Best of Excursions – Plan and Enjoy a Sober Vacation

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When you vacation sober, the memories are sharper!

If you’re in recovery, the thought of planning and enjoying a vacation without alcohol might seem intimidating. However, with a little planning, you can ensure that your trip is enjoyable and safe. In fact, getaways are geared toward the sober traveler. You will be early to bed, early to rise, clear-headed, and energetic for all the wonders you will see! We have selected three articles from the best of Excursions for your reading and planning pleasure. These articles cover topics such as the health and healing power of the tropics, planning a no-stress vacation, and ideas for the perfect getaways. Enjoy!


The Brain and Body Healing Effects of a Sober Tropical Vacation

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Swaying palm trees are gorgeous. But realizing a life free of the insistence and persistence of addiction is beautiful, too. You can’t be on vacation all the time, but you can always be present. And when you vacation sober, the memories are sharper, the gratefulness more acute, and you have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the culture and experiences of your destination without the haze of alcohol. [read more]


How to Plan a Sober Sojourne

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You can plan a sober vacation in many different ways, from traditional resort getaways to more adventurous trips involving hiking, camping, or other outdoor activities. Whether planning a trip with friends or taking a solo vacation, several tips can help you stay sober and enjoy your time away. [read more]


Vacations Without Alcohol – Our Favorite Dry Destinations

A summer vacation without alcohol should not be boring or compromising. Indeed, it can be just what the doctor/addiction therapist ordered. It does mean, however, that you must plan for triggers to relapse and create a schedule while you are away. You should also consider your destination and vacation partners carefully. If you don’t drink alcohol, a wine tour in France or a boozy, adults-only party boat should be avoided. [read more]



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