These days most people think that in order to enjoy a vacation, they must be able to go out drinking. This misconception is clearly not true. If you have a history of alcohol abuse, or addiction in your family especially, avoiding alcohol should be priority even when on vacation. You don’t have to go out and drink to enjoy, as many destinations are filled with countless alcohol-free activities.
1. Adventurous Excursions
If you’re not the biggest planner, going on an excursion while on vacation will be the best decision for you. Depending on the location you choose to visit, excursions usually include visiting some of the most popular as well as hidden gems of an area. The best places to go on excursions include Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Florida, Hawaii, and basically anywhere warm and tropical.
2. Picnic at A Local Park
Picnics will never go out of style, and are even more fun to do when the chosen destination is filled with yummy food. With the right group of people, picnics are a nice way to unwind where the locals go. If you don’t know what to bring to a picnic, a quick visit to the local farmer’s market will allow for you to bring and try some of the local eats.
The best way to truly relax and be completely isolated from alcohol are retreats. They may sound boring to the naked eye, but are absolutely amazing and rewarding. The amount of activities already planned at retreats are suitable for all types of people, plus most retreats offer weekly or sometimes daily allotted spa time as well.
4. Local Theater
Even if you’re not the biggest theater junky, watching a local show put together by the locals of a city can really be a fun way to spend the night. Theater also happens to be a great reason to get you to dress up, go out, and find a date. Most big cities have productions in the summer which is usually when vacation time starts.
5. Hotel Resort Hopping
Although some may say they need liquid courage to do this, hotel/resort hopping is so much fun to do even when done sober. The relaxation you get after you successfully make it into a hotel is well worth the rush. If you’re feeling even more adventurous you can always go in the morning and snag some continental breakfast after a nice swim.
6. Hiking and Camping
Delving into nature is always a wonderful idea on vacation. You never really get to enjoy nature when your intoxicated either. Whether in a group setting or alone, going camping and hiking throughout the day is such a phenomenal feeling. Just be sure to check if the place you decide to hike and camp at is a safe camp site especially if you’re going alone.
7. Food Tasting
There is no better way to get to know a new place on vacation than by tasting the local cuisines. Figure out what the delicacies are and do your best to buy the most authentic fusions of said dishes. A night out trying food while on vacation can never go wrong.
The main benefit to not drinking on vacation would have to be the fact that you will remember every memory you make. Not recalling what happened the night before due to over indulging in alcohol is never fun. On top of that, you will also be able to ensure that you are in a right head space to keep all of your belongings safe. Vacations do not have to be filled with alcohol to be fun, and you definitely don’t need to drink to let loose.
If you ever feel the urge to drink while on vacation, remind yourself how wonderful it is to be in control of your actions and thoughts. There are a plethora of activities you can do to keep your vacation fun and exciting without drinking. Use this new-found way of vacationing as a means to boost your creative juices staying sober.