

 

  • Tour Red Square
  • See the Kremlin
  • Watch the Bolshoi Ballet
  • Visit the Hermitage

 

Perhaps it is to keep their lungs warm during the long, dark, Siberian winter, but Russians light up at a rate of 2,786 per capita.

3. Kenya

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Often called the cradle of humanity, Kenya is where archeologists found the first evidence of archaic humans. Fossilized human remains are the most abundant within Kenya’s borders; in fact, Kenya’s museums on human evolution are some of the best in the world, containing more than 1,000 archaic individuals from various species.

The Nairobi National Museum also offers visitors a chance to experience unique Kenyan culture and nature, with an art gallery and a botanical garden in addition to various historical exhibits. What’s more, Kenya is a haven for some of Africa’s most astounding creatures, and travelers can visit dozens of parks and game reserves to see lions, giraffes, elephants, and more up close.

More than 49 percent of the population of Kenya is addicted to nicotine, compared to an average of about 18 percent in the United States.

4. Mongolia

Most famous for its ancient warmongers who conquered massive swaths of territory from Central Europe to the Sea of Japan and Siberia to the Himalayas, Mongolia today is a rather unassuming country where a nomadic lifestyle is still very much the norm. However, the Mongolian people do know how to throw a wild festival filled with thrilling sports and games. Here are the three biggest and best fests to see in Mongolia.

  • Naadam Festival. This national holiday celebrates Mongolia’s creation with three days’ worth of various sporting events. Wrestling, horse racing, and archery are fan favorites.
  • Golden Eagle Festival. Those who appreciate the skill and beauty of an eagle on the hunt can’t miss the world’s largest gathering of falconers. Festivities also include a bevy of games, like races and tug-of-war.
  • Nauryz Festival. The Kazakh New Year occurs in the middle of March with the Nauryz Fest. Traditional celebrations include particular meals (boiled mutton and horse meat) as well as horse races and parades.

Of Mongolia’s population of 2.9 million, about 47 percent regularly smoke, which makes the culture’s emphasis on sport all that more fascinating.

 

Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

3 Comments
  • Mati
    Posted at 02:15h, 09 March Reply

    Don’t forget about Andorra, the only Western European country where it is (I believe) still legal to smoke indoors. They also grow their own tobacco.

    Montenegro is in the much warmer Adriatic sea, not the Baltic.

  • Matt
    Posted at 16:29h, 09 March Reply

    Victoria, I (really) like your blog and style. Just change the word Baltic for Adriatic and erase my comment.
    Montenegro is close to Greece and Croatia, both in the Adriatic Sea part of the Mediterranean.
    Cheers~!

  • Alyson
    Posted at 08:34h, 23 March Reply

    I remember being in Spain, watching the locals fill up their petrol while smoking a cigarette!

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