I recently published my intermittent fasting FAQ just before hitting 9 months sober and it got me reflecting on the journey(s) I've had so far with sobriety, weight loss, blogging and everything in between. There's just so much that's been going on and it's been a huge whirlwind of activity lately.
We moved house and that was incredibly draining, then my little boy got sick as well. While things calmed down eventually, I was honestly overwhelmed, so I took a little solo getaway! I rented a villa in the desert and it was remote and quiet and tranquil and just what I needed to relax and recharge and come back in fuller force.
This is my third vacation without alcohol and honestly, it's been the easiest. I don't know if that's because I was alone so there was no temptation and I got to do what I wanted, when I wanted without concern for anyone else, or I'm just far enough along in my sobriety to where alcohol isn't even a thing. But I definitely noticed a huge improvement this time.
If you're vacationing and want to stay sober, here are a few tips:
1. If you're an extrovert, make sure you plan sober activities that allow you to spend time with others. If you're an introvert, make sure you have plenty of time to yourself so you avoid getting stressed or burnt out!
2. Take care of your health. Get enough rest, eat quality food. You're more likely to crave if you're hungry or sleepy so eliminate those two stressors from your trip and you'll have a much easier time.
3. Have a support system. Ideally those you travel with would know and support your decision. But that's not always the case. If you can have just one of your travel buddies on your side, that's better than none. But having support via phone, text, email or even a message board or online forum is still a great way to stay connected.
4. Carry a token of how far you've come. If you do AA -- carry your latest achievement chip with you as a gentle reminder of how far you've come. Or a sobriety jewel. Something to keep you present with your goals.
For more tips, check out the full article, How To Stay Sober On Vacation (And Still Have Fun).