If you’re looking for sun, sand and delicious margaritas, it’s hard to find a place better than Mexico for your summer getaway. One of the most beautiful and close travel destinations – if you live in the USA – is Mexico. It sports some truly spectacular landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to breath-taking canyons. However, before traveling to Mexico, there are several things to consider. From important travel documents to health and safety issues, we’ve got you covered! Check out the following tips for an unforgettable and care-free summer getaway in South America!
Traveling to Mexico: Tips And Tricks
TIP #1 Getting your affairs in order: Before traveling to a different country, make sure you have all the necessary documents. Passports, IDs, drivers license, etc. Also, be sure to make copies of them, in case they get lost, stolen, or damaged.
TIP #2 Stay healthy: Getting sick on your holiday can be a mood-killer. One of the most common health issues when traveling is traveler’s diarrhea. There’s a very simple way to avoid this issue. Wash your hands with soap and water religiously before eating any foods and only eat from restaurants that seem clean.
Another important thing to keep in mind that most tap water in Mexico is undrinkable. Your best bet, to avoid any digestive issues is to only drink bottled water. Also, use bottled water to brush your teeth and wash your face. For the rest of your body, tap water should pose no problem.
TIP #3 Safety first: Mexico has received a bad reputation over the years because of its high criminality rate. While it can be a dangerous place to visit, Mexico remains mostly safe for tourists and locals. Of course, this depends on the areas you visit.
In order to be able to relax and not worry about being a victim of crime, you could try dressing up like the locals, so as not to stand out. Also, avoid flashing money in public or expensive accessories such as jewelry.
TIP #4 Time flows differently: When in Mexico, you’ll find time flies differently. Or rather, the time people eat and start work. It’s very common for breakfast to start at 9 AM. This means Mexicans serve lunch between 2 and 4 PM and dine at around 9 PM. This can be quite a shift if you’re from a different country. Also, most businesses open their doors around 9 AM. So feel free to sleep in while on vacation!
TRICK #1 Language skills: A little Spanish goes a long way, as you will soon find out. Most people in Mexico understand a little bit of English, so you might get away without speaking the local language. However, in order to truly experience the vibe and culture of Mexico, you would do well to get acquainted with basic Spanish.
Not only is learning Spanish a nice gesture before traveling to Mexico, but you’ll be able to exchange pleasantries with the locals. You never know what you’ll find out, such as good restaurants to eat or learn more about the history of the place.
TRICK #2 Keep change on hand: Wherever you’re traveling, it’s important to keep small change on hand. You’ll need it for public restrooms, making small purchases and tipping. Having change on hand will save you a lot of trouble and save you a lot of time.
TRICK #3 Try the street food: Don’t avoid eating street food. If there’s a line, it’s good chance the business is legit and the food fresh – not to mention delicious! Also, look at how they handle the food. Trustworthy vendors don’t handle the money and then touch the food.
With that in mind, street food is one of the cheapest and most delicious culinary experiences you’ll have in Mexico. Indeed, street vendors have some of the tastiest food you’ll ever experience! So don’t be afraid to try it!
Traveling to Mexico can be very rewarding. After all, it’s a beautiful country with a rich culture and delicious cuisine. Provided you plan accordingly beforehand, and know what to avoid, your summer getaway will be incredible! If everything is taken care of, you’ll be able to enjoy Mexico’s pristine beaches and breath-taking canyons while sipping margaritas and eating tacos from street vendors.