What happens when you want to travel in early recovery?

Are there any sober vacation ideas that are still exciting and fun? Why yes there are! At Transformation by the Gulf, we understand that life doesn’t stop after rehab. Even if you’re in addiction recovery, there are still plenty of ways to vacation sober and still have fun.

Fun Sober Vacation Ideas for Everyone

A lot of people don’t know how to have fun on vacation without alcohol or don’t even think it’s possible. But you don’t need to drink to have a good time. Whether you’ve undergone addiction treatment, or you’ve stopped drinking, here are some fun sober vacations you can enjoy on your own or with loved ones.

Theme Parks

Theme parks like Universal Studios, Cedar Point, Six Flags and Disney are great destinations for people who want to have an exciting vacation filled with thrill and adventure without alcohol. With all of the rides and attractions, you won’t feel bored, and you’ll also want to stay as hydrated as possible when walking around and riding rides. These theme parks also hold a lot of meaning for some people, especially Universal or Disney. This could be a perfect opportunity to make new and sober memories you can cherish for a lifetime.


Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoors person or active person, you should still try hiking. Hiking is a great sober vacation because it’s the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and experience the beauty of nature. The exercise itself also boosts the release of endorphins, which improves your mood. Whether it’s with a loved one or friends, you can usually find trails or state parks nearby, so you don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money.

Spa Getaway

Because both addiction recovery and cutting down on alcohol can be tough, going on a spa is a good way to relax and center yourself. Sometimes we need to separate ourselves from our everyday routines and enjoy some relaxation. There are plenty of great spas or wellness centers that do not serve alcohol with the intention of keeping their guests healthy. After going on a spa retreat, you’ll come back feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on new challenges.

Road Trip

What better way to enjoy some amazing sights than going on a road trip? This is one of the best sober vacation ideas because you can go with the flow, plan a course and enjoy each and every moment as it comes to you.  Going on a road trip gives you the flexibility of moving from one place to another whenever you want instead of staying in one place where you are more limited to your surroundings.

How to Stay Sober on Vacation

Because temptation can exist wherever you go, our drug and alcohol rehab center in Palm Springs wanted to offer some tips for traveling sober.

  • Avoid bars (while you may want to visit a popular bar or pub wherever you go, it’s best to avoid places that are centered around alcohol, especially if it’s your first trip sober)
  • Avoid going to places where alcohol is present alone (especially if it’s your first trip after addiction treatment)
  • Bring snacks for traveling (hunger, thirst, and exhaustion are common relapse triggers)
  • Call the place you’re staying and tell them to remove all alcohol from the room.
  • Stay fed and hydrated during your trip.
  • Stay in touch with people back home (this is a great way to stay safe and keep yourself accountable)
  • Travel with people you trust.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about Transformations by the Gulf Substance Abuse Treatment Center Give us a Call 24/7 (727)498-6498

The success of a person’s recovery depends on the level of personalized treatment provided. It is important to find an addiction treatment program that works.  When we say our treatment is individualized, we mean that we craft a program that is tailored to address the client’s unique physical, mental and emotional needs.

In the client’s first 24 hours with us, we’ll evaluate their current state and work to understand what challenges they need to overcome. They’ll also have an initial session with our doctor and meet with one of our licensed mental health professionals.

After the initial evaluations, we’ll design a treatment plan with the sole mission of helping the client overcome and heal from addiction. Their program will focus on things such as:

  • Addressing and Identifying root causes of addiction.
  • Creating a support system.
  • Developing healthy stress management techniques.
  • Eliminating Substance use.
  • Learning how to communicate emotions effectively.
  • Maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
  • Repairing damaged relationships.

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