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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