I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in New Jersey. As far back as I can remember, I had a passion for traveling. Twenty-five years ago, I fell in love with the island of Key West, FL, and have lived here ever since. I was a radio personality for 15 years. When I am not traveling, I am driving a cab – a job I love!
When I gave up drugs and alcohol over ten years ago, a whole new world of travel possibilities opened up for me. It’s amazing the places you can go when you are able to fully participate in life.
About six years ago, I was looking for an organized group trip to Italy. I couldn’t find any itineraries to this amazing country that didn’t pick you up at the airport and drive you directly to a vineyard. I am exaggerating, but not by much. I knew there had to be more to traveling in Italy than vineyards, so I decided to start my own alcohol-free travel company. There were lots of hoops to jump through, paperwork to complete and studying to do; but it was well worth it.
Five years later my company is thriving. We have branched out to include health and wellness travel, placing an emphasis on nourishing the body, mind and spirit. Last year we had our first sold out “Yoga Retreat to Tuscany”. This was our second international trip. Everyone had a magical time. It is inspiring to see people come together with common interests and goals, enjoying themselves as they explore new environments. Many of the people on our adventures forge lasting friendships.
We strive to make sober travel as effortless as possible for our adventurers. Our intensive research, experience and thorough planning help avoid the pitfalls a sober traveler might face on their own.
We love attending English-speaking recovery meetings in a foreign country; it’s very exciting. Integral to our itineraries is making meetings available wherever we may be, whether we’re on a farm in Tuscany or on a beach in the south of France. “Wherever you go, there you are.” As long as you bring your recovery with you, traveling anywhere can be rewarding and exhilarating, especially in the company of other like-minded, sober people.
This year we are thrilled to be taking a group to Paris and Bretagne, another collaboration with our friends at Yoga on the Beach. It is a wonderful company managed by people who share our travel vision. Together we plan to get our yoga on, learn some new water sports, explore, hike and, of course, enjoy Paris, The City of Light – sober.
We also host many travelers here in Key West, the tropical island paradise I have come to know and love. While it may be a town notorious for its hard-partying ways, Key West has much to offer the sober traveler as well. Fine restaurants, snorkeling the fifth largest barrier reef in the world, historical tours, charming architecture and a host of colorful characters welcome you to the unique perspective of Key West’s official philosophy of “One Human Family”.
While we have no way of knowing where this path may lead us, we certainly have faith that we will be right where we are supposed to be. The sky is blue today; the birds are singing and we surely are enjoying the journey!
Loretta-Maria Adkins, 50 years old and clean ten years, is truly a jack of all trades. She is the owner of Clean Getaway Travel, a cab driver and former radio personality. Travel and helping others is her passion. So far, Adkins has been to 49 of the 50 US states. Clean Getaway Travel is located at 1100 Margaret St, Ste 3, Key West, FL, 33040. She may be contacted by phone at 305.240.1816, by email at email@example.com or her website: http://cleangetawaytravel.com.