5 Offbeat Destinations for an Addiction-Free Holiday

People choose vacation destinations on the basis of their likes and dislikes. Some might like reading books by the beach while others might be interested in adventurous hiking. 

But for individuals who are recovering, choosing a vacation destination may be a huge challenge. That’s because a holiday often leads to disruption in routine and can threaten the recovery process by giving reasons to drink. It may also stress some during the planning process.

Although it is not possible to avoid all these stressors, one can choose a place that makes it easy for a person to stay sober.

1. Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a perfect destination if you’re planning a family vacation. With many tourist attractions, this place will give you no time to think about breaking your sobriety.  

The city is famous for fun activities at amusement parks like Disney World and Sea World. While in Orlando you can also visit a nearby city, Tampa, where you can discover various fishes at Florida Aquarium and take informative tours at the museums.

Tampa is also known for its alcohol and drug rehab center, WhiteSands Treatment in Tampa, which provides different innovative programs to help people recover from addiction. As such this is the perfect destination for anyone in the early recovery phase. 

2. Costa Rica

Costa Rica, often referred to as the “happiest country on Earth” has stunning biodiversity and offers many outdoor activities that provide the perfect backdrop for an addiction-free vacation. 

Travelers visiting Costa Rica have their day lined with diverse activities like yoga, zip-lining and hiking and even swimming near a waterfall or enjoying hot springs. 

Of course, these thrills and adventures can be done by sober people only. 

3. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka gives sober travelers two main reasons to visit. 

First, it offers uncountable outdoor activities and second, half of the population there also abstains from alcohol consumption. 

Since the locals don’t drink due to cultural and religious reasons, they exude fascination and warmth without luring sober people to drink. 

Apart from locals not consuming alcohol, the fascinating wildlife of Sri Lanka can also distract you from the urge of drinking. 

The expansive landscapes of Sri Lanka are the home to wildlife that is mostly seen in the jungles of Africa. With breathtaking sights of birds and elephants, one can easily forget the idea of intaking alcohol. 

4. Morocco

This Muslim-majority destination is an ideal place to visit if you want to avoid drinking as alcohol, not being a cultural norm, is forbidden here. 

Although you can find alcohol if you look for it, encountering people who drink is next to impossible. Besides, being booze-free is crucial to visit some of the cultural places of this North African Country

From shopping in the bustling markets of the country to visiting the Sahara Desert or the maze-like cities, Morocco gives sober people quite a few one-of-a-kind experiences.

5. Malaysia 

Avoiding alcohol can be pretty easy in Malaysia. The reason behind that is not the shortage in the availability of alcohol but the heavy taxes on it.

Worldwide, after Norway and Singapore, Malaysia has the highest tax on alcohol. 

Despite skipping alcohol, people visiting Malaysia never see a dull moment. 

As soon as you step out of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you will realize the country has a stunning architectural backdrop with religious, colonial, and traditional structures blending perfectly with ultra-modern infrastructures. 

This tropical country doesn’t attract tourism only due to the picturesque cityscape but also because it offers various wellness programs such as relaxation and stress relief massages


In a world that gives the idea that booze is the only source of entertainment, these off-beat destinations provide a safe escape for recovering addicts. 

Whether it’s learning yoga in Costa Rica, exploring the spiritual places of Morocco, venturing into the wilderness of Sri Lanka, or unlocking your fear of heights in Florida, these destinations will give you the right reasons to keep your resolve to stay alcohol-free rock-solid. 

Last Updated on July 20, 2023

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