It is safe to travel to Mexico

But since the recent and the not-so-recent news involving the Mexican drug war, for some people, the country has gone from a go-to vacation spot to an I-ain’t-going vacation spot, while others seem to book their flights with no trepidation at all, despite the violent news reports.

And although most of the violence has happened outside of tourist destinations, many people—especially Americans—are wondering if it’s still safe to go to Mexico.

“Unequivocally, yes,” said Peter Greenburg, well-known travel expert and Travel Editor for CBS’s “The Early Show” in an interview with ConsumerAffairs.

“If you look at the map, Mexico is a huge country and whatever violence is happening in Mexico, first of all, it’s directed at Mexicans to other Mexicans. Americans are not being targeted, and let’s take a look where it’s happening.”

“It’s happening in locations where American’s don’t even go—in Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez—and if you actually look at the real numbers of how many people have been killed in the drug violence, it is staggering, there’s no getting around that. Depending on who you believe its 50,000 to 60,000 people in that last 20 years.”

“Of those, ask yourself how many of them were Americans. I can tell you, less than 20—and of those 20, I think 17 of them were vacationing American drug dealers, because look where they were killed. They were killed in places like Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez.”

Read the full article about Mexico, here

Canadian travel writer Robin Roberts reports in The Vancouver Sun, wary travelers who buy into media hyperbole and avoid Mexico as a travel destination have a lot to lose.

Yes, there is violence in Mexico, but of the 1.5 million Canadians to vacation in Mexico each year, only a handful even witness a crime, let alone, become the victim of one. From the article:

“I’ve been travelling to Mexico for decades — hell, I even got married here. Since 2010, I’ve spent half the year here. I’ve driven thousands of kilometers from north to south, east to west. Have I ever felt unsafe? No. I have, however, felt uneasy in my hometown of Vancouver, a city with many back alleys I wouldn’t dream of walking after dark.”

As Roberts puts it, a hangover is the biggest danger you face when vacationing in Mexico.  Her advice?  Look at the facts, exercise caution, and you’ll be glad you didn’t let the media hype make your decision for you.

Read about her insightful experiences in Mexico, here.

Even though it is regularly touted by travel outlets and experts as one of the world’s best travel destinations, Mexico continues to be singled out for violent crime.  Not only are Mexico’s key tourist destinations safe, but according to statistics, they are safer than many other popular tourist destinations around the world.

“While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com.  Even when we add on independent estimates for unreported homicides, Mexico ranks 21st behind many popular vacation destinations. Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Mexico. Mexico’s famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.”

Did you know that the Yucatan, the biggest tourist destination in Mexico, is as safe as rural U.S. states?  Or that New Orleans and Washington D.C. are more dangerous than Mexico City?  As the article points out, violent crime is actually low in Mexico as a whole, and the U.S. assault rate is 5 times higher than that of Mexico.  Unless you are involved in the drug trade, statistically speaking, you are actually safer in most parts of Mexico than in the U.S.

To read the full article, go here.

How Safe Is Mexico

The Huffington Post

 

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