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What NOT To Do in Mexico: Advice From a Local

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I get asked fairly often for advice about Mexico, whether that’s about the places to visit in Jalisco, where to find the best street art in Mexico City, or even the coolest, most colourful towns. Sometimes I have the answers and sometimes I don’t (we’re all human), but most of all it can get boring telling people the same things over and over again. So, in a break in scheduled programming, instead of what to do in Mexico, here’s my rundown – an insider perspective – on what NOT to do in Mexico.   

Obviously these insightful, comical and common-sense pieces of Mexico travel advice are principally taken from my own experiences, so they should NOT be taken as gospel nor as applicable to everyone. Take them for what they are – practical, first-hand, pretty fucking funny and useful snippets of wisdom. Anyway, enough cover-my-back-disclaiming, here are 37 pieces of Mexico travel advice that should help you avoid some common tourist mistakes, and perhaps even some not so common ones.


I will be covering safety advice in far more detail in an upcoming post, so this post is pretty light on the serious stuff. 


What NOT to Say

If you want to steer clear of the whole ignorant tourist vibe a lot of travellers in Mexico have got going on, or if you just want to keep the locals on side, here’s what NOT to say.

“I’m American.”

Harmless enough, right? Wrong. Everyone in Mexico is American too, dipshit, so don’t brand yourself as ignorant by identifying yourself as ‘American’. Instead, say ‘I’m from the US’, or name a state, but don’t just claim the continent as your own and forget about your southern (and northern) neighbours. Also, everyone hates Trump, so maybe just say you’re from Canada and save yourself the hassle?

OK, OK, I’m being harsh. This is a very common mistake but for a reason. The English word ‘American’, in its most direct Spanish translation (americano), just doesn’t have the same meaning – while we associate it with being from the US, Spanish speakers associate americano with people from the entire continent, which, of course, includes Mexicans. Just stick to estadounidense and you’ll be fine.

“I love South America!”

Cool, but Mexico is in North America. Not South America, not Central America. Come on, guys. You’re probably looking for the term Latin America, which covers all the countries with a predominantly Romance language speaking culture in the region and can therefore include Portuguese speaking Brazil, French speaking French Guiana and Caribbean Cuba.

“I don’t speak Mexican.”

Good, because neither does anyone in Mexico. They speak Spanish. Click here if you want a breakdown of some of the basic phrases every traveller in Mexico needs (COMING SOON).

“I hate Jesus and love abortion.”

Whether true or not, you don’t want to go spouting off to all and sundry about your religious views. Much of Mexico is Catholic and controversial topics surrounding religious debates are best kept for private conversation among close friends. Or not at all. (For the record, abortion is only legal in all circumstances in Mexico City, in case you were wondering.)

“Corona is the best Mexican beer.”

You are wrong, you are objectively wrong. Everyone knows Victoria is the best Mexican beer, unless you’re at the beach and then you’re going to want to plump for a refreshing Pacífico. If you think Tecate is the best beer, then for the love of god, don’t tell anyone (unless you’re in the north where it actually is the best beer, because the only other option is Bud Light). And don’t even talk to me about motherfucking Sol. Jesus.

Related Post: A Quick Review of Popular Mexican Beers + Guide to Drinking in Mexico 

“PAY-so” instead of “PEH-so”

This is more of a pet peeve of mine, but at least pronounce the name of the currency right when you’re in Mexico. Peh-so, not PAY-so. The current rate of the peso (at time of writing) is a little above MXN$20 to £1 and a little below MXN$20 to the US$1.

“Mexican food is great! I love chimichangas.”

I hate to break it to you, but you love Tex-Mex. A simple way to tell the difference is that Tex-Mex, due to the Texan cattle ranching influence, relies far more on beef products, whereas typical, traditional Mexican dishes contain far more pork. Tex-Mex loves a good cheddar cheese, flour tortilla and dash of cumin, whereas Mexican food prefers white cheese, corn tortillas and spice rather than spices. Basically, Tex-Mex is a supersized, extra greasy version of Mexican food. Still not sure? If you’re in the UK or US and go to a ‘Mexican’ restaurant, pretty much everything on that menu is actually just Tex-Mex. Except Wahaca, that shit is pretty authentic.

