In the past few years, Mexico has been in the news as an unsafe location for travelers. The U.S. State Department has issued warnings for some states, but there are many other locations in Mexico which are safe for travelers. You just need to do your homework.
Fact is, anywhere you go on vacation there’s a risk for crime. However, there are ways that you can protect yourself and your family. It’s important to get educated about your destination before you go. Here are some steps to take to enjoy your vacation and remain crime-free.
Before You Leave on Vacation
- Check your destination with the U.S. State Department. Places in Mexico that are historically tourist in nature, such as Cancun, Mexico City, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta, are not on the warning list.
- Make copies of your valuable documents. Send a copy to yourself in an email to have access from any computer in case they get lost.
- Don’t pack valuable jewelry or other items which could be easily stolen.
- Share your travel itinerary with a family member. Don’t share it with fellow passengers.
- Make sure you have your bank and credit card information. Get the international phone number. You might also want to let your company know you’re traveling, so that they don’t deny a transaction.
- Get a money belt to wear under your clothes to carry money. A money belt is not the same as a fanny pack.
- Have a backup plan in case your credit card is lost or swallowed by an ATM machine.
- Have the number to the local consulate.
- Know your wireless data information.
While in Mexico
- Use registered taxis, which are typically gold and maroon. Many hotels offer free transportation because of the problems with unauthorized cabs. Hotels will also call a cab for you.
- Avoid hucksters at the airport or any tourist destination.
- Don’t wear valuable watches or jewelry while you’re on vacation. In addition, keep your tech gadgets in your bag or a pocket. Don’t walk around with your nose buried in your smartphone.
- Stay alert and know your surroundings.
- Carry a little bit of local cash with you. If you do get money from an ATM, put it out of sight immediately.
- Keep your important documents in the hotel safe.
- Watch what you’re wearing and how you look. Flip-flops and shorts practically scream tourist. Use good judgment about how you’re dressed and how you appear.
- Talk to the hotel clerk or concierge about places you should avoid and tips for being safe in the area. They want your stay to be enjoyable and comfortable, and they know the specific community.
- Get money out of your money belt in a private place, such as the restroom.
Traveling to another country has its risks and rewards. Following good travel protocol can help the rewards outweigh the risks. You might stand out, but you can be safe. Stay at a City Express hotel, where we can direct you to the best tourist spots in the city to get a feel for the local flavor.