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How to Prepare for your Time in Cancun

Are you the kind of traveller whose holiday prep amounts to some notes hastily scribbled on the back of your council tax bill? Or do you spend hours meticulously researching the local watering holes, brunch spots and cultural sites so that your trip more closely resembles Jeff Bezos’s weekly calendar than a week of chilling by the pool? In either case, if you want to get ahead of the curve for next year’s Cancun trips, or you’re just bored and looking for some lockdown #motivation, we’ve picked out a few things to do in Cancun that can be replicated from the comfort of your humble abode. 

cancun mexico beach
photo credit: epicwatertoys.com

1. Listen to We Are Mexico's Playlist

As I write this article the weather in the UK is a grey, drizzly 14C°. The Cancun weather is a blissfully cloudless 32C°. Need I say more? Our friends over at We Are FSTVL have put together a banging playlist of party slammers to get you in the holiday mood. As we keep saying, Summer isn’t cancelled, it’s just postponed.

2. Learn some Spanish 

Chances are, during your time in Cancun most people will speak at least some English. But that doesn’t mean you can’t vastly improve your experience by learning a few choice phrases. Do you know your cañas from your jarras, your taco from your tostada or your pico de gallo from your salsa verde? If not, time to get clued up so you can impress friends, significant others and potential sweethearts with your linguistic talents. 

3. Make Tacos

If there’s one food synonymous with Mexico, it’s the taco. They come in many shapes and sizes, with different fillings, sauces, toppings and vary from the mild to the brain-searingly spicy. Our recommendation - find an authentic recipe (like this one), get the proper ingredients (for example small tacos rather than tortillas), and throw a Mexican themed dinner party. Nothing says getting in the Mexican spirit like a DIY taco extravaganza… 

fish tacos
photo credit: cooking.nytimes.com

4. Make Margaritas

And to keep your guests well oiled during the evening, why not make a few jugs of Margaritas? Admittedly, squeezing 30 or so limes is a bit of a faff, but it will be worth the effort when your friends, dizzy off tequila and cointreau, post your immaculately crafted Margie (with a salt rim, of course), on their IG story. Who knows, maybe even get a piñata?

5. Start planning your outfits

This might be a little premature, but since most of us won’t get the chance to show off our festi garms this year, there’s no time like the present to start planning your Mexico drip. Whether you’re a streetwear fanatic, Depop diva or the ultimate glitter babe, get ahead now to make sure you’re turning heads in Mexico next April. 

we are mexico
photo credit: Pollen

Header image credit: maladeaventuras.com


Gregory Mostyn


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