We’re back from vacation, or perhaps I should refer to it as holidays since we spent the last two weeks in Ireland. We had an amazing time, but we’re looking forward to warming up on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Riviera Maya and visiting our favorite restaurants. I think we’ve missed the food in Mexico as much as the beaches.
Several of our friends asked us why we would leave our perpetual vacation in paradise to visit the much colder climate of Ireland. The answer is simple — it’s something different. We had never been to Ireland and Linda mentioned they had a lot of good beer there. I’m sure there was more to her sales pitch but I really don’t remember much more because she had me at beer.
Besides, a little time away from Mexico makes us appreciate it more and we’re reminded how lucky we are to be able to live here all year.
In Mexico, we absolutely love going out to eat and spending time with friends at local beach bars. We enjoy it so much that we go out for food and/or drinks an average of 5-7 days a week – sometimes twice in the same day. We were definitely looking forward to doing the same thing in Ireland!
A quick aside….
Anytime I mention in an article that we eat out frequently, several readers will write me to ask how we can afford to do that and still stay on budget. Since we’re already way behind on answering emails that came in while we were on vacation, I’ll go ahead and answer that right now.
It all comes down to the low cost of living here in Mexico. Our monthly expenses are lower across the board, which means that we have more disposable income to spend on things like eating out. The lower cost of living affects restaurant prices as well and we simply get more bang for our buck. As if that’s not enough, most establishments give us discounts of up to 20% just for living locally. To tell you the truth, it’s often less expensive to eat out than to buy all the ingredients and prepare the meal ourselves.
Now back to our article…
Prior to taking our trip, we knew that the restaurant/pub prices would be significantly higher in Ireland and we planned accordingly. Even still, I couldn’t help but cringe a little every time I paid a tab that was more than double what I was used to paying in Mexico.
The one that really got to me was when we ordered a hand-tossed, brick oven pizza from a small Italian Pizzeria in Dublin. It came to $15.95 euro, which is about $319 pesos. In Tulum, the same pizza would cost us $120 pesos, or $6 euro. By the way, Linda said she preferred the one in Mexico.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Even though we exceeded our budget for two weeks, it was 100% worth it. Ireland is a wonderful country and we had a great time. The locals were friendly, helpful, funny and several were eager to share a pint of Guinness with us.