The allure of autumn is undeniable. As the leaves turn a vivid tapestry of colors and the scent of apples and pumpkins fills the air, there’s an added charm to setting off on a new adventure. Traveling during this time is truly a treat for the senses. Yet, for those embarking on the journey of Sober October, the usual travel experiences might come with a set of challenges, especially when alcohol seems to be intertwined with many celebratory events and gatherings.
But fear not! With some strategic planning and a dash of creativity, it’s entirely possible to have an enriching and enjoyable trip sans alcohol. Thanks to Hilary Sheinbaum, author of The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month, I’ve collated five essential travel tips to help you navigate your Sober October trip easily and joyfully.
Selective Airline Choices
Before finalizing your flight, delve a little into the airlines’ menu offerings. Certain airlines are more supportive of your alcohol-free journey. For instance, Alaska Airlines has been a forerunner in offering a variety of non-alcoholic beverages in their lounges and during flights. JetBlue isn’t far behind, serving non-alcoholic beers thousands of feet above ground. By making an informed decision, you can ensure a pleasant, temptation-free journey.
Hotels With A Twist
A relaxing evening at a hotel bar is a cherished travel memory for many. Thankfully, hotels across the globe are becoming more considerate of those choosing the sober path. For instance, the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui serves delightful mocktails that won’t make you miss the alcohol. A similar experience can be found at Unlisted in the Untitled Hotel on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Here, one can savor non-alcoholic cocktails made with Free Spirit’s spirit of tequila and the exquisite Fluére’s smoked agave and bitters.
Hotel Bar Hacks
Only some hotel bars you stumble upon may have a non-alcoholic menu. But here’s a secret: many can whip up something special just for you! For instance, if you’re at renowned places like the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, or Nobu hotels, ask for a mocktail with Twisted Alchemy cold-pressed juices. Not only is it a delectable drink, but it’s also a vitamin boost!
Food And Beverage Exploration
An integral part of traveling is savoring the local cuisine. To ensure you find restaurants with non-alcoholic offerings, turn to the app ‘Better Without.’ This handy app pinpoints venues that serve zero-proof and alcohol-removed beverages. A personal recommendation from Sheinbaum is Lamalo in New York City, where you can enjoy brunch with Damrak Gin 0.0 Cocktails. This way, while your friends indulge in their drinks, you have a delightful non-alcoholic alternative.
Thoughtful Hostess Gifts
If you’re visiting loved ones during your travels, consider gifting Mionetto Alcohol-Removed or Freixenet Alcohol-Removed. These sparkling wines, originating from Italy and Spain, respectively, serve as excellent gifts. Not only do they fit the bill for celebratory occasions, but they also make for intriguing conversations. People are often curious about how they compare to their alcoholic counterparts. Everyone will having something to toast to!
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