If you are focused on your sobriety, finding that perfect summer vacation spot can be challenging. That’s why we’ve put together our favorite spots for relaxing while staying sober. Whether you have thousands to spend on your next vacation or just a few bucks, we’ve got the perfect place for you.
1. Rome, Italy
There is an ordinance in Rome that forbids the consumption of alcohol from glass containers on the streets after 10 pm. After midnight, the law bans any outdoor consumption of alcohol. In fact, 14 of the 15 municipalities in Rome are subject to this law so that you can roam safely at night without the temptation of drinking.
Many people enjoy sober vacations in Rome because there is breathtaking architecture abounding, vast opportunities to take in the culture and ample artistic experiences to enjoy. The memories you come home with will be intoxicating enough to keep you sober.
2. Cruise Ships
You might think that a cruise ship would be a bad place to take a trip, but it can be a rewarding experience. Yes, it’s easy to find drinks on the boat, but there are far too many activities to keep you busy for a lifetime. Whether you desire to enjoy the magnificent scenery or you want to lay in the sun, you’ll be able to occupy your mind long enough to avoid temptation.
Why not grab some sober friends to go with you? Some cruise ships even offer support meetings and alcohol-free events.
3. State Parks
Many public and state parks have rules against having drugs or alcohol on the premises. That makes it less likely that you’ll encounter temptation while visiting. You can stay close to home and visit a park nearby or head out to one of the famous parks located throughout the country.
Many locations have a breathtaking beauty that is all natural plus several offer planned activities throughout the day. You might even stay overnight in your tent or choose a park that offers air-conditioned cabins. If you are traveling on a budget, this is often the way to go as park fees are reasonable if not free.
4. Middle East
If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting the Middle East, you might be surprised to know that it’s a fabulous place to remain sober. Many countries in this region face a Muslim majority. Their culture is strict against drugs and alcohol so you’ll find a lack of temptation all around you.
While there may not be much alcohol, you surely won’t lack for things to do. The culture is rich in literature, science, art and philosophy. You can partake in any number of adventures that will create memories to last a lifetime.
5. Orlando, Florida
While there is plenty of alcohol in Orlando, there is also a countless barrage of attractions to keep you busy. You can hop aboard a superhero-designed roller coaster, take a casual boat ride through the small world or simply sit back and enjoy a sea show.
While it’s often associated with a family destination, it’s also perfect for any adult looking to stay busy. If you are worried about temptation, spend most of your time at the Magic Kingdom where alcohol is harder to find.
If you don’t want to spend the money on the theme parks, there are plenty of other things you can do. Head down the International Drive and do some shopping instead. You’ll also find lots of entertainment and dining options. If you want to spend time outdoors, consider the nearby Blue Spring State Park where you can watch manatees.
6. Denver, Colorado
The state of Colorado has countless outdoor and indoor adventures for you to enjoy no matter what the weather brings. To fully appreciate the beauty around you, there will be no choice but to remain sober. Start off by visiting one of the bike-friendly districts and get some exercise. Then, head to one of the many food halls where you can dine on the best cuisine around.
In addition to the regular things to do on vacation, you’ll also find an aquarium, zoo and art museum in Denver. For those who enjoy outdoor adventures, you can experience zip-lining and whitewater rafting during the summer. In winter, experience this mountain town with skiing and snowboarding instead.
Then, finish off your trip with a musical experience at the legendary Red Rocks amphitheater. No matter what you choose to do in Denver, you’ll find that alcohol doesn’t need to be a part of it for you to have an amazing experience.
7. Staycation with Sober Friends
If you are short on money or are fearful about going away, it is still enjoyable to plan a staycation instead. In fact, why not include some sober friends and make an adventure out of it. You can head to the local movies, play a round of miniature golf or see whose best at bowling. If there is a neighborhood fair in town, you can spend some time playing carnival games to win a stuffed animal.
Take a look at what attractions are near you as well. You might find some local zoos, museums or markets you never knew about. Then, treat yourself to a bite to eat at a restaurant you’ve wanted to enjoy.
Whatever you plan to do locally, staying sober will help you to gain the confidence you need to take bigger and better trips in the future.
Travel Tips to Help You Remain Sober
Here are some of our best tips to help stay sober no matter where you plan that next vacation.
- Look for alternatives to a bar like coffee shops, juice bars or smoothie shops.
- Pamper yourself with a trip to the spa or something you’ve always wanted.
- Do online research about the place you are visiting to find unique tourist locations.
- Spend time being active with scuba diving, biking, hiking, rock climbing or swimming.
- Try out all the local foods. You might even want to pamper yourself with one fancy meal while you are away.
- Take along some sober friends for support.
- Attend 12-step meetings while you are away to remain grounded.
- Take time to journal about your thoughts and experiences.
- Practice meditation, yoga, prayer or whatever keeps you centered.
- Make sure you are eating properly and getting the right amount of sleep.
You’ve worked hard on your sobriety and you deserve some time away. Invest in yourself with the money you’ve saved from being sober. Take a trip overseas to a foreign land or search out some amazing adventures right in your own backyard. Whatever you do, you’ll find that the trip is more enjoyable when you are sober and coherent. You’ll even be able to remember what you did when it’s all said and done.
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