Going on vacation after a year-long lockdown seems wild, but then add in the fact that you’ve gone alcohol-free. Your view on “vacation” has probably done a complete 180.
That’s okay! Today, we will chat about how to handle those changes and still have the vacation of your dreams - even if it’s in your own backyard.
Alcohol marketers would have you believe that binge drinking is a must on vacation.
But when we break it down, that is total nonsense.
Think about it - why do you go on vacation?
To do those things, alcohol is not necessary! In fact, downing drinks will hinder you from achieving those vacation goals.
When you come home, you want to feel refreshed and recharged - not groggy and full of regret. So in this post, I’m giving you my secret to a vacation that you’ll want to copy and paste year after year.
Take a moment to consider what you’re hoping to get out of your vacation! Maybe you need some peace and quiet or want to reconnect with friends. Knowing your goal will help you decide on where you’ll go and what you’ll do.
Be honest with yourself about what you’re looking for so your money is well spent!
The environment you choose will ultimately define your vacation. You don’t need to go to spring break central in Miami. Instead, choose something that isn’t super tourist-heavy - that’s where you’ll find a calmer atmosphere.
Areas that are known to be tourist attractions generally encourage drinking on every block - that’s how they make money.
Look into retreats. A retreat generally focuses on healthy living, and you’ll be around like-minded people.
You can find all types of retreats, look for:
You can also check out Sober Vacations - they put together alcohol-free trips!
Now for the fun part - how to make the most of your alcohol-free vacation.
If you’re traveling by car, I suggest bringing along your favorite NA beverages. This way, you have something to drink that feels safe and comfortable—no excuses to cave when you have alternatives ready to go.
Try setting intentions. Before you head out, write down 5-10 intentions for your vacation; for example - I will focus on reconnecting with myself.
Having those intentions in your mind beforehand will help guide you through the vacation. Bring a journal along if you need to get some things out of your head and onto paper.
I also suggest planning morning activities! Not only will that help you make the most of your day, but it will also help you stay conscious about your nightlife choices.
Lastly, make sure you stay in contact with your support system. If you have sober friends, a therapist, or family members that help you stay on track - stay connected! You might face a trigger that you need to talk through.
Your journal and a good book (or two) can help with triggers as well.
Be intentional with your choices when planning a sober vacation. If you follow these tips, you will set yourself up for a relaxing few days.