For many people, the prospect of going to Mexico brings on feelings of excitement and adventure. But for others, Mexico and its reputation for violence and hostility might make you very nervous about taking a potential trip there. However, if you’re prepared and plan your trip correctly, you can visit Mexico with decreased chances of something scary or traumatic befalling you and your travel companion. To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for having a safe visit to Mexico.
Only Go To Safe Areas
Just like with all cities and countries, there are going to be places that you might want to avoid for your own safety. But in addition to these areas, there are also places that are going to be safe for you to go and have a great time exploring. So to have an enjoyable trip to Mexico, it’s all about finding these safe places where you can be comfortable. According to Suzanne Barbezat, a contributor to Trip Savvy, it’s going to be crucial to your safety in Mexico to research which areas there are current public warnings about. Your country of origin should be able to give you information about areas that they’re presently concerned with and places that you would be wise to avoid.
Take Precautions With Food And Drink
In addition to your physical safety, you should also take into consideration how your health could be affected by your trip to Mexico. According to Kitty Bean Yancey, a contributor to AARP, Mexico is a country where it’s going to be important for you to monitor what you’re eating and drinking. Because the sanitation in this country likely isn’t what you’re used to, you’ll want to be extra careful with what you’re consuming. To be on the safe side, try to only eat foods that have been cooked hot so as to limit any contaminants. Also, only drink beverages that have been sealed, like bottled water or sodas. You should also check that all your vaccinations are up to date.
Stay In At Night
While there are plenty of people in Mexico who are friendly and happy to have visitors, there are others who are only looking to take advantage of people in any way possible. To steer clear of situations where you run into the latter, you should try to avoid being out at night on the streets. According to Frommers.com, many of the crimes that happen in Mexico are perpetrated in the evening or early morning hours. So to decrease your chances of being victimized, try to stay inside during these hours of the day.
If you’re considering a trip to Mexico, use the tips mentioned above to help you stay safe.