The term “spring break” immediately invokes mental images of college students frolicking on the beaches in Florida or Cancun. Spring break is an annual tradition where young adults flock to party destinations where they engage in heavy alcohol consumption. But spring break doesn’t have to follow that script. Read on to hear about the many wonderful ways to spend the springtime holiday without substances.
A different take on spring break
It’s time to break the spring break mold and redefine this festive time of year. While it may seem that everyone participates in the substance-soaked revelry, in reality, that is simply not the case. Many people enjoy taking a springtime getaway in March or April that has absolutely nothing to do with partying.
The truth is that, while a percentage of college students will be attracted to the nonstop party venues, there are many young people, and people of all ages, who seek a sober spring break experience. Sober retreats, sober vacations, sober cruises and sober adventures are very popular options for individuals in recovery.
Trip ideas for a sober spring break
Just because you are in recovery, it doesn’t mean you can’t take a fun-filled trip. There are plenty of trip ideas that won’t threaten your sobriety. Here is a list of 6 exciting sober spring break ideas to consider:
- Plan a camping trip: In some regions of the U.S., springtime weather allows for an invigorating camping experience. Plan a camping trip with friends or siblings who are supportive of your recovery, or make a plan to camp with your sober support team. The natural surroundings are intoxicating enough that you won’t even miss the substances.
- Rent a beach house: If you yearn for a beach experience but want to avoid the crowds of partiers, why not rent a beach cottage in a more remote coastal setting? If you’re going with your family, it’s the perfect spring break solution. The kids will absolutely love spending a week at the beach.
- Book a sober vacation: Check out Go Nomad or Sober Vacations International for sober adventures and sightseeing trips worldwide. Consider a trip to Africa, Greece, Mexico, Europe and more for exciting sober vacation destinations.
- Take a road trip: If domestic travel is your preference, why not plan a trip to a National Park, to visit family or friends in a neighboring state or just take a scenic weekend getaway? If you are staying in hotels along the way, call in advance and ask them to remove all alcohol from the room. If you are visiting friends out of state, play it safe and limit it to those who will respect your sobriety.
- Go on a sober cruise: You might prefer cruises, where you unpack only once and get to enjoy the many attractions on board, in addition to the excursions. Check out Travel Sober or Sober Celebrations for an awesome selection of sober cruises to choose from.
- Plan a productive staycation instead: Don’t discount the idea of staying put and making the most out of a spring break staycation. Embark on a home improvement project, sign up for sailing lessons or a cooking class, or take the family to a theme park. Enjoy the week immensely while keeping your recovery firmly intact.
Spring break doesn’t have to involve exposure to substances that could trip up recovery. Start planning your amazing spring break experience with these ideas in mind!