“Estúpido” and “Idiota”

A.k.a. ‘Stupid’ and ‘idiot’, except with a far stronger meaning in Mexican Spanish than in English. Stick to the harmless tonto if you want to call someone a bit dim, or just call them a pinche cabrón hijo de su puta madre. OBVIOUSLY DON’T DO THAT LAST ONE. I’m just highlighting the fairly laidback attitude to swearing in Mexico in contrast with the use of estúpido or idiota, which barely seem offensive in English. For the record, I still make this mistake from time to time even though I speak fluent Spanish. Or maybe some of the people I meet actually are idiotas. We’ll never know.


This means ‘catch’ in Spain – as in, catch a bus – but it means ‘fuck’ in Mexico – as in, I want to fuck you. Best to steer clear. In Mexico you can agarrar a bus, but you should never fuck it.

“Le voy al América.”

Telling people you support the most hated team in Mexico is pretty bad wherever you are in the country, but especially bad in Mexico City. If you’re in Guadalajara, the equivalent would be telling people you support the Chivas and in Monterrey, it would be like having no opinion on football whatsoever. They take their football seriously in the north and if you claim to be a fan of no team, you’ll be treated with mild suspicion.

What NOT to Do

Oh sure, there are plenty of things to do in Mexico, but what should you NOT be doing while you’re there? Here are some of the main activities, rookie errors and mistakes to avoid. Incidentally, you can read about all the rookie errors and mistakes I made when I first moved to Mexico here (COMING SOON).

Visit the overrated tourist attractions

I’m biased, because I live here and I’ve already been to them. Let me make it clear that there are numerous ‘tourist attractions’ that are more than worth visiting, especially if it’s your first time in Mexico City. Think, the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the Torre Latinoamericana’s bar, Xochimilco’s trajineras. I’m on the fence about Frida Kahlo’s house, but it’s still a pretty unmissable experience. However, if you’ve been to Mexico City multiple times, or even just to Mexico, branch out and explore new areas. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – there’s more to the capital than Roma and the historic centre.

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There is some cracking street art in the historic centre, tbf

Assume everyone speaks English

In very heavily frequented tourist spots, or further north, you can assume that many people have a pretty decent grasp of English, but that doesn’t apply everywhere. At least get the basics down before you go to Mexico, so you can come across as polite not ignorant:

  • Hola = Hello
  • Buenos días = Good morning
  • Buenas tardes/noches = Good afternoon/evening
  • Adiós/Ciao/Bye/Hasta luego = Bye
  • Por favor = Please
  • Gracias = Thanks
  • Con permiso = Excuse me
  • Salud = Cheers/Bless you

Alternatively, if you’d rather brush up on some specifically Mexican Spanish, invest in a pocket phrasebook.

Trust the first directions you hear

Picture the scene: You ask someone to point you in the direction of a pretty well-known attraction, that you know isn’t far from here. They um and they ah, and eventually send you six blocks to the left, across the bridge and instruct you to turn left at the yellow house. Would you trust them? No. OK, now imagine that everyone gives you those kind of weird instructions when you ask for directions (rather than just, you know, saying they’re not sure where it is) and you’re coming close to what it’s like in Mexico. As a rule of thumb, ask three separate people and draw together their responses to get your route.

Drink in the street

I met someone on holiday in Vallarta at the top of a view point who I’m pretty sure was high or drunk or both, and he was waxing lyrical about the fact drinking in the street was allowed in Mexico for a good while until I told him that, no, in fact, it’s very much illegal. Sure, you’ll get the good old fashioned blind eye turned when you’re in a popular tourist zone and if you’re quite obviously a tourist (places like Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen spring to mind). Step into a small town or a city though, and the police will be on you if you’re caught drinking in the street. Fines are in place, but more often than not you’ll just have to bribe your way out of trouble. Fun story: I was once caught drinking on the street in Monterrey with two Mexicans. They asked to see our wallets and IDs and we were certain they were priming themselves to ask for the inevitable bribe. As it happens, we managed to talk our way out of it and go on with our (albeit beer-less) day. After it happened, one of them said it’s because I was present and if that’s not an example of some of the uncomfortable privilege I get in Mexico as a white European girl then I don’t know what is.

