Getting sober might be the hardest thing you ever do. And if travel and alcohol have always been intertwined for you, kicking the booze habit can be absolutely devastating. If asked before I quit drinking, I would have dismissed sober travel as not only unfun but pretty much impossible. How can I backpack around Ireland and not have a pint? Barcelona without vino? And how can I travel with my friends who still drink?
Even if you’ve been sober for years, travel can shake your confidence in navigating the world without picking up a drink. One minute you’re a badass sober warrior, but the next you’re panicking about your achievements coming crumbling down. Truth is, after a little practice, traveling sober actually opens up more opportunities, not less. But that’s only if you have a plan to keep from falling apart without the routine and support system that’s kept you sober so far. Here are seven tips to keep you grounded while tackling that travel bucket list sober.