Sober travel: How not to fall apart without your routine & support system

With nearly three years passed since I quit drinking, I’ve traveled to dozens of places without relying on alcohol. No margaritas to celebrate my arrival somewhere balmy.  And no desperate glasses of wine to numb my travel frustrations. In fact, I’m getting pretty good at sober travel and for the most part I rarely struggle while abroad.  That was until a recent two-week trip to China. With my mom. :/

Your first sober business trip: How not to f*ck it up

First, a story from the vault Years ago, I traveled to San Antonio to speak at a conference attended by thousands of children. I wasn't even trying to quit drinking at the time; this was not a sober business trip. In fact, it was more like Game On.  Unencumbered by...

Sober travel with your in-laws

A few of my most awkward travel memories involved extended family. Because,well...in-laws! When I drank, the weird dynamic became even more difficult to navigate. How do you remain hospitable while wanting to hide with a bottle of wine? How many drinks is too many...

How to stay sober in an airport

There's something about air travel that triggers a massive personality change in me.  Healthy lifestyle habits and good intentions are abandoned and before I'm even airborne I'm scarfing pretzel-wrapped hot dogs while wiping my hands on the pages of a US Weekly. I've...

A sober beach holiday: my report from Treasure Beach, Jamaica

A sober beach holiday. What the actual f*ck, is what the drinking version of myself would have thought, as if remaining conscious and beach-time were mutually exclusive. But she was silly, so let's forget about her opinion.  I mean, why can't a person voluntarily get...

Sober travel: Handle travel stress without losing your shit

My least favorite thing about quitting drinking is that there's no reward for getting through the day without punching somebody in the face. Back in my drinking days, it seemed that even the most aggravating situation would dissolve as soon as the cork popped. The...

Sober travel blogs and other fun resources

There are approximately 98,000 sober blogs out there now (give or take).  I think that's awesome! Following other peoples' journeys when you're teetering around on your newly sober Bambi legs is super helpful.  There are even a few other sober travel blogs out there,...

Sweden: a non-alcoholic wonderland

I had zero expectations of what an alcohol-free Sweden trip would look like.  I'd been to Scandinavia before but was a hearty consumer of beer at the time.  When I visited this fine country, I'd been off the sauce for 10 months. So what does the land of long winters,...

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I’m Claire. Why are traveling and drinking so often intertwined? When I quit drinking in 2016, I wondered, could travel be the same? Good news—it’s even better. I promise.  Go to the About page to learn more about me or start getting your travel inspiration on here.