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Juice bags only on the streets of Mexico, I’m afraid

Pay the first price you’re told in a market

Haggling is almost expected in many places, and while you should take into account exactly what MXN$20 means to you financially as well as just what that amount of money means to the vendor, it’s always worth trying to get a bit off the price if you feel you’re paying too much. As someone who lives and works in Mexico, this attitude can’t be maintained constantly though. When I’m truly ‘holidaying’, say, spending pounds from my birthday money stash instead of pesos from my wage, I’m more inclined to spend more but when I’m living off a Mexican wage, it can be infuriating when people assume you have the money for ‘tourist’ prices.

Expect people to turn up on time

One of the things Mexico is best known for is a population to whom time is merely a concept, an imagined notion that is eternally flexible and not at all to be adhered to at any point. Yeah, people are late. As a punctual Brit, it pains me, but I’m permanently primed for aimless hanging around if I agree to meet a Mexican friend at a set time, and you should be too.

Buy or sell drugs

I mean, duh? But also, people still do it, so it needs saying. With the tense drug situation as it is in Mexico at the moment, take a second before you even think about getting involved in it, even in a small way, and then consider whether it’s worth paying the price if you get caught. I’ll help you out – it’s not.

Flush your toilet paper

If there’s a bin (that’s not obviously a sanitary towel bin) in the stall, then it means you can’t flush the toilet paper. If there’s no bin, flush away.

Spend all your change

I can’t reiterate this enough to visitors coming to Mexico. Cling onto your change like it’s the commodity it is, because there are so many places you need either exact change or close to exact change in order to make your purchase. Oxxo, I’m fucking looking at you.

Ask for salt and lime with your tequila

This is widely seen as a trick to make bad tequila taste good and is popular in countries where the tequila shots you’re served are probably cheap, low quality and white rather than reposado tequila. It looks a bit like amateur hour if you demand these citrusy, savoury accompaniments in Mexico though. Just brace yourself and do the shot, dammit.

What NOT to Wear

I know plenty of people will recommend dressing conservatively(ish) if you’re a female visiting Mexico, simply to try and ward off some of the catcalls and leers from locals. While I hesitate to police female clothing so men can feel more comfortable, I definitely recognise that I get less stares in jeans than I do in heels and a skirt. Less but not none, I might add. This is my experience, so I don’t want to advocate that you follow my clothing decisions if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. For that reason, the below what not to do in Mexico advice is based on weather considerations and comfort more than anything else.

Skinny jeans in hot weather

I will persevere in wearing black skinny jeans every day of my life until I die, whether I’m in 40-degree heat in a Monterrey August or 35-degree Puerto Vallarta humidity. Take it from me though, one day you will get thrush, and you will regret all those skinny jean wearing choices for a hot second. Then you’ll buy some Vagisil and continue to wear skinny jeans anyway, because you get mad chub rub if you don’t have material encasing your thighs 24/7.

Shorts and sandals in the city

One, you’ll get really dirty feet. Two, sandals tend to become uncomfortable little bastards the longer you wear them, unless you have a pair of dad sandal style Tevas (which are honestly the best things ever). Plus, shorts just make you look like a tourist, and personally, I prefer to try and blend in as much as possible. I mean, I’m whiter than a pint of milk, so it’s never going to be a seamless effort, but I do what I can.

Related Post: Moving to Mexico? Here’s What to Pack + What to Leave Behind

Flashy jewellery

Common sense, isn’t it? Don’t make yourself a target.

Flesh toned leggings

I just really fucking hate flesh toned leggings. Incidentally, if you do decide to wear them, you’ll actually fit right in with the general Mexican fashion vibe.

Clothes with weird cut out bits

You’ll just get weird sunburn patterns and hate yourself.

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Avoid sunburn by avoiding the sun

What NOT to Eat

I really hate reading posts about Mexico that tell you the food is all unsanitary and dangerous. It’s not. Some of it might be, but the vast majority of it isn’t. However, having said that, there are some things that in my personal experience you should stay away from in Mexico. Take this with as much of a pinch of salt as you would a cheap tequila shot.

