Should I travel to Mexico? Maybe this question hasn’t even crossed your mind. When people think of going on vacation, they usually think of Europe or exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. People usually want to visit new places, especially the kind they do not have at home. Maybe they do not have white sand beaches, castles, colonial cities, charming, little towns or maybe they do, but they do not like them. Be that as it may, people are usually looking for new destinations to plan their vacation. Some even have a bucket list and cross each item off after visiting it. I don’t know if Europe or Asia are overrated, but Mexico is underrated. And let’s be honest: it might not even be an option for you. Sadly, even this applies to Mexicans. But truth is, this Latin American country has so much to offer everyone. You would be mesmerized by all you can find to do there. Let’s find out!

Black globe with Mexico map in the center.

 

Okay, Why Should I Go in the First Place?

Mexico is one of the most diverse countries in the whole world. We have everything you can imagine: beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts, rain forests, big cities, small towns, colonial cities, amazing archaeological sites, world-class museums, a vibrant nightlife, among other things. If you are into extreme adventures, we have that! Maybe you want to explore ancient ruins from other civilizations, we have that! Say you want to relax and just unwind, you can find plenty of places to do that. Maybe you’re young and you love the nightlife, there are thousands of options at your disposal. Are you a foodie? You could find some of the most delicious food to satisfy your appetite. Are you a history buff? You can visit various types of museums across the whole country. Do you want to visit beautiful, white sand beaches? We have that as well. Anything you can think or dream of, we have it. You just have to name it.

 

 

 

Mexican people are a separate point. You could say I’m biased here, but many people, even foreigners, can back me up on this. You will find some of the most charming people there. They are always willing to help, to give you directions, to give you recommendations or just a broad smile. They are very welcoming and you will feel at home. They will probably joke with you from the start because our personality is like that. You can even practice your Spanish with them. And who knows? If you are outgoing, you can easily make new friends who could become your hosts/guides in future trips.

As you can see, there is so much to see and do there. I can guarantee you will never get bored during your stay. Depending on your style and tastes, you can plan a great vacation with friends, family or solo. You can rest assured there will always be something for everyone. It does not matter if there are just adults in your group or if you are traveling with kids. You will not be disappointed. It is just a matter of being open to new things and experiences.

 

But Wait, Isn’t Mexico Like a Desert or Something?

It is funny that there are still people who think all Mexicans wear ponchos and hats and spend the whole day napping on the street. We have to thank Speedy Gonzalez for that. Those who have never visited Mexico might also believe that all Mexican men are machos and have mustaches and that the whole country is a desert. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have modern cities and technology just like any other country. We do have cell phones, the Internet, cars, microwaves and all kind of things that make life easier. Now, if you’d rather have a rustic vacation, you can have that as well. There is nothing set in stone. I just wanted to put that out there.

Several buildings in Mexico City.

Hollywood films also portray Mexico as a desert, a land in the middle of nowhere. A lot of scenes are even shot in black and white to give this effect. But those are just films. In real life, Mexico is a vibrant, diverse country. I’m glad that little by little many people are finding out about this and allowing themselves to explore and make a judgment of their own. Foreign YouTubers especially are creating a lot of content online and changing the perception other foreigners might have about our country. Kudos for that!

I Have Been to Mexico. I Love Cancun!

This is one of the worst things you could say to make a Mexican cringe. Undoubtedly, Cancun is one of the most famous destinations in the country and more than likely is the first option you will see when searching online. Cancun and its surroundings are indeed beautiful and there are a lot of things there to see and do, but Mexico is much more than Cancun. If beaches are your thing, you have plenty of that in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Huatulco, Los Cabos, and many, many more. Mexico has one of the longest coastlines in the world and no wonder it has lots of beautiful beaches all along. And don’t forget that you can visit other destinations as well, depending on your style and budget.

There is nothing wrong with loving Cancun. I love it, too. Others avoid it and complain that everything is pricey over there. In general, it is more expensive than other destinations precisely because it has become too touristy. Just think of Miami in the U.S. I am not advising you against going to Cancun by any means. I just want you to be more flexible and consider other options when planning a vacation in Mexico. You will be surprised.

Is It Safe, Though?

Close-up of a firearm.

We get this question a lot. I don’t blame you. We constantly see things on TV or online about violence and crime in Mexico. Yes, sadly there is some of that. But please keep in mind that we should not always believe all we see or hear. I am not going to lie to you and say that nothing bad happens there. Mexico, like any other country, has its problems. But the media tends to exaggerate negative news. It has been like that for many years. Sensationalism sells and that’s why they do it. But I’m not going to get into a political debate because that is not my intention at all. I just want you to open your mind and be more receptive regarding your view of my country.

Now, answering the question above, in all honesty, I can say it is. I have lived there and I have relatives and friends there and we all can agree that it is safe to visit. If it were not, believe me when I say I would not go there as frequently as I do. It is no more dangerous than an average city in the U.S. or any European country. You have to take appropriate precautions when traveling just like you would in any other country you visit. There are bad guys out there, but the good ones still outnumber them by far. So please, do not be afraid to travel to Mexico. Give it a chance and you will not regret it. Trust me.

Conclusion

I hope to have provided a little more insight into visiting Mexico and answered some questions you might have. The intention of this blog is precisely that. I will do my best to provide you with the information you need when considering taking a vacation in Mexico. The media is not always a reliable source. It is always best to get info from a local or at least someone with firsthand experience. Please do not hesitate to leave any questions you have or comment on something you’d like to share. So, should you visit Mexico? At the end of the day, it is up to you.

