The joy of sober travel experiences – discovering new destinations without the pressure to drink

If you are a newly sober traveler, you’ll need to change your travel habits. It can be hard to reframe and restructure your travels to exclude boozy brunches and happy hours – but it’s both possible and liberating. You’ll find that taking out the booze opens up your life to the most incredible experiences. When you take the drinking away, you are creating space. You are creating space for extraordinary and life giving experiences to flood in and fill you up, in ways you could not have previously imagined.

 I’m excited to share some of my favorite sober experiences that I’ve found while traveling the world. These experiences will both connect you to your destination and help you meet people outside of the bar environment! Rather than forming superficial bonds with people through alcohol, you’ll form lifelong friendships rooted in your passions and curiosities. A new, better, more holistic way of travel exists, and you’ll find it through sober travel experiences.

Sobriety is liberation

 When I got sober, I used to hear this discussion around sobriety being “liberating” and “freeing” and honestly, it made me shutter. I was still drinking the kool aid of sobriety being a limiting and restrictive lifestyle. It’s no wonder I held that belief so tightly – big alcohol wants us to believe that we aren’t whole without its product. In a more psychological way, I was terrified to confront all of the pain and anxiety that I was self-medicating (knowingly and unknowingly) with alcohol. 

Yet, I knew deep in my bones that I had to figure out who I was without alcohol. I had to do it because there was a part of me that was terrified that I couldn’t do it! As a yoga teacher, I spoke to my students about “stepping into your power” and it was time to fully step into mine. I knew deeply that meant leaving alcohol behind and making space for my highest self to bloom.

Sobriety is so much more than not drinking. Traveling sober was intimidating and confusing at first because I had to restructure my formula for travel. This looked like swapping my airport happy hours for nourishing tea time at a cafe. It looked like prioritizing local food over local booze. It certainly looked like seeking out travel experiences that actually enriched my soul over ones that would give me the cheapest thrill.

Sober travel experiences will bring you closer to yourself. Ask yourself, especially your inner child, “what do you want to explore today?” Forget finding your passion, follow your curiosity! You have time to get curious, try new things, or nurture old joys. I’m so excited for you to embrace the liberation of sober travel experiences!