TO VISIT OR NOT TO VISIT MEXICO
Mexico has been in the news a lot lately, and not always in a good way. I think the U.S. State Department’s travel warnings have been a little unfair. Travel warnings are not limited to Mexico. In fact other countries around the world have travel warnings for their citizens traveling to the U.S. The U.K warns their citizens that the U.S. is prone to terrorist attacks as well as car and street crimes. New Zealand warns their citizens of the same things, as well as of increased danger from firearms and civil unrest in the U.S. Let’s not forget the Las Vegas shooting at a concert that killed 59 people, as well as the school massacres.
Even though you may not see civil unrest or street crimes every day as a U.S. citizen, other countries want to make sure their citizens are informed of these things when traveling here – just like the U.S. is doing for its citizens traveling to Mexico.
No matter where you travel, you should always be aware of your surroundings, and avoid unsafe situations, especially when traveling off-property. You might ask the concierge for recommendations of where to go, and what areas to avoid.
The Mexico Tourism Board continues to invest in initiatives to ensure the safety and satisfaction of visitors coming to Mexico. Every country has its particularities and no place is exempt from incidents, and despite what people hear in the news, the country remains a safe destination. Bad things happen everywhere and you can’t live in a bubble, so get out there and explore. There may even be areas in your hometown where you need to take precautions when visiting, which shows that traveling to Mexico is really no more dangerous than living your everyday life in the U.S.
I travel there often for work, as well as vacation there. I certainly would not do either if I felt unsafe.