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Is Travel to Mexico Safe?

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Question: Is Travel to Mexico Safe?

In view of headlines about crime and violence along the border, and the State Department's travel warning concerning travel to Mexico, many people are wondering about the safety of visiting Mexico.

Answer: Crime, violence, and protests can put a damper on your vacation, but you don't have to cancel your vacation or travel somewhere else just because the headlines are nasty.

Mexico is a big country and it's incredibly diverse, so violence along the US border won't have any effect on your vacation in, for example, the Riviera Maya any more than an earthquake in California would affect people in Chicago. Most of the violence that has taken place recently is due to conflicts between drug cartels and the Mexican authorities. As a tourist, you are in little danger of having trouble as long as you follow common sense safety precautions and don't get involved with drugs.

Besides violence and crime, you should also be aware that safety standards in most of the world, including Mexico, often do not conform to U.S. and Canadian standards (which some people find extreme). In Mexico and most other countries, people are expected to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their children. Guard rails may be lacking or lower than you would expect, sidewalks can be treacherous, and safety equipment for adventure activities may not be used as strictly. When choosing activities, decide what level of risk you're comfortable with, and enjoy activities in your comfort zone.

Research your destination and choose a place that feels right for you. There are plenty of places in Mexico where you can have a tranquil, relaxing vacation. You can also significantly reduce your risk of being a victim of crime by following these important safety tips:

What do you think? Take our poll: Is Mexico too dangerous? and if you have any safety tips you'd like to share, please let us know: share your Mexico travel safety tips.

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