Flashing back to November 2013, I had spent some time in Mexico City.
I had made a pilgrimage there to visit my friend, who was visiting from California.
We had gotten together at a café called Paseo de los Muertos to celebrate my friend’s birthday, and as I waited for my food to arrive, I looked around to make sure no one was watching me.
I noticed that my friends had been drinking and eating Mexican food in Mexico.
I looked at my friend and said, “Oh yeah, that’s what we’re doing.”
I looked up to see her friend, and we laughed and said we’d just ordered a taco.
She laughed back and said “No, I didn’t.
That’s what you’re supposed to do, don’t drink and eat.”
The irony of this was that she had been a U.S. citizen for 10 years.
I asked her what she was drinking, and she said it was “beer, I don’t know how many.”
When I asked what she had ordered, she said she’d just gotten home from a day of eating tacos, which were delicious.
It was the first time she’d ever said, I know what you should do, and I’d just come home to the same results.
That experience was an instant reminder of how easy it is to find cheap, delicious Mexican food and drink it in a foreign country.
And that’s the key takeaway from this article.
It’s easy to find the cheap Mexican food, drink it, and forget about the consequences.
And if you do, the consequences are far more severe than you might think.
When we’re abroad and we go to bars and clubs, people will often ask, “Where can I drink?”
That’s a good question.
You can always find a cheap, cheap Mexican drink in Mexico, but it can be difficult to find one when you’re traveling.
For many people, that is.
And it can make it difficult to get a drink when you need it.
For instance, when I was in Mexico last week, a group of us were drinking a cheap margarita at a bar in the resort city of Aguascalientes, where I stayed last year.
But as I was drinking my margaritas, I heard my friends say something I thought was very inappropriate: “Where are the bathrooms?”
My friends started to get loud, and they started talking about bathrooms.
I thought they were joking, but when I realized they were serious, I started to shake.
I walked over to my friend.
I grabbed her by the wrist and told her I was very concerned.
“You’re really close to the bathroom,” I told her.
“I have to ask you a question.”
She laughed, and then she said, in Spanish, “I know, but I think it’s the wrong thing to ask.”
I told my friend I was really worried about her safety, and asked her if she needed a drink.
She looked at me and said she didn’t need a drink because she’s Mexican, and if she needs one, she should just ask.
That conversation was the most painful and uncomfortable I’ve ever had.
And as I watched her friends talk about bathrooms and how rude they were, I was left feeling like I had a bad day.
This is a very common experience for many travelers.
While many people who go abroad find that their time in a new country can be very enjoyable and that there are plenty of things to do in the country, for many of us, the cost of a drink can be a huge barrier to travel.
A couple of years ago, I went to a country where I was working for a year.
I was on a two-month assignment in an agricultural business, and the first week I was there, I drank too much alcohol.
At one point, I became so drunk that I started vomiting.
And then I became paranoid that I was going to be raped by the police.
In the days following my trip, I felt so stressed and scared and lonely, that I decided to take a vacation from my job and go home.
I spent my vacation drinking a lot, eating Mexican meals, and drinking and going out with friends.
After I returned, I decided I needed to get sober.
I called my mom and told the story.
She was concerned, but she was also supportive.
She said, You can’t go home because of your drinking.
And she was right.
It took me a year to get back to where I needed, and it was hard.
I’ve never been happier.
I have never been more proud of myself for being able to get out of that situation and get back home.
So I have no regrets about that trip.
But that trip was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.
And now, I have a much clearer picture of the costs of going abroad.
This article originally appeared on Traveling