The Secret to Staying Sober on Vacation

January 16, 2013 by  
Filed under ADDICTION

On the cathedral square

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Being in recovery shouldn’t affect your ability to live a full life. For many people, however, alcohol and other drugs are a large part of traveling. Your vacation is a time to unwind and blow off steam, but there are ways to do it that won’t compromise your sobriety. In this article, we look at some ways to make the most of your time abroad without relapsing.

Stay Away From All-inclusive Resorts

For families traveling together, all-inclusive resorts are a convenient way to travel without having to worry a lot about logistics. But between the free drinks, college kids eager to party and the swim-up bars, the temptation to drink can be too much. Avoid the big resorts and stay at a local hotel or homestay. You’ll save money and see another side of life in your destination.

Take a Cultural Vacation

The best way to avoid drinking while on vacation is to fill your day with other activities. Skip the beach and visit archeological sites, museums and cultural performances. If you’re at a loss as to what to do, there are many tourist organizations, such as NYC Sober Tours and, which cater to those in recovery.

Stay Active

There are few things better for your peace of mind than doing yoga on the beach as the sun rises. If yoga’s not your thing, go for a hike or rent a bicycle for an afternoon. You can also use your vacation as an opportunity to take up something new; try taking a surfing lesson or salsa class.

Have a Support Team

If you’re traveling with family or friends, let them know that you will need their help. Ask your spouse to support you by abstaining as well. Having an eager travel partner can motivate you to try new things and will give you someone to be accountable to.


You’re on vacation – you should indulge yourself! Let your diet lapse for a few days. Try local specialties, tour community markets, take a cooking lesson. Food is one of the greatest pleasures life has to offer, and experiencing all its diversity can be uniquely rewarding.

Treat Yourself

Remember, you’ll be saving money by not drinking. Why not put that toward a distinctive souvenir? Find the perfect gift for yourself – it will be a unique and memorable reward for having made it through your vacation without succumbing to temptation.

Whether you’re a week out of rehab or have been sober for years, a vacation can be a stressful time in your recovery. It doesn’t have to be, though. If you are vigilant and make an effort to fill your time with activities, not only will staying sober be easy, you also will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is far more rewarding than a boozy week on the beach.

About The Author:

Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring writer. When she’s not blogging about tech and social media, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.

Foods that kill excerpts plus other Health tips vegans vs carnivores Abel vs Cain

March 24, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Themeaning of life is problem solving! This is how they control the people daily. They solve the basic problems of food, clothing & shelter by providing you with jobs. Every two weeks they pay you in debt notes & within ten days you have given it all back. You don’t even know it’s not real money & that the nations are all under bankruptcy & everything is prepaid. You are so conditioned you can’t believe it, you deny it & you continue to go along with the corporate central bank tax scam. That leaves you free to solve more pressing problems like cash or charge, wine or beer, window or aisle, smoking or non, Oprah or American Idol Worship. You work all day in a corporate sweat shop. You pay taxes to the corporation of [your country name] then you watch Corporate news scare you to death with terror, murder, rape & corruption. You watch some sitcom Friends lie & cheat on each other for a laugh then you finish off the evening by witnessing some Criminal Minds plot & commit murder When they present any problem like 9/11 (Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin & arms smugglers used by the CIA & Saudis to funnel guerrillas arms & money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan Courtesy of World Affairs) they offer the solution, war on terror, loss of freedom. Housing bubble, economic collapse, bailout tax theft. Swine flu, imminent

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Are your shots up-to-date?

August 5, 2009 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

injectionsI am aware of the heated discussion on children vaccination and its possible link to autism. I am one of those parents who have chosen to vaccinate my kids and I won’t go into detail about my reasons. Suffice it to say that my kids’ shots are up-to-date. But funnily enough, not mine. I had my shots as a kid but my mom did not keep a record like what I am doing now for my kids. I never gave my vaccinations much thought until I started travelling globally about 15 years ago and found out that certain countries may have their own set of required inoculations before you are allowed entry. Then came motherhood, resulting in cutting down on travelling to exotic places. And then of course I forgot about vaccinations again. At least mine. While I made sure my kids follow the vaccination schedule on the dot, I misplaced my own yellow vaccination booklet.

Recently, however, I was forced to face the fact that I, too, need inoculations, basically because we are travelling to Southern Africa for our summer vacation. Luckily, I realized my negligence thanks to the timely reminder of the travel agency, with still enough time to spare, before the trip and before the doctors go on summer vacation themselves.

So that is why I wrote this post about adult immunizations and traveling. Each country has its own set of recommended inoculations for its adult citizens. In the US, it is the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) who comes up with the recommendations for routine vaccinations (see CDC Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule 2009 here).

In addition, some countries require specific immunizations for people coming into the country. There are recommended as well as required vaccinations as discussed below.

