Traveling While Drunk vs. Traveling While Sober

Can I stay sober in a foreign country?

Benya Clark
Exploring Sobriety

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This essay originally appeared in the Exploring Sobriety newsletter.

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I rarely traveled when I was a drinker.

For one thing, I couldn’t afford it. I was spending more money on booze and cigarettes than I was on rent and food. These addictions didn’t leave much room in my budget for travel and entertainment.

But, even if I could have afforded to travel, I still wouldn’t have had any interest.

The sad reality is that drinking was the most important priority in my life, and I was uninterested in traveling because I knew it would interfere with my habit.

I drank every single night, with only a handful of exceptions each year — normally during failed attempts to quit. Each evening I’d get home from work, open a beer, and then keep drinking until it was time to go to sleep.

I didn’t like interruptions in this routine. I’d skip parties to stay at home and drink. I’d avoid networking events so that I could sit in my apartment and get wasted. Similarly, traveling just wasn’t as important to me as drinking.

On the rare occasions when I had to travel, the experience was miserably stressful. Plane rides drove me crazy because I couldn’t…

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Benya Clark
Exploring Sobriety

I’m a lawyer turned writer from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, and more. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at exploringsobriety.com.