My Sober Vacation to Mayan Ruins

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My Sober Vacation to Mayan Ruins

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a vacation sober to see Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This was such a new experience for me, and traveling sober really opened my eyes up. The Mayan people are incredibly interesting, and it was a blessing to see the cities they built. If you want to learn more about them, check out some of the best books about the Maya at

The Experience of Traveling

Traveling is a whole new experience without drugs and alcohol. Traveling via airplane makes me anxious, so to take the trip sober forced me to be with my discomfort. Although I didn’t have the release of substances, I was able to fly with a clear mind and patience. 

We flew into Cancun to see some of the incredible Mayan ruins in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. Upon landing in Cancun, there is literally a bar directly outside the airport. While waiting for the taxis, people are drinking, music is blaring, and it is party time already. 

From the time we left for the airport to getting to our first hotel in Playa del Carmen, I was grateful to be sober. Each step of the way, I saw people drinking. At both airports, on the airplane, and as soon as we got into town. To have the energy to go out and discover the town when we arrived was a completely new experience. 

New Adventures Sober

Traveling the Yucatan and getting to see the beautiful Mayan ruins was something I would have never done before getting sober. I wouldn’t have even been interested in it. Instead, I would have stayed in Cancun or Playa del Carmen drinking.

Every morning, we woke up early, investigating sites like Tulum, Muyil, Coba, and more. I woke up refreshed, made it through the whole day without needing my afternoon nap (pass-out), and was truly curious and interested. 

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