Tips for Americans to Safely Travel to Mexico
Our neighbors to the south have a lot to offer, like amazing food, ancient ruins, and some of the most incredible beaches in the whole world. But it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. The US State Department has labeled Mexico as a Level Two on their Travel Alert scale. This means that Americans are encouraged to travel, but they should be alert and aware of their surroundings. Here are some tips to help you safely travel to Mexico, and enjoy everything this beautiful country has to offer!
Make Copies of All Your Important Travel Documents
You may feel that having your papers on you at all times is the safest. But having a copy is best to avoid pickpockets. Keep the originals locked in a safe in your room and carry the copy instead.
Do Your Research!
You don’t want to find yourself in one of several “Level 4: Do Not Travel” locations, so it is best to know where you’re going. Or, even better, get yourself a travel agent that can guide you on where is the safest and best location for your budget!
Watch What You Eat and Drink
I’m sure you’ve heard “don’t drink the water” before. And this is SO TRUE in Mexico! Take and drink bottled water everywhere you go. And you will see food vendors all over the streets, and it will smell amazing, but you should only buy food from vendors with long lines full of tourists AND locals. That short line may seem enticing, but there’s probably a reason it’s short.
Do NOT Get Super Drunk
Tequila is like water in Mexico, there is Mexican beer everywhere, and HEY! You’re on vacation! But safety first! Do not accept drinks from strangers, do not walk back to your hotel drunk in the dark, and be mindful of your surroundings.
Have Emergency Contacts At The Ready
Mexico now uses the same 911 system that we use in the United States, but you will also want to have the American Embassy and Consulate numbers handy. And, of course, copies of your important travel documents!
Consider an All-Inclusive
All-Inclusives are the BEST way to travel. Not only is everything prepaid before you get there, but you rarely need to leave your resort. Also, if an all-inclusive isn’t for you, but you don’t plan to leave the pool and/or beach, stay at the most popular hotels.
Do Not Use Lyft/Uber to Get Around
It is best to stick with a registered cab company for transportation. While tourists are generally not kidnapped in Mexico, it, again, is better to be safe than sorry!
Learn Basic Spanish
Learning some basic Spanish will help you get around safely, and make you seem less ignorant. Not to mention it can greatly increase your chances to NOT get swindled!