Sober Travel – An introduction into a different way of exploring the world

My sober travel tips will empower and support you on your sobriety journey. Sober travel can be intimidating, especially if you’re newly sober or have never taken a sober trip before! I’ve been there. When I first got sober, I had no idea how to function, let alone how to travel! It was those moments of fear, confusion, and uncertainty that I decided the only way to find out was to do it. Travel was the greatest love of my life, and even though sober travel scared the hell out of me, I had to learn how to do it.

It’s through this lived experience that I’ve discovered the greatest tools and biggest stepping stones to sober travel. The greatest joy of my life is sharing all of my sober travel tips with you! I’ve found that talking about our lived experiences creates community and I hope you find a strong and loving sober community here at Lex on the Loose. 

You’ll find tips and strategies for traveling sober here – including managing cravings, finding sober support networks, and staying connected to a sober community no matter where you travel in the world! I’m excited to share my favorite sober online communities, ways to connect to people without the booze, and practices to heal your inner child along the way.

Identity and Sober Travel

So you’ve decided to embrace sobriety, and it’s going pretty well! But you have your first sober vacation coming up and you’re absolutely terrified to travel and actively choose to not drink alcohol. Or maybe you’re attracted to the idea of sobriety, but the thought of laying on a beach without your cocktail in hand makes you want to give up the trip altogether. No, you’re not dramatic – that’s completely normal!

When I first got sober, I had this intrusive thought that I could not shake no matter how hard I tried. It was, “I’ll never drink wine in Italy again.” This was completely bizarre and honestly didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. First, I was living in South Korea and it was the pandemic. No one was going to drink wine in Italy (unless you lived there) for the foreseeable future. Also, I’d already spent a summer in Italy so the fact that this was keeping me from getting sober is funny. However, it was getting at a core belief I had about myself and who I was.

I identified as the “wine drunk travel Auntie” so deeply that I couldn’t accept a version of myself that wasn’t her. I had this idea of my life that culminated with me being a successful travel blogger who had a homebase in Italy and drank wine to my heart’s content every day (could have been a sign I had a drinking problem but hey, I wasn’t ready to know that yet)!

But as Kate Bowler says, “The second we are locked into the story of our lives it’s almost never true.” I used my sobriety as my hero journey, my call to action. I knew that I would never give up travel, and god damn it I wasn’t going to give it up because I broke up with booze! Maybe you resonate with my story and feel this way too. Let me be clear, you are so much more than your relationship to alcohol, and it’s also alright to mourn the loss of the relationship.

These sober travel tips will hold you when you need comfort and support and empower you when you are ready to see the world. Throughout your sober travel journey, whether you are in an exotic local or in your own backyard, you are not alone. I’m here to hold your hand and cheer you on every single step of the way. Let’s get started.