Five summer holiday destinations to enjoy sober - The Rugby Observer

Five summer holiday destinations to enjoy sober

Rugby Editorial 28th May, 2024 Updated: 31st May, 2024   0

Going away for the first time after getting sober from addiction can be a testing challenge.

While it’s something you deserve, after all getting clean isn’t easy, it can pose numerous risks and additional stresses and temptations that can be difficult to navigate.

Therefore, if you have just come through a private drug rehab clinic or sought treatment for alcoholism, you need to plan your trips carefully and ensure you’re fully prepared for the temptations and challenges that may arise.

A good place to start is by choosing the destination wisely. While some places will heighten the risk – for example it’s perhaps not a good idea to be jetting off to Las Vegas – some can prove calming and lessen the risk. For example, destinations where alcohol is less prominent due to the religion of the country.

So, to help you figure out where to travel to, here are five summer holiday destinations that are perfect for travelling sober

If you’ve recently completed treatment at a private drug rehab clinic or sought help for alcoholism, planning your summer holiday requires careful consideration to avoid temptations. Selecting destinations where alcohol is less prominent, such as countries with religious restrictions on alcohol, can be calming and reduce risks. Additionally, if you’re looking for flexible work options while maintaining your sobriety, explore weekend remote opportunities on Jooble.




Santorini, Greece

Well known for its breathtaking sunsets and whitewashed buildings, Santorini is a resort island that is ideal for sitting back, relaxing and focusing on you.


The way to make the most of Santorini is by combining relaxation with the stunning sights on offer, from being able to wander through the many olive groves to hiking to the top of the volcanic cliffs. Then there are the beaches to chill out on and the fantastic Greek food on offer, with a Mediterranean diet ideal for getting the nutrients you need to keep your recovery on track.

Queenstown, New Zealand

For the thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts among us, Queenstown in New Zealand can provide you with some incredible adrenaline-pumping activities that will create memories that last a lifetime. The likes of bungee jumping, skydiving and jet boating are all common activities to enjoy here, giving you something to certainly tell the grandkids.

Elsewhere, the Stunning Fiordland National Park offers tons of hiking, while the calm waters of Lake Wakatipu can be a great place for contemplation.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

With its rugged cliffs and colourful fishing villages, the Amalfi Coast is an excellent spot for those seeking relaxation and incredible food. The towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are so charming, while the coastal pathways are perfect to really take in the stunning landscapes as well as stretch your legs and destress.

It’s a truly enchanting place, and while wine can be prominent in the bars and restaurants, by using your coping mechanisms you can navigate that and have an incredible time.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a hotspot for spas and temples to really immerse yourself in your sobriety. It’s a place of tranquility and peace, where you can practice yoga, meditate and enjoy the many treatments available.

As well as world-class spa resorts, you’ll find traditional villages and sacred sites that have been there for hundreds and hundreds of years. There’s a real spiritual charm to Bali that you can’t help getting lost in. So, if you’re looking for self discovery, Bali is a number one choice.

The Lake District, United Kingdom

If you’re looking for a destination a little closer to home, the Lake District could be the answer you’re looking for. Brilliant for hiking, outdoor adventures as well as spa retreats, there’s tons to see and do.

You can hike up Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, paddleboard on Windermere, or enjoy the many top-class restaurants the region has to offer, including L’Enclume, often considered the finest restaurant in the UK. There’s something for all interests and all needs here, making it the perfect sober staycation.

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