 

 

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8 Replies to “Should I Travel to Mexico?”

  1. Thank you for writing this article about Mexico. It really opened my eyes. I must admit, I too like many who have watched too many Hollywood movies that are biased and give an unfair perspective of this country, have believed that is how Mexico is.

    Thanks to you, now I learn it is not. So many fascinating things to see in Mexico! And so many cities to explore, other than Cancun (yes, another biased city propagated by Hollywood movies). I never knew all this. I am so glad you are educating the world with your website.

    I am fascinated by ancient cities and relics. And also a foodie. So, I look forward to more posts from you providing all this information in detail. And yes, I now believe people should travel to Mexico. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Timotheus! There is too much misinformation out there. I know many people have a negative view on Mexico and other countries as well for the things they see on TV. More often than not, those reports are exaggerated. We are trying to change that and that’s one of the purposes of my blog.

      I hope you visit it someday. You won’t regret. You will fall in love with it.

      And yeah, we’ve got plenty of those. It’s one of the countries with the largest amount of archaelogical sites in the world. I will do my best to continue providing you with useful information and tips for your next visit.

  2. I trust your words that it is safe to visit Mexico and perhaps I’d rather visit a Latin American country that’s friendly to Asians like me than visit a white country which I am not sure if I will be welcomed or be bullied due to their racist attitude. If budget permits, I will soon visit this country and enjoy the Tacos Mexicanos I always hear about.

    By the way, do Mexicans speak in English? I ask this because I don’t speak Spanish and I may get some problems speaking with the tour guide if like China they don’t speak in English.

    1. Hi, Gomer,

      Thank you very much for your comment. It motivates me to continue doing my best on this site.

      It’s very unfortunate that racism still exists in 2019, but don’t let it discourage you from traveling. Haters are gonna hate, like they say. I’ve been discriminated against too, but I try to not pay attention to that. We have to develop a tough skin, although it’s easier said than done.

      Back to our subject, I hope you visit Mexico someday. I’m sure you will love it. There are beaches, mountains, large/small cities, charming towns, volcanoes, forests, tropical forests, you name it.

      Answering your question, many Mexicans speak English. If you visit touristy destinations like Cancun or Los Cabos or large cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, you won’t have major problems. Most likely they will have English-speaking guides. On the other hand, if you visit Campeche City for example, you may have some difficulties to communicate since tourism is starting to develop there. Having said that, I recommend you learn some Spanish before traveling. The good thing is with technology nowadays we can just pull out our smartphones and find a translation in minutes.

      I hope you visit someday. Feel free to reach out if you ever need any recommendations or if you have any questions. I’d be more than glad to help.

  3. I for one love Mexico, and would be happy to go back for another visit.  When a relationship broke up and I was devastated, I visited a friend, who said you should take a trip somewhere to cheer up.  So we got out a map, I closed my eyes, and pointed to a spot on the map.  It happened to be Acapulco, Mexico. So I went, by myself, and had many wonderful adventures.

    The next time I went, I lived in a very small Alaskan village.  I took a little plane into Kodiak, planning to go to Mexico, but having no idea where.  I was telling the pilot about it, and he said, “Go to Yelapa.”  So I did.  Spent a couple of days in Puerto Vallarta and then took the little tour boat to Yelapa.

    There I met a man who said he had a room for rent, and I followed him up to the highest part of town.  Here I stayed in a room built over the trail on up the mountain where in the morning all the vendors who worked on the beach walked down from another village higher up.  I loved Yelapa so much I went back two more times.  

    My adventures were many and wonderful, and you are correct; the people are very welcoming.  I would certainly recommend a trip to Mexico for anyone who has not been there, or even if they have — a return trip is also fun.

    1. Hi, Fran,

      Wow! I’m amazed by your story. It sounds like a movie plot.

      Traveling certainly gives us freedom and memories to cherish in the future. It also gives us the opportunity to meet new people, experience new things, new cultures, etc. Each trip is different, even though it’s the same destination you visit. I have seen this many times.

      About Yelapa, I think you meant Jalapa in Veracruz? Could you tell me where that is? Close to the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Ocean… I’d like to know.

      Right now I’m living in the U.S., but I lived in Mexico for many years. I always visit when I have the opportunity to do so and I always learn and experience something new. I love the feeling when I’m there. It’s something hard to describe.

      Thank you very much for sharing your story and opinion with us. They’re much appreciated and I’m sure many readers will find them useful. Feel free to drop by anytime and let me know if you need any help for a future trip to Mexico.

  4. It is so true that many times we picture places in the world according to some movie we saw about it.  LIke what you said 

    how movies make it seem like that all Mexicans wear ponchos and hats and spend the whole day napping on the street.

     We need to thank Speedy Gonzalez for that.  That was very funny, but true too..

    So, yes, you have modern cities as I can see by the pictures and you say it is safe.  

    I heard Cancun was getting more dangerous , is that true?

    1. Hi, Phil,

      It may seem like a joke, but it’s not. There are many stereotypes we need to overcome. The media has portrayed our culture in such a negative light for many years. I think it’s about time for that to change.

      Like I said above, I’m not going to say nothing bad happens. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies. But only those who have lived and/or visit often can attest to the truth. We can’t trust everything we see on the media.

      We have heard of occasional events in Cancun recently, but for the most part it’s safe to visit. In fact, Cancun and Riviera Maya are some of the safest areas to visit in Mexico. Having said that, you have to take precaution just like you would in any other place you visit.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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