Useful Tips When You Travel to Mexico

The whole point of a vacation is to relax and relieve stress, it should not be a constant stream of worrying situations. As calming as going out of town can be, a few unprepared incidents can easily turn your trip into an overwhelming situation.
Mexico is a vibrant, beautiful country filled with welcoming people, a lively energy that makes you have a zest for life, impressive architecture, a long history, and appetizing food. While hot spots like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas are some of the country’s most popular destinations, there are lots of places to check out beyond the usual tourist spots. In order to increase your odds of having a safe and enjoyable vacation, follow these tips:

1. Research your destination. The US State Department’s Web site has information about Mexico as well as up-to-date travel warnings and public announcements regarding safety issues for travelers.

2. Scan your passport and travel documents such as birth certificates, drivers license etc. and e-mail them to yourself. That way, if your documents are lost or stolen you can simply access copies from your e-mail account.

3. If you enjoy snorkeling, purchase your own equipment and bring it with you on vacation. At many locations you can snorkel right off the beach anytime you want, saving tour fees.

4. Try and speak some Spanish. Native speakers will appreciate your efforts to talk to them in their own language despite your struggles.

5. Wear linen and cotton. If you see locals wearing long pants and wonder how they do it, it’s because of natural fabrics like linen and cotton, which are very breathable. Synthetics like polyester, in contrast, tend to trap body heat in.

Mexico Travel Tips

6. Call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you will be traveling; otherwise they may block transactions, and you can ask to fix a daily spending or withdrawal limit as well as request that they contact you via telephone regarding any suspicious charges. Choose ATMs in malls or stores if possible. Avoid using ATMs at night or in abandoned places. When you withdraw money from an ATM, put it away immediately. ATM kidnappings are common in some areas.

7. In Mexico City, the simple act of hailing a cab can be a security risk. Have your hotel to call a cab for you. They will take note of the number of the taxi and the driver’s name. At the airport and bus stations in Mexico City and other major cities there are official taxis (Taxis Autorizados usually the maroon and gold) that you should take.

8. It’s a common warning for travelers in Mexico — be careful of ice in beverages at restaurants, and avoid using tap water to brush your teeth as well. Drinking water in a new place can make you feel sick anywhere, not only in Mexico, but even locals in Mexico don’t trust their tap water.

9. Create your own first aid kit. Bandaids, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, triple antibiotic ointment, benadryl pills, especially when you travel with your children.

A vacation to this magnificent place is a hard to forget experience of a lifetime. It is such an enormous destination which is a blending of stunning beaches with exciting activities and great accommodations all at a reasonable price. A tropical paradise as it is being called; it never falls short to surprise its guests, and offers this break for the holidays and vacation as unforgettable as it can be.

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