As a nod to The Mexico Report on celebrating three years of “showcasing the best of Mexico and the good news about Mexico travel and culture” I am sharing an excerpt of their most popular post to date, and one of our favorites, too.
What You Should Really Worry About When Visiting Mexico, posted by Susie Albin Najera, The Mexico Report March 1st 2011
People ask me everyday if Mexico is safe. “Is Mexico safe? Will I get shot?” Well, I suppose it’s like if a person from Mexico asked me if they would get shot if they traveled to Los Angeles. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? No.
The fact is, you have a 1.3% chance of being a victim of crime in Mexico (compared to 8% in the US). But, as a frequent traveler to Mexico, I think it’s only fair to let you know that there are some warnings to traveling in Mexico.
So, here is a list of things you just might have to worry about while you’re visiting Mexico:
You might overeat at the endless Sunday brunch and get heartburn.
You might trip and fall on the cobblestone streets.
You might get acid indigestion from too much fresh squeezed lemonade.
You might get sunburned and have to spend extra money buying aloe vera gel.
You might lose your hearing if you are sitting next to a 26-piece mariachi band.
You might have a hard time deciding whether to go to the beach or get a massage.
You might hit someone with a golf ball because you were blinded by the sun.
You might get sore abs driving over so many speed bumps (topes).
You might get really tired from having so much fun, that you forget to buy souvenirs for your family back home, and they might get mad.
You might fall completely, head-over-heals in love and never want to leave which causes you to be depressed when you have to go to the airport to go back home.
When you travel anywhere, be a smart traveler. Watch your stuff, be respectful of the country you’re visiting and use common sense. Mexico is our neighbor and biggest trading partner to the south. We are linked in so many positive ways. Sharing a laugh and a smile are some of the best things that neighbors can do and it just might surprise you. So book a flight, book a hotel, pack your bags and go relax, get some fun in the sun, get some culture, get inspired and go visit.