My Sober Vegas Vacation ends: goodbye Las Vegas

24 hours after saying goodbye to Las Vegas, we are now safely home in New Zealand. We are all feeling jet lagged and dying for a good sleep. Before I do, I just wanted to swing by and say hello.

After eight magic days in Sin City, famous for drinking and gambling, I’m excited to let you know that I didn’t give into the bright lights and allure of the drink. The cheap and free flowing alcohol was everywhere. Those icy cold piรฑa colada slushies available along The Strip were very enticing on those hot Vegas days and nights.

Before we left, I was absolutely petrified at the prospect of going to Vegas with some big drinkers. Let’s be honest, it’s Sin City – everyone goes there to drink and gamble! Except a small handful. But throughout the trip, the more I saw people get wasted, the more I was thankful for being sober and therefore able to grow my memories of Las Vegas.

Over the comming days, I look forward to sharing the Sober Vegas Vacation lessons I learned. I hope that sharing my experience might help provide someone out there with ideas about how they can also have a wonderful vacation while remaining true to their alcoholfree journey.

Finally, thank you to all of you, the wonderful sober bloggers and readers of my little blog. Your encouragement, compassion and support before and during this vacation was powerful beyond measure. I am truely humbled by your support. Thank you.

Until next time – stay strong, stay sober and most importantly, stay true to you. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ๐ŸŒ

21 thoughts on “My Sober Vegas Vacation ends: goodbye Las Vegas

  1. I am on my sober Vegas vacation now! Although mine isn’t going quite as well as yours seemed to be, it is not from cravings or temptations. My lack of fun is all thanks to my inability to socialize. And without my ol trusty icebreaker, alcohol, I no longer find any satisfaction wandering about with a bunch of drunken gambling fools..

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    • Hello my friend, thanks so much For getting in touch. Oh wow, you’re in Vegas now?!? Oh the opportunities that lie before you!!!
      Drunken gambling fools is a great description. I found the first two days were tough as I though I was being ‘left out’. But after enduring that initial speed bump and not giving in, everything skyrocketed. For example, not wasting money on booze and gambling (because let’s be honest, no one ever truely wins), waking up every morning happy/healthy and hangover-free. I often snuck away each night and left the rest of the group to drink. It got boring to be honest, listening to their repetitive, slurry, non-filtered (and sometimes downright obnoxious) blabber. Was I like that once? Yes. Was Vegas a million times better for killing the drinking? Damn straight!
      You are calling the drinking for what it is, I admire your observations and ability to see it for what it truely is.
      Stay strong, trust yourself and let your true self be in the moment. I have faith in you. You can head home at the end knowing you didn’t give in and feeling incredibly proud of yourself. We got this xoxoxo

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    • Nawww thank you and thank you ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ so excited to have done it – I genuinely didn’t think anyone could do Vegas sober …. let alone me!!! I was such a boozer. Big time. I am very thankful to you especially for your inspiration, kindness and support every step of the way. Carry on being awesome ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ฏโ€ผ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผโค๏ธ

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    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Like you, I was very worried about being sober on vacation with a bunch of friends (including some seriously heavy drinkers) and if I could last the duration. But yay, we can do it – it is possible! I’m confident you would do it too. โค๏ธ

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    • Thank you for your lovely feedback and support. The accountability, kindness and motivation from our sober blogosphere has been a huge enabler for me. I’m very thankful. Have a fantastic weekend โค๏ธ

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    • Sober sisters unite – way to go on the sober vacations! Oh yes, goodbye hideous hangovers, dreaded mornings (‘oh no, what did I do/say’), drunken pointless Visa transactions and general shame / embarrassment.
      Have a fabulous-tastic weekend, lovely lady. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ

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  2. Watching those who drink to excess, can make you cringe with embarressment and think to yourself “did I look like / do, that? Well possibly you did. May be a lot of us did. But not any more. The corner has been turned and we’re walking toward new adventures! ๐Ÿ’•

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    • Hi Norma! Oh you are so right. Yes, I admit I too was a drunken moron once upon a time. And yes, I cringed with embarrassment at those so drunk they couldn’t speak coherently and spilt drinks on themselves in Vegas. Yay for the new us, life is so much better without the ugliness alcohol brings. Have a wonderful weekend my friend โค๏ธ

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    • Good Saturday morning my friend from New Zealand ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ I can relate 100% to the pre-vacation anxiety. Mine was because I hated people being confrontational about it, drilling me as to why I wasn’t drinking and peer pressure. If there are any specific causes you can think of that trigger your pre-vacation anxiety, you’re welcome to let me know and I will do my best to respond to that in my next post.
      I’m excited for your first sober trip. You are strong and focussed and I support you every step of the way. xoxo

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    • Absolutely! You are right, it has been very hard to go against the mainstream behaviours and peer pressure to drink. Slowly but surely it’s become easier with time. Thank you Tami, your support means a lot to me.โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ

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