10 Tips For Travel In Mexico
If you are planning on a trip to Mexico, take a look at 10 tips for travel in Mexico. These tips will save you a lot of trouble.
- Keep Your Documents And Wallet Safe. Mexico is a poor country. It is better to keep your wallet and documents in a safe place, out of reach of people who might steal it. Also, keep your passport with you at all times.
- Get Information About Embassy or Consulate. If you are in any kind of emergency, you may contact the embassy or consulate for help. If you are going to be in Mexico for some time, it would be better to register at the embassy. It would also be best to keep the Mexico Ministry of Tourism’s hotline number in hand. They will help you in both emergency and non emergency situations.
- Have Peso In Hand. Due to the fragile nature of Mexican Peso, you may be advised to use US dollars. While this may be true, it is also true that many stores may not accept dollars. Instead of taking a risk, keep at least some amount of peso in hand.
- Carry English to Spanish Dictionary. Mexicans speak Spanish (slightly different Spanish from that of Europeans) and at many occasions such as talking to a cab driver or haggling for the price of an item at a shop, knowing Spanish will come in handy. Try to learn a bit of it, and keep the dictionary handy.
- Transport: coaches and air travel are your best bets for travel in Mexico. There is a classy metro rail in Mexico City, but it does not allow you to carry luggage. This will be a problem if you are entering or leaving the city. Coaches connect you to any place you want to go. You could go for first class or second class coaches, the most comfortable being the first class ones.
- Driving. You may either take your car there or rent a car. If you are taking your car, you should make sure that your insurance is valid in the country. If not, you should get a short term policy for travel in Mexico. You should also make sure that your car can accept the type of fuel that is available in the country.
- Renting A Car. If you are in Mexico for short term, renting a car may be the better option. The only problem may be the state of the vehicles as well as the fact that Mexican authorities do not look kindly up on any car which is driven without its owner in it. So, you will have to be very careful. Take adequate insurance to cover for any accidents or penalties.
- Traveling At Night. Bus stations shut down in the night, and driving will not be very safe. Hence, put off night travel in Mexico. It is safer to travel by day.
- Health Insurance. Before traveling, check that your insurance policy is valid in Mexico. If not, take out a travel insurance policy that covers you when in Mexico. Mexico has adequate health facilities including good hospitals in all major cities. Hence, getting health care should not be a problem.
- Water & Food. Bottled water, with seals that are not tampered with and labels which can be trusted, are the only outside source of water that you can rely up on. Even then, it is best to boil the water for twenty minutes before drinking. If you do not have bottled water, then boiling is a must. Be careful while eating fruits and vegetables. You should be able to clean them in a purifying liquid or at least peel them. Well cooked food would be healthier.
If you keep these tips for travel in Mexico in mind you will have a safe and enjoyable trip. Better to be safe than sorry.