As flight crew members working flights to northern Mexico, security measures exist to safeguard pilots and flight attendants from being kidnapped. Airlines provide warnings to flight crew not to travel alone in certain areas of Mexico. During layovers to El Paso, Texas flight crews were warned by the airline not to cross into Juarez, Mexico a border city.
There is good reason for the warnings, especially for novice travelers. However, the State Department has modified the warning to include areas for which there are no travel advisories to Mexico.
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These are a list of 12 popular tourist destinations that are safe for the novice traveler or any traveler to Mexico.
1. Cabo San Lucas
4. Playa del Carmen
5. Riveria Maya
8. Chichen Itza
11. Mexico City
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Now to put on my first time traveler hat. Here are five tips for the Novice Traveler to Mexico:
1. Contact a travel agent that specializes in Mexico who can share personal experiences and make recommendations for example Apple Vacations Reps are very knowledgable.
2. Read TripAdvisor and ask questions in the forums.
3, Talk to family and friends about their trips to Mexico.
3. Sign up for Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which a free service by the U.S. Government for U.S. citizens to register their contact information. It allows the U.S. Government to assist you in case of emergency.
4. Follow the guidelines of the Safe Trip Abroad by the U.S. State Department as well as Tips for Traveling Abroad.
The U.S. State Dept. says, "Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes."
Do you have other tips to share with first time travelers to Mexico?