Recovery Traveling While Sober: 9 Tips for Your Best Vacation Yet

It’s important to ask yourself if you feel ready to go on a sober vacation  before committing to any travel. Pay attention to what comes up for you when you think about traveling. If it’s fear and dread, that might be telling you it’s too soon. If it’s nerves, anxiety and nausea, that sounds like it’s not the right time.

  • They can also provide you with support and advice if you feel stressed or overwhelmed.
  • If you’re having trouble finding a country or vacation spot conducive to sobriety, consider traveling with people in your support network.
  • She believes that engaging people and sharing stories with them allows us to spread knowledge, and to help others in the path to recovery.
  • You don’t have to stay stuck in the gym – if your vacation plans don’t already include plenty of outdoor activities, schedule a walk or a workout daily.

Some people can do this on their own, but many benefit from extra support during the first few months to avoid relapse. When you are away you can still stay connected with your home base sober support system. Make it a point to step away to attend alcohol support groups, check in with your therapist, or reach out to a supportive friend. Engaging with your sober support will make it easier to stay connected to your goals. Maybe you want to carve out time to listen to a sober podcast while walking the beach, read a ‘Quit Lit’ book while poolside, or check out sober social media groups. Whatever works for you, don’t be afraid to integrate your at-home support network into your vacation lifestyle.

How to Enjoy Vacation While in Recovery

In addition to all of the above, planning ahead and keeping a routine that is similar to the one you’ve developed during your sobriety can help immensely while on your travels. A normal routine can help keep you focused and on track when you’re trying to have a great time in an unfamiliar environment. Travelling, much like successful vacationing in recovery relationships, requires clear and healthy communication. Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, it’s important to communicate with yourself and those around you regarding your needs. Make sure you are both honoring what you need to feel comfortable as well as communicating those needs to yourself, and others when necessary.

vacationing in recovery

It can also help you avoid relapse and stay on track with your recovery goals. Remember that you are not alone and that there are people and resources that can help you overcome any obstacles that might come your way. A cruise can also be a great vacation option for people in recovery, as it offers a structured and supervised environment with plenty of activities and entertainment. Just make sure to find one that doesn’t encourage drinking culture, or learn to say no when you get drinking invitations. One advantage of escorted tours and seminars is that you will have a professional guide who can help you navigate any potential triggers or temptations that might arise during your trip. They can also provide you with support and advice if you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

Stay in Touch with Your Support System

Preparing yourself mentally to take on these challenges can help mitigate the levels of stress or triggers that may come with stress. Just try to remember to breathe, take these surprises with a calm and positive attitude, and remember to bring your earplugs, pillow, and eye mask. Whether you’re newly sober or you’ve been at this for a while, going on vacation while in recovery can overwhelming. Here are some tips you can use, however, to help keep you happy, healthy, and sober wherever your next adventure takes you.

vacationing in recovery

You can also connect with sober people through social media, online forums, or local meetings. Traveling with other sober people can make your vacation more fun and rewarding. You can share your stories, support each other and make new friends.

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