Required vaccines

Yellow fever

The International Health Regulations (IHR), an instrument of the World Health Organization recommends countries to require yellow fever vaccination for people travelling to sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America where it occurs. Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. In the same way, many countries require yellow fever vaccination when you are coming from the yellow fever endemic regions. I had my yellow fever shot 12 years ago when travelling to Amazon. With my immunization, I received a yellow card, an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) for Yellow Fever where other immunizations could also be recorded. Immunization should be renewed every 10 years. However, since I am coming from Europe and going to South Africa, two regions where yellow fever is not endemic, I do not need a new yellow fever shot for now.

Meningococcal Meningitis

During the annual Islam pilgrimage the Hajj, the government of Saudi Arabia requires that pilgrims are vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. I’ve been to Saudi Arabia but not for the Hajj and not in the pilgrimage area so I didn’t have to have this shot.

Recommended vaccines

In addition, other vaccinations are recommended depending on where you are going to. The CDC provides a list of destinations and the recommended immunizations needed.

Hepatitis A and B

Vaccinations for these two forms of hepatitis are recommended if you are travelling to an area with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A and B virus infections. Hepatitis A is contracted through food and water while hepatitis B through blood and body fluids. Immunizations are normally valid for at least 5 years depending on the type of vaccine used. I had my first shot a couple of weeks ago and will have another one before departure.

Typhoid fever

This is recommended for those who are going to Southern Africa – and that’s where I will be. Exposure is through food and water.


Other recommended shots are for rabies and polio but only under special circumstances and depending on destinations.

About IHR

The International Health Regulations (IHR) are an international legal instrument that is binding on 194 countries across the globe, including all the Member States of WHO. Their aim is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.

It came into force in 2007, and aside from vaccination recommendations, also requires countries

  • to report outbreaks, epidemics and other public health events to the WHO
  • to step up public health prevention, surveillance, and response.

For more information about immunizations and prophylaxis for travel, check out CDC’s Traveler’s Health.


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My Personal Tips For People With Arthritis When Traveling

December 8, 2007 by  
Filed under ARTHRITIS

First of all, do not let your arthritis tie you down at home. There must ways when you can travel too, visit friends and enjoy what other places has to offer.

As you know, I went out of town with 5-year old son and my 59-year old mother. Thank God my mother has no any kind of rheumatoid condition and my son is such a sport he is his unusually-behaved self when traveling.

For someone like me whose knees buckle from time to time because of osteoarthritis, here are a few tips I’ve learned that I would like to share with you:

  1. Bring another adult with you, especially if you are traveling with a child. Bring somebody you can pull you up if your knees buckle and find yourself on a heap on the floor. Or someone who can carry you halfway when going up stairs. Bring a friend, a spouse or boyfriend, a brother or sister or, like in my case, my mother. Which means that you have to save additional travel money for that extra someone who will accompany you. May not be a problem for those who have husbands who most probably will shoulder the whole travel. But for single moms who shoulder everything, this is quite a feat, therefore travel should be planned up ahead so you can save up first before the big day — which by the way is what I do, thus there is no ‘going at the drop of the hat’ for me. Unless somebody else pays for our airfare. 😉
  2. Choose a mode of transportation that will be of most comfort to you. Like taking the plane over a car or a bus. Like the train, where you can stretch your legs on-board. We all flew going there and took the bus coming home. The bus wasn’t such a good idea but we took it for an entirely different reason. If there was a decent train going back, we would have taken that. At least you can walk on the halls of train better that on a bus. After all, your convenience at all times should come first, right?
  3. Don’t forget your meds. This is very, very important for obvious reasons. It is better to have your meds handy than searching for the nearest drugstore in an unfamiliar place. Besides, have your meds ready before going for unnecessary purchases when traveling, especially if you are on a budget. Am I right or am I right? 😀
  4. When you are meeting or dining out with your friends, choose activities or venues where you can stand up and sit down on short intervals. Tell your friends about your condition. My problem will attack if I’ve been inactive for a while. I’ll have problems getting up — it’s when my joints become sort of frozen and will buckle instead if I try to bend it. I can stand up for long hours either, my legs will “cramp” and that’s not good either. That’s why the type of activities and the venue are very important. While chatting with friends take endless hours, stand up from time to time.
  5. Even when not traveling, AVOID the stairs. Take the elevator or the escalator instead. Otherwise, be real careful and do not be ashamed to tell that you can’t take the stairs. The worst thing you can do is for you knees and legs what it cannot do.
  6. If like me, your legs got used to being massaged at the end of the day, when you are in a different place, check out the local salon or spa, to help you out. This is something I didn’t have the budget for forgot last weekend, thereby my condition sort of attacked. And since we are out daily the whole time we were there, my legs were sort of stressed out at the end of each day. My poor legs and knees!

Did I forget anything else?The above tips are from my personal experience, so the whole thing may not be applicable to you, as each case is unique. But then somebody else may be able to relate to all of the above.

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