Why You Need An Alcohol-Free Holiday This Year

Why You Need An Alcohol-Free Holiday This Year

This week I’m on holiday enjoying some sun and a chance to relax.

It’s at times like this that I feel particularly grateful not to be battling a hangover, or letting alcohol dull any memories.

I know that if you’re newly sober – or thinking about cutting out booze – the idea of an alcohol free holiday can feel intimidating.

Perhaps you know you need to take a break from drinking, but you’re thinking about putting it off until you get back from your next trip.

I get it.

But speaking as someone who’s been on plenty of booze fuelled breaks – and lots of lovely sober ones – I’d strongly recommend you treat yourself to a holiday without drink!

Honestly, you won’t regret it. Alcohol-free holidays are the BEST. Here’s why:

 

You’ll come home feeling properly rested

One of the main reasons for going on holiday is to relax and recharge. When you’re drinking, you’re unlikely to come home genuinely refreshed. Instead, you might feel as if you need another break to get over the last one!

We live in a world where alcohol is often mistakenly linked to relaxation. The truth is that a) alcohol doesn’t genuinely relax you – I wrote about that here – and b) holidays are relaxing in their own right. Reading on a sun lounger is relaxing.

 

You’ll make the most of your holiday

Hangovers are horrible at the best of times. When you’ve travelled abroad, paid to stay somewhere nice and used up your precious annual leave to do so, it’s a shame to waste that time feeling rubbish. You did not travel thousands of miles across the world in order to spend your trip nursing a headache.

 

You’ll learn a lot about yourself

After I stopped drinking, I realised that I needed to do more on holiday than sunbathe and eat. Don’t get me wrong – I still love doing those things, but 24/7 sunbathing makes me feel a bit restless.

So, since I quit drinking I’ve done a lot more sightseeing on holiday than I used to. I’ve also been on a cycling tour of Croatia, done yoga in Kenya, and right now I’m staying at a resort with some weird and wonderful fitness classes. (I’ve posted pics of this on Instagram)

 

You’ll be making a key mindset shift

Please don’t fall for the myth that sobriety means missing out or living a life of less. Sobriety is not like being on a diet; it’s not something you can only stick to when you’re at home, living like a hermit. If you’re doing it right, alcohol-free living shouldn’t feel like that.

When you get your head around the idea of a booze-free holiday, you’ll be making a really important mental leap that will set you up for lots of good things in future.

 


An alcohol-free holiday will be the cheapest upgrade ever!

Ditching booze is a huge upgrade because you’ll come away from your trip with crystal clear, hangover-free memories. You’ll be fully present and living in the moment – and you’ll open yourself up to new, high quality experiences.

One of my students went on holiday recently and used the money she would’ve spent on booze to pay for spa treatments instead. How cool is that? I know someone else who used her first sober holiday to try scuba diving – something she’d always wondered about. She came home with her PADI open water qualification done and dusted.

It’s got to make you wonder… what could happen to you on your first sober holiday?

 

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30 Comments

  1. This post is so timely for me today. I am set to go on our annual 2 week vacation at the end of this week. This vacation is normally filled with several boozed filled dinners and nights which leave me spending the next several days with headaches, low energy and not much interest in doing fun activities. Earlier this year I was able to go 80 days AF but have had several missteps since then and I kept telling myself that I would get back on track when this vacation was over. But now I’ve decided that I want to try having a different vacation this year – one where I don’t drink and I relax and spend quality time with my family – not taking naps to try to recover from what I had done the night before. An AF life is really what I want for myself and I really hope I can follow through and have a fabulous sober vacation.

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    • Go for it Tamara, you won’t regret it. I hope you have a wonderful, hangover free holiday!

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  2. What you said about travelling around the world only to spend it hungover – this is me. Or should I say WAS me. Last year I ruined part of our holiday because I was drinking so much. My husband looked after the kids at the pool as I slept it off in our hotel room. I’ve promised myself that won’t happen this year. 32 days sober today!

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    • Congratulations on your 32 days Victoria!

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  3. Im thinking this could be a good goal for my next holiday to Samoa in 3 weeks. If I can holiday without booze I reckon I can do anything

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    • Absolutely. Focus on not romanticising alcohol whilst you’re away – drinking a toxic poison won’t add to your holiday, it’ll take away from it. You deserve better.

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  4. I’m on my second AF holiday this year since following Kate’s course in January. In Feb we went to Thailand and the choice of af drinks consisting of freshly made fruit cocktails was amazing and now in florida where water is so necessary I’m drinking gallons of it. We’ve been celebrating a reunion with friends we aren’t seen for a year, my hubby’s 60th birthday and all number of things everyone else is drinking heavily but I’m not even tempted. AF is so much fun. Thanks again Kate xxx

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    • That’s really lovely to hear Zoe! Well done and enjoy the rest of your holiday. It sounds fab x

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  5. I been struggling with going AF. Today I began a 3 day cleanse and new eating program. Of course I had to drink last night and I drank too much. I know I’ll do fine for the next three days, but when Thursday rolls around I’ll want that glass of wine. I just have to not talk myself into buying that bottle of wine at the grocery store. I want to be AF for summer. This is my daughters last year of softball and I want to enjoy it all hangover free. I am also going to Hawaii for two weeks in September and I want to remember and enjoy that trip to the fullest. Thank you for the support.

