It’s almost inevitable that at some point during your holidays you will be sipping on something alcoholic, even if you’re not a big drinker back home you may be more inclined to let loose and have some delicious adult beverages. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of drinking on your holidays.
DO – Try something new and exotic that you’ve never had or even heard of before. Now is the perfect time to try new things and ask locals for their opinions or suggestions. Who knows, you might just discover your new favorite drink!
DON’T – Get ice in your drinks. Unless you REALLY love ice there are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t order your drinks with ice. For starters, it waters down the drinks and makes them taste diluted after time – unless you are drinking them really quickly. Secondly, depending on your destination you may not be able to drink the tap water due to bacteria or other related reasons. The locals are used to the tap water and can usually drink it without any issues, but if your body is not used to this then you could end up on the toilet. Most restaurants will make their ice with tap water and not bottled water.
DO – Get a good buzz going, you’re on holidays and you deserve it! Have a few more beers or margaritas than you usually would and just relax. Enjoy yourself!
DON’T – Get sloppy wasted. Not only will you hate yourself in the morning, but you are in a foreign place, surrounded by a lot of people you do not know and do not know their intentions. You are a tourist, you have money and valuables and who knows what else on you. If you are so inebriated you cannot get your bearings straight then you risk injury, lost items, theft, and other dangerous situations you do not want to get in. Have a great time and let loose, but stay safe!
DO – Keep drinking water! The sugar and alcohol that are in your drinks will make you really dehydrated after time. Keep drinking those drinks but remember to sneak some water in there as well. This should help make your hangover less crappy.
DON’T – Forget to tip your severs or bartender. They need to make a living too!
DO – Purchase drinks at a convenience store or shopping market for significantly cheaper than on the resort or hotel. We were able to score some Coronas for $1.00 USD (~ 18 pesos) at a convenience store, they were selling them for 60 pesos at the restaurant. That’s 1/3 of the cost! You won’t always be in a position where this is possible, but I would highly encourage it especially if you are on a budget. If you are into beautifully crafted mixed drinks than this may not be a reality for you, but here’s to trying!
We hope you found these tips helpful. We would love to hear your feedback or if you have any other Do’s and Don’ts then please share! Safe and fun drinking everyone!