Is Travelling in Mexico Really Unsafe?

People often ask us “what was your favorite place so far?” Besides the spectacular continent of Antarctica, Americans are often shocked to hear our next favorite – after one full year away – was Mexico.

The Mexico you hear about in the news is vastly different than the actual country just to our south. Just because there is violence along the border and in some resort cities (such as Acapulco), it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit Mexico. And if you’ve ever been there, you know that’s not the real Mexico anyway.

Advising people not to visit the entire country of Mexico is like telling people not to visit the US because there is a lot of crime in DC, Detroit and New York.

If we had skipped out on Mexico, we would have missed out on magnificent ancient ruins, charming colonial cities, mouth-watering cuisine and some of the warmest, kindest people on earth.

Anyway, don’t just take our word for it. Check out this recent article on

Travel expert: Why you should go to Mexico

Mexico tourism is having a bit of a PR problem lately.

Reports of mass grave sites, daylight shootings and carjackings from the escalating drug war don’t exactly build confidence for a family planning a week’s holiday. And on April 22, the U.S. State Department upgraded its travel warnings to target 14 of Mexico’s 31 states.

Now’s not the time to visit our southerly neighbor, right? Well, wrong. Mexico is a lot safer than you may realize.

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About Heather

Heather and Erik set off on a round-the-world trip in April, 2010, travelling overland through Central and South America before getting engaged in Antarctica. In 2011-2012 they tackled Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

4 thoughts on “Is Travelling in Mexico Really Unsafe?

  1. Joy

    Makes me so happy to hear you say Mexico was your 2nd fave country! I lived there for three years from (’07-’10) and it was such an amazing (and *totally* crime-free!) experience. Mexico beyond the guidebook and tourists sites is a magical place.

    1. Heather Post author

      Totally true, Sophie. It’s such a beautiful country with delicious food and warm people. Far more to see than just what happens on the border.


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