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    • Try not to take on too much – just focusing on staying alcohol free is enough for now (and in the long term, not drinking will make a massive difference to your health and waistline). If you want some help to stop struggling and make this stick, I’d recommend you take a look at my online coaching programme. The next class starts soon: https://thesoberschool.com/course/

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  6. I have been alcoholfree since nov 1 2017. I just finished my exam at school and am now craving a glass of white wine. During school i felt no craving at all, as i needed all my energy for school. I know i get so more done when i am AF.any tips for fighting cravings? Im abroad now and everyone is celebrating that school is over. I dont even dare go out with the other students. Its wierd, as long as i was so busy i felt no cravings. I have not given in, as i know if i do it only leads to overconsumption and fatigue. That i dont need. All the best

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    • Download my wine o’clock survival guide – it’s at the top of the comments. There are lots of tips in there. Good luck!

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  7. This post was great to read as I’ve just agreed to go away and the thought of no drink on the balcony was challenging! But I’m going to remember what a waste it is to spend time and money on buying poison and I’ll invest in ordering the best, tropical of micktails! Plus, I’ll buy for the fridge in the apartment I’ll be staying in so it looks attractive and not dull! I may even be able to allow drinks in it for my partner! I can do it!
    Thanks to all!

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    • You can do it Anna! Stocking up the fridge is a great idea – no one should have to make do with boring alcohol free drinks 🙂

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  8. We’re going away in two weeks to see our son in the US. There will be lots of socialising with his wife’s family, all of whom are absolutely lovely. I am looking forward to it so much, but so concerned that I just won’t say no. This week has been a bit of a test, because my OH is away, which would normally have just been fabulous for me to drink as much as I want – but I am okay and managing to use my toolbox. The holiday will be a different sort of challenge. I am already planning actions and reactions – starting with the airport.

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    • You’re planning ahead and that’s the most important thing. Your trip to see your son will be so much better with you clear headed and hangover free. I hope you have an amazing time Sue 🙂

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  9. Heading away next week for my first AF holiday. Really looking forward to it as previous years have been a cycle of drinks, recovery, repeat. Looking forward to spending the extra cash on treats.

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    • Have fun – you’ll love it! 🙂

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  10. I am away on holiday with hubby and friends for 10 days. I am not drinking and arrived exhausted after a stressful few months and the travelling. Today is our 3rd day and we went hiking and I feel great. So encouraged to enjoy the rest of my holiday AF and go home refreshed, fitter and well rested. Hope you all enjoy your upcoming holidays.

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    • Brilliant Didi, enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  11. Since starting Sober School and graduating in April I have been on 2 mini holidays. It’s so true about returning rested and refreshed. Such a new experience for me. Part of the fun this time was exploring the AF options out there and waking so much earlier than I would have done after a “big” night. Some nights I found myself just wanting to go home early as there wasn’t much else to do except drink so we went home and sat on our balcony with tea recapping the day and planning the next one. I replaced my wine o’clocks with a swim, bike ride or walk and of course logged into sober school regularly.

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    • I like the way you replaced wine o’clock with other cool stuff Linda. Sounds like you had fun! 🙂

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  12. Returned from long weekend on a short vacation with family. Just as you say – I feel tired and feeling disgust with myself for again drinking too much. Actually falling and bruising or cracking a rib in the river rapids. I have to stop drinking. I have signed up for July class and hope to get in. I am miserable. I want a drink right now because it is after 5, and my side hurts because the Motrin is wearing off.

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    • I’m sorry to hear that Patti, I hope you feel better soon. I’ll be emailing some more information about the July class at the start of next month, so I hope you’re able to join 🙂

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    • Kate’s course is the best thing I have ever done for myself. If you commit to giving it everything for the 6 weeks you will be so thankful and hopefully in the right mindset to continue feeling amazing. Good luck Patti.

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  13. Hi everyone, hi kate!!
    i’m glad to tell you that I’m sober fron the 20 may 2018 and that in this time i had two long weekends with friends where we went to all wine cellars and all people drank except children and…me! I had my alcohol free wine! if i survived to this…..I can be sober forever! thanks Kate to give me motivation to start and to remind me it every monday!!kisses

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    • That’s awesome Valentina, keep it up! 🙂

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  14. I am a week and a half af and I feel great…I’m going on holidays with the girls in September and I know there is going to be alot of alcohol consumed but you gave great advice today Kate and I’m determined to enjoy the holiday af and keep feeling the way I do now

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  15. How do you know override the mindset of all inclusive holidays – would feel like im not getting my monies worth …
    Thinking of signing up 11 night all inc hol booked 12th Aug x

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  16. I’m going on vacation next week with my husband and did some research about the city we are going to – it sounds like bartenders actually love making mocktails and some even have mocktail menus!! I’m excited to see what kind of AF drinks they come up with. My biggest motivator not to drink is that I love reading before bed, but when I drink, I don’t read. I’ve never read before bed on vacation and look forward to it!

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