Street food

Obviously I’m just kidding, come on. But you should take some basic precautions when you plump for a Mexican street food stand to grab a quick taco from. Make sure they seem to have some sources of clean water and preferably an industrial sized bottle of hand gel on the counter. Use the hand gel. Don’t think you’re too good for the gel, because you’re not. Finally, see what the crowd gathered around it looks like – all local looking? Great. What, there is not crowd gathered around it?! GTFO of there, everyone else clearly knows something you don’t.

Fruit without salt and chili

Sounds gross and is kind of gross, until one day it isn’t. It’s one of those things that grows on you, I guess. Having said that, even after two years of living here, I still think my pineapple and mango should be salt, chili and lime free, because fuck that. Coconut totally works with lime and chili though, and the only thing that makes papaya even vaguely palatable for me is a shit ton of lime juice. Incidentally, a lot of the food I LOVE now is stuff I was on the fence about when I first tried it, so never rule anything out unless you’ve given it a real go. (Except pulque, fuck that slimy, viscous devil juice.)

Spicy salsas…

…without trying them first. Don’t lather up your taco in that innocuous looking green sauce because, guess what, it ain’t avocado based. Instead, just drop a tiny bit onto the back of your (clean) hand first and try it out before you commit to spending a few hours on the toilet that night cursing every decision leading up to that moment. I AM SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE.


Let’s just say I had a pretty traumatic experience after a street side watermelon purchase. Make sure it’s freshly cut if you do decide to buy it, that’s all I have to say on this matter.

In all seriousness, try everything and branch out of your comfort zone (even if it does mean trying these unusual Mexican dishes I wrote about for Lia over at Practical Wanderlust, or ticking your way through my Mexican Food Bucket List (COMING SOON)). Getting sick is temporary, but the anecdote lasts forever.

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What NOT to Drink

Tap water

Do you like heavy metals and yellow teeth? If so, then go ahead and drink the tap water. Otherwise, steer clear. Buy garrafones or a water purifier instead. (Sidenote: Tbf, I drink the tap water in Mexico City, once it’s been safely boiled in the kettle that almost trips the electric every time we make a cup of tea.)


See the above beer rant. You’re in Mexico for the love of god, choose a better beer than a boring old Sol.


Unrefined tequila that’s essentially just paint stripper. Sure, you might see how cheap it is and think about grabbing a bottle in the local Oxxo, but don’t or you might end up blind.

Where NOT to Visit

There is no blanket answer to the question ‘where should I go in Mexico?’. Except there is, and it’s Guadalajara. Just kidding. Kind of.

However, there are several places you’ll want to think twice about visiting in my experience. Bear in mind this is my opinion, based on experience and anecdote, and you should really check out your respective government travel warning page before you make a decision on where (not) to go in Mexico. Here’s the UK one and here’s the US one.

Border Towns

The border towns and cities are generally pretty uninspiring. Think Ciudad Juárez and it’s horrifying femicide rate.

Drug-Heavy States

The states of Tamaulipas, Sonora, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Michoacán and Veracruz are also considered pretty dangerous at the moment too, although I would never advise ruling out entire states entirely. For example, the capital of Michoacán (Morelia) is a safe place to visit, as is Taxco in Guerrero. These are just a few examples. It’s worth keeping in mind that each town and city has its dangerous zones, like anywhere else in the world. Speak to locals before you go and when you arrive to find out where they are.

Don’t forget that you can easily end up getting mugged in supposedly safe destinations too though, so it’s not always a guarantee of safety if you stay on the tourist trail.

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Michoacán is a properly beautiful state that shouldn’t be overlooked

Northern Mexico in Summer

It’s too hot and you’ll want to die.

Northern Mexico in Winter

It’s too cold and you’ll want to die.


Sorry, but just go somewhere a bit more interesting, a bit less touristy and a lot cheaper? (This is ~semi~ tongue-in-cheek, please take it with a pinch of salt. And a shot of tequila.)

If you want to read more safety advice for Mexico travel, check out this far more comprehensive post (COMING SOON).

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Monterrey is hot in summer and cold in winter and will make you want to die. But it’s worth it.

So, there you have it, a local’s insight into what NOT to do in Mexico, whether you’re passing through or setting up home here. Is there anything I missed off? Tell me in the comments! Alternatively, if you found this guide useful, share the pins below or buy me a coffee to say thanks! (This blog runs on sleepless nights and caffeine so you’d really be helping me out.) 


