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Mark Slaney has published several articles for various writing companies. Some of his written works were on Martin Luther King Jr, the Reformation, and the Renaissance. He especially enjoys writing about travel.

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8 Things to Know About Traveling to Mexico

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Mexico is absolutely the most popular foreign destination for U.S. travelers. Here’s a few things to know about traveling to Mexico to make your visit fun, safe, and rousing. Mexico has topped numerous news channels of late. For the experienced traveler to Mexico, they understand that staying in the Tourist areas offers the best vacation experience. However, if you’re traveling to the country for the very first time, you might have a few questions or concerns. Fortunately, with just a little advance preparation and simple common sense precautions, you can enjoy all of what Mexico has to provide without missing a beat. You can enjoy beautiful beaches, tropical resorts, exploring ancient ruins, fishing or mountain biking. Any time you travel to another nation, it’s better to do a little bit of research.

Mexico offers tremendous geographic diversity as it measures about equivalent to the western third of the mainland U.S. It’s comprised of 32 states (one of which is Mexico City, in fact a “government element” not a state); and each state has its own unique character and tourist spots. One to the greatest allures of Mexico are the fabulous beaches on both the Caribbean side and the pacific coast both of which offer incredible world renowned beach resorts. However the inland cities also offer their own unique urban culture, remarkable food, colonial architecture, open markets, verdant parks and cool things to do.
Chichen Itza Mexico
Mexico extends from high fields in the Sierra Madre Mountains, to the beached of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Sea. Inside those landscapes is a legacy so profound it’s viewed as one of the world’s top five growing business communities. Human societies in Mexico has been traced going back to 8000 B.C. including the Mayan, Aztec and Teotihuacan who built urban areas and pyramids with different and grand structures that still stand today.

As you plan your visit, here are a couple of tips to remember for a get-away that is genuinely magnificent.

1. Traveling to Mexico

Mexico has very modern airports which handle global air flights packed with tourists and business people. U. S. Citizens are required to have a passport for traveling to Mexico and re-entry back into the United States upon return.
Mexico Tourist Card
On the airplane you will be given a Mexico Tourist Card and the flight attendants will provide instructions how to fill it out so you get through Mexican Customs with no problems. The most important thing to know is that, as a guest the Mexican customs officials will stamp your Passport and your Mexico Tourist Card. Keep your Mexico Tourist Card as you will need to present it to Mexico Customs officials as you leave the country. You won’t require it each day of your trip, yet it’s required to leave Mexico. The smart move is to keep it with your Passport, which should kept in a safe and secure spot. In the event that you lose it, you will have to pay a fine when you exit Mexico.

2. Pay in Cash

The currency exchange rate is quite favorable to U.S. Travelers with just shy of 20 Pesos for each US Dollar (03/2019). However, if you use your credit card to change purchases, your bank may provide a less favorable exchange rate and worst of all, hit you with a currency exchange fee that will add even more cost. The best advice is to find a Banco de Mexico to use the ATM and pull out some Pesos. The favorable exchange rate is one of reasons people love traveling to Mexico for a vacation. While paying for things with Pesos is fun, most shops and restaurants in the tourist destinations are happy to take USD and will also provide change in Dollars as well.

3. Relax in Mexico

Cancun Beaches
The Mexican Beach Resorts are wonderful places to relax. Many have simply magnificent pool areas. One tip is that the deluxe 5-star resorts will rope off private beach areas so you can enjoy a peaceful time enjoying the surf and sand. However, on less restricted beaches the vendors trying to sell you tourist items will be nonstop all day. So make sure the pool area is to your liking if you choose a 3-star or 4-star beach hotel.

4. Traveler Safety

It must be understood that you are in a foreign country and you should behave like a guest. If you drink too much and become loud and obnoxious, you may not like the end results. If you get aggressive and confrontational you may get more than that back from the Policia. If you speak fluent Spanish and have experience traveling to Mexico, you may feel to free to explore a bit, but if you only speak English use a travel guide to help you experience the fun thing to do. You Hotel Concierge or Travel desk will help you find a travel guide. But most of all, be aware of your surroundings and don’t put yourself in a position where you are alone or in a seedy place off the beaten track. You wouldn’t do that back home, certainly don’t put yourself in a compromising position where you are a stranger. Be alert; don’t stroll around flaunting your money or body parts. Respectfully tell peddlers No Gracias. Most importantly stick to sufficiently bright popular tourist areas with lots of people around.

5. Sustenance and Drink

Montezuma’s Revenge! It’s one rough way to lose weight. There is one thing about Mexico that is still valid: Don’t drink the tap water! Open faucet water isn’t filtered to the degree that is OK for North Americans. So only drink purified bottled water and bottled beverages like Beer and Soda. Only cook, wash and brush your teeth with filtered bottled water. Stay away from servings of mixed greens and street food vendors with ingredients washed with faucet water. Only drink any water if it’s from a bottle container (ideally one you’ve seen and heard opened) and not a pitcher. However, many 4-star an 5-star resorts have their own in-house water-filtration systems that offer safe to drink faucet water.

Concerning roadside street food, the tastes are almost Heavenly, but make sure to avoid anything that is not fully cooked or might have been washed in the tap water. But that said, Antojitos which include tacos, tortas, and tostados are simply delicioso! don’t be modest—appreciate them, Simply search for stands that seem well known with burger joints, abstain from expending anything crude/washed. No lettuce, but surprisingly squeezable limes and salsas are typically fine). Make sure the meat or veggie fillings have been completely flame broiled.

6. Spanish vs. English

You’ll see that in the most popular tourist cities and resorts English is generally spoken. Yet, common courtesy should motivate you to learn a few Spanish phrases especially, Gracias = thank you. Buenas Dias = Good Day. Hasta Manana = See you tommorrow. It merits a little effort on your side to learn a few Spanish phrases, but the good will it creates will help you enjoy your vacation much more. So rehearse a few fundamental Spanish phrases from cab drivers, waiters and barkeeps.

7. Traffic

Alongside being an enormous nation geologically, Mexico additionally has a huge populace of around 130 million, making it the world’s tenth biggest country. What’s more, now and again when you’re stuck in rush hour gridlock, you’ll feel like each and every one of them is a vehicle heading toward you! In this circumstance, recollect two things: Traffic here dependably appears to consistently crawl along, and you will arrive in the long run. So spending additional time to guarantee dependability for reservations.

Tip: Have your hotel find a driver to take you around the cities. You are a stranger and unfamiliar with the driving style and customs. If you’re in a city with someone helpful (which is progressively needed in Mexico), use it rather than a standard taxi. That way you’ll arrive at a pre-set rate, as opposed to on a taxi meter that keeps clicking up even in moderate rush hour gridlock.

8. What to Wear

While seaside territories are certain to be warm even in winter, on the high fields, you’ll have to pack for the genuine season. All things considered, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, and numerous other real urban areas have a huge number of feet high in height, making it bounty crisp, particularly around evening time. So wear layers, and remember to pack your coat.

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Mark Slaney

Travel Writer

Mark Slaney has published several articles for various writing companies. Some of his written works were on Martin Luther King Jr, the Reformation, and the Renaissance. He especially enjoys writing about travel.

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