    • Lauren 1 July, 2017 at 15:08 Reply

      I never said it was hygienic, but in the vast majority of places it IS necessary to throw it in the bin.

    • Alexa 17 July, 2017 at 18:12 Reply

      Hi! I know it is not hygienic, but in Mexico the paper does not dissolve in the toilet so it gets stuck and then believe me that it is more disgusting. 😉 Im mexican and thats why you REALLEY NEED put it in the bin.

  1. Cristina 1 July, 2017 at 19:48 Reply

    So true!! This is a must read for everyone who wants to travel to Mexico.
    I made this “American” mistake a couple of times in the beginning I lived here, now I never use that word anymore, not even in my own language lol.
    I also got sick from a watermelon once, it gave me a really bad stomach infection…

  2. Alissa 1 July, 2017 at 21:25 Reply

    Hey there! Nice post!! I really like your writing style, and you definitely made me laugh at least a few times while reading this. Also, very important point about folks from the US not labeling themselves as American. I feel like we (we being folks from the US) just shouldn’t use the term in general. We need a word like estadounidense in English! USian just doesn’t roll off the tongue…

    Otherwise, the only part of this post that I disagree with is your section on haggling. In general, I think that tourists shouldn’t haggle. I know that there’s a whole “live like a local” attitude in the travel sphere, and locals haggle… but I think that’s a privilege that should be for locals, not foreigners. Most tourists don’t consider the economies/sociopolitical situations of the places that they visit, and I think in these situations haggling can easily become exploitative of the local vendors. Especially in places like Mexico, where our western currency goes so far. It really doesn’t make a tangible difference to a tourist to pay 40 pesos versus 20 pesos for xyz item… but that 20 pesos can make a big difference to the vendor. Plus, most of the time the stuff we’re haggling over are beautiful things that we’re going to take home and treasure as memories from our trip abroad – why not pay a little extra for something that we will cherish (even if it’s at a slightly inflated price)?

    Anyway, that’s my two cents. I’m curious to get your thoughts on the subject 🙂

    • Lauren 1 July, 2017 at 22:37 Reply

      Thank you for saying that! 🙂 I totally agree that English lacks in some areas haha.

      As for haggling, I do think it is a touchy subject and I think each people should take their own approach WITHOUT taking it too far, as you say. I think (or hope, at least) that I mentioned in the post that you should consider the place you are in and the person you buy from carefully before you start trying to haggle like a maniac. As you say, ‘western’ currency goes a long way here in Mexico and I DO get annoyed when clearly well-off tourists try and cut the price in half. On the other hand, I’ve seen how much prices are inflated for non-Mexicans here – from my personal experience foreigners WILL be overcharged if they just accept the first offer, whether on a boat ride or an artesanía. Sure, if you can afford to pay that and you think the item is worth it, GO FOR IT. After all, it’s about what the item is worth for you and even the inflated prices often seem more than fantastic!

      On the other hand, it is frustrating at times when I (as someone who lives here) ends up paying tourist prices while earning Mexican wages. Overall, it’s a fine line to walk but personally, I haggle. Of course, my situation is kind of a strange one haha.

      Thanks again for your comment! 🙂

      • Felix Acuña 20 July, 2017 at 17:31 Reply

        On haggling. I am Mexican and I think in general the difference is minimal and makes no difference to our pockets. If we have the money to get there and (more importantly) to return, those few pesos that we leave not does a difference. Of course, if the prices are absurd, what we could do is not buy in the first place. But bargaining I think it hurts working people who are in greater difficulties than we are. And also, it could be a way to respect and recognize their work

    • Veronica Farrelly 13 December, 2017 at 19:10 Reply

      A lot of times the vendors (or taxi drivers) see that you speak English and think “American, walking ATM machine, rich person with people back in the USA who will send more money…” whatever, and raise the price. I was recently made to pay the same for a ride across town as I had heard someone say you should pay for a ride all the way to ENSENADA. Actually, twice as much. They said 180pesos and I gave him a 200 peso note and didn’t get change! That’s the kind of thing that I mean by “they think I’m a walking ATM machine because I speak English therefore ‘must be American not Irish even with a very definitely Irish name'” I don’t know what this is. They see this half-French-Polynesian colouring and, what, expect, what, French to come out? And then when I speak French they act like, what, “what’s that”? I’m glad 109 million people have found themselves willing or able to stay here but I see the Irish Embassy only has one office in this entire country (well, there’s a Consuate in Cancun) FOR. A. REASON. And even though Belize speaks English, we don’t have a Consulate there at all; that should tell me something right there.

      • Lauren 14 December, 2017 at 03:05 Reply

        I just want to say that while this does sometimes happen in Mexico, it is also a common practice across the world regardless of skin colour, country of (assumed) origin or location. Speaking Spanish often helps mitigate hte likeliness of these things happening, however.

  3. Erin 2 July, 2017 at 00:52 Reply

    Hilarious post! I wish there were an English word for US citizen besides US citizen… It’s pretty clumsy. Your bit about beers reminded me that the first time I was old enough to order a beer in another country was the last time I visited Mexico (it was a while ago). I was looking at the beer list and prices, and for a moment was sad that the beer I wanted to try was much more expensive than the US beers…until I snapped to and realized, oh yeah, the domestic (less expensive) prices are for the Mexican beers! I was so used to domestic = Budweiser. On a more serious note, every time I’ve visited Mexico, the behavior of a lot of the guys toward me has been much worse (overall) than in the US. Is this prevalent everywhere in Mexico or more in the bigger touristy cities?

    • Lauren 2 July, 2017 at 01:56 Reply

      Thank you 🙂
      I feel like machismo is far more deeply rooted in Mexico to this day, and you’ll find it’s worse in more rural and conservative places. Obviously, this isn’t to say that it doesn’t still happen in Mexico City or Guadalajara, for example, as I’ve experienced it pretty much anywhere I’ve lived or visited. It’s something that’s difficult to deal with at times, but is unlikely to disappear in the near future unfortunately 🙁

  4. Diana 2 July, 2017 at 03:16 Reply

    Loved reading this post – chuckled a few times at what not to do’s. Definitely a great read for anyone travelling to Mexico.

  5. Alyssa J 2 July, 2017 at 05:39 Reply

    Thank you so much for such a comprehensive post! Although fruits with salt? I’ve had a friend who made me try green apples with salt, and never again ahahahahahah.

    • Lauren 2 July, 2017 at 16:37 Reply

      Oh god apples and salt sounds gross! Tbf, apples don’t seem to be such a big thing here (you’ll never see them on a fruit vendor’s cart, for example), so that probably explains the ick factor of having them with salt haha.

  6. Aurelia Teslaru 2 July, 2017 at 10:14 Reply

    I absolutely loved this post! So many things to learn! For example, in my country -Romania – we always drink tequila with salt and lime haha. I will try not to do this anymore. Next year I am planning to visit Mexico so I will definitely get back to this article! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Michael 11 September, 2017 at 07:40 Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    Love your blog! You have some great content and very useful tips on Mexico which I’m sure will come in handy on my upcoming trip.

    However, one thing I’d like to point out which is certainly not accurate is blanco tequila being of poor quality or taste. Yes reposado and anejo tend to me smoother due to the barrel aging process in oak expressing notes of vanilla, caramel etc. but by no means is blanco a poor quality product. Blanco often tends to be joven or young and exhibit a more sweet veggetal or green note but can be equally as smooth.

    I’d suggest trying something like Tierra Noble Blanco or Maestro Dobel. I will perhaps have more to add to this list following my trip this month!


    • Lauren 11 September, 2017 at 22:59 Reply

      Hi Michael, thanks for your comment! I totally agree with it RE tequila blanco.

      When I said this (‘the tequila shots you’re served are probably cheap, low quality and white’) in the post though, I didn’t mean that ALL tequila blanco was low quality, I meant that when you get served cheap tequila shots, it tends to be low quality and white. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I didn’t mean for that comment to be extrapolated to ‘all tequila blanco is gross’. I can see how it could be interpreted that way though, but that wasn’t my intention! 🙂

      I’ll check out the brands you mentioned!

  8. Shannon 22 September, 2017 at 17:36 Reply

    Hi Lauren!
    As a matter of fact I do like slightly sarcastic, often subjective but always informative and amusing travel, food and cultural guides!! And yours hits the nail on the head!

    We are planning a Yuge move to Mexico next year and I’ve had my concerns and qualms as we begin the planning stages of our next big adventure. I’m grateful you’ve quelled many of them. Thank you! This is exactly the kind of info I’ve been looking for! How not to offend locals or their culture, tradition. How this loud mouthed Irish Amazon white girl is gonna fit in. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to behave and be respectful. It’s just that I tend to stand out anyway.

    I am confident that I’ll figure it all out and the fact that I’ll be living with family (in-laws) is comforting. Please keep writing! This is great information! Looking forward to all the “Coming Soon’s”

    • Lauren 23 September, 2017 at 21:16 Reply

      Amazing! Thank you 🙂 I hope you have a great time and that the move goes smoothly. I’ll try and get those coming soons out ASAP for you haha

  9. Citlali 19 October, 2017 at 06:05 Reply

    Amazing post¡ 😂 Hilarious and so real, you are like a real mexican now (or are you¿) I’m a Mexican living in Colombia and Se me antojo sooo badly the tlacoyo 😩. If you speak Spanish take a look to my site .. soon coming in english too¡ keep going girl 💪🏼

  10. Jennifer 3 November, 2017 at 19:55 Reply

    Thanks for this! I’m visiting Mexico City (for the first time) over New Year’s. What are your tips for things to do/not to do over Dec 31 – Jan 1? Most of the things I’ve read claim a lot of restaurants etc. are closed those days, but I want to take full advantage of the time I have!

    • Lauren 4 November, 2017 at 04:43 Reply

      I honestly have no idea! I know that’s not super helpful but I’m usually not in the city for those dates 🙁 It’s a big place though, so I’d tentatively say don’t worry, because there’ll still be lots open!

  11. Julie Sykes 18 November, 2017 at 14:01 Reply

    Hi Lauren, great post and very funny – I had a good chuckle to myself. I can’t believe I didn’t discover the wonders of fruit with salt and chilli until I visited Mexico. Now I can’t eat mango any other way 🙂 Trip no 4 beckons in a couple of weeks – can’t wait!

  12. Veronica Farrelly 13 December, 2017 at 18:56 Reply

    #1 under “what not to say.” Wrong. If you say anything in English at all you will be CALLED “American” or asked if you’re “American” or just treated like American and they do whatever it is they were going to do to an “American.” I’m Irish and even in the UK I got called and treated like “American.” Sometimes TOLD I was an “American” not even ASKED. I’m surprised I put up with two years of that in Greater London before I got fed up with being called that every time I opened my mouth in English. I would say I was Irish and then get told “Irish-American.” TOLD not asked. And now the Mexicans are doing it to me too, only by way of robbery and overcharging me up the yin-yang for everything starting with transportation. “American” means “walking ATM machine.” Whereas “Irish” might very well mean “fellow poor Catholic country” (probably not, since Ireland is, after all, in Western Europe and gets lumped in with the UK). At least in the UK I didn’t get outright robbed for being mistaken for American, usually I was able to beat them off of otherwise ward them off. After all, there, everyone speaks English, right? Toward the end of my putting up with that in the UK, I started speaking nothing but French, I was so disgusted with what would happen when I’d speak English. Except around other Irish people, of course.
    Now, granted, up here, at the “Border” the justification given is that most people in these parts who speak English ARE Americans, due its proximity. Of course, there is a British Consulate in Tijuana so that can’t be entirely true; there’s also one in Monterrey. So that can’t be entirely true. It must just be rubbish like the same excuses given me in the UK when I’d call them out on it.

    And furthermore, when UK people call someone “American!” like that they mean Canadians and Irish people too, so don’t try to say you mean only the USA. And it is derogatory. In the UK it was used against me as meaning “you couldn’t possibly be qualified in Maths or science, you’re “American” meaning uneducated and stupid” and don’t tell me that’s not true because I had it explained to me loads of times by not only other Irish people but what few Brits would admit it.

    It gets to where I don’t even want to fly on British Airways because of it but AerLingus doesn’t fly here, so I’ll figure something out…

    • Lauren 14 December, 2017 at 03:07 Reply

      I’m sorry you’ve had these experiences and feel this way as a result. However, you say you don’t want to be tarred with a brush of assumptions, so I think you should try and apply that policy when making your own